Choosing and Storing Bulk Salt

Salt storage is one of those less-than-glamorous topics for a preparedness blog but there’s no denying how useful and necessary salt is. Food grade salt is a combination of the elements Sodium and Chloride or NaCL. These two elements play … Continue reading →

Weston Grain Mill Set-Up and Trial Run

We’ve been wanting to try an inexpensive hand-cranked grain mill on some of our stored grains and beans. We don’t store wheat and we don’t use much flour. We do store beans, rice and rolled oats however and we’re learning … Continue reading →

Wood Fire Kettle Cooking

The weather here has turned cool now. Cool enough to actually enjoy a campfire. The wife and I had a day’s worth of outdoor work to last weekend so we decided to use some of our garden’s remnants to cook … Continue reading →

Jerusalem Artichoke Harvesting and Replanting

Jerusalem artichokes are one of our best perennial producers. Wild “sunchokes” are also relatively abundant in the wild around here. They make a fantastic food source for emergencies or even in your regular diet. It’s early-October and our Jerusalem artichokes … Continue reading →

What Does SHTF Mean To You?

SHTF….. We all know what that stands for but have you really thought about what that means to you?  Does it mean a short-term disruption in our lives or does it mean something larger and longer lasting? Or both?  Everyone … Continue reading →

Foraging the Wild Carrot

The wild carrot is one of the most common edible wild plants. They can be found in meadows, vacant lots and anywhere else that remains unmowed over the summer months. The leaves and stems look identical to a regular carrot … Continue reading →

Mayapple Foraging and an 8 Mile Hike

We have been super-busy this spring…. between work, graduations and relatives popping into town…. we haven’t had the spare time to do anything other than get the garden put in. This year on Father’s day, one of the older dads … Continue reading →

Foraging Lambsquarters

Odds are if you live in an area that is anything other than desert you probably have Lambsquarters growing nearby. It grows commonly in freshly tilled soil and is one of the toughest plants to keep from growing wild in … Continue reading →