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Must-have kitchen items for preppers and survivalists

May 17, 2023 -

Butter churn

There are essentially three types of butter churns: dash churn, barrel churn and paddle churn. (Related: Prepper must-haves: 25 non-electric kitchen items for your homestead.)

Cast iron/stainless steel cookware

If you are cooking over a wood stove of any kind, you need durable stainless steel or cast iron cookware. Aluminum tends to warp on wood cook stoves.

Black cast iron pans heat evenly, hold the heat for a long time and do not warp....

How to make a DIY hand sanitizer using essential oils

April 11, 2023 -

Gaye Levy of Backdoor Survival shares her recipe for an everyday non-alcohol-based hand sanitizer – a moisturizing gel that will not only clean your hands but also nourish them, thanks to the wonderful qualities of 100 percent organic, cold-pressed aloe vera gel, organic coconut oil and a blend of powerful essential oils.DIY All-natural hand sanitizer

To make a 1 cup/8 ounce solution, you will need the following ingredients:

Mix everything together, ...

DIY cleaning supplies: Using calcium hypochlorite as a bleach alternative

October 28, 2022 -

Calcium hypochlorite is a powder so it has a much longer shelf life compared to bleach. It also takes up less space in your stockpile and is much cheaper.

Before SHTF, stock up on calcium hypochlorite, a versatile cleaning ingredient that's a great alternative to bleach. (h/t to prepper's guide to using calcium hypochlorite

Use calcium hypochlorite powder to make a five percent stock solution.

When making the cleaning solution, ...

DIY prepping: How to set up a gravity-fed water system

January 16, 2023 -

A gravity-fed water system is used to pull water from creeks, rain barrels, springs, streams and rivers upstream or uphill from the water source.

Gravity-fed water systems are simple, but you may have trouble using them under certain conditions:

The guide for this gravity-fed, off-grid water system is from "The Doable Off-Grid Homestead," an off-grid reference book.DIY gravity-fed water system

Before setting up your gravity-fed ...

Aussie scientist promotes ASSISTED SUICIDE in Scotland using DIY death pods

November 11, 2022 -

The technology created by Dr. Philip "Death" Nitschke, founder of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, allows users to be locked in an airtight chamber which is then filled with nitrogen gas that would render them unconscious in a minute and dead within ten minutes.

The death pods with brand name Sarco can only be operated from the inside. Users will be able to press a button, blink or gesture to release nitrogen gas that induces a state of hypoxia and eventually, ...

DIY cleaning tips: 8 Surfaces to avoid if you’re cleaning with vinegar

July 17, 2023 -

However, keep in mind that vinegar can damage certain surfaces because it is acidic. To prevent any damage, avoid using vinegar cleaning solutions on the following surfaces and items. (h/t to

While some DIY tips recommend using vinegar for pet stains, it is not as effective as specialized enzymatic carpet cleaners.

Vinegar may temporarily mask the odor, but it is not enough to address the underlying cause. It's better to use a carpet cleaner ...

Home gardening: How to start your spring garden

March 08, 2023 -

If you're a gardening beginner, it's never too early to start planning your spring garden. Spring crops are great for beginners because they are some of the easiest, most resilient and quickest growing veggies.Benefits of starting a spring garden

If you have doubts about planning a garden, these benefits might help change your mind:

Planning ahead means you can prepare and relieve some of the stress that comes ...

Keep your garden soil healthy with crop rotation

November 07, 2022 -

This practice involves rotating plant families from one season to the next, meaning you don't plant related crops in the same location more than three years in a row. Doing this can help improve the soil quality in your garden. (h/t to is crop rotation important for a home garden?

Crop rotation helps maintain the balance of nutrients, organic matter and microorganisms needed for healthy garden soil. The practice is also good for the growth of beneficial ...

Prepper projects: Make a DIY mosquito trap to protect your family from bites

June 19, 2023 -

Mosquito bites are usually just an itchy annoyance, but if you are unlucky, they can also carry diseases like malaria, yellow fever and West Nile virus.

Because it is impossible to tell which mosquitoes carry diseases and which are harmless, after SHTF it's best to assume that all mosquitoes can make you sick so it's best to get rid of them.

You can use herbal repellents to protect yourself from mosquito bites, but it's better to kill these insects before they can ...

15 Perennial herbs to grow in your survival garden

March 01, 2023 -

The best thing about perennials is that as long as you keep them well-mulched and in organic matter-rich soil, they'll pretty much take care of themselves – giving you a low-maintenance way to continually increase your food supplies. (Related: Survival gardening: Why you should grow these 7 edible perennials.)

Here are some amazing medicinal perennial herbs to grow in your survival garden. (h/t to hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop ...

Time-saving hacks for beginners starting a home garden

December 05, 2022 -

If you're busy, start by setting up an efficient watering system to save time and utilize shade or partial-shade areas on your property to maximize your growing space.Soil quality is important

Before you plant anything, find out what kind of soil you're working with. This information can help you determine which types of gardens to plan.

Conduct an in-home soil test or take a soil sample to your local extension office and see if they will test it.

Sandy ...

6 Common homemade organic fertilizers for your home garden

October 12, 2022 -

Some gardeners are fine with using fertilizer from big box stores that contain at least 10 percent of each of those critical elements. But you can create organic fertilizer at home if you want to save some money.

The six garden amendments detailed below can be made with simple equipment and they'll allow you to repurpose many items that you might consider waste products. (h/t to manure

Animal manure is the most common homemade organic ...

Remember Diamond and Silk? Diamond “died suddenly” in her kitchen and Silk wants answers

January 29, 2023 -

A death certificate obtained by The Associated Press (AP) shows that Diamond died of a heart condition. The official story in the corporate press is that it was "heart disease due to chronic high blood pressure."

Silk, however, is not convinced. At her sister's memorial service, she stated that "there's something going on." Silk says that just prior to her sister's death, Diamond told her "I can't breathe," and that she needed to open up the back door to get some air....

Recipes for DIY cleaning products that can help you clean better and save money

May 09, 2023 -

Prepare your ingredients

You'll likely have most of these ingredients in your kitchen or pantry. You can easily find them in your local grocery or health food stores.

Baking soda – A natural deodorizer, baking soda is gently abrasive and works well as a scrubbing agent. Another name for baking soda is bicarbonate of soda.

Castile soap – This natural liquid soap cuts through grime and dirt and gently cleans surfaces without harsh detergents. You could use liquid dish ...

Recipes for DIY cleaning products that can help you clean better and save money

May 09, 2023 -

Prepare your ingredients

You'll likely have most of these ingredients in your kitchen or pantry. You can easily find them in your local grocery or health food stores.

Baking soda – A natural deodorizer, baking soda is gently abrasive and works well as a scrubbing agent. Another name for baking soda is bicarbonate of soda.

Castile soap – This natural liquid soap cuts through grime and dirt and gently cleans surfaces without harsh detergents. You could use liquid dish ...

12 Useful medicinal herbs to grow in your home garden

July 25, 2023 -

Below are 12 herbs with many medicinal uses that you can find in the wild or grow in your home garden. (h/t to (Medicago sativa)

Alfalfa is often used as feed for livestock because it is full of nutrients.

Alfalfa is considered the "father of all plants," and its roots can grow 20 to 30 feet deep. It contains a lot of protein for a plant.

Alfalfa contains vitamin K and other essential nutrients, such as vitamin C, copper, folate ...

Homesteading 101: How to start your own medicinal herb garden

June 01, 2023 -

This ensures that when you run out of medicine, you can use herbs and plants from your garden to treat common ailments like a stomachache. (h/t to

Here are some beginner-friendly herbs to grow in your garden.Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

You can use calendula externally to soothe rashes, irritated skin and to encourage collagen production.

Rub calendula oil into your skin to soothe and protect healthy skin.

Tips for growing calendula:

You ...

Home gardening tips: How to maintain a drought-resistant garden

January 31, 2023 -

Before SHTF, you need to learn how to survive in an area with limited water, especially if you are prepping for your whole family and you have a garden on your property.

Here are some of the different aspects of drought-resistant gardening. (h/t to is important

You need water to stay alive.

Agriculture is one of the most important uses of water and most farmers rely on rainwater for at least 85 percent of their water needs. The remainder ...

Gardening tips: How to start a concrete block raised bed garden

June 26, 2023 -

If you want to grow different crops in lousy soil, you can do so with a concrete block raised bed garden. (h/t to

Usually, stacks of concrete blocks are associated with building construction sites, not gardens, so it is unusual to see tomato plants sticking out of them.

While the idea of putting a rectangular stack of concrete blocks in your yard sounds like an eyesore, you can make sure they complement your landscaping by planning ahead.

There ...

Prepper medicine: 9 Medicinal herbs to plant in your home garden

April 18, 2023 -

If you grow these herbs in your backyard, you won’t have to go out foraging for hours on end or put your faith in store-bought herbs that have been depleted of their nutrient content, says herbalist Dr. Nicole Apelian.

Here are 9 useful herbs you should have in your home garden:California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

The California poppy contains a variety of plant compounds, including alkaloids (allocryptopine and protopine) and flavone glycosides, which are ...

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