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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Surviving In The Desert

The desert may be one of the most challenging terrestrial environments to survive in for any period of time. Temperatures in the desert can fluctuate from midday to night by more than forty degrees Fahrenheit. Water is extremely scarce, as are natural sources of shelter and food sources. The single best way to ensure your survival in a desert environment is to be properly prepared before you find yourself in one. This includes learning the ins and outs of desert survival as well as making sure you have a fully outfitted pack of survival gear. With or without this kind of gear, however, there are a number of things you will have to do to increase your chances of survival in the desert. As in any survival situation, remaining calm  …

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Health Benefits of Freeze Dried Food

In an emergency, a supply of freeze dried food can be extremely useful. Freeze dried food is lightweight, compact, and lasts for months and even years without spoiling, making it the perfect survival food. Any go bag should have at least a week’s supply of freeze dried food in it, and any serious homesteader should have enough freeze dried food to last for up to a month in the event of natural disasters or other emergencies. Freeze dried fruit and meat isn’t just useful in an emergency, however: it’s also surprisingly good for your health. Freeze dried fruit Compared to conventionally dried fruit, freeze dried fruit contains fewer calories. If you’re looking for a great weight loss food, freeze dried fruit is a great option. Freeze dried fruit is also  …

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