May 24, 2019

A Quick and Easy Way to Make Beef Jerky

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of weeks ago, I posted about trying to dehydrate food for the very first time with my new dehydrator. It turned out so well that I made a new goal to make beef jerky. Why make your own jerky? Making your own jerky is a great way to preserve meat if you have a surplus, or if you just want to make quick, healthy snacks. A lot of commercially prepared beef […]

Learning to Make Soap at Home

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Last week I told you about my food dehydrator adventure. This week I got to experiment with making soap at home.  My son gave me a soap-making kit for Mother’s Day.  Yes, my kids know what I like 🙂 The kit we tested was Chelsea’s Sage Basil and Mint Soap-making Kit. What the kit includes It has everything you need to get started with “melt and pour” soap-making: 2 1 lb. bars shea […]

I Tried Using a Food Dehydrator for the First Time – Here’s What Happened

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com My daughter gave me an early Mother’s Day gift – you guessed it – a food dehydrator. Since I had wanted one for a while now I could not wait to try it out and opened it way before Mother’s Day. Why I wanted a food dehydrator Drying food is a great skill to have. Supplement your food storage with dried foods. Take advantage of produce and meat sales. Preserve foods you are […]

Money Mondays: Homemade Cards and Gifts

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas.  This year, we are reusing decorations from previous years.  I also started to make Christmas gifts and cards. Cards We grew up thinking that store-bought cards are better, but over the years I found handmade cards are appreciated by the recipients.  I like to draw Christmas images free-hand, but for variety, I am also trying these ideas out:  Fingerprint Christmas lights card and Copy […]

7 Unusual Foods to Pickle [and why you should]

(Editor’s note:  Pickling is one homesteading activity that can easily be done in an apartment.  I had pretty good results making Marinated Mushrooms, so I think I am going to try making some of these recipes myself.   If you have any great pickling recipes to share, please let us know in the comments!) Written by Shelle, Rockin W Homestead Pickling may be the new Kale! I’ve been on a pickling kick the past month or so and discovered several fun […]

How to Make Dried Fruit without a Food Dehydrator

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been wanting to try dehydrating fruit but I do not have room for a food dehydrator.  There is just not enough space in my small apartment for another gadget.  But I there is a way to dehydrate fruit without a food dehydrator – just use your oven! I had a couple of apples that were a bit past their prime but still in good shape.  They were perfect for my apple chips […]

Make Your Own Waterproof Matches

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We recently stocked up on matches from the Dollar Tree- we got 16 boxes for just $1.  I thought it would be a good idea to make some of them waterproof. Why would you need waterproof matches? Fire is necessary for survival, for warmth and as a way to cook food.  In case of flooding or even extreme humidity, matches can get wet and you will be unable to use them.  They also […]

5 Tips to Start Your Apartment Garden with Very Little Money

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been seeing Facebook posts about starting up this year’s garden.  I know it is still early March and in many areas the cold is still lingering.  But it is not a bad idea to start thinking about growing a few herbs and vegetables in your apartment balcony or patio. With a little planning, you can get your apartment garden started a minimal cost.  That’s why it’s best to get started early. Set […]

Make Hibiscus Tea from Dried Flowers

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I never knew flowers were edible until my mother in law told me about edible zucchini flowers and hibiscus flower tea. At first I thought it would be gross to eat a flower, but now that I am interested in self sufficiency skills, it actually makes sense. I thought it would be a good skill to learn how to make tea from dried flowers. I think it’s great to be able to […]

DIY Hand and Foot Warmer

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Although winter 2017 officially started on Dec. 21st, thousands of people have been experiencing the bitter cold for several weeks.  I thought I’d post a season appropriate project anyone can do. Some days I have really cold hands and feet and cannot seem to get warm no matter what I do.   So I decided to try making my own foot warmer. I originally saw this project in Surviving and Thriving a while back […]

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