10 Awesome Uses for Tin Foil

Tinfoil has many uses. While most people use it for cooking and storing leftovers, there are a number of other uses that make this household product worth adding to your emergency preparedness plans. Here are our top 10 favorite uses. 1. Sharpen Scissors Yes, you read that right. To do it you will first need to smooth the foil out followed by fold the sheets into strips making several layers. Next grab your scissors and start cutting. Eight or nine passes of the foil sheet should do the trick! 2. Clean jewelry and silverware Line a bowl with aluminum foil and fill it up with hot water. Next add 1 tablespoon of bleach-free powdered (not liquid) laundry detergent. Then simply place the jewelry or silverware in the solution for one  …

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WD-40 Survival Guide

You may not have ever thought that WD-40 could be used for more than loosening up rusty parts or greasing up your bike chain. In fact WD-40 can be used for many purposes that might just lead to your survival. Here are 13 ways that you can re-purpose WD-40 to help you in any situation! Feel free to add your own ideas and experiences at the end of this article. Help spread the word to others by sharing this on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ pages. Prevent Snow Build-Up on Windows Does the weather forecast predict a big winter snowstorm? You can’t stop the snow from falling, but you can prevent it from building up on your house’s windows. Just spray WD-40 over the outside of your windows before  …

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Should You Raise Goats?

Raising goats is a great way to save money and become more self-sufficient as a family. Goats are really easy to raise and can provide you with meat and milk. Despite what you may have heard, goats aren’t smelly, messy or eat things like tin cans. Many people who own goats compare them to dogs – they play, don’t smell bad, and can be trained to follow you or play. Goats are very social animals and are very friendly to raise. If you’ve ever considered raising a goat or two, here are some reasons that you should: Why Keep Goats? So what’s your reward for keeping goats? If you raise the dairy goats, each doe will give you about 90 quarts of delicious fresh milk every month for 10 months  …

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How to Tap Maple Trees and Make Syrup

Tapping maple trees in order to make syrup is a long tradition in America – dating back to the pre-Columbian era. Generations of people have tapped into maple trees to extract the yummy breakfast-enhancing liquid. As a self-sufficient individual, you can save money and live off the land by learning how to tap maple trees for syrup. These instructions will help you identify, tap and filter the sap to create a healthy, natural breakfast syrup that your family will love. Choose the Right Maple Trees The best maple trees yield in parts of the country that have sunny days and freezing nights in early spring. New England is typically the best area for this but you can do it anywhere. You’ll need to be able to recognize a sugar maple  …

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Hydroponic Gardening: No Soil Required

Can you grow a garden in the winter without soil? Yes, it is entirely possible to grow a garden in the winter without soil. In fact, you can grow a garden in the winter without these things, using an increasingly popular technique called “hydroponics.” Hydroponics is an indoor soil-free gardening technique that has been used for thousands of years and allows the gardener to have complete and total control of their garden’s environment. With the hydroponics gardening alternative, you can grow just about any type of bountiful garden during those cold winter months right within your own home – even in your home’s kitchen. If you’ve ever put a plant clipping into a glass of water, in hopes it will develop roots, you have practiced a form of hydroponics. What Exactly is  …

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How to Heat an MRE

Personally, I am not the best cook; I always seem to burn everything I put my hands on.  However, with a Flameless MRE Heater even I can’t go wrong.  Each MRE heater has easy to follow step by step directions to make sure even the unsavvy cook, such as I, can get it right every time.  Your MRE’s will come out angelic every time. Typically an MRE Ultimate Full Meal will come with the following items: If you don’t order the MRE Ultimate Full Meal, make sure that you get some MRE Flameless Heaters. Directions Remove MRE from cardboard carton or locate cardboard sleeve.  Make sure to save the carton to use during the heating process.  Tear open the top of the heater sleeve at top arrow. Insert the unopened  …

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Preserving Your Own Meats for Food Storage

Meat always seems to be a popular item in food storage. It packs essential nutrients like proteins, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, Vitamin B and Vitamin D. However, having a long-term supply of meat can be tricky. How do you get it to last? There are a few options when preserving meats. Methods like salting, brining freezing and dehydrating are great options to help you keep the meats for future meals. Salting Pork Salting is one of the oldest forms of meat preservation. In order to salt your pork, you’ll need: • Fresh Pork • Pickling Salt • Brown Sugar • Crocks or Jars for Storage Cut your meat into slabs – generally 4 to 6 inches thick. Mix ½ pound of pickling salt with ¼ cup of brown sugar. This  …

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5 Things to Do with Leftover Garden Produce

What do you do with all your garden vegetables that you are not able to eat right away? All your hard work through the spring and summer has paid off to bring you a bountiful crop … so don’t let it go to waste. There are a lot of things you can do with your extra garden vegetables to make sure they are put to good use. Here are some ideas of what to do with your extra crops. Donate to Local Food Pantry Whatever the reason may be, there are a lot of hungry people here in our own country that can be helped. According to AmpleHarvest.org, as Americans “we throw away a pound of food per person per day” and “well over 100 billion pounds of food per  …

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Make a Food Dehydrator with Household Items

Dehydrating your own fruits and vegetables is fun, easy and makes a great nutritious food storage snack your whole family will love. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a dehydrator, there are about a million ways to build your own dehydrator—the basic principles governing the laws of dehydration are not rocket science, you just need to figure out the best way to remove moisture from your food before it spoils. You can easily build your own simple dehydrator from household items and have your favorite dehydrated foods drying in no time. For those of you with a little more ambition and skill, there are larger, more efficient dehydrators that can be built.  For the purpose of this article we will discuss the basic needs a  …

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Make a Year Supply of Laundry Soap for Less than $20

Making your own natural laundry soap is a great way to save money and become more self-reliant. The great part is that it’s easy to do and doesn’t cost much! In fact, you can make a year supply of laundry soap for under $20 with a little bit of searching and 5 minutes of mixing time. Here are some things you’ll need: Fels Naptha Soap. This brand of soap has been around for decades and has proven itself as a reliable cleaning agent. You can usually find it in your laundry aisle at most local grocery stores. You can also use Ivory soap if that’s more readily available. The other great thing about Fels Naptha is that you can use it for other purposes like treating exposure to poison ivy,  …

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