Infographic Ten Things to Do Now!

Many of you will recognize this list of ten things to do now from reading my article – The Preppers Checklist – Ten Things to do Now, that a is a popular and useful checklist for new preppers, to get started, so I thought that I would bring it back albeit in a different form, to reach more readers and to hopefully get more people prepping.

Please help me spread the word by sharing this list with everyone you know via email,  or any social media outlets that you are active in. Also feel free to re-post this infographic list on your blog or website, as long as a credit is given via a link-back to this post.  Thank you for your help…

The Prepper’s Food Storage Checklist

When it comes to storing enough food to survive, unassisted and on your own for three six-months or a full year or even longer is the point where most new preppers get overwhelmed and some even give up altogether. And while I agree that storing and rotating such a large amount of food on a continuing basis can be a lot of work and takes dedication, it is by no means impossible, and if done right can even be enjoyable.

But where do you start? You should start with the basics first wheat (or other grains, for those who have trouble digesting gluten), rice, beans, oats, corn, salt, honey, cooking oil and powdered milk.

If you think you can live without coffee after SHTF, think again!

Hello, Wolf Pack! My name is Liz, and I’d like to share with you why I think that coffee is so important in a survival scenario. I created this quick visual guide outlining some of the reasons why I think you should take a serious look at how much coffee you have in long-term storage. If you haven’t taken this particular resource seriously in the past, I hope you will reconsider. It could be a great asset when times are at their most difficult. As with many other topics discussed here on The Survivalist Blog, just a little bit of effort in preparation now could make a world of difference in an uncertain future.

When I’m not prepping, I spend most of my free time raising my three kids and taking care of our home. I also like to write about coffee on my blog over at CharmCoffee.com. I was doing some research for my site, which got me thinking about this whole topic. This kind of subject matter might be controversial among members of my ‘mainstream’ audience, so I thought that it would be better served being shared here among a like-minded crowd.

My husband and I are proud members of the preparedness community, and recently while we were conducting an inventory of our long term food storage, we got into a bit of a disagreement about whether or not coffee was a necessary resource in our prep.

My husband is a casual coffee drinker but he insisted that he would be just fine without it if SHTF and we lost our access to the outside world. While I agree that technically things like clean water and basic foodstuffs are more important to short-term survival, the value of coffee to long-term morale was something that he should reconsider.

In addition to the morale-boosting benefits, I believe that the value of coffee as a commodity should not be underestimated. If we were to face an economic collapse, which I believe is becoming more and more likely with our astronomical national debt, the value of this resource would skyrocket. The coffee bean itself cannot be grown throughout the majority of the United States, due to climate, so supply would be limited to that which smart preppers like ourselves would have stored. The barter value would be immense, even with simple freeze-dried instant coffee (which is actually the easiest to store long term).

I have been following The Survivalist Blog for some time now, and I think it’s one of the best resources anywhere in terms of helping regular people plan for future uncertainty. It seemed like the perfect place for me to share my findings, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to do so. I would like to thank M.D. Creekmore for the amount of hard work and time that he puts into this resource, and I am honored to have the privilege of contributing to it here today.

Keeping It Real Simple… Bread Making for “Dummies” or Those Who Are Kitchen Challenged

Bread making experts can tell you all about making bread… The do’s, the don’ts and all the chemistry and nutrition factors involved. But let’s face it – some days you just want/need to learn a new skill that is quick, easy, inexpensive and satisfying to the mouth, the soul and the pocketbook.

Cast Iron Bread Making is one such skill. …and what is really great is that it is a skill that can and should be practiced and enjoyed now.

Do you want to save money and eat healthy… then sprout grains for food

Most fresh sprouts are pretty good, when ground up and added to flour and baked into bread. I like Mung bean and Alfalfa sprouts the best but, each persons tastes are different. There is a chapter in the book “31 Days to Survival” about sprouting, that covers the basics, I also recommend the “The Sprouting Book: How to Grow and Use Sprouts to Maximize Your Health and Vitality“.

Long Term Food Storage: Bulk Buying Tips For Frugal Budgets!

Low Cost Food Storage Ideas for New Preppers. Here’s How To Do It Yourself and Save!.

In today’s economic climate, finances are a major concern for everyone, but doubly so for the prepper or survivalist. Not only are we trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy in our everyday lives, we are also attempting to put together a “kit” for another lifestyle altogether, a kit that will keep us alive when everything falls apart.

Generally, the first items purchased by a prepper are foodstuffs, and these preps can be made slowly and relatively inexpensively, over a long period of time, or one can bite the bullet and spend a fortune to “prep” quickly, and in today’s socio-economic climate, quickly is the byword.

This usually involves purchasing ready made and assembled food packs from some company offering a 5-gallon survival pail sufficient to feed you for anywhere from 3 weeks to six months, or by buying surplus MRE’s. Both of these are good options, but you are paying for convenience and there is a better and much less expensive option.

Having been a long time prepper, 25+ years, I was into long term food storage at a time when options were few: Foods packaged for campers, vey expensive, and MRE’s, always surplus and also fairly expensive.

Food Prepping

BBB (Beef,Bacon and Beans)

Recipe provided by Backwoods Prepper

I would like to share this recipe with the pack.

BBB (Beef,Bacon and Beans)

  • 1 14.5oz can of Keystone beef or a quart jar of canned deer meat (what I use)
  • 1 28oz can of your favorite baked beans
  • 6 slices of bacon fried the way u like it. Crisp is best for this recipe
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. or make your own white sugar and molasses.
  • 1 teaspoon mustard

dash of salt

Combine all ingredients in a cast iron pot for best taste or any pot will do. bring to a boil turn down on low simmer for 20 to 30 min covered. cut heat let stand covered about 10 minutes and serve. serves 4. we make cornbread muffins to go with ours but any bread you like will do. Hope you guys like it, we do very hearty. Never stop prepping.

PREPAREDNESS TIP: COCONUT OIL

Finding fats and oils that will store well can be a difficult and expensive part of building up food storage. As I noted in last week’s tip, most of the cheap vegetable oils on the market now are not healthy in the long term and should be avoided, including corn, soy, and canola oils. Not only are these cheaper oils less healthy to the unstable fats in them, they are usually extracted using high pressure, high heat and chemical treatments that draw out a larger percentage of the oil resulting in damaged, unhealthy oils. Fortunately, there are still excellent quality oils out there.

Coconut oil is one of the most valuable oils now and in hard times. Tropical oils like this are very high in saturated fats and become stiff like butter below 76 deg. F. The saturated fats withstand the heat of cooking well and resist becoming rancid, particularly if water and contaminants are kept out and it is stored in cool, dark conditions. Some say coconut oil will last indefinitely this way.