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Food Storage Staples: How to Use Rice to Feed a Whole Family

If an apocalypse hit tomorrow, I want to be able to effortlessly feed my family out of our storage pantry. Don’t we all? What I do not want is to be faced with a 50 lb bag of rice and only the few same recipes to use it. Rice is a food storage staple that I need to be able to consistently use without constant repetition. This is a hurdle for me because I am not a creative cook! I …

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A Quick Guide to Choosing the Perfect Emergency Kit for You

The BOB. The GHB. The EDC. There are so many acronyms for emergency kits. It’s like Scrabble for preppers. Do you ever get confused? What do they mean? Why do I need them? When do I need them? Do I need them all? All good questions. The answer to them all really comes down to purpose, though. Before I get into discussing my advice for picking the emergency kit that best fits your needs, it will be helpful to go …

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TEOTWAWKI has finally arrived

This past spring while America was busy shopping for toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and panicking at their shortages, TEOTWAWKI happened. The End Of The World As We Know It arrived. It slipped right past us while we were all distracted, but make no mistake. We are unlikely as a country and a world to ever go back to “normal”. We aren’t going to turn a corner at some point and magically, it will be as though the pandemic never …

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Make Your Own Yeast

If you’ve been prepping for any length of time, you undoubtedly have several pounds of wheat berries stored away.  You may also have experimented with making your own wonderfully delicious bread.  The downside of long-term prepping and bread making is keeping active yeast on hand.  The average “best by” date on yeast is 2 years.  Once opened, it must be kept cool and dry. In a refrigerator, yeast can remain good for up to 4 months; in the freezer for …

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Your vacuum-packing machine can pack a whole lot more than just food!

image by RightWingMomLast year I made an appearance on Good Morning, Arizona, a local morning news show. My job was to show what items could be included in a Survival Mom’s purse-size emergency kit. It was a fun challenge to see how much I could fit into an old sunglasses case. I knew I wanted to include money but I needed it to be somewhat inaccessible to me, the free-spending adult in the family!, and also waterproof. I folded up …

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What’s the deal with all the zombies?

Guest post by David. Zombies seem to be everywhere. I thought it was bad enough when the Center for Disease Control came out with information on personal preparedness in the event of a zombie outbreak, but now that you can get special zombie packaged premium ammunition I started to wonder what is going on. Ridicule is a powerful tool used to deny the legitimacy of a belief system, birthers, wingnuts, and survivalists, are all names given to groups in order …

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Thanks for your patience!

The past 3 or 4 weeks have been so trying here at the blog. In mid-September, I noticed that the blog was loading sooooo slowly, and many of you emailed me and told me exactly how slowly! (Thanks!) We switched from GoDaddy to another server and host and I expected all problems to be solved, but no. Just a few days with the new server and I began to hear from you that the blog would either not load at …

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Common sense advice for buying, “survival food”

Bob from Kansas asked, “A question for you: what is your thought on buying X-Brand 25 year food storage? Is this the way to go to have extra food on hand?” My answer to Bob’s email was so lengthy that I decided to make a blog post out of it! Here is what I told him: Really, no honest company can claim that their food will be good for 25 years. Here’s an example. Honeyville has a retail store about …

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“My 3 Things” — Readers lists of 3

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie – It’s no use worrying about something unless you are taking some sort of action to solve the problem, and that is so very true of being prepared. There’s always something to worry about and storm clouds abound, literally and figuratively, so what have you done to prepare? …

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Red Rock Relay Zion 2012: What it is and survival lessons learned

Guest post by Anonymous. The fourth annual Red Rock Relay took place on September 7-8th 2012. This event travels through the most beautiful running venues the world has to offer. The race begins at 11,000 feet at Brian Head Ski resort in Southern Utah then travels Dixie National Forest, Cedar Breaks, Snow Canyon, St. George, and ends at the entrance to Zion National Park. Relays are perfect for endurance loving outdoor enthusiasts. The relay experience provides access to uncharted running …

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