April 26, 2017

Stun Gun Vs. Taser

 stun gun This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com With all the talk about personal defense, it seems even tasers are being debated in one state.   The article got me thinking about people who are not comfortable with firearms or are not licensed to carry concealed, but may still want some kind of personal defense options.   We covered pepper spray in a previous post; today we’ll talk about stun guns and tasers. Stun Gun vs. Taser I used to think […]

Apartment Garden

Tomatoes This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I mentioned in a previous Monday Musings I started the apartment garden.  The day I started the garden our area had a cold front, and temperatures were down in the low 30s (that’s cold for Houston this time of year).  I had to keep the plants indoors at night, and took them out for sun during the day.  Now that it’s warming up again, I can leave them outside. Oregano and thai […]

Experimenting with the Easiest Homemade Laundry Detergent

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I had been wanting to try making my own homemade laundry detergent, but wanted an easy one.  Many recipes require grating soap, or boiling the soap mixture, which I wanted to avoid. Then I found a super easy laundry detergent recipe over at Backdoor Survival.  Survival Woman’s recipe, found in The No Mess No Fuss Method of Making DIY Laundry Detergent did not involve grating soap or boiling ingredients.  The best part was, […]

Save some Money: Make your own Homemade Dishwashing Powder Detergent

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Trying to free up money to for emergency supplies means cutting back on expenses elsewhere.  One thing I am trying is to cut back on commercially made products, and replace them with homemade substitutes.  One project that turned out well was to make homemade liquid soap.  I found a good recipe for homemade dishwashing powder over at Survival Common Sense. Most of the grocery and Target stores in my area did not have […]

Homemade Greek Style Yogurt

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I really like Greek style yogurt.   Since it’s more expensive that regular yogurt, I decided to find out if I can save some money by modifying the original crockpot recipe and make Greek style yogurt at home.   After a couple of experiments, here is the the one that came out just right.   (Note:  The recipe has some similarities with making regular yogurt, but follow the instructions below if you want firm Greek style […]

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap (from a Soap Bar)

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I tend to get itchy, chapped hands so I wanted to see if I can make an inexpensive liquid hand that is gentle and non-drying.  I am a big fan of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Magic Soap, as you can see from this review.   So I used the soap bar version as a base for my liquid hand soap.  Here is what I did. Ingredients: 1 bar of soap – I used Dr. Bronner’s […]

Confessions of a Bread Machine Convert

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   We eat a lot of bread at the Apartment Prepper household so one of the first “self sufficiency” skills I tried out was making your own Artisan Bread.  I had a pretty good result with the making my bread from scratch but continued to buy packaged bread for sandwiches. First, a story from the past.  I actually had a bread machine years ago, in my “pre-prepping” days.  But I didn’t have the right […]

How to Make Eggs Last Longer without a Refrigerator

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I like eggs for breakfast, especially “over easy” eggs.  Dehydrated eggs are great for scrambled eggs but I have not found a dehydrated egg product that can make eggs over easy. After a bit of research, I found out that making eggs last longer is very easy.  All you really need are fresh eggs and mineral oil.  Mineral oil is found in the first aid section of a pharmacy or even the grocery […]

Make Cereal in Your Apartment Kitchen

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Even though we can’t truly be self sufficient we can reduce our dependence on the system by making certain foods ourselves.  I always enjoyed granola cereal and always bought Quakers brand.  Granola tends to be higher priced than other cereal and wanted to find out if I can make it myself. Here is the recipe. Ingredients: 2 cups old fashioned oats 1/2 cup dried cranberries (raisins or other dried fruit would work too) […]

Make your Own Cleaning Supplies

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In an effort to become more self-sufficient, I decided to try making my own cleaning supplies.  Keep in mind, I am used to having multiple cleaning products under the sink:  grease cutter, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, air freshener, etc.  If it wasn’t a known name brand I avoided it. THE PLAN:  Use only home made cleaners for one week, no harsh detergents and see if there are any notable differences. PROCEDURE:   I acquired […]

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