5 Recipes You Should Know by Heart

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What do you do now if you want a recipe for something you don’t know how to make? You go to the internet, or perhaps to a cookbook, though that’s becoming a rarity.

However, if you’re faced with an emergency where you have no power or no access to your cookbooks, you’ll have to know how to make some basics from memory.

Today, I’m going to tell you about 5 foods that will help you fill bellies in an emergency situation. Memorize them! [Read more…]

Back To Basics: Making And Canning Homemade Butter

Butter

Butter: you use it to make baked potatoes delicious. You smear it on your biscuits and you make finger-licking sauces with it. But what on Earth is going to happen when SHTF and you no longer have access to a grocery store that provides you with it?

Nothing, if you’re a good prepper, because you’re going to know how to make your own. Today we’re going to teach you how to make butter at home. We’ll also touch on something that most people don’t know about: canning butter. Keep reading! [Read more…]

How Did Native Americans Get Food For Their Families in The Days Before Supermarkets?

Native American

The natives of both North and South America exibit a great variety of lingusistic, anatomical, and cultural characteristics. The discussion of these diverse peoples must thus proceeded by groups and subgroupings. The most advanced civilizations were those developing in Mexico, Central America, and South America. The civilizations in North America were primarily hunter-gather civilizations, but some were engaged in settled agriculture. Native Americans have in the United States been traditionally referred to as Indians or in Europe as Red Indians. It refers to the pre-Colombian peoples of the Americas. [Read more…]

Forgotten Lessons of Self-Sufficiency From the Pioneers

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Pioneer Lessons Gardening & Cooking Tips (Forgotten Lessons of Self-Sufficiency from the pioneers)

We can learn much from the American pioneers. From the pioneer provision list, to seed saving and their cooking equipment and recipes, take note of techniques and tools used by the pioneers who “bugged out” West from 1840- 1890 along the Oregon Trail. [Read more…]

Lessons Learned From My Depression-Era Parents

 

Depression

During the Depression, people became expert at making do and repurposing items they already owned. Although you may not want to make clothing out of feed bags, you can cut down pants into shorts, make children’s clothes out of adults’ clothing and reuse bottles and containers instead of buying new ones. Recycle plastic bags into trash bags, and use old T-shirts and socks for rags. Refinish furniture, and find new uses for household items. If you need ideas, scour the library for books on recycling and making useful items from discards. [Read more…]

How Our Forefathers Made Corn Oil

 Corn Oil

Corn has been the cornerstone of the human diet for thousands of years; preserved kernels and cobs have been found at archaeological sites dating back thousands of years. The grain is believed to be native to the North American continent where it was one of the earliest domesticated crops. Remains of the first cornfields found in Puebla, Mexico date back to 5000 B.C. [Read more…]

Uncommon Off-grid Survival: How to Get Electricity from Mud

Electricity

It is no secret that anything from EMP blast and natural phenomena to outright sabotage from inside the country can lead to large scale disruptions in the power grid.

You have at least a few electronic devices that you’ll need to operate until you have made a full adjustment to living without electricity. Regardless of whether you need to access data on the memory chip for your smart phone, health monitoring tools, or even a battery powered radio, you should know how to generate electricity using as many methods as possible. [Read more…]

Straw Bale Gardening Mushrooms and Potatoes – You’ll Never Go Back To Growing In The Soil! Any Other Way Will Seem Silly Once You’ve Done It This Way.

Straw Bale Gardening Mushrooms and Potatoes

I should start off by saying that I have had a vegetable garden for a few years. The soil is poor, it is constantly full of weeds and my sprinkler system is on the fritz. I finally made the decision to try the straw bale garden because if nothing else, I would compost a bunch of organic material and could till it into the ground next spring. [Read more…]