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How to Make Beef Jerky

How to Make Beef Jerky

Meat can be difficult to store, but provides important calories and nutrients for sustenance that can’t be ignored. While beef jerky will only last a few months on the shelf, it’s still worth knowing how to make. You can make in large batches, keep on hand, and simply freeze or eat before it spoils. If a disaster strikes, you’ll be glad you made some. It is of course great for hiking or camping, as you can bring it along with you and it will keep for weeks in your pack without refrigeration. It also offers optimum protein and iron, which […]

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Medicinal Garlic-Infused Honey Recipe

Medicinal Garlic-Infused Honey Recipe

Garlic is touted as both a delicious ingredient good for almost all savory cooking and a potent natural medicine. Honey, too, is both a sweet treat and a powerful antibiotic. Here is an incredibly easy recipe in which their forces are combined to make a savory lightly fermented infusion. The syrup can be taken to maintain health or at the first sign of illness. This can be a vital asset in your survival medicine kit!   Directions: Fill a clean glass jar three-quarters full of peeled garlic cloves. They can be whole, chopped, or smashed. Whole cloves will give a […]

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How to Make a Candle From Crisco

How to Make a Candle From Crisco

Crisco is not only a great, non-perishable, and cheap cooking fat that you can find at virtually any supermarket, you can also use it to make a ridiculously easy survival candle that will burn for hours and takes literally seconds to make. What Crisco is is vegetable shortening, which is basically a processed, vegetable-oil based lard. It’s not too healthy to use in your everyday cooking, butter, lard, or tallow are much healthier and less fattening. Lard and tallow will last for at least a year when stored in a cool, dark, place, and you can render your own using […]

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How to Pop Popcorn Without A Microwave

How to Pop Popcorn Without A Microwave

Popping popcorn without a microwave is something I’ve done for years, so I forget that for many people, it’s a novelty. Many people have only ever known popcorn as something that you buy in a bag, at a movie theater concession stand, or that you make in a bag in the microwave. What’s great about popcorn is that it has a very long shelf-life and, as you’ll see in this video, you don’t need a microwave to prepare it at all. You can buy it in bulk and keep in your pantry or survival stash for literally years, and it […]

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Make a Wax Coin Fire Starter

Make a Wax Coin Fire Starter

You already know how important it is to know how to get a fire started as a survivalist. You probably have the knowledge and the tools to do it, even without matches or a lighter. However, you can never have too much knowledge or too many tricks that you can use when it comes to building a fire. Let’s look at a very simple way to make a fire starter that you can use for survival or the next time you go out camping. You will be making wax “coins” and there are a couple of different ways that you […]

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DIY Copper Coil Alcohol Stove Video   

DIY Copper Coil Alcohol Stove Video  

  This video demonstrates in a detailed manner the materials and methods to make your own copper coil alcohol stove.  Having an alcohol stove is great for disaster preparedness whether you are sheltering in place, or bugging out.  With an alcohol stove you will have a reliable alternate fuel source for cooking indoors, and a smokeless and near flameless (flameless in the sense that it does not produce a large amount of light that can be seen from far away) method for cooking which will greatly add to your stealth in a bug-out scenario.  The stove here is small enough […]

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Legal Improvised Defensive Tools   

Legal Improvised Defensive Tools  

  I just wrote about the importance of being armed, even if you know how to defend yourself in a one on one unarmed attack.  But the unfortunate truth is that there are all sorts of places these days that limit, or completely restrict your right to protect yourself. While I will always take my money to a coffee shop that doesn’t make it their business to preach politics while creating a target rich environment, it’s not always that easy of an option.  Some people travel for work, or go to school, or actually live in an area that criminalizes […]

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DIY Colloidal Silver (VIDEO)   

DIY Colloidal Silver (VIDEO)  

  Colloidal Silver is one of the more controversial alternative medicines these days.  The FDA has issued multiple warnings against using it, but despite this, high priced store bought colloidal silver continues to sell and plenty of people continue to report increased health from its use. I’m not a doctor so I’m not going to give anyone medical advice, but I will point out that prior to the advent of modern antibiotics silver was regularly used to treat wounds, infections in the eyes, and even the common cold.   I will however warn not to use it topically without carefully bandaging […]

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DIY Homemade Gas Mask

DIY Homemade Gas Mask

In this video, step-by-step instructions and explanations are given for how to construct a gas mask out of material and supplies that you probably already have around the house.  You will need a 2-liter plastic bottle, soda can, duct tape, cotton rounds, rubber bands, and activated charcoal (which you should have around already with your medical supplies).  The mask is not meant to protect against biological or nuclear threats, but mostly just against CS gas or pepper spray.  But it could also be used after a disaster to protect you from harmful airborne particles in damaged buildings that you might […]

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Reloading Shotgun Shells in the Field (video)

Reloading Shotgun Shells in the Field (video)

Shotguns are some of the most versatile weapons, but eventually, you will run out of ammunition.  This video demonstrates an easy method of using a spent shell, primer, black powder, and bb’s to reload in the field.  The technique does not require much to be carried with you in the way of specified tools or equipment.  The shot, and even the powder can be manufactured at home, but the primers will have to be purchased and stored if this is a strategy you are considering.   If you liked this, you might also enjoy… What Are the Signs of the End […]

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Making Survival Medicine

Making Survival Medicine

In a post-disaster scenario, medical supplies will be limited to what you have on hand, or what you can make.   The risk of infections will be much greater than normal circumstances, the disaster itself could cause injuries, debris will make necessary movement dangerous, and clean water will be hard to come by.  For this reason, it is important to store antibiotics, and to be able to make them in case your supply runs out or is destroyed by the disaster.  The original antibiotic is penicillin, it is a mold that grows on bread and fruit.  Here are directions on how you […]

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Great Fire Tinder Options

Great Fire Tinder Options

When you need to make fire, one of the most important elements is some good tinder. We feel it’s important to always have some tinder material available. Put it in some airtight containers, such as an old Altoids tin and put it your bug out bag, your tackle box, your hiking pants pockets, your car and anywhere else you can think. Now, here are some simple ways to get your tinder. First, you can use the tried and true trick of cotton balls covered in Vaseline. The Vaseline is flammable. When you light it, the cotton will burn for quite […]

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3 Survival Uses for Soda Cans

3 Survival Uses for Soda Cans

  It’s a shame when hiking in a remote area with pristine wilderness to find trash that careless people have left behind.  But if you are struggling to survive in that same wilderness, that trash might look a lot better.  One common item that can be found even in remote areas that has potential for use in a wilderness survival situation is a soda can.  Here are 3 ways that you can make use of a soda can for wilderness survival.   Fire Starter You can start a fire with nothing more than a soda can, if it’s sunny day.  […]

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DIY Net Making Instructions (Video)

DIY Net Making Instructions (Video)

Small game traps like dead falls are effective tools, but few bush craft tools are as effective or as versatile as nets.  Nets can be made from any cordage with the techniques demonstrated in this video, and even the cordage can be manufactured from wilderness materials if you needed to.  Nets can used to catch a range of game, from birds, squirrels, and even fish.  If you have enough netting you can even make yourself a nice comfortable wilderness bed by securing the net to a log frame.  Being able to manufacture your own net is a great skill to […]

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DIY Alcohol Stove

DIY Alcohol Stove

An alcohol stove is a great piece of gear to have. Whether for backpacking, bugging out, or an alternative cooking method for disaster preparedness, an alcohol stove is worth its weight in gold.  Since prepping can get expensive quick, it’s always nice to save money by manufacturing what you can.  Here are some simple instructions for building a DIY alcohol stove from inexpensive materials you can easily get.   Materials Tomato paste can Cat food can Carbon felt flame protector (available in the plumbing section of hardware stores) Instructions Empty the cans of their contents and clean them out. Remove […]

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How to Build Survival Snowshoes (Video)   

How to Build Survival Snowshoes (Video)  

As we’ve talked about before, cold is one of the quickest killers.  Exposure to cold can kill you in only a few hours.  Building a shelter and starting a fire should be your first priorities, especially at night, but you can’t always just wait for rescue to come.  In order to get out of a snow-covered environment, you will need more than boots which will have you running out of energy fast trying to plow through snow.  You will need snowshoes so that you can walk on top of deep snow.  In this video we see a basic build for […]

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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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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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