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Here it is folks: hunting tips from the duck master and bearded legend himself, Phil Robertson.
Be sure to turn it up and listen real close. You won’t want to miss a single word.
Phil Robertson is always someone worth listening to, he’s been a man of the land for years.
Duck Dynasty is one of the funniest shows on TV and we had to share this video when we saw it!
As preppers and survivalists, we understand the importance of being properly prepared for any type of natural disasters.
Many citizens are not prepared, and some may even consider you a little crazy for preparing for emergencies. However, when it comes down to it, preppers tend to be looked upon as geniuses once disaster strikes.
When these Southern citizens were faced with some of their own natural disasters, they handled it exactly as you would expect..
Although these didn”t all work, the cooperation needed to create these “islands” to save surrounding neighbors is incredibly moving. It brings a newfound respect for the South, where your neighbors are your family, and makes me want to move there ASAP.
Homesteading takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Living a self reliant and sustainable lifestyle is difficult but hugely rewarding for those with the motivation and know-how.
Homesteading may be hard, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Try out these cool projects for your homestead and survival preps for some productive fun!
You can wax all sorts of cheeses for long term storage. Whether it’s store bought or homemade, adding a wax seal to some of your favorite cheeses will keep them around for a good while.
You can quickly make this cheap and easy $50 hoop greenhouse for your off the grid gardening.
Storing meat without refrigeration can be difficult. Salt curing pork will keep it safe to eat and delicious for a long time without refrigeration.
With this easy box you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in a small area.
Build this handy shelf for efficient food storage. This shelf is perfect for storing all sorts of fruits and vegetables.
Tallow can be used for cooking and for skincare. Make some of this versatile stuff to keep around for all sorts of uses.
Vinegar is another super useful multi-tasker. Cleaning, home remedies, cooking, you name it, you can use vinegar for it. Learn how to make your own and never be without this great homesteading tool.
This cool DIY project is a great way to increase your self reliance and SHTF prepping to the next level. Make a water pump that runs on wind out of bicycle parts!
This simple and inexpensive cheese press will help you make your own cheese from home without any bulky, expensive equipment.
With these instructions you’ll be able to create an awesome chicken coop for yourself and not rely on the store-bought chicken and eggs.
Be as creative as your heart desires with your tomato preserving. This is a recipe for stewed tomatoes, but there are all sorts of delicious recipes out there for tomatoes.
This post will show you how to use coconut oil and why you should stock up.
Learning to make baked items without an oven could be very helpful if you ever had to go off the grid. Check out these recipes and learn how to make the most out of your dutch oven.
This cheap and easy recipe is a good go to for almost any meal. You can’t go wrong with a good biscuit recipe.
Learn to make your own goat cheese – here
Learn how to build your own – here.
This short article will teach you everything you need to know to cure a toothache with at home remedies.
Have you ever thought about building a home garden? Well, we’ve got the perfect resource to help you do just that. Click here to see the directions.
Hunting is one of the most useful skills you can pick up when it comes to homesteading. What’s that mean? Well, you should at least learn the basics of how to read a game trail so that you can track food down in emergencies.
Wilderness survival will entail that you at some point hunt and gather.
For most preppers and survivalist out there, this means that there will be wild game involved.
Which of these was your favorite?
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 baking 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
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
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.
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?
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.
Most preppers assume that building a survival kit is a fairly straightforward process. However, there are a few common mistakes when selecting items to add to their first survival kit. Here are a few tips to make your survival kit more useful and efficient.
A well-designed safety kit must contain tools and supplies to help you survive in a number of different emergency situations.
One common mistake made by people building their first survival kit is focusing on a narrow subset of emergencies.
They build a kit which might be fantastic for dealing with an invasion by China, but isn’t too useful when you fall off a cliff and break your leg!
The survival kit should contain items that:
Looking at the items you have collected and thinking about the possible emergency scenarios which might occur will help you evaluate your survival kit.
A common mistake that people make when building their first survival kit is going for quantity instead of quality.
There is no point stuffing your survival kit full of items which are not well-made and are prone to breakage.
This is particularly true when talking about items like sleeping bags, signaling gear and communication gear.
A poor quality sleeping bag could mean the difference between spending a night wide awake and shivering or resting comfortably.
If your cheap LED torch fails it could mean the difference between rescued and dying alone!
If you can’t afford quality items immediately, spend more time building your survival kit.
Many survivalists take pride in their self-sufficiency and survival skills.
For this reason, they sometimes skimp on items which are important for signaling or communicating with other people.
Don’t forget that a survival kit must cater for situations where your ability to be self-sufficient has been compromised by injury or illness.
Even if you are an expert in off-grid living, signaling, and communication items are essential for any survival kit.
Useful signaling and communication tools include flares, distress radio beacons, laser pointers with lithium batteries, high-power LED lights with signaling capabilities, whistles, and signaling mirrors.
Space is always a chief concern when building a survival kit.
There are some fantastic products which are designed to save space and add more value to your survival kit.
Sometimes they may cost a little more, but if they allow you to take an additional item, it is worth the expense.
Perhaps the most important aspect of a survival kit, the emergency first aid kit must include a wide array of items to deal with various medical emergencies.
Unfortunately, they can become fairly bulky very quickly.
One way around this issue is to use multiple emergency medical kits — one to carry with you while hiking or taking a short trip, and another more comprehensive kit which stays in your car or at your camp.
Smart preppers craft the contents of their kit to match the activity they will be performing and always take a medical kit with them.
Experienced preppers understand that the weather is one of the toughest impediments to surviving in the wilderness.
For this reason, everything that goes into the survival kit should be weather-resistant.
The items should be able to survive submersion in water, dusty/sandy/icy environments and extreme temperatures.
Using gear which is not weatherproof can lead to disastrous results if you are forced to cross a waterway unexpectedly or the weather suddenly turns bad.
Many people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on their survival kit, ensuring they have the best gear available.
However, if you lack the necessary knowledge to use the gear appropriately or deal with emergency situations, it could all be worth nothing.
Your knowledge base should include:
Keep in mind that this information may not even be used by you!
You might run into a situation where you have been injured and cannot gather food or light a fire by yourself.
Another person might be required to perform these tasks and having this knowledge on hand could help them save your life.
Even if you are experienced with off-grid living, you might only have knowledge relating to a certain type of environment.
What happens if you have an accident and are left stranded in a foreign location with completely different geographical conditions, wildlife, plants and weather conditions?
Knowledge is essential to survival.
When first building a survival kit, many preppers use a checklist to ensure that they have an item for each survival task.
For example, a lighter for starting a fire or some chemical tablets for making water safe to drink.
However, if they lack redundancy for particularly important survival tasks, they are asking for trouble.
Bring two or even three ways to start a fire, have multiple options for purifying water including chemical tablets and a small filtration system.
Preppers should also consider the varying weather conditions may affect the viability of some items.
A traditional lighter might struggle to help you build a fire in an extremely wet environment, for example. If you are interested in off-grid living, redundancy is particularly important.
Some foods that are sold as “survival foods” are actually packed with sugar and can do a great deal of damage in certain situations.
If you are battling a fever or hypothermia, the last thing you want to eat is a sugary snack high in fructose corn syrup, because it will send your pancreas into overdrive.
Pack natural foods that keep well under various weather conditions and provide you with a great deal of nutrition.
We recommend the Wise Food Kits if you’re going to be stocking up on survival foods. Click here to order.
When choosing the items to go into your survival kit, the kit’s weight should always be monitored carefully.
Look for items that offer great value without adding too much weight to your kit.
For example, a Ferro-cerium rod might be a better option than a catalytic heater and gas bottle for lighting fires and cooking.
A common mistake for people building their first survival kit is not incorporating enough clothing or including inappropriate clothing.
Take clothing that is one layer warmer than you think you will need. That will ensure you can maintain your body temperature in the event of an accident or find yourself stranded at night.
Also, remember the ‘top and toes’ rule.
Most of your body’s heat is lost through your head and feet.
Even if the weather is quite warm, incorporate some comfortable socks and a beanie into your survival kit.
You should also think about the kinds of materials used in the clothing in your survival kit.
For example, cotton is fantastic at retaining warmth until it gets wet, then it can actually contribute to hypothermia!
Materials like Polypropylene are hydrophobic (repels water), which makes them ideal for a base layer that keeps moisture off your skin.
Wool is great for keeping you warm, nylon is tough and polyester is great at stopping wind penetration.
Choose your clothes carefully!