Friday, November 8, 2013

How to start a fire using a clear water bottle

Instead of using water-resistant matches or even having a manufactured fire starter in your bug-out bag, why not just add black paper and a clear water bottle with water in it to your stash.  That's right, you can start a fire with just a water bottle and black paper.  Here's how it's done:

Of course, it's not a bad idea to have some matches or a fire starter on hand just in case it's a cloudy day, or at night.  But this is a great solution for everyday fire starting and is something to greatly consider adding to your bug-out stash.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Think storage for the long term

When it comes to long term sustaining of food,  we reach for whole grains, but does this concept still apply to long term food storage?  You bet!  Whole grains are a great long term food concept for keeping you full for long periods of time, and they can be easily stored as well.

The types of foods that you want to look toward when storing for long periods of time are items such as oats, flours, grains, beans, etc.  But what is the exact list of items that can be stored for long periods of time and how long do they last.  Here is a complete list of items that are considered "Dry Goods" that can be stored for long periods of time and how long they last.

Remember to always rotate your stock on hand monthly.

  1. Most Beans (Up to 2 years)
  2. Dry Corn Kernels (Up to 1 year)
  3. Dry Pasta that does not contain cheeses or sauces (Up to 2 years)
  4. Flour All-purpose (Up to 2 years)
  5. Barley Flour and the like (Up to 8 months)
  6. Bread Flours (Up to 6 months)
  7. Pepper-Black (Up to 6 months)
  8. Pepper-Peppercorn (Up to 6 months)
  9. Sugar-Granulated (Up to 2 years)
  10. Sugar-Powdered (Up to 1 year and maybe longer if moisture is kept down)
  11. Salt-Table with Iodine (Up to 5 years)
  12. Salt-Sea Salt (Up to 10 years)
  13. Brownie Mix (Up to 6 months)
  14. Biscuit Mix (Up to 1 year)
  15. Flavor Mix-for water (Up to 6 months)
  16. Oats-Rolled (Up to 1 year)
  17. Spices-non-leaf (Up to 3 months)
  18. Spices-leaf variety (Up to 6 months)
  19. Rice-White (Up to 5 years)
  20. Rice-Brown (Up to 3 years)
  21. Corn Meal (Up to 2 years)
  22. Pizza Crust-Dry (Up to 1 year)
  23. Hot Cocoa (Up to 2 years)
  24. Coffee Creamer-non-dairy (Up to 1 year)

Be sure and keep these dry goods in a sealed, labeled jar or food-grade container.  Most of these times of storage are based on personal experience from myself and others.  Some dry foods may be able to be stored for longer periods of time throughout the course of your prepping.  Stock of foods on hand should be rotated on a monthly bases when in boxes or cans, but dry foods can be left and rotated once every six months to a year.  

Be sure and store enough dry foods along with your other food prep for each member of your family.  For example, if your biscuit mix makes 100 biscuits per stored jar, prepare as needed for each member of the family.  Think of your stock as being the only means of survival and plan ahead for what you'll need when a catastrophic event hits your area or your home, such as weather or other events.
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