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What Does 20,000 Calories Look Like? (Video)

What Does 20,000 Calories Look Like? (Video)

With all the survival food on the market, it’s easy to get the impression that the kind of food that will last for years on your shelf and sustain your family in a real emergency is pricey and specially packaged. While this kind of food is certainly very helpful to have, especially if you can afford it, it’s not your only option. In this video from Full Spectrum Survival, Brad and Kelly share what 20,000 calories looks like, and what it costs: $20. 20,000 calories is easily enough to sustain one adult for 10 days, even more on strict rations, […]

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Survival Edibles: Chestnuts

Survival Edibles: Chestnuts

Learning to recognize edible food in the wilderness is a vital skill. If you live in North America or Western Europe, you might be lucky enough to come across some chestnuts in the wild. Chestnuts are an excellent survival food, and you should definitely be familiar with them should you ever need to look for them. They are caloric, full of healthy fats and proteins, and pack a lot of nutritional energy in a small package. They are also easy to carry with you, and, if you were on really strict portions, a small handful could probably sustain you all day if […]

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How to Make a Fish Trap (Video)

How to Make a Fish Trap (Video)

When you are hunting and foraging for your food, it’s important to try to use more than one method for acquiring sustenance. Last week we talked about setting snares for small game, which is a great way to supplement what you can get hunting or fishing. A fish trap, like a snare, is a great way to passively catch food while you are trying other methods. They have been used by many cultures around the world for centuries to lure unsuspecting fish to their (delicious) doom. In this video, skilled survivalist and YouTuber Survival Lilly weaves her own fish trap […]

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How to Set a Snare Trap

How to Set a Snare Trap

If you are ever stranded in the wilderness, or deliberately trying to survive on whatever you can forage, hunt, or catch, then you’ll have to know a few basics about catching wild animals. While there are many methods for hunting that span back to the beginning of known time, your options might be pretty limited, especially if you did not intend to be looking for food in the wilderness. If you can hunt with a firearm or a bow, this is ideal, but you either might not have that option, or you might want to supplement whatever food you can […]

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Simple Tips for Starting Your Survival Garden

Simple Tips for Starting Your Survival Garden

If you are interested in survivalism and prepping, you’ve probably considered growing your own survival garden. This is a very prudent idea, and spring is the perfect time! If this is your first time gardening, you might feel confused and lost, or, possibly even worse, over-confident! Gardening is an inexact science, and there’s a lot of ways to get it right, or get it wrong. We’ve put together some helpful tips for first-time gardeners to help make your first year of gardening a success. 1. Know Your Zone First things first, you need to figure out which plant hardiness zone you live […]

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Wild Edibles-Fern Fiddleheads (Video)

Wild Edibles-Fern Fiddleheads (Video)

If you’ve never heard of edible ferns, you should definitely educate yourself. Ferns are a great source of nutrients in the while, and it’s not hard to learn how to identify and eat them. This is a great intro video into finding and eating fiddlehead ferns, and is a must for any survivalist! Enjoy: Survival Preparedness Boils Down to This… Is Doomsday Finally Upon Us?  Have You Considered Going Paleo? Read This First… Please follow and like us:

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Woman Opens Coconut Without Tools (Video)

Woman Opens Coconut Without Tools (Video)

Coconuts are an incredibly vital source of nutrients and calories, but they can be a huge pain to crack open. Most people use machetes or even specially made presses to open them, since their thick husks are so stubborn. In this video, a woman opens a coconut with no tools at all, and virtually with her bare hands. While this will mostly only work with a young coconut, the water you can get from inside is incredibly nutritious and life-sustaining, so it’s worth it to know this trick. If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Is Your Home Secure? […]

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Tips for Hunting Turkey

Tips for Hunting Turkey

Turkey is a delicious bird, and if you want to have turkey on the table, you need to learn how to hunt them properly. These creatures are wily and they can be very skittish, so it will take some practice, and the following tips should help you on your journey. The birds have very good eyesight, and you can be sure they are looking for humans so they can do their best to avoid them. This means you want to go slowly through the woods, and you want to wear camouflage to help hide your human shape from those keen […]

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How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

The art of breadmaking is an ancient one, and what is commonly known as “sourdough” is really just the most commonly known version of the way people would naturally leaven bread before commercially available dry yeast packets were available. Now, what does this have to do with survival, you might ask? Well, the short answer is, of course, do you expect to be able to buy dry yeast packets after a big disaster? Probably not…but that also might not necessarily be on the top of your list of concerns, either. The long answer is more about the spirit of survivalism […]

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10 Foods You Should Be Growing Yourself (Infographic)

10 Foods You Should Be Growing Yourself (Infographic)

It’s springtime, so if you’re not already planting your survival garden, you should be. While it can take a bit of time, effort, money, and space, to grow a truly self-sufficient garden that will be reliable in a grid-down situation, don’t let that discourage you from taking the first steps towards self-sufficiency now. No matter where you live, odds are you can grow something, even in vertical pots on a small apartment patio or even in your windowsill. This infograhic from ThePrepperJournal.com will give you some ideas of where to start, or rather, what to start! These are the best survival foods […]

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How to Make Powdered Eggs (Video)

How to Make Powdered Eggs (Video)

Fat and protein can be difficult to store for your survival food stash, so any way in which you can preserve eggs is fantastic. If you happen to raise chickens, you might find yourself with an excess of eggs that you can’t eat all at once, and so making your own powdered eggs is a great way to preserve them long-term. This is way healthier and cheaper than buying powdered eggs in bulk, and it makes your chickens even more sustainable and helpful in your preparedness efforts. This homesteader and prepper shares how he makes his own powdered eggs at […]

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The Most Overlooked Food Prep (Video)

The Most Overlooked Food Prep (Video)

Hard-core Russian prepper and YouTuber Russian Survival shares this very common and yet overlooked survival food that everyone should know. The food is buckwheat, and apparently it’s insanely healthy for you, and easy to preserve and use. He goes over the merits of buckwheat, how to store it, prepare it, and why every prepper should know what it is. Check it out: If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Is Your Home Secure? Natural Healing Solutions… Why Everyone is Switching to the Primal Diet… Please follow and like us:

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The Ultimate Survivalist Garden Food (Video)

The Ultimate Survivalist Garden Food (Video)

When planting a survival garden, you’ve probably figured out already that you probably won’t be able to sustain your family with some basil and kale plants. While fresh herbs and greens will be great to have in a survival situation, to get crucial food calories, you’re going to need something with a bit more heft. One of my favorite YouTube channels, An American Homestead, shared one of their survival secrets: artichoke. I would have personally never thought about this little-known survival crop as something that could sustain you in a disaster, but they make a great case for it, as […]

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Why Trees Are Awesome

Why Trees Are Awesome

This might seem like a funny title, but seriously, think about it. Trees are awesome. And when you are fighting for survival, you’ll come to love trees. They provide so much to us, from the air we breathe, to shelter, shade, even food. Here are a couple of reasons why trees are so crucial when you are trying to live off the land, to whatever degree. Shelter Trees can provide shelter in a number of ways. They can offer cool shade on a hot day, a shield against strong winds and rains, or can even be a temporary home if you have […]

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Hunting vs. Trapping for Survival

Hunting vs. Trapping for Survival

When you are in the position of needing to find, kill, and dress the meat for your next meal, the finer points of how you acquire this meat can make all the difference in the world. There are several different ways of catching and killing meat that have all been practiced in some form, across the world, since the beginning of our species. And they all have their pros and cons. The survivalist knows that it is always prudent to know a bit about these different methods of trapping and hunting animals, and it is certainly better to be prepared for […]

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How to Identify Food-Grade Buckets

How to Identify Food-Grade Buckets

Storing survival food in buckets is a very great idea. They will keep your food protected from light, temperature, and moisture, and help to store them neatly and securely in your basement or garage. They have the added advantage as well of being able to be transported quickly and easily, should you have to evacuate your home. But, not all buckets are created equal. You might be tempted to use any bucket you have access too, especially those you can get for free. If you want your food to last, though, you’ll want to make sure you’re storing it in food-grade […]

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How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

One of the ultimate forms of self-reliance is being able to raise and butcher your own livestock, and this won’t change after disaster strikes. If you live in an area where you can raise chickens, you definitely should be. If you’re able to bug in and hold down the fort while you live, you’ll be glad to have chickens that provide essential nutrients and calories you might struggle to get from other survival food sources. Of course, if you’re going to be butchering chickens, you need to be prepared to do it yourself, off-grid. I always love seeing other people’s […]

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How to Grow Potatoes in a Barrel

How to Grow Potatoes in a Barrel

Potatoes are one of the best survival foods you can grow. They are caloric and starchy, and will keep for a long time if stored correctly. You can grow herbs and vegetables all day, but nothing will sustain you like potatoes, and they require little space and maintenance to grow. Fortunately, wherever you live, you can actually grow them relatively easily in a container, which makes them a great option for sustainable survival food that you can keep producing as time goes on. Here’s how: Choosing a container You will first need to acquire a container to grow your potatoes in. […]

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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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Top Survival Foods for the Bugout Bag

Top Survival Foods for the Bugout Bag

When you are putting together your bugout bag, you need to make sure you are packing smart and carrying everything you need. Naturally, this will include things such as water and food, vital elements for “getting out of Dodge” so to speak. However, you have to make sure you are choosing the right types of food for your go bag. You need to keep a few things in mind when you are packing your food. You need to think about the weight of the food. You want as many calories per ounce as possible. Something that has a good shelf […]

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Three Ways to Preserve Meat

Three Ways to Preserve Meat

A few days ago, we published a master guide to food preservation methods. Today I wanted to zero in on preserving one particular food product: meat. Meat is crucial to store, because besides rice and beans, it’s probably going to be your primary source of calories, protein, and iron, which are essential to actually stay alive and thrive. Vegetables will only provide you so much energy when you’re trying to keep your strength up. But of course, it can be tricky to preserve. We normally store meat in the refrigerator or freezer, as it can spoil very quickly otherwise. But […]

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The Seven Major Methods of Preserving Food: A Guide

The Seven Major Methods of Preserving Food: A Guide

When faced with the task of storing and preserving survival food, if you’re just getting started you might find yourself overwhelmed and confused by all the methods of preserving food for the long-term. Today, we’ll look at the seven major methods of food preservation and how to choose which one is right for you. Canning This is a very popular and age-old method of preserving food. When you buy canned food at the grocery store or make it yourself at home, it’s essentially preserved in the same way. Using heat and pressure, the food is preserved in a vacuum created in […]

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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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Why Should You Learn How to Hunt with a Longbow?

Why Should You Learn How to Hunt with a Longbow?

You might be sitting in your comfortable, warm home right now with a full belly. As a survivalist, you might be comfortable knowing that you have a nice high-powered rifle that you can use to hunt for food just in case the SHTF and you need to feed you and your family. Of course, what happens down the line when the rifle has issues you cannot fix or you run out of ammunition? You can remedy this by learning how to hunt with a bow. When you know how to bow hunt, you can always go hunting and bag game whether […]

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How to Make Hardtack

How to Make Hardtack

Hardtack is a classic survival food, one that can last for years, even dozens of years. It used to be made on ships because it would never rot, and it was found among Civil War relics and placed in museums. It’s said to still be edible, even all these years later. It’s a great food to make at home and keep in your survival rations. It can be made very cheaply and easily with ingredients and tools you probably already have at home. What it is is essentially thoroughly dehydrated dough. All it takes is flour, water, and some salt. […]

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Mojave Scissor Trap (Video)   

Mojave Scissor Trap (Video)  

  The Mojave scissor trap is a highly effective small game trap that is known to us because of the natives of the American South West.  One great thing about the Mojave scissor trap is that it is possible to build using only material that can be gathered from the wild unlike snare traps that require wire.  The Mojave scissor trap can be placed on a trail that has been channelized and left without bait, or, if bait is available the trap can be used more effectively with bait.  This video not only demonstrates how to construct the trap, but […]

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Chickweed   

Chickweed  

  Chickweed, or Stellaria Media, is a prolific wild edible green.  In most areas Chickweed is an early spring crop, that prefers to grow in partial shade, but in warm areas with enough moisture it is capable of growing year round.  Chickweed can be identified by its alternating pairs of egg shaped leaves, small white flowers, and its unique stems which have “hairs” on only one side.  Here are some of the characteristics that make Chickweed an important addition to your wilderness menu…   Though most common in Europe and North America, Chickweed can be found all over the world […]

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Tips for Survival Trapping   

Tips for Survival Trapping  

  Food stores run out, as does ammunition, and snares are quieter than gun shots.  Whether lost in the wilderness, struggling after an urban disaster, or if you have intentionally fled into the wild, trapping is a skill that you will need to be able to implement if you hope to have a sustainable supply of meat.   Here are a few tips on how to increase your effectiveness with traps for survival.   Know your intended prey. Traps are not universally effective on all animals so you will want to know, from direct observation or from track interpretation, what animals […]

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Purslane   

Purslane  

Purslane or Portulaca oleracea, is an annual succulent wild edible green that is usually considered a weed.  It can be identified by its thick, succulent leaves that alternate on its tender, reddish stems.  It has small yellow flowers that can be found year round depending on the weather conditions of the region. While the unappreciative may spray purslane with herbicide, the hungry wilderness survivor will be happy to see this nutritious food source.  Here are some of the characteristics and nutrition information of purslane that makes it so valuable to those in the wild.   Purslane can be found all […]

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Trout Lily   

Trout Lily  

  Trout lilies are in the Erythronium genus along with 30 other species of flowers.  They grow in temperate forests and meadows throughout the Northern Hemisphere, typically flowering in the spring.  They can vary greatly in flower color, but they tend to have a six petal flower with a speckled center, two oblong leaves with brown speckles, a lower stem with reddish color, and a root bulb that looks similar to a dog’s canine tooth (which is why some species are known as dog’s-tooth violets).  These flowers can be a real sight for sore eyes to anyone surviving in the […]

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Freshwater Clams   

Freshwater Clams  

  When most people of clams they think of the beach and the ocean, but there are hundreds of freshwater species of clams and mussels in North America. They should not be overlooked as a potential survival food.  They can be found in muddy banks of rivers, and unlike fish, you will not need any equipment to catch them.  Here are some tips on how to get your hands on this great source of wild protein.   After locating a muddy bank, get in the water, being careful not find the clams with your bare feet since they can be […]

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Yucca Plant

Yucca Plant

  Yucca plants are usually associated with their native arid environments, but they actually grow as far North as Alberta Canada, and into the semi-tropical and temperate areas of North America.  The ability to find these plants all over the continent makes them ideal for survival since you are likely to come in contact with them in the wilderness.  In addition to their widespread proliferation, they also have multiple uses for the wilderness survivor.  Here are some ways that you can make use of Yucca if you find some in the wilderness.   Fire When Yucca flower stalks die, they […]

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Miner’s Lettuce   

Miner’s Lettuce  

Miner’s lettuce, or Claytonia perfoliata, is a dark leafy green wild edible.  The common name comes from its widespread consumption by miners during the California gold rush years.  Here are some of the characteristics and benefits of miner’s lettuce that make it a valuable addition to anyone’s survival menu.   Miner’s lettuce is available from late winter through early summer. It will appear first in well-lit areas, but as temperatures rise, larger patches with larger leaves can be found in areas with partial shade. Its unique leaf shape makes it easy to identify even for the beginning forager. Though sometimes […]

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Watercress   

Watercress  

  Watercress is a nutrient rich, and widely available wild edible.  It grows in moving water and can be found year round in most areas, as long as the water continues to flow.  It is related to other cultivated vegetables such as mustard and wasabi.  Other than the leaf pattern it can be identified by its white and green flowers that are produced in clusters.  It is said to be one of the first known leafy vegetables eaten by humans.  It is a wonderful source of valuable nutrients for those surviving in the wilderness.   It is a perennial and […]

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Ground Cherry   

Ground Cherry  

  Ground Cherry is the common name given to a variety of different species of plants in the Physalis genus.  They are related to tomatoes and therefore have several visible similarities that make them easy to spot, though specifics will differ from species to species.  Ground cherries grow wild all over the world, though usually associated with warmer areas they can be found in high latitudes and colder areas as well.  There widespread availability and their tendency to grow in large groups makes them a great resource for wilderness survival.   They can be found growing on the edges of […]

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Hog Peanuts

Hog Peanuts

Hog peanut is the common name of Amphicarpaea bracteate.  It is a wild edible that grows in the forests of North America.  Hog peanut produces both an edible root and edible seeds.  Hog peanut is a member of the Legume family, same as beans and peas (and peanuts, which are not technically nuts).  The vines can be either annual or perineal depending on the type and location.  They tend to grow in quantities that are large enough to justify a little digging to harvest the roots along with the seeds.   Seeds The seeds from in the flowers which are […]

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Indian Cucumber

Indian Cucumber

It is possible to walk right past food in the forest without ever knowing it.  Not every wild edible is as noticeable as a tree full of ripe apples.  One such plant that might be passed by without taking note of it despite its edibility is Medeola virginiana, better known as Indian cucumber. The edible portion of Indian cucumber is the tuberous root which tastes somewhat like a cucumber, hence the  name. It does not require cooking to be edible, though since it grows in the dirt you probably do want to clean it thoroughly before eating it. Though the […]

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Broadleaf Arrowhead

Broadleaf Arrowhead

Broadleaf Arrowhead, or Sagittaria latifolia is a shallow wetland plant that can be found all over the globe.  Broadleaf arrowhead produces green leaves which are edible, best when they are young and still curled, and more importantly an edible tuber.  Even with nothing else available this plant offers enough nutrition, and can usually be found in such numbers, that it alone could keep you alive for and extended time.   The leaves are available during the entire growing season but are best in the early spring while they are still curled. In summer they will produce an edible bud above […]

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Black Walnut   

Black Walnut  

  It’s always nice in survival when you can get more than one use out of material you gather or from one plant or animal.  Black walnut is a perfect example of this. It can be used medicinally, as well as provide food, and in long term survival it can even be used to help tan hides.  With all of these uses, black walnut is not a tree that you want to be unfamiliar with.  It grows in all but a dozen of the most Western states, and in parts of Canada.  Here is how to use it for medicine and […]

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

  Japanese Knotweed, or Fallopia japonica, is now an invasive weed that grows all over the earth.  It’s stems and new shoots look similar to bamboo, though it is not related, while its leaves are much larger than bamboo leaves and are oval with truncated base.  The new shoots can be harvested as a spring vegetable while there is not much else available yet for wilderness survival, and the roots can also be eaten or used to make tea that is said to have medicinal benefits.   Japanese knotweed can be found all over the world now, and usually grows near […]

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