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10 Things Our Grandparents Wish We All Knew

The world we live in is certainly different from the one our grandparents were born into. Our resources, challenges, technology and opportunities have changed dramatically. But one thing has remained the same — we are still people. In our hearts, we remain the same kind of creatures our ancestors were. …

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7 Ways to Conserve Without A Refrigerator Which Many Of Our Grandparents And Ancestors Use

Most of America’s food storage today depends on refrigeration or freezing, or processed foods that we purchased at a grocery store and then stocked in a pantry. But there was a time when food storage wasn’t quite so easy. On a fundamental level, old-time off-the-grid food storage involved a series of …

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The Most Used Foods During The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a time of scarcity-induced innovation: families had to do without many household staples and used their resourcefulness to come up with alternatives made from goods that were more readily available. From dying their legs with tea in lieu of stockings to mending shoes with cardboard, the …

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19 Wild Edibles You Can Find Even In City

When foraging for wild edibles there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure you always know the plants you are harvesting. Some plants have poisonous look-alikes, so be sure you know not only what the plant looks like, but also where it grows. For example, …

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The Best Ways to Smoking Meat, Can Last For Years

Oh the delicious flavor of smoked ribs, brisket, or even fish and seafood… It’s a distinctive flavor, but varies significantly based on your methods. It can be sweet and fruity, or deep and woodsy, or anything in between. The beauty is that you can mix and match and blend to …

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Survival Herbal Recipes From Our Ancestors

There are many ways to use herbs and they’re easy to grow even if you live in a small apartment because they’re small enough to pose as house plants. A bonus is that they’re fragrant, pretty, and easy to take care of. They’re great to use fresh to season food, …

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4 Things Made Better In Your Grandparents’ Time You Can Find In Thrift Stores

The trope of “things were better in the good old days” is often just that. An empty trope of viewing the past through rose-colored glasses of idealism and bias, which clouds our judgment of the future and present day. We can certainly agree that great strides have been made in …

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8 Survival Foods Made by Soldiers During WWI

Sing me to sleep, the bullets fall Let me forget the war & all Damp is my dugout, cold is my feet Nothing but biscuits & bully to eat. Popular soldier’s song, circa 1918, recorded in the diary of Archie A. Barwick. Thirty-two countries of the world were called to arms …

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How To Open A Can Without a Can Opener

One of the scenes or opportunities to learn something from American Blackoutwas the scene where the Yuppie guy was trying to open a can of peaches that he apparently had stolen. I guess the Yuppies didn’t have a can opener in their fancy apartment so the guy had to use his …

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10 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat

We all know our market vegetables and fruits are safe to eat, but what about other wild edibles? Here are a few common (North American) goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild… first of all, please note that you need to know with …