Top Preserved Foods To Survive Winter

Preserved Foods To Survive Winter

Especially if you live in an area where the weather will be bad, you’ll need to stockpile enough food to get you and your family through the winter. This can be a daunting task until you do it a few times and get used to tallying in your head how much you’ll need. [Read more…]

Food Hoarding Becomes Winter Sport As Americans Get Taste Of Coming ‘Collapse’!

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Food Hoarding Becomes Winter Sport As Americans Get Taste Of Coming ‘Collapse’!

New Yorkers and New Englander’s are now getting a SMALL taste of what economic collapse will soon be like as ‘Superstorm Juno’ prepares to dump a boatload of snow upon the Northeast, leaving store aisles empty and lines going out grocery food doors as food hoarding becomes a winter sport.

The photographs and videos below offer the rest of us a look at what is now happening in locations preparing to be slammed by what is being called a ‘historical snowstorm’ and gives Americans another quick look at what can suddenly happen should a disaster strike, whether that disaster be a Biblical weather event or the total breakdown of society following the collapse of the economy.

With bread, water and other foods being bought up at dizzying rates, the repercussions of Superstorm Juno should be looked upon as a dire warning by everyone paying attention as Americans panic once again proves to us we are only 9 meals away from society turning into total anarchy and revolution.

 

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Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

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SOURCE : By Live Free Or Die – All News Pipeline

Winter 2014 – Predicted to be Catastrophic

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BY JADELYNX

Winter 2014

If you have never actively prepared for the approach of winter, you may want to start doing so this year. The National Weather Service models are predicting a 99% chance that this coming winter will start sooner and be harsher than any we have seen, possibly in this century. Weather science experts are saying the amount of snow we can expect could be many times what we normally get. The northeast and midwest states will see most all the snow while the west will see more rain, other than California where the drought is expected to continue.

This type of severe weather goes far beyond mere inconvenience, it is life threatening. A greater amount of snow than normal could shut down major cities and cause lengthy power outages. The combination of no heat and probable food shortages is a recipe for disaster. The time to prepare for this is now, as the weather could turn as soon as the beginning of October.

What should you do? How can you protect your family from the hazards that this winter will present? Prepare for it now! Better you should start stocking up for the upcoming emergency now than try to run out and buy what you need when the snow is knee deep and everyone else is also trying to do the same thing. Prices will be inflated, shelves may be empty, people could panic and you could be hurt or worse if you are caught out in those conditions.

What should you start stocking up on? Some of these things I am sure you probably know, but others you may not think of. Start with the basics.

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Heat – if you lose power and your heat does not work without it, the first thing you will need is an alternative source of heat. Mr Heater portable propane powered heater was my choice. Whichever heater you decide on, make sure that it is approved for indoor use, and even then you may want to slightly crack a window. Make sure to buy a lot of propane tanks, so you do not run out. Never NEVER use outdoor BBQ grills, kerosene heaters, or any other type of heater that is for outdoor use only. You can be overcome by fumes from them.

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Heavy Clothing – the best would be snowsuits such as what you wear for skiing or winter hiking, but you can also use thermal underwear, wool socks and insulated boots and parka. Don’t forget the hat and gloves. You may also want to invest in some hand warmers.

Food – when a food shortage hits, and it will when the delivery trucks cannot get to the stores, the first thing to go is the staples. Milk, bread, eggs and such will be gone almost immediately. To avoid this situation, buy good quality powdered milk and store it in a cool dry place. I don’t trust the cardboard containers they come in so I store mine in two liter soda bottles with tightly screwed on caps. Kept moisture free, powdered milk stays good for 2 to 10 years, so don’t be afraid to buy a lot. Loaves of bread should also be on your list. Bread can be frozen with no major damage to it, and if you lose power, you can always keep it outside where it will stay frozen. Eggs can also be frozen, not in their shell, but first crack and beat them and then pour them into ice cube trays. When they are frozen, pop them out and put them in freezer bags. Can goods, pasta, rice, beans are all things that you can stock up on that will last a long time. How much food to store will be determined by how many people in your household. Don’t forget to also buy the means to cook your food. A small propane stove is best, but you can use an outdoor grill if you want to cook outside, but beware, the smell of cooking food may bring unwanted guests for dinner!

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Radio – a portable radio that runs on batteries is essential to keep up on what is going on outside your home. Battery operated or solar chargers for your cellphone, tablet or laptop is also a good idea. Being able to communicate with others during a weather emergency is important

Light – stocking up on candles, flashlights and batteries is a good idea, but if you have a lengthy power outage, oil lamps are a much better and cheaper choice. They give off more light and burn a very long time on very little oil. You can buy oil lamps(about $12) on Amazon along with lamp oil and extra wicks.
It may seem a bit overwhelming, but the better you prepare, the safer and happier you will feel. But remember, it is much better not to tell anyone about the preparations you have made for the coming winter, or you may find desperate people showing up on your doorstep when their food runs out and their houses have no heat.

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The Old Farmers Almanac has been predicting weather for 223 years

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RED ALERT! Snowpocolypse, not Polar Vortex, Winter weather by the end of Sept 2014 through June 2015

 

 

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

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

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SOURCE : writedge.com

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10 Ways To Prepare Your Home & Family For A Winter Snow Storm Or A Blizzard

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Blizzards are quite common among those who live in the midwest and on the east coast of the United States.

Although the last few years we’ve had some very freaky weather in places that normally would not see such weather. So even if you think you’re safe, it doesn’t hurt to know what to do to prepare for a blizzard!

A winter storm WARNING means a winter storm is headed for your area.
A BLIZZARD WARNING means strong winds, blinding wind-driven snow, and dangerous wind chill are expected. Seek shelter immediately!

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Here are 10 tips to help you prepare for a big snow storm or blizzard…

#1 Keep a bag of warm clothing handy.

Ideally, you’ll want one bag for everyone in your family, and you should keep it in a closet that is easily accessible. If your power goes out, you probably aren’t going to want to go looking for warm clothing in the dark. Having a bag of clothing in your coat closet in the living room, for example, can help you avoid this.
#2 Pay attention to the local newscasts.Prepare

Some people hear about storms, but figure they’ll worry about it when and if it happens. This is the worst attitude to have. People can die in blizzards, so being prepared is critical. If your local weather newcasts are calling for a blizzard, prepare ahead of time. That way, even if the blizzard doesn’t hit, you will be ready for the next one. Better to be safe than sorry later.

#3 Make sure you have plenty of blankets on hand.

If your power goes out (and in most cases with severe winter storms it does), you could be without power for a day or two, so staying warm is critical. Even if you don’t heat with electricity, there’s no guarantee that your heating source — whether it is gas or some other form of heating — is going to be working properly during a winter storm.

#4 Keep several flashlights, batteries, candles and lighters on hand.

It’s probably better to use flashlights rather than candles when at all possible — because with candles you run the risk of accidentally starting a fire. While the majority of us are very careful and remember to blow out candles when we’re not in the room with them and practice other candle safety techniques, the risk is still there. Your house could burn down with you in it before anyone could ever make it to your home in time to help you due to poor road conditions and other storm-related delays. Candles should really only be used as a backup, in the event that your batteries go dead in the flashlight or something.

#5 Charge all your cell phones ahead of time.

If the local weather reports are telling you that a blizzard is going to hit, be sure to charge all of your cell phones before the power goes out. Sometimes a cell phone is the only contact you have with the outside world during a storm. And, in the event you need help in a hurry, you won’t want to be without phone service! So, charge your cell phones ahead of time and then don’t use them except for emergencies during the storm.

#6 Stock up on nonperishable foods.Prepare

Since you never know how long a blizzard is going to last, it’s important to stock up on lots of nonperishable foods — such as canned goods that you don’t have to heat (pork & beans for example), bread and margarine, fruits and vegetables that can stand being at room temperature for a few days (such as apples, bananas, and oranges), even low-fat cookies and chips can help cure hunger pangs in a pinch. The thing is… if you prepare ahead of time, then you can be sure to have plenty of nonperishable, healthy foods available for your family to eat during the storm. Another reason to get nonperishable foods is if the power goes out, you won’t find yourself trying to eat up food before it spoils and wondering what you’re going to do when it runs out.

#7 Stock up on bottled water.

You will need at least a gallon of water per person per day. While it’s possible you will still have water from the tap available even if your power goes out, it is still a good idea to have clean drinking water on hand just in case. There is always the possibility that your pipes could freeze or something else could happen to prevent water from flowing out of your faucet. TIP: If you let your faucets drip ever so slightly, this will help to prevent the pipes from freezing in the winter.

#8 Have things on hand to keep your entire family entertained while you wait out the storm.

Some ideas for indoor activities include:

board games
cards
laptops and portable DVD players that can be charged up ahead of time for use during the storm
books
coloring books for younger children
puzzles
even craft projects for those who are tired of being cooped up and want something fun to do

#9 Stay inside.

While blizzards can seem really cool — particularly if you love snow — they can also be very dangerous. High winds and blowing snow can create white-out conditions, making it easy for you to get lost just a few feet from your front door. While your kids may be clamoring to go outside and play in the snow, keep them indoors until the worst of the storm has passed. No amount of snow angel or snowman making activities are going to be worth it if you or one of your kids gets lost in a white-out. Typically, these storms hit in well below freezing temperatures — meaning the possibility of frostbite and hypothermia setting in quickly is a real possibility if you or your child gets lost. It’s not worth losing a life (or fingers or toes for that matter) just to kill the boredom and have a little winter fun.

#10 Turn off the heat in rooms where people aren’t hanging out.

Also, close the doors to those rooms. Take the time to cover up any space underneath doors or other cracks where you notice cool air is coming in. This will help to preserve as much heat as possible inside your home, in the event the power goes out.

If you follow these 10 tips, then you should be able to survive a blizzard or any other snowstorm successfully.

 

 

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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 : weather.thefuntimesguide.com

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3 Vegetables You Can Grow All Winter … Even Without A Garden-Video

container-gardening-400x275When it comes to gardening, I have a hard time waiting for spring. In January I start to dream about planting. In February, I’m researching plants, designing my garden, and writing up a cost estimate for my newest growing endeavors. By March, I’m chomping at the bit, eager to get my pots started. But I don’t own a plot of land where I can plant. Rather than resign myself to wistfully admiring other’s gardens, I’ve tackled vegetable container gardening in the past and this year is no different. Small space may require a bit more work to encourage cold-weathervegetables to grow and produce, but it’s certainly an option and one I love!

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Some of the first crops of the season are broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. While these plants respond best when planted directly into the ground, they can manage well in pots if cared for properly. To start out, you’ll need a correct pot size for each plant. Broccoli and cauliflower generally need larger pots (at least five gallons per plant and between 12 to 16 inches deep). Cabbage can manage in a two gallon pot. Ensure there is at least one drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. While water, and plenty of it, is essential to rapidly growing plants, too much stagnant water can smother a plant. Generally, the larger the pot size, the better it is for the plant. Larger containers help quell soil temperature fluctuations, and the more room there is for soil, water and roots, the better the crop will be. When it comes to pot size, don’t skimp!

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Soil

Once you have your containers chosen, you’ll need to think about what you’re going to fill them with. Good vegetable growing soil needs to provide adequate drainage and supply nutrients to your plants. It’s generally recommended to start out your pots with a good quality potting soil mix. These mixes include perlite or sand (for drainage) and peat, or composted bark (for nutrition). If you desire to mix your own soils, do some research online or at your library or bookstore, as there is a lot of good information out there on creating excellent potting soil. Alternatively, you can get by just fine with purchasing a bag of quality potting soil from your local plant nursery.

Fertilizer

While potting soil comes with its own nutrients, it doesn’t tend to last the entire growing season due to tendency of the nutrients to wash out of the soil from the frequent watering. Plan to start fertilizing your plant sometime in the summer, close to the time the plant starts producing. Over-fertilizing is common, but not necessary, so watch your plants and experiment with how much and how often you give them extra food.

Watering

Your broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower plants will be very dependent on you for adequate water. Container plants go through a lot of water. Some water will drain out the bottom, especially if too much is given at one time, while other water will evaporate out the top. Stack on top of that the intense water needs of growing vegetable plants, and you can expect to water your plants every day.

Ed Smith shares that “There’s no wiggle room here; vegetable plants that don’t get enough water when they need it become stressed, and don’t produce as well. This means that a traditional container gardener has to be available to water the garden once a day – or more than once – every day” (Mother Earth News, April/May 2008). However, there is also another option: self-watering containers. These have a reservoir in the bottom that you fill with water. The soil then takes up enough water for the plant’s satisfaction. While these are available from plant nurseries, they’re also easy enough to construct yourself. Glance around online for instructions on how to make your own. Whether you use traditional pots or self-watering containers, watch your plants and you’ll soon know what they need. Container gardening can be intensive from time to time, but the results are worth it!

Now that you have your containers and soil, it’s time to take a look at the individual cold season crops. When purchasing plants or seeds for container gardens, look for ones that say “dwarf,” “compact” or “fast-maturing” as these are best suited for growing in smaller spaces.

1. Broccoli

Broccoli loves cool weather, lots of water, at least six hours of sunlight and rich soil. Start your seeds indoors about six weeks before the last spring frost. Once the plants are about four weeks old, harden them off (gradually get them used to the outdoors) and move them outside. Broccoli can also be planted in the late summer for a fall crop. You’ll need to start your seeds indoors 12-14 weeks before the first fall frost. Set them outside when they’re between four and six weeks old.

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Check your plants for worms. Water frequently and fertilize often. Adding compost, composted chicken manure or liquid fertilizer are excellent ways to meet broccoli’s high nutrient needs. You can pick your first harvest “when the florets around the edges of the head begin to show slight loosening, but when the beads in most of the crown are still tight” says Barbara Pleasant (Mother Earth News, August/September 2009). Cut the stems at a diagonal to deter water pooling and your plants rotting. If you choose a sprouting broccoli kind, then you’ll see repeat harvests, though each harvest will be smaller. You can eat your broccoli fresh in stir-fries, salads and more, or you can steam it and freeze it for future use.

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2. Cabbage

Cabbage comes in a range of kinds, Green, Red, Savoy, Pointed, and Napa. Look for smaller, fast growing varieties for your container garden. They love fertile soil and lots of sun, so consider adding some compost to your potting soil and feeding throughout their growing season. Set your pots where they can receive direct sunlight for much of the day. You’ll need to start seeds indoors eight to 10 weeks before your area’s last spring frost. Once the seedlings are about six weeks old, you can harden them off and set them outside. If you want a fall crop, start seeds 12 to 14 weeks before the first fall frost. You can cut your first harvest when the heads feel firm. Cut high and clean and your plant may produce several smaller heads. Your cabbage will store nicely in the refrigerator for about two weeks. Enjoy fresh coleslaw or blanche and freeze it. Another alternative is to make nutrient and healthy bacteria rich fermented sauerkraut (not heat-treated). Enjoy!

3. Cauliflower

Cauliflower may be one of the most temperamental of the cool weather crops. Generally, it’s recommended to start plants in the summer for a late fall/winter harvest. If cauliflower gets hit with 80 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures while the heads are forming, small, poorly textured heads result. Look for fast-growing, early maturing plants for container gardens. Cauliflower loves fertile soil, so plan to feed your plants regularly. They also do not handle cramped spaces well (delivering smaller heads), so ensure you have a nice sized pot for each plant (at least five gallons and preferably bigger). In late spring or early summer, start your cauliflower seeds. Watch your plants for insect problems. Drench plants with a high-nitrogen fertilizer (like fish emulsion), every couple weeks as they grow. Once the head is formed and a nice size (don’t wait too long or the head will take on an unpleasant texture), use a sharp knife to harvest it. Cauliflower plants only produce one head, so you can pull and discard or compost the rest of the plant once you’ve harvested the head. Cauliflower will keep in the refrigerator for a number of weeks or you can blanch and freeze the florets. Enjoy in stir-fries, soups, and more!

When it comes to gardening in small spaces, cool-weather crops are certainly an option. Choose well-sized pots and containers for your plants, adhere to the seasonal growing recommendations, feed often, provide plenty of water and sun and you’ll be experiencing the joys of your first cool-weather crops this year!

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