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Recently I have been asked questions about the advisability of storing cake or pancake mixes and other similar items.  My advice is not to, for several reasons.  Now first I am talking about the cake or pancake mixes, you purchase at your local...

I see a lot of discussion about storing food in plastic five-gallon buckets and whether or not they are food grade.  This is a topic that concerns me.  There is a lot of misinformation being spread on this subject. A wide spread rumor is that h...

  Yesterday I talked about sanitation; today I want to continue this subject by talking about outhouses.  When I was young I lived in two different homes that had outhouses and I am somewhat familiar with them. An outhouse does not have to be...

The chokecherry or prunus virginiana is said to be the most widespread tree in North America.  It is found from Newfoundland to British Colombia, through all but the most northern areas.  It ranges as far south as Georgia and in the Rockies thro...

Easy to make and inexpensive tripod. Tucked away in our storage we have some Dutch ovens that are built for use on a stove.  This means no ring around the top to hold coals and the legs on the bottom are missing.  However, these are good US mad...

Here are some free manuals of various books on knots and military manuals that you may find useful that you can download! You may want to consider downloading them to an older laptop and sticking it in a Faraday Bag. This will let you keep them handy, eve...

Mesquite trees are found in northern Mexico throughout the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts, and as far north as southern Kansas, west to the Colorado Desert in California, and east to parts of Texas These ...

Recently I have run across several people who are concerned about how to get water out of their water well in an emergency.  Without electricity, most of today’s water wells would become useless.  But remember people had functioning wells prio...

Lambs Quarters (pigweed, goosefoot, wild spinach) is seen by most people as a common weed. They don’t realize that it is a tasty and nutritious green vegetable that can be enjoyed, free for the picking. Lambs quarter, is sometimes referred to as goosefoot...

  For years I have been under the misconception that corn meal could not be stored for long periods of time.  I always believed that it would turn the oils rancid.  As a result, I have always stored popcorn or dent corn in whole kernels.

The best trash can for a Faraday cage EMP (Electromagnetic pulse) is a subject I am always trying to find out more about.  Now I am not going to become an expert in electronics, but I want to know enough to protect my electronic devices.&nbs...

A warm body can be detected by the infrared (IR) heat that it gives off with thermal imaging equipment, and provides a difficult challenge to someone or something wishing to avoid detection. You may be camouflaged in the best concealment there is, but y...

If you have a Coleman stove that works on the small propane canisters, you can readily adapt it to work off a five- gallon propane tank.  This lets you run your stove almost 20 times longer without refueling.  It takes a simple adapter that is...

Learn the hidden dangers in using wasp spray for self defense I don’t normally write on self-defense, but I have seen a number of internet posts in circulation that suggest using wasp spray for self-defense.  This is something I would be very car...

Notice the swelling on the sides of the can on the right, compared to a good can Spam is a versatile and hardy food which many people think has a good shelf life, but does it really? In the past, I have mentioned on several occasions that Hormel...

First, understand that I am not a Doctor and can’t give medical advice.  I am providing the formula for Dakin’s Solution for information only. Dakin’s solution, is an antiseptic solution containing sodium hypochlorite and developed to tr...

Recently I was asked the following question by someone who wants to install a 5000-watt generator to run their home in case of a power failure: What is the best choice for fuel, propane, gasoline or diesel? This reader is leaning towards getting a...

If you were to go back to the late 1800’s you would find laudanum being sold without a prescription over the counter. It was commonly used as a painkiller, cough suppressant and for the treatment of diarrhea. Laudanum is a tincture of ...

Well, today is cleaning the freezer day. It’s been a while since this has been done, and believe me, it was due. I don’t know why we insist on saving the last drop of gravy or a few spoonfuls of vegetables, but we do. Very often they are freezer burned an...

I see a lot of discussion about storing food in plastic five-gallon buckets that are not food-grade.  Many people feel that if they store them in Mylar Bags inside the buckets the food will be unaffected.  To the best of my knowledge, this is co...