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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 …

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Skills To Survive Without Modern Conveniences: 10 Pioneer Skills We Cannot Lose

Living without power, mini-marts, cars, electronics or running water may seem like a nightmare scenario but to pioneers it was just the way life was. Having the skills to survive without modern conveniences is not only smart in case SHTF, it’s also great for the environment. We’ve compiled a list of homesteading …

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How To Get 10 Times More Potatoes

Americans love potatoes, eating about 125 pounds, per person, per year. Although potatoes are easy to grow, many off-gridders on small plots of land avoid them because traditional growing techniques take up a lot of space. However, by using the caging technique, you can get a high yield in a small space. …

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Off-Grid Cooking: There Are Many Different Ways To Cook Without Power

If SHTF, you’re likely not going to be able to use your electric or gas stove to cook with. Don’t worry, though – there are many different ways to cook without power. Some methods are great to use inside but others aren’t. You need to be sure that regardless of …