Make Your Own Fish Cage Trap

Fish traps are as old as humans themselves. They date back to pre-historic hunter gatherer groups, and like many primitive tools, remain perfectly useful to this day. A stout fish trap offers a fisherman many similar advantages that land-based traps offer hunters. The main advantage of a fish trap is that it allows you to catch fish while you’re off doing other chores or gathering other supplies or food. With a bit of time, a few vines, and some strong reeds or tree branches, you can easily build a fish trap to gather fish for you. This kind of trap can be the difference between life and death in dire situations, or can make running a homestead much easier. Here’s how you can build a working fish trap out of  …

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DIY Solar-Powered Cell Phone Charger

These days, USB-powered devices are everywhere, and many of them are vital to communications and information. If you are on a long road trip or hiking in a remote area, a reliable, portable solar cell phone charger will be a convenient way to keep phones, speakers, and other devices running – but it may also be the difference between being able to call for help or not being able to in an emergency. Additionally, in the event of a power failure, you’ll want to have an alternative means of keeping your devices running and available so you can continue to communicate with friends and family members. This is especially true when you’re dealing with a power failure that was caused by a natural disaster, storm or local power issue. In  …

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What Type of Clothes to Pack in Your 72-Hour Kit

It seems that all too often, preppers can be overly concerned about the supplies and tools they have in their 72-hour kit, and forget that everyday items like clothing are just as important in a survival situation. Making sure you’ve packed the proper clothes in your bug out bag is very crucial – and can often mean the difference between surviving and emergency just as much as any other item. A survival situation can strike when you least expect it – when you’re on vacation, when you’re on your way home from work, or even when you’re in bed for the night. You don’t want to be caught with just your Bermuda shorts, your business casual office wear, or your sleepwear for the next 72 hours. But if you’re not  …

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How to Preserve Your Favorite Cheeses with Wax

The process of covering cheese in wax in order to pro-long the life of the cheese is not a new idea nor is it a complicated process. Many people wax cheese in order to protect it from airborne bacteria, mold and from drying out too much. There are two main methods to waxing cheese. One – you can dip it in wax. Two – you can brush the wax on the cheese. Depending on how much wax you have and how big your cheese is will greatly determine which method you will use to wax your cheese. If you dip, make sure you are using a deep enough pot and that it is full enough with melted wax so you can cover the cheese entirely. Do what is easiest and  …

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What Are Your 2015 Preparedness Goals?

2015 is fast approaching and that means New Year’s Resolutions! So, what are your preparedness goals going to be? The beginning of the new year is a great time to analyze your needs and wants as a family. That’s why we’ve prepared this easy-to-use preparedness checklist. Many people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to preparedness. Lucky for them, they have great friends like you! Use this sheet to help them know where they can begin. Gather Information The first thing you’ll want to do is assess your risks. For example, if you live on the east coast hurricanes would be a threat. If you live in the Midwest, tornadoes might be your biggest threat. If you’re not sure what to prepare for in your area, contact  …

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How to Smoke Meat the Right Way

Before freeze drying or refrigeration, people would preserve foods by smoking them – especially meats. Smoke would extend the shelf life for the winter and add flavor while making the meats tender. Now, smoking has evolved into a fun way to add tons of flavor to your cuts of meat. You might think that it’s as easy as putting meat on the grill – but it’s a very different process. Here are some things to consider when you want to smoke meat: Choosing a Smoker You might think that smokers are just canisters that contain smoke, but they are a bit more complicated than that. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a smoker. Price. Typically, they range in price from $50 – $10,000 depending on the quality  …

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Construct Your Own Rain Gutter Water Collection System

One of the first things that even the most prepared survivalist will soon have in short supply following a collapse is potable water. Unless you have your own well or creek on your homestead, you’ll have to rely on the water you have stored up – which will quickly dwindle. And even that water may become contaminated with runoff of pollutants, fecal bacteria, or other deadly poisons. One source of free and fresh water that you can collect without fear is rainwater. Rainwater may come sporadically, though, so you want to be able to maximize your collection when it does fall, and have a safe, secure means of storing it. A rain gutter collection system will allow you to do this. And even prior to a collapse, you can collect  …

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Build Your Own Wind-Powered Water Pump

One of the most important jobs when you’re growing your own food is ensuring that your garden is getting an adequate supply of water. If you are in a situation that requires you to grow a lot of your own food, keeping the garden watered by hand can be a time-consuming job. Following an economic collapse, electricity and other forms of nonrenewable energy will be very scarce, which means you won’t be able to rely on powered water pumps. Fortunately, there’s an alternative. Humans used wind power to pump water for centuries prior to the industrial revolution, and following an economic collapse, you can return to this technology – with a few modern additions. In fact, you can build a wind-powered water pump out of recycled bike parts and PVC  …

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Knife Sharpening Techniques

Nothing is more frustrating than getting out your favorite knife and finding the blade dull. Here is how to quickly, easily and inexpensively transform that dull blade back into the efficient, precise tool you have come to rely on. Why you should sharpen your knives A dull knife can be more dangerous than a sharp one when it comes to cutting yourself. Dull knives have a higher tendency to slip during use on the material being cut. They also require you to apply more force when cutting, which further leads to the blade slipping and a higher chance of being cut. A sharp knife makes for a much safer, faster and more efficient job. Also, a sharp knife will leave less damage to the material being cut. How often should  …

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Should You Raise Turkeys?

Raising turkeys can be a great way to become a little more self-reliant and show your independent spirit around the holiday times. While they are fairly easy to raise and similar to raising chickens, there are some differences, especially when they are young, that you’ll need to consider. You’ll have to consider how much space the turkeys will take, what breeds you should have, the cost of feeding and water and what you’ll end up doing with the turkey. Turkeys are a great way to be more self reliant! What Breed? There are a few different options to start out raising turkeys. One of the most common small-farm turkeys is the broad-breasted white – the “modern” version. They are the most common ones that you’ll find in grocery store. They  …

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