October 8, 2019

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, […]

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 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 […]

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) […]

Book Review: How to Live on Wheat 3rd Edition

I received a reviewer’s copy of How to Live on Wheat, 3rd Edition by John Hill, which was released December 2010.  I must admit I had not heard of this book before, and likely would not have read it:  in my mind, “living on wheat” seems like one of those “advanced” activities, far above my preparedness skills. As it turns out, I am happy to admit I was wrong about my initial impression.  Live on Wheat has a lot of […]

How Do You Get Started with Prepping?

I am starting to see more people becoming concerned about preparing.  Within the last month or so, I have been seeing more visits resulting from readers looking for information on prepping or becoming more self sufficient while living in an apartment.  I am glad more of us are starting to prepare.  One of the most frequently asked questions is how does someone get started. I don’t claim to be an expert on the absolute best way, but I can speak […]

How I Got Started

The day before Hurricane Ike was predicted to reach Houston, I was talking to co-workers on what to expect, as this was going to be our first hurricane.  We had recently moved to Houston due to a job transfer.  Several people described the horrors they experienced trying to leave the city for Hurricane Rita, about getting stuck in freeways that turned into parking lots, so most people were staying put.  I left work early thinking I would stop by the […]

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