Crazy Bug-Out Vehicles

Crazy Bug-Out Vehicles

Before we begin this somewhat unusual article, let me assure you of one thing: I haven’t lost my mind. A good ol’ diesel Ford F250 is probably the best bug-out vehicle for most of us and you probably don’t need any of these crazy bug-out vehicles. What I’m trying to do here is stimulate your

Fire Safety – Preparing for Anything

Fire Safety – Preparing for Anything

There are over 1 million fires reported in the US every year according to the NFPA. These fires lead to about 15,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths. Given these numbers, fire safety is of utmost concern – especially in a SHTF scenario. Preparing for a fire and having the tools necessary to suppress the flames and evacuate

Prepper’s Financial Guide (Book Review)

Prepper’s Financial Guide (Book Review)

Financial freedom is something I often preach about here on Suburban Steader. All suburban homesteaders can benefit from being free of financial burden.  How do you get there?  There’s lots of ways to go about it.  You can get quite overwhelmed with all the different ways to get to financial independence.  Jim Cobb’s latest offering, Prepper’s Financial

The Survival Savvy Family Book Review & Giveaway

The Survival Savvy Family Book Review & Giveaway

Julie Sczerbinki’s latest offering – The Survival Savvy Family: How To Be Your Best During The Absolute Worst – is different than most survival and preparedness books. Most are written from a gloom-and-doom, the-world-is-about-to-end point of view. Those books, and the skills described in them, have their place. I, however, enjoy survival based books which

Kitchen Composter: Inexpensive Build For Under The Sink

Kitchen Composter: Inexpensive Build For Under The Sink

Winters in the Northeast are cold and snowy.  This year was extreme in both regards, even by our standards.  This kind of weather does not lend itself that well to compost pile access.  Ours was under snow for about two months and frozen solid for even longer.  We built a worm bin in order to keep

Fresh Pasta From Your Preps

Fresh Pasta From Your Preps

Let’s be honest with each other – the idea of eating from your preps is probably not all that appealing, right?  I mean, you’ve canned food and all kinds of freeze dried stuff that, while edible, isn’t usually that tasty.  But, what if I told you that you could have tasty fresh pasta right from

7 Survival Ideas You Never Thought About

7 Survival Ideas You Never Thought About

There’s no doubt that preparing for an SHTF scenario is not something you can do in a week or two. It takes time, a little bit of money and a little bit of work. Only problem is that the more we know, the more we feel like we know. So we start absorbing information like

Valley Food Storage Product Review

Valley Food Storage Product Review

I hate long-term storage foods. If you know me, you know I like to cook and eat food that is made from scratch. Long-term storage food never tastes that way. So, to say I was skeptical when Valley Food Storage approached me and asked if I would try their White Bean & Lime Chili product

Canning Equipment: Essentials For Food Preservation

Canning Equipment: Essentials For Food Preservation

I recently started a series on food preservation.  The first post was a general overview of the reasons people preserve food and the general processes that are used. It was a fairly comprehensive post while also staying pretty high-level. We’re going to get a little deeper into the rabbit hole in this article. If you’re like

An Introduction To Dutch Oven Cooking

An Introduction To Dutch Oven Cooking

To the uninitiated the Dutch Oven is nothing more than a big heavy black pot, but to those in the know it is a wondrous tool that opens up a world of outdoor cooking possibilities. Besides the obvious soups and stews, a Dutch Oven aficionado can roast meats, bake breads, and even craft fairly complex