Year Long Food Storage Trek, July

fireworksAs July starts take a moment to remember what the Forth of July is really about. Remember all the great people in the past and in the here and now that are risking their lives for this great country that we live in. What they do makes it possible for us to do what we do. So go out and celebrate this country in style. Just remember not to drink and drive, or text and drive.
OK now back to food storage, we are now past the half way mark of our year long food storage trek. How is everyone doing? Are your shelves getting full? Are you starting to come up with creative ways to store your food? If you need any ideas go back and reread some of our older blogs for some great ideas on how to create space for storage in smaller houses & apartments.
If you missed the previous monthly food storage treks go back and get them. January, February, March, April, May, June.

July’s Monthly Food Storage Purchases

Week #1

1–200 pounds of wheat
(buckets to store it in if needed)

Week #2

1–20 lbs. Peanut butter

Week #3

1–4 #10 cans shortening
2–2 # 10 cans powdered milk

Week #4

6 #10 cans powdered milk

That’s it for July, happy hunting and remember to rotate rotate rotate your food storage and water supplies. Also remember to keep storing water.

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Year Long Food Storage Trek, June

juneAs we enter July, I noticed that I forgot to post June’s food trek, so with that said, here is June’s Year Long Food Trek list. I know that July is here, and that to purchase both June and July together can be a bit expensive, so do the best you can. With summer here and the 4th of July right around the corner, many will not be thinking about food storage. Me personally have been thinking about camping out, going swimming and just spending time with the family.

Continue prepping and stocking your food storage and home storage up. As always, look for sales, with summer upon us many stores have great sales on camping gear and supermarkets are promoting grilling and cookout foods, so stock up on what you need.

If you are just staring our year long food storage trek, don’t forget to review the previous months. January, February, March, April, May.

June’s Monthly Food Storage Purchases

Week #1

1–2 cans dry milk

2–2 boxes of Rennet (used for making cottage cheese and other dairy products from dry milk.)

Wiki–Rennet  is a complex of enzymes produced in any mammalian stomach, and is often used in the production of cheese. Rennet contains many enzymes, including a proteolytic enzyme (protease) that coagulates the milk, causing it to separate into solids (curds) and liquid (whey). Liquid Vegetable Rennet – 4oz for Cheese Making (Super Industrial Strength)

3–1 bottle lemon juice
4–1 bottle vinegar

Week #2

1– 100 lbs wheat
2–25 lbs white flour

Week #3

1–10 lbs Baking soda (Buy in bulk at Sam’s Club or Cosco or your neighborhood bulk store)
2–25 lbs of legumes
3–Buy one large box Knox or other gelatin to be used in place of eggs in baking

Week #4

3 cases of tomato products. Try to buy them by the case in normal size cans. Spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and whole and chopped tomatoes. Side note; sometimes it is cheaper to buy tomato paste than sauce. So I suggest that you stock up on both of these items.

Week #5

Garden seeds NON-Hybrid.
As always start a garden in your yard or in buckets in the house.

That way you can use the seeds from the plants you grow to grow a garden the next season.

Well that is the end of June’s list.

Happy hunting to all and I will blog you later.

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Are you afraid?

fear qouteToday we will be talking about fear. For this emotion is one of the more common emotions that every survivalist faces. So are you the type of person who freezes up when they are afraid? Or do you count to 10 and remain level headed?

What is fear?

Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger.

In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight-or-flight response) but in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible. (What a great description of Fear from our dear friend Wikipedia)

How a person reacts to fear depends more upon the individual and the training they have had, than it does upon the situation. This has been demonstrated in actual survival situations, where the rescued person tells the police, news that even though they were afraid, they still did what had to be done to survive. It isn’t always the strongest or the people who are always positive who handle fear most effectively. Shy, anxious people have met emergencies with remarkable coolness and strength.

Some people are at their best when they are scared. Many people faced with emergencies or survival situations have been surprised at how quickly they could think and react, and what strength they had. The experience gave them a new confidence in themselves, helping them to overcome the situation. Some people become paralyzed with fear when faced with the simplest emergency or survival situation. If you recognize that you have a tendency to freeze when scared, you can snap out of it, before it is too late.

Anyone who faces life-threatening emergencies or a survival situation experiences fear. Fear is conscious when it results from a recognized situation or when experienced as apprehension of impending disaster. Fear also occurs at a subconscious level and creates feelings of uneasiness, general discomfort, worry, or depression. Fear may vary widely in intensity, duration, and frequency of occurrence, and affect behavior from mild uneasiness to complete disorganization and panic.

“When fantasy distorts a moderate danger into a major catastrophe, or vice versa, behavior can become abnormal. There are no sharp lines between recklessness and bravery. It is necessary to check behavior constantly to maintain proper control.”

Signs and symptoms of fear

One or more of these signs may appear in a person who is afraid, by recognizing these will allow you to overcome fear or help someone else overcome what they are afraid of. These signs may or may not present themselves with fear, and some of these signs will also appear in other emotions besides fear.

Physical Symptoms

  • Quickening of pulse or trembling
  • Pupil dilation
  • Increased muscular tension and fatigue
  • Perspiration of palms of hands and armpits
  • Dryness of mouth and throat
  • Higher pitch of voice when talking
  • Stammering/stuttering of words when speaking
  • Feeling of “butterflies in the stomach,” emptiness
    of the stomach, faintness, and nausea

 Psychological Symptoms

  • Irritability & increased hostility
  • Talkativeness in early stages, leading finally to
  • Confusion, forgetfulness, and inability to concentrate.
  • Feelings of unreality, flight, panic, or stupor.

How to control your fear

You cannot run away from fear, there is no limit to what a human can do to control their fear. All a person has to do is adapt the way they handle fear and take actions to control fear. In order to control your fear, you need to understand and admit that fear exists. Then you need to train yourself how to react in fearful situations. Training can help you recognize your fears and allow you to take a step back and assess the situation.

We always say that practice makes perfect, and to go out and practice all of your emergency and survival skills, because the day you need them you might be afraid and if you cannot control your fear, you will not be able to think, plan, or remain level headed.

Effectively coping & learning to control fear

1–By using training opportunities & practicing your survival skills, you will develop confidence. By increasing your confidence and knowledge base of emergency preparedness and survival skills will allow you to perform these tasks when under extreme stress or fear.

2–Keeping yourself physically and mentally fit is just one of the many things you need to do to learn to control your fear.

3–Learn as much as possible about all aspects of survival & emergency equipment; how to use, when to use.

4–Be prepared. Accept that it can happen to me. As preppers we are always properly equipped and clothed at all times, and have a plan ready. The prepper mindset of “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst” fits nicely here.

5–Keep informed, know when danger threatens and be prepared if it comes.

6–Keep busy; Prevent hunger, thirst, fatigue as these can lead to being afraid.

7–Be a team player, we hear that since childhood, but in emergency & survival situations you have to be able to work together.

8–Mind over matter; think positive, and stay focused on your goals, while keeping everything else in perspective. Learn to tolerate discomfort.

9– Practice discipline. Attitudes and habits of discipline developed in training such as martial arts, scouts, etc. carry over into other situations. A disciplined group has a better chance of survival than an undisciplined group.

10– Lead by example; if you remain calm, and show that you are in control of your emotions then you can effect others into remaining calm and in control. The saying of a mob starts with just one person screaming and acting out turns a situation or a group of people into a mob, think a shark feeding frenzy.

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Survival Step 8, Emotions


Survival Step 8, Emotions

Emotional reactions are not often talked about, but it needs reminding at times. The other day my daughter was cooking dinner and the oil splashed up and burned her arm. My mothering instincts kick and and like always, I am telling her to calm down, while we assess the situation and gather the supplies that are needed to bandage her up.

fear picBy repeating myself when these types of situations arise, it sinks in and my kids try to remain calm when something happens. By always doing this my kids go around telling me that they are “trying to calm down”, usually at the top of their lungs and in tears when something happens. If the only thing my kids can remember in a stressful situation is me in their head saying calm down, I know that they will be able to assess the situation and make the correct choices when the time comes.

For this step in our 12 Steps to Survival, we will be looking at all the different emotions that you face when dealing with “Prepping” for your future.

As no survivor is the same, and that each situation is unique, everyone has different ways with coping during a survival situation. Many find their emotions have the most impact when they are dealing with a survival situation, or an emergency at home. I for one usually remain calm during the event, then go have a good cry afterwards. So take a few minutes and think to yourself what type of person you are during stressful situations. If you are a person who becomes frozen with fear, then why not try to change how you deal with situations? Most people have fear because they do not think their training will help them survive or that they lack the training to survive in the first place.

Emotional reactions to a situation usually happen first and then cooler heads prevail. So if you panic, or can remain calm during the emergency (then fall to pieces after) is what usually turns the survivable into the news reports where they say lost hiker was found dead.

For this step we will cover the most common emotions such as fear, anger, hopelessness, panic, hate, anger, etc. along with how to become mentally aware of your everyday situations in the world around you.

We will go into more details in the upcoming weeks, so as always go out and practice your skills, because when the situation arises, you will not be in an ideal situation and mind frame to perform without thinking. The ability to do what needs to be done while not thinking how to do it might just save your life or the life of someone you love one day.

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DIY Solar Oven

solar ovenOk, so at long last here are the directions to make your very own solar oven. I know that there are many different directions scattered throughout the wonderful web, so to save yourself some time here they are. Like I said in a previous blog, awhile back I went to a class that was hosted by Root/The Urban Farm Nursery to make my very own solar oven. It was a great time as I got to visit with some of my other prepper friends from some of my meetup groups.

As always use your time to increase your never ending skill set that might one day save your life or the lives of your loved ones.  With summer fast approaching and the temperature heating up, why not cook outside and use FREE energy instead of heating up your oven and house? Creating your own solar oven makes a great project for scouts or a family activity on a weekend. Don’t forget to checkout our other blogs on solar ovens & solar cooking.

With the sun shinning just about everyday here in AZ, using the Sun’s energy is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and be a friend to the environment. Also it will keep the heat outside where it belongs and not in the house.

Download the directions to create your very own SolarOven Directions here.

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What happens after the SHTF, dealing with being a refugee

As good preppers we usually think that we will be the lucky ones and we will not be stuck in an urban area when the SHTF. As we all know that is the ideal situation where we will have all of our bug out bags and survival kits to weather any storm, but what happens if you are visiting family or friends that are not preppers? Or if you are on vacation where you flew into the area? Would you have your emergency supplies with you, most likely not as most of that stuff is no longer allowed on an airplane.

So enter into an urban survivalist mode. This is something that is not widely discussed, and should be. Let’s pretend that you are in a major city (like Boston) and something happens and you are no longer able to get out of the area the way you can into it. Using this scenario you just found yourself a refugee, meaning you are pretty much homeless with little cash on hand, what do you do to protect your loved ones and make sure that you stay safe?

For the sake of this blog, cell phones are up and down because so many people are overloading the lines, the local law enforcement are now too busy to be of much assistance to you or anyone else that was not involved directly when the SHTF.

Do you have your everyday carry items on you? This right here will determine how you act. If you do have it then you are moving in the right direction. If you do not have your everyday carry items, you are at a disadvantage as you will have to require those items or try to make do without.

Ask yourself these basic questions:

Do you have a place to go?
Would you enter a shelter?
Would you find a shelter that is off the beaten path?
We all know what happens when we enter a shelter; that is why we say to never go to a shelter if at all possible. Just remember Katrina shelters and what went on in them. In most situations upon entering a shelter they will search your bags and confiscate most of your survival tools, food, and other useful supplies. So what do you do? Do you hid your kit somewhere and hope it survives the night and has not grown legs and walked away by the time you go back to get it?

If you seek out shelter that is secluded and off the beaten path, can anyone see, or find you? You might not want others to be able to find you as they could be gang members, criminals, and your pissed off refugee who has no survival skills and gear.

Mass people will be trying to leave the area so crowd control is something to watch out for. With all the people trying to go the same way people will become heated, angry, tried, scared, and can lash out at others. So do you follow the mob or do you look for another way? Just remember that natural disasters have taught us many things if you paid attention, just look at news footage of the highways where all the cars are stopped and you can’t move your car for hours. Would you leave your car like half of the others, and start walking?

We all know that the basic items like water and food will be the first things to go when something goes down. Or you get the military trying to round everyone up and move them to an area they set up (shelter).

A thing not to forget is that is you end up in one of these scenarios, you will become sleep deprived. This is something that is often overlooked and needs to be reminded, with out sleep your ability to process your situation and your decision making ability will become diminished leading to you making bad choices for your family’s survival.

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Year Long Food Storage Trek, May

may flowersAs we enter May, and the start of summer in some places while others are still getting snow. it can seem a little strange to have snow in May and I don’t remember that last time I heard of snow this late in the season, is just a reminder that preppers are prepared for anything including freak snow storms in may. With that said, I hope that this gives you more motivation to continue prepping and stocking your food storage and home storage up. When asked why we do these things, we can say that while others are running around trying to get supplies and food, we can sit back and be well prepared for events such as what is happening right now in the middle of the country.

We are now going into our fifth month of the year long food storage trek. How are you doing? I know that it can be a little over whelming at times so I want to say, You are doing a GREAT JOB doing what you know is right to protect your family. Don’t get discouraged, and keep on prepping along.

Did we all get January’s, February’s, March’s  & April’s items?


May’s Monthly Food Storage Purchases

Week #1

1– 2 to 3 bottles of multi-vitamins
2– 2 #10 cans of rolled oats (if #10 cans are not available in your area, buy the largest packages available in your local store, and also purchase a small bucket to store it in.)

Week #2

1– 100 lbs. of wheat & 3 buckets to store it in

Week #3

1– 1 case of canned butter or 1 #10 can butter powder

Week #4

1– 4 #10 cans instant potatoes
2– 1 bottle black pepper

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Wrapping up events

thats a wrapWell we survived the weekend. Let me tell you, it can feel like a long weekend when you are at an expo. We did have a blast, and I did take in a few of the educational classes that were being offered thru out the weekend. For all of you that made it out, I hope that you took advantage of the speakers to learn something new. I took in the Faraday cage making class. So in the upcoming days I will be adding the DIY faraday cage to our Back to Basics Page. What a great weekend project. Tomorrow I will be adding the Solar Oven that I was talking to you about last week.

We have some very exciting news to tell you, we are in the process of offering a great product in our store for you. At the expo we happened to be situated next to the “Fire Starter” table, and for those of you who were there will know who I am talking about, and we had the opportunity to watch his demos on lighting a fire with magnesium fire starters and found them to be a great deal and well worth it to include in our Bug out bags, car 72 hr emergency kit, and our home storage that we just had to tell you all about them.

Also for all of you that ENJOYED reading my copy of Grandma Putt’s Old Time… You can now find the link here to purchase your VERY own copy.

So look for our new youtube video coming up at the end of this week and you can see for yourself why you should have one of these in your emergency supplies.

Enough for today as I have lots of things that need to get finished around the home since I didn’t have a lot of time to do them over the weekend.

Enjoy your night and I will blog you later.

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What are you doing this weekend?

We have been getting ready for Prepper Fest AZ this week, as we are going to be there to take advantage of the 60 plus classes and speakers along with over 80 vendors to increase our knowledge base. Increasing knowledge is the way to go to becoming more self sufficient and living a more prepper lifestyle.

Here is a list of the SPEAKER SCHEDULE that are going to be there this weekend. Remember to print the flyer and receive $2.00 off the price of admission.

We will be updating you with all the great things we see and learn over the next three days. I know that some of our readers are not in the AZ area, so this may seem a little blah to then, but as a prepper who wants to share knowledge with the world, this is just one prepper expo, there are many other shows in a variety of different regions and states, so look for ones coming to your area, and take advantage of more knowledgeable people and spend the day learning from them.

Wishing you all a great weekend, go out and practice your skills or learn something new, that you can pass on to the younger generation.

Happy Prepping!!!!

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DIY Solar Ovens Revisited

It has been a few days since I have blogged. As with all things, sometimes you are busy living life instead of just talking about it. Last month I attended the how to make a sun oven class that was on our upcoming events page. As I have not made a solar sun oven before, it was an interesting activity.

The class was made up of a bunch of other survival like minded people who belonged to some of the same prepper groups as me, so it was nice to do an activity with them while practicing your basic skills. With all that I learned and practiced, I am now able to better tell others how to make one and a better way to make it. This weekend we are putting ours to the test, and we will be computing the best location in our yard to place one. I have started monitoring the sun at every hour to see where it would get the most sun for the best part of the day. Which we all know is the most important ingredient for a solar oven. I will also be putting the directions for the one we made online on our Back to Basics page, and will be uploading a video to our youtube channel for you to watch, as reading the directions sometimes does not make it easier to complete. So look for these in the upcoming days.

Some of the other things I want to tell you about are that we will be attending the upcoming AZ Prepper show in Scottsdale AZ and would love to have you stop by and say hello. What is great about this event is that it is 3 days where you drop in for refresher classes and learn something new. They are holding guest speakers and classes on a variety of different topics and it looks to be a very educational weekend. So if you would like more information check out our upcoming events page where you can download a copy of the event flyer.

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