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Bug Out Location Characteristics

Editor’s Note:  At its core, a Bug Out Location – or BOL – is a safe place where you can thrive.  The “suitability” suggestions Rob presents are excellent guidelines, whether your BOL is for use during an emergency situation, or if you are looking to live a full-time, self-sufficient lifestyle. A major priority after a […]

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DIY Emergency Lighting

We’re in the middle of tornado season right now – from April to July – depending upon where you live in the country.  It will overlap with the hurricane season, which runs from June through November – peaking in August and September. Every winter, some areas of the country are subject to crippling ice storms […]

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Making Cured Sausage

I’ve been making my own sausage for quite a long time now.  Seriously, if you like sausage, consider learning how to make your own. Aside from the cost savings (and skill building), one of the best things is, you know what’s inside the casing.  None of that government regulated approved-rat-turds-per-sausage kind of quality control! There […]

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Making Wheat Gluten “Meat”

A number of years ago, I was having problems milling my whole wheat. I had assumed that the grain mill I use to grind my malted grains for beer (primarily barley) would work for my winter wheat stores. Bad assumption. The grains were too small and too hard for the knurling on the mill wheels […]

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Grow Potatoes In Buckets

I love potatoes.  They are the Starch Of The Gods in my eyes! In an effort to continue on my journey towards self-sufficiency, I’m going to try growing my own this year.  In addition to the personal independence aspect, I’m very concerned about the pesticides and other crap the commercial growers put on their crops.  […]

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Survival Groups: Disadvantages

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on forming or joining Survival Groups in the event of, or in anticipation of an emergency event. You can find the first part here. In a survival situation there are many decisions that need to be made. Probably one of the most important decisions is […]

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Survival Groups: Advantages

Editor’s Note: Being prepared is about considering – and planning for – different scenarios. All may not come to fruition, some may. It’s a bit of a crap shoot. In this two-part series, Rob looks at the two options available should a major event occur. Scenarios we witness even to this day: A collapse of […]

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Thermos Cooking

There are not many feelings I enjoy more than the one I get when I’m cooking a meal over a camp fire. However, sometimes it is not always practical or indeed possible to keep a fire burning. For example, let’s say you are in a Shelter In Place situation after an emergency has occurred in […]

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The BEST Turkey Brine

Yeah, I know, you’ve heard it before.  Everyone has “the best” of some homesteading or preparedness item. The best home canned soup recipe.  The best Bug Out Bag content list.  The best way to build a shed. Whatever. It’s all about the opinion of the author.  So here’s my best turkey brine ever! I love […]

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Homemade Lox

Lox is a beautiful thing. Delicate salmon with a wonderful salty/slightly sweet flavor. And it’s incredibly easy to make yourself. For bonus points, it’s also a great preservation technique. From what I understand, the lox will stay tasty when refrigerated for several weeks. That’s simply urban legend around my house, as it’s never made it […]

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Pickling Meat, Veggies and Eggs

Pickling is a great way to store food without the need of refrigeration or sacrificing taste. As you’ll see, you can easily pickle meat, eggs and vegetables for future use. When people think of pickling, they always think of pickled cucumbers. Actually, pickling is the process of anaerobic fermentation. This is a chemical process where […]

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Winter Project: DIY Tinder

I am sure we all understand the importance of fire in a survival situation. With winter now upon us, being able to quickly and consistently make a fire in an emergency situation can be a life-saving skill.  One of the keys to starting a fire is having sufficient amounts of tinder.  Without tinder, your chances […]

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Top 10 Bartering Skills

Bartering is one of those things that many people avoid. It seems too confrontational. To the contrary, if it’s looked at as a sport – something fun and goal-oriented – it can be quite enjoyable. And profitable. Once the SHTF in any form – from losing your job to economic collapse – it is likely […]

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