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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wilderness Survival and Cattails

While this site is not dedicated to wilderness survival, leaning more toward natural or man made disaster, I think it is important to take the time to at least become acquainted with the basics of outdoor survival skills. A majority of outdoor survival training could prove invaluable after tshtf.

The cattail is one of those plants that grow wild just about everywhere in the United States, and is often regarded as a weed by most people passing by. But it is indeed a very useful plant for the survivor, as an extra food source or to save money on your grocery bill.

Cattails can be found year-round in swamps and marsh areas, and along banks of streams, ponds, rivers, irrigation ditches and other wet environments, making the cattail an excellent source of survival food, or a supplement to the table.

Caution: If you are uncertain about the purity of the water in which you are collecting cattails you should not eat the cattails raw. A huge amount of water from the source is taken up by the plants and if polluted could make you sick.

Cattail Pollen Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 cup cattail pollen
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
½ cup honey
¼ cup oil
2 cups milk
1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Add eggs, honey, oil and milk and mix thoroughly.
3. If the batter seems to thick to pour, add more milk until it has a good pancake batter consistency.
4. Cook on a hot griddle until golden brown.

Cattail Recipes.

What is your favorite wild food and how do you use it, let us know in the comments.

Original: http://thesurvivalistblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/wilderness-survival-and-cattails.html

Audio Podcast: Why Do Preppers Prep?

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This is a question I get quite often when I discuss my show with people be they individuals or the media. Generally they are expecting some sort of answer about the end of the world coming or something like that. Of course TEOTWAWKI threats are out there, they exist but they are not my main motivation. I also don’t think they are the main reason most people choose prepping as a lifestyle.

Tune in Today to Hear…

  • My number one motivation for prepping, I don’t want to be anyone’s slave
  • How debt creates slavery
  • How government support creates slavery
  • Why slavery isn’t inherently malevolent in intent but is always malevolent in practice
  • The comparison between being dependent and living a dogs life
  • How Hurricane Katrina has devalued the impact of other storms and made people complacent vs. vigilant
  • Why individual threats are not as important about the concept of losing systems of support
  • Understanding systems of dependence and how many you really have
  • The journey of a cucumber from Argentina to your home and what it can teach us
Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/survivalpcast/~3/epZfABxrUT4/why-do-preppers-prep

Recipe: Savory Flatbread

This is very tasty when accompanying a big pot of stew or beans. This isn't exactly an easy or quick recipe, but worth it when you have the time.

1 1/4 ounce package active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/4 cup lukewarm water (105-115 degrees)
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Use a medium-sized mixing bowl to dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the flour, salt and sugar and mix to form a dough. Knead well for about 15-20 minutes on floured surface. Add more flour if you need to, to prevent the dough from sticking. The dough will be ready to rise when it's smooth and satiny.

Place the dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap (against the dough to prevent a "skin" from forming) and then a towel. Allow to rise in warm place (top of radiator, top of refrigerator) until doubled in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours). Punch the dough down.

Divide the dough into 6 pieces and form each piece into a ball. Roll each ball into a 5-inch circle on floured surface. Place the circles on lightly oiled pieces of waxed paper. Sprinkle on sesame or poppy seeds, if desired. Place on cookie sheet and cover with lightly floured towel. Allow to rise 45 minutes or until puffed.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove the dough circles from waxed paper and place on an oiled baking sheet or preheated cast iron skillet. Bake 15 minutes until the bread is brown and puffed. If the rounds are not brown enough after 15 minutes, turn on broiler for 2 minutes to brown. Remove from cookie sheets and wrap in towels to cool. Bread will be hard but will soften as it cools. Store in a plastic bag.

Feel free to replace the onion and garlic powders with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Yum!

Copyright (c) 2009 VP Lawrence-Williams

Original: http://www.survival-cooking.com/2009/04/recipe-savory-flatbread.html

Frugal Prepping - Finances

If you happen to have plenty of money, this probably won’t be an issue for you but for the vast majority of people it is a major concern. Finances play an important part in your survival efforts on a daily basis. The lack of monetary resources doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. Following a few simple tips will help you in your efforts.

Frugal Financial Tips

1. Learn to Do It Yourself - The simple act of learning to make minor repairs can save you a ton of money. Making simple gear items is another good way to save.

2. Substitute Generic or Store Brands - You can save money on your prepping by purchasing generic products or store brand items. Many of these are similar in quality to the name brand items without having to pay extra for the name on the label. Buy in bulk when possible.

3. Pay Cash for Needed Items - Many times you can get a good discount for paying cash. Some merchants are willing to give you a discount if you pay cash for items versus using a credit card. Always check to see if this is an option. You will also avoid creating extra debt.

4. Cut Back on Unnecessary Expenditures - Look for ways to save on the small everyday expenditures that while seeming insignificant on a daily basis can add up to a major expense over a period of time.

5. Don’t Endanger Your Health - Don’t risk an illness by trying to save money by avoiding regular checkups or doctor visits. Your health will always be a priority.

6. Learn to Prioritize - Have a priority protocol that you follow with emphasis on a balanced approached to your prepping. Keep the most important needs at the top of your list.

7. Get Creative - Look for creative ways to meet your prepping goals. A little creativity will go a long way.

8. Learn to Adapt and Improvise - Being able to adapt to various circumstances that can affect your prepping and then improvising a simple solution will save you money. Sometimes you just have to get by with less.

9. Look for Bargains - Always keep an eye out for bargains, close-outs, end of season specials, etc. These are a great way to save money.

10. Keep an Emergency Fund - Always keep an emergency fund. There will come a time when some extra cash is going to be required. Even if it is only a small fund, it will be needed in an emergency. Avoid using this fund for everyday expenses.

Staying above the water line!


Original: http://stealthsurvival.blogspot.com/2009/04/frugal-prepping-finances.html

What if Map

Check out this map. It shows you the probable zone of destruction for any area surrounding an nuclear detonation. This information could be very helpful in determining if your bug out location is in a good spot. I found out mine would be vaporized under this contingency.

Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SurviveTheWorst/~3/RPnJnK_TFSM/what-if-map.html