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Makin’ Bacon

January 8, 2013

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Makin' Bacon

Curing your own bacon from scratch is fun and not as difficult as you might think. You’ll need a whole animal belly; I am using a domestic organic pork belly for this recipe. Your butcher will probably have to order you one as they are rarely found on supermarket shelves.

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Fire Starter From Dryer Lint

November 5, 2012

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Doing laundry

As parents of many, we do a lot of laundry each day. A lot. As much as we strive to live off the grid and in a sustainable way, there are some areas of our lives where modern conveniences are simply too practical and prudent to ignore. A washer and dryer fall into that category. […]

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When the SHTF – Gardening Afloat, part 1

July 9, 2012

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Growing food on your boat

In our prepping planning process we could not figure how to plan for having fresh vegetables, as you might imagine, we have very limited garden space aboard our boat. So we came across the idea of sprouting seeds; this looked to be a good idea for fresh vegetables.

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Interesting Facts About Our Food Supply

May 15, 2012

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What's for dinner?

Many preppers are well aware of the precarious nature of the supply chain that supports our food industry. Recently I found some interesting, if not sad and scary, facts about where our food comes from and how it gets to our table. As of 2005, four companies controlled the processing of over 80% of the […]

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More Alternatives to “Throw-Away” Items

February 28, 2012

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making good use of resources after teotwawki

A while back, I did a posting on some food storage items you may want to look into as alternatives to things like plastic ziptop bags and wraps.  Also, we’ve covered cloth diapers and “baby wipes” here.  This time, I want to look at a few more handy household items that are usually disposable, but […]

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How to Light Up Your World, part 1: Oil Lamps

February 24, 2012

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using oil lamps after the end of the world

“Light” and “darkness” have been important features since the creation of the world.  The two opposites provide division of our days and help set the rhythm of our body clocks.  In addition to providing us the opportunity to see once the sun has gone down, light has always been important to people as a source […]

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Alternatives to Baby Wipes

February 21, 2012

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alternatives to baby wipes

We’ve talked about diapers and why it is wise to stock cloth ones.  One of the main reasons for acquiring  cloth “nappies” is because you would quickly be in a literal mess if disposables stopped showing up regularly on store shelves.  The same would be true with disposable baby wipes. Most parents are accustomed to […]

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Cloth Diapers, part 2

January 12, 2012

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washing machine

For those of you who have never used cloth diapers before, the idea of washing them may seem a bit daunting or too icky to consider.  For 30+ years, most people have simply been wadding up the whole soiled diaper and sending off to the landfill for disposal.  In a situation where there is no […]

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Cloth Diapers, part 1

January 4, 2012

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The benefits of clothe diapers

We are pleased to announce that we are expecting another blessing around Father’s Day!  So, in honor of the upcoming event, I thought this might be a good time to give a run-down of the various choices available these days in cloth diapers. The “Old-Fashioned Kind” If you were cloth diapered as a baby, most […]

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Why Turkeys are Probably Not the Way to Go

November 1, 2011

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turkeys in your prepping

As I mentioned in some previous pieces, we have raised turkeys for about 5 years.  We’ve enjoyed them to some extent, but we have decided they are not a species we would recommend for preparedness. A Little History Turkeys are considered to be indigenous to North America.  They were found in wild flocks by explorers  hundreds […]

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