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July 2015

July 20, 2015 - "New BOV Project" As of this date we have begun a new BOV project. You can view the status by clicking here. If you are interested in the older BOV project click here. Both project pages can be accessed from the menu on the left as well.

July 20, 2015 - "Foraging for Food Identifying Poisonous Berries" Even if you’re not prepping for an apocalypse, knowing how to forage for food in the wild is a useful skill to have. Properly identifying plants and berries can mean the difference between survival and death. Knowing identifying properties of common poisonous berries in the U.S. will go a long way toward helping you forage safely.  Click here

uly 20, 2015 - "Preserving Fish Safely" By Deb Botzek-Linn. Why and How Does Freshly Caught Fish Spoil? Freshly caught fish spoil easily and need to be properly preserved. The four most popular methods of fish preservation are freezing, canning, smoking, and pickling. Click here

July 19, 2015 - "Very Clever Trick to Fool Looters" By Patty Hahne. I’d like you to participate in a mental exercise with me for a few minutes. Imagine, if you will, that a major catastrophe has occurred in your area resulting in looting and marauding on a large scale basis. The people in your local town have already cleared out all of the shelves in the stores and they are beginning to go house to house looking for supplies that they can use to survive with. Click here

July 19, 2015 - "Homemade Vanilla Extract" Here is a useful recipe for making homemade Vanilla Extract. Click here

July 15, 2015 - "Spice Rack Explosives How to Make Gunpowder with Salt and Sugar" By William Finucane. The best chemistry experiments are those you can perform with items already laying around your house. With only some sugar, salt substitute and an instant cold pack, you can make your very own gunpowder! Being able to make homemade gunpowder without a trip to the store can be a lifesaver, no matter if it's just for testing out a Civil War-era musket, blowing up stubborn tree stumps, or preparing for battle when imperialists overrun your country. Click here

July 14, 2015 - "The Bacon Fat Candle A little bit of bacon in every day" By Catherine. If you’re anything like me, you love bacon. So much in fact, you have saved memories of each bacon accompanied breakfast in your fridge in the form of bacon fat. Over time the leftover fat accumulates faster than you can reasonably use it. And that’s where the bacon fat candle comes into play. You could technically, even pour this candle over roasted veggies for a little bacon flavor, because I know that thought crossed your mind already or it might make an unexpected smelling gift for the right person! Click here

July 14, 2015 - " How To Block Infrared Thermal Imaging" The best camouflage or hiding spot in the world can’t protect a warm body from being visible to infrared (IR) thermal imaging. Either an IR scope or drone flying overhead can easily pick up heat signatures from you and warm equipment you would otherwise like to keep concealed. Click here

July 11, 2015 - Morse Code Chart

July 7, 2015 - "How to Easily Grow an Endless Supply Of Onions On Your Window Sill!" First, let’s have a quick glimpse at the incredible health benefits of onions: Did you know that onions have been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and heal infections? The phytochemicals in onions improve the working of C vitamin in the body, thus giving you the gift of boosted immunity. Onions contain chromium, which assists in blood sugar regulation. Click here

July 7, 2015 - "Three Fridge Free Ways to Preserve Meat Long-Term" by: Zach Dunn. Before the age of modern refrigeration, most people relied on what we would consider primitive methods to preserve meats. If you were wealthy, or had the means, you might have relied on ice to preserve some foods. The extremely wealthy bought fresh meat and fish daily from market. But for those who did not have means — the common every day folks — this was simply not feasible. Click here

July 7, 2015 - "How to Grow Bananas No Matter Where You Live" by: Kristen Duever. Bananas are a colorful, well-loved, widely enjoyed snack. They also are known for being a tropical food. If you’ve ever wished that you could grow your own bananas but are concerned that the climate where you live is just a bit too cold, then you’ll be happy to know that it is possible to grow this delicious treat even in areas where the weather is a bit cooler than you might consider ideal. Click here

July 5, 2015 - "9 Home Remedies for Chest Congestion" If you are congested and full of mucus, give one of these 9 home remedies for chest congestion a try. In many cases some of these home remedies are actually more effective than the expensive drugs you can buy from the pharmacy. Click here

July 5, 2015 - "How to make a portable infrared night vision scope" Last weekend I decided to make an infrared night vision scope and here it is. The reason why it works is that the infrared camera can see the infrared lights, but human eye can't. I attached the infrared camera to an old VHS camcorder's viewfinder, so I could see what the camera shows. Three 9 volt batteries support everything, so it's portable. It can be used outdoors and indoors too and can built in a single weekend. Click here

July 4, 2015 - "Making and Canning Sauerkraut" When I was a little girl, my Granny Smith always had a row of crocks in her cellar filled with pickles, pickled beans, pickled corn, and sauerkraut. These brine and vegetable filled vessels intrigued and fascinated me... in went a little salt, some clear, clean water, and the vegetable of choice... and out came a tasty treat! Granny always broke her corn cobs into 2-3 inch pieces for pickling... just the perfect size for tiny hands to enjoy. Click here

June 28, 2015 - "EMP Survival: 9 Ways to Prepare for an Electro-Magnetic Pulse" by Tim MacWelch. Few survival scenarios have captured the imagination (or spawned fear) like the electro-magnetic pulse. This event or weapon, commonly known as an EMP, creates a short burst of electromagnetic energy that can disrupt or even destroy electronic devices and systems, potentially even the electrical power grid. An EMP can occur naturally, such as the pulse from a massive solar flare, but EMPs are also created by technological devices, typically nuclear weapons.  Click here

June 27, 2015 - "Top 10 Ways to Prepare Kale" By Mary Crimmins. My body has been deprived of leafy greens this summer. It has been so hot here in Nashville that no greens stood a chance to grow in the blazing heat. Last week, I saw a familiar friend at the Market – KALE! I couldn’t believe it. For me this marked the end of the summer, and the promise of cooler temperatures to come. Click here

June 25, 2015 - "Clamming101 Class" There will be a Clamming class taking place at Delaware State Park at 2:00 PM today. It will last for about an hour and a half. You will have the opportunity to wade through Rehoboth Bay in search of the Northern quahog clam. Learn everything you need to know to go clamming on your own. Catch and release only. Pre-registration is required. Ages 8 and up. $6 per person meets on New Road, South of Dewy Beach. Phone: (302) 227-6991

June 25, 2015 - "How to Construct a Small Septic System" Most private septic systems are made up of two parts: The holding and digesting tanks and the dispersal field. The system shown here is a small system, designed for limited use of by two people with no laundry and a small travel trailer. The concept is not the same as a larger system. The tank is much smaller than required and the design is missing some important items such as internal baffles and a qualified site assessment. This system uses two 55 gallon (208.2 L) drums, as opposed to the 1,000 to 2,000 gallon (3,785.4 to 7,570.8 L) tanks used for a standard home septic system. The system we are creating here also has a dispersal field about one third that of a large home. Click here

June 24, 2015 - "How to Grow Multiple Different Fruits on One Tree" by Daniel Gasteiger. It’s pruning and grafting time in my small kitchen garden, as it must be for nearly everyone in hardiness zone 6 and lower (north of zone 6). But time is running out. You should stop pruning when the leaf buds on your trees start to plump up in preparation to open, and that usually happens in early April. Click here

June 24, 2014 - "Top 30 Medicinal Plants to Learn For Survival" By Theresa Crouse. When SHTF, it won’t be long before modern medicines are hard to come by, so you need a back-up plan. That’s OK though because there’s a form of medicine that can be just as effective and has been in use for millennia: herbs and plants. Click here

June 23, 2015 - Updated PDF Downloads" Our PDF download section has been updated on this date. We hope the material will be of value in completing your preparedness tasks. Click the "E-Book Downloads" tab on the left side.

June 23, 2015 - "How to Make A Hanging Gutter Garden" Gutter gardens are a great way to take advantage of the vertical spaces around your home to grow flowers, edibles and create a stylish space divider or privacy screen without spending too much money. Click here

June 22, 2015 - "BBQ Pizza Dome" by mdub. Although I have been using my gas barbecue (Grill) for making pizza for a while, there was always something lacking. The spring in the crust was not as good as it should have been and no amount of experimentation in dough recipes seemed to be giving me all the results I wanted. I needed a oven that would produce high enough temperatures which would cook the pizza in under 5 minutes. A brick oven seemed the best way to go. Click here

June 22, 2015 - "9 Home Remedies for Chest Congestion" If you are congested and full of mucus, give one of these 9 home remedies for chest congestion a try. In many cases some of these home remedies are actually more effective than the expensive drugs you can buy from the pharmacy. Click here

June 22, 2015 - "How to Preserve Dairy Products For Emergency Situations" By Carmen. Preserving dairy products is tricky, but it can be done. A part of storing food for emergencies is ensuring that the food you store is nourishing and will keep you and your family fortified for a time when food may not be readily available. Dairy is an important component in a well-balanced diet, and many meals require dairy in their preparation. While you can stock up on evaporated and dried milk, there are also ways of storing dairy in your home that could potentially be less expensive than store-bought items. Click here

June 21, 2015 - " Cauliflower bread" Here is a different sort of bread to try. There is no flour what-so-ever in this recipe.  Click here

June 21, 2015 - "Quieting That Generator" By Warlord. We have a Coleman 10HP "Power Mate" 5KW generator. It's LOUD. It has a "Spark Arrester" as a muffler. The factory has no aftermarket mufflers for it, and extensive web-searches have not turned up a suitable muffler for it. Something HAD to be done. Click here

June 21, 2015 - "Homemade Mustard 101" By Jennifer. The only thing that could have made my recent batch of soft pretzels even better would have been some homemade mustard to dip them in. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have the thought quite early enough: This mustard recipe needs about a week in the fridge to come to full maturity. Lucky for you, you can learn from my mistakes. If you follow this mustard recipe now and preheat your oven for pretzels in exactly one week, you’ll be in Oktoberfest heaven! Click here

June 21, 2015 - "Preventing and treating rattlesnake bites" Vera Oliphant, a teenager from San Diego, was walking up a hill to find reception on her cell phone when she accidentally stepped into a snake nest hidden under a pile of leaves. She looked down just in time to watch a mother snake and her babies deliver 6 excruciatingly painful bites. She quickly began seeing spots and losing consciousness; thankfully, she was rushed to the hospital and immediately given anti-venom, which saved her life. After four days in the intensive care unit, she was released to rest at home. Her attackers? Rattlesnakes, the deadliest snakes in North America! Click here

June 20, 2015 - "How to Tell When Your Canned Foods Become Spoiled?" By C. Davis. Have you ever opened a can you made a year before, and you didn’t know whether it was spoiled or not? Whether to throw it away or just remove – for example the mold – and consume the rest? I can’t even remember the number of times when I found myself in this situation. Click here

June 20, 2015 - "Homemade Emergency Canned Heat" I’ve been offline for a few days due to a huge storm hitting West Virginia. We lost power at 4:23 am on Saturday morning. We had power restored at 11 am on Monday. It was a long few days. We were able to stay in our house. Thankfully no pipes broke and there were no major events other than the power outage. I want to really encourage you all to be prepared for such emergencies. You can make your own “Sterno” at home for heating water. Click here

June 19, 2015 - "5 Weird Things That Aren’t In Your Med Kit, But Should Be" by Tim MacWelch. Dressings, medicines, band-aids, and gauze all have a rightful place in your medical kit. Whether your kit is built for a day hike or the end of days, there’s always room to cram a little more gear in there. But what should it be? More dressings are always good. Some additional meds wouldn’t hurt. But there are some other things that might not seem like they belong, yet are very useful and practical to carry. Here are five odd pieces of gear that I like to keep in my medical kit. Click here

June 19, 2015 - "Growing Coffee Beans at Home" Growing coffee plants at home is a rewarding experience that will help you learn and appreciate the work involved in producing coffee. It is a very easy plant to take care of and is a great conversation piece, especially during flowering or cherry development. Click here

June 18, 2015 - "How to Make Cheese from Powdered Milk" by Erich.
Here’s another recipe I wanted to test out that puts to use the buckets of powdered milk I have stored. Remember if you are constantly rotating your stored food (especially the 3-month food supply) not only will you greatly reduce the chance of anything going bad, but you’ll actually be learning to use your bulk-stored food and eating what you store — some of the most important rules in food storage. click here

June 17, 2015 - "How to Make Rum" This is an instruction set detailing how to make rum at home. It takes about 4-10 days to complete. This instruction set includes instructions for making rum, for making a reflux still of your own, and for dilution of the final product. Rum has been in production since the 17th century in the Caribbean, where the majority of rum production still takes place. It was traditionally made from sugarcane juice, but now is usually made from molasses or brown sugar. Click here

June 16, 2015 - "Hangers for cords" Plastic hangers make great storage for cords.

June 16, 2015 - "Homemade Ketchup" By Brianne. Something for your kids to dip their food in that actually counts as a veggie?! No added sugar?! Plus you can tweak it to suit your taste buds? Yup, it’s Homemade Ketchup. And since you control the quality of the ingredients, you can use the best quality. Click here

June 16, 2015 - "Outdoor Patio Light"  A tuna fish can, a PVC pipe, a dollar store vase, and a candle crafted together will create elegant walkway or patio lighting.

June 16, 2015 - "Homemade Pine Needle Cough Syrup For Powerful Cough Relief" Whether you’re suffering from a common cold, seasonal allergies or a more serious illness, such as pneumonia or bronchitis, the need for immediate and long-lasting cough suppression is immense. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter cough syrup medications are filled with a myriad of synthetic chemicals, which makes it an unappealing option for those wishing to minimize their exposure to these harsh compounds. However, what if you were to discover one of the most potent cough suppressant and anti-inflammatory compounds is found in your backyard? Click here

June 16, 2015 - "A Prepper’s Budget Arsenal" by Will Dabbs. Ours is an age of difficult financial decisions. Some folks blessed with near-limitless resources can prep for literally any eventuality. An underground shelter awash in shelf-stable food and military-grade firepower is great, but what about the rest of us? What is the young father with a working-stiff paycheck and a kid in diapers supposed to do if he wants to be something other than dinner when the trucks stop rolling and the freaks come out to play? Fortunately, I’m cheap by nature and have come across some excellent gear that represents a superb value for the cost-conscious survival prepper. Click here

June 16, 2015 -- "Cast Thermite" There are plenty of Instructables and other how-to's on making Thermite, the incendiary mixture that can not only raise, but also burn, eyebrows. (The concept for this Instructable came from 'the Anarchists Cookbook', and since it doesn't give many's how I do it.) Now, there's nothing wrong with powdered forms of Thermite, that's how I got started a few years back, but sometimes you just want something rock solid that burns nice and bright/hot. Click here

June 16, 2015 - " A place to hang your garden tools"  An old rake is just right for hanging up garden tools.

June 15, 2015 - "How to Make Butter from Milk" A while back I did the post: Make Mozzarella From Milk In Just 30 Minutes which was extremely popular! Given that so many of you liked the idea of making cheese out of milk, I am assuming that you will also like to know how to make totally delicious butter! Click here

June 15, 2015 - "How to Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages" By Kendra Lynne. As I work on turning this one acre homestead into a self-sustaining Garden of Eden, I have two requirements for every single plant I consider putting in the ground: they must be either edible or medicinal. Preferably both. Click here.

June 15, 2015 - "Potato Towers and Living Fence Posts!" When I was living in southern Mexico a few years back, there were many things that fascinated me about their methods of agriculture… it often displayed a simple, straight forward and low energy/resource input methodology. One example of this that fascinated me to no end was the use of a specific type of tree (don’t ask the species, I couldn’t remember even if faced with a firing squad!), which they planted in the ground and used as fence posts. I remember one too many days as a child installing barb wire fences on our family farm, which required the use of excessive brute force and a pile driver, or a bobcat/tractor. In contrast, the low tech approach to creating a living fence post entailed sawing off a branch from a living tree, and sticking it in the ground. The branch would root itself out, and then the fence was attached to the very solid small tree. Eloquent indeed. Click here

June 15, 2015 - "How to fold the flag.

June 14, 2015 - "Learning the Art of Situational Awareness May Keep You Alive" By Patty Hahne. What if I were to tell you that one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself safe doesn’t have anything at all to do with your every day carry gear? Would you be surprised? Click here

June 14, 2015 - "Poison Ivy Remedies Using Herbs" By Rachel Johnston. Sooner or later, many of us will encounter poison ivy, oak, or sumac. Whether you are foraging, gardening, hiking, or just enjoying the warm sunny days, there is a good chance you will see one of these plants. Fortunately, there are several natural poison ivy remedies that can help offer you some relief in case you come in contact with poison ivy! Click here

June 14, 2015 - "How to Keep Flour for Long-Term Storage" by Gryphon Adams. The right container is key to long-term flour storage. Refrigerating or freezing flour extends its life and keeps it safe from pests. If you don't have room for the flour in the fridge or freezer, use a simple trick to reduce the risk of insect larvae and then store it in the right conditions for maximum shelf life. Click here

June 13, 2015 - "Make a Wi-Fi Extender" Plagued by unreliable Wi-Fi connectivity? Just found a cheap and relatively easy way to boost a wireless routers signal strength by creating a simple parabolic reflector dish to direct Wi-Fi signals to your intended receivers. Click here

June 13, 2015 - "How we Plant a Tomato" How do we plant a tomato, you might ask?  With a ridiculous amount of stuff in the hole, is the answer.  When someone ropes me into telling them and I start the long answer, I eventually see their eyes glaze over.  That's the point where I say, "Then you throw in the kitchen sink and cover it all up."  To date, no one has laughed at that joke. Click her

June 13, 2015 - "How to Stop Bleeding With Black Pepper" When it comes to survival and wilderness first aid, I highly recommend you carry a blood clotting agent with you in your first aid kit, personally I believe that CELOX produce the best consumer available blood clotting agent, as unlike many other brands, CELOX is also effective for people on blood thinners such as heparin and warfarin etc. You can purchase CELOX here from Amazon. It is quite expensive, but simply put – it could save your life one day. click here

June 13, 2015 - "10 Survival Uses for Glow Sticks" What is a glow stick or ChemLight? The official definition is a self-contained, short term light source. Chemicals are housed separately in a plastic sheath that when mixed create a temporary chemical glow. There is a fragile glass vile inside a plastic sheath that contains one of the chemicals, which is hydrogen peroxide, and separate from the glass vial in the sheath is dye and diphenyl oxalate. Click here

June 12, 2015 - "Make a minnow trap" You’re ready for fishing. You’ve got everything … but bait. And no cash to buy any. Well, forget throwing money at minnows. Gather your own! It’s simple with this easy-to make trap. Here’s how: Click here

June 12, 2015 - "Build a rain barrel" Conserve water by collecting rainwater and using it for your garden or lawn. Click here

June 12, 2015 - "Make a paracord watchband or bracelet" A paracord watchband makes a great gift or can be used as a survival tool. Unraveled, it provides about 10 feet of handy paracord for fixing tent lines or tying together broken gear. You can even use the line inside the cord for fishing line. Click here

June 11, 2015 - "How to Store Dry Beans & Rice for Long-Term Storage" by Amelia Allonsy. Control moisture, oxygen and temperature to store beans and rice long term. Rice and beans are inexpensive foods that can be stored for 30 years or more if properly packaged, making them good candidates for emergency preparedness food supply. You can store a mixture of beans or a mixture of different rice types, but you must store rice and beans in separate containers. While simple canisters and plastic bags work well for general use storage, long-term storage requires air-tight containers and moisture prevention to prevent food spoilage. Click here

June 11, 2015 - "Tang" Include Tang powder in your food storage plans. It stores easily and is a great way to add vitamin C to your TEOTWAWKI diet when you're living on mostly dried grains from your food cache and meat from hunted game. Alaskan Bushmen and Iditarod racers use this to supplement their diets. Can be served hot or cold, and will help you fight off scurvy.

June 11, 2015 - "Build a solar food dehydrator" Use this solar food dehydrator to make dried healthy snacks for your next camping or hiking trip. Click here

June 11, 2015 - "Natural Tick Repellent Recipe" By Heather. Ticks can really suck the fun out of a beautiful morning spent planting elderberries, taking a walk by (or rather, through) the creek or watching my four year-old, Micah, swoon over Daddypotamus’s newest acquisition. And of course I literally mean suck. Because ticks are more than just a nuisance – they can carry serious illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Click here

June 11, 2015 - "How to Remove Ticks" by Melanie Swick. For more than a century, doctors and researchers have investigated the dangers presented by ticks. They may carry several serious diseases that can be passed on to humans as they feed on their blood, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Most of these diseases are treatable, though they are unpleasant, so it’s always important to act quickly after seeing a tick on your skin. Click here

June 10, 2015 - "Creating a Canine Travel Emergency Kit" I’m sure there are many of you who were bombarded by social media posts about Elicia Calhoun, the agility competitor who was in a car accident in AZ. She was on her way back from a trial in another state when she got in the accident with her dogs in the car. One dog was killed on impact, 3 others were quickly taken to a vet, but two were lost on the side of the highway after being ejected from the vehicle. There was a MASSIVE response to find the two lost dogs. Unfortunately only one was found alive, though both were found. It got me thinking about traveling safely with our canine friends, especially since I do a lot of traveling with my pups. Click here

June 10, 2015 - "Make your own minnow trap" You’re ready for fishing. You’ve got everything … but bait. And no cash to buy any. Well, forget throwing money at minnows. Gather your own! It’s simple with this easy-to make trap. Here’s how: Click here

June 10, 2015 - "How to cook camping doughnuts" Like most food, doughnuts taste even better when you’re camping. Here’s a simple recipe to cook fresh doughnuts on your next outing. Click here

June 10, 2015 - "10 Fishing Baits That Have Stood the Test of Time" By Todd Kuhn. As usual, the fish were stonewalling me. Left scratching my head and rummaging through my tackle box, I stumbled across a cache of battle-weary Rapala original floaters. They’re unmistakable, with their hand-lacquered red smirks. And the way I see it, each slender Finnish minnow was cut from genetically superior Viking stock. These are water warriors, immensely gifted fish catchers. Click here

June 9, 2015 - "Survival Skills Find Natural Toilet Paper" by Tim Mac Welch. It’s easy to laugh about this situation after the fact, but it’s not so funny while the events are unfolding. Here’s the scene. You get caught out in the wild somewhere -- and you’ve got to go... As you rifle through your pockets, desperately hoping to find an old napkin, some tissues, or the toilet paper you meant to pack; you come up empty handed. Click here

June 9, 2015 - "How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally" By Betsy Jabs. I take pride in my advanced detective skills. They can be applied to almost anything – figuring out who ate a sticky snack on the couch, busting the person who wore muddy shoes into the house, and more importantly, identifying the entry point of an army of ants invading our house. Click here

June 9, 2015 - "You’ll LOVE this Homemade Natural Baby Powder!" by Betsy Jabs. When we introduced our new son into the world, our DIY focus shifted a little. It was now all about baby and perfecting natural recipes to help keep toxins out of his life. One of my first projects when our baby was small was a natural homemade baby powder. His tiny little delicate rolls were difficult to keep dry with so many diaper changes during the day. I had so much fun concocting the perfect gentle, soothing baby powder that could be used on him, and it smelled so wonderful I ended up adding it to my own post-shower routine! Click here

June 9, 2015 - "Remedies for Excess Mucus and Throat Clearing" by Dawn Combs" This past weekend we represented our farm at a local festival. It’s one we do every year so our customers plan their shopping trips with us. We try to have the products that are expected, but we missed one very important item. It seemed like every third person was looking for our sage gargle kit for sore throats! I usually think of this item as important to stock in the winter during cold and flu season, but I was wrong. Click here

June 8, 2015 - "Trapping 911" By Dave Canterbury. Next time you’re in a backcountry bind, use these trail and waterside traps to carry on! Click here

June 8, 2015 - "20 plus Foods that must be re-packaged for long-term storage And how to repackage them" Here is a list of foods typically found at grocery stores that can be stored but must be repackaged. Keep in mind, that by repackaging these foods you will also be protecting them from oxygen, pests, and humidity, three of the five enemies of food storage. (The other 2 are heat and light.) Click here

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