January 25, 2020

A Jolt that Shook Things Up

We had a rain storm a few days ago which caused some flooding and a number of accidents on the roadways.  I delayed driving in to work, as I heard on the traffic report that a major freeway was shut down, and even the alternate routes were congested.  I was waiting until the storm abated before venturing out. In the meantime, I thought I could get some work done by checking my work email remotely.  Just as I logged on, […]

Taste Test: THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef

Today I am going to review a popular Thrive freeze dried item, the ground beef.   Misty Marsh over at Your Own Home Store kindly sent me a sample a while back, but I had not gotten around to posting the result due to work schedules getting in the way. I use a lot of ground beef chuck in my everyday cooking, as it is less expensive than steak and can be used in a variety of menu items: tacos, burritos, […]

Feast or Famine

After all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales activity, it seems there was a lot of optimism about people being willing to open their pocketbooks and spend their money.  There was such a frenzy of crazed shopping, akin to “running of the bulls” that mobs were running rampant and people got hurt trying snag “hot deals.” In the next day or so, the media was joyfully reporting that sales records were topped as a record number of shoppers opened […]

Food for Thought from Selco Who Lived Through SHTF

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of weeks ago, I recommended the link to SHTF Survival Q&A: A First-Hand Account of Long-Term SHTF Survival.  I was fascinated by the first hand account by Selco, a man who lived through a SHTF scenario during the Bosnia collapse in 1992.  He described what it was like to live for a year in a city with no infrastructure:  no running water or sewer, trash pickup, no electricity; no food available, […]

Shoppers Turning into Savages over a Sale

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It seems that every Black Friday there is some incident that leaves me wondering how people can go wild and out of control over store sales.  The latest craziness happened in Los Angeles when a woman sprayed pepper spray at other shoppers so she can snag the sale items. The scene described in the article indicates that people were already pushing and shoving even before the pepper spray occurred.   They were tearing off […]

This Home Remedy Helped Me Prevent a Cold

These past few days have been very busy and stressful. Two nights ago, I was feeling run down and had a sore throat. I felt I was catching a cold. I cannot afford to catch a cold and miss work, not to mention Thanksgiving. My brother had been telling me he avoided a cold by drinking two tablespoons of Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. When I first heard about it, I told him no way I’d drink is, it would be too nasty to hold down. Well this time I was motivated to try it. I did not have Bragg’s brand apple cider vinegar, but I did have a store brand apple cider vinegar. […]

No Need to Run to the Store: Make your Own Yogurt

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I made yogurt in the crockpot and I am here to tell you how easy it is to make your own yogurt. You will need: 1/2 gallon of milk (I used Borden’s Whole Milk, but you can use any brand) 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, any brand (I used Oikos Greek style yogurt since I like Greek style yogurt and it was on sale for $1 at Walmart, but you don’t have to) […]

Artisan Bread Update

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I posted about making homemade bread a few days ago.  The recipe indicated the dough can be kept in the refrigerator and used to make subsequent loaves.  I wasn’t so sure how it would turn out so I am writing an update. I stored the dough in the same bowl I mixed it in, covered by a sheet of aluminum foil in the refrigerator.   The 2nd time I made it, I tore another […]

Breadmaking is Not So Complicated After All

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It took me a while but I finally got around to trying my hand at baking bread from scratch.  It’s been a goal of mine (See Small Steps to Learning Survival Skills) for a while now, but I  was a bit intimidated about trying it at first.   I’ve had a few failures in the past; I even owned a bread machine at one time.   Due to one of the failures, my dough overflowed […]

The Fine Line between Redundancy and Clutter

“Two is one and one is none” is a survival maxim that we picked up early on when we started finding out about preparedness.   The saying applies to keeping a backup for a tool or item at all times.   For example, what if you only have one can opener, and a disaster happens.  You need to open some canned food to feed your family, but your one and only can opener breaks.  How are you going to open the canned […]

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