Monday, February 27, 2017

Ham Radio for Preppers - Why Get Certified

There's no question that communications is an important part of any preparedness plan.  Amateur radio can provide you with both local and long distance communications.  You may need to be able to talk with family members throughout the homestead, or security patrols running the perimeter of your retreat.  Alternately, you may want to be able to communicate with other prepper communities or retreat groups outside of your local area.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Book Recomendation

When Disaster Strikes
Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. Matthew Stein's When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios.
In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you'll need-from food and water, to shelter and energy, to first-aid and survival skills-to help you safely live through the worst. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You'll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable.
Stein instructs you on the smartest responses to natural disasters-such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods-how to keep warm during winter storms, even how to protect yourself from attack or other dangerous situations. With this comprehensive guide in hand, you can be sure to respond quickly, correctly, and confidently when a crisis threatens.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Home Canning - Spotting Spoilage

When done properly, home canned food is safe for consumption for years.  However, it isn't a foolproof process.  Sometimes seals come unsealed due to small bits of food on the jar rim, improper cooling times before removing from the canner, getting knocked around on pantry shelves, and sometimes the pantry goblin buggers it up just for giggles.

I've personally home canned thousands of jars and for the most part had great success.  But alas, I'm not perfect.  For whatever reason, sometimes jars just become unsealed...I usually blame the pantry goblin, but that's another story.

There are 3 things you should do when opening home canned food to prepare...

1 - look at it before you open it.  If you see discoloration or even something that looks like mold, then discard it.
2 - listen as you open.  You should hear a sucking sound as air rushes INTO the jar.  If you don't hear that sound, toss the contents and reach for another jar.
3 - Smell it.  Does it smell like the contents should?  If you get an off smell (or even a gag reflex) flush it!

Realize that no one is perfect, and that includes me!  It's happened before and let me tell you, one can usually spot spoiled food from home canning without questioning it, but the golden rule applies...

If in doubt, throw it out!