I started doing this recently when I was stockpiling canned veggies, it is cheaper than canned veggies (at least at the price I can find for no-name or brand name veggies) and it stores small – pre-shredded veggies.  I buy bags of matchstick carrots as well as brocolli slaw (which is a mixture of matchstick brocolli, carrots and shredded purple...
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As the weather is just starting to change enough that I noticed my neighbor has stopped putting her laundry on a clothesline, it made me think about how I would dry laundry in a SHTF situation.  I have clothespins but don’t have a proper laundry line, so I will be adding that to my survivalist prep list. I know many people plan to “make...
If you think you have your sewing needs set for SHTF situation with your $2 sewing kit, think again.  They can be a lifesaver in your hotel room when you suddenly realize you need to hem a part of your pants or shirt.  But for anything significant?  Think again. These kits usually have about 30′ of thread – great for a hem or two, but...
Mylar bags are great for placing inside 5 gallon buckets if you are unsure if they are food grade or not.  You can also use them inside metal garbage cans if you are storing food someplace where rats might chew through plastic.  You need to seal the bags first to ensure the food inside stays good for the longest time possible. There are two very...
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When people put together emergency plans, they often think of ways to keep warm but it is usually in terms of winter coats, thick blankets and sleeping bags.  But most people don’t have something quite simple – an emergency survival blanket, AKA solar blanket or space blanket.  Yes, those thin tin-foil looking blankets really should...
I have been a fan of buying bags of 18 bean soup mix (when I first starting prepping) or making my own version of 18 bean soup mix.  But even in a survival situation, 18 bean soup mix can get pretty boring.  But turning 18 bean soup mix into vegetarian chili is a fresh way to turn this soup mix into something other than soup.  I have made this...
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I am always on the look out for things that I can add to my survivalist cache when I am at the dollar store and when I glanced at coffee filters, I realized what a great item it was to have.  They are super cheap (think hundreds of filters for $1) and they can be pretty darn useful.  Here are some of the things coffee filters will come in handy for...
Most of us have a nice supply of emergency candles stocked up for emergencies where power could be out for hours, days or even longer.  But if an emergency happened at 3am that plunged your house into darkness during a new moon, would you be able to quickly locate not just your candles, but candle holders? I personally prefer to use votive or tea lights...
When you buy large sacks or bags of flour, the bags are great for selling in a grocery store but for long term storage in your house, not so good.  It unfortunately is too suseptible to bugs getting into it, or getting damp. If you have an excess amount of mason jars, you can store flour and grains in mason jars.  But when you think about how many...
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I like this one because it is an alternative to mashed potatoes for all those instant mash potatoes you probably have (or plan to get) in your emergency pantry. 3-1/2 cups instant mashed potato flakes 3 cups powdered milk 4 tbsp chicken bouillon powder 4 tbsp dried minced onion 2 tsp dried parsley 1 tsp ground white pepper (you can use black, if you...
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