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Ideas For Building Your Emergency Food Bank

Ideas For Building Your Emergency Food Bank

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Idea’s for building an emergency food supply

Are you and your family ready and stocked up with emergency food supply? Or have you been trying to build up an emergency food bank but find your family eating all the food that you are trying to save? For most of us in the beginning building a food bank was frustrating and felt like hitting your head against the wall. Most people including myself felt the need to do everything at once and get it over-with, but this is just not realistic. This project can be easy to do and it can be fun if you have a plan laid out to accomplish the goal.

Advice from experienced preppers

Here are a few links from experienced preppers that can help you get a plan but also answer some common questions that newbies usually have. By using some of the guidelines by experienced people you may end up with a better list of food supplies and it may even save you some money. Just remember that once you get your pantry or food bank filled you will want to tweak it now and then to make sure items stay fresh and preserved. Purchasing to much of some items may be a waste of money because the item may go bad, again this is why it is best to plan ahead and be realistic in what you purchase and store. By doing some research and reading what experienced preppers have learnt themselves over the years can and will save you time and money.

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Posted by Tom in Homestead
Portable Camping Hunting Fishing Cook Wood Stove

Portable Camping Hunting Fishing Cook Wood Stove

Here is another great idea for a portable wood stove that I came across today while doing some research online about going off-grid.

This is a great stove you can use to cook your dinner, dry your gear, heat your shelter, or just warm your hands and feet at a cold winter’s night. Safer than an open fire. Small enough to transport in your car and easy to carry. The ample cook top space gives you room to cook up lots of tasty dishes. When you’re not cooking, you can rotate the cook top outward to dry wet socks and gloves. In areas where open fires are not permitted this portable stove could be a handy item to have. A great gift idea for campers, fisherman (great for ice-fishing), hunter, or lover of wood-burning stoves.Stove Measurement: 18 inches long × 10 inches wide × 12 inches tall.

 

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Skills and Tools Needed To Survive While Homesteading

Skills and Tools Needed To Survive While Homesteading

Homesteading Skills

The family that homesteads together stays together. Homesteading tasks go from sun up to sun down and there are many chores that need to be completed every day. From checking the chickens to pulling weeds in the garden to mowing the pasture there are always things that need to be done. I find in today culture kids don’t know how to do anything manually. If it comes to technology they are great but when it comes to checking air in a tire or the oil on a car they don’t have a clue what to do. This is so sad to see in our young people today….

Chores and Task

Chores around a homestead can turn into larger jobs that require more skill and talent then many of us have. Also some of these jobs require tools and equipment that we may not be familiar with. If that is the case we need to tackle these jobs with a positive attitude and get the job done. Many of these jobs require us to get a little greasy or dirty but if you cannot find money in the budget to get the work done by a professional then you will have to do some research and figure out how to repair whatever is broken. What you don’t want to do is leave the job or task for another day, that day may never come and the repair could lead into creating other issues.

Be Proactive

If you are a homesteader you should have some working knowledge of tools, equipment and be a self-thinker. For example when my hot water heater died, I did not call the plumber to come and replace it, I googled how to repair and replace the heating elements myself. This task saved me several hundred dollars. When I needed to run electric out to my pole barn that I built I did some more research and did the work myself and again it saved me several hundred of dollars.

Mechanical Skills

There may be a day when we wake up and clock has changed back to the 1800’s. The power grid may be down, technology may be fried and we may have to fend for ourselves. Now would be a good time for the fathers in the homes take some time and teach your kids how to do simple things around the house and garage like changing the oil on the car, check the air in the tires of the car, change a tire and put on a spare, tune up a car, do some gardening, and so on. Since today we still have electric and technology no time is better than the present to teach your children some mechanical skills.

Sewing

What happen to the days when mothers taught their children how to sew and knit? I remember on cold winter days my mother taught me how to run a sewing machine, how to quilt, how to make clothes, how to fix holes in jeans, and how to replace buttons on a shirt.

Sewing takes some basic skills and the right tools but it can be a world of fun and when need be it could be a dire survival skill that everyone will wish they knew how to do.

Cooking

Everyone knows how to eat! But does everyone know how to make or cook a meal? I remember when my daughter got married she had no idea how to cook. I worked all the time so I did not have the time to teach her and her mother was too lazy to teach her.

Cooking Together

When push comes to shove you will need to know some cooking basics, you may even have to know how to go catch a live rabbit or live chicken and dress it and cook it with some vegetables from the garden. If you don’t know how to cook, you may want to pick up some recipe books and start practicing.

These are just a few of the skills that you will need to know in order to survive homesteading or worse living off the grid. We will be talking about more of these task’s and chores in later articles and if you have other ideas please pass them along in the comments section.

Posted by Tom in Homestead
How To Live Without Electricity

How To Live Without Electricity

How To Get By Without Electricity

In today’s age of technology it is hard to imagine that people live without electricity but many do. One of these people is my sister and brother-in law. The power lines stop about fifteen miles from their home so the cost to deliver power out to their home would totally out of this world.

Life Without Electric For Lights

Home in Guatemala with no electricity is not uncommon.

In my travels through Central and South America it is amazing how many people live with just one light bulb burning in their home or they have no electricity at all. According to some there are over one billion people that do not have electricity in the world. Now us here in the United States and over in Japan and Europe almost everyone has electric and most of us would not know what to do without it. Most of the electric that the world uses are controlled by powerful countries like the United States and a few other major players. We call this the power grid.

Cooking Without Power

Cooking in many homes in Central and South America is done with an open fire and no ventilation inside the home.

Many people around the world do not even have the capabilities to cook there meals on a stove like we do here in the U.S.A. Many of the places I have been in countries like Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Belize, Honduras and etc. wish they could have an opportunity to cook on an electric or gas stove. Most of these people have to cook on an open fire or on some sort of make shift wood burning stove. There are many injuries or illnesses from cooking this way, everything from lung cancer to repertory problems to death. If you think life is rough when the burner does not work right on your cook stove, just imagine what life will be like when the power goes out.

No Communication

Most of our communication and technology depends on electricity. Most homes today rely on cellular communication to be our lifeline to the world. The days of picking up a handset and dialing a landline phone is a thing of the past. If the power grid goes down are we going to be prepared to use some sort of other communication?

What Will Cause Us To Lose Electricity

Power blackouts can be caused by many things, such as thunderstorms, natural disasters, solar flares, EMP attacks, and so on. In some situations a backup generator is all you’re going to need to get by on for a short time without electric. But what if some huge natural disaster or an EMP takes out the power grid for a long period of time, will you be ready. For additional information on EMP click here.

Lighting Ideas

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this article my sister and family have been living without electricity for close to forty years. I have learnt a lot from them in how to live off the grid. When it comes to lighting it really is not hard to adapt to using candles and oil lamps to get by on. Since my family and I live in Florida we are always losing power do to storms and hurricanes so we make sure that we always have a good stock of batteries and flashlights for when the power goes off. Some other alternatives for lighting that are available today is hand crank flashlights, these are great because they never need batteries. Solar powered lights are great for having light during the night and they re-charge during the day. With today’s solar powered led lighting you can light a whole house with just a few of these lights. Our security lighting on our home and land is done by solar powered motion controlled lighting.
                

Propane Cooking

Most of us have done some sort of camping in our lives. Cooking over a camp fire is nice for a short period of time, but eventually you will run out of firewood to keep cooking. For not to much money pick yourself up a two or two burner camp stove that uses small propane tanks. These come in handy when you want to boil some water for coffee, or soup, or make spaghetti or any other kind of cooking you need to do.
                                       

Life Without Electric Using An Alternative Source Of Power

There is a constantly new source of solar energy coming on the market every time I do any research on solar. They claim this next year we will be able to purchase shingles that will be a solar source. There are other forms of alternative energy that is becoming more and more accessible to the general public. One source is wind power, or wind turbines that produce electric for the home owner. Another source which also uses wind is the old fashion wind mill connected to a generator system that stores power like solar in batteries.

Life without electric can be daunting and uncomfortable especially for us that depend on electric for everything we do. But if you are like me and plan ahead for the day when the lights go out you and your family could be fully prepared.  Being prepared is the key to this situation and what better time than the present to get your family ready for that dark day that lies in front of us when the grid goes down.

Posted by Tom in Homestead, Off The Grid
Living Off The Grid Does Not Mean Being A Purist

Living Off The Grid Does Not Mean Being A Purist

LIVING OFF THE GRID: There are always people with an opinion on everything and of course their opinion is the only one that matters and the only one that is correct. When you search on the internet or talk to people about homesteading or living off the grid you will find a vast variety of information and people’s opinion about this subject.

One of the more controversial subject that people are very passionate about when it comes to living off the grid or any sort of homesteading is where and how you should live. To live off the grid does not mean that you have to become a recluse or stop enjoying modern day life or give up the enjoyment of a high tech society. To separate yourself from society and move to the wilderness and live off the land this is fine for those that want to be a purist and remove themselves and their family from all aspects of society.

 

Here we are not going to be going down the road of being a hermit or purist, we will be looking at ways to be more self-sufficient and use more of what God has given us in nature to live on.

 OFF GRID PERSPECTIVE

As the world is changing around us every-day and with these changes we need to have an open mind to these new and exciting things.

 

Just in my neighborhood alone in central Florida I have seen ten homes install solar panels in the last three months. Changes are taking place and we can use these changes to help us be more self-sufficient, make life easier and separate us from depending on being connected to the grid. This does not mean that we have to give up being connected to the internet, have a cell phone, use GPS for navigation, or use other new sources of high technology that will be coming out. We can still enjoy all these luxuries and still be off the grid and that is what we will be exploring in future post.

Posted by Tom in Off The Grid