Create a Personal Hygiene and Santiation Kit

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Create a Personal Hygiene and Sanitation Kit Personal hygiene and sanitation are two of the most often overlooked parts of the prepping and survival world. They are not as cool as tactical pants, guns and food storage. The truth is hygiene and sanitation will be the first and one of the most dangerous threats in …

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Create a Personal Hygiene and Sanitation Kit

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Create a Personal Hygiene and Sanitation Kit Personal hygiene and sanitation are two of the most often overlooked parts of the prepping and survival world. They are not as cool as tactical pants, guns and food storage. The truth is hygiene and sanitation will be the first and one of the most dangerous threats in …

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How to Insure a Safe Hotel Room

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A clean and safe hotel room should be easy to find, but they are not always as prevalent as they should be. It’s a scenario familiar to any business traveler. Your airline flight was delayed, the cab line at the airport was endless and check-in was a mess. Jet lag has struck. It’s very late, […]

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How To Field Dress A Pheasant In Under Two Minutes

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When calamity strikes and grocery stores become barren, it will be imperative for people to produce their own food. Many individuals who have never hunted will be forced to learn quickly. In my own experience, I’ve found field dressing, not shooting, to be the most challenging part of the hunt. Among those who have never hunted, the prospect of cleaning a bird is probably intimidating.

By D-Ray a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Thankfully a YouTube user, Shawn Woods, has an informative video on how to clean a pheasant in under two minutes.  Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or a novice, this video is impressive. Novice hunters will learn how to expertly field dress and more seasoned hunters can appreciate a speed run.

A Breakdown of the Process

To begin, it is important to understand you are working with six components for removal: head, tail, two wings, and two feet. First, let’s take a look at the legs of your pheasant. The lower, scaled half of pheasant legs connects to the feathered top at a joint. In a circular motion, cut just below this joint and snap the leg of the pheasant back. At this point, the leg should be hanging on by a few tendons. Cut any excess tendons and remove the lower portion of the leg.

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Next, you’ll want to focus on the wings. Pheasant wings are separated by a joint dividing primary and secondary feathers. Grab pheasant_feathers_cleanthe primary section of the wing and bend back sharply breaking the joint. Once the joint is broken, pull back to reveal any connecting tendons. In a similar fashion to the legs, cut these connections to remove the primary  section from the secondary. With the primary section off, you can leave the secondary section to wait for later. This will addressed during the skinning process.

Now for the good part. Grab the base of the pheasants neck and cut. Without too much effort, this will come right off. Remove the pheasant head and use this opening to peel back skin and feathers. With the exception of the remaining secondary feathers, removing this skin should not be too difficult. For the most part, this should be a quick process.

To conclude, cut the pheasant tail at the base and remove. Next, make a small cut along the lower breast portion; this will create clean_pheasant_process_easya hole underneath the breast to allow for access to intestines, heart, gizzard, liver, and other organs. Insert two fingers into this hole, get dirty, and pull out the pheasant guts. In a couple of tries, you should have a pheasant largely removed of all organs.

At the end of this process, Shawn Woods produced a cleaned Pheasant in 1:44 seconds. Perhaps the most impressive part of his process is meat retained. Very little was wasted in this process. Although he did not mention it, pheasant liver and gizzard can be consumed as well. In a survival scenario, you will want to hold on to these for consumption.

What the Video Missed 

While I was impressed with this video, I must throw in a few caveats. You should not emulate the haphazard process of organ removal used in this video. Take a bit of time to carefully remove intestines and other internal organs. Rupturing these inside the pheasant is messy, unhygienic, and smells god-awful. Nobody wants to clean pheasant meat that has been covered in bird feces.

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A less important note: when removing the legs, don’t sever the tendons outright. Take a bit more time to pull them out of the cooked_pheasant_how_tobird. While this process will make the cleaning more time consuming, it will expedite your cooking process. Speaking of which, the skinning process used in this video could have been a bit more thorough. Rather than frantically pulling at feathers, a slower approach on skinning yields a cleaner, more hygienic bird.

It’s also important to mention that a thorough cleaning process involves looking for shot embedded in the meat. You don’t want to start digging into your pheasant meat to chew down on a mouth full of metal. The bird in this video seemed to be killed in a pretty clean fashion. This isn’t always the case. From time to time, you will kill a pheasant that is, at points, too mangled by shot to be consumed. In these instances, you will be forced to toss ruined meat.

Wrapping It All Up

As this video demonstrates, cleaning a pheasant isn’t an overly difficult or time consuming practice. If you remember to cut your six components and take time to skin, you will produce a cleaned pheasant ready to cook. Also, if you’ve never been hunting, I recommend you go. Bird hunting is a great deal of fun and a valuable skill in survival scenarios.  If you need an excuse to take a few days off and shoot a shotgun, bird hunting is the perfect activity. I challenge you to find an unhappy hunter after a trip out to the woods. The old adage ‘a bad day of fishing beats a good day at work’, is also applicable to hunting.

For the seasoned hunters out there, what is your process? While I think a two minute clean is a little hasty, I was still impressed with the speed clean. Let me know what you think in the comments. Also, feel free to share your hunting experiences.

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife
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7 Off-Grid, Surprising Reasons You Should Stockpile Vinegar

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7 Off-Grid, Surprising Reasons You Should Stockpile Vinegar

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When you are gathering and storing items for an emergency, you naturally think of food, water and clothing. White vinegar usually does not does not fit under one of those categories, but you will find it to be an indispensable addition to your stockpile.

White vinegar is inexpensive, non-toxic and it serves many important purposes. Here are seven reasons why you should stockpile white vinegar.

1. Vinegar kills germs and bacteria. Research shows that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar (which is the kind commonly found at the supermarket) kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold and 80 percent of viruses.

Place vinegar in a spray bottle to clean and to disinfect your home, including the kitchen and the bathroom. If you are worried about the strong smell, realize it will dissipate in a few hours, or you can combine vinegar with lemon juice to cut the vinegary odor and for added cleaning and disinfecting power.

2. Vinegar is helpful in the kitchen. White vinegar can lend a hand to many cooking tasks. For example, try adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water when you boil eggs. It helps prevent the whites from leaking out if the shell cracks. Adding the same amount to the water when you are poaching eggs helps the egg whites stay formed.

Another cooking tip is to rub your hands with white vinegar after cutting onions to eliminate the unpleasant odor. You also perk up wilted leafy greens by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.

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Finally, you can reduce the amount of gassiness that vegetables in the cabbage family – including cauliflower and broccoli — cause by adding a little vinegar to the cooking water. This idea also works when cooking beans.

7 Off-Grid, Surprising Reasons You Should Stockpile Vinegar

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3. Vinegar is a general household cleaner. Keeping in mind that it is an odor neutralizer and a disinfectant, vinegar works wonders all through the home.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Remove watermarks on furniture with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and olive oil. Rub the solution against the grain.
  • Clean tile grout with white vinegar and a toothbrush.
  • Remove cloudy deposits from glassware and windows with white vinegar.
  • Attract and kill pesky fruit flies by setting out a small dish of white vinegar with some pieces of smashed fruit. Cover the dish with plastic wrap that has some holes in it. The flies will be attracted to the bowl but will not be able to get out.
  • Deodorize the garbage disposal by pouring a mix of equal parts vinegar and baking soda down the drain. Let it sit and fizz for a few minutes before flushing with warm water.
  • Pour a cup of vinegar into the bottom of your dishwasher to get rid of grimy build-up and to keep things smelling fresh.

4. Vinegar works wonders on your clothes. Vinegar works its magic on clothing and upholstery, too. You can spray white vinegar on shirts that are stained by deodorant or perspiration. It also works well on stubborn mustard, ketchup and tomato sauce stains

If someone in your home has a bed-wetting accident, you can apply a solution of vinegar and water to the mattress. After it dries, sprinkle on some baking soda and then brush or vacuum thoroughly. Problem solved.

Try adding a cup of white vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle. It helps boost the colors in your laundry, and it can help dissolve soap residue for a cleaner wash. Additionally, vinegar acts as a natural and inexpensive fabric softener, mildew reducer, static reducer and mold inhibitor.

5. Vinegar can be used outdoors. White vinegar is handy as a car cleaner. Try using a three-to-one solutions of white vinegar and water to clean your car’s windows and windshield.

Do you have old bumper stickers or window decals you want to get rid of? Vinegar is good at de-sticking stuff. Spray the sticker with enough white vinegar to saturate the area, and then let it sit for a few hours. The sticker should then peel away easily.

You can kill weeds and crabgrass along your property’s sidewalks and driveways by pouring white vinegar on them. The best part? It is non-toxic to children and pets.

6. Vinegar is great for animal care. Keep products with chemical ingredients you can’t pronounce away from your pets by using vinegar for pet-cleaning tasks. Here are a few pet-related ways to use vinegar:

  • Use vinegar to clean and deodorize the cat litter box.
  • Get rid of skunk odor by soaking your pet in a tub filled with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and water. Then rinse well with fresh water.
  • Spray a water and vinegar solution on places that you want your pets to stay away from in your home. Cats, in particular, hate the smell.
  • Clean your pet’s itchy ears with a cotton swab dampened with white vinegar.

7. Vinegar works for a myriad of other uses, as well. You can use white vinegar to clean and deodorize all through your home. Here are a few other ideas you may not have considered.

Vinegar can remove build-up and deposits on a showerhead. Simply remove the showerhead and let it soak overnight in a bowl or basin – or even a zippered bag — filled with white vinegar.

Extend the life of your cut flowers by adding two tablespoons of white vinegar to the vase water.

You also can use vinegar to loosen stuck-on chewing gum on furniture or floors. In addition, you can bring life back to scuffed CDs and DVDs. Simply wipe them down with a soft cloth moistened with vinegar.

Do you know of other uses for vinegar? Share your ideas in the section below:

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17 Surprising Off-Grid Ways Salt Can Help You Clean

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17 Incredible Off-Grid Ways Salt Can Help You Clean

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We sprinkle it on our foods, we add it to boiling water and we use it on slippery sidewalks and roads. We even toss it over our shoulders to ward off “bad luck.” However, did you know you can use salt for many cleaning purposes around your home?

You can. Good old common table salt, which is a mineral composed mainly of sodium chloride, can be used either alone or in conjunction with other natural agents such as lemon juice and vinegar, for a myriad of cleaning uses.

As you simplify your lifestyle, you will find that you can do away with many commercial cleaning products and go with natural, non-toxic ones instead. We have put together a list of some of our favorite ways to clean with salt, an abundant and inexpensive natural resource.

1. Grease. Salt can work magic on grease stains since it absorbs grease. Simply sprinkle salt on your greasy pots and pans and then wipe with a clean cloth. Some grease spots on carpet can also be removed with a solution of one part salt and one part rubbing alcohol. Be careful to rub in the direction of the nap of the rug.

2. Sink drains. To help eliminate odors in your sink and to prevent a build-up of grease, pour a solution of salt and hot water down your kitchen drain on a regular basis.

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3. Water rings. Make a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil or olive oil and gently rub it on any white marks caused by glasses and hot dishes on your wood furniture.

4. Dried-on egg. You know how cooked egg tends to settle on your frying pan? Use salt to loosen the eggy mess before scrubbing clean.

5. Coffee and tea stains. Fill your stained coffee and teacups with a solution of saltwater to help get rid of unsightly stains. The abrasiveness of the salt helps clean away the stains. Another option is to mix salt with your regular dish soap for added cleaning power on stains.

6. Refrigerator. You want to avoid toxic chemicals when you clean your refrigerator. Try using a mixture of salt and plain soda water to wipe out and deodorize your fridge interior.

17 Incredible Off-Grid Ways Salt Can Help You Clean

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7. Brass or copper. Make a paste by combining equal parts of salt, vinegar and flour. Rub the paste into the metal and let it sit for about an hour before cleaning and buffing with a soft, dry cloth.

8. Rust. Make a paste with equal parts salt and cream of tartar and a little water. Rub the paste on rust and let it dry. Then brush off the dried paste and buff the area with a soft, dry cloth.

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9. Mildew stains. Moisten mildew spots with a mixture of salt and lemon juice. Place the item in the sun to dry. Then rinse well with water and let dry.

10. Coffee pot. Clean your stained coffee spot by placing salt and ice cubes inside the pot and swirling them around. The ice helps the salt scour off the stains. Another option is to add about four tablespoons of salt to the water you use to fill your coffeemaker. Run it as usual and then discard the water and rinse the pot well before using to make coffee.

11. Cutting board. Clean and deodorize your cutting boards safely by rubbing them with a mixture of salt and lemon juice.

12. Wine stains. First, blot up as much of the stain as you can with a clean cloth. Then cover the stain with salt to absorb any remaining residue. Next rinse the garment or tablecloth with cold water. If the stain is on your carpet, scrape salt away and then vacuum the spot well.

13. Fish tank. You can remove hard water deposits that accumulate on the inside of your fish tank with a salt paste. Be sure to use only plain – not iodized salt – for this purpose and rinse well before returning fish to the tank.

14. Wicker. To clean and to help prevent discoloration of your wicker furniture, scrub it with a stiff brush and a solution of warm saltwater. Allow furniture to air dry out in the sun.

15. Perspiration stains. Mix about four tablespoons of salt into a quart of hot water. Then use a sponge to work the solution into the fabric until stains fade.

16. Blood stains. This method works only for natural fabrics that can take high heat. First, soak the stained fabric in cold saltwater. Then launder in warm, soapy water before rinsing well in hot water.

17. Oven. Sprinkle salt on burned food and spillovers inside the oven or on burners while they are still hot. Later when the surface is cool, simply wipe away the salted area with a stiff brush or sturdy cloth.

You may be wondering about the different types of salt that are available at your local store. For eating purposes, your best bets are unrefined salts, such as sea salt and Himalayan salt, since they are the highest in organic quality. Those salts also have a higher price tag. However, for cleaning purposes, you can use refined salt (table salt) or iodized salt, which often sell for about 50 cents for a 26-ounce package.

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If You Use Salt To Clean, You’ve Got To Try Vinegar, Too!