Category Archives: DIY

Survival Kitchen: How To Revive Cast Iron Cookware

Want to know the best thing about cast iron skillets and pots? They’re practically indestructible and will last literally hundreds of years. I used to have a couple that were well over a hundred years old. When they were stolen, I was heartbroken. Yes, that’s right. Somebody stole them. And that, my friends, is about the only circumstance from which you can’t revive your cast iron cookware. Another great thi

How to Build a Smokehouse In Your Backyard (with Pictures)

One of the best and tastiest ways to conserve meat is to smoke it. The meat is delicious, and if you keep it in a cool, dry place, it can last up to a year and sometimes even longer. The system used is pretty simple. You make a fire, and the smoke goes through a long tube or pipe. The smoke will then cool down and reach the meat at the appropriate temperature (85 degrees to 125 degrees Fahrenheit). Here is a step-b

Tools The Early Pioneers Used on A Daily Basis

Setting out for the frontier in the 19th century was nothing like moving to a new city today. You weren’t moving to a place with a fully developed infrastructure, where you could easily get your hands on all the essentials of day to day life from a choice of stores and service providers. The hardy pioneers who built the West had to be self-reliant, and that meant taking everything they needed with them. We often

The DIY CNC Machine You Must Know How To Build!

If you’re the type of person who likes to build things on your own, you know that the equipment needed to complete larger projects is dauntingly expensive. As a matter of fact, if you’ve looked at commercial machines, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that it’s cheaper in most cases to just buy the product than it is to buy the equipment to do it yourself. Well, that time is past. I put my thinking cap

How To Build A Root Cellar In Your Backyard

by Robert We decided that our little farm needed a root cellar to store our produce in. For those unfamiliar with the term, a root cellar is an underground room that acts like a natural refrigerator, maintaining temperatures in the mid 30’s F in the winter and mid 50’s in the summer. #Step One: Dig a hole in the ground. We are fortunate to have a local gravedigger who is a real artist with a backhoe. He can car

Back To Basics: How To Make And Preserve Pasta

There’s nothing more delicious and versatile that pasta. You can use it to make lasagna, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese or simple yet delicious rustic dishes made only from the ingredients in your garden. The only problem with using pasta for survival is that the boxes are so bulky that it’s difficult to store much of it. Today we’re going to tell you how to make and preserve pasta for survival. One of my fon

The Off-Grid Home That’s Fire-Retardant, Inexpensive & 75% More Energy Efficient

Are you in the market for a new home and considering starting from scratch with all-new construction? If so, then you are most likely considering ways to make your home as energy efficient as possible while still maintaining a strong aesthetic appeal. One of the best ways to do this is with a straw bale home – a design that is growing in popularity among homesteaders and those who prefer an off-grid and rural lif

Top 10 Types Of Meds You Need To Stockpile

Stockpiling medicine is not an easy task: it’s about money, it’s about making the best choice, it’s about availability. You should have at least a month’s medical supply, and the medications you stockpile can be easy to come by and are over-the-counter medications available at any large pharmacy. But others you need are more difficult to get. They include narcotic medication and other prescription medicati

20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins

Today, millions of Americans say that they believe that the United States is on the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be entering another Great Depression.  But only a small percentage of those same people are prepared for that to happen.  The sad truth is that the vast majority of Americans would last little more than a month on what they have stored up in their homes.  Most of us are so use

DIY: Solar Powered Food Dehydrator

DIY: Solar Powered Food Dehydrator   Harnessing the sun’s energy is not as difficult as one may think.  Solar power is a huge untapped energy source that can be used to dry foods, heat water, dry laundry and create electricity.  Generally speaking, the sun’s energy is collected in the solar food dryer.  With the warm air circulating inside the main compartment, the warmth of the air slowly dries the

Top 5 Survival Traps: Best DIY Traps For Catching Wild Animals

Top 5 Survival Traps Best DIY Traps For Catching Wild Animals   Consider the present and the direction our whole society is heading in. Things are fine now, sure, but for how long? You can never tell when the moment will come in which we might find ourselves in a situation similar to the dark ages. Things seem to spiraling out of control for us, both financially and politically. But we can also fall victims to