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25 Must Have Survival Foods in your Pantry

Building an emergency pantry is one of those lifelines that takes both time and planning to make it fully functional. Ideally, you want to store shelf stable foods that your family normally consumes, as well as find foods that serve multiple purposes. Keep in mind, that water is your most important prep. You need water […]

5 Steps You Need To Take When Your Refrigerator Goes Out

One of the things you must consider during an urban survival situation is your refrigerator.  No, you don’t need to save it, but you want to get as much use out of the food in your fridge in the event of a major crisis. In fact, these tips don’t have to be reserved for some […]

Edible Wild Plants: Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis)

Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis) is a member of the honeysuckle family that grows up to thirteen feet high, with smooth, gray bark. Corky bumps cover the slender branches, and there is a spongy, white pith inside the twigs and branches. The opposite, feather-compound leaves may be over three feet long. The leaf is divided into 5-11 […]

Edible Wild Plants: Sweet Goldenrod (Solidago Odora)

Sweet Goldenrod (Solidago Odora) leaves make a great herbal tea, also called a tisane. The leaves, when fresh picked have a delicate anise-like aroma, mixed with a bright green herbal hints as well. the leaves can be brewed into tea, whether fresh leaves, or dried. The fresh leaves make a delicate tea with more of […]

How To Make Homemade Ice Packs

Ice packs are used on injuries where swelling has occurred, because the ice packs numb the pain while bringing the swelling down. They are used for 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have the time to run to the store to purchase an ice pack, you can make one at home. Homemade ice […]

Raisins: A Survival Superfood

Raisins were invented (probably by accident) to remain fresh. The fact that they’re dehydrated, along with their sugar content, preserves them without the need for refrigeration. There aren’t many foods that contain a majority of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and fats) and the necessary micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) that are necessary for good nutrition. […]

Organic Fertilizer & Pest Control For Your Garden

Fertilizer Energizing Earthworm Elixir 2.5 pounds earthworm castings 1/4 pound Epsom salts 2 tablespoons instant tea Combine and put 1 cup under each transplanted tomato or melon before planting. Organic Fertilizer Recipe Mix uniformly, in parts by volume: 4 parts seed meal 1/4 part ordinary agricultural lime, best finely ground 1/4 part gypsum (or double […]

Importance of Salt in Civilization for Survival

Salt is a valuable commodity that could become hard to come by in a long term disaster situation.  In Ancient Rome, salt was used as a form of currency because of it’s importance in preserving food.  In fact, it is still used today as a form of currency in some parts of Africa.  It was […]

Protecting Your Food Storage From Pests

Clean, cool, dry storage areas are preferred. Avoid storing food in open containers on shelves. Keep food storage areas free from spilled food and food particles. Good housekeeping helps prevent insect infestations. To prevent or at least minimize insect infestations in stored food products it would be ideal to store them somewhere between 35°F and […]

How Much Food Should You Store?

So you have a pantry full of food saved up after months of work, but is it enough? How much food should you really store? If the food supply lines collapse then you have little choice but to obtain food locally. Whether you start a survival garden yourself or local farms start springing up – […]

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