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How to Make Hardtack: A Cracker That Lasts for Years. A while back I mentioned hardtack in the article Foods That Last Forever and several people have asked what it is and how to make it.

How to Make Hardtack: A Cracker That Lasts for Years

Basically, hardtack is a hard cracker made from flour, salt, and water. The great thing about hardtack is that as long as you keep it dry, it will last for years. Because it’s inexpensive to make and lasts so long, it was once taken on long sea voyages and was called things like pilot bread, ship biscuit, sea biscuit, or sea bread. It was also carried by soldiers on long military campaigns and was referred to as tooth dullers, molar breakers, or sheet iron.

I know that sounds bad, but it’s easier to eat when soaked in coffee, crumbled into soup, or fried with other foods. Some hardtack recipes include sugar, milk or butter, but that will significantly shorten the shelf life, so I recommend making it the traditional way. 3 cups of white flour 2 teaspoons of salt 1 cup of water A cookie sheet A mixing bowl A knife A common nail. How to Live off the Grid: 15 Steps. The Art of Blending in: 5 Tips from a Counterintelligence Special Agent. As some of you know, before I was a blogger, I spent many years as a Counterintelligence Agent, training and working with some of the best government agents and Special Forces personnel in the world.

The Art of Blending in: 5 Tips from a Counterintelligence Special Agent

Most of that involved either conducting surveillance or counter-surveillance or activities where you had to know how blend in or find people trying to blend in. Over the years, I saw some pretty common mistakes when it comes to doing things that give you away to someone who may be targeting you in situations that you may actually face someday. This post won’t make you into a secret agent, but it may be the one thing that saves your life, whether you find yourself in a short-term natural disaster, are traveling through a foreign country with a high kidnapping rate, or even if some worst-case event happens and you find yourself living in a collapsed society like we’ve seen in several countries around the world.

Shop Related Products Ads by Amazon All Amazon Instant Video Clothing & Accessories Baby. Mother Nature’s Best Home Remedies. Using Trees as Medicine. Using Trees As Medicineby Ellen Ever Hopman Many common North American trees can be used as medicine.

Using Trees as Medicine

Their advantage over medicinal herbs is that tree medicines can be used year round. In fact, trees make amoung the most versatile medicine you will find. In early spring and summer the leaves of trees are useful healing agents. 9 Tips On Collecting Rainwater - US Crisis PreppersUS Crisis Preppers. I still remember the feeling of utter joy I used to have every Saturday at around 2 PM when I would take my bath with rainwater that I warmed up myself with nothing but the sun.

9 Tips On Collecting Rainwater - US Crisis PreppersUS Crisis Preppers

My grandpa and I (I was 6 at the time) used to take out this huge tin bathtub from the shed, put it in the middle of the yard at around 10 AM, fill it with previously harvested rainwater and let it warm up for 3-4 hours. This was exciting for me for several reasons. First, because everyone passing by could see me (we didn’t have any other place to put it) so I had to lay low when I heard footsteps down the road and hide from them. Second, since our chickens ran around freely, it was fun splashing them as they approached. But the one thing I didn’t care much about as a kid is the one that appeals to me today, as a prepper: that rainwater is 100% free. So let’s get started with some of the best tips you need to know before installing your first rainwater harvesting system. Tip #2: Don’t worry about acid rain. 10 Off-The-Wall Survival Tricks And Tools - My Family Survival PlanMy Family Survival Plan. As we’ve covered in the past here on Listverse, there are approximately one billion ways you could die.

10 Off-The-Wall Survival Tricks And Tools - My Family Survival PlanMy Family Survival Plan

Nuclear winter, the robopocalypse—heck, just a simple camping trip gone wrong could leave you trapped in the merciless grip of nature’s fury, with nothing but your own wits and the questionable advice of this list to get you out alive. But to quote the wise men who have walked this fair earth in ages past, questionable advice is technically better than no advice—so here are ten unusual survival tricks that could end up saving your life. And as a disclaimer, don’t actually try number three. 10 Spit Fishing The specifics of wilderness survival change a lot depending on what part of the world you’re trapped in. 13 Survival Uses for PVC - Preparing for shtf. PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride is one of the most, if not the most, widely used plastic piping today.

13 Survival Uses for PVC - Preparing for shtf

It is relatively inexpensive, comes in various diameters, and can be joined together with solvent and PVC cement. Because of the various diameters, and the fact it is impervious to water and decay, PVC pipe is ideal for storing items, survival items, for example, in the ground. PVC pipe can be made into survival gear as well, and what it can be used for or made into is only limited by your imagination.

PVC pipe and end caps are joined by using solvent that softens/cleans the material and then by applying PVC cement and twisting the pieces together to ensure the cement is applied evenly. This is sometimes called a solvent weld because the plastic essentially melts together creating a permanent and waterproof seal. Supply Storage PVC pipe is ideal for storage caches because it can be stored in the ground for decades without any obvious effects on the plastic.

Podcast Depression Era Tips to Stretch Your Food Budget. The Depression Era defined a nation and we can take the tips from folks who went through hard times to stretch our own food budgets and live more frugally.

Podcast Depression Era Tips to Stretch Your Food Budget

These are recipes handed down from my family from generation to generation and now from me to you. I hope these tips are as helpful for you as they have been for me. This Depression era series has helped me find out even more about my grandparents and what it meant to live frugally. I hope it encourages you to find out your families stories, too. 6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know & Why – Now is a good time to go out and flag the following six trees before the leaves drop (except the pine).

6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know & Why –

Revisit them in the winter and learn how to ID them by the bark alone. Then again in the Spring with the buds and new leaves. White birch is easy to identify with its distinctive, white, papery bark. The Self Sufficiency Infographic - Info You Should Know. 50 Uses for Toothpicks. 10 Not-So-Usual Things To Make With 55 Gallon Plastic Barrels. While researching for a post about reusing 55 gallon plastic barrels, we came across people who had figured out ways to use them in a manner that was a little more creative than most of us.

10 Not-So-Usual Things To Make With 55 Gallon Plastic Barrels

Thought these ideas might spark new ideas from you. If they do – please send us your idea and a photo we can use! Sponsored Link 1. Outdoor Furniture – All this needs is a little door on the seat that opens into an ice chest. 2. 3. Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses-Backdoor Survival. Essential oils have been used for healing and medicinal purposes for centuries and most certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big pharma to take care of our medical woes.

Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses-Backdoor Survival

And while there is a place for manufactured pharmaceuticals in our survival medicine kit, there exists the possibility that none will be available or that they will be in such scarce supply that they should be reserved for only the most dire of circumstances. For that reason, many preppers and individuals seeking self-reliance are learning to use essential oils to manage the both routine and not-so-routine maladies that occur in daily life. There are about a dozen or so essential oils that belong in every survival kit including Melaleuca (tea tree), peppermint, lavender, clove, rosemary and lemon among others. All of these essential oils have healing properties but today I would like to focus on just one, tea tree oil. Build Your Own Log Cabin - Info You Should Know. How To Find Land For Living Off The Grid. Do you know how to find the right land for your off grid homestead? I’ve been saving, working and researching going off grid for the past few years.

Actually it’s been a longtime dream of mine to build my own homestead but we didn’t call it “off grid” back then. Living Well: 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce. This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target. Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target’s #SummerUp Pinterest board. Images and text by Lindsey Johnson for Design Mom. When I was a little girl, I loved going to my Grandma Maxie’s house. There was always something yummy to eat, especially during the summer when her garden was brimming with strawberries, rhubarb, peaches, and all sorts of veggies. I used to pass by the giant (ancient) freezer on my way through the garage to the backyard and I would stop, open it, and gaze at the stacks and stacks of square freezer containers with green or yellow lids.

Survival skills, survival guns, survival guide. Solar Cooking in Winter. Solar Cooking in winter... When the sun goes south for the winter it takes a little bit of ingenuity and a little bit more time to achieve the solar cooking results one becomes accustomed to during the long, warm days of summer. Although most people's minds in the middle of winter are not centered on heat, sunshine, and solar cooking, there are many who do take year around advantage of the opportunity to use their solar ovens to cook a variety of foods ranging from whole turkeys and hams to breads, cakes and casseroles, even on a cold, crisp, sunny winter day. Of course the key to effective solar cooking any time, and in the winter as well, is clear and bright sunshine. In many areas of the United States, even in the wintry north, there are quite a few sunny days that can be used for solar cooking your afternoon meal.In fact, some areas have brighter sunny days in the winter than they do in the summer due to coastal marine layer or heat induced humidity that creates clouds and haze.

How To Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages. As I work on turning this one acre homestead into a self-sustaining Garden of Eden, I have two requirements for every single plant I consider putting in the ground: they must be either edible or medicinal. Preferably both. Why? Because frankly I don’t have money or space to waste on frivolous landscaping. Everything from the plants to the animals must have a purpose. More and more people are beginning to see the benefit of having a garden and growing your own food, but growing your own medicine could be equally as vital to your well being. 20 Best Prepper and Survivalist Shows on Netflix. The holidays are here and unless you’re travelling, you may have some free time on your hands.

Why not spend it watching prepper and survivalist shows? Netflix has several great TV shows to choose from. There many great movies and documentaries I could have included as well, but the list would have been too long. Proper Prepper's Pantry - Calamity Janet. 17 Great Ways to Utilize 2-Liter Soda Bottles for Survival - My Family Survival PlanMy Family Survival Plan. Dehydrating Eggs. 10 Foods You Can Store For 100 YearsMy Family Survival Plan. 20 Crazy (and fascinating) ways people have used pee instead of flushing it. Snares And Traps. Disclaimer: Traps are presented for information purposes only, they are dangerous, some lethally so. The 9 Best Survival Antibiotics. 20 Best Prepper and Survivalist Shows on Netflix. 100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel - The Prepper Journal. During our boiling, broiling, blistering summer of 2012 here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went.

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