Friday, December 7, 2012

Eat bugs

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How to properly use the Mosin Nagant stripper clip

Friday, November 30, 2012

Save money and stock up

I had written before about Amazon's Subscribe and Save program so I wanted to pass this deal along. 20 Rolls of 1000 sheet TP @ $14.12 with free shipping if you subscribe. That's cheaper than my local Walmart and I don't have to lug it through the store. You could easily build up a hefty supply this way.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day

Don't forget to vote tomorrow.  Here's a friendly piece of advice:
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
-John Quincy Adams (6th U.S. President. 1767-1848)

Pathfinder Product Review #14 New Mora Knives

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Guest Post: Hassle-free Camping with Food Storage

Going to an unplanned camping adventure with the family will become easier with help from ready food storage packages that are available in many stores around. Without these items, bringing enough and complete supply of food for the family outing would sometimes pose a problem. Instantaneous as it is, travelling to the camping site would also require food on the way. It would be very costly to buy food along the way. With quick to prepare meals that are stored in pouches such as the ones from Chef's Banquet ARK, providing food for the kids as well as the adults will not be a problem. Even when they are in their cars, the meals can be fixed by just adding water with no other ingredients to prepare and by cooking for less than an hour which is really convenient during trips.

Food preparation during camping can consume time which should have been spent for good conversations with all the family members. With the availability of delicious foods that are ready to be served with just simple preparations needed, such as the Chef's Banquet food storage, quality time will be spent with each member to hear with their day to day experiences and stories which is not possible during regular days because everyone is busy with their own tasks and activities. This is also the time when they can play and sing together more than they do with other people each day. Camping is also very helpful especially with families who have some of their children going to boarding schools and universities. Keeping the ties between siblings is very important because knowing that even if they are growing up separate from each other, their bond will be stronger as they grow older and have their own separate lives and as they will have their own families, as well.

Bonding with each household member through outdoor activities will be more fun if shared with delightful and easy to prepare foods like Chef's Banquet ARK 1 month food storage supply. The food will be enough to feed the whole family during the camping days and it takes out the hassle of all the food preparation involved in the customary way. Camping gives the family time to enjoy each other's company while taking a breath of fresh air. This is the time for them to combine recreation and relaxation which will truly serve the purpose of bringing each member of the family closer to each other. Reminiscing their moments together within their homes during camping will make the camping really fun. Later when they go home, their camping experience will add value to their family's experiences together. Whenever unexpected weather changes occur during the camping adventure, there might be a possibility that the family would be stranded. Having food storage for survival at hand will put everyone at ease and be worry-free being with each other in troubled times outdoors knowing that they will be able to get by as the bad weather ceases and just bring home another good and fun memories shared with the family.

Tony Bush, A medical practitioner, Also offers survival tactics and food storage ideas in Utah area and is currently writing a few articles regarding wedding reception and all details.

Note from editor: I know this is an ad, but it has a good point.  Buy your food from whoever you want.  We don't have any sponsors for this site.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Smoke Detectors

I'm not sure how true this is but check it out:
The most common smoke detectors do not function as expected.

Click the link below to see the news story (from NBC nightly news 10/3)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Emerson Quote

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Survival Story by John Rourke

Here's a story by none other that John Rourke of
I read this piece by piece as it came out at 4 AM every day at like an addict. It is still available there to read for free but I can tell you it is worth it to buy in print. Check it out.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Extracting Teeth

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy posted this article on How to Extract a Tooth: It's kind of funny. I'm getting a tooth extracted this morning after work.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: Wise Cheesy Macaroni

I recently received a sample of Wise brand Cheesy Macaroni available here:
I can't say I was a huge fan of the taste.  My 6 year old daughter was ok with it until she found a "chunk" that hadn't been mixed well enough when we were rehydrating it.  The rest of the family thought it was pretty good.  It was very easy to prepare and serve.  I would be willing to add some Wise food to my storage but I will have to try some different varieties first.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chain vs. Wire

It is my experience that both of these are next to useless.  However I do carry a wire saw in my EDC because it is better than nothing.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Learn about electricity. It may save your life. Understanding a Few Basics About Electricity, Or How to Replace an Outlet Without Electrocuting Yourself


Here's a great article entitled Tip of the Week: Calories to Weight

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Hey, check these guys out. Great looking website with a lot of good info:

Why Prep :: Disaster Prep :: Food Storage :: Health Prep :: Moms Prep Too :: Earthquake readiness near New Madrid faultline
We are a group of peaceful warriors and our mission is to provide you a single source for the information, instruction, products, and resources for you to prepare yourself and your family in case of any exists purely for the purpose of helping you be ready for the next disaster

Canning on a Wood fire ( Rocket Stove)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Inflatable Kayak

This looks really cool.  Does anyone have any experience with one of these?  My main use would be to backpack it into remote areas for fishing.

Mainstay Emergency Food Rations

I can speak from personal experience and say these things are great.  I suggest putting one in each vehicle and pack you own.  They are 3600 calories per package divided up into nine 400 calorie "biscuits."  My kids love them and they contain vitamins needed to survive as well as calories.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Guest Post from Andrew: How to Safely Store Fish

How to Safely Store Fish

When you are storing seafood (especially fish) in your freezer, you would do well to remember that fish is not meat. Once you establish that storing frozen fish and frozen meat have very different requirements, it will be easy for you to learn how to store fish perfectly so that it is fresh when you take it out for cooking.
Fish is usually more expensive than regular meat, and is amongst the most perishable types of food in our diet. This is why when we bring fish home from the store; there are a few things we must do. These include:
1. You Have To Keep Your Fish on Ice
It is essential to keep your fish on ice, even if you stash it in your freezer. This is because fish naturally swim in water which has temperatures much colder than air. This has caused fish to adapt to freezing water temperatures, which is why ice will help prevent the fish from rotting.
You will need to place your fish with its back fins facing up as if the fish is still swimming to make sure that it is iced evenly.
2. Place It In A Large Plastic Container:
Locate a large plastic container for your fish. If you can find a slightly smaller container to fit inside the larger one, you would be even better off at keeping your fish fresher than average. If you have two containers held in place together, you should drill/punch as many holes as possible in the bottom of the smaller container, which will hold your fish and ice. The smaller container will touch the bottom one, so you need to keep it elevated somehow.
3. Storage for Different Cuts of Fish
When you buy fresh fish, make sure that you store it in the deepest and coldest part of your refrigerator. To make the most out of your fish, try to cook it the very same day that you purchase it for maximum freshness. Never store your fish in water, as it would affect its texture and flavor. Use ice instead.
When you purchase whole fish, take it out of its wrapper immediately, wash it thoroughly and store it in the container(s) as mentioned above. If you do not have two containers, try setting it over ice in a colander which you can place in a larger bowl to catch dripping water. Make sure that the fish is buried in ice for maximum freshness and put it in the freezer.
When you buy fillets, you should always keep them in the wrapper so that skinless fish is protected. Set the entire package on ice, and cover it in ice to retain freshness.
When you purchase Shellfish, always take them out in a bowl and cover the bowl with a damp towel. Then place the towel-covered bowl in the coldest part of your freezer.
4. Important Things to Remember When Storing Fish
Here are some essential things that you must note when storing fish:
* The longer fish stays in the freezer, the more its quality gets compromised.
* Raw fish remains at higher quality after freezing in comparison to cooked fish.
* If your frozen fish is packaged, it can stay fresh for a longer time, hence only be concerned if the packaging has been exposed to air.
* Keep an eye out for discoloration and odor. Rancid fish looks disgusting; it will grow green and yellow and stink.

Andrew has been working in the food industry for several years helping sushi businesses on how to use it. Andrew is also a passionate food blogger.

Pine Home: Fawn Lake Bushcraft hike

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pine Home Primitives: Dutch Oven Potatos

Pine Home: How to season cast iron cookware

Recycling Motor Oil

As fuel prices rise it becomes more important to find alternative fuels for our vehicles and equipment.  I hope to soon be cutting my diesel with used motor oil.  You don't want to just poor dirty motor oil into your tank unless you want to destroy your engine.  You must remove the water and filter it first.  I plan on doing this by heating the oil above 212 degrees Fahrenheit to evaporate the water out then running it through some filters.  I will run it first through a coffee filter to get the large particles out and then through this filter.
Thanks to Tim Glance of Old Grouch Military Surplus for the tips and a response to email.  He was interviewed on The Survival Podcast here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Instant Shelter

I have owned a goretex bivy for about a year now and I can tell you it can be a life saver. It is waterproof, lightweight, and sturdy. It will fit easily into a get home bag or hiking bag. Pick one up.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fuel Savers

Here's an interesting piece debunking "fuel savers."

Ham Radio Classes

Do you have getting a ham license on your back burner?  Have you tried reading books to help you learn without success?  Well, the ARRL gives organized classes to beginners.  So get back on it and check out:

Survival Fiction

I am personally a big fan of survival fiction.  Some of the best that I've read has been in forums online.  Here's a site that has a few stories submitted by users:

Pine Home Preparedness: Less Lethal Solution: The Pepper Blaster II

Fish Antibiotics in a Collapse by Dr Bones

How to Suture with Dr Bones

Friday, February 10, 2012

Winter Clothing and a question

I have learned from experience that one of the key elements to staying warm outside is your base layer. A few years ago I replaced my cotton long johns with a polypropylene base. It has worked quite well for me and now I want to get some for my family. Unfortunately, I can't find any small enough for my 2 year old. She is currently in 2T. If anyone has any suggestions, could you leave a comment? Thanks.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pine Home Preparedness:Spyderco Knives

Wrapping the Wool Blanket, An Exerpt from Training the WV Wilderness EMS

My Favorite Cold Medicine

C.O.L.D. for Warmth

C. is for clean. Make an effort to keep yourself and your clothes as clean as possible. Clean clothes also work more effectively to insulate your body.

O. is for overheating. Avoid becoming overheated in cold weather. If your body gets overheated, you will start to sweat. This can cause you and your clothes to become wet due to perspiration. This needs to be avoided during cold weather.

L. is for layers. Always dress in layers of clothing that fit loosely. You can add additional layers of clothing if you become cold and you can remove extra layers of clothing if your body begins to overheat. Air space between the layers of your clothing will also help further insulate your body from the cold weather.

D. is for dry. Make an effort to keep yourself and your clothes dry. Items of clothing that dry quickly or wick moisture, such as polypropylene or wool, are good choices to help you stay dry. Use water-proof and “breathable” items to keep rain, snow and wind out but which will also allow perspiration to leave your body. This will also help to keep you dry. You should also make sure all of your essential gear items are kept dry. Give special attention to gear items that need to be protected from cold temperatures. Make sure those items are also well insulated.

Electronic Armageddon