While working cattle at my in-laws’ ranch recently I caught myself dreaming about the past, running through a checklist of things I take for granted that George – the ranch’s founder who grew up in the 1930s — never had the chance to enjoy as a kid in his small house.
The one thing I kept circling back to was food. I thought about my refrigerator at home, packed with juices, meat, cheese, fruit and everything else the average fridge contains. I imagined how my diet would change if one day somebody disconnected the fridge for good. Not only would it cause some storage problems, but it would drastically alter what foods I actually ate.
They cover a few things I did not and demonstrate how to make your own pemmican.
This video is an excellent pemmican making resource.
These dilemmas were an everyday reality for people of George’s day. Folks today often cite canning as the way our ancestors preserved food. It is true the generations of the late 19th and entire 20th century put excess food away by canning. But canning has only been around for a little over 200 years. How did people preserve food prior to that?
The answer is through a variety of methods. Many foods were dehydrated or salted to extend their shelf life. One food that people, especially explorers, found especially useful was hardtack. It seemingly lasted forever.
Hardtack refers to a type of biscuit or cracker that can last an extraordinary length of time. This bread is made with very little water, no yeast, and will keep in storage for years if kept dry. Hardtack’s ability to stay in storage for years without spoiling or molding was probably its greatest attribute. It is also lightweight, nearly indestructible, and contains an abundance of carbohydrates which makes it ideal for a person on the move. (Here are 23 survival uses for honey that you didn’t know about.)
Hardtack is one of the oldest known foods we have. If you sit down and enjoy a piece, you’ll be sharing the same cuisine feasted on by Roman legionaries, Egyptian sailors and crusaders — just to name a few. Known around the world by different names, the title of “hardtack” became well-used by the early 1800s. Patriot fighters during the Revolutionary War, pioneers and frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone, and mountain men like Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith would have known the unyielding strength of a hardtack biscuit. In fact, the food was so common to the mountain men they simply referred to it as a “biscuit” rather than differentiating between it and the softer textured bread we know today. In the past, hardtack was generally enjoyed after dipping it in coffee or soup to moisten and soften the bread. In many circumstances I’m sure they were happy to have something to eat.
Making hardtack is extremely easy and only takes a few minutes. If you’ve ever thought about making hardtack, want to get a better feel for what table fare in the past would have been like, or are intrigued by foods that can last indefinitely, give this recipe a try.
This recipe is one I got my hands on after browsing the book Wildwood Wisdom by Ellsworth Jaeger. Jaeger was a very experienced woodsman who put the book together after a life spent learning skills we would dub today as bushcraft. His four ingredients are as follows:
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
In the book the entire recipe reads as such:
Mix the dry ingredients, and then add just enough water to make a stiff dough. Roll out the dough to about ¼-inch thickness and cut it into sections. Bake them in a greased pan until the hardtack is bone-dry.
That is the entire recipe for making hardtack. Jaeger doesn’t divulge cooking time in his recipe, but I can attest it will take around 1 hour and 10 minutes to cook at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have your oven preheated, it will help. Simply put the rolled and cut dough into the oven for 35 minutes. After 35 minutes, you can flip the pieces for another 35 minutes. When you pull it out of the oven, you’ll likely be surprised how incredibly hard this stuff is. If you choose to use this recipe, there is one thing to note. The sugar in the recipe should be considered an optional ingredient. By adding sugar to the mix, you decrease the shelf life of the product, since sugar does not store as well. If you leave out the sugar, then you are left with three ingredients:
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
I’m not entirely sure why Jaeger included sugar in this recipe, other than it was probably a recipe he had personally used before. Anyone looking to preserve their hardtack for an extremely long time should avoid using sugar.
Hardtack is a food everyone interested in history, camping or survival should know how to make. It is extremely simple and only takes a few minutes of preparation. Once you have made a batch, it can keep for years at a time and provide you with the energy you need to keep moving forward. It also can offer a glimpse into the lives of those shadowy figures who came before us and struggled to build the world we know today. I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to prepare yourself some of the indestructible camp bread known as hardtack.
Preparedness Hacks: Once a nuke is heading your way, you might think that there isn’t much left to do, but you would be wrong!
The art of war has evolved dramatically with the advent of contemporary technologies. One thing about war, however, hasn’t changed. To win, it is still essential to keep the true strength of your forces and the extent of your arsenal hidden from your opponent. The most important military secrets are only disclosed to the select few who can be trusted to carry out the mission.
For this reason, the US government can’t divulge complete information about its tools and tactics for the national defense to the people it is sworn to serve. So there must be at least some instances when weapons of war have been developed and deployed without the knowledge of the American populace.
But what if the opponent of the military-industrial complex, having acquired unwarranted influence, became its own people? What fantastic secrets of kinetic, psychological, biological, and energetic warfare might then be hidden well below the surface of public knowledge?
At least some aspects of the existence and operational parameters of the following 10 weapons have made their way into general awareness. Yet their development begs the question: What other tools of death and destruction might be lurking in the shadows, utterly obscured from the public eye?
10. Directed Energy Weapons
The Greek mathematician Archimedes may have made history over 2,000 years ago as the first person to ever use a directed energy weapon. According to a mysterious legend, during the Roman invasion of Syracuse, Archimedes rapidly constructed a hexagonal mirror when the Roman admiral Marcellus moved his ships out of the range of bowshot.
Archimedes was apparently able to capture the energy of the Sun and reflect it onto the ships, setting them ablaze and causing them to sink within minutes. MIT students were able to recreate this effect in 2005 but noted that their mirror was only capable of effectively burning a stationary target.
Though scientific knowledge has advanced a great deal since the days of Archimedes, the underlying theoretical principles of directed energy weapon (DEW) technology remain the same. A DEW inflicts damage from a distance by firing an intensely concentrated beam of energy toward a target.
Different types of DEWs fire different types of energy, but the most popularized form of directed energy weapon in use today is the high energy laser (HEL). These DEWs are just like the lasers seen in science fiction movies. They fire a soundless beam of energy, invisible at certain frequencies, that can incinerate a target from hundreds of miles away.
HELs have been developed by contractors like Lockheed Martin for use in missile defense and space war, but some believe that these weapons might have been designed with much more sinister purposes in mind.
During the Thomas Fire that ravaged California in December 2017, many witnesses and researchers noted property damage that seemingly defied every preconceived notion of how a wildfire should behave. Though wildfires use foliage to spread, entire blocks of houses burned to the ground while the surrounding trees remained untouched.
Though no official explanation of this anomalous phenomenon is forthcoming, multiple witnesses across California recorded video of beams of light coming down from the sky as the blaze spread across the state. Given the fact that HELs are commonly mounted on the nose cones of planes, some have concluded that the mayhem wreaked by the Thomas Fire was boosted with directed energy weaponry.
9. Long Range Acoustic Devices
A new type of crowd control weapon came to the fore during the Ferguson, Missouri, protests of 2014. As an active demonstration of the newfound capabilities of an increasingly militarized American police state, countermeasures employed by the Ferguson Police Department to quell civil unrest included the use of LRAD sound cannons.
Capable of projecting voice commands over a distance of 9 kilometers (5.5 mi), a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) inflicts grievous bodily pain upon anyone within 100 meters (330 ft) of its sound path. LRAD manufacturers are careful to call their products “devices” rather than “weapons” for public relations reasons. But anyone who has endured the effects of an LRAD is well aware of the difference between the truth and the spin.
Just ask the US diplomats stationed in Cuba who recently started losing their hearing. Soon after the detente between the United States and Cuba that transpired in 2015, diplomats deployed to the newly reopened US embassy on this Caribbean island nation started reporting a sudden and permanent loss of hearing.
US investigators concluded that the diplomats had been hit with an advanced and unnamed acoustic device that doesn’t make any audible sound but causes irreparable damage to the ears and brain of anyone in its path. This incident was considered so serious that the United States expelled two Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington.
However, the exact nature of this LRAD-like device and the identity of the agents responsible for its use on American officials are still unknown. If a sonic weapon was indeed used on US diplomats in Cuba, this would be an unprecedented incident in the history of international relations.
8. Low-Frequency Microwave Mind Control
The apparent sonic attacks on the US embassy in Cuba rekindled decades-old fears about a different kind of secret weapon. In 1965, at the height of the Cold War, the Pentagon discovered that the Soviets were blasting the US embassy in Moscow with extremely low-frequency (ELF) microwave radiation.
While far too weak to cook anything, it was determined that the so-called Soviet Signal carried the possibility of affecting the health or altering the behavior of the embassy staff. Instead of doing anything to stop it, the Pentagon decided to study the potential effects of the signal and attempt to mimic them back home.
DARPA, then a freshly minted branch of the Department of Defense, subsequently founded an initiative called Project Pandora and began researching the effects of ELF microwave radiation on primate subjects. Though the results were inconclusive, project leader Richard Cesaro remained convinced until Pandora’s disbanding in 1969 that ELF radiation posed a serious threat to the national security of the United States.
The Pentagon never figured out what the Soviets were up to at the American embassy and opted to solve the situation by wrapping the embassy in a building’s equivalent of a tinfoil hat: An aluminum screen was erected to surround the perimeter of the complex.
Though DARPA may have closed the case on ELF radiation in 1969, studies have since indicated that low-frequency microwave and radio waves may indeed have a deleterious effect on the human body. It’s even been demonstrated that the signals emitted and received from cell phones have an effect on the functioning of the mind that frequently shows itself in the disruption of natural sleep cycles.
Today’s world is absolutely saturated by invisible signals that keep us connected and informed. But how much do we truly know about this all-pervasive radiation and how it might be affecting our health and even our thoughts?
7. Heart Attack Guns
In the wake of the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, Democratic Senator Frank Church led a committee dedicated to getting to the bottom of any actions perpetrated by the CIA that may have violated the charter of this secretive intelligence agency. It was believed that the CIA had accrued undue unilateral power under the pretext of the Cold War, and the Church Committee was assembled to expose this nefarious plot to the American people.
Though history shows us that the attempts of the Church Committee to curb the totalitarian zeal of the CIA were all but ineffective in the long run, a few interesting findings were uncovered during the course of this 1975 investigation. One such discovery was the so-called “Heart Attack Gun,” a modified pistol that was capable of delivering a nearly undetectable but absolutely lethal dose of shellfish toxin into the body of a distant target.
The darts fired by this soundless gun would theoretically leave a pinprick no larger than a mosquito bite and dissolve almost instantly into the tissues of the body after delivering a payload so poisonous that the target would be almost guaranteed to have a heart attack within moments. It’s unknown whether or not the “Heart Attack Gun” was ever used. But for all we know, it could still actively be in use today.
6. Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munitions
In Arthur C. Clarke’s Earthlight, this legendary science fiction author of the 20th century conceives of a futuristic weapon that uses electromagnetism to propel a jet of molten metal miles into space, spearing and destroying an attacking battleship. This type of armor-piercing weapon isn’t entirely unheard of. Since World War II, various arms manufacturers have supplied combatants with tools of war called self-forging penetrators (SFPs).
Making use of a chemical explosion and a metal liner, SFPs propel themselves at an armored vehicle and then change their shape to penetrate the target. However, conventional SFPs are inefficient and hard to use, giving rise to the demand for a more effective armor penetration weapon.
DARPA has developed a specialized projectile to fit this niche called the Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition (MAHEM). Using electromagnetism to form and direct a sustained jet of molten metal at an armored target, MAHEM is much more adaptable than a conventional SFP and closely resembles the fictional weapon featured in Earthlight.
Beyond these basic details, not much is known about this secretive military project. However, China’s Nanjing University of Science and Technology has apparently reverse engineered MAHEM for its own purposes.
As with many other aspects of the shadowy war for global supremacy currently being waged between the superpowers of the East and West, the full details surrounding the development and deployment of this fearsome weapon may never fully filter their way into the public awareness.
5. Biological Weaponry
Between 1949 and 1969, the United States military tested biological weapons on its own people without their knowledge or consent. One such experiment occurred in 1950 when a US Navy ship sprayed billions of tiny microbes into the atmosphere over San Francisco, causing a massive upsurge in illness and potentially killing one resident.
Another took place in the subway system under New York City in 1966 when researchers dropped light bulbs filled with bacteria onto the tracks to test how far the motion of a train would carry these potentially deadly pathogens. Still other experiments consisted of engulfing entire cities in a cloud of zinc cadmium sulfide under the pretext of providing a smoke screen to hide the population in the event of the outbreak of nuclear war.
The military tells us that all this was done to learn how to better protect us from foreign adversaries, but many wonder whether the benefits of such reckless experimentation truly outweigh the costs.
However, dangerous pathogens released into the atmosphere might be the least of the biological threats to which the American people have been exposed by their government. In 2016, DNI director James Clapper expressed his concerns that gene editing technology might become a weapon of mass destruction if it fell into the wrong hands.
The science of gene editing has proliferated throughout the modern world, seemingly with little to no thought given to the potentially disastrous ramifications of tinkering around with the genetic structure of the biosphere.
While naturally occurring pathogens are bad enough, genetic engineering has given rise to the potential existence of secretly developed biological weapons that could wipe out entire national populations practically overnight. But microbes given superpowers by mad scientists might actually pose less of a danger than other types of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have been let loose among an unwitting populace.
In 2013, a group of around 300 scientists formally rejected the premise that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs for human consumption. This statement led numerous restaurant and grocery chains such as Chipotle and Trader Joe’s to outright ban GMOs from their kitchens and shelves.
Yet agribusiness corporations continue to alter the genetic code of vital crops like corn and soybeans under the protection of an army of scientific publications and news outlets that repeatedly assure their audiences that GMOs pose no threat to the human body or to the biosphere.
Agribusiness giants like Monsanto are heavily subsidized by the United States government. If GMOs truly are detrimental to human health, the unending spread of these unnatural organisms could be serving as a covert continuation of the government’s deadly habit of exposing its people to biological weapons.
4. Subliminal Messaging
It’s been well established that subliminal messaging is used extensively in advertising. This type of marketing usually exploits the baser urges of the populace to influence them to buy a product or service. But what if the same principles used in subliminal advertising are also being used by the United States intelligence community for the purposes of espionage or even mind control?
A formerly secret CIA document titled “The Operational Potential of Subliminal Perception” describes in precise detail the prescribed methodology for gaming the principles of subliminal perception to persuade someone to do something that they usually wouldn’t do.
While the author of the document ultimately concludes that the operational effectiveness of subliminal perception is “extremely limited,” the CIA is widely known for its knack for operating within the strictures of extreme limits and still accomplishing its clandestine objectives with flying colors.
3. Flying Aircraft Carriers
In the late 1920s, the United States Navy began exploring the tactical potential of airborne aircraft carriers. Two zeppelin-style airships were constructed, the USS Akron and the USS Macon, both of which carried a crew of 60 men and were capable of deploying and recovering Sparrowhawk fighter planes in flight. However, both Navy flying aircraft carriers met unfortunate ends and their remains now rest at the bottom of the ocean.
Recently, however, rumors have surfaced of DARPA’s plans to reopen this chapter of American history and initiate another attempt to develop airborne aircraft carriers for military use. This time, these proposed sentinels of the skies would carry drones instead of manned warplanes. Called the “Gremlins” program, this audacious DARPA initiative would consist of modified C-130 air transports loaded with stealthy drones capable of penetrating enemy defenses undetected.
Given DARPA’s reputation for suddenly announcing the planning stages of already-completed projects as soon as their cover might be blown, it’s reasonable to wonder whether there might already be “Gremlins” flying over our heads. If the fanciful testimony of supposed secret space program insiders like Corey Goode is to be believed, there may even be Avengers-style Air Force “Helicarriers” patrolling the skies now, rendered undetectable by advanced cloaking technology.
2. Project Thor
Potentially overshadowing the MOAB as the most lethal nonnuclear weapon in the United States’ arsenal, Project Thor is a technology designed by Jerry Pournelle in the 1950s that would obliterate enemies with bolts from above.
Colloquially termed “rods from God,” this type of Kinetic Energy Penetrator (KEP) would theoretically consist of a pair of satellites. One serves as a targeting hub, and the other is equipped with 6-meter-long (20 ft) tungsten rods that would be dropped on a target from orbit. Capable of penetrating hundreds of feet into the Earth’s crust, these thunderbolts from Thor would produce damage equivalent to a nuclear blast without the fallout.
Though the cost of delivering such rods into orbit is seen as prohibitive, reopening the Project Thor initiative was seriously considered as recently as the George W. Bush administration. With $21 trillion supposedly appropriated without authorization by the Department of Defense and a few other agencies, it’s hard to know what potentially cost-prohibitive theoretical projects the United States government might be silently making into reality without the knowledge or consent of its people.
Hugo Chavez brought international attention to the HAARP facility in Alaska when he accused the United States Air Force of using this high-frequency transmitter array to trigger the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Until this point, casting aspersions on this United States Air Force research station was a faux pas committed by only the looniest of tinfoil hatters.
Theories about the darker side of HAARP were supposedly put to rest when the Air Force announced that this ionospheric research complex would be closing its doors in 2014. But the speculation was kindled back into flame when HAARP was reopened in 2017 by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).
Admittedly, it probably wasn’t a good choice from a PR perspective on the part of UAF to pick the artificially induced manifestation of a weather phenomenon as their first experiment. When HAARP’s new custodians announced their plans to create a version of the aurora borealis that was invisible to the naked eye in the skies over Alaska, many took this as confirmation of this controversial research station’s weather-manipulating abilities.
Although the HAARP program has been repeatedly accused of manipulating the weather and broadcasting mind control signals, none of these claims have been clearly demonstrated to be either true or false so far.
In a situation where national infrastructure and life sustaining resources are suddenly cut off , population density will have a lot to do with how well you get by in the days following the crisis. When it happens, what you have on hand will likely be all you have to work with for an extended time. Those that lack supplies will seek out and take what they need in an increasingly hostile manner as time goes on. This is why being in a large city will likely be hazardous to your well being.
Very few will argue that being in a rural area when something catastrophic happens will greatly increase your chances of survival. A lower population density and more available natural resources to help you get by will make long term survival much easier. This is why so many people advocate heading for a rural area when something happens. The problem is unless you are already established in a rural area, survival will not necessarily be easier.
Leaving the city when supplies and infrastructure are shut down would work only up to a point. Rural areas are like anywhere else. They have infrastructure designed to service a certain number of people that normally live there. The housing, restaurants, roadways, water systems and grocery stores will only handle a small excess of people even in the best of times. When the city dwellers suddenly evacuate to the rural areas in mass, they will simply be taking many of their big city problems with them. They will likely find no housing, food supplies or other infrastructure they need to live.
Because of this many small towns will likely close their roads at some point and prevent entry to anyone who does not live there. They will suddenly realize their already finite resources will not be enough for themselves much less thousands of new people. This realization will likely come only after they have been inundated with strangers demanding supplies and housing. It is for this reason that rural dwellers should hope cities are locked down fairly quickly to prevent people from leaving.
When Henry Kaiser built a new shipyard in Richmond, Ca. in the 1940’s the town was suddenly overwhelmed with new workers. People lived in shoddy trailers they towed in, some slept in boarding houses in shifts and the schools ran three shifts a day. Eventually they built the new infrastructure they needed and life went on but this only happened because they were living in normal times when everything was working properly. Imagine an influx of people into a small town when supplies are already limited and likely to get worse as time goes on.
That is why it is essential that you establish yourself in a rural area before something happens. Simply hoping to show up following an event is no plan and will likely cause resentment by the locals when supplies run low.
Rural areas offer the opportunity to be much more self reliant than city spaces. This is the reason rural areas offer people a better chance to survive something like a grid down scenario. This is only true until the carrying capacity of the rural area is breached. That is when the city problems become rural problems. Simply moving a mass of unprepared people to another area with even less infrastructure will not solve the problem, it will only change the surroundings and create other problems.
There is an old saying that you never eat your seed stock. Self sufficient people know this because if they eat their seeds or butcher their breeding stock they will not have anything to raise the following year which will lead to eventual starvation or loss of future income. To an unprepared person that thinks food is produced in a factory, preserving seed stock makes no sense when they are hungry right now. They do not care about next year, they only care about today which is why they got into their situation in the first place. This is the type of situation that can doom a society if they lose the ability to produce future crops, even on a small scale.
Will rural areas be safer in a SHTF situation? Only if they can maintain order and protect the resources they have to insure long term sustainability of the community. Most communities are not prepared for this type of situation and will need a steep learning curve if they are to survive it. Many will likely not survive it.
Modern farming communities do not have the infrastructure to maintain themselves like many once did. Factory farming has moved much of the local production to central locations around the nation and few farmers produce their own seed locally. These and other modern systems will make it difficult for many farm communities to even care for their own much less thousands of new arrivals.
The only communities that are likely to survive in tact are the ones that are mostly self sufficient already and have a plan to maintain production and protect themselves from looters and overcrowding. Simply running to a rural area in a time of crisis is no cure all. Wherever you are, the key to survival will be advance preparation and a good plan.
Ten “must have” canned foods Ten extraordinary foods that come in a can
What’s in your cupboard? If you’re like most preppers, you’ve got canned beans in the cupboard, soups and maybe a few ready to eat meals. That will certainly keep you alive, but it will get tiresome day after day. Why not have fun with your emergency food storage?
Check your prepper’s pantry and see if you have the ten “must have” cans to enhance your food storage…
Ten “Must Try” Canned Foods If you’re looking for canned food for your pantry, here’s a happy list of foods to enhance your food storage…
#1: Yoder’s Canned Bacon. Bacon is a favorite food of preppers. While the happy preppers love camping with fresh bacon on the griddle, we find the easiest prep is Yoder’s Bacon in a can to bring camping (and it’s wonderful for food storage)! Yoder’s canned bacon is pre-cooked without all the fuss and has a delicious smoked flavor. We’re not sure how they did it, but the pack about 40 to 50 slices of bacon (equal to 2.5-3.5 of uncooked bacon) in every can. Open and eat this extraordinary prepper food straight from the can!
Yoder’s cooks their bacon prior to canning, removing all excess fat. It is then laid out on parchment paper, rolled and canned for freshness. With a ten year shelf-life, you’re sure to be happy with this can in your preps. You can eat it right out of the can, pop it into the microwave for a few seconds or warm it in a frying pan. Anyway you serve it, you still have tasty bacon. Yoder’s canned bacon is apocalyptic heaven in a can — any prepper worth his or her weight in salt can attest to that.
#2: Canned bread by B&M. When the lights go out and stores have sold out of bread your family can still enjoy this luxury! Imagine being able to serve bread to your family without electricity and without a stove! With a rich molasses taste, B&M Brown Bread in a can, available in plain or raisin, has simple ingredients and you can eat this bread straight from the can.
There is no cholesterol in this classic bread. While there’s no need to cook, you can slice it, toast it, bake it, microwave it*, or use it for sandwiches with cheese and luncheon meats! You can also drop the can in boiling water after putting a hole in the can, and serve with butter. Made with water, whole wheat flour salt and corn oil, you’ll enjoy Brown Bread in a Can the New England way with the classic brick oven Boston baked beans.
#3: Canned butter. You can’t have your bread without your butter! Well technically you can, but why would you knowing you can get canned butter.
If you have been looking to add REAL butter – not powdered or freeze dried – to your long term food storage program, then look no further. This butter is imported from New Zealand and tastes better than any gourmet butter. Very long shelf life. No refrigeration necessary. Another great quality is its list of ingredients: pasteurized cream and salt. That’s it! No preservatives, food colorings, or chemicals of any kind. Just naturally made wholesome butter from down under. Best of all, it’s hormone free.
Sealed airtight for maximum freshness, Red Feather canned butter delivers convenience in the form of extended shelf life and easy distribution without the necessity of refrigeration. It has also proven ideal for disaster preparedness, camping, boating, and remote areas where refrigeration is not freely available.
#4: Canned cheese. There is good news for the prepper’s pantry in that manufacturers have canned ready to eat cheese! Bega canned cheese, right, and Kraft pasteurized prepared cheddar cheese in a can. Look also for freeze dried cheese that’s powdered for recipes like mac and cheese, or shredded which requires it to be reconstituted with water for other recipes.
Bega Canned Cheese. Have Austrailian cheddar cheese on- hand anytime with Bega Canned Cheese. The cheese has made in Australia in the town of Bega for more than 100 years! Bega cheese, pictured immediate left, is a shelf stable cheese ready to spread on crackers or bread. It tastes much like Velveeta cheese, only it’s better for you because it’s real cheese and without food coloring. Pair it with pilot bread or your favorite crackers. To serve, just cut the can with a can opener on both the top and the bottom, so you can slide out the cylinder of cheese and slice it. This cheese is tasty and will last you 10 years!
Kraft Pasteurized Prepared Cheddar Cheese Product. Made from real cheese and an excellent source of calcium, Kraft Pasteurized Cheddar Cheese Product comes from the Philippines.
#5: Pudding in a can. Puddings are full of dairy goodness, but the boxed kind (and some of the freeze dried #10 cans) require milk, mixing and sometimes heating and refrigerating. Then there’s the snack pack variety with questionable ingredients and shelf life. We found a classic brand online that’s hard to find at the grocery stores, has a long shelf life, and is edible straight from the can:
Thank you Pudding. Yes, we found it and you’re welcome! Thank You brand pudding is highly rated, and made with skim milk and no preservatives. There’s nothing whatsoever that’s “partially hydrogenated,” unlike the snack packs. These desserts are velvety-smooth, and have a made-from- scratch taste. With a bold, rich and creamy texture, and several varieties, you’re sure to find your favorite flavor.
Chocolate is a popular pudding pie recipe fille
Vanilla is a favorite in the Midwest.
Butterscotch is ideal for enhancing cake flavors or
Tapioca is good enough to eat straight from the can.
Look also for banana pudding, lemon pudding or rice pudding!
So now you know, and now you can get your just desserts!
#6: Hamburger in a can! Swift’s Premium Canned Hamburgers were advertised in the 1950s as ‘party-style” and “ready-cooked.” Unfortunately, preppers can no longer buy canned hamburgers for 50 cents a can, but we have other excellent options.
If you’re looking for a Yoders canned hamburger review, click the link to the right and you’ll see that it consistently gets a high 4.5- star rating! Which is higher than the Keystone Ground beef, also pictured right.
Yoder’s canned hamburger. Yoders Canned hamburger, pictured immediate right, is not in patty form. Yoder’s hamburger is the top-shelf brand of ground beef hamburger in a can. Made the Amish way, Yoder’s packs their quality hamburger in BPA-free cans and includes meat in the juices. Because of the special cans and canning process, Yoder’s will last 10-15 years, unlike the canned foods you can get at the grocery store. Pictured right, Yoders hamburger will be just the start to your meat food storage,
Keystone Ground Beef, canned. Keystone ground beef is another excellent way for you to make a meal in crisis, such as spaghetti, chili-con-carne, tacos or sloppy joes. Pictured left, Keystone packs just beef and salt in a can. Keystone all natural, fully cooked ground beef is chunk style, which maintains its texture and flavor. This brand has no water or preservatives added. It’s just beef and sea salt. The shelf life is 5 years. This is why it’s cheaper than Yoders. Still it makes a great addition to your food storage. Just be sure to buy it, use it and get some more. You’ll always have something to serve for dinner if you do!
#7. Yoder’s Canned taco meat. While Yoders makes an excellent product of hamburger meat in a can, there’s no need to stock the spices if you have Yoder’s canned taco beef filling in your prepper’s pantry.
Yoders Canned Taco Seasoned Beef is a convenient prep for making nachos, tostadas, Mexican casseroles, tacos and chile con carne. Like their other products, the cans are BPA-free and have a special canning process that enhances their food storage shelf life to upwards of 15 years. Good to know, but you’ll want to rotate the cans to keep your pantry stocked with food for an apocalypse!
Just open the can, heat and serve with your favorite chips, tostada or taco shells. Try a Frito pie by laying down Fritos corn chips, then mixing the canned taco filling with your favorite can of beans and topping it all with freeze dried cheddar cheese.
If you’ve followed our list of items to keep in the refrigerator, then you will have onions in your refrigerator, and if you’ve followed our list of the foods to stockpile before crisis, you’ll have the canned taco shells.
Here’s a list of everything else you need to enhance your tostada or taco:
Freeze dried cheddar cheese.
Sour cream powder
#8: Spaghetti and Meatballs. Always have a meal on the shelf that’s ready to go. Chef Boyardee Spaghetti & Meatballs is a meal in a can that gets great ratings. It’s food you know your kids will eat, but you’ll love it too. Supplement the meal with breadsticks. Pictured left, you get 6 cans or 24 cans of Spaghetti and meatballs made of pork, chicken and beef. Either way the price works out to about $2 can with shipping.
Try also stocking freeze dried meatballs in your pantry, along with your favorite pasta sauce, freeze dried cheese, and pasta noodles so you’ll always have a meal handy.
#9: Canned Chicken A La King. Another meal on the shelf that’s ready to eat is Swanson’s popular Chicken A La King is diced chicken in cream sauce with mushrooms and red peppers. It’s a good source of protein, fiber and vitamin A. It makes quick, easy and delicious meal whether over toast, noodles or rice. Add some green beans and your meal is complete. See also the can of Swanson’s Chicken and dumplings, both pictured below.
#10: Canned Whole Potatoes. Made with whole new potatoes, Del Monte Whole New Potatoes come with a FreshCut guarantee, but rest assured that they are whole potatoes and not cut!
Pictured right, you can chunk Del Monte Whole New Potatoes into our recipes or eat them straight from the can in an emergency (they are better heated). Best of all, these whole new potatoes won’t fall apart. They are firm because they are packed fresh. They are ideal in your soups and stews, or fried with an egg and sausage on the side. You can even make a potato salad or mashed potatoes!
Extra tips for canned foods
Ensure you have extra can openers around your preps. While there are ways to open a can in an emergency, it’s much easier to have a good working can opener available and backups, too.
Add some military can openers to your prepping list. A five-pack of GI P-38 Can Openers costs around $3 and includes the shipping. Why not add a few to your bugout bag or keychain. While there are methods you can employ to open a can without a can opener, having this little device will relieve much stress from an already stressful situation. It’s a little peace of mind carried by U.S. Military personnel. Make it part of your everyday carry.
Tuna Strainer. The tuna can strainer tool, pictured immediate right, keeps hands odor free and dry while draining liquids.
Rotation system. Set up a can rotation system.
Bonus Canned Foods to consider… Now you know how to fill your prepper’s pantry with the top cans of luxury! Here are some other canned foods to consider:
Canned hummus. Made from garbanzo beans, hummus is high in protein and delicious with pita chips or corn chips.
Canned asparagus. Did you know asparagus is a vegetable loaded in protein? Asparagus also is a good source of chromium. fiber, folate, as well as Vitamins A, C, E and K.
Creamed, Chipped Beef. Mountain House Creamed Beef is like a trip back to the Great Depression — or so they say. People of the Great Depression knew how to make a meal stretch and creamed beef on toast was just such a way. It provided a satisfying meaty meal.
Canned Corned beef. Another Depression era meal, Corned beef and hash has a reserved place of honor in the heartland
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the top ten luxury canned foods for the Prepper’s Pantry. Remember to watch expiration dates! What’s on your list of canned food preppers should stock in the pantry?
Imagine the possibilities of opening a can of bread and smearing butter all over it, or getting a good start to the day with real bacon from a can. Good things come to those who prepare!
Happy endings… If you look long enough, you’ll find many interesting prepper foods canned for your pleasure. We’re not really sure what is “Puck Cream” pictured right. We gather it is cream cheese in a can, and just another weird prep from overseas.
So you are hunkering down. Now what? Here are 5 things you need when hunkering down when the SHTF.
We always talk about bugging out when the SHTF. It’s a necessity with certain disasters. But sometimes, it is best to stay where you are.
What happens when there is no need to evacuate where you are?
Going out may be dangerous…. then what?
Today we’ll focus on just that. What things you should focus on first if you need to hunker down.
You need to check to make sure your home is secured enough for you to be safe. Things like sliding doors are particularly vulnerable to intruders as is unlocked windows and doors. Make sure your shelter is as safe as it can be.
Also, try to keep items out of the way to keep a clear line of vision around your home, if possible. Secure garages and make sure it will be hard for intruders to break into.
Lastly, keep your prepping supplies in an area where you can get to it easily. If you have your prepping items in an area that could be completely closed off such as a detached garage or a climate controlled storage shed, move them quickly inside if possible.
Preppers are notorious for their food storage because it’s one of the biggest and most important concerns when the SHTF. Of course, we want to feed our families.
But I added this because a lot of preppers like myself forget to rotate my food out so it becomes expired or my wife needs something while cooking dinner and I give it to her out of my stockpile instead of driving to the store when I’m tired. (Come on guys, i know we’ve all probably done it!)
Remember to replenish what you have taken from your food storage, Keep up with expiration dates. Rotate them out. Do an inventory of your food to see what you are lacking.
Storing water is super hard to store because is heavy and you will need so much of it for each family member. Because of this, I lean more towards water purification.
One of my favorite is the Lifestraw from Vestergaard products. They are compact and the ultimate in water purification. Read the fine print however because even though most Lifestraw products remove viruses, some don’t. (Lifestraw Personal & Lifestraw Go do NOT). For prepping purposes, I recommend you use a larger water purification device that meets the standard EPA standard for removal of bacteria, parasites, and viruses.
OTC drugs will be few and far between when the SHTF. Buy up a stock of OTC drugs for pains, cold, allergies, and whatever else you think you may need while you can. Prescription drugs can often be gotten in a 90 supply just by talking to your doctor.
As a reminder, keep all medicines in a safe place where children, teens and persons with questionable judgement cannot get to them.
Have a way to protect yourself if needed. For some that may mean having a gun or even multiple guns and for others in may mean a knife, or a bow & arrow. Hopefully you have multiple ways to defending yourself.
But just make sure you have at least one way of protecting yourself and your loved ones. If you have guns, make sure you have plenty of ammunition stored. Make sure again to keep these in a safe place away from children!
You need some form of light. It could be an LED or a rechargeable flashlight. It’s important for security such as it’ll help you keep an eye out at night around the perimeters of your shelter.
One of the most overlooked things by preppers. You don’t want to just survive. You want to thrive in a SHTF scenario. The means having a way to unwind, some refreshment.
Play cards. Read a book. Play UNO or Monopoly. Play charades. There are several things you can do to get your mind refreshed and relaxed.
Remember to keep any harmful items such as medicines and weapons away from children and in a safe place.
We hope we have helped you prepare for if you ever do have to hunker down.
Pioneer life was not easy and the daily chores of managing a house where more than a full time occupation.
Cooking was a major part of each day. Early settlers butchered their own meat and made corned beef, sausage, smoked and dried meats. Large gardens yielded produce for canning, pickling and other preserves. Root cellars stored potatoes, carrots, and onions. Milk was separated into cream for butter and baking and milk for drinking. Breads, cakes and pies were of course all baked at home from scratch from whatever was available.
For the most part meals were informal and the food hearty. Nothing was wasted. Dried bread was made into bread pudding; a bone was turned into soup and extra milk was made into pudding or cheese. Often there was a shortage of some ingredient. As you will see from the recipes, many are based on very basic ingredients and several on how to make a meal with only a few ingredients. Recipes would not only be for food but also for perfume, home remedies, wine and soap making.
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Recipe books were not common and cooking was very much a passed down art or trial and error. It is interesting to read recipes from this period, as often they are vague and written with a few small hints that only the person who wrote them would understand.
Pioneer women who had to decide what few precious things to carry across the plains surely made one choice in common—their own individual collection of “receipts,” as recipes were then called. For them, these were reminders of a security left behind and a hope for the abundance of the future. In the interim, they simply did what they had to do to keep their families alive.
Many early memories of pioneer food concerned the frugality with which the Saints lived: “We lived on cornbread and molasses for the first winter.” “We could not get enough flour for bread … so we could only make it into a thin gruel which we called killy.” “Many times … lunch was dry bread … dipped in water and sprinkled with salt.” “These times we had nothing to waste; we had to make things last as long as we could.”
No doubt the “receipt” books were closed during these times, and efforts were given simply to finding food and making it go as far as possible.
But slowly, even out of this deprivation, recipes grew. The pioneer women learned to use any small pieces of leftover meat and poultry with such vegetables as they might have on hand—carrots, potatoes, corn, turnips, onions—to make a pie smothered with Mormon gravy.
Mormon gravy, common fare among the early settlers and apparently a creation of necessity expressly for the times, is still hearty and nourishing for many of this generation who like to make it with ground beef or frizzled ham or bacon and serve it over baked potatoes.
8 thick slices side pork (or thick-cut bacon strips)
4 tablespoons meat drippings
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
Salt, pepper, paprika
Cook meat on both sides in heavy frying pan until crisp. Remove from pan and keep warm. Measure fat and return desired amount to skillet. Add flour and brown slightly. Remove from heat and add milk, stirring well to blend. Return to heat and cook and stir until mixture is thick and smooth. Season to taste. Serve with side pork on potatoes, biscuits, cornbread, or even pancakes.
This is a variation on a Native American cooking method.
You will need
4 large apples A bucket of mud
Coat the apples with about an inch of mud on all sides, being sure that the mud is of a nice thick consistency. When the fire has burned long enough to make some coals, have your adult help you to scoop some of the coals to the side. Bury the apples in the coals, and leave them there for about 45 minutes. Scrape away the cooled coals. Knock the dry cooked mud off of the apples and discard the skins. Spoon up the sweet steamy pulp for a surprising treat.
Some groups of Native American people used a mud coating on their food as a sort of oven. The steam from the mud would keep fresh-caught fish moist, and as it dried and became clay-like, it protected the food from burning. When the mud was peeled off, it took a lot of the fish scales with it. A delicious instant meal.
This is a cattle trail recipe from the Midwest. Although this was originally done on the campfire, it might be best if you bow to modern convenience and do the cooking on a stove top.
You will need
A 16-ounce package of dry pinto beans 9 cups of water Two large onions, peeled and chopped up 2 teaspoons of salt ½ teaspoon of oregano ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, or two cloves of sliced garlic ¼ teaspoon of pepper 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or molasses (add this last, and put in a little more if you like.)
Wash the beans and heat them along with 6 cups of water ’til they boil for five minutes, then turn the stove off. Let them sit for an hour. Add three more cups of water and boil it all again. Now add everything else, stir it up, and cook it for about an hour.
Cowpokes on the drive west had to settle for foods which were portable. That meant a basic menu of beans and lots of meat. For a treat, there was cornbread, biscuits, or a sweetened rice dish. Pinto beans (which are small and spotted when raw, like a pinto pony) seemed to be the favorite. When cooked, these beans swell up and turn a sort of pinkish white. They were first given to the settlers by the natives on the Mexican border.
When you eat beans with rice or corn, the two foods mix up inside your body to create an important type of protein which is like the protein in meat. (Your body is made largely of protein, and so you need to eat a lot of it.) That’s why the native Southwestern people were so healthy with a diet of mostly beans and corn and not much meat.(Here are 23 survival uses for honey that you didn’t know about.)
Baked pocket yams
These were “handy” during the winter months, and not particular to any one area of the country.
Take several sweet potatoes, individually wrap them in foil, and surround them on all sides with mounded hot coals. Occasionally turn the potatoes. Cook till the sweet steam pipes out of the foil (about 45 minutes). Poke into the potato with a clean sharpened twig to check for doneness (the center will be soft).
When the potatoes are done, DON’T EAT THEM YET. Let them cool a bit, then slip one into each pocket to be used as hand warmers. These will keep you comfortable while you chat around the campfire. Pioneer mothers used to send their children off with these in the winter months to keep their hands toasty on the long walk to school. Then the kids would eat them for lunch. When you eat yours, you might want to use a dish and slather them up with butter.
Take whatever amount needed for hungry cowboys of fluffy, cooked rice.
Put in Dutch oven and cover with milk and well-beaten eggs. Add a dash of salt. Sweeten well with sugar.
Add raisins and a little nutmeg and vanilla.
Bake in slow oven until egg mixture is done and raisins are soft.
Jerky, ground or chopped fine Little Fat or Grease Flour Salt & pepper Milk
Fry the jerky until done. Remove meat from grease, and add flour. Add milk, and salt & pepper. Cook gravy. Add meat to gravy. The amount of each ingredient depends on how much gravy you want.
One cup of hot water One tablespoonful of corn-starch One cup of white sugar One tablespoonful of butter Juice and grated rind of one lemon
Cook for a few minutes; add one egg; bake with a top and bottom crust. This makes one pie.
Cooked Cabbage Salad
1 Pint or more of chopped cooked cabbage
Add: 1 Egg well beaten ¼ Cup vinegar 1 Tsp butter Dash of salt and pepper
Sweeten to suit taste. Simmer a few minutes and add ½ cup of thick fresh cream. Serve immediately.
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A great way to use left over corned beef is to add a few new ingredients and create Red Flannel Hash. Who knows who came up with the beets, but it really is colorful, and sticks to the ribs.
1 ½ Cups chopped corned beef 1 ½ Cups chopped cooked beets 1 Medium onion, chopped 4 Cups chopped cooked potatoes
Chop ingredients separately, then mix together. Heat all ingredients in a well- greased skillet, slowly, loosen around the edges, and shake to prevent scorching. After a nice crust forms on bottom, turn out on a warmed plate and serve. If it seems a little dry add a little beef broth. Try with a couple poached eggs, for a hearty meal.
Spiced Corn Beef
To 10 pounds of beef… take 2 cups salt 2 cups molasses 2 tablespoonfuls saltpeter 1 tablespoonful ground pepper 1 tablespoonful cloves
Rub well into the beef. Turn every day, and rub the mixture in. Will be ready for use in 10 days.
1876 Cottage Cheese
Allow milk to form clabber. Skim off cream once clabbered. Set clabbered milk on very low heat and cut in 1 inch squares. Place colander into clabber. Dip off whey that rises into the colander. When clabber becomes firm, rinse with cold water.
Squeeze liquid out and press into ball. Crumble into bowl. Mix curds with thick cream.
Here is a form of cornbread used not only by the Mormon immigrants, as the name indicates, but quite often by most of the immigrants traveling west. Because of the inclusion of buttermilk, a source of fresh milk was a necessity.
2-cups of yellow cornmeal ½-cup of flour 1-teaspoon baking soda 1-teaspoon salt
Combine ingredients and mix in 2-cups of buttermilk and 2-tablespoons molasses.
Pour into a greased 9” pan and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. To get a lighter johnnycake include two beaten eggs and 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Take 1lb flour, and mix it with enough milk to make a stiff dough; dissolve 1tsp carbonate of soda in a little milk; add to dough with a teaspoon of salt.
Work it well together and roll out thin; cut into round biscuits, and bake them in a moderate oven. The yolk of an egg is sometimes added.
Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a 12 ounce glass of water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar to taste.
Note: The pioneers used vinegar for numerous reasons. One reason was to add vitamin C to their diet.
Fry 4 slices of bacon in a Dutch oven. Remove bacon.
Peel and slice 6 to 8 Granny Smith apples.
Put apples in Dutch oven with bacon grease, cover and cook down the apples, but not to mush.
Serve topped with butter or cream and crumbled bacon.
They’re great for breakfast or desert!
Dutch Oven Trout
As soon as possible after catching your trout, clean them and wipe the inside and outside of the trout with a cloth wet with vinegar water.
Don’t put the trout in the water. Roll the trout in a mixture of flour, dry powdered milk, cornmeal, salt and pepper.
Heat deep fat in a Dutch oven and fry until crisp and golden brown.
Here’s an old ranch recipe courtesy of Winkie Crigler, founder and curator of The Little House Museum in Greer, Arizona.
6 Eggs 1 Cup Sweet Milk 2 Cups Flour 1 Tsp Soda 1 Cup Sugar 1 Tsp Cinnamon 1 Cup Molasses
Mix well. Pour into 1-pound can and steam for 2 to 3 hours by placing in kettle of boiling water. Keep covered.
This is to be served with a vinegar sauce: 1 Cup Sugar 1 Tbsp Butter 1 Tbsp Flour 2 Tbsp Vinegar ½ Tsp Nutmeg
Put in enough boiling water for amount of sauce wanted. Add two slightly beaten eggs and cook stirring constantly to the desired consistency.
How To Fry Quick Doughnuts
The following recipe for doughnuts came from the March 17, 1885 Daily Missoulian. Obviously, anyone making these doughnuts will want to find a substitute for fat as a cooking oil.
Put a frying kettle half full of fat over the fire to heat. Shift together one pound of flour, one teaspoonful each of salt and bicarbonate of soda, and half a saltspoon full of grated nutmeg.
Beat half a pound of butter to a cream and add them to the flour. Beat the yokes of two eggs to a cream, add them to the first-named ingredients, beat the whites to a stiff froth and reserve them.
Mix into the flour and sugar enough sour milk to make a soft dough and then quickly add the whites of the eggs. Roll out the paste at once, shape and fry.
If the kid (goat) is too fat to roast, cut it into pieces and make pies. Make a sauce of cut up perejil (parsley) and put in the pies with a little sweet oil and place it in the oven.
A little before you take it out of the oven beat some eggs with vinegar or orange juice and put into the pie through the holes made in the crust for the steam to escape.
Then return pies to oven for enough time to repeat The Lord’s Prayer three times, then take the pies out and put them before the master of the house, cut it and give it to him.
The following is a farm recipe for gravy from the late 1880’s.
This gravy may be made in larger quantities, then kept in a stone jar and used as wanted.
Take 2 pounds of beef, and two small slices of lean bacon. Cut the meat into small pieces. Put into a stew-pan a piece of butter the size of an egg, and set over the fire.
Cut two large onions in thin slices. Put them in the butter and fry a light brown, then add the meat. Season with whole peppers.
Salt to taste. Add three cloves, and pour over one cupful of water.
Let it boil fifteen or twenty minutes, stirring it occasionally.
Then add two quarts of water, and simmer very gently for two hours.
Now strain, and when cold, remove all the fat.
To thicken this gravy, put in a stew pan a lump of butter a little larger than an egg, add two teaspoonfuls of flour, and stir until a light brown.
When cold, add it to the strained gravy, and boil up quickly. Serve very hot with the meats.
What Kind Of Supplies Did The Pioneers Take With Them?
The question is answered by the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center this way…
A variety of guidebooks, newspaper articles, and helpful tips in letters from friends or family who had already made the trip provided different lists about what and how much was essential to survive the five-month journey. The critical advice was to keep things as light as possible, and to take easily preserved staple foods. Supplies in each wagon generally had to be kept below 2,000 pounds total weight, and as the journey progressed and draft animals grew tired, many pioneers had to discard excess food and baggage. Items taken by nearly all wagon parties included flour, hard tack or crackers, bacon, sugar, coffee and tea, beans, rice, dried fruit, salt, pepper and saleratus (used for baking soda). Some also took whiskey or brandy, and medicines. Minimal cooking utensils included a cast iron skillet or spider, Dutch oven, reflector oven, coffee pot or tea kettle, and tin plates, cups, and knives, forks, spoons, matches, and crocks, canteens, buckets or water bags for liquids. A rifle, pistols, powder, lead, and shot were recommended for hunting game along the way, and for self-defense. Candles were used for lighting, as they were far less expensive and lighter than transporting oil, and several pounds of soap was included. Only two or three sets of practical, sturdy, and warm clothing of wool and linen had to last the wear and tear of the journey, and a small sewing kit for repairs was important. Basic tools such as a shovel, ax or hatchet, and tools to repair wagon equipment were essential. Bedding and tents completed the list of necessities. For most families, 1,600-1,800 pounds of their supplies would be food, leaving little space for other items. Although some people tried to include furniture, books, and treasured belongings, these were soon discarded. According to many accounts, the trail was littered with cast off trunks, bureaus, beds, clothing, excess food, and even cast iron stoves. Though prices and availability of goods varied from year to year, for most emigrants it cost a minimum of $600 to $800 to assemble a basic outfit of wagon, oxen, and supplies.
An article from the St. Joseph, Missouri Gazette dated March 19, 1847
From Ruff Simons, an old west history expert and former deputy, you’ll learn the techniques and methods used by the wise sheriffs from the frontiers to defend an entire village despite being outnumbered and outgunned by gangs of robbers and bandits, and how you can use their wisdom to defend your home against looters when you’ll be surrounded.
Native American ERIK BAINBRIDGE – who took part in the reconstruction of the native village of Kule Loklo in California, will show you how Native Americans build the subterranean roundhouse, an underground house that today will serve you as a storm shelter, a perfectly camouflaged hideout, or a bunker. It can easily shelter three to four families, so how will you feel if, when all hell breaks loose, you’ll be able to call all your loved ones and offer them guidance and shelter? Besides that, the subterranean roundhouse makes an awesome root cellar where you can keep all your food and water reserves year-round.
From Shannon Azares you’ll learn how sailors from the XVII century preserved water in their ships for months on end, even years and how you can use this method to preserve clean water for your family cost-free.
Mike Searson – who is a Firearm and Old West history expert – will show you what to do when there is no more ammo to be had, how people who wandered the West managed to hunt eight deer with six bullets, and why their supply of ammo never ran out. Remember the panic buying in the first half of 2013? That was nothing compared to what’s going to precede the collapse.
From Susan Morrow, an ex-science teacher and chemist, you’ll master “The Art of Poultice.” She says, “If you really explore the ingredients from which our forefathers made poultices, you’ll be totally surprised by the similarities with modern medicines.” Well…how would you feel in a crisis to be the only one from the group knowledgeable about this lost skill? When there are no more antibiotics, people will turn to you to save their ill children’s lives.
And believe it or not, this is not all…
Table Of Contents:
Making Your Own Beverages: Beer to Stronger Stuff Ginger Beer: Making Soda the Old Fashioned Way How North American Indians and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican Spycraft: Military Correspondence During The 1700’s to 1900’s Wild West Guns for SHTF and a Guide to Rolling Your Own Ammo How Our Forefathers Built Their Sawmills, Grain Mills,and Stamping Mills How Our Ancestors Made Herbal Poultice to Heal Their Wounds What Our Ancestors Were Foraging For? or How to Wildcraft Your Table How Our Ancestors Navigated Without Using a GPS System How Our Forefathers Made Knives How Our Forefathers Made Snow shoes for Survival How North California Native Americans Built Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouses Our Ancestors’Guide to Root Cellars Good Old Fashioned Cooking on an Open Flame Learning from Our Ancestors How to Preserve Water Learning from Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies Making Traditional and Survival Bark Bread……. Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did How to Make a Smokehouse and Smoke Fish Survival Lessons From The Donner Party
The United States (and the world) has been using the worthless fiat federal reserve note that is not backed by any true tangible asset. The only backing is not even the “full faith and credit of the United States government,” because the government is too far in debt to have any credit. Faith disappeared a long time ago: our faith in elected officials as public servants. Instead, they serve themselves upon the labors of the public, and the public services them, in every sense of the word.
Cryptocurrency is an illusion. The new “shell game” is to replace one illusion…the fiat currency…with another illusion, the “bitcoin.” Russia announced last week several measures to “deal” with the Cryptocurrency…first, by issuing a Crypto-ruble. If you read the fine print, the Russian government is moving in to tax and regulate it, at a rate of 13% on trades for profit, as well as “Crypto-Rubles” that suddenly appear out of nowhere.
It won’t affect the Black Market as much, because 13% is going to be paid to turn a blind eye to the billions of rubles being stolen by the Russian Mafia and oligarchy alike. The gimmick here is for the government to take a chunk out of it: for now. The reason “now” is being used, is that eventually they’ll shift gears, pass legislation, and eventually outlaw private trading in it that is not government-sanctioned or government-approved.
A government is only concerned with perpetuating itself and maintaining power. The most basic way it does this is by controlling the currency of the nation, regulating it, and taxing the citizens. In the United States, it has been reported by several sources that JP Morgan Chase is going to embrace Cryptocurrency. Europe is well on its way to establishing a “Euro-BitCoin,” and China has recently relaxed some measures regarding it.
This is the calm before the storm: the governments are studying it, and studying the masses to find the means to take control of it.
The gullible masses are playing right into their hands. The problem with Cryptocurrency is not just in the fact that it is backed by nothing (a fool’s errand before it has been started), but there is no privacy. None. If the governments control and monitor all electronic and computer media, then there is no such thing as privacy regarding electronic currency. This will be the death of cash, and thus the death of any privacy for citizens.
There will be no hiding from the taxing authorities. All the accounts will be monitored: taxed on any growth, and every single penny accounted for. The government will know what work you do, for how much, and how much “Crypto-currency” you have in your accounts. All electronic, nebulous, unbacked garbage. How about a nice “glitch” where suddenly, your entire account falls to a zero balance? That “glitch” can happen anytime.
No, the politicians and the oligarchs will have gold, silver, real estate, mining rights and contracts, and ownership of every utility and municipal function upon which the public is dependent. Eventually the Crypto-Dollars will be handed out sparingly to “exchange for food, clothing, and to pay their bills,” and the whole thing is designed for one thing:
To keep the population at a starveling, subsistence level while those in power own everything, and them as well: Ruled by the politicians and oligarchs, fooled by the press and the religious pulpits, and killed by the enforcement arms of police and military.
In 1910, the meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia took place leading up to 1913. It was then that the framework for the transfer of the power of the U.S. government over the nation’s currency to the federal reserve was established.
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s letter to Colonel Edward Mandell House,
Fmr. Advisor to President Woodrow Wilson November 21, 1933 The aim is global governance. The Cryptocurrencies arose out of a desire to use something other than the dollar and other failing fiat notes not backed by anything. The irony is that the Cryptocurrencies are the vehicle for the globalists.
Once each nation has its Cryptocurrencies in place, they can “align” them, and virtually abolish all economic buffers and barriers…which will come crashing down just as the illegal aliens in Europe and the United States are destroying the borders, language, culture, and societies. The whole thing is trumpeted as a recourse, but it is nothing more than an extension of an Alinsky principle “organizing the organized.” At the right moment, the governments will swoop in, regulate, and tax these Cryptocurrencies.
Once cash is eliminated, hard assets such as gold, silver, and other resources will be simple to control. Where did you obtain that gold? How did you obtain it, and is it in our records?
The power lies in the receipt, the payment receipt showing where you obtained that product and how you obtained it…all based on POS (point of sale), the electronic monitoring of every expenditure at the register. The “successful” employment of Cryptocurrency will mean that the people have been completely duped and have handed all privacy into the control of the government. Once they control everyone economically, they will use that control to seize other aspects of daily life that are not regulated. They’ll know how much you make, where you work, and how much you have available.
Or what you think you have available, because in the blink of an eye, they’ll make your Crypto dollars disappear, and you’ll have no recourse, just as they have no accountability. If politicians steal money now, while cash still exists, think of how much they’ll be able to steal when everything is done electronically…when all the bankers and oligarchs are under their control/in a symbiotic-parasitic relationship and they can pass any law they wish. Cryptocurrency is a scam that will eventually lead to the final enslavement of the U.S.
Two hundred years ago, almost ninety wagon train emigrants were unable to cross the Sierra Nevada before winter, and almost one-half of them died. The Donner Party was the most famous tragedy in the history of the westward migration.
Their story should be a warning for all those who plan to bug out when SHTF without having a few things already available there. The world has changed, the lessons to learn from their ordeal still remain.
This is a story that every prepper should know. Read it below and think about the mistakes that have been made. Repeating them will kill you.
The 1800s was a century of true survival. The pioneers that crossed the Great Plains and followed the trails out west had a tough journey across lands that we now know to be covered in civilized farmland and crisscrossed by seemingly endless highways.
Pioneer families traveled in wagon trains across the rough, unforgiving terrain. Many travelers were farmers who already had their own supplies, but many had to buy supply kits. Once people got going on the trails, they often found themselves abandoning anything that wasn’t essential so they could lighten the load and make the trip easier.
The two most popular trails on the trip west were the Oregon Trail and the California Trail, but then a new route that left the Oregon Trail at Fort Bridger and crossed the Great Salt Lake Desert before joining the California Trail at Humboldt was created.
One famous family that made the journey was the Donner family and a handful of others. They chose to the new route, called the Hastings Cut-off, even though many of whom they were travelling with chose the well-established route through Fort Hall to the north.
This new route had never truly been tested and it ended up slowing down the Donner Party, causing them much hardship and resulting in a devastating journey that stranded them in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-47.
The Story of the Donner Party
The Donner Party set out from Illinois in April of 1846.
Sometimes known as the Donner-Reed Party, the emigration west was initiated by James Frasier Reed, a business man looking forward to the promise of the west.
He prepared to move his family west in great style. Also in the same wagon train from Illinois was the Donner family, which consisted of the brothers George and Jacob Donner and their families.
The Donner Party left Illinois the very same day Lansford Hastings left California to travel east along his new route and test it out.
The Donner party arrived in Fort Laramie on June 27, 1846, which was only a week behind schedule.
Here, James Reed met an old friend, James Clyman, who had ridden the Hastings Cut-off east with Lansford Hastings. Clyman warned Reed not to take the Hastings Cut-off because the wagons would not get through easily and they would have to deal with the desert and the Sierra Nevada. Reed would later disregard this warning.
The Fatal Decision
On July 19, the party had reached Little Sandy River. They had previously received a letter from Lansford Hastings letting them know that he would personally meet them in Fort Bridger and guide them along the Hastings Cut-off.
At Little Sandy River the larger portion of the original party continued on the established route west and a smaller group, what would become known as the Donner Party, carried on along the Hastings Cut-off.
On the advice of Hastings, the Donner Party crossed the Great Salt Lake Desert, a journey that would be in large part responsible for the future suffering of the group. They had already been slowed down forging a new path through the Wasatch Mountains.
Then they got bogged down in the desert because the desert sands were wet, not dry like Hastings had assumed. A trek they thought would take two days took five days. By the end of it, their supply of water was severely depleted, their food supplies were too low to complete the remainder of the journey, and they lost 32 oxen between them.
Once the desert journey was done, the Donner Party took inventory and found that they did not have enough food and supplies for the remainder of the journey. Two men, William McCutcheon and Charles Stanton, left for Fort Sutter to get supplies and bring them back to the party.
In the meantime, the Donner Party carried on around the Ruby Mountains in Nevada and along the Humboldt River. It was at this point, when resentment of Hastings and Reed began to grow, that tempers began to flare.
At Iron Point, on October 5, two wagons got tangled up. When the owner of one of the wagons, John Snyder, began to whip his team of oxen, James Reed stepped in to stop him.
When Reed intervened, Snyder turned the whip on him. Reed retaliated by fatally plunging a knife under Snyder’s collarbone. That evening the witnesses gathered to discuss what was to be done; United States laws were not applicable west of the states and wagon trains often dispensed their own justice.
Snyder had been seen to hit James Reed, and some claimed that he had also hit his wife, but Snyder had been popular and Reed was not.
Finally, the party voted to banish James Reed, who left with another man, Walter Herron, and rode west. His family was to be taken care of by the others. Reed departed alone the next morning, unarmed, but his daughter rode ahead and secretly provided him with a rifle and food.
From this point on, the pack animals began to suffer and people began to struggle. One old man was not able to carry on and was left behind. There was an attack on the party, the Piute Indians shooting poison-tipped arrows and killing 21 of the pack animals.
By the time the party reached the entrance to the Sierra Nevada, they were almost out of food. It was at this time that Charles Stanton, who had gone to Fort Sutter, arrived with two Indian guides and a number of mules carrying beef and flour. William McCutchen, who had travelled with Stanton to Fort Sutter, had fallen ill and remained there, later to meet up with James Reed, who made it to the fort alive.
At some point an axle broke on one of the Donners’ wagons. Jacob and George went into the woods to fashion a replacement. George Donner sliced his hand open while chiseling the wood, but it seemed a superficial wound.
The worst part of the journey for the Donner Party was when they rejoined the California Trail. By leaving slightly behind other travelers and taking so long to traverse the Hastings Cut-off, it was late October by the time the Donner Party made it to Truckee Lake, now known as Donner Lake.
Snow began to fall. They attempted to make it over the pass, but they found 5–10-foot drifts of snow, and were unable to locate the trail in the snow. They turned back for Truckee Lake and within a day all the families were camped there except for the Donners, who were half a day’s journey behind them. Over the next few days, several more attempts were made to breach the pass with their wagons, but all efforts failed.
Here the party was waylaid by a winter storm, the snow coming a month early.
Some of the party, including the Donners, were held back at Alder Creek, six miles behind the group at Donner Lake.
Three widely separated cabins of pine logs, with dirt floors and poorly constructed flat roofs that leaked when it rained, served as their homes.
The Breens occupied one cabin, the Eddys and Murphys another, and Reeds and Graveses the third.
The families used canvas or oxhide to patch the faulty roofs. The cabins had no windows or doors, only large holes to allow entry.
By the time the Party made camp, very little food remained from the supplies that Stanton had brought back from Sutter’s Fort. The oxen began to die and their carcasses were frozen and stacked.
The pioneers were unfamiliar with catching lake trout. Eddy, the most experienced hunter, killed a bear, but had little luck after that.
That brutal winter saw the people trapped in the mountains eating their remaining provisions, their pack animals and dogs, soups made out of hides and blankets, and finally the members of the party who died.
Cannibalism is something many did not wish to discuss, but there are many accounts of it happening during this awful journey.
Escape and Rescue Attempts
The Donner Party did attempt to escape their wintery death sentence, but the Sierra Pass was impassable. Five feet of snow fell shortly after they reached the pass and numerous attempts were made to get through, but to no avail.
There was one cabin at Donner Lake and they built two more large ones and some smaller ones to shelter the 59 people that had made it that far. By mid-December, the party realized they needed to take action before they were all dead.
Five men, nine women, and one child left the camp on snowshoes. They had little food and were already starving. After six days they were completely without food and by the end of the journey two men and five women had made it through, cannibalizing the others as they traveled through the pass. These survivors managed to tell people living close by about the trapped Donner Party.
In all there were four rescue parties sent out to help the survivors at Donner Lake. The first rescue party left on February 5 and the second, headed up by James Reed, left on February 19. When the first rescue party reached the camp at Donner Lake, there were only 48 people left alive.
They managed to bring 23 of those people out and brought a meager amount of food for those who remained. The first rescue party met up with the second as they made their way through the pass and James Reed was reunited with his family.
The second, third, and fourth rescue parties arrived over a period of two months. Each party that arrived found fewer people alive and they also found evidence of cannibalism. The final member of the Donner Party to arrive at Fort Sutter alive was Louis Keseberg, who made it there on April 29.
Lessons to Learn for Survival
The Donner family story is one that has long been considered one of the strangest and most tragic crossings in the pioneering history of the United States.
Even though in the U.S. today life is very different from the days of the pioneers, there are many people who prepare for bad times and try to ensure they have the proper equipment, tools, and skills to survive in any setting.
The situation that befell the Donner Party and the struggle they went through is a lesson for anyone who is preparing to survive any post-collapse conditions, including living in the bush for an extended period of time and/or migrating from one geographical area to another.
The reality is, if a disaster of a significant size were to occur, many people would not survive.
The Donner Party learned that lesson the hard way. While knowing what they went through will not change the conditions of a post-collapse society, perhaps the experiences of the Donner Party can serve as lessons to help those who are planning to survive any hard times to come.
Sadly, many preppers are going to die when SHTF. Labeling yourself as a prepper doesn’t guarantee that you will survive or that you have it all figured out. In this post, I’m going to discuss why preppers will die when SHTF.
Our goal as a prepper is to extend our survivability. That is all we can do. No matter how many beans, bullets, and bug out bags we have it doesn’t guarantee survival.
Unfortunately, in a SHTF scenario, a mass majority of those without a focus on preparedness will die off first very quickly. Then even those with a preparedness focus will begin dying as well. Below are 3 major reasons why preppers will die when SHTF.
Why Preppers Will Die When SHTF
Lack of Skills and Training
Most preppers rely totally on gear and supplies for survival. However, these will not guarantee survival. The first problem with that way of thinking is that they can be easily stolen or destroyed. Once they are gone then you have nothing to rely on. Gear and supply should just be seen as tools used to make survival easier or more convenient.
Another problem is that most preppers don’t know how to use the gear correctly. For example, many preppers have an arsenal of guns but don’t know how to correctly use a single one. They’ve never been taught or trained how to properly defend themselves. As a result, this will cost not only their lives but those of their loved ones as well.
In a collapse scenario, society will be without rule of law. Most likely armed forces and bad guys will be terrorizing communities. Looting and violence will be running rampant because many will be without the necessities to survive. People will be willing to kill others for canned goods.
So it is important to have some skills like survival or tactical skills. In a collapse scenario, only those with proficient skills will truly survive and thrive. Yes, it’s easy to sit home all day in your underwear watching YouTube videos on survival and tactical skills. It’s not enough. You have to actually get out there and put the knowledge to practice.
If you are a part of the NRA you can find local certified trainers who can teach you to proficiently defend yourself and your family. You could also find local courses on survival that will be helpful if you are forced to bug out. Even organizations like Red Cross or CERT have free classes where you can learn the fundamentals of applying first aid. There are tons of resources that we can take advantage of to build and develop important skills.
Lack of a Strategic Plan
When it comes to preparedness a lot of us are just winging it. I can say that from experience. When I first got into preparedness I didn’t know where to start or what to do.
As a result of that, many of us are partially prepared in many areas instead of being fully prepared in the important areas. The rest of us get discouraged and frustrated causing us to lose focus or just give up completely. Without a plan, we will never get anything accomplished. For example, architects put together a blueprint before building. Without it, the building would be a failure.
In The Strategic Prepper eBook, I share of how I’ve been able to put together a plan to help with preparedness. As a result of that plan, I was able to stock up 90 days of emergency supplies within a month while being unemployed. So it is definitely possible to prepare on a budget as long as there is a plan.
Most preppers only focus on collapse scenarios in their preparedness plan. The first thing a new prepper typically does is build a bug out bag and buy a bunch of guns. As a result, they fall victim to other scenarios that are more likely to occur. One such threat would include natural disasters like hurricanes. Instead of spending all of the money and resources on a threat that is not likely to happen we can be more prepared for the more severe and likely threats.
Lack of relationships
In the Bosnian collapse, it was said that those that were alone died first. This is because strong men that gathered in groups targeted those that were alone and weak. They took their supplies and left them for dead.
Undeniably, there is power in numbers. 2 is better than 1. There is no denying that fact.
Still many preppers choose to be lone wolves. Just the term lone wolf alone should be a discouragement. Lone wolves typically don’t live long.
A lot of preppers choose not to reveal their lifestyle even to other preppers. This is because of OPSEC, supposedly. It is a concern that other preppers will target them in a collapse scenario.
So, as a result, a lot of preppers struggle with loneliness. Gratification in life comes from relationships. We were created to be social creatures. This is why the institution of family is so important. The concept of the community used to be so prevalent in the pre-urbanized times. Communities would hunt and gather together in order to survive. Nowadays we barely even say hello to our neighbors in passing.
We talk about the rule of 3’s a lot. Yet, many overlook the rule of “you can only survive 3 seconds without hope.” In a collapse scenario where you have nothing or no one then the thoughts of depression and suicide will abound. Yet, if you lose everything and still have family and friends it will make survival easier.
We are all gifted with knowledge and skills in many different areas. You are most likely a lot more proficient in areas than I am but at the same time, I am able to help you in areas that you are not proficient in. This is why it is important to have a community.
In The Strategic Prepper, I consider having a prepper/survival group as an x-factor in survival. Having such a group can multiply your survivability. In a long term survival situation, people will need to work together as a community and team to survive.
Altogether, these would be 3 reasons why preppers will die when SHTF. Please leave your feedback and suggestions in the comment section below. Your feedback helps the community prepare the smart way now so that we can thrive later.