With a Post Apocalypse Bearing Down, What Are You Willing to Eat if it Came Down to it? The Top 10 Survival Recipes from the Backwoods

The Top 10 Survival Recipes from the Backwoods

With a post apocalypse bearing down, what are you willing to eat if it came down to it?

Somewhere right now down in the American south — whether that’s Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama or Louisiana — a poor family is eating a creature caught in their own backyard or nearby Bayou, some kind of creature most people in the city would likely puke at the thought of eating. Stuffed possum. Baked raccoon. That kind of thing. [Read more…]

Goodbye Power Company: Why You May Soon Be Generating Your Own Electricity – Wind-Powered Device Can Produce 11 Gallons Per Day of Clean Drinking Water From The Air

Wind-Powered© WaterSeer

Another major issue with solar energy is that on a watt to dollar basis, it’s a relatively inefficient medium of creating electricity.

Households and businesses that generate their own electricity sometimes produce more than they need. The surplus energy is fed into the grid. Your meter reading then goes down. If you have a smart meter, what you use is offset against the electricity you generate.

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Sustainable Living: Innovative Ways To Grow Your Own Food!

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Sustainable Living: Innovative Ways To Grow Your Own Food!

The word, Hydroponic, comes from Latin and means working water. Simply put, it is the art of growing plants without soil.

When most people think of hydroponics, they think of plants grown with their roots suspended directly into water with no growing medium. This is just one type of hydroponic gardening known as N.F.T. (nutrient film technique). There are several variations of N.F.T. used around the world and it is a very popular method of growing hydroponically. What most people don’t realize is that there are countless methods and variations of hydroponic gardening. [Read more…]

Build a cold smoker

cold smoker

Build a cold smoker

So you can make delicious squaw candy

One fresh July evening at our summer cabin in Soldotna, Alaska, my husband, Tom, and I sat with friends around a campfire. We talked about salmon, wondered why the main run reds were late this year, and swapped fish tales. Someone began to pass around a clear plastic package of squaw candy — sticks of salmon jerky. As I was a relatively new resident of Alaska, this was a novelty to me. I took one of the amber sticks, sniffed it, and cautiously took a bite. It was smoky, salty, savory, and, well, indescribable. [Read more…]

Traditional Food Preservation Methods Are Returning In Popularity Among Americans

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Traditional Food Preservation Methods Are Returning In Popularity Among Americans

We come across articles from newspapers printed in the 1800’s that contain recipes and cooking tips that you might find interesting. Some have become our favorites and others are simply amusing.

Traditional food preservation methods are returning in popularity among Native American tribes and communities in South Dakota. Elders are teaching youth about the traditional practice of sun-drying corn and wild berries. This tradition brings families together and can be passed on from generation to generation. Buffalo meat was also traditionally sun-dried; this practice is now more commonly done in a food dehydrator. Jerky or bapa (dried buffalo meat used in soups and stews) and sun-dried corn and wild berries are healthy foods that provide sustenance to the Native American diet. [Read more…]

Waterwheel Electric Generator Low-Cost Electricity, Multi-Purpose Dams Provide Water For Irrigation

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Waterwheel Electric Generator Low-Cost Electricity, Multi-Purpose Dams Provide Water For Irrigation

Hydropower, generated mainly from hydroelectric dams, is a clean, renewable, non-emitting source of energy that provides low-cost electricity and helps reduce carbon emissions. U.S. hydroelectric generation is the second largest in the world, providing 7% of domestic electricity production and much larger percentages in the western states. It is more efficient than any other form of electricity generation and offsets more carbon emissions than all other renewable energy sources combined. [Read more…]

6 Cheap Ways To Build A Greenhouse

Greenhouse

6 Cheap Ways To Build A Greenhouse

A greenhouse is something every homesteader should strive for, but good ones aren’t cheap and don’t always fit into the budget. What if you could build your own and not break the bank doing it. Well check out these great DIY greenhouse projects. [Read more…]

The Greenhouse Of The Future – No Extra Heating Needed

Greenhouse

 

The Greenhouse Of The Future – No Extra Heating Needed

The Greenhouse of the Future is an innovative and strategic design, built of recycled and natural materials, that interacts with the natural phenomena of the planet in order to create the ideal environment for growth and abundance. [Read more…]

Backyard Aeroponics,Hydroponic and Aquaponic Garden Self-Sustaining Farm (The method was actually developed and is being used by NASA because it uses so much less water and the speed of growth is much faster)

Backyard Aeroponics

Backyard Aeroponics ,Hydroponic and Aquaponic  Garden Self-Sustaining Farm (The method was actually developed and is being used by NASA because it uses so much less water and the speed of growth is much faster)

Benjamin Staffeldt grew up on a farm and works in a garden center so when he and his wife Sara moved into a rental home (a duplex), it was only natural he’d want to start farming his (shared) backyard. They began with containers and then bought a kit greenhouse to extend the growing season and were selling to local supermarkets and restaurants, but the heating bills to farm during Wisconsin winters (with temperatures as low as -70°F) was cutting sharply into their profits. [Read more…]

Dutch Bucket Hydroponics – How It Works & How to Make Your Own Buckets

 Bucket Hydroponics

Dutch Bucket Hydroponics – How It Works & How to Make Your Own Buckets

I’ve been building a new Dutch Bucket hydroponic system and finally have everything completed and functioning quite well. In this video, I’ll explain the lessons that I learned from my first setup back in the Spring, along with changes made for this new setup. Also, I’ll share how easy it is to make your own dutch (bato) buckets. [Read more…]

Easy way to heat your home free forever !–Biomass briquettes

Biomass briquettes

Easy way to heat your home free forever !–Biomass briquettes

Which is better: recycling all your paper, or soaking it and making briquettes to burn and so reducing the need for heating oil deliveries?
Every time we put out a kilogram of paper to be recycled we are effectively saving 3-4 kilowatt hours of energy – and 30 litres of water – from being used to make new paper out of virgin timber, according to environmental charity WasteWatch. That’s the potential saving. But what it doesn’t say is how much energy it takes to turn that old paper back into paper ready to be reused. (It’s also worth bearing in mind that 51% of our recycled paper is sent abroad for processing.) Soaking, processing, and transporting recycled paper is clearly an energy-intensive business. Plus, the process isn’t infinite: paper can only be recycled about five times before the fibres degrade beyond use. [Read more…]

Selecting and Preparing Your Vehicle-Vehicle Survival Kit

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Selecting and Preparing Your Vehicle-Vehicle Survival Kit

I travel a lot.   Too much for my wife’s preference.  But that is what pays my bills.  My job has me flying and driving around the country, which makes me vulnerable to travel delays and potential disasters.   With any business trip within 200 miles, I prefer to drive.  Any extended business trip (4 days or longer on site) within 300 miles will result in driving as well.  When you add up the time it takes to drive to the airport, park at the airport, navigate the airport, go through security, waiting at the gate, on boarding the plane, waiting for takeoff, flying, deplaning, getting your bags, getting a rental car or taxi, and then finally making a local trip to my destination, it is prudent to measure the costs of time and money in order to justify flying.   Flight was fun many years ago.  Today, flying is just a bus in the air.  Due to typical distances of my trips, I fly more often than drive by a ratio of 5 flights to 1 drive.   Flying results in a greater degree of vulnerability, since fly inherently limits what can be transported on a plane.   But I prefer to drive, whenever I can.  Driving is much more comfortable and pleasant.   I can play my favorite tunes, listen to YouTube, listen to audio books, and talk on the phone while driving. [Read more…]

20 Perennial Vegetables to Plant Once and Enjoy Forever!

Perennial Vegetables

20 Perennial Vegetables to Plant Once and Enjoy Forever!

Perennial vegetables—crops that you plant just once and harvest year after year—are relatively rare in North American gardens.

With the exception of asparagus, rhubarb and artichokes, most gardeners are probably unaware of the tasty, extremely low-maintenance bounty that can be harvested when many annual crops aren’t available.

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Must Have Supplies to Prepare for the End of the World

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Must Have Supplies to Prepare for the End of the World

Whether literally the end of the world or a localized natural disaster, preparing for difficult times ensures you have the supplies needed to survive with little outside assistance. The supplies you will need vary based on your family size, local climate, and the length of time you are expecting to be self sustaining. These tips can help you get started on collecting the right tools for any disaster.

What You Need

The end of the world is considered by most to be a long term event that will affect you for the rest of your life. If society fails, the economic system collapses, and things like electricity cease to exist, what will you need? The obvious answer is to choose items that will sustain you for several months, such as canned foods, and the tools needed to grow and harvest your own food in the future. You also should think about investing in a wood cooking stove to prepare food when you can’t rely on natural gas or electric lines to be in working order.Sold-Out-After-A-Crisis

Books with information on food preservation, the items needed to preserve foods, and information about gathering wild plants can also be very helpful. You should practice these methods beforehand to ensure you can use the methods successfully. This will reduce waste, which is important in a disaster situation, and help you decide which tools are necessary to have before a disaster strikes.

The Small Things Matter

In a disaster, common items that you need may not be readily available. Other items, such as seeds to start a garden, may be nearly impossible to obtain. When planning items to have on hand, you should keep things like fresh garden seeds, over the counter medications, and common household items like thread, needles, and cotton balls on hand at all times. Making a kit that is that separate from normal household items is recommended.

You will also need to begin a high quality medicine and first aid kit. Antibiotics, fever and pain reducing medications, bandages, and other medications are essential in a disaster. Make sure that all medicines are replaced after their expiration date to maintain the usefulness of your first aid kit. Keeping extra personal hygiene items is also a good idea, but learning to make your own soaps and other hygiene items is ideal. You can make soap inexpensively and store it for an extended time.

Storing Food

Food and water are essential. It is a good idea to store three to six months worth of dry food in preparation for a global disaster. Dry food, such as dried beans and rice, should be kept in a cool, dry area. Buckets with tight lids are excellent for long term storage of dried foods. Dehydrated fruit and jerky are also good options that provide needed nutrition.

A water well that can be hand operated is the best way to prepare for a long term disaster. If you don’t have a well, but own your own property, this is an investment that can save money and help you prepare for any catastrophe. You should also have information on how to bypass an electric water pump if you already own a water well.

Experience

Perhaps the most valuable thing you can possess is experience living off the grid. Try living for a few days, or a few weeks, without things like grocery stores, electricity,a car, and running water. What do you find you need most, or wish you had on hand? Can you make a meal out of plants that you find growing wild in your local area? Focus on what you need to learn and what your family really needs to survive during these exercises and you can begin collecting the things that you need when you can’t rely on the outside world to get them.

Experience can also provide you with necessary skills. You may need to know how you produce your own food, handwash clothing, or even fix your own appliances. Collect books on homesteading and work to begin self sufficient before a disaster and you will be prepared for anything.

Other useful resources:Bliberty1

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

Survive The End Days (Biggest Cover Up Of Our President)

 

Author Bio

Katelyn Roberts is a frequent contributor for NetQin. She writes on a wide variety of topics including technology,green living and entertainment

SOURCE : thisistheendoftheworldasweknowit.com

10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations to Set You on the Path to Food Independence

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10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations 

The issue of food quality and food independence is of critical importance these days, and people are recognizing just how easy and fun it is to grow your own food at home. When renegade gardener Ron Finleysaid, “growing your own food is like printing money,” he was remarking on the revolutionary nature of re-establishing control over your health and your pocket book as a means of subverting the exploitative and unhealthy food systems that encourage the over-consumption of processed and fast foods. [Read more…]

How To Make Garlic Syrup

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How To Make Garlic Syrup

Having recently posted on the benefits of honey, I dug up an old post from a reader who had let us know how to make ‘garlic syrup’ (with honey) – a home remedy of sorts.

Here’s how to make garlic syrup:


Submitted by ‘Halfkin’

My first batch was in 1978.
I have made it the same way for over Thirty years and it has not failed me.

I altered the original recipe from day one, replacing sugar with Honey. I believe this has made it even more potent, as honey also has antibiotic properties. It can actually kill some forms of bacteria.

From Forbes magazine, 02/02/2012, “Last year, some research was published evidencing some effectiveness against MRSA. Now a team from the Cardiff School of Health Sciences has demonstrated the effectiveness of this honey against Streptococcus pyogenes, an antibiotic resistant bacteria that often infects wounds and can prevent skin grafts from forming.”

The original recipe was from a book by Dr. Edward Shook where it was said that during WWII, the British government purchased the worlds Garlic crop, thousands of tons, and used it to treat the wounds of their soldiers on the front line. From the thousands treated, not one case of septic poison was produced. No Gangrene! That is to say, it is an antiseptic.

Those being External uses, I must say, I first made it to treat my family Internally.

For colds, coughs, pneumonia and possible exposure to tuberculosis. It has always been THE Lung Remedy in my home.

This does not necessarily soothe a cough and it does not mask a symptom, but rather goes after the cause. It can act as an expectorant. With a syrup made of organic garlic, clean local honey, organic apple cider vinegar, and pure water, one can treat a variety of conditions. I got up to the point that I used to make ten gallons at a time from twenty-five pounds of garlic.

It is not inexpensive, however, I feel it is more valuable than gold.

It is really, really, sticky to make, even before the honey is added. The garlic oil attaches to everything! And the entire house will reek on the day you grind the garlic. Or open the bucket later….Gotta Love It!

Garlic Syrup Recipe

Break apart the garlic cloves. Remove loose peels, but don’t sweat the ones that cling.

Run them through a meat mincer/grinder. I use a hand crank one.

A blender might work, but that is all you will ever use it for. I have destroyed juicers, don’t go there. A garlic press is not enough. MINCE or GRIND the Garlic.

Add Equal amounts of water and vinegar. Enough to cover the garlic. Use a glass container preferably, or plastic if you have to, but Never metal to soak the garlic.

Dr. Shook only soaked his for four hours. I always soaked it, at the very least, over night. However I usually soaked it like a tincture and let it sit for two weeks. I have also left it in this state for over a year and it has not spoiled. I call this stage ‘Garlic broth’. (un-strained.)

The pulp is strained through layers of cheese cloth or linen or cotton and a sieve. The resulting product is the strained broth.

Always add 1 and 1/2 times as much honey as broth.

Example:

1 lb of garlic
2 cups of water
2 cups of vinegar
equals 4 – 1/2 cups of broth.

You actually get more liquid back because of the oil in the garlic that comes out.

Add one and a half times as much honey as broth.
So – 4.5 cups of broth, multiplied by 1.5 times the amount of honey, equals = 6.75, (6 and 3/4 cups), of honey.

Warm the honey on low heat and add it to the broth. Never heat the Garlic.

Stir, drink to good health!

Internally:
1 tablespoon 3-4 x a day adults.
1 teaspoon, 3-4 x a day for children.

Externally:
Apply to lint, cotton, gauze, and place on wound.

I have also used this in cold environments to warm the body and blood. It used to be part of our wood gathering, chainsaw, tool box.
MSB Note: This is not medical advice.

 

Other useful resources:survivalmd_newcover

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

SOURCE : modernsurvivalblog.com