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Giving away food is a prep? You bet it is!

Wait a minute, Salty, you want me to believe that the act of giving away food that I grow in my garden is actually a prep? Seriously? Why yes, my doubting reader, I sure am. Let me explain.  When we… Continue Reading

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Step-By-Step: How To Make Hardtack Biscuits Simply & Inexpensively

Making Hardtack Biscuits Hardtack has been a staple long-term storage food for over 1,000 years. Known by many names, and made in untold numbers of combinations of grains and flours, the purpose of Hardtack (or sea biscuits) is to provide… Continue Reading

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Food Rotation: Using Pantry Organizers Keeps Survival Larder Fresh

One of the most important parts of having an affordable “deep larder” is keeping food on hand that A) you like eating and B) that stays fresh enough to not have a bunch of waste. This is a big subject,… Continue Reading

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BOL Invaded By Green Aliens! (And NO, It’s Not In Roswell, NM)

Spoiler alert:  It wasn’t These aliens: Having to weed a prairie is just not right.  I blamed the morning job on the blamed fool that decided that Sericea lespedeza would make a great import to northeast Missouri.  “It’s very hardy!”… Continue Reading

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Holey Bones! Three Preps For Osteoporosis

We’ve all heard stories of how the old lady fell and broke her hip.  Well, usually not quite.  She often took a step, broke her hip because the bone was so thin and fragile, and this caused her to fall.… Continue Reading

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Scum Weenies: Are Canned Vienna Sausages A Decent Prep?

Article by Salty & Spice We’ve all seen them, and chances are good most people have actually eaten them… the ubiquitous Vienna Sausage. I gotta be honest, the name Vienna Sausage sounds a bit too fancy for these gelatinous packed… Continue Reading

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Prepper Estate Planning: Beginning Planning For Grandchildren

One of the awkward moments in every Prepper fiction book is the moment when the protagonist acquires the wherewithal to buy all the “stuff” he needs.  In some cases, the book will simply start with all of the shopping done,… Continue Reading

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Podcast: We open up our get-home bag

I’ve got to admit it, in the prepping community there seems to be a bizzare fascination with the collecting, construction and contents of get home bags, three day bags and bugout bags. I’ve seen people come to verbal blows on… Continue Reading

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Food review: Louisiana Red Beans & Rice from Backpacker’s Pantry

This is a dehydrated pouch meal meant as camping supplies but certainly suitable as fairly shelf-stable and compact storage food that doesn’t need refrigeration.  You add boiling water to the pouch, stir, seal it up for about 20 min, and… Continue Reading

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Review: Loma Linda Canned “Swiss Stakes” (not a typo)

We are always looking for medium-term storage food (3-5 years), and recently picked up a few Loma Linda products to test them out. First up? Loma Linda “Swiss Stakes”.  The “Stakes” are not actually meat, they are vegetarian textured vegetable… Continue Reading

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Bleach is a Prepper’s Friend … temporarily

Bleach.  We’re talking the common household variety, about $2.50 a gallon at the nearest big box store.  More formally, sodium hypochlorite dilute solution (usually 5.25%, although ‘household bleach’ varieties range from 3-6% solutions).   In chem-speak, it’s a potent oxidizing… Continue Reading

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And the winner for Most Food per Foot is?

The potato bin! Or so I’ve read, and by the end of the year I’ll see if it’s true.  Building and planting a potato bin is one of my garden experiments this year.  (Every year I try a few new… Continue Reading

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Garden pests? Just share your beer …

Slugs.   Ugs.   Giant slugs that not only gnaw on your strawberries, tomatoes, and other formerly-fine produce, but leave sliiimmmeeeee all over what’s left…triple ug.  And don’t even get me *started* about what happens if you walk out into… Continue Reading

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When it’s hard to choose…Pick Both!

Rack Of Cans

It’s hard to know how much of one’s time and treasure to spend preparing for unpredictable events.  Too little, and you’re left hanging in the wind when life throws a curve (as it inevitably will, eventually).  Too much and you… Continue Reading

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Review: Augason Farms Cheesy Broccoli and Rice (Instant)

This is what I’d call a ‘good base for an entree’ entry in the reasonably priced, long term storage, easy preparation food.  It’s not special, but is of good quality and tastes pretty good.  There’s not much broccoli, but enough… Continue Reading