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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.

How to build your food storage if you are poor

How to build your food storage if you are poor

Self-sufficiency is not a financially dependent lifestyle

I once heard a man say that reasons are excuses which are packed full of lies. And when it comes to prepping there is not such a bigger excuse than that of financial obligations. Many would be preppers and survivalists do not start because they reason that the financial obligation for prepping is too much. However, if one were to understand that the money spent on groceries and produce is far more than that of the self-sufficient individual, then they would be more apt to build their food storage. Here is how you can build your food storage if you are poor.

Understand and re-allocate your funding

Produce is marked up 70% or more to account for the loss and damage of the products in shipping. The average American spends nearly $151 on food[1]. Out of this a person spends $23 a week on junk food and fast food[2]. Now, the average small garden startup is $70. It does not take a great deal of math to calculate that re-allocating your fast food funds into a 3 week savings to start a garden is a wise choice. This is the first method of securing and building your food storage. You have to have your own way of providing your own food in order to sustain life in a catastrophic event.

Buy in Bulk

There is a misconception that bulk items are more expensive than single serve items. On the contrary, many of the bulk items that you can find are cheaper per serving. When you are building your food supply take some of the bulk and put it aside for your food storage. Where this is not a quick building method, you will gain some storage on your food and you will do so as you shop for your everyday needs.

Become a coupon King/Queen

There are a TON (and by this I mean thousands upon thousands) of coupon sites out there. Some stores still provide cut or print coupons for products. The odds are that if you have a particular food that you like, a coupon is available to get that food for a discounted price or for a buy one get one free. All you have to do is dedicate a bit of your time into finding the coupon. Do not go crazy with the coupon collecting. You have other needs which will need to be addressed such as water storage, survival skills, and your disaster preparedness plan. However, if you keep a coupon book of items you want and look for locations that offer multiple coupons and discounts, you can get your food items for a very low cost and build up your food storage.

Barter

For some reason the word barter has been associated with cheap in today’s society. Bartering was long established before our monetary system and it will be again if the financial system collapses. If you have a marketable skill then you have a skill that can be bartered. Where bush crafts and such do provide a self-sufficient way to do so, you can barter your services out even if you are a dentist, doctor, graphic artist, or stay at home mom. Unless you are a vegetable (and I do sympathize with those people) you can get up and do something that someone wants. The best part is, it will not cost you anything but your time.

Trade your skills for dehydrated meats and fresh produce that can be canned. Where that pie or cake may look good, it really has no place in the food storage plan.

Use the government to fund your aquaponics system

This is one of those situations where you can use the government to your advantage. I am not talking about going on food stamps or any other government reliance program. I am talking about your taxes. If you are poor then the odds are that you fall below the bracket of paying into your taxes and you get something back, this is especially true if you have dependents. In this scenario, if you get money back from filing your taxes spend that money on setting up an aquaponics system instead of going on that yearly vacation or getting that new car. Where the startup costs is a bit high, the food is pretty much never ending.

Buy Seeds

Seeds

Seeds

Granted, you will need to have a survival bag with at least 3 days of food and water in order to survive. And if you have the survival skills to hunt and fish, then you should be good to keep yourself alive. Adding seeds to your food storage is a cheap method of storing up food. While you may not consider seeds to be food now, they will yield a crop later. Ensure that you have organic seeds (not hybrids) which can be planted in various seasons for the best results.

Eat less and store more

Those living on a very tight budget can store food with one simple concept. Cut your portion size down. It is a proven fact that the majority of Americans over consume. The obesity level is through the roof. Cut your portion sizes down and you will not have to consume as much food. This will open up the door for you to either store the food which is not used or to use the funds from the savings to buy food to store.

There is no reason why anyone cannot build up a food storage. Regardless of whether you are rich or poor it comes down to your own willpower and motivation. Finances have nothing to do with it. If you want to be a prepper than you will find a way to become one, anything else are just excuses packed full of lies. Remember, you are the only one that can ensure your survival.

[1] According to gallup.com and thepeacefulmom.com

[2] Based upon statistics of a $1200 a year consumption

Winterize your car: Items to keep in your car during winter months

Winterize your car: Items to keep in your car during winter months

Winterization goes beyond the vehicle to consider the driver and passengers

Winter is a festive time of year for any person. Yet, with the season also comes the cold weather. And where you may be a seasoned prepper and survivalist, you may not be up to date on winterizing your modern day equipment, specifically your car. There are several ways in which you can drastically minimize the risk of damage to yourself or your vehicle with these easy to follow winterization tips.

Have Water in the car

water bottles

Crazy as it may sound, you need to have water in your vehicle. In the event that you are stranded somewhere because of a roadblock, downed tree, the apocalypse, whatever, you will need to have some water. Now, keep in mind that during the winter the temperatures can get to below freezing. Allow some space for ice expansion in the container to keep it from breaking. Store the water in a blanket to reduce the chances of it freezing.

Granted, you could live off the water from the snow for a while, but then again there may only be cold temperatures and hard ground.

Have a mobile air generator

Tire pressure fluctuates in the cold weather. You may have the ideal pressure when you set out on a trip, but because of the cold the air can reduce in the tires. You will find this common especially if the car has been sitting for a day or two (say at a hotel or campsite). A mobile air generator gives you the ability to pump up your own tires and regulate the pressure in the tires. There are several different air generators available. Most are electric and work off of the cars voltage plugs. However, you can find gas and even diesel air generators if you look around.

A shovel

Unseen dips in the terrain can quickly become a hazard to your vehicle. Having a shovel is a great way to keep you from getting stuck for too long. Granted, if you have a large SUV  or Truck you may need to use that tow cable to pull yourself out of a ditch or a hole. Those that just get too much snow around the tires or underbody of the car can use the shovel.

A chainsaw

I would venture to say that most people have not considered a chainsaw as part of the car winterization process. Yet, more people get stranded by fallen trees and debris during the winter than during any other time of the year (apart from maybe tornado season in Kansas). Now, I am not saying that you should start cutting on trees that are over powerlines or cause a threat to your health if you try to clear them, but if there is a tree that is blocking the road or close to falling on your car or another vehicle, cut it down and cut it up. If you have a large cargo area, take some of the wood for firewood for later.

A 5 gallon container of gas

Why 5 gallons? Typically a vehicle can hold anywhere from 10 to 20 gallons of gas. A 5 gallon tank will sustain you long enough to get to point B without painting a huge sign on your car that says “break in here and take my extra stockpile of gas”. If you want to have a backup for the entire tank, use small containers or lock down your large container. Remember, you will also need to take into account any tools and generators which rely upon gas.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

As a prepper, you are familiar with first aid and with first aid strategies. You also understand that the cheap kits that adorn cars are little more than novelty products to make consumers feel better about their purchases. Have a spare tactical first aid kit in your vehicle. This is imperative. For one, you are maximizing your chances of a successful winter by eliminating the excuses of not having a specific medical supply to help you in an emergency. Secondly, you are establishing an alternative place for your first aid to accompany your disaster preparedness plan. DO NOT use your primary first aid kit from your bug out bag.

Alcohol (closed container)

Let me be very, very clear here. In NO way do I promote drinking and driving and in no way do I promote having an open container in the car. Both are illegal in most states (drinking and driving is of course) as well as dangerous. That being stated, alcohol does not freeze and can provide you with an emergency source of liquid if needed. Do not get beer as this really has no purpose in a survival situation or in winterization. Use a strong alcohol like whiskey or vodka. Again, KEEP THE CONTAINER CLOSED AND STORED AWAY FROM THE DRIVER. If you have to use it, discard the bottle and do not drive till you are 100% sober.

Steel Wool and a Mobile battery charger

I would venture to say that 75% of winter problems with a car have to do with the battery. In most cases the battery is drained and the car just dies. There are a few ways in which you can go about checking your battery.

Lick your fingers and touch both terminals (NO, NO, DON’T THAT WAS A JOKE)

  • First try to turn the engine over. If you get some power and then the lights fade off or there is a slow dying it is probably the battery. If you get an abrupt dying of the interior lights it could be the battery or it could be the alternator.

 

  • Pop the hood and look for any visible signs of buildup on the terminals of the battery. This will be a green like substance. Do not touch it as it is battery acid and corrosion and not good for the skin. Instead remove the terminals from the battery (with the engine turned off) and use the steel wool to gently remove the build-up.

 

  • Most mobile battery chargers have a gauge which will tell you the power of your battery. Note that you will always have below 100% unless it is a brand new battery. If you find the numbers to be 10 to 50% then you need to use the charger to power up the battery.

 

These are but a few ways to keep your car and yourself ready for the winter season. Of course, you should do the proper and regular maintenance such as oil changes, fluid checks, and fuse checks. Remember, as a prepper/ survivalist you need to be ready for a catastrophic event at any time. That includes in your car in the winter.

 

Ron Paul Predicted Over 10 Years Of American Policy… And Got Everything Right

 

Gotta love it when Ron Paul was spot on and no one listened…back in 2002 he predicted, before congress, what the future would look like… and he got it all right. He accurately predicted the Middle East as it is today including how the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would go, the Arab Spring, and the rise of radical Islam.

He Predicted the ramp up of Police militarization and the off setting of it with more social welfare. He even predicts the financial collapse in 2008 and the rise of interest rates. Like him or hate him, Ron Paul was a visionary.