Archives for February 2011

Donated Book and DVD Round Up

One of the great things about running a blog with more than two readers is that, I sometimes, get free books from authors and vendors. No, they’re not sending me free stuff because, I’m a swell guy, but with the hope that I will give a  positive review and my recommendation for their product.

Nothing wrong with this, because it gives me a chance to look at lot of books that I otherwise would not have an opportunity to read and eventually relay my thoughts to you. I like doing book reviews because they give me a chance to help you avoid spending money on books that would be of little use to you in your preps.

Today, I have several books and one DVD that I’d like to give my impressions of and hopefully help you make the best choices when buying. Let’s get started…

1. Will to Live: Dispatches from the Edge of Survival by Les Stroud: If you are looking for step by step outdoor survival techniques with photos and diagrams then get another book (maybe Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen) in Will to Live Les Stroud looks at a number of real-life survival situations, like the 1972 Andes plane crash, Chris McCandless and the Karluk ship wreck to name a few.

While not a detailed, step by step survival type book, Les Stroud gives his advice on what he thinks should have been done in each survival situation and there are more than a few gems in there.

I think “Will to Live” is a good book and worth the time to read, but I do not consider it essential for the survival library. My advice is to “borrow from the library”  before you buy…

2. Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late by Scott B Williams: You know how I feel about the “batman in the boondocks” grab your bug out bag and run to the woods to live survival strategy.

Some people might be able to pull it off, with the right training, physical conditioning, location and gear but for most people it is just an armchair survivalist fantasy.

It’s not that this book is bad, it isn’t, it’s just the live in the woods concept is flawed.

Yes, I have a bug out bag (for short-term survival in the wild) and you should too – just don’t make it your first line of defense against disaster.

After a major widespread disaster many others will have the same idea some will even ban together, if you are alone you’ll probably end up robbed, raped and cannibalized.

Unless you are sure staying home (bugging in) will lead to your eminent death you are better off to stay home. Good book – bad long-term plan…

3. Off The Grid: Inside the Movement For More Space, Less Government, And True Independence In Modern America by Nick Rosen :  A British journalist “Rosen” travels across American interviewing various people who are  living off the grid, sounds good. 

It was a good idea, however the author fails to raise the subject or the interviews up to their full potential.

His “I’m better than you” attitude and constant attempt to make the book more about him than those he is interviewing, made me want to reach into the book and slap him.

 I don’t think anyone interested in moving off the grid will gain any benefit from reading this book and would be advised to spend their money elsewhere – for instance on a copy of The Backyard Homestead.

4. When There Is No Doctor: Preventive and Emergency Healthcare in Uncertain Times by Gerard S. Doyle, MD: This is one of those books that almost make it onto my “must have” list. It is a good book with a lot of easy to understand tips, advice and details to help keep you alive.

As the author, states on the back cover “”I will not teach you to be a lone survivalist who anticipates doing an appendectomy on himself or a loved one on the kitchen table with a steak knife and a few spoons, although I will discuss techniques of austere and improvised medicine for really hard times.” to that end When There is No Doctor is a success.

I suggest you get this one after putting copies of Where There Is No Doctor, Where There Is No Dentist (both are available as a free download from, The American Red Cross First Aid Guide and The Merck Manual into your medical survival library.

5. Defensive Shooting Series (DVD) by Jim Grover: In my opinion this is one of the best instructional DVD’s of this type – this three DVD set covers everything you need to know to use the handgun as a defensive weapon (with real live-fire training and practice of course) including grip, stance, trigger control, reloading, use of cover, malfunction clearances, shooting on the move, low light shooting ect.

If you are looking for information on using the handgun in a defensive matter, I highly recommend this series.

What Did You Do To Prep This Week

Before we start today, I would like to thank C Farley and   Benjamin R for their donations this week – thank you. While I greatly appreciate your support, please be sure you can afford to do so before contributing, I don’t want anyone putting themselves out to help me.

Since releasing my survival CD this past Sunday, I’ve been swamped with over 400 orders so far and they’re still coming in at a rate of several per hour. I’m working as hard as I can to get every order out as fast as possible, but since I can only burn around 50 a day it may be a couple of days before I can get your order in the mail.

Remember, Feb 202011 (tomorrow) the price of the CD will go to $29.95 and you’ll need to order it today to take advantage of the discounted price. If you’ve received your CD please let me know what you thought of it. 

Now, let’s see what did I do to prep this week…

  • Bartered for a Bushmaster AR-15
  • Built a light weight folding wire box trap (look for post in a few days)
  • Turned the soil in my garden to get it ready for planting in spring
  • Added three cans of coffee to the pantry
  • Bought two 25 round boxes of 12 gauge #6 shot
  • Ordered a copy of Pocket Ref by Thomas J. Glover
  • Ordered a copy of Boston on Surviving Y2K – I know Y2K is over but, the book still has some good information that is applicable to prepping for other disasters.

What did you do to prep this week…

Afraid of Wasting Your Time With Your Preps?

You’re not alone. I mean, just imagine…

You spend money building your survival food and gear stockpiles. You take months, even years to build up your knowledge of survival skills. You may even leave the city for a safer home in the country.

You may be up at 5:00 AM seven days per week, working hard gardening, building, fencing, raising livestock and a hundred other tasks required to become self-reliant on your own land.

You’re doing all that work while balancing the needs of your family and the other things in your normal daily life.

You work. You wait and you wait and… And then something happens…


No disaster. No collapse. No end of the world as we know it. To your surprise, the crap never hits the fan. The starving refugees never show up at your door. 

It feels like you’re just been pissing in the wind all this time, but have you wasted your time if nothing ever happens…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there isn’t going to be a major disaster or full-blown collapse sometime in the near future. 

My research and reasoning, strongly suggest that it is going to happen – no, I can’t give you an exact date and I would be careful of anyone claims they can.

The truth is disasters happen all the time, even if they haven’t affected you personally yet, they still happen and you may not be lucky enough to avoid the next one.

Over the past few months, I’ve had at least 25-30 people send emails letting me know that nothing was going to happen and if it did that they would be fine because the government would not let things get “that bad” .

I always respond with a short note, thanking them for their comment and to letting them know, that I hope they’re right, but that I don’t think they are.

I always point out that the U.S. Government has spent billions of dollars to ensure their survival, (see my post “Continuity Of Government“) I ask them why would they (the Federal Government) do this – if they, with all their inside knowledge, facts, scientist, analyst and intelligence did not think a major world-changing event could happen.

Why would they spend billions of dollars preparing for just such an event if we are so safe?

Do they know something we don’t…

I also like to send them this link to the “67 Worst U.S Natural Disasters” that have happened over the last 103 years – I avoid getting into issues involving economics or other such issues, because these are people are already in denial and would only brush such ideas aside, but everyone, even the most dependent, accept the fact and occurrence of natural disasters.

I’m sure most of you reading this already see the common sense of prepping, but let’s get back to the original question – what if nothing ever happens…

What if another major disaster never happens? Have you wasted your time, money and life with all this prepping stuff? I don’t think so – for me there has always been a great sence of accomplishment in knowing, I am as self-reliant as I can be.  

And at least if you are prepared you’ll never have to be one of those people who rush to the grocery store and fight over the last loaf of bread or gallon of milk at the first mention of snow on the news.

If nothing else you will be freer, save money, live healthier, have less stress and leave a smaller footprint on the world – what is wrong with that?

What do you think – are you wasting your time by prepping?

RV Bug Out Vehicle

One man’s solution to the economic situation in LA – what do you think and what advice would you offer to him?

His firsthand account of the economic situation in LA is worth the time required to watch the video.

Wise Food Storage – One Man’s Solution

This is a guest post by KGC. If you like to wrote for The Survivalist Blog, do read How to become a guest author at The Survivalist Blog.

Your browser may not support display of this image. With so many choices of food storage products, I decided to give (Wise Food Storage) a shot because a trusted friend liked and recommended their products and Wise Food Storage boasts a 25-year shelf-life without having to rotate the food. I was skeptical at first, but up to the challenge.

I ordered one of their 56-serving buckets and prepared two of the packets once I received it. I immediately noticed that the packets in the buckets differed from the outdoor meal bags. I believe that this is because the buckets are intended for long-term storage, whereas the outdoor meal packs are designed to promote ultralight backpacking. Fair enough!

I prepared the Stroganoff and Multi-Grain Cereal meals by boiling 4 cups of water for each packet, totaling 8 cups of water. When measuring the water into the pot, I measured in 8.25 cups to allow for evaporation loss.


After bringing the water for the Stroganoff to a boil, I stirred in the contents from the package.

I didn’t turn off the heat until I had mixed in the contents with the water.

I then turned off the heat, placed the lid on the pan, and set my timer for 15 minutes-my previous experience with outdoor meals has taught me to let the food sit a little longer to allow for optimum re-constitution of the freeze-dried/dehydrated food.

I occasionally stirred the Stroganoff. Once it was evenly textured, I poured it into a bowl and had the Mrs. taste it…and she liked!

Multi-Grain Cereal

After bringing the water to a boil for the Multi-Grain Cereal, I stirred in the contents of the package. I reduced the heat and stirred occasionally for 5 minutes, and this was the result:

I served the Mrs. some of the cereal and we both agreed to add our favorite 100% Maple Syrup just because that’s our preferred flavoring. I didn’t add any salt to the cereal as we cooked it because I wanted to taste the flavor before we added the syrup. It tasted great alone and had the perfect flavor once we added a little milk and 100% maple syrup. I could have eaten it without the syrup and milk, but it’s definitely a treat to eat it when all the comforts are available!


Wise Food Storage does a great job with the flavor and texture of the food. If they really do deliver on the 25-year shelf-life then it ranks right up there with other freeze-dried & dehydrated meals I’ve eaten over the years. The instructions were easy to follow and the flavor was really good, which indicates to me that I would definitely recommend their product as part of your short & long-term food storage supplies. Often-times, the flavors don’t turn out so well without having to “doctor-it-up” a bit. This was not the case. The meals stood alone without having to improve the flavor.

Another thing I like about this kind of food storage in general, is that it requires you to address two areas: emergency water & emergency food. It’s a latent benefit of getting your food storage in order. You cannot enjoy food storage with such a lengthy lifespan without it being dehydrated and/or freeze-dried. My food storage makes me take really good care of my water storage & purification solutions: primarily my Berkey Water Filters (

The pricing was great as well: less than $1.97 per serving with a shelf-life of 25 years!

Another strong point with the Wise Food Storage is that the meals were in fact filling! I didn’t expect to be satisfied without having to eat the whole 4-meal content of each package, but I was satisfied and had a good “snack” amount left over.


This product-like every other “emergency food storage” solution out there is designed to be used in a scenario when energy and resources are to be conserved as much as possible. I don’t have a problem with using water to reconstitute food because that quantity of water which I add to cooking it will compose a percentage of my daily hydration maintenance level. I just don’t like having to use pots and pans which will need to be washed after preparing the food. I will have to use extra energy & water: two precious resources. As a remedy to my personal preference, I will invest in their outdoor meal packets because hot water can be easily added to the mylar packet and then the contents can be eaten directly in the pouch.

One other observation is that Wise Food Storage has chosen to not use real meat in the meals, but uses textured vegetable protein (TVP) instead. Now, I understand that meat is ideally eaten when it is fresh and lean, so this is not a big deal to me. I just wanted to point that out because to some people it makes all the difference in the world. Personally, I would just add some rabbit, deer, beef or chicken meat from a fresh hunt if I wanted to enjoy real meat during such a situation.

All-in-all, I recommend Wise Food Storage as part of your short and long-term food storage solutions.

You Don’t Have to Be a Gourmet Chef to Cook With Food Storage

One of the most common food storage questions, readers ask me, is “what do we do with all those grains and beans you suggest we store in our pantry”. This is a good question and one that I’m sure has been asked by many while facing their buckets of grains and wondering what to do next.

To be honest, when I started doing this, I asked the same, but with the help of several  good books, recipes and a bit of trial and error, I can now whip up a tasty meal from what most people, would think was a bucket of horse feed. It’s not at all difficult, so don’t be intimidated (or afraid to throw out a blotched batch of whatever you are making) all you have to do is start.

This is the main reason (aside from saving money) that I stress that you need to use what you store, so you can learn and know how to use what you have when needed. Never stockpile and think you’ll learn what to do with it “when you have to” do it now… You’ll gain confidence and a valuable skill.

Before listing my five favorite recipes here, I would like to suggest three books, that I think will be a great help to you when learning how to use and prepare these basic foods. 

The first book is “How to live on wheat” by John Hill this is a great book that I reviewed here. The other two books are by Peggy Layton Cookin’ With Beans and Rice and Cookin’ with Home Storage, these three books will help answer any questions you have about using basic foods from your pantry and are loaded with recipes that you can use in your kitchen.

Below are five of my favorite recipes  using foods from my food storage…

Cooked Pinto Beans

  • 2 cups of beans
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of lard (you can make your own lard)

Sort beans, wash and soak overnight. Beans can be cooked on the stove top, over an open fire or in a Crock-Pot or pressure cooker. Mix everything in an appropriately sized cooker and cook over heat until soft.
If I am going to be home all day I prefer the open fire, gives the beans a unique taste not found with the other methods. The fastest and most convenient way to cook pinto beans is with a pressure cooker.

Pinto Bean Cakes

  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 1 small onion, chopped (I like to use wild onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Press beans into a paste with a fork and add cornmeal, salt, flour and chili powder. Stir well. Add the chopped onion and mix until well blended. If the mixture is too dry, thin it with bean juice or a small amount of water. Heat a skillet and grease it with bacon drippings, lard or cooking oil. When the pan is hot, drop on the bean mixture by the spoonful and press each bean cake flat with a spoon or spatula. Brown and serve.

Corn and Bean Pone

Grind ½ cup of whole corn and ½ cup of pinto beans to the consistency of flour, combine in a bowl mixing well, add one teaspoon of salt and gradually add ¾ cup of boiling water. Melt enough lard to cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of grease, after the pan is greased, pour the mixture into the pan and blend with the grease.

The mix shouldn’t stand more than an inch thick in the pan to start, rising very little during preparation. (To make it rise like cornbread add two teaspoons of baking powder.) Bake at 350 degrees until done. The pone will develop a brown crunchy crust when done. This can also be fried on the stove top, like pancakes. I like to chop up a batch of wild onion and mix with the batter before baking this adds flavor and texture. Also makes a makes a good breakfast – for breakfast don’t add the onions and instead cover with maple syrup or add a little honey.

Wheat Sprouts 

Soak wheat in warm water for 24 hours, drain and pour the wheat into a large jar. Cover the mouth of the jar with a thin cloth or screen – sprouting wheat needs oxygen so be sure it can “breathe”.  Flood the jar three or four times a day, draining off any remaining liquid each time.

The wheat will start to sprout in about two-five days depending on the surrounding temperatures – when the sprouts have grown to 1/4 – 1 inch in length they can be used. The sprouts can be eaten raw or dried and ground into a flour then added to recipes and breads. Drying, reduces the vitamin content, so I prefer to eat the sprouts fresh.

With sprouts you can have fresh greens even in winter and they only costs cents per pound. Besides sprouting wheat you can also sprout other seeds and legumes such as sunflower, buckwheat, soy beans, mung beans, alfalfa, clover etcetera.

One of my favorite sprout recipes is from the afore mention “How to live on wheat”  is cooked sprout cereal you’ll need, 4 cups freshly sprouted wheat, cook the sprouts for a few minutes or until they are soft. Add to a large bowl and add salt and honey to taste and cover with warm milk. Makes a nutritious breakfast or midday snack.

Simple Sourdough Bread

To make simple sourdough bread mix the following ingredients in a large bowl:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sourdough batter
  • ½ cup legume protein complement
  • 1 tsp salt

Knead dough thoroughly and allow to rise to about twice its original height. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until done.

Have you tried preparing food from your food storage? What worked best for you? What did you learn? Let us know in the comments.

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What Did You Do To Prep This Week

It’s been a long week, a week with a lot of stress and more than a few tears, but the funeral and burial are over and it’s time for everyone to begin to healing. My girlfriend has taken the loss of her father better than I anticipated  – I think the nine months she spent taking care of him helped.

While she is sad that he is gone, I think she is relieved that he will not have to suffer anymore. I watched my grandmother die of colon cancer fourteen years ago and in my opinion cancer is one of the worst ways for anyone to die; a bullet to the head would be more merciful.

I’m sorry for only posting guest posts this week, but I’ve been so busy, helping with the funeral and comforting my girlfriend, that I haven’t had the time or mental capacity to write anything useful. I’m just thankful to have had several great guest posts to fall back on.

Everything should be back to normal by Monday (I have a great post planned), thank you for being patient – one thing is sure, and that is that, I have the best readers of any blog. I am blessed.

I would like to thank Mark S, Heather T, Sam S, David T, Jerry L, Tracy M and Michael D for their donations over the past week. Thank you. Unless anyone has objections, I’m going to give the money to my girlfriend to help with the funeral expenses, since the funeral home has already called wanting payment.

On another note; if you have used the “Teotwawki Multi Lens Vision System” from TEOTWAWKI VISION.COM please let me know your thoughts and experiences with the product. This looks like it would be perfect for one of my friends, but I would like to get some feedback from you before suggesting the product to him.

I’ve often nagged at you to do at least one thing each week to increase your chances of surviving a disaster, so admitting that, I’ve done nothing myself,  makes me feel like I’ve failed to meet my own standards. I’ll have to double up on my preps in the next week to make up for it.

I know you guys have done better than I did this week – so what did you do to prep this week? Please let us know in the comments below.