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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How to Make Your Own Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is an excellent nonlethal close-range antipersonnel weapon that can mean the difference between life and death. While it is readily available for purchase at the present time, in a post-collapse survivalist scenario, you may not be able to acquire store-bought pepper spray as easily. Fortunately, pepper spray is fairly simple to make with a few ingredients that you will either be able to grow in your backyard vegetable garden, have already stored in bulk, or barter for. Homemade pepper spray is simply a combination of dried peppers with a high Scoville rating and a delivery medium. By stocking up on pepper seeds and other materials now, you will be well prepared in a post-collapse scenario. The main ingredient of homemade pepper spray is the dried chili peppers. Chili  …

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Disaster Myths: You Don’t Know What’s Going to Happen

Let’s pretend that a disaster just happened; an earthquake near your home that has leveled buildings and killed hundreds. Thankfully, you’ve survived, but what’s going to happen now? You probably have a good idea of what life will be like after a disaster. But you might be wrong! A lot of research has been done about the human condition during and after a disaster and the findings might surprise you. Panic One of the biggest myths about a disaster is that there will be mass panic. We’ve seen countless movies and TV shows where people forget the needs of others and adopt an “every man for himself” mentality. This self-interested survival behavior is typically referred to as panic. While we think that panic is a very common occurrence in a  …

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Mountain House vs Saratoga Farms

Many people wonder what the difference is between Mountain House freeze-dried foods and Saratoga Farms freeze-dried foods. We want to show you some of the differences and similarities. Serving Size The first thing that most people look at is the nutritional label to see how big the serving size is on each can. For Mountain House, most of their freeze-dried entrees have a serving size of 1-cup prepared. Some of the cans will vary slightly. For example, some of the breakfast dishes will have a ½ cup serving or ¾ cup serving. Saratoga Farms also has a 1-cup prepared serving size. You’ll notice that many times the dry serving size will be a little different on the two brands. Saratoga Farms will usually have ½ cup dry – 1 cup  …

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Surviving In The Ocean

Surviving for any period of time when you are in open water is one of the most difficult survival challenges you could face. Open water is extremely dangerous on many levels: extreme weather is far more perilous on the ocean; there are no sources of fresh water available; risk of sun exposure is extremely high; and there are countless predators that are nearly impossible to see before they are too close to react. Yet there are many accounts of people surviving in open water for days, weeks, or even months. The ocean is survivable. You simply need to have the right skills and tools to do it. The most dangerous scenario is floating in open water with just a life preserver. You are completely exposed to the sun and elements,  …

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Homesteading With Horses

Whether you are a homesteader or looking to be better prepared for any natural disaster, economic downturn or personal loss, keeping horses is an excellent strategy. Horses are one of the most useful domesticated animals known to man. In the event of an oil crisis or breakdown, the homesteader with horses will be much better prepared to keep their daily routine as normal as possible than the one who only relies on diesel-powered farm equipment and transportation. Horses were the main source of motive energy before the industrial revolution. If you own one or more horses – as well as a wagon or buggy, horse-drawn plow and other farm equipment – you will be better prepared for whatever may happen. You may also be in a unique position to barter  …

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Surviving When Sun Exposure is High

In many survival situations, you will find yourself dealing with high sun exposure. This is not a problem that is only limited to desert survival. In most open country, such as plains, savannahs, and even mountains, during the summer months the sun will be beating down on you, and this can quickly become problematic. Even on days or in environments where the temperature is not particularly high can result in problems due to sun exposure, and on cooler days you’re actually more at risk because you won’t recognize the dangers of sun exposure as quickly. You’ll need to protect yourself from problems associated with sun exposure in order to increase your overall chances of survival. Under most circumstances, a sunburn is a painful but ultimately not life-threatening annoyance. But in  …

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