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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

post-apocalypse barber

Before we begin today, an addition to yesterday's article on corn. I should have added that whole grain corn is much easier to get used to than whole wheat flour. Just buying a bag of chips or a package of corn tortillas will start you on it. While most folks might turn their nose up at whole wheat, they've already been eating whole corn. So it might be more of a natural grain to stock ( just get enough wheat for sprouts, at least ). Okay, today let's talk about yet another possible post-apocalypse career. Barber. I covered straight razors eons ago, pre-blog days. I ordered a package of stainless steel straight razors and tried to shave with one with little effect. A loyal minion sent me a carbon steel one but I chickened out using it. By that time I had decided I would just stockpile a bunch of disposables and the razor sharpener from Lehman's. I can get a disposable to last at a minimum of two months using one of those sharpeners and shaving three times a week. So with my hoard of cheaply bought disposables I'm good for the rest of my life on shaving ( or close enough, and I still have that good straight razor ).
If you buy a bunch of stainless steel razors for barter, you can pay as little as two or three bucks each. If you want a professional straight razor, one that does a decent job ( you might have better luck with the stainless than I did so I could be wrong here and stainless will work just fine for you with a bit more attention to getting an edge ), you need to buy a carbon steel version. And they are far more than three bucks. Try more like thirty on up. But, you are buying an investment. This should be your primary concern. A guy can go awhile without a haircut. And do a half ass job chopping it off. But if they want a shave, they are going to have to go see a professional. Disposable razors will wear our quickly after the stores close. Beards will out of necessity make a come back, but enough men might want to do without one that you'll have a business.
Plenty of Web sites out there will give you all the information you want on straight razors. Next up are going to be hair scissors. Something a little better than a pair from the dollar store. Like the razors, you are going to have to decide on a compromise between the cost and the number of back up pairs you can stockpile. Then, it is a simple matter of buying a ten dollar book on cutting hair. If you don't already know how. But this seems like a pretty easy profession to get ready for. A few pieces of equipment, a little practice. I know I've thrown some pretty bizarre possible professions your way, such as honey wagon driver. This is just a reminder that there are easy, cheap ways to get ready for a post-oil life. It isn't the matter so much of skill. Anyone can hack up an animal carcass and soon learn butchering. Candle making isn't rocket science. It is more the matter of having the fore site to stock up on the proper equipment before hand. How many folks will have a manual sharpening stone wheel and files to sharpen axes or saws? Anyway, something to think about.

Original: http://bisonsurvivalblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/post-apocalypse-barber.html

Saving food by use of Oxygen absorbers

By Joseph Parish

All true survivalists have found that at one time or another they have encountered various problems relating to their food storage. Perhaps they merely run out of space or even worse their containers of grin became buggy. We can’t do much about the first problem but there is plenty that we can do concerning the later one.

There are several ways that one can go about preserving food for emergencies. The first way is with the use of dry ice. Dry ice tends to remove all the air from a container thus making it essentially sealed and safe from pests and bugs of any sort.

The second manner of dealing with food preservation is by the use of Oxygen absorber packets. Oxygen Absorber Packets tend to remove any oxygen from airtight containers. The oxygen level that remains is well below the 0.01 percent level. These facts have been backed up by the Food Industry standards. They are valid when the packets are used as directed by the manufacturer.

Upon exposure to air the iron that is contained in the packet immediately starts to absorb the nearby oxygen and proceeds to break it down into a harmless chemical such as iron-oxide. This chemical is completely safe in that it is contained in the oxygen packet and can not contaminate the food in any way what so ever. Each of the Oxygen Absorber Packet will treat approximately 1 gallon of forced down and settled grain, nuts, bean or seeds that are stored in the airtight container. The recommended packet quantities that are used per container are based upon the minimum Food Industry standards. You as the ultimate consumer should be extremely wary of any suppliers who suggest anything less then those recommended above.

The principle of the oxygen absorber is that if they are efficient enough they will create a vacuum in the airtight container similar to those found in the common cans. If you happen to notice that the sides as well as the tops of the plastic containers are drawn in then you have a good seal as this is a normal occurrence. Partly filled containers may possibly be drawn in greatly while those that are full do not get drawn in as much. You can avoid these drastically drawn in situations by merely ensuring that your plastic containers are full completely when you seal them.

Of particular interest is the idea that in some extreme cases you may have to drill a hole in the lid in order to remove it from the container. You can later reseal the small hole with a dab or two of silicone sealer.

The cost associated with the oxygen absorber packets is not too bad as they generally run around twelve to thirteen dollars for a bag of 25. So now you can be assured that your stored grains and wheat will be pest free.

Copyright @2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://www.survival-training.info/articles9/SavingfoodbyuseofOxygenabsorbers.htm

Inventory Check - Tea and Coffee

How much tea and coffee do you have in your stockpile?

Take an inventory: If you can't get to a store for an entire year, do you have enough of these for you and your other family members? Do you have any tea-balls to brew your own loose-tea drinks? Are you growing a coffee plant for when you run out of coffee, and there is no more to be bought? What about an extra supply of both for bartering?

We drink a lot of herbal tea, and have stored lots, and of different kinds. We don't drink caffeine, but have stored caffeinated coffee and tea for barter, as well as lots of instant decaf tea, various decaf coffees, herbal teas, loose herbs, and tea balls.

Once we move to our next place, we're planting lots of chamomile and mint/peppermint plants. We're looking into various other teas that we love, like blueberry (do we brew the leaves?)

Of course, there's never enough tea and coffee.

Original: http://survival-cooking.blogspot.com/2009/02/inventory-check-tea-and-coffee.html

Recipe: Homemade Cat Food & Treats

We posted recipes to feed dogs last week. Researched the same for cats, and even though we don't have any cats (I'm allergic), we came up with the following info.

Cats like chicken, liver, fish, turkey, lamb, and yeast. They prefer fresh to old "aged" flavors. Cats are usually fussy so you need to mix up what you give them. If you feed your cat his favorite food, at some point he will refuse to try anything else. This could cause problems down the road.

Cats should not have any starchy vegetables, like corn or peas, and may even enjoy fruit! Cats should eat 50% carbohydrates and 50% meat. They should be fed three times a day. This doesn't mean big meals though!

Modern day cats aren't used to catching their own prey, so avoid giving them bones. However, if you have a mouser, the cat will be fine with catching and eating their own meals. Be sure to watch their health and supplement as necessary.

Turkey-Egg Dinner:
1 cup dried turkey dices, rehydrated, cooked
2 boiled/scrambled eggs
1 tablespoon pureed carrots
1 tablespoon cottage cheese
1 tablespoon sunflower oil

Mix well. Feed at room temperature. Refrigerate covered for no more than 3 days.

Chicken-Seafood Dinner:
1 cup cooked chicken
1 cup cooked sweet potato or spinach or green beans
1/2 cup cooked clams with juice (check for mercury)
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons fish oil
5 rounded tablespoons Solgar Bone Meal Powder with Vitamin B-12

Combine well. Separate into 1/2 cup portions. Feed one portion a day. Freeze rest in small baggies (thaw baggies in hot water before serving).
Fish Treats:
7 ounces sardines in oil
1/4 cup dry powdered milk
1/2 cup wheat germ
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix/mash all ingredients into a dough. Roll into small balls. Place on oiled cookie/baking sheet. Flatten with a fork. Bake until begin to brown. Store in fridge in airtight container. Give only one or two treats a day.

Sources of Protein (raw - but MUST be cooked):
6 ounces ground turkey, or minced turkey (dark meat)
1/2 pound beef, chicken or turkey heart, ground or minced
1/2 pound boneless chicken breast or thigh, minced
1/2 pound lean beef, minced

Three Times Per Week, add:
1 boiled or scrambled egg
4 ounces cooked organic liver
4 ounces water-packed mercury-free tuna
6 ounces sardines
5 ounces can salmon with bones
1/2 cup cooked white rice

Cats should avoid onions!

Also avoid:
-canned fish if cat has urinary tract problems
- baby food
-alcoholic beverages
-canned tuna (possibly too much mercury/lacking certain vitamins)
-dog food
-grapes, raisins
-fat trimmings, table scraps
-macadamia nuts
-raw eggs / raw fish
-too much liver

We don't have experience with other pets - anyone have treats for birds, ferrets, rabbits, etc? Please feel free to leave your recipe as a comment to this post. Thanks!

Original: http://survival-cooking.blogspot.com/2009/02/recipe-homemade-cat-food-treats.html

"Unusual" Compact Stoves

Just a few stoves I've come across, they may give you some ideas for custom stove construction.

Vintage Camp Stove: http://www.omahas.com/product_info.p...roducts_id=220

Canteen cup stove, Desert Storm: http://www.omahas.com/product_info.p...oducts_id=1460

French Army Cook Stove: http://www.omahas.com/product_info.p...products_id=41

German Esbit Stove: http://www.omahas.com/product_info.p...products_id=42

Alcohol Stoves: http://zenstoves.net/Stoves.htm

Little Bug Wood Burning Stove: http://www.littlbug.com/?gclid=CLiLt...FQIwxwodPCs2CA

Candle Stoves: http://zenstoves.net/Wax.htm

Wood Burning Stoves: http://zenstoves.net/Wood.htm

Solid Fuel Stoves: http://zenstoves.net/SolidFuelBurner.htm

Solar Cooker: http://www.safetycentral.com/solarcooker.html

Fold Flat Stove: http://www.safetycentral.com/focaemcost.html

Original: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/showthread.php?t=5757

DIY Wind Generator for $150 (50-250watt)

Saw this article. For those interested in moving (or living) off the grid, now you can afford to make your own wind farm for less than $1000.


For the treadmill motor I recommend Craigslist.

Tools Required

* Jigsaw (or a hacksaw and a lot of determination)
* Drill
* (2) Drill Bits (1/2", 7/32")
* Tape Measure
* Crescent Wrench
* Pipe Wrench
* Protractor (to measure angles for the hub)
* Sandpaper (various grits)

Parts Required

* 10" x 14" Steel Sheet
* 10" x 1/4" Steel Nipple
* 1-1/4" Floor Flange
* 36" x 1" Square Tubing
* 1/2" Bore Circular Sawblade (for hub)
* 5/8" x 1/2" Arbor (to attach sawblade to motor shaft)
* (2) Metal Straps
* 8" x 4" PVC Pipe
* 30" x 8" PVC Pipe (6" pipe works well too)
* A DC Permanent Magnet Motor (preferably Ametek 30V or 260V 5A treadmill motor)
* (8) 1/4" Bolts (with washers and nuts)
* (2) 1/4" Sheet Metal Screws
* 10-40 Amp Diode (the bigger the better)

Original: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/showthread.php?t=5761

(DIY) Water Purification Systems

Here is an article on a basic multi-phase water purification system.


Emergency Water Info:


Bucket Filter:


Original: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/showthread.php?t=5819

Top !0 Research

There has been talk on and off in our forums about the 10 Essentials, which got me to searching for that magic list. Of course, there isn’t a single list, but rather a collection of lists that has evolved over time. But putting all of them together, I got the following rankings, which were interesting but may not apply to every situation:
1. Pocketknife
2. Matches
3. Compass
4. Fire starter
5. First aid kit
6. Map
7. Flashlight
8. Extra clothing
9. Sun protection – sun glasses, sun screen, hat, etc.
10. Extra food
11. Water
12. Whistle
13. Rain gear – no matter what the forecast
14. Emergency shelter
15. Signal mirror
16. Insect repellant
17. Water purification / water filter
18. Rope or cord
As noted, there is no one magic list for every situation, but it was interesting that the same things kept cropping up as essential no matter what situation you find yourself in.

May your blades stay sharp, your guns shoot straight,your fires burn warm, and your wits stay about you......Scout Out!

Original: http://scoutinlife.blogspot.com/2009/02/top-0-research.html