Andrew’s Note: Outdoor gardening is coming to an end in the Northern climes, consider keeping that thumb green with a little indoor gardening. Indoor gardening is a great way not only to keep in practice but it’ll also put a little extra food on the table, improve indoor air quality and maybe even save you money at the grocery store. Guest author Bernice has identified the Top 10 Foods To Grow Indoors This Winter.
If you’re new to indoor gardening or want to know if the edible plants you’ve cultivated can be moved from your outdoor garden indoors when the seasons change, good news! There are a number of fruits, vegetables and herbs that can be successfully cultivated indoors. Moving your gardening efforts indoors when the weather turns foul will also extend your fresh food preparedness efforts beyond your zone’s traditional growing seasons. Here is a list of my choices for the top 10 foods to grow indoors this winter. I live in Hardiness Zone 10 and this is my list but feel free to add to or modify this list to fit your growing zone if you’re planning to move plants indoors and out as the seasons change. If you plan on growing year round indoors then you can even consider trying a tasty treat that isn’t suitable for your outdoor garden. Continue reading
Today Prepography is pleased to present garbage… garbage bags that is…as in the top 10 preparedness uses of garbage bags. Garbage bags can be used by preppers for dozens of purposes besides rubbish disposal. I like the heavy duty, Contractor Grade Garbage Bags because they’re larger and more durable than the typical kitchen variety. In the Jackson household often buy our heavy duty garbage bags through school fundraisers but they’re also available from the big box and local hardware stores as well as online.
I have to admit, I don’t stock Coca-Cola with my preps or even keep it in my house. You see, I’m addicted. I can’t keep my hands off the stuff if it’s within reach. If I had a bunker full of this nectar-of-the-gods that was hermetically sealed until doomsday… I’d spend the first few weeks afterwards wired to the gills and unable to sleep from all the caffeine.
Don’t worry about me though…I understand my addiction and take appropriate actions without the need for a Busybody Bloomberg or family intervention. I buy one or two Cokes a day as I’m out and about and never bring the stuff home lest I be tempted to overindulge.
My addiction doesn’t keep me from dreaming longingly about that bunker full of Coca-Cola though… and if you decide to stock up on cola for potential cola-free times ahead then here are the Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Cola:
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.
President & General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
Snake Eater is a slang term for a tough guy, or a special operations soldier. It probably derives it’s origin from a practical exercise of the skill we’re going to be talking about today undertaken by trainees of the U.S. Army’s Jungle Warfare Training Center. Light Infantry and Special Operations graduates of ‘Jungle School’ had a reputation…and they earned it. Today’s lesson on how to field dress a snake is taken directly from the U.S. Army Ranger Handbook, SH 21-76 and is for informational purposes only. Don’t try this at home, or abroad!
Take extreme care in securing snakes–the bite of some poisonous snakes can be fatal. Even after a snake’s head is cut off, its reflex action can cause it to bite, injecting poison. The best time to capture snakes is in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are low and they move slow. Kill or use a long stick to pin down its head and capture it. To pick up a snake, place the index finger on the top rear of its head with your thumb and middle finger on either side of the head behind the jaws. Keep your index finger on top of snake’s head to prevent it from turning inside its skin and biting you.
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Andrew’s Note: Today we introduce The Quartermaster and The Quartermaster’s Report. The Quartermaster brings us information on cool gear and equipment as well as the availability of cool gear and equipment. Today’s report is on the X CALIBER Shotgun Gauge Adapter System.
Ever wished you could carry one gun and have it shoot multiple calibers and guages? I’m not talking about .38 Special and .357 Magnum either…I’m talking about a tool that can hunt grouse as a 12 Gauge shotgun but quickly convert into to a 7.62×39 to drop a deer and even to .22 Long Rifle to bring down a squirrel…well now you can.
In Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select. In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, and in Part III we explored Water preparedness for your Bug Out Bag. Today we’ll discuss Food preparedness and Food items to consider including when building a Bug Out Bag. Remember, this is your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle makes it.
Today we add another article in our Top 10 series…this time it’s the Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Baking Soda
Baking Sodais composed of pure sodium bicarbonate. This common leavening agent is added to baked goods which causes them to rise due to the production of carbon dioxide bubbles. Baking Soda reacts chemically to help neutralize and regulate pH in substances that are to alkaline or acidic. Baking Soda differs from Baking Powder in that Baking Powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, an acidifying agent and a drying agent.
Sodium bicarbonate, also known as sodium hydrogen carbonate is a naturally occurring compound but can also be produced using the solvay process.
Received the following note from Prepography Advertiser The Ready Store where they’ve been donating a can of food to children’s charities for every can of storage food they sell. Congratulations to The Ready Store and keep up the good works!
“We just wanted to drop a quick note wishing you and yours a merry Christmas! We are constantly amazed by our wonderful customers and want to thank you for the great generosity in participating in our Can-for-Can Program. With your help, you’ve donated an estimated 40,000 meals for hungry children across the globe!”
The prepper movement gets a bad rap sometimes from the ill informed who sometimes call us ‘selfish‘ and think that we’re only interested in ourselves…but I’ve found preppers and the businesses that cater to them to be extremely generous in every way imaginable.
Andrew’s Note: Last week we presented an article from FM 21-76, The U.S. Army Survival Manual [Approved For Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited] on Personal Camouflage…today we continue that thought with The Survival Manual’s take on’ Camouflaged Movement’ or Methods of Stalking. Being able to remain unseen during movement can be a key element to both your security and putting food on your family’s table.
In a survival situation, especially in a hostile environment, you may find it necessary to camouflage yourself, your equipment, and your movement. It may mean the difference between survival and capture by the enemy. Camouflage and movement techniques, such as stalking, will also help you get animals or game for food using primitive weapons and skills…
Sometimes you need to move, undetected, to or from a location. You need more than just camouflage to make these moves successfully. The ability to stalk or move without making any sudden quick movement or loud noise is essential to avoiding detection.
You must practice stalking if it is to be effective. Use the following techniques when practicing.
Today we return to the second in our series introducing each of the 10 Foundations of Full Spectrum Preparedness in more detail. In these articles we’ll start fleshing out the Fundamentals of Full Spectrum Preparedness. Essentially, this series will discuss each Fundamental’s place in our Full Spectrum Preparedness cognitive model and briefly discuss how each Fundamental interacts with the other nine. These articles are about the concepts, in later articles we’ll provide practical tactics, techniques and procedures for each Fundamental. We continue this discussion with Food in Full Spectrum Preparedness:
While you can survive months without food in optimum conditions, there are physical and mental changes that begin to take place after even a short time without sustenance. Having adequate food supplies and the skill to turn them into nutritious meals is a life skill that takes on even more importance during and in the aftermath of a disaster.
You must plan for food preparation as well. Does your food require cooking to make it safe or palatable…if so how will you cook it if your electricity, natural gas or propane sources aren’t available or serviceable. If you had to cook over and open flame do you have the fuel and cookware necessary. Are your pans flame safe? We’ll discuss emergency and austere environment cooking techniques in later articles, but these are some considerations you should begin to think about.
Whole books and websites are devoted entirely to nutrition planning and we won’t try to duplicate that here… but you should spend some time planning well balanced meals for any preparedness plan lasting more than just a few days.
“I ate my boots and a pair of pants … tea and seal-skin gloves for dinner.”
First Lieutenant (Later Major General) Adolphus Greely commenting on a day in 1883, during his Arctic Expedition
Prepography reader MG recently gave us one more use for the multi-talented ammo can (see Fan of the Can, Top 10 Uses)…an Ammo Can Grill. I can think of a number of preparedness and recreational uses for this little baby.
Caution: MG says to ‘seasoned’ the Ammo Can Grill by firing it up for at least an hour before using it with food… to burn off any remaining residue.
Grocery stores only keep about two to three day’s worth of items on their shelves. When everyone is clamoring for the same emergency items at the same time, there is a good chance that you won’t get what you need. The items that will sell out first are the ones that people know will help them get through a time of crisis.
37 FOOD ITEMS SOLD OUT AFTER CRISIS by Survival Products LLC
Here’s something that doesn’t weigh a thing to add to your Get Home Bag or Bug Out Bag… a little knowledge about how to build a Dakota Fire Pit. While a fireless camp is the least likely to be observed there may be times when a fire is absolutely necessary…water purification by boiling (when you have no other methods available) or to avoid hypothermia are two possibilities that come to mind. Such situations call for a Dakota Fire Pit also known as the Dakota Fire Hole… the next most clandestine camp to a fireless camp.
Essentially the Dakota Fire Pit is a fire pit with a separate tunnel built to supply airflow directly to the fuel. By keeping the fire below ground you reduce the light signature of the fire significantly and are able to get by with a much smaller fire than you would need above ground to accomplish the same cooking tasks.
Here are some additional hints to make your Dakota Fire Hole easier to build and less likely to be seen: Continue reading
Sometimes preparedness is about seeing the potential alternate uses of everyday items, sometimes preparedness is about keeping the ‘end’ in mind while dealing with the ‘ways’ and the ‘means.’ These were the inspirations for this periodic column on Prepography called… It’s Not This It’s That (INTIT):
Many survivalists, hunters, preppers and outdoor enthusiasts buy commercial Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE’s). These commercial MRE’s are very similar to the military MRE’s that the Department of Defense (DOD) provides to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines for field use (for some reason the DOD doesn’t allow the manufacturers to sell the same meals to the public). In this short article we’ll discuss what an MRE is and an easy way to cut down on the size and weight of MRE’s…or as we call it in the military…how to field strip a MRE.
The MRE has been the primary field ration of our troops since the early 1980′s. It’s a self contained, calorie dense (over 1,200 calories), shelf stable (up to five years under optimal conditions) meal designed to keep you fueled during labor intensive activities. While it’s designed as ‘a’ meal I found that even during the toughest field exercises it was just too much food/calories to be consumed as ‘a’ meal. Depending on the nature of the exercise and work involved I usually carried and ate 1-2 MRE’s per day. I’ll leave the discussion of the culinary ‘delights’ of the MRE for another time but you should know that these meals aren’t just heavy, they’re also bulky.
Note: The MRE is heavy by backpacking food standards not in relation to the MRE’s predecessor the C Ration. Continue reading
Sometimes preparedness is about seeing the potential alternate uses of everyday items, sometimes preparedness is about keeping the ‘end’ in mind while dealing with the ‘ways’ and the ‘means.’ These were the inspirations for a new periodic column here on Prepography called… It’s Not This It’s That (INTIT):