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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Do-it-yourself Powdered Eggs?

White Eggs in CartonImage via Wikipedia
Have you seen what people are charging for powdered eggs? It's insane.
So, with a bit of googling, tomorrow I will be trying the recipe below.

    How to Quickly Make Powdered Eggs


  1. Scramble your eggs in a bowl. Pour them in a saute pan and cook until done.


  2. Drain the excess grease for a few minutes on a paper towel.


  3. Break the eggs into tiny pieces.


  4. Spread the eggs out onto a baking sheet.


  5. Dry at 135° F for at least 10 hours.


  6. Run the eggs through a blender until they form a fine powder.


  7. Store your powdered eggs either in a heavy plastic bag, or a jar with a tight lid.

     Usage:
    Reconstitution Instructions: To reconstitute one egg, mix 1 Tablespoon of powdered whole egg with 2 Tablespoons of water. Use for any recipe that calls for eggs. When using with other dry ingredients, it is not necessary to reconstitute egg. Simply add to other dry ingredients and increase water measurements in mixture to necessary amount.

I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Caught in the Dark

It doesn’t take much of a storm nowadays for you to lose power. No matter where you live and what types of weather you experience you will at sometime experience a power failure if you’re on the grid. It can actually happen even when you’re “off the grid”. It is in these cases you will need some backup source of light.
Murphy’s Law seems to dictate that a power failure always occurs at night. Why does this happen? Your guess would be as good as mine but it would seem to be more of a result of an infrastructure system that is starting to crumble and fall apart. Lack of maintenance as a result of inadequate funding seems to be a common problem everywhere.
Given the fact that the average person has extremely poor night vision; you will need an alternate source of light. I don’t have a set of night vision goggles but do keep several different kinds of emergency light sources handy and ready to go.


At a minimum, you will need at least some form of lantern for a room light. This will give you some freedom of movement without rearranging the furniture with your knees. Something I think we have all done at one time or another! It can be any type you are familiar with or have available…candle, crank, kerosene, or propane powered. The main point is to have something available.



The next item you should have is some form of portable work light that will allow you to work in an area that is dark in order to make needed repairs if necessary. It is probably a good idea to have one in your vehicle as well. It will make changing a tire or engine drive belt a lot easier if you can see what you are doing.


A couple of hand-held lights are also a good item to have handy. It will allow you direct light more easily where it is needed and can usually be easily carried on a belt clip or your pocket or purse.

The good thing is that you don’t have to spend a lot to in order to have some form of light. Close-out specials and bargain sales are a good way to find specials that won’t force you to break your “piggy bank”.


You don’t want to get caught in the dark when something goes wrong!

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

Free Downloads from NMSU

There are some great how-to downloads available from New Mexico State University at their website. While many are targeted for use by residents of New Mexico, there are several other free publications that may contain useful information of interest to others as well.
Here is a link to their publication categories:
http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/howto/howto.html

Here are a couple of examples of some of the free informational how-to publications that are available from the Wildlife Category on NMSU’s website. They have a number of different informational categories for you to chose from that are available.
Tanning Deer Hides and Small Fur Skins
Basics of Muzzleloading

Staying above the water line!
Riverwalker

Things Preppers Bought in 2009 through Amazon

The New Year is over and all of last year’s woes are… well there still with us. 2009 has caused an awaking of People across the globe that has been forced to come to grips with the fact that they are alone, when it comes to emergencies. This new awakening has driven interest in all things preparedness.
Throughout 2009, many of the readers have kindly ordered their goods from Amazon, through this site. Their kindness has earned Survive the Worst a small commission on each and every sale.

  1. Life Hammer 6 Pack
  2. LifeHammer Stay Glow: The Original Emergency Hammer
  3. Horsemen- DVD
  4. Passengers-DVD
  5. Red Dawn (Collector's Edition)
  6. The Chaos Experiment- DVD
  7. Mung Beans, 1 lb.
  8. V8 Vegetable Juice Low Sodium
  9. Fiesta 5-Piece Place Setting
  10. Ginkgo Norse 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1
  11. Granite Ware Open Saucepans
  12. Ka-Bar Full-Size U.S.M.C. Straight Edge Knife
  13. Genuine Issue Magnesium Survival Fire Starter
  14. Lifesaver Bottle 4000 Ultra Filtration Water Bottle
  15. Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman II Knife
  16. Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool
  17. Duracell DPP-300EP Powerpack 300 with Built-in 300-watt Inverter and 250 PSI Air Compressor

As always, please remember Survive the Worst when making your purchases through Amazon.


Survival retreat or homestead Checklist

The following may be a long post but it possibly covers about all people need to know about a survival retreat, with an excellent checklist. Anyone who is really interested in survival retreats will surely be interested in the following and comments, questions etc. are welcome >

A retreat is a place to go to Live, Not die. It's a place out of the mainstream of events that contains the means to survive without outside support.

As Ragnar Benson, author of "The Survival Retreat, A total Plan for retreat defense" wrote, "It is a matter of wisely identifying what you have available and turning it into something usable.... Fight If you must but try your utmost to orchestrate events so that confrontation is absolutely the remedy of last resort."

I wish Benson's books were online, for I would clip and post quite a bit from them. Ragnar Benson's books I believe, can still be bought through Paladin Press. His 3 best books about survival retreats are: "The Survival Retreat", "The Modern Survival Retreat" and "Living off the Land in the City or Country" Google them and learn If you are interested in extremely good survival retreat info.

"The Survival Retreat" is a 125 page book written in 1983. I would like to post a few sentences from that book for it is very important for everyone interested in retreats to know.

Quoted from Benson's "The Survival Retreat" >
" Retreats, for survivalists, are places that provide shelter from hostile people, elements and nuclear, biological and chemical agents. Under some circumstances a retreat could be both a summer home and a bunker, but for the average survivalist, that is fairly unlikely.

To a large extent, the concept of a defensible bunker and an NBC shelter is a contradiction in terms. A shelter must be a buttoned-up, closed-in place that will protect the inhabitants from a hostile environment.

A bunker is designed primarily to defend strategic locations from hostile intruders. Obviously one cannot defend his bunker if he has his head pulled down so far he doesn't know what is going on outside.

Happily the solution to this is not as contradictory as it might seem. Intruders will not become a problem if your retreat is well hidden, the approaches strong, and the entrance obscured.

Secondly, the time of the most intensive biological warfare will not be the time when unwanted visitors will come rambling up to your door.

If the collapse occurs as a result of economic failure and mob action is a threat, you will have to rely on the fact that mobs generally have no planned, coordinated goal. You must go out of your way to prevent your retreat from becoming a target.

Another phenomenon that is even more insidious is the concept of the collective shelter.
One of the first duties of a shelter manager, according to these publications, is to disarm
the arriving refugees. I sincerely trust that no true survivalist will ever fall into this trap."

Also from Benson's book "The Survival Retreat, A total Plan for Retreat Defense" >

The Defensible Retreat checklist

Once you have your retreat site picked out or even if you have a retreat, homestead, farm etc. then use a checklist to identify your priorities and establish a work plan and budget. Most of the following points must be answered with a Yes. If there are many answered No, then get to work upgrading your retreat or find another location. There is little fluff in the following list:

Check List

Yes or No


___ ___ Does the retreat provide protection from nuclear, biological and chemical threats?

___ ___ Is water available independent of any municipal supply or source?

___ ___ Do I know how I will preserve my food?

___ ___ Have I identified how I will heat and cook?

___ ___ Is it possible to safely store food, clothing, explosives, guns and ammunition at the retreat?

___ ___ Can the location be secured now before it is actually manned during the collapse?

___ ___ Does it have adequate facilities? Can all the people wash occasionally? Will the toilets work?

___ ___ Can the retreat be obscured and hidden now and after the fighting starts?

___ ___ Do any neighbors and friends outside of those who will use the retreat know of its existence?

___ ___ Have I devised a workable defense plan?

___ ___ Can the area be patrolled?

___ ___ Is the retreat actually defensible or am I just kidding myself?

___ ___ Can the approaches be mined and guarded?

___ ___ Do I have the proper equipment to guard them?

___ ___ Is the retreat in an area where I can raise a garden, scrounge and generally set up a viable existence after the collapse?

___ ___ Do I have a library in the retreat?

___ ___ Is the library good enough to provide the information needed after the collapse? If not, what books do I still need?

___ ___ What about medical supplies and information? Have I got that covered?

___ ___ Have I made plans to keep hordes of people from coming anywhere near my area? Such as blocking roads with trees, rocks, logs, dynamiting bridges etc?

___ ___ Have I evaluated my people and attempted to fit them into the various duties the best way possible?

___ ___ Am I psychologically equipped to defend my retreat? Can I or any of my group actually shoot intruders or raiders?

___ ___ Do I have a stock of barter goods? Are they properly stored?

___ ___ Do I know how everyone will get to the retreat, unless it is their permanent residence?


___ ___ Are the immediate approaches to my retreat such that they can be made impassable by booby traps or just plain physical means?

___ ___ Do I know how much time it will take to close the approaches and who will be in charge of this job?

___ ___ Do I have a battle plan that fits everyone into the defense structure? such as shooters, non-shooters, gun loaders, look-outs etc...

___ ___ Do I know the warning signs that will indicate that it is time to put my retreat plan into operation?

___ ___ Do I the correct guns and ammunition or have I been swept away by the armament gurus into believing that tons of hardware can replace the right amount of the proper equipment?

___ ___ Have I planned for retreat communications?

___ ___ Do I know what means and material the enemy at his disposal or even who the enemy is in a realistic sense?

___ ___ Have I put together a psychological plan to keep people away and discourage them if they do attack?

___ ___ Have I planned for special medical/dietary needs of the group?

___ ___ Am I skilled at using alternative means of transportation such as bicycles, motorcycles, atvs, trucks etc?

___ ___ Am I highly motivated?

___ ___ Do I know my home territory?

___ ___ Is the retreat adequately stocked with tools, utensils, barter items for use in the new economy?

___ ___ Do I know where to get the consumable items we will need such as light bulbs, oil, soap, toilet paper, salt, needles and thread?

___ ___ Are fires a danger. If so, what can I do to counter that threat? Such as have fire extinguishers, defensible space around buildings by cutting away brush, thick trees etc...

___ ___ Is blast a danger? Will my retreat withstand an explosion? ( such as a deep underground blast shelter/bunker with dirt, rocks, concrete etc. on top)

___ ___ Can I properly evaluate situations? Am I prone to hysteria or passivity?

___ ___ Do I have a continuing survival training program? even an exercise program to stay in shape?

___ ___ Have I studied other collapsed societies and how people are surviving?

___ ___ Have I made plans to survive heavy equipment such as tanks and helicopters, If that becomes necessary?

___ ___ Do I know how to use game, fish and wild plants in my area?

___ ___ Do I know how to garden in my area?


___ ___ Is it possible for attackers, raiders to sneak up on my retreat unseen or, more importantly, for them to detect my retreat without exposing themselves?

___ ___ Have I tried to look at defeating my retreat from the eyes of an enemy?

This should cover it all but survival is a personal matter. You have to work out the exact details of your plan."


MM Mike here again. Hope everyone likes the above list which should cover about everything. If anyone has something to add to that checklist please do. Hope it will be useful to some for it took me over 2 hours to type it all out. I would recommend buying "The Survival Retreat" as well as some of Ragnar Benson's other books also. They can be found at Paladin Press website. Google them If any are interested in obtaining some good books on survival retreats etc.

I know that the above list is mostly just for those who own some land, especially land in a very rural area. I did not add some questions about explosives. People can think of those themselves If they wish.

For the many who do Not own land and possibly never will, such as those in cities, in apartments etc. then hope you can take what you are able to and what you need from the above checklist. A survival retreat can be part of a farm, ranch, homestead, especially an off grid, self-sufficient homestead (which is pretty rare in the USA) or whatever one can imagine it to be. It is still possible to have a survival retreat even in an apartment. A good well stocked survival retreat is good to have but survival is also a state of mind and having the Will to Live, no matter what. Some of us will not give in no matter if society becomes a police state or if there is a complete societal and/or economic collapse. Unlike some who will try to be at ground zero so they will not have to survive to face whatever future may come, there are some who will at Least try to survive NO matter what happens. Suicide is not an option for we are true Survivalists!!

Pics of a retreat as one example > http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...ead.php?t=9812

Maybe others have more pics or comments?
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Home Made Hydraulic Ram Pump

Lately in Prepper Chat, the discussion of a "grid down" scenario has popped up. One of the items we discussed was the ability to pump water without electricity.

Here is a link to Clemson University which has an exhaustive page on constructing a home made Hydraulic Ram Pump. This page has tables to enable you to calculate the size of the pump you will need to construct for your application as well as lists of materials.

The pump uses a portion of the volume of incoming water to drive the remaining volume up a pipe. The supply side has to be a constant source such as a spring or a portion of a creek or river that has been diverted. It uses the power of a large volume of water falling a small height to drive a small volume of water to greater heights. One could fill a tank installed upon a hillside from a source below. The tank on the hillside would be able to supply a home and farm with good water pressure.

Another type of pump that may be used if you have a good sized waterway nearby is a sling pump. A sling pump uses the current of the water to run the pump and deliver the water.

Saving Money - The Digital Graveyard

I love tech.

But, I have to admit that some of it escapes me, even though I earn a living wading through it nearly every single day. One thing that totally escapes me is the "Electronic Cigarette". Yeah, lets all go suck on a rechargeable battery for fun and relaxation.

Hey come on, if God had intended man to suck on Ni-Cads, He would have put them on trees or shrubs, or something. God bless scorching your own lungs with hot gasses from burning vegetable matter.

I used to love having a cell phone, but now I hate it. Every single time I cross one of the bridges around the San Francisco Bay Area, I want to chuck the phone out the window. Actually, if I could get rid of it, and the wired house phone, I think it would be the next best thing to Heaven.

Many of us are trying to simplify our lives, get back to basics, cut costs, and conserve personal finances and resources.

Over the years, you may have accumulated a number of, now, unused, broken and forgotten electronic devices. These can include everything from old camcorders to cell phones and MP3 players. Some of us even have desktop and laptop computers lurking in corners and closets. Many E-Waste collection centers have been set up to collect your unused, broken, or unwanted electronics. Do you know why there are so many?

M-O-N-E-Y.

There's a lot of money in what you're giving away. There's gold, platinum, palladium, copper, silver, and other rare elements in many electronic devices.

And by giving the stuff away, you get zip, zero, zilch, nada, big fat goose eggs baby! Not even a freaking tax deduction. Guess who does walk away with the payday......sucker.

So if you've got an old CRT based TV or computer monitor, sure give that to the E-Waste collection center. It's mostly lead and plastic or wood. But the other stuff, you want to check out some other options first.

Option One:

www.gazelle.com

These guys want your stuff. They'll tell you up front what they'll pay you to send it to them. Just tell them what you've got via their website. They pay for shipping and they'll even send you a box.

Option Two:

www.buymytronics.com

Pretty much just like Gazelle above.

Option Three

www.cash4laptops.com

These guys buy only laptops, iPhones, Blackberry devices, and Smartphones.

Option Four

www.myboneyard.com

These guys even buy dead flat panel displays.

There are also brand specific places to sell back devices.

HP buys back their stuff, and from some other manufacturers.

Gateway Trade In Program

Toshiba Buy Back Program

Apple Buy Back or Trade In

COSTCO also has a trade in program, and is affiliated with Gazelle

Some of these places allegedly turn right around and sell the working stuff on E-Bay and make a profit out of low balling you when they buy your stuff. If you have the initiative and want to go the E-Bay route, that is also an option to get some cash back from your stuff rather than just giving it away.

If you're not sure about selling your own stuff on E-bay, you can contract with someone to do it for you. Typically they take a cut of the final selling price.

iSold It On E-bay

IwillSellyourSTUFF

Pickup2Sell

Think people don't buy damaged or broken stuff? Just go look on E-Bay at the iPhone section.

A Few Highway Safety Tips

Monash Freeway.  A legacy of Melbourne's 1969 ...Image via Wikipedia


I thought I'd give a few highway safety tips since that's what's on my mind at the moment from a long day of driving. One thing about truckers is we are all
preppers. Some are better than others, some are top notch, and unfortunately there are a few out there that are lousy. I won't get into the lousy ones today, but I will tell you that having logged nearly a million miles and 9 years accident and ticket free...(Well, I will admit to putting a scratch in a trailer one time), that safety has to be #1 on your mind and you have to constantly be prepped every day. Just think for a moment, would you want someone who's driving an 80,000 pound rig next to you on the highway if they weren't a prepper? There are a multitude of things that a trucker has to be aware of and check for all the time and most of these things apply to auto drivers as well. So even if you don't drive a truck, listen up.

Before you drive, do a proper pre-trip
A professional driver does this every day, but you should too.

* Check your tires. Look for bulges. Are your tires properly inflated? Are there gashes in the sidewalls? Do you have enough tread or are your tires bald? This is especially important in the winter. What about abnormal wear? This could indicate your tires being out of balance, bad suspension or your wheels out of alignment. Check for nails in your tires. Are your lug nuts tight and are they all there?
* Check your brakes. Make sure they are functioning properly and you have plenty of pad. Your front brakes are the most important, they provide the majority of your stopping power, but don't let that make you put off replacing your rear brakes when it's time either. All of your brakes should function properly. If one or two brakes are wearing faster than the rest, that more than likely indicates a problem.
* Check your fluids. When was the last time you checked your oil? Too many people cause undue wear and even severe damage to their vehicles by not keeping their fluids topped off. Don't over fill your oil. Make sure you use the proper fluids for your vehicle. If you are unsure, then ask a professional. Make sure you have plenty of washer fluid and that it's topped off. and make sure your wipers work, especially this time of year. Mud and slush thrown on your windshield can make it impossible to see, and if you don't have fluid or your wipers are worn or not working you can be in a real jam or even worse.
* Make sure your steering is working properly
* Check to make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted
* Do you have any leaks? A leaky fuel tank is a real big hazard, check for that.
* Make sure all your lights work. High and low beams should both work. tail lights, signal lights. People must know your intentions when you are signaling. Avoid those unnecessary tickets. Let's not help fund the states budget problems.
* Do you have your plates and are they current? Don't give the cops a reason to pull you over.
* I hate seat belt laws...My personal safety should be my own decision...Yet I always wear my seat belt because it's the right thing to do, not because it's the law. Make sure your seat belt functions properly.
* Check your horn. It should always be working. They can and do save lives when signaling people.

On the Road
* Never Never drive intoxicated! I don't care how superman you think you are, drunk drivers kill people every day. If I see someone driving drunk I turn them in. I've seen way too many fatalities due solely because of intoxicated driving. Believe me, when you see someones head split completely open with their brains oozing out of their head and they are still alive asking "what happened?" and you see beer cans littering the highway, you'll never want to drink and drive again.
* Leave extra early to give yourself extra time. Don't get in a rush. You never know what lies ahead, there could be delays to slow you down and if you are already in a hurry, that could make things worse. Take it easy and allow for uncertainties. This will add years to your life by reducing stress, and possibly save your life on the highway.
* Don't make eye contact with road ragers, just give them room and let them by. You don't need to race them or try to make a point. Who cares if they are mad about you or something. You'll never see them again so what's it matter what they think?
* As far as I know, in all 50 states, the merging traffic must yield right-of-way to the highway traffic. Don't assume the highway traffic will move over to let you on. You can't see what's on the other side of them, they may not be able to get over. This is your responsibility to accelerate fast enough to get on the highway or to move in behind the other vehicle.
* Right-of-way doesn't mean you own the road if you're the one with right-of-way. If you can avoid a collision by getting out of the way of someone who's not paying attention, then do it. Make sure you have room to move over if you can...You should already know if you have room or not if you've been checking your mirrors frequently


* Keep a safe following distance. For truckers it's a minimum of 7 seconds. I cant remember for cars, I think 4 seconds. I don't care how bad the traffic is, you can always keep a safe following distance. If traffic is heavy then go 3 mph slower than the average speed of the rest of the traffic. The excuse I always hear is: "Well, If I don't move up and fill the gap someone else will" So what? I've been doing this for 9 years without a single collision. I know what I'm talking about. Science is actually devoted to studying this. What causes a traffic jam? It's called a backward propagating wave and is actually a matter of physics. Those who tailgate and get in a hurry are actually the ones who cause the traffic jams to begin with. Each time you reach the traffic ahead of you, you have to stop or slow down, this forces the person behind you to stop or slow down if they are flowing close, same with the person behind them...This can be measured for several miles and even several hours. Each time you have to re-accelerate, that's time lost and time added to the jam. Each time you have to slow down because you've reached the car ahead of you you've added a few seconds to the jam and so has the person behind you. There is a skill that must be developed and a mindset you must have to make it through traffic smoothly. This is a measure of your self-reliance and a matter of being a prepper. You know, even in LA rush hour traffic I can drive constantly without ever using my brakes because I pace the traffic appropriately. Could you imagine how much smoother the ride would be if everyone would keep a proper following distance and not cause a backward propagating wave? This is a very important tip that I amaze everyone of my students with when I teach this. They cannot get over how easy it is and how smooth it can be when navigating heavy traffic with proper following distance techniques. Not only does it save big time on your fuel, tires, breaks, and suspension, it also greatly reduces stress. Just turn on the radio, relax, and drive smooth, you'll get there and in one piece.

I've got quite a few more tips to share, but with my job, rest is also important and it's time for me to head off and get some. So until next time. Safe Driving!

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