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How to Make Rice Water

Have you heard that rice water is a good thing to learn to prepare?

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How to Make Rice Water

Learning how to make rice water is really easy and you most likely already have all of the ingredients that you need to make it.

Why is rice water useful?

Rice water is useful when someone is having any type of stomach issues like vomiting or diarrhea. It is very calming if you have an upset stomach, insanely bland, starchy and helps with getting some nutrients into you (or whoever isn’t feeling well)

It really is simple to learn how to make rice water.

All you need is

  1. Rice
  2. Water

Those are the two ingredients you need, simple. Right?

Put two tablespoons of rice into a pot with 1 cup of water. Do not add salt. Now, bring the water to a boil and boil until the rice is tender.

Then strain the rice out and the milky liquid that is left over is the rice water you are looking for.

You can then eat the rice, or add it to a recipe or even use it to feed chickens or your pet dogs. Just don’t boil it for too long because then the rice water will be extremely thick.

We find that anywhere from 15-30 minutes is the right amount of time to boil.

If it gets too thick, you can water it down.

Be sure to let the rice water cool before serving the person who isn’t feeling their best. You can drink it warm or cold so keep that in mind.

Biggest Reason to Learn How To Make Rice Water

The primary reason to make rice water is for relief of diarrhea.

Bland and hydrating as a broth, rice water is a bit starchy and  provides soothing relief for stomach upset whether you drink it hot or cold.

This home remedy for diarrhea is effective and also provides a negligible amount of vitamins and minerals, which is beneficial over drinking water alone.

Benefits of Rice Water

Rich in the vitamin B complex, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc, rice water gains its properties during the cooking process of rice. White rice is ideal, since during the cooking process it loses more properties than whole-wheat rice. Among its biggest benefits are:

  • Natural energy.
  • For gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
  • Prevents gastroenteritis.
  • Helps regulate body temperature.
  • Recommended for pregnant women to induce breast milk production.
  • For relieving skin irritation.
  • Prevents and cures constipation.

 

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How to make self-rising flour

How to make self-rising flour

Diversify your all-purpose flour to make it truly all purpose

If you are a prepper then the odds are you have a supply of grain somewhere in your food storage. You may have all-purpose flour stored up and even some self-rising flour. Still, you need to know how to create your own various flours and backing ingredients from scratch. Produce and baking ingredients may not be available in a survivalist situation. Where many overlook ingredient preparation skills, it is a vital part in being able to make and cook your own food. As bread is one of the cheapest foods to make (and yes I now there is little nutritional value in it), understanding how to make self-rising flour is important. Here is a step by step guide on how to make your own self-rising flour.

Step One: Get some grain seed


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If you do not have wheat or nuts, you can generally find a supply at an orchard or a farmer’s market. As grain grows in an abundance (as of now) the seeds are relatively cheap. Wheat seeds have a light brown texture or a somewhat white appearance. You do not want to get dark or roasted seeds. If you do not want to use wheat you can substitute barley, oats, nuts, rye, corn, and such to make your flour. Keep in mind that for the best results wheat should be used as you are going to prepare the ingredients for a chemical reaction. ENSURE YOUR SEEDS ARE DRY. If you need to use a dehydrator to ensure that all the moisture is out of the seeds. It is better that you have a dry seed then to have anything wet. If using nuts, you will want to shell the nut. Keep in mind that certain nuts have a low shelf life and do not make good flour (such as walnuts) where other nuts are great for flour (such as almonds). Do a bit of research to see which choice is best for you.

Step Two: Grind it to a powder

The next step is to grind the seeds to a powder. You want to ensure that there are no big chunks of seed within the mixture. Personally, I use a food processor and put the setting to pulp. The flour should be nice and fluffy. If it looks like blue cheese or has a sandy feel to it you need to grind it more.  As there is no liquid in the seed you should not have a paste.  If your seeds do form a paste then you will need to remove the moisture from your remaining seeds and start over. Of course, you can always cheat and go to a health food store and they will usually grind it for you.

Step Three: Add Backing Powder

Backing powder is going to be the main substance that causes the flour to rise. However, you do not want to overdo it. The ratio is 1 and ½ teaspoon for every cup of flour that you have made.  One pound of unground wheat will make about 4 cups of flour when ground. This would be the easiest way to add the baking soda as it would be a full 6 teaspoons.

Mix the contents in thoroughly.  It is recommended that you put the flour and the baking powder into the food processor and hit the pulse button a few times. If you are making the flour in a wilderness situation then you will want to mix the flour until there are no visible signs of the powder in the flour.

Step Four: Add Salt

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¼ of a teaspoon of salt is added to every cup. Again, it is better that you add salt on a pound (4 cups) as it makes the math a bit easier. You do not want to use salt that has thick grains such as rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt, or Epson (as that should never be used in cooking). Salts should consist of iodized table salt. Mix

Ensure that you package the flour in an area that cannot get moist. Air tight containers are best. Also, label the flour so that you do not get it mixed up with your all-purpose flour.

Important Note:

While your bread may consist of fruits and nuts, it is not advised that you add anything to your flour except that which is needed to convert it to self-rising flour. As you are setting up the flour to create a chemical reaction, you should not add spices and other ingredients to the mixture which could compromise the process. Save your dehydrated fruits, nuts, and spices for when you are ready to bake your bread and then follow the recipe.

Why should you make self-rising flour?

From a prepper’s perspective, it may be more beneficial to stock up on bags of self-rising flour than to make it. Yet, this is not necessarily true. You will need to use all-purpose flour for many occasions and will rarely need to have the self-rising flour. Salt and Baking Powder should already be a part of your food storage. Therefore, you should already have everything that you need in order to make the flour. Why buy something extra that will take up additional space on your shelves?

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An additional benefit to making your own self-rising flour (or purchasing it) is that you will eliminate the need to store up on yeast. Granted, if you are planning on making wine you will need yeast, but for baking and other standard uses, the self-rising flour will work out just fine.

Financially making your own flour saves a ton of money. The average bag of all-purpose organic flour costs between $7 (for Gold Medal) to $54 (King Arthur Flour).  Making your own all-purpose flour costs you about $2. Plus, making your own self-rising flour eliminates the dyes and the bleach used in commercial brands. Bottom line, you get a better product that last longer for cheaper.

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How to preserve meat without a refrigerator

How to preserve meat without a refrigerator

Because let’s face it a GM is just too large for a bug out bag

Preppers will need to have a food source. If you are not a vegetarian it would be a health risk for you to completely take proteins and meats out of your diet. At the same time, the meat which you obtain from your hunting and fishing need to be preserved in order for you to have a sustainable food source. Where you could go out and hunt every day and cook the meat fresh, the chances of you finding food daily is bleak and you will have other tasks which will not allow you to constantly be sitting and waiting on game. Here are some ways in which you can preserve meat without a refrigerator.

You can dehydrate your meat PRIOR to bugging out

Dehydrated meat lasts for a very long period of time. As the moisture is removed from the meat it last longer and is less subject to molding and other damage which occurs when water is present. The easiest way for you to dehydrate meat is in a dehydrator. You will need to season and cook the meat before placing it into the dehydrator. The only instance in which you would put the meat into the dehydrator uncooked would be if you are planning on cooking the meat later and using it in your food or for bait. Of course, this is a bit counterproductive. If you can perform the task now then why wait for a catastrophic event and the survivalist atmosphere to do it?

Salt the meat

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Salting the meat is going to be the best way to preserve meat when you are in a wilderness situation. Careful consideration needs to be given to how much salt you have in your bug out bag. Meats have to be placed into a brine of salt for a few days. Once the meat has absorbed the salt and dried out a bit, you will need to have a coating applied to it. The coating can be made with water and molasses. Keep in mind that the molasses may draw flies and other insects. Let the coating harden and then keep the meat hung in a dry climate. Again, you will want to keep the meat from insects and other animals, but at least it will be preserved.

NOTE: The coating that you add to the meat keeps it moist. If needed avoid the coating and put the meat in a covering of salt for a few weeks. The salt will preserve the meat. However, it will become jerky as the salts will draw out the moisture. You can rehydrate the meat to an extent, but you should keep this in mind when determine which methodology you wish to use.

Cold Water Does wonders

As water, specifically fresh water, will be a vital part of your wilderness survival, you can utilize your fresh water source to help preserve your meat. When using this method you will need to have a container which can also act as a conductor. Some people would state that a plastic cooler would work. Yet, I find that these are too bulky and too thick to preserve meat effectively unless the temperature of the water is very cold. Instead, I find that metal containers do real well. Place the meat into a container in a ziplock bag (to keep out toxins). Put this into the metal container. The metal container should be buried 2/3 to ¾ of the way in the water and secured. The top of the container should have water flowing over it but it should not be submerged to the point of having rapids going over it. As the container remains cool, so will the meat. Those using this method should understand that the meat is not going to be preserved for a long period of time. You are basically creating a wilderness version of a refrigerator.

The Cooking Method

One of the simplest means of preserving meat is to cook it. When you cook the meat you are killing the bacterium in the meat and reducing the moisture in the game. By doing this you can keep the meat longer. It is recommended that you add a salt coat to cooked meat when you are not planning on eating it soon.grilled meat

When you cook meat which you want to preserve, do it slowly. Keep the barbeque mentality. Slow and low. If you try to cook the meat too quickly you will only burn it to a crisp and have nothing that has any nutritional value. You won’t even enjoy eating the crust.

Keep it alive till you need it method

Many people do not consider their food source as a preservation of meat. However, it is a vital part to your meat preservation. If you have rabbits or chickens you have walking meat. Do not make the mistake of abandoning your meat source in a catastrophic event. Take you a few rabbits or a chicken or two. As long as the game is reproducing you will have a meat source. Do not kill your game until you are ready to skin and eat it. By doing this, you eliminate the need to have an abundance of salt, dehydrate your meats, or worry about spending too much time on the game trail. Of course, you will need to allocate time into keeping the animals alive, but I believe that the payoff is worth it.

When in a survivalist situation, you do not need to get food poisoning or run out of meat. Ensure that you have a tried and true way of preserving your meat. Start practicing you skills now so that you will not have to learn them when the SHTF. Additionally, preppers and survivalist should be practicing their canning and their cutting skills to maximize the amount of meat they have available when a catastrophic event occurs.

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10 Ways You’ll Fall In Love With A Prepper

10 Ways You'll Fall In Love With A Prepper

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Becoming more knowledgeable about preppers and their lifestyle will reveal how beneficial they are to society as a whole.

They focus on an individual lifestyle and fight for everyone’s freedom. Freedom to preppers includes freedom from government dependence, so they keep resources available to them to ensure they can be self-sustainable.

This way of life was normal, and even necessary for survival, only a few generations ago, yet modern thinking has shunned the entire notion of it.

Benefits of the prepping lifestyle

A true prepper is an independent, free-thinking, innovative individual who devotes a good amount of time to stocking resources and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sustainable.

They conserve resources and wealth in contrast to most modern people today.

Most importantly, they highlight valid arguments against the seemingly invincible modern way of life.

1. Preppers have their own resources.

They have built an entire lifestyle revolving around having a stock of all necessary resources. If you are in need of some necessary or basic resource, then it is very likely your prepper friend already has the item.

Even in times of non-emergency having resources handy can be extremely helpful. For example, if a low-key storm happens to knock your power out then a prepper will likely have a generator or some strategy for continuing on with the day.

If you need a particular ingredient for dinner, there will be no trip to the store for that one item. Instead, it is probably already in your prepper’s stock room.

2. They are handy.

Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.

9 reasons I won't be trusting the government any time soonA good prepper has a strong knowledge base encompassing various skills that are useful in everyday life. From preparing meals from scratch to knowing the best fishing spots, the information a prepper acquires will prove to be helpful in the most unexpected ways.

3. They are generally conservative with their money and resources

Preppers are great partners because they are experts at cutting costs and reducing waste. Prepping strategy involves buying in bulk which will save money and leave you with plenty of spare resources.

Learning valuable skills, such as growing your own food or general car maintenance will also help reduce costs. By cutting wasteful spending and focusing on the future, you will have more money to save, invest, and prepare.

4. They are prepared for much more than just catastrophe.

The prepping that is done to protect from an apocalypse situation can also be just the thing that helps you pull through losing your job, the death of a loved one, or unexpected major medical expenses.

These situations are extremely common and you should most certainly expect to deal with at least one of these challenges during your lifetime.

Despite how likely we are to experience these events, most people fail to prepare for these events and have extreme difficulty recovering financially. Having plans and resources available will help you through.

5. They are realistic.

Most techniques that preppers use were actually historically necessary to survive not too long ago.

For example, in your grandmother’s early adulthood, she probably canned food for the winter, had guns in the house for protection, and may have even had a garden to help provide food.

Only a few generations ago people were much more independent and realistic about their needs. Back then it was not considered prepping, but living. Without planning for the future, you were doomed to fail.

6. They fight for freedom.

The Democratic Party usually argues for social freedoms, whereas Republicans promote economic freedom. Survivalists and preppers fight for all around freedom.

This group has been ostracized by the media and government and labeled as outcasts, doom-seekers, and even domestic terrorists. They strive for less government dependence and have viewpoints more in line with our founding fathers versus the modern socialistic trend.

7. They can be your insurance plan.

Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.

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They make plans, store up stock, gather resources, and ensure their safety during any kind of natural disaster, economic collapse, or even total societal meltdown. Though it is much wiser to prepare for yourself, if some emergency does happen then you will know right where to turn.

8. They help the entire community.

Even if you yourself don’t have an emergency kit or supplies, having survivalists in your community greatly increases your chances of survival in a disaster situation.

The more preppers you have in your community the more likely your area can survive any disaster or economic collapse. Together a group of preppers provide the area with a variety of imperative survival skills, stocked resources for immediate needs, and of course the ingenuity needed to rebuild.

9. They are independent.

A skilled prepper has all of the necessary resources he needs to survive on his own, independent of any external situation. They have learned to become problem-solvers, innovative, and most importantly, self-reliant.

They generally live their lives without the desire or need to be told what to do, and love the individualism within others as well. They tend to favor freedom, socially and economically, and are rarely swayed by twisted politics.

10. They see the world differently.

Preppers and survivalists alike have the knowledge of what it really takes to survive in a completely different world.

Today’s modern human does not take into consideration how convenient and easy meeting our basic needs has become. Preppers, on the other hand, tend to appreciate resources, hard work, and luxury much more than the average person.

They generally shy away from the excessive consumption and waste culture we have created today. A person with a greater appreciation for everything in life is generally a happier person.

Preppers have been portrayed by the main media and government as loners and crazy doomsday-seekers, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are numerous advantages that preppers provide to not only their community but also to the nation as a whole for fighting for our freedoms and independent lifestyles. There are countless ways you will fall in love with a prepper, these ten just top the list!

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22 Important Differences Between Successful Preppers and You

22 Important Differences Between Successful Preppers and You

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Prepping isn’t about just collecting supplies and gear, it is actively changing one’s mindset to be prepared for anything.

This lifestyle is absolutely essential for catastrophes of any kind, so here is a look at 22 tips that separate the successful preppers from those that may be woefully unprepared.

1. Stock Your Car

Everyone in your family should have a bug-out bag, but it is not going to be practical to carry it at all times.

As an addition to a BOB, create a well-rounded car kit for every vehicle at your house with enough supplies for at least 72 hours.

2. Create Clear Goals

While having enough food and energy for a few weeks or months is a great place to start, long-term goals are also a necessity.

Start considering what your family’s goals might be all the way up through a few years such as changing your living location.

3. Make Family Communication a Priority

Even a great plan will fall through the cracks if a family cannot properly communicate.

Have multiple failsafe plans for connecting with one another no matter your locations. As an added bonus, have multiple plans if you cannot reach one another.

4. Stock Foods You Like

Few things will bring down morale as quickly as day after day of bland meals.

Take some time to taste test foods that you plan on saving and then rotate them out well before the expiration. Here are a few food kits you could try to see if you like them –> Click here for top rated food kits 

5. Learn Alternate Uses for All Your Prepping Products

Almost everything that is saved for prepping should have multiple purposes.

Simple steps such as saving a bag of dryer lint makes for unbeatable fire starting material.

6. Get Extended Family Involved

Your immediate family is most likely a priority, but including other members of your family will give you a fresh perspective.

Don’t forget about creating a plan for any disabled or elderly family members.

7. Keep a Supply of Medication Everywhere

Outside of a few basic necessities, medication is going to be one of the most important items to have on-hand.

A multiple day supply should be kept at work, in the car, and in your wallet or purse.

8. Go Overboard with Your Water Supply

If there is any spare room on your property or in your car to store water then use it.

A few clean old soda bottles can be turned into a multi-day water supply for practically nothing.

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9. Weekly Inspections

You may not need to do an exhaustive inventory every few days, but a quickly weekly inspection and thorough monthly inspection should be on the agenda.

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10. Always Think Redundancy

Every single vital item should be included in multiple packs or included multiple times in a single pack.

Items like matches or a fire steel can be stashed in multiple places and add almost no weight.

11. Keep TP Everywhere

Almost anything can be used as toilet paper, but why not make your life a little easier after a disaster?

Stash TP in 2 gallon bags throughout your home and keep at least one package of tissue in very bag as well as the car.

12. Practice with Your Gear

Some prepping gear is not as intuitive as others and having the family practice with it all a few times a year is a great idea.

A solar heater may be a great invention, but they are not always the easiest device to figure out on the fly.

13. Be A Good Neighbor

You do not need to become best friends with every single person on your block, but take some time to get to know them.

You never know when a few extra people on friendly terms will become invaluable.

14. Create a Mini Lumberyard

Just as important as having some basic tools is to keep a stock of extra supplies for building and crafting.

A mini lumberyard can be a few jars of fasteners, bolts, wood glue, sealant, and nails.

15. Use Bleach and Iodine

When you have doubts about the safety of a water source, purify it.

A drop of bleach and iodine drops will kill the germs and help with the taste more than iodine tablets.

16. Test Your BOB Bag

Preppers should always be looking for ways to maximize the weight of their bug-out bag and ensure that they can wear it for extended periods.

Take it out, unpack it, pack it, and wear it around while doing chores to see how it feels

17. Keep Fit

Maintaining your own health and the health of your family is another vital step of successful prepping.

Always take some extra time every week to get in some exercise with a focus on strong cardio. Here is a workout regime you can do to stay in SHTF shape.

18. Consider Bartering Items

A disaster could result in the collapse of the modern economy, so start considering some bartering items.

Think of items you would find valuable after a catastrophe and then buy extras specifically for bartering and trading.

19. Swap Out Old Batteries

Keeping a running list of all items in you kit that use batteries and tag the list with the date when new batteries are put in.

Plan on changing out unused batteries every few months.

20. Research the Flora and Fauna Around You

As you begin preparing your family and home, take some time to explore the land around you.

Get to know some good fishing spots, where fresh water is, and what local plants are edible.

21. Invest in Good Maps

This is one area that preppers often skimp on, but a good map can make all the difference.

Have a few copies of city, county, and state maps that are tear and water-resistant.

22. Upgrade to a FRS/GMRS Radio

CB radios can quickly become filled with chatter and are not very secure.

Instead, upgrade to a set of FRS/GMRS radios. These can often be extended up to 3 or 4 miles with encryption features for the top brands. Click here for great deals on FRS/GMRS Radios

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10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Everyday Carry Pack

We like to make sure our families and homes are prepared for the unexpected. We have shelves stocked with disaster-preparedness items: bottled water, canned goods, flashlights and batteries.

Our family members know a safe meeting spot—the basement or a hallway, maybe— to gather in case of emergency. Being ready feels great. The only problem is, we aren’t always home.

While it might not be practical to spend every possible moment in the safety of our houses, we do have a practical alternative.

Bring Survival Gear with You

One of the best ways we can stay prepared for the unexpected is by keeping a smart stash of survival gear in an everyday carry pack. That way, we will be ready for almost anything no matter where we are.

Many options of bags are available, from army-style backpacks to sleek messenger-style bags. Once you have your pack, optimize its usefulness with the following suggestions.

1. Staying Hydrated Means Staying Alive

Without hydration, our bodies shut down quickly. Always keep a reusable water bottle with fresh water in your daypack. A stainless steel canteen or thermos is your best bet, as metal is durable and holds up well despite extreme temperatures. It could also help you with cooking needs.

Pack water purification tablets so you can create more drinkable water when necessary. Consider iodine tablets or chlorine dioxide tablets. Beyond water, all living things also need a small amount of salt to stay hydrated.

Quench your body’s thirst completely by filling a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag with electrolyte powder. This can be dissolved in drinkable water, and when your supply has been exhausted you can find a new use for the bag.

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2. Fueling Up with Food Supplies

Hydration, sleep, and sustenance are our top three biological needs. Be prepared with several nutrient-rich, high-calorie meal bars. Also pack some lightweight dehydrated meals, which are optimally consumed with the addition of a small amount of water.

Be ready to find and prepare more food, if necessary. Always carry a small, metal cooking pan with a folding arm. Food can be cooked in it and eaten out of it.

Also invest in a set of metal utensils—again, they can be used for both cooking and eating. Keep a small book with an abbreviated list of edible plants found in local woods.

3. Preventing Infection with a First Aid Kit

Small wounds can turn into serious infections, if not treated properly. Pack a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag with medical supplies.

This should include cloth squares of several sizes. Large pieces can be used as slings or tourniquets, in the case of injury. Small pieces can be used on wounds in place of gauze, and later sterilized in boiling water for re-use.

Pack several individually wrapped alcohol-soaked toilettes that can be used to disinfect cuts. Also pack band-aids, athletic tape, cotton swabs, and cotton balls. A small tub of petroleum jelly is very helpful for treating chapped or damaged skin.

4. Maintaining Your Sense of Surroundings

Not knowing where you are can be disorienting. Keep maps of local and surrounding areas in your daypack. Pack maps in a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag.

Also keep a sturdy compass, and make sure you know how to use it properly.

5. Building and Repair with Durable Multi-Use Items

It can be difficult to know exactly what types of situations you might find yourself in. But a few survival supplies have proven themselves to be so useful that it makes sense to keep them on-hand. Rope can be used for securing branches together when building shelter, or hanging damp clothes up to dry.

Duct tape can be used to patch up damaged supplies, or cut and folded to create new items. A multi-purpose knife can help harvest wild edible plants, carve wood, and tear fabric if necessary. Pack all items in re-sealable plastic bags.

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6. Warming Up and Using Light without Electricity

Exposure to the elements can be dangerous to your health. Stay warm and dry by allowing yourself to build a fire anytime, using waterproof strike-anywhere matches.

Keep a super-lightweight emergency thermal blanket in your daypack to help stay warm. Also keep a solar-powered headlamp in your supply kit.

Headlamps are extremely convenient, as they allow you to see and freely use both hands in the dark. A headlamp equipped with solar panels will stay lit for seven hours.

7. Recording Information and Communicating Off the Grid

You will often benefit from recording or swapping information with others. Make this possible by stocking your daypack with a leather-bound journal and waterproof pen.

Pack a whistle in case you ever need to sound a distress signal, and memorize SOS. A mirror can also be used to make signals, help you maintain personal hygiene, treat wounds, and stay sane if isolated.

 

8. Taking Care of Yourself

Poor personal hygiene can lead to poor health. Illness is the last thing you need in a survival situation.

Be prepared with a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and multi-purpose biodegradable soap. Use the soap for your face and body, hair, clothing, and cookware.

9. Clothing for All Situations

Keep a tiny, travel-sized sewing kit in your daypack. Make sure you have a basic understanding of how to use a needle and thread to repair clothing.

Pack a lightweight waterproof outer layer. Staying dry in inclement weather will help you maintain a healthy body temperature.

Also pack an insulating thermal layer, hat, and gloves, which may be needed to stave off cold weather. Pack extra wool socks to keep feet dry.

Wool is an excellent survival material as it is durable, dries quickly, and repels moisture.

10. Remembering the Other Important Things

Psychological research has shown how important it is for us to feel a sense of love and belonging.

Feeling connected with others not only tethers us to reality—it often gives us reason to live. Help yourself through the most unexpected and unwanted of times by keeping a personal memento or two in your daypack.

Someday, a special photograph or trinket might be just what you need to keep on pushing forward.

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Off Grid Living: A Beginner’s Guide

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If you are thinking about whether or not you want to live off the grid, you will not want to make this decision quickly. In order to live off the grid, certain comfort items will have to be taken out of your lifestyle. Think long and hard about whether or not you are willing to do what it takes to take yourself off of municipal slavery.

What it means to live off the Grid

Many people think that living off the grid is simply switching from basic energy to solar and wind energy. While this is a step in the right direction, this is not the whole of the matter. By living off of the grid, you are taking yourself off of municipal power, water, sewage, trash and any other outside source of living. Eventually, you will learn how to grow your own food, dispose of your own waste, create your own power source and produce your own water source.

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Find the Right Place

If you are looking to purchase a piece of land to homestead on, you will want to take seasonal weather changed into consideration. Since you will be living off of wind and solar energy, you need to ensure that you have a plot that will be able to provide enough wind or sun to power your home. You will also need to make sure that you are able to dig a well or septic tank that can take care of your water and waste. Living completely off the grid inside a city is almost impossible.

Be Prepared to Work Hard

Okay, you will not always have to work extremely hard, but you will need to be able to put a lot of work into making your home functional and comfortable. You will need to be willing to keep a garden, hunt for food, maintain a fire, locate timber for winter storage and many other things that you probably do not absolutely have to do right now. There is no point in living off of the grid if you have to purchase your firewood from the local grocery store.

Be Prepared to Financially Support your Decision

Living off the grid does save a lot of money, but it can be expensive getting there. You need to either be willing to build everything from scratch or fund your decision. While it is not rocket science to build a solar panel, it may not be something that you choose to do. If you decide to purchase all of your equipment already intact, you are looking at tens of thousands of dollars going into your project.

Purchase a Generator (or Two!)

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Living completely off the grid is great, but there may be some instances that you want or need power. Think ahead, and buy a generator. While you may have to purchase fuel for it, a generator can come in handy when trying to charge batteries, make it through a cold winter or just plain give you entertainment for a night. No matter what you decide, a generator is an essential item to have around. If you happen to be able to purchase two, that is even better.

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Take time to Smell the Roses

A lot of hard work goes into keeping a house off the grid. You need to make sure that you take some time to smell the roses. You do not want to put out all of this work and energy and never be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sit down and read a book, relax on your front porch or start a hobby. Living off the grid is meant to make life a little easier, and you deserve it if you have made it this far!

 

To put it simply, you need to be mentally, physically and even financially prepared to live off the grid. You need to make sure that your debts are taken care of, you have a useful plot to live on, can take care of your own waste, grow your own food and much more. The best advice that can be given is if you are in doubt about going completely off the grid, take baby steps. It’s okay to start with something small and go from there. If you take baby steps, you are better preparing yourself, anyway.

Hong Kong democracy protesters and Beijing dig in heels

 

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters and the Chinese government in Beijing headed for a showdown on Tuesday, as both sides refused to back down over demands for democratic reforms in this financial enclave.

Protesters blocked Hong Kong’s streets for a fifth day Tuesday over anger at China’s refusal to allow the open selection of candidates for Hong Kong’s leader in the city’s first democratic election, scheduled for 2017.

A major confrontation looms Wednesday, a national holiday that marks the 65th anniversary of the Communist Party’s seizure of power in China. With offices and schools closed for two days, the size of the protests could grow.

A statement on Twitter by the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement set the holiday as the deadline for Hong Kong’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, to meet their demands for genuine democracy or step down as the city’s chief executive.

The group said it would announce new civil disobedience plans if no action were taken to meet its demands.

Original Article Source:  Hong Kong democracy protesters and Beijing dig in heels

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11 Must Read Books To Get You Off The Grid

This collection of books will provide you with tutorials on many aspects of the off-grid lifestyle that we’re all focused on building.

We have books included that teach you how to build your own eco-home, how to harvest water, how to generate your own power and even growing your own food.

In today’s day and age, many of us are planning on going off-grid, downsizing, homesteading, survival prepping or simply living a more “down to earth” lifestyle, it’s great to have access to information and tips from people who have already done it.

Check out the selection we include below. If you don’t want to spend money on the books, remember that the information on our site is free (we have more detailed courses that you’ll pay for as well).

(Note – Sovereign Survival is an Amazon Affiliate and makes a small commission on sales).

By clicking the image of the book, you’ll be re-directed to Amazon where you can purchase the book.

Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

Earth-sheltered houses utilize thermal mass in order to create a low-impact dwelling. Written by a former contractor and founder of an eco-building school with 27 years experience. Rave reviews.

Earth Sheltered Houses

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Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels

144 pages, a collection of 20 tutorials from turning old windows into a greenhouse, building a chicken coop, making rainwater collectors and even making an algae bioreactor from water bottles!

Projects to get you off the grid

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The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

This book is another “cult classic” and teaches organic gardening, keeping livestock, preserving meats and fruits, and more.

The Backyard Homestead

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OFF THE GRID: Live in a Van, Truck, Trailer, or Motorhome

Author JJ Luna is an “interesting cat” as they might say here in California. He’s written other books about how to “disappear” and live as anonymously as possible (legally). This book is in some ways an extension of those ideas. You can save a ton of money by living in a vehicle – and he gives all kinds of ideas on how to do so effectively.

Off the grid live in a wan truck trailer or motorhome

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Harvesting H2O: A prepper’s guide to the collection, treatment, and storage of drinking water while living off the grid

If you’re really living “out there” you’ll find out that while you can go without solar if you have to, you’re really stuffed without water. This book contains tutorials on the dangers of wild water, purifying your own water, water filter construction, distillation, rainwater collection, water storage, drilling wells and more.

Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution

I like the “realness” of this book. This is “real world” modern RV survival for someone who doesn’t have a huge budget to buy a big tract of land in the wilderness. Awesome for the modern nomad or drifter who wants freedom from the steel grip of the big mortgage.

Dirt cheap survival retreat

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DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

All manner of solar projects from passive solar water heating through to photovoltaic systems, and plenty of simple innovations such as “thermosyphon” solar heat collectors and clever reflector projects that cost little and provide energy!

DIY Solar Projects how to put the sun to work in your home

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DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle

All manner of projects including building a beehive, solar electricity, cold frame gardening, setting up a root cellar and more.

DIY Projects for the self sufficient homeowner

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Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

Forget GMOs for increased yields. Aquaponics is the answer, because it uses closed loop systems (make a note of this phrase, closed loop systems are going to become incredibly important in the years to come.) Aquaponics is an incredible way of creating what is effectively a maximum-yield “ecosystem” designed to produce healthy food. An essential topic for the “off-gridder”.

Aquaponic Gardening a step by step guide to raising vegetables and fish together

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Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1

The classic from Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds. He has now created a whole series on this topic but this one is the original.

Earthship how to build your own

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Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition

This book is a “cult classic” covering how things used to be done before power tools and modern “conveniences”. Essential stuff from dyeing your own wool with plant pigments through to raising chickens and building a log cabin.

Back to basics a complete guide to traditional skills

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Would you recommend any other books?

 

How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrator From… Beer Cans?

This video by rickvanman is a must see for everyone who grows their own food! If you produce your own vegetable crops, you’ll know that many of them ripen within a very short period of time, leaving you with way more than you can eat fresh – so it’s necessary to find ways to store your surplus produce for the remainder of the year. If you live in a sunny climate, a solar dehydrator can save on both the purchase (easily $500) and the running cost of an electric dehydrator or a freezer and reduce the space needed for home freezing or canning/bottling. 

 

Why Dry Food?

Drying food is a tried and tested way to preserve it – generally speaking home-dried vegetables will last for anything up to a year, although under ideal conditions it can be many years more! They’re also great if you’re out back-packing and need to carry lightweight supplies.

The technology used here is really simple and the materials are easy to come by. Rick gives us good instructions and a clear view of all the steps of the creation process so it’s possible for anyone who has basic DIY skills to have a go.

As the video was posted very soon after Rick made the dryer there are a couple of slight modifications needed – one is simply a 3-inch hole on the back (near the top) of the box to allow warm air to vent out. The other would be to add some fly-screen to the air intake and top vent to keep any bugs out. I would rate this as very important! Also it might help to bring the dehydrator indoors at night to avoid damp getting in.

 

How to make the most of this device

Another tip to make the most of this device would be of course to buy larger quantities of fruit of vegetables when at a reduced price and dry them at home.

To use spray paint, like this inventor does, it’s crucial to use the right kind of face mask for the solvent vapor or use paint with a brush to stay safe. There could also be concerns about toxic chemicals in treated timber (I would definitely use untreated timber (and perhaps paint the outside surface to preserve it) and food-safe silicone would do instead of glue.

This kind of dryer would also be ideal for quick drying of onions or garlic after lifting before they are stored for the winter.

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7 Crazy Simple Tips to Build Your Emergency Food Supply

Start preparing right now because you never know when a natural or terrorist disaster may strike.

Just think about the mess that you would be in if something were to happen today.

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Not only would you have to worry about your local stores not having enough food for everyone, but you would have to compete with others for available food supplies.

This is why you should start prepping for emergency conditions.

Although you might think that they are trivial, use the following seven crazy simple tips to build your emergency food supply:

1) Build it up Gradually.

Get a few extra items whenever you purchase your regular groceries.

Add the extra to your emergency food supply.

Yes, the price of food is high, and this might max out your funds.

However, it is best to buy a little extra food each week. Put it into storage.

Sure, it might cost more now. However, things will be worse if you are not prepared when something major happens.

Start building up your food bank now so that you won’t be caught unprepared later.

2) Buy the basics.

Learn all about survival foods.

Stock up on basics such as rice, beans, flour, peanut butter, cornmeal, salt, sugar, lard, canned meats, beef jerky and powdered milk.

3) Learn the Shelf Life of Foods.

Not all foods have the same shelf life. You need to learn the differences.

If packed correctly, many foods can last anywhere from 2 to 10 years.

For instance, beans last about ten years, and canned meats can last about five to ten years.

Always label each food according to its estimated expiration date.

4) Buy based upon survival tactics.

You eat to survive.

So, it might be okay to delete the carbs during normal times; however, your goal will be different after a catastrophe occurs.

Carbs are needed to survive.

Foods such as beans, rice and flour will become staples of your diet.

When it comes to survival, the principles of Atkins and Jenny Craig will fly right out the door.

5) Buy based upon different survival scenarios.

When it comes to survival tactics, there are many theories for why your world might someday change for the worst.

Maybe a bad thunderstorm takes out the electricity for a few days.

Or, it could be something apocalyptic in nature, and your family must live underground.

Stock foods that will accommodate varying degrees of survival.

6) Learn How to Sprout Seeds.

You must plan for all different kinds of survival scenarios.

It is suggested that survivalists grow a garden or breed livestock.

What happens if there is a nuclear attack?

Those two options will no longer be viable.

Look at other options such as sprouting your own food.

Learn how to sprout seeds.

Buy plenty of alfalfa seeds, mustard seeds and broccoli seeds.

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7) Don’t forget the herbs.

Pack plenty of spices such as rosemary, sage and vanilla.

Remember that they can both season and preserve many of the foods in your emergency food supply.

Your goal is to eat and survive; however, a little spice can’t hurt.

All in all, start stashing away for your emergency food plan today.

You probably don’t want to think about it right now, but think about what happens if you don’t.

The goal is to survive.

We recommend picking up a copy of the Home Survival Course by clicking here or clicking the image below:

Home Survival Course

The Home Survival Course is a step-by-step guide to protecting your family.

It’s got 4 major components and has been ruthlessly edited so it weighs in at a lean 59 pages. Packed inside are the 4 steps you absolutely must use to keep your family safe.Once you have your copy, here are the modules that are included inside:

Module 1– Top Secret Home Stockpile Blueprint
Module 2– The 2 Hour Water Purification Method
Module 3– Barely Street Legal Ways to Protect Your Home and Family From Thugs, Disasters, and Martial Law
Module 4– The Energey Independence Quick Start Guide
Bonus #1– The 72 Hour Quick Start Guide
Bonus #2– 14 Catastrophic Stockpiling Mistakes That Will Make Your Food Nearly Useless
Bonus #3– 10 Fatal Home Defense Mistakes
Bonus #4– MP3 Audio Files of all modules

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Preppers List : 10 Things To Do Now!

Preppers Food Storage List : Top ten foods to stockpile now!

No matter how many times you’ve heard it, some of you still haven’t done anything to prepare (you know who you are).

I don’t know what else to do. We’re simply here to give you the information, it’s your decision to act upon it. Some of you may feel weird about preparing (I know I did when I first started, so it’s okay).

But please, please start to take action. Here’s a good starting point on things you can do right now. So now is the time to take action and actually start preparing.

Here are 10 things you can do right now that will make you better prepared than 90% of the population. The good thing about this is that everything is available at your local shopping center, so it’s simple to do.

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Whether you want to do all ten steps right now, or do a step a week, it’s a good idea to start to do these steps. Getting it done as soon as possible is the best option.

1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart, Kmart, Costco or whatever and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice and 20 lbs. of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice. Or you can order them on Amazon here.

2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs. mixed beans, 5 lbs. of white sugar, 5 lbs. of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs. oats, 10 lbs. each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal. (All of those links are Amazon links so you can click them to order)

3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.

4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.

5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart. The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.

6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.

7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand on Amazon – comes in 200 count bottle for $12 each.

8. Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.

9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this will be a good start. Also a good universal cleaning kit.

10. And lastly pick up the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters. Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out.

Let’s get started.

What would you add to the list?