Tricks for Peeling Garlic the Easy Way

We’re always on the lookout for tips, tricks and ideas that can make life easier for us as we travel along the road to self-sufficiency, and we encourage everyone to do the same.  Whether it’s an easy way to start a fire, control pests, keep things clean or find ways to save time preparing food, …

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Could Legionnaires Disease be the Next Pandemic?

Did you know that legionnaires disease affects about 100,000 people per year, and it can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated properly?  It’s unclear how many people develop this nasty bacterial infection annually around the world, but some estimates are as high as 5 million.  A recent outbreak at a major theme park has …

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How to Open a Coconut With no Tools

Imagine that you’re stranded on an island where your only immediate source of food and water is from coconuts.  You don’t have any tools, and you haven’t stumbled on appropriate rocks that can be used to pry open the husks and shells.  What do you do?  Well, there’s an alternative that will work almost every …

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How To Signal for Help in the Snow

Despite all of the challenges associated with wintertime survival, this can be the best time of year to signal for help.  The lack of vegetation, good visibility on sunny days, and vast expanses of white snow on the ground create the right conditions to attract the attention of rescuers.  Let’s look at a few ways …

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How to Grill Meat Over Fire the Old Fashioned Way

Grilling meat over an open fire is a common challenge in wilderness survival situations because we don’t always have the right equipment on hand.  However, we really don’t need grills or barbecues to get the job done, and people have been cooking meat for centuries using little more than some wood.  Let’s take a look …

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Natural Remedies for Common Foot Ailments

  It will only be a matter of time before we encounter some kind of foot problem during a survival situation.  Blisters, ingrown toenails and corns are just a few examples of minor issues that can turn into big problems if left untreated.  Fortunately, nature has provided us with some tried-and-true remedies that can treat …

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3 Ways to Cook With a Pot and Stick

  Sometimes it’s not all that practical to place a pot directly on a fire or along its edge.  However, coming up with an alternative can be easier said than done, especially if you’re short of gear to make a suitable rig.  Fortunately, you can take advantage of the following tried-and-true techniques, and none of …

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Preparing for Hurricane Aftermath:  Lessons from Puerto Rico

There are a lot of mixed opinions with respect to how well government officials and agencies have handled the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  On one hand, the response has been impressive despite logistical problems associated with delivering basic goods and services to the majority of the population in the island.  Reported deaths and injuries are …

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Try This Delicious Raspberry Vinaigrette Canning Recipe

Vinaigrette dressings are very easy to make, they don’t require a lot of specialized ingredients, and they can be processed and stored for at least a year.  They are also one of those items that you’ll be happy to have on hand if you ever need to tap into your stockpile during a crisis.  Here’s …

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Surprising Benefits of Duck Eggs

Duck eggs are not nearly as popular as their hen-made counterparts, but that’s surprising considering how beneficial they are. While raising ducks isn’t as hands-free as caring for chickens, their eggs can make the extra work seem more worthwhile. Let’s take a look at some reasons why you may want to think about having a …

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