Simple DIY Survival Lamp

Simple DIY Survival Lamp

Oil lamps are great. They can provide long-burning light that shines brighter and more consistently than a candle. Plus you can make them with just about any jar. There are couple of different methods to make them. One method is very simple: Take any kind of jar that has a secure lid. Mason jars work great for this. Poke a small hole in the lid and thread a wick through. You can use a properly made wick, or even just strands of fabric, but a synthetic fiber wick properly made for this purpose is going to work best. They’re cheap, […]

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Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Movies

Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Movies

Apocalyptic movies aren’t exactly manuals for survival, but they can be thought-provoking and inspiring. A very good mental practice for survival is to think what you would do in certain situations, so movies like this can really help you embrace the mindset of extreme survival and help imagine what it might be like post-apocalypse. Plus, they’re fun to watch! Here is a list of a few of the best, in no particular order: The Day After Tomorrow This movie depicts the effect of a massive storm on North America, as well as the harrowing struggle for survival following. Much of […]

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Self-Defense Without a Firearm

Self-Defense Without a Firearm

The most effective tool for self defense is a firearm.  But what if you are one of the people living in an area where your right to defend yourself is being limited?  Or if you can’t afford a firearm yet, can’t carry one where you live, or simply do not want to buy one? Then you are going to have to stay smart to say safe, and improvise.   If you are being robbed, for example, especially by an armed attacker, you should always appear to comply and be submissive, even while planning your counter attack.  There’s always the chance […]

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Tips for Storing Ammo

Tips for Storing Ammo

Whether you’re wanting to store ammunition for hunting, home defense or both, it is crucial to store it properly. Ammo is not immune to the influence of the elements, and it can corrode and potentially become either useless or actually dangerous for you to use. Here are a few tips for storing it properly and easily: Case You’ll obviously want to start with a case. Specifically manufactured ammo cases are ideal and can be found at your local army surplus store or online (and if you plan to fly with your ammo at any point, for whatever reason, you’ll need […]

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Survival Uses for Zip-Ties

Survival Uses for Zip-Ties

Zip ties are awesome, in so many ways. They can secure so many things very securely, and they’re totally adjustable to whatever you need. Not to mention with one easy tug, they’ll get as tight as you need them to be, and literally cannot be loosened. So zip ties are an excellent survival item as well, you’ll definitely want to get yourself some for your bug-out bag or bunker. Here are just a few ways you can use them: Shelter If you find yourself in a situation where you’re trying to create a makeshift tent or shelter, zip ties can […]

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5 Over-the-Counter Drugs to Stock Up On

5 Over-the-Counter Drugs to Stock Up On

When SHTF, drug stores will probably be one of the first places to be raided. In natural disasters, they often are. OTC drugs become scarce, and there’s a few essentials that you’d be very wise to hoard now, both for your own use and possibly bartering. OTC drugs are usually pretty light and don’t take up much space. While they come in pretty secure packaging most of the time, they do have expiration dates, so keep that in mind. Fortunately, most common OTC drugs are available in generic brands which can be very affordable, especially at places like Costco, Wal-Mart […]

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, then you’ve no doubt heard about the recent widespread outbreak of the Zika virus. New outlets all over the US are talking about it, but few seem to have any real information. So what is Zika? What are the signs and symptoms? What are your risks? Here’s everything you need to know about the Zika virus and the current outbreak. What Is Zika and Why Is It So Dangerous? Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that originated in Uganda, where it was first discovered in rhesus monkeys 1947. The first human case […]

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Alive After Crisis

Alive After Crisis

What in heaven’s name is going on to this world? Tsunamis, war, drought, earthquakes, a super volcano under Yellowstone, radiation from Fukushima…it’s starting to sound a lot like the frightening prophesies contained in the book of Revelation. But it doesn’t take a prophet to look at the current state of the world and know something is up. It can be challenging to take a step back and try to make sense of it all. FEMA camps, Homeland Security stockpiling ammunition, Sharia law, open borders in the US, war all across Europe, nuclear weapons, ISIS…things are getting crazy, and you’re probably getting […]

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Survival Uses for a Tin Can

Survival Uses for a Tin Can

Since most of us have at least a modest stash of canned foods for an emergency, it’s really great to know a few different ways they can be used for survival. Metal is very valuable for makeshift tools, and tin cans provide a cheap, relatively easy-to-manipulate supply, not to mention probably a pretty steady one if you’re stocking up on canned foods. Since you will most likely have access to tin cans after SHTF, the one crucial component you need to prepare for is being able to use them, so having tools that can cut and pierce the cans will […]

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A Simple Guide to DIY Seed Vaults

A Simple Guide to DIY Seed Vaults

It is always a good idea to assemble your own seed vault, as opposed to buying one ready-made. There are several good reasons for this, mostly having to do with the fact that you decide what goes into the seed vault. You can choose the best foods for your needs, your climate, your capacity for growing. Ready-made seed vaults tend to be one-size-fits all, which simply isn’t going to work for every zone. Picking out the right seeds for your seed vault is up to you. You will of course want to consider your zone and what will work there, as […]

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4 Uses for Old Medicine Bottles

4 Uses for Old Medicine Bottles

Every time you get a prescription from your doctor, your medication comes in a new medicine bottle. While it might be tempting to throw those bottles away or recycle them when they’re empty, you might want to think again. Medicine bottles have a lot of interesting uses that can help you survive a disaster situation. A Compact, Weatherproof Fire Starter Pack one medicine bottle with cotton balls soaked in Vaseline. Pack another with matches and/or a lighter. The Vaseline-soaked cotton balls make great fire starters, and the bottle will keep them from getting wet in inclement weather. And, if you’re […]

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Dollar Store Survival Items

Dollar Store Survival Items

Bugging out doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are definitely some items you’ll want to invest more money in, like backpacks or tents, or maybe weapons or hunting tools, but there are many items at the dollar store that are not only great to have in a bug-out bag, they’re dirt-cheap so they’re easy to hoard. Every dollar store is different, so check your local one and see what they have! Here’s some good items to look out for: Lighters/Matches Dollar stores and even big box stores typically have cheap packs of lighters and matches. Butane […]

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How to Survive Summer Without Store-Bought Sunscreen

How to Survive Summer Without Store-Bought Sunscreen

Do you ever watch action-adventure movies and wonder how people get caught out in deserts and other high-exposure situations without getting sunburned? Of course, in those movies, the exposure isn’t real and the actors are all on sound stages or covered in sunscreen. Scenes like these do make you think, though, about what you’ll do if you’re caught out in the elements on a hot summer day without any sunscreen. Fortunately, if you have the right ingredients, you can actually make your own sunscreen that’s nearly as effective as the stuff you buy at the store. With this, and some […]

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3 Potentially Deadly Water Mistakes in a Survival Situation

3 Potentially Deadly Water Mistakes in a Survival Situation

Water can be a tricky thing for survivalists. In an emergency or disaster situation, you’re going to need clean, potable water, but you likely won’t be able to carry enough with you or store enough in your home to last more than a few days. As a result, preppers and survivalists are always looking for better ways to get enough water in a disaster. Unfortunately, some of the things you might do with water to stay alive could actually kill you. Watch out for these potentially deadly mistakes. Not Boiling Water Long Enough A lot of people think that just […]

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Preparing for Life Without Oil

Preparing for Life Without Oil

We know we can’t rely on gasoline forever, especially after SHTF. While it is certainly prudent to store whatever gasoline you can for vehicles and generators, it will only last for so long. As grids fail and the infrastructure for large-scale industrial oil drilling is no longer in place, or even if you simply want to be more self-reliant and live off the grid, learning to be less dependent on petroleum is key. Here are a few ways you can take a few more steps towards preparing for life without oil. 1. Learn Fire Inside and Out Learning how to […]

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3 Steps to Be Psychologically Prepared for Disaster

3 Steps to Be Psychologically Prepared for Disaster

Experts on survival and prepping often focus on the physical things that people need to do to be ready for a disaster. They’ll teach you about stockpiling food, learning survival skills, and filling your bugout bag with all the right gear. What they won’t tell you is how to prepare psychologically for a disaster. Doing this could mean the difference between reacting to a survival situation with logic or going into shock and being unable to do anything about it. Follow these three steps, and you’ll be on your way to being mentally prepared for any disaster. Anticipate Anxiety and […]

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Keeping Monsanto Out of Your Garden

Keeping Monsanto Out of Your Garden

GMO plants and seeds are ubiquitous these days and trying to keep Monsanto out of your kitchen can be very difficult. It can also be intimidating trying to keep them out of your garden, especially considering they are now the largest seed company on earth. They even own many smaller seed companies that sell non-GMO and organic seeds. That means it’s hard to avoid giving your money to Monsanto, even if you are buying certified organic! But it’s not entirely hopeless. There are still a few ways in which we can keep Monsanto out of our gardens and seed stashes. Know […]

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Simple Tricks for Hiding a Survival Stash

Simple Tricks for Hiding a Survival Stash

It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to think about one of the more disturbing threats to a hearty survival stash: less-prepared people. Not everyone has a armored doomsday bunker to stash their food and supplies, so here are a few simple tricks for hiding the things that will be highly sought after-and potentially even banned or confiscated-after SHTF. Use Decoys When people are scavenging, they’re going to grab the first things they can find. So consider placing small amounts of food or less valuable supplies in more obvious places, while using the more ingenious hiding places for your longer-lasting and […]

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Three Basic Methods of Purifying Water

Three Basic Methods of Purifying Water

Water is the single most important aspect of survival. You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water. When it comes to preparedness, planning for a method of water storage as well as water purification should be your first step. Most people think of food and energy right away, but you can’t do much to re-hydrate and cook fancy dehydrated emergency food without water. You can only store so much water-you just never know how long you will be without access to clean drinking water. So while it is certainly prudent to store up […]

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10 Survival Antibiotics (Infographic)

10 Survival Antibiotics (Infographic)

When disaster hits, disease and infection can often quickly become the primary cause of death. Having food, water, and shelter are crucial-but there are medical considerations as well. Like them or not, antibiotics can be the difference between life and death. This infographic, based on an article from Urban Survival Site contains 10 antibiotics you may want to consider obtaining for your prep stash-just in case. If you like this, you might also like: Make Your Own Survival Food, The Traditional Way Learn How-To take your garden or farm to the next level… Click Here To Get The Best Survival […]

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Survival Tips From the Homeless

Survival Tips From the Homeless

A lot of our modern survival wisdom for SHTF these days actually comes from people who are or have been homeless. The men and women who brave life on the streets or along the highways of America have gained some valuable knowledge for modern survival. We won’t all have 20 acres of private wilderness to bug in on when SHTF so take note from some of these crucial pointers: Shelter A vehicle is the most ideal. It can provide you with shelter from the elements and security for your belongings. Otherwise, when choosing a place to camp or sleep, you’ll […]

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Is Martial Law Really Right Around the Corner? 

Is Martial Law Really Right Around the Corner? 

In the alternative media and among many internet circles, the subject of martial law has been a hot topic for the last few years. And with an upcoming election and the culture wars more heated than ever, it’s important not to get jaded. Remember the boy who cried wolf? No one believed him when the wolf came around, and when it comes to issues as big as martial law and the likelihood of the government enacting it, it might actually be prudent to keep listening to the boy crying it. It doesn’t matter when the wolf will come-it could happen at any time. Despite the […]

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Natural First Aid Items for Your Survival Stash

Natural First Aid Items for Your Survival Stash

It can be overwhelming to pick among the many options for first aid kits and medical stockpiles, especially if you’d prefer natural, holistic remedies over synthetic, pharmaceutical drugs. Here are a few natural products with a multitude of first-aid options that are ideal to add to your first aid stash. Activated Charcoal Every natural medicine chest should have activated charcoal. When taken internally, it absorbs toxins in your stomach, so it is incredibly important to have in case of ingestion of poison, food poisoning, and other digestive sicknesses (note: it is not, however, effective for alcohol, cyanide, lithium or iron poisoning). But […]

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Basics of Home Defense

Basics of Home Defense

Every year, on average, one million Americans are victims of violent home invasions.  Self-defense starts at home.  What can you do to increase your chances of survival? Get a dog It doesn’t have to be a Pitbull to increase your safety, and a large dog has its drawbacks in some situations.  For one, if you are thinking about long-term survival after a disaster, a large dog requires more food than a small dog.  But even a Chihuahua can wake you up when someone is trying to break in, giving you the chance to arm yourself that could save your life. […]

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Bear Safety Tips

Bear Safety Tips

Bears are common throughout North America, and when camping, hiking, or bugging out, it’s very important to familiarize yourself with basic bear safety tips. Know the difference There are two types of bears in North America: black bears and grizzly, or brown bears. Black bears are obviously often darker, but they also have taller ears, no obvious shoulder hump and a straight face. Brown or grizzly bears are larger, and have a very distinct shoulder hump, short ears, and a “dished” shaped face. Recognizing the difference in their tracks is important as well, so you can tell which bear is […]

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3 Primitive Cooking Methods to Master Today

3 Primitive Cooking Methods to Master Today

Some forms of technology will never be fully obsolete. These three primitive cooking methods are still great options for low-tech cooking. But what distinguishes these three methods of cooking is they can be done out in the wild, using nothing more than sticks, leaves, rocks and fire. Pit cooking Traditional in Hawaii and elsewhere in the South Pacific, pit cooking is ridiculously low-tech and makes for an incredible flavor. You probably recognize the Hawaiian  name for this method: “Kalua”, as in, kalua pork. A large pit, just big enough to fit the animal and accompanying vegetables-sweet potatoes or breadfruit in […]

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10 Survival Uses for Coffee Filters

10 Survival Uses for Coffee Filters

Coffee filters have a multitude of uses for survival and around the house. Here is a list of ten for specifically survival situations. Coffee filters are cheap, easy to find and transport, and, as you’ll see below, an excellent all-purpose survival item. Rags: a very simple use for coffee filters is as rags to clean up simple messes. In some situations, keeping clean can be a very important aspect of staying alive. Bandage: absorbent coffee filters can make excellent bandages in a pinch. Some medical tape will help, of course, but even without bandages can be used to compress a wound. Water […]

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Common Edible Plants in the Wild

Common Edible Plants in the Wild

It can be overwhelming trying to memorize the name and appearance of the dozens of edible plants that can be found in North America. Here’s a short list of a few that you probably already know of that are incredibly common Blackberries What else needs to be said? Almost everyone knows what a black berry is and can recognize their thorny vines and dark, juicy berries. When they’re fruiting they’re hard to miss. Kudzu Growing rampant in the American South, nearly all the kudzu plant is edible. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and the root is edible […]

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How to Make the Ultimate Survival Food

How to Make the Ultimate Survival Food

Pemmican is a dehydrated survival superfood that is nutritionally complete and incredibly long-lasting. It is made with nothing else but lean meat, tallow, and berries. It was invented by the North American Plains Indians, as a way to store the meat through the winter. It quickly caught on with early Frontiersmen and even British explorers who prized the high nutritional value and portability of pemmican. It’s effortless to make, and you can do so using ingredients that are easy to find and equipment you already have in your kitchen. The recipe for pemmican is from the book ‘The Lost Ways’, which is […]

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The 4 Best Survival Foods to Stockpile Now

If you’re preparing to survive in an emergency or disaster situation, you’re likely starting to think about what kinds of foods you should be stockpiling. After all, you need foods that will: • Fit in your pantry. • Not go bad after a few weeks or months. • Give you the nutrients you need to survive. So which foods should you stock up on and which ones should you pass up? Here are a few of the very best survival foods that you should start collecting now for a better chance of survival later. Canned Tuna and Salmon Canned fish […]

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Important Factors to Consider Before Dehydrating Survival Food

Important Factors to Consider Before Dehydrating Survival Food

Dehydrators are very common among survivalists, and for good reason: you can use them to make your own dehydrated food at a fraction of the cost of regular dehydrated food. But it can be a bit intimidating getting started and choosing which foods to dehydrate and how to use it in the most cost-effective way possible. What foods to dehydrate and which methods to use will vary from case to case, depending on your energy costs, dehydrator capacity and model, and food prices in your local area. Here is a brief discussion on some of the considerations when choosing what foods to […]

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Simple Tips for Prepping With Kids

Simple Tips for Prepping With Kids

Prepping with children, especially small children, can be very intimidating. It’s hard enough getting them to clean their room or eat their vegetables, how can we expect them to respond in a life-threatening situation? Well, here are a few simple tips for prepping your kids to make it easier-and more fun-for both of you. 1. Talk to them This seems like a no-brainer, but what I mean here is talk to them, not at them. They probably have some idea of what a natural disaster or maybe even a war is, ask them what they know about what they should […]

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3 Insanely Useful and Cheap Survival Items

3 Insanely Useful and Cheap Survival Items

As you start stockpiling food and gear for a survival situation, just looking at a lot of the items that you might need can be a pain in your wallet. Fortunately, though, not everything has to be specialized or expensive. In fact, you might be surprised at just how many incredibly useful and cheap survival items you can find in the grocery store or hardware store. Coffee Coffee is a great thing to have around in disaster times for a number of reasons. Not only will it help you feel more energized in the mornings, but it’s also full of […]

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How to Identify Heat Exhaustion Before It Becomes a Heat Stroke

How to Identify Heat Exhaustion Before It Becomes a Heat Stroke

Heat exhaustion is more than just fatigue. It’s a serious condition that could very easily lead to heat stroke. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you can identify heat exhaustion before it becomes a heat stroke. If you know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, you will likely be able to take action before medical attention is needed. Heat Exhaustion Symptoms If you’re in a survival situation, there’s a good chance that you may need to be up and moving during the hottest part of a summer day. Watch your family and anyone else who’s traveling or […]

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Common Household Items for Your Bug-Out Bag

Common Household Items for Your Bug-Out Bag

We all know to keep items like knives, radios, flash lights, first aid kits, emergency blankets etc. in our bug-out bag. But for the frugal prepper, there are number of simple household items that have great survival applications. Odds are you have them sitting around your house already. Check them out: Baking soda: Baking soda is something most households have, and has a ton of uses in every day life. It can be used to clean virtually anything in the house and even our hair, teeth, skin and body. For survival, it’s a great item for the bug-out bag for just […]

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How to Preserve Food Without Refrigeration

How to Preserve Food Without Refrigeration

Food storage is one of the primary concerns for any survivalist. The average American probably doesn’t realize how much their lives are dependent on refrigeration, which takes a lot of energy to maintain. But one of the key steps towards self-reliance and disaster preparedness is stocking up on food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Here are some of the tried and true methods for preserving perishables without refrigeration. While methods like freezing, freeze-drying or canning can seriously deplete the nutritional content of food, these methods will preserve them and, in some cases, enhance the nutritional value. Let’s begin: Drying: […]

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Taking Care of Fido After a Disaster

Taking Care of Fido After a Disaster

When it comes to preparing for a disaster, a lot of people forget about man’s best friend. They focus so much on what they’ll do for themselves and their family in the case of a survival situation that they forget to make any preparations for their pets. Fortunately, it really doesn’t take much to prepare to take care of your family pets after a disaster. Stockpile Some Food Along with your own stockpile of canned and dry goods, go ahead and buy some extra dry and/or canned pet food. Go ahead and put some of this in the car and […]

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The Best Fitness for Survival

The Best Fitness for Survival

From the zombie apocalypse to a simple backpacking trip, fitness can make or break your survival experience. Literally, in some cases. Your body is your most important survival tool, and training for strength and endurance might possibly be the most sensible way to prep for any survival situation. Here are some recommendations for the best kinds of fitness you can be doing: Running: If you do nothing else, start running. Running is the best way to build stamina, endurance, lose weight, and help you develop mental endurance as well. And, of course, while being able to run quickly could save your life […]

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The Amazing Benefits of Raw Honey

The Amazing Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw honey is absolutely amazing. It should be a staple in any kitchen or natural medicine chest. Like raw milk or cheese, raw honey is not pasteurized, maintaining the nutritional and healing properties. As a sweetener, its nutritional benefits are amazing. Rich in iron, calcium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, natural antioxidants, enzymes and the very important vitamin B6, it also has a surprisingly low glycemic index, making it a great choice for diabetics. It is full of useful prebiotics which help maintain a healthy balance of gut flora. It can also help lower cholesterol, improve circulation, aid with sleep and block […]

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4 Reasons You Need a Dutch Oven

4 Reasons You Need a Dutch Oven

Dutch ovens are a great addition to any survival pantry. Quite possibly the only cooking utensil you will need for SHTF, it is also fantastic for day-to-day use, from gourmet cooking to a simple camp food. Here are four great reasons to invest in one right away: Versatility: You can use a Dutch oven on a stove, in the oven, or over a camp fire. It can be used in your kitchen, on a camping trip or when SHTF. You can use it for everything from boiling water to baking bread to cooking a whole chicken. It is a great […]

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