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How to Fight Off the Elements While Bugging Out

Editor’s note: Please welcome “Dan Sullivan” from Survivalsullivan.com to the site. Dan is a prepper from Romania, and brings us some advice and knowledge he has gained from prepping in Europe. Please welcome him to the site!

If, by some unfortunate turn of events, you determine that your home is not safe and needs to be abandoned, you can expect two things.

Number one, that the bug out will go smoothly. You load your car, take your loved ones, you drive for an hour or two and reach your bug out location safe and sound. This is one possibility, but not the only one… and, as much as I like to stay optimistic, I can’t help but ask myself the obvious question:

What if things don’t go as planned?

It is possible, right? They don’t call it SHTF for no reason…

Now, there are a lot of things that can go wrong when you’re out there. Road blocks, looters, desperate people, fire, downed trees and, then, of course, there’s the distance. But there’s one thing most folks forget to consider and that’s Mother Nature.

Mother Nature can be spectacular and protective, but it can also be vicious… provided you don’t know how to take care of yourself when you pay it a visit. If you’ve even been on a hike before, particularly in bad weather, you know what I’m talking about.

So let’s see some of the things to consider when you’re out there, especially if you are having to bug out on foot…
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7 Manual Kitchen Tools That Work with No Power

Editor’s note: Plan and Prepared welcomes Jack Neely back with his latest offering. Enjoy!

Manual kitchen tools that work with no power are important to have in case of an emergency which includes power outage. Having the right type of manual kitchen tools makes every task much easier. In fact for certain tasks, the manual kitchen tools work just as well or even better than the powered machines.

You might even discover that you enjoy the simplicity and the rustic appeal of using the manual tools for your daily kitchen tasks.

This list is assuming you already have standard kitchen utensils. Things like spatulas, whisks, etc. Instead, this list will focus on tools you may not have thought about to help you prepare food without the benefit of things like gas or electricity.

1. Manual Food Grinder

A manual food grinder is a must have manual kitchen tool especially for those who prefer making their own meatballs or sausages. The food grinder can be used to grind fruits, vegetables, pork, beef and even chicken, allowing you to make tasty meals.

Food grinders usually come with different tips, normally depending on how coarse or fine you want your food. A food grinder will also help you get your food ready for storage for times when you need it most. Keep in mind that the food grinder will not grind up grains; for that you’ll need the grain mill.

2. Mortar and Pestle Set

Mortar and pestle sets have been around for many years, but they’re often neglected because of the modern appliances we have now. However, these sets can efficiently do the task of grinding, crushing, and powdering seeds, nuts, herbs, teas and roots for all types of food.

This style of crushing or grinding releases all the best flavors in herbs, seeds, garlic and spices. If you plan on getting a set of mortar and pestle, you should consider going for the porcelain type as it’s much easier to clean and it doesn’t absorb the food odors.
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Off Grid and Free – A homesteader’s story

garden-house-and-outbuildingsEditor’s Note: Please welcome Ron Melchiore to Plan and Prepared. Ron has lived “Off-grid” and self-reliant for over 30 years. He has a wealth of information on this subject. Here is his story!

A chilly hello from the Canadian wilderness! A plethora of websites on the Internet cater to the prepping/off-grid/homesteading communities and it can be mind numbing to sort through them all.

I like our host James’s site for being clean, uncluttered and straightforward. I also like the name he has chosen. Plan and Prepared. It doesn’t get much simpler than that! If you plan properly, everything else falls into place.

My wife and I have lived an unconventional life and I now find myself in the strange position of writing articles for some of these wonderful websites. We come to you as two experienced homesteaders who have lived our lives unconnected from the power grid for almost 37 years.

I write to you from 100 miles in the Canadian wilderness. This computer/satellite link is our only connection to the outside world. We shop twice a year in the spring and fall and it is only during those 2 times when we take care of our resupply needs, appointments and interact with other human beings.
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7 Ways You Can Survive And Thrive In A Tiny House

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James Burnette’s Tiny House

Editor’s Note: Please welcome James Burnette from SurvivalPunk.com. In his guest post, James talks about surviving in a “Tiny House”, and why is a good idea. After reading this article, be sure to view the video tour of his tiny house at the bottom of the page!

I’m here to prove to you that you can both survive and thrive in a tiny house. That you can be a prepper and not have a huge home. You don’t have to sacrifice food storage, survival gear, or your firearms to live in a tiny house. Not only that but you can be better prepared in a tiny house over a traditional home.

In case you are unfamiliar with a tiny house and the movement behind them; a tiny house is typically between 100 to 400 square feet. This is in contrast to the American average of 2,600 square feet for a home.

Most but not all tiny or small houses are built on trailers. This is for two reasons. First by building it on a trailer bed you bypass many home building laws. Doing it this way you will not need permits or to pass many codes and zoning laws. For us preppers, this means that the government does not get involved in our business. They don’t have a copy of our blueprints on file. No need to pay ridiculous amounts of money for permission to build.
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10 Hacks for Homesteading with Almost No Money

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Coke can lanterns

Editor’s note: Planandprepared.com is happy to welcome Jack Neely to the site. Jack has a lot of experience as a homesteader and “life hack” guru. Jack is a fitness expert, survivalist, and world traveler.

Homesteading is about being self-sufficient and self-reliant. To do this, you need to figure out some hacks to make it easy and simple. This involves adopting better gardening methods, conserving electricity, minimizing wastage, and consuming locally grown food. You can also go a step further and produce your own clothing, craft-work, and other home accessories.

The following are some simple hacks you can adopt:

Leave your Clothes Out to Dry

Forget the dryer. You can still dry your clothes in the outdoors, balcony or rooftop. Light clothes dry within a few hours even in the chilly weather while heavier garments will take longer. Besides saving you high monthly energy bills, this hack leaves your clothes smelling fresh and natural.

Grow Tomatoes Vertically

Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t farm your own tomatoes. There are some breeds that grow vertically rather than horizontally. Besides taking little space, most of the plant is off the ground and is less-likely to be affected by parasites and diseases. You also use fewer pesticides to take care of it.

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Off-grid cooking method – Here is one we recommend

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Adding rabbit meat to the oil and seasoning

Editor’s note: I want to welcome Cheryl L (my mom) to the site with her first article! Enjoy!

No matter what you are prepping for, at some point in time food preparation must enter into your preps. I am always trying to find ways to cook using a minimum amount of time, energy, effort, and fuel. So I plan my preps accordingly.

I prefer to keep my life simple and that includes getting everything done in the morning and taking it easy after all the work is done.  This is one of the reasons that I decided to purchase a thermal cooker.

Another reason I thought a thermal cooker would be a wonderful idea is for the ease of cooking a meal whether on a regular stove, a rocket stove, an open campfire, or in any emergency situation.  We live in tornado territory and I can take a thermal cooker down into the shelter along with the already stored dehydrated meals and water, etc. so that I can prepare them for my family if the need arises.  Be it a rabbit dinner or emergency food storage, I feel secure in having the means to take care of them.

I looked and researched on the internet, reading about several different thermal cookers. After some study I finally settled on the Saratoga Jack 7L thermal cooker.

I went with the Saratoga because it received a lot of positive feedback on Amazon, and because it comes with two heavy-duty pans that nestle together for cooking, (cook two separate pots at once) a lid, a cook book and of course the vacuüm cooker.

Saratoga Jack 7L thermal cooker

The Saratoga Jack thermal cooker is simple to use. You follow your regular recipes, bring the temperature to a rolling boil for a few minutes, and then seal the pot in the cooker.  And depending on the recipe your food is ready and waiting for you in the evening when you are ready to sit down to dinner.
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