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Edible Wild Plants: Sheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella)

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella) is a popular nibble with children and is familiar to most trampers as a practical thirst-quencher. It is a readily available and attractive base for a puree, a small amount of tender growth, after boiling, being mashed through a strainer, and added to a rice stock, milk or other stock, thickened […]

Edible Wild Plants: American Wintergreen, Checkerberry, Tea Berry (Gaultheria Procumbens)

The Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens) plant was the original source for the favored wintergreen oil. It is also known as Checkerberry and Tea Berry. It was once extracted from the plant to use in candies and as a spice. With the risk of over-harvest of this slow growing plant a second source was found. This new […]

Winter Preparedness Tips For Your Home

A winter storm can isolate you in your home for several days, especially if you are in a rural or country setting. Be prepared to be without conventional forms of heating and cooking for at least a one week period, preferably be prepared for one month without these luxuries. Keep a battery powered radio and […]

Edible Wild Plants: Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia Phaeacantha)

Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia phaeacantha), also known as the Mojave Prickly Pear, is a low-growing, spreading cactus with flat stem segments (pads). The pads are relatively long and broad, and the spines are usually confined to the upper 70% of the pads. Areoles (where the spines originate) usually spread about 3/4-inch apart, and areoles without […]

Bushcraft: Making Fire With The Bow Drill

When you are first learning bow-drill fire-making, you must make conditions and your bow drill set such that the chance of getting a coal is the greatest. If you do not know the feeling of a coal beginning to be born then you will never be able to master the more difficult scenarios. For this […]

Edible Wild Plants: Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea)

The Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea) needs no introduction to northern peoples, for it is one of the staple fruits of all northern lands. In fact, the Norwegians have so long depended upon this fruit that the Norwegian colonists who have settled in the Middle West import the berries in vast quantities from Norway and from […]

Edible Wild Plants: Common Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)

Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head). The sunflower is named after its huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun. It has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The […]

Edible Wild Plants: Chokeberry (Prunus Virginiana)

Chokeberry (Prunus Virginiana) also known as bitter-berry, or Virginia bird cherry is a species of bird cherry (Prunus subgenus Padus) native to North America, where it is found almost throughout the continent except for the Deep South and the far north. The raw berries have a good flavor but are very puckery, much as choke-cherries. […]

How to Start a Fire in the Rain

Fire needs 3 elements to survive: Fuel, Air, and Heat. This is known as the “Combustion Triangle”. Deprive a fire of any one of the elements and it dies. Water does two things; it deprives a fire of oxygen and it cools the temperature to below the combustion point of the fuel being used. Our […]

Bushcraft Soap: How to Make Soap in the Woods

Soap making in the woods can be an almost automatic thing. Anyone who’s done much camping knows that, if you throw some white ashes from a hardwood fire into your frying pan after dinner, the lye in the ash will combine with the fat from the cooking to make a crude soap. This works fine […]

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