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

Pack Your Bug Out Bag The Smart Way

Pack Your Bug Out Bag The Smart Way

As a well-informed prepper, you’ve no doubt put a significant amount of thought and effort into choosing the best, most essential items to include in your bug out bag. Did you know that the way you pack your bug out bag is just as important as the items themselves? It’s true. Even the most well-prepared kit can

7 Prepping Skills Your Kids Can Learn Today

7 Prepping Skills Your Kids Can Learn Today

Prepping with kids is never easy.  And, as a suburban homesteader, you probably have a few running around your place.  But, just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean that you can’t do it.  Kids are amazing resilient and are also sponges for knowledge.  If you can introduce them to prepping skills wrapped in fun activities, you’re well

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife (Product Review)

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife (Product Review)

You know that I think every suburban homesteader should build their EDC in tiers and one of the items in the second tier is a good pocketknife.  I’ve been on the search for a low-cost EDC blade that held up to my demands and may have found it with the Kershaw OSO Sweet pocketknife.  I’ve