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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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How to Improve Your Sense of Direction

Did you know?

A quarter of the cars on the road right now have GPS systems.

This should mean it’s almost impossible for someone to get lost, right?

Wrong! People still get lost all the time. In survival situations, you need to be able to get around without your phone, GPS or any other technological advantage and know which way to go. What would you do if your phone died and your only source of direction was through the phone? Would you be lost?

Would you know how to get to safety?

This article is going to help you improve your sense of direction and improve your chances of getting to safety.

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There are a lot of factors that determine your directional skills. It has been proven that directional orientation is an acquired ability. This means you’re in luck!

Whatever your current aptitude, even the stubborn men out there like myself, you can learn how to improve your sense of direction.

Here’s how you can improve your sense of direction.

At Home

While you will need to get out of your house for further improvement, it all starts at home. Here are some tips on how you can start in your home, starting today.

  • Eat well – Foods rich in antioxidants like blueberries and pinto beans have been shown to increase blood flow to the brain. This helps with improving memory-related tasks like remembering directions.
  • Exercise – Aerobic exercise likewise increases blood-flow to the brain. Numerous studies show that the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for memory, including spatial memory — is larger in individuals who exercise regularly.
  • Rest Up – Keeping well rested is one of the most important things for all aspects of your life, not just for improving your sense of direction. It helps your brain to more effectively take in and store spatial relationships.
  • Study Maps – Yes, studying maps can actually help improve your sense of direction. By finding and studying a map of your route (even day to day routes) you can visualize your route and note features that you will encounter on your route and how they’ll be in relation to one another.
  • Find North – Keeping the cardinal directions in mind at all times is important. Know which direction your home faces and then use that to orient yourself inside it. Which direction do you face when you do the dishes? What about when you watch TV or sleep? Do you know?
  • Play Games – Games are one of the best ways to train our brain for anything. Activities that require you to exercise your spatial awareness, Tangrams or Pentominoes can help improve your ability to intuitively understand how distances relate to one another.

 

Out and About

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the car or out in natures hiking on trails, here are a few things you can do when you’re out and about that will improve your sense of direction.

  • Visualize – Visualization is one of the first steps you’ll always want to take. Whether you are thinking about driving somewhere or walking down trails, you’ll want to visualize the route you’ll take in as much detail as possible, before you start. Picture specific landmarks and where they are in relation to one another. When you begin traveling, compare what you see with what you’ve visualized. Is your memory accurate? It will get better with time.
  • Pay Attention to the Time – Check out the time before you begin and continue to take note of the time as you pass specific landmarks and once again when you reach your destination. This will help you get a feel for relative distances This will be helpful if you find you’ve missed a turn or went too far. You’ll have a more accurate idea of how far back you’ll need to go.
  • Verbalize What You See – Verbalizing anything helps to solidify the information in your brain. Say each landmark out loud while you pass it to reinforce where it is in your mind.
  • Make Up a Story – Stories are one of the best ways to get our minds to remember information. Connecting landmarks in a story form (even if it’s made up and crazy) can help you to better remember the information.
  • Think Big – When you are going somewhere, try to get a birds eye view of the route on a map. Basically you want to recognize where you are on a map. Relate your position to a fixed frame of reference so you can better acquaint yourself with your surroundings. Always think in the cardinal directions.
  • Take a New Route – Most of us have habits of going one specific way every single day. Our route to work likely hasn’t changed, the same as we don’t usually change the way we go to our family or friends’ houses. Switch up your normal route and imagine different routes on a map, even if its just taking a parallel street a block or two away. This will help you with orienting yourself better.
  • Get a Different Perspective – Many times we’ll forget where we parked our car in parking lots. We tend to blame this on getting older, however there are ways you can improve this. As you walk from your car to your destination, turn around and look back at it every 10 seconds or so. This will help you solidify in your memory where your car is, along with familiarizing yourself with what you’ll be seeing on your return trip. For longer distances like hikes, just increase the interval between backward glances.
  • Don’t Panic – Panicking happens. It’s important to stay calm when these situations occur. People tend to move quicker when their anxious, and that will potentially get you more lost than you already are. If you find yourself lost, remember STOP: Stop, Think, Observe and Plan

If you are someone who has lived your entire life confused about directions, don’t worry.

It’s never too late to start working on your directional senses. Take the time and practice these activities and develop the habit of awareness. Practice this and apply it in your day to day life. You’ll notice that the more you practice this skill, the better you will get at determining directions.

Do you have any other tips that help you with directions?

7 Unique Redneck Camping Tricks

As we all are aware, everyone has camping tips. This article is going to give you a couple tricks for those of you who fancy yourself as “rednecks”.

We’ve got your back when it comes down to unique camping tricks.

While some of these will give you a laugh, others will give you an “aha” moment where you’ll say “why didn’t I think of that??”

 

1. Place Sandpaper on a mason jar lid for strike-able match storage

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Find the instructions here.

 

2. Create outdoor candle sticks for easy, portable lighting

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Instructions here.

 

3. Doritos can be used as kindling.

 

4. Put frozen water jugs in your cooler to keep food cold with an end result of water!

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Instructions here.

 

5. Create a pocket-sized oil lamp from a travel shampoo bottle

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Instructions here.

 

6. Create travel-friendly coffee brewers from filters and floss

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Instructions here.

 

7. Make your own grill out of a tin can

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Instructions here.

Want a full list of these things? Check out the post at Camp Like a Redneck | 14 Unique Camping Tips

What is a Bug Out Bag?

After a natural disaster, you often hear people talking about having a bug out bag, but what is it and why do you need one?

Having a bug out bag in our home or vehicle could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency.

A bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that is designed to last you for three days. These are also referred to as 72 hour emergency kits. They need to be portable and have all the things you need to survive during a disaster.

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What should your bug out bag contain?

What you actually pack in your survival kit will have to do with your own needs as well as where you live. For example, if you live in area where hurricanes are common, you’ll need supplies related to surviving a hurricane.

But if you’re in an area that is more likely to be dry, you’ll want to have a different set of items. In general, though, you’ll want to have a first aid kit, a three day supply of food that doesn’t require real cooking, and a change of clothing.

Itís also a good idea to have a system for shelter, a bedroll, light sources, and tools to help you start a fire, stay dry and warm. Itís also important to have supplies for any personal needs. For example if you have small children, you may need diapers and baby wipes, toys to keep kids occupied, and children’s medications.

When would you use a bug out bag?

There are many situations that might warrant the use of an emergency kit. For example, you might have a gas leak in your home or a fire requiring you to leave it. You could also need to evacuate due to flooding or another natural disaster.

And, unfortunately, itís important to plan for instances such as terrorist attacks, nuclear disasters, or chemical spills that may require you to leave your home and find alternate shelter. Your kit won’t be designed to take care of long-term changes, but it will give you time to seek something more permanent if needed.

A bug out bag needs to be easy to grab and go. Most people purchase a back pack for their bug out bag because itís easy to carry and allows you to have your hands free. Even small children can carry their own bug out bag that has essentials.

When you have a 72 hour emergency kit, you’ll be able to have peace of mind knowing you’re better prepared for a disaster. Having a bug out bag for each member of your family will protect you during an emergency that requires evacuation.

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How to practice survival skills NOW

How to practice survival skills NOW

Even if you are not planning on going off the grid

If you want to start practicing some survival skills and have no idea on where you can start, you are in luck. I have a few things that you can do which will hone your skills. The best part of this is that the skills that you use are fairly easy to do and will enhance your quality of life while minimizing your wallet’s expenses. Here are 4 things you can do now to practice your survival skills.

Number One: Cut your Own Firewood

Cutting your own firewood is a multi-purpose activity. First, it hones your skills in gathering. You have to understand which woods are good for high heat, which are “green” as well as where to find starter for your fire. High heat wood is your dry wood meaning that the wood has sat for over 6 months. Green wood is fresh cut or wood that has been sitting for less time. Starter can be found in the hardened sap wood of pines and other such deadwood.

Secondly, by cutting your own wood you are honing your axe skills and physical strength. While some of you may not consider this a survival skill, I would pose this question. If you do not have the physical strength to carry the wood and game you obtain, what good is it to you? Also, if you cannot cut a simple log in half, how do you expect to butcher game or make any bushcraft?

Number Two: Rainwater from your gutters

This is a really interesting and easy way in which you can practice your water collection skills. Even if you are not planning on going off the grid, collecting rainwater can be used to water plants, wash your car, and an array of other uses. To make a rainwater collection system from your gutter, what you will need to do is:

  1. If possible cover the tops of the gutters to minimize debris
  2. Acquire a collection container with a filter
  3. Remove the bottommost part of the spout and replace it with the collection base
  4. Wait for it to rain

Of course there is a bit more details in how to go about making your own containers and such, but this is the basics of it. In all reality, if you cannot make or find a container to collect water there is no hope for your survival. This is the simplest of skills you can practice. If you do not feel like tearing up your gutter system, get a 50 gallon container and some PCV pipe and make some collection tubes on your property. There are literally hundreds of ways in which you can make a rainwater collection system. From the aqueduct containers to the simple milk jug cut in half, your imagination is the only restriction.

As a survivalist, you will have to think of new ways in which to perform the same task. So, implement a few different ideas into collecting rainwater and see which ones work the best.

Number Three: Have a garden

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It has been proven that those which grow their own organic food have a healthier and longer life than those which consume commercialized products.  You are maximizing the vitamins and minerals which are in the produce. When you buy frozen or commercialized produce nearly 70% of the vitamins and minerals have been depleted from them.

From a survivalist standpoint, you are learning how to make sustainable food. Ensure that when you plant your garden that you are using organics and not hybrids. Hybrids do not yield any seeds which can be used on future crops. Organic crops do yield seeds which can be used on new crops. Ensure that you save at least 20 to 30 percent of your food’s seeds for the next round. If you want to really work on your survival skills, do not use pesticides and make your own compost for the garden. Those which want to include a bit of protein in their diet may also want to consider a hydroponic system.

Number Four: Get your HAM license

In a catastrophic event communication will be essential in understanding what is going on. Where there may be a bit of radio and television, it can be predicted that such information will be heavily oriented to the government’s agenda. News will need to be obtained from an insider’s perspective. Having a HAM license and having the skills of other communication devices which do not work on a high frequency (such as the FM radios) will maximize your potential in being able to obtain vital information. As such, you will be able to prepare for any tactical maneuvers and such as they arise.

Now, you can obtain your HAM license and just have a bit of fun with talking with other survivalists and preppers. You can see how others are making their plans and build off of their knowledge. If you have honed your communication skills, then if a catastrophic event occurs you will be ready with reliable news making you an asset.

These are but four of the ways that you can practice being a survivalist. Other areas which will help you in your survival is to get involved in hiking, biking, camping, get a goat and chickens, learn how to tell time by the sky, or learn to cook from scratch. All of these will help you to be self-sufficient. Even if you are not planning on going off the grid (and I do not know why you would chose to stay on it) you do need to try to be as self-sufficient as you can be. If not for the absence of governmental control, do it for the financial gain which you can have from not having to spend money on commercialized products. Being a survivalist is a lifestyle that requires you to hone your skills early, before a catastrophic event. Your survival is your responsibility, so start now.

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