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Food / Water Skills / Knowledge Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

10 Ways to Live Without Refrigeration

He’s makes a point that most of us in the modern world feel like we can’t live without a refrigerator, but it wasn’t so long ago when that’s the way the world did things. And, while I don’t necessarily agree that all of his ten suggestions are the easiest to accomplish, they’ll certainly give you […]

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DIY Projects Food / Water

How to Make Your Own Bulk Water Filter System

I’ll be honest, it’s DIY projects like this one that make me grateful somebody invested an easier solution, like the Berkey water filter system. But if you’re looking for a truly long-term, bulk water filter, consider a setup like this one which uses rocks, sand, and charcoal to filter almost any water source. According to […]

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Food / Water

Must-Have Survival Food and Storage Systems in the Winter

While it may be summer in the southern hemisphere, in the northern latitudes, winter is adding a frosty filter to everything in sight. Temperatures are dropping, snow is falling and the landscape is getting icy. For homesteaders and those living off the grid, it’s also a very lean season. Fields lay fallow during the cold […]

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Food / Water

Tired of Leftovers Yet? Just Wait Until SHTF

You know what question I get that drives me nuts, probably more than any other? It goes something like, “What’s the ONE food I can stockpile for an emergency that doesn’t go bad for years?” Or, perhaps, “What are the ten foods I can have on hand for SHTF that last forever?” Or something like […]

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Disaster Planning Food / Water

How to Organize Your Emergency Food Storage

Food is usually one of the first things people think about during an emergency. When a disaster starts to unfold, you’ll often find long lines at the grocery store as people make a frantic effort to stockpile food on short notice. Building a long-term food supply in advance is an easy way to avoid this […]

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Disaster Planning Food / Water

More Food Shortages Coming?

Just my humble opinion, but I thought the grocery stores and food manufacturers did a great job this year keeping the store shelves stocked with most of our necessities, all things considered. Granted, there were occasionally times when some items were missing from my local grocery stores–fresh eggs, milk, and the like come to mind–but […]

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Food / Water Homesteading / Gardening

5 Best Off-Grid Water Sources for Preppers

When deciding to go off the grid, most homesteaders face two major challenges — power and water. While you can get by without power and the modern creature comforts we’ve become accustomed to, water is a necessity. We can only survive for a few days without a source of clean and drinkable water, but if […]

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Bug Out / Wilderness Food / Water Gear Reviews

First Strike Rations, Better Than MREs?

Almost a year ago now, I purchased an MRE-style meal for our bug out bags called First Strike Rations. Surprisingly, I’ve never heard of such a thing before, but apparently they’re intended for military special ops-type-folks who want a full meal plan but without unnecessary extras like MRE heaters. And, even though I tend not […]

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Food / Water Skills / Knowledge

Will My Water Filter Remove THAT?

When we first moved to the Seattle area more than six years ago now, one of the first items I purchased was a Royal Berkey Water Filter and I’m so glad that I did. Although I’ve had other filters that I kept for survival purposes, I never bothered to get a really good gravity filter […]

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DIY Projects Food / Water Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

DIY Solar Water Heater

Last week I posted this solar water heater using glow plugs video and, while an interesting idea, it’s not very useful when it comes to making the best use of a precious resource: off-grid electricity. With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to show a different idea of how to heat water […]