Lessons Learned from One Second After

One Second After by William R. Forstchen is a really scary book. Not scary like a Stephen King book, but more like a wake up call to how fragile the world we live in is. This is the book that prompted my first post, and really pushed me to start thinking of myself as a prepper or a survivalist. If you stay dependent on today's way of life, you will die quickly when it is all taken away from you. This post is a review of One Second After and assumes you have read the book. If you haven't already [...]

Five Finger Death Punch – Support Veterans

Here at Surviving Prepper we do not do religion or political posts. As tempting as it is to slam whatever silly politician is currently in the news for doing something stupid, or to bash someone's view of how their god is better than yours, we just don't do it. But we do support veterans. If you live in the United States of America, you enjoy your freedom and your chosen way of life because of the dedication and sacrifice of our veterans, whose blood, sweat, and tears was spilt in fighting for our liberty. Here at Surviving Prepper we support [...]

By |October 16th, 2016|Veterans|0 Comments

Food Preservation – Preserving Your Harvest     

It’s that time of year in Vermont... apple season.  We live near several family owned orchards that have a plethora of apple options – pre-picked, pick your own, utility apples, fresh pressed cider, and mouth-watering apple cider donuts.  It’s also the season for some wonderful wild mushrooms such as Black Trumpets – a relative of chanterelles.  Of course, it’s time for my herb garden to end the season – if I actually plant an herb garden.  Obviously I can’t keep all of this bounty in its current form for the winter, so now I’m in the process of preserving what [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|Canning, Dehydrating, Food Preservation, Freezing, Root Cellar|0 Comments

Extreme Couponing can be a Valuable Prepper Skill

I know what your thinking! Preppers already have a bad rep in today's society. Don't you dare try to group us with those crazy coupon ladies. But hear me out. Let's think about how extreme couponing can really benefit your budget and your prepper pantry. Maybe you will change your perception of it. Imagine this little story: On my way home I often stop by the grocery store to pick up a few items. Now I live in a suburban area of a very large city. So stopping by the store around the rush hour time frame is often just [...]

By |September 28th, 2016|Books, Extreme Couponing, Prepper Logic|2 Comments

Bug Out Bag Essentials – Most Important Items You Should Carry

When thinking about putting together a bug out bag, it's easy to over pack. One item leads to another, and before you know it you're carrying 80 pounds on your back, at a time when you need to be moving swiftly, and easily. Start with the basics: water, shelter, and food. Regardless of how far you have to walk, or what the kind of SHTF event has occurred, your bug out bag must contain items that address each of these three basics. You could carry more with you, but these are the bare minimum items that you SHOULD carry with [...]

By |September 20th, 2016|Axe, Bug Out Bag, Bugging Out, Prepper Logic, Survival Knife|0 Comments

Vermiculture – Fish Candy and Garden Gold

My pappaw used to make me bait my own hook when we went fishing. That was the rule. His pond, his poles, his fish. If I was old enough to go fishin', then I was old enough to bait my own hook. And I dreaded it. The baiting. I am not being silly, or sarcastic, or overdramatic when I tell you that I actually heard them scream every time I threaded one onto my hook. Worms. They make almost-ultrasonic shrieking sounds as they squirm, and dodge, and serpentine away from the stabby point of the hook. Cross my heart and [...]

By |September 14th, 2016|Background, Books, Outdoor Skills, Vermiculture|1 Comment

INCH Bag – Build the Perfect “I’m Never Coming Home” Bag

The idea of keeping an "INCH Bag" is a practical one. Even if, in case of emergency, your big-picture plan is to bug in, there is still a possibility that you will find yourself in an emergency that requires surviving away from home, at least initially. BugOutBagBuilder.com posted about building and keeping "I'm Never Coming Home" bags and allowed us to repost here. Build the Perfect "I'm Never Coming Home" Bag aka INCH bag was previously posted at: INCH Duration: 1 week or More USE: Long-Term catastrophic emergencies: house fire, tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, super storm, military strife MUST HAVE Gear: [...]

By |September 9th, 2016|Bug Out Bag, Bugging Out, Prepper Logic|3 Comments

Sourdough Bread – By Bread Alone…

One of my goals is to reduce the amount of processed and mass produced foods my family eats. I’ve been setting things up on our little homestead with that in mind. And to a lesser degree, we’re producing the ingredients at home as well.  You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make much of the things we use every day; from food to cleaners to hygiene and beauty products. In this article, I’m going to focus on bread, specifically, sourdough bread. I’m an amateur baker and enjoy learning different baking techniques. As a wife and mother, the financial [...]

By |September 1st, 2016|Baking, Sourdough Bread|0 Comments