I’ve always contended that our forefathers forgot more than most of us will ever know. Things like canning, sewing and soap making were just another chore. Most people think that these old arts are too hard to master. I don’t have the patience or the time to pour hours into learning a new craft. I know some of the purists will find my attitude blasphemous, but when it comes to TSHTF, I advocate being a jack of all trades and master of none. A dozen basic skills trumps one or two really polished ones. When it comes to saponification (soap making) I truly admire those that are artists, but for the rest of us, if you can bake a cookie, you can make soap. It is simple, easy, inexpensive and fun… what could be better. To watch a short video go HERE
This year I’m trying several new methods of growing veggies to see what works best for my locale. One of the neatest setups I’ve seen is the Kratky method of hydroponic growing. The biggest expense is buying or building containers to grow your veggies, but with some thinking, I figured out how to do it for under a buck, in my case, exactly .39 cents.
The video shows you how to get the free containers, how to build a drill and how to put them together. If you are like me, you have a bad case of spring fever, and this project is a great way to pass the time indoors while you wait for the garden to thaw. Watch it HERE
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It’s right up there with food, water and shelter, and yet it’s perhaps one of the most under addressed preps there is. You need it for chores, security, cooking, eating and on a psychological plane; it goes a long way in mitigating the fear factor. Without it, you are literally “in the dark” – you got it, it’s light, and with the incredible advancements in LED technology, bright, dependable, rechargeable, long lasting light is not only now readily available, but extremely affordable. When the SHTF, you are not going to want to want to have to ration your light, and using the latest LED lighting technology will keep you from having to do so.
You are going to want to have enough for security purposes, chores and getting around, which will require several bright LED flashlights. For cooking, reading and socializing, you will need a good LED lantern. The new LED headlamps are fantastic for reading, chores and other hands-free activities.
While there is a veritable plethora of lights on the market in the form of lanterns, flashlights, spotlights and so on, you need to look for quality, light output, run times and battery type. CONTINUE HERE
Rocket stoves are relatively new to prepping, and as such, there is a dearth of information when it comes to using them. The fact is, there are a lot of great stoves available and they are not only incredibly simple to use but are perhaps one of the best, most efficient ways to cook. Using a fraction of the wood you would normally use over an open fire, they can cook large full meals with only a handful of small sticks. A 5 gallon bucket full of thin sticks could cook 8 or more large meals.
I have two stoves that I love to cook on, and part of the enjoyment is simply managing the fire, much like a guy at a campfire poking the wood.
If you are interested in Rocket Stoves, they are in my opinion, the best stove for preppers, bar NONE, take a few minutes and see how easy and efficient they are HERE
If you’ve read any of my posts, you know how emphatic I am about the need for plenty of renewable light for disasters, civil unrest, outages or WTSHTF. It is up there with food and water in my book, so when I see a product that works like it was designed for preppers, I pass it along. A couple of months ago I did a blurb on MrBeams motion lights, and they just came out with an extremely affordable super compact unit that is a lot less than building your own, and uses 3 “C” batteries for up to 25 hours of light. What I love about this little light is it can be adapted to use “AA” rechargeables, and with an inexpensive solar chargers and some “AA” Nimh batteries, you can have literally unlimited light for years! Cheaper than kerosene, no fumes or danger, and they really put out the light. Watch the video HERE
Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a baby boomer in this (it grieves me to even write it) formerly great country, was growing up in a country that wasn’t just exceptional, it was spectacular. We would go to school, and the common thread that united all of the varied ethnicities was the English language, and our ability to communicate. The sense of “community” and “unity”. The “American Dream” was tangible. Almost everyone in the classroom and on the block knew each other.
Violence in school was virtually unheard of, but tussles were common. We were taught things like manners – to open the door for the girls and let them enter first. If a student used bad language, it was off to the principals’ office for a reprimand, like Ralphies friend Schwartz who was falsely accused in “A Christmas Story”. Most kids owned a BB Gun at some point, and dad would take us to the country and teach us to shoot with his shoulder breaking 30-06 that he purchased as war surplus. MORE HERE
I am a scrounge. I can’t stand to see all of the waste that goes on around us, so I try and salvage and re-purpose items that are headed for the landfills and turn them into useful items.
Gardens love compost, so after I built a 55 gallon compost tumbler and was very pleased with the resulting compost, I decided to ramp things up and build a compost tumbler that would crank out a good amount of compost with a minimum amount of work.
After looking for parts that fit the bill, I pulled everything together and in around 8 hours had my new large capacity tumbler, with 99% of the parts scrounged for free.
My point is this, there will come a time when things we throw away today may be of great value tomorrow. You can see the video of how I built it HERE.
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