Canning Ground Beef–Step By Step Instructions

By Kellene Bishop This week has been full of all kinds of activities in readiness for the Christmas holiday, but I still have to keep up on my self-sufficiency duties. I received my fabulous ground beef from Zaycon Foods this past week and decided to turn the necessity of canning it into a video tutorial.

Intense Flu 2012-2013

Flu Map – United States Flu patients are flooding clinics. The CDC reports no sign of a peak for this year’s early and intense flu season in which the numbers are startlingly higher than recent past years. “I think we’re still accelerating,” said Tom Skinner, a CDC spokesman speaking with NBC News. Twenty-nine states reported high levels of flu activity, up from 16 states the previous week. Flu was widespread in 41 states, up from 31 states, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over at Google Flu Trends, which monitors flu activity in the U.S. and around the world, this year’s season has already topped the bright-red “intense” category. The ‘Flu …

Choosing a Hand Grain Mill

How do I choose which hand grain mill to buy? There are quite a range of prices for various hand grain mills, and it may seem difficult to decide which one to choose, but you can narrow your choice by considering two basic questions… 1. Do you intend to grind/mill into flour for breads (versus only for courser grinds) 2. Do you intend to use it frequently. If you will be milling wheat to make flour for bread, you will want to be sure that the mill will grind the wheat berries into fine enough flour. Many cheaper models apparently do not, although many claim that they do. Just read the reviews of the product in consideration…

Welcome to Emergency Essentials!

Welcome Survival Mom readers!Thank you for your many kind comments! We’re so glad you’ve stopped by our Facebook page and left a little love for us. Keep visiting us there (and here on the blog), because we like to do giveaways of our own. If you’re new to the world of Emergency Essentials, this post will give you a quick “tour” of the products, information, and resources we have to offer.The Emergency Essentials Websitebeprepared.comWe want you to buy stuff not just because it’s good for business, but because we really believe that our job is to help you prepare. That’s how we help make the world a better place. To help you out we have monthly specials—and between you and me, those deals…

Happy New Year!

Everyone here at Emergency Essentials wishes you a happy, safe, and healthy 2013!

Feinstein will most likely introduce her Anti-2nd Amendment bill on January 22nd.

From my most recent NRA newsletter… Feinstein will most likely introduce her bill on January 22nd. President Obama has said that gun control will be a “central issue” of his final term in office, and he has vowed to move quickly on it.  And yesterday, a story from The Blaze noted that Obama’s point man on gun control–Vice President Biden–has promised that Obama will pass a gun control bill by the end of the month. Contact your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 to urge them to oppose Sen. Feinstein’s 2013 gun and magazine ban.  Our elected representatives in Congress must hear from …

What did YOU do to prep this week?

Good morning Wolf Pack – I hope that you’re all doing well today. Before we get started this morning I would like to take a moment to thank Bonnie N, Millie W and Harold D for their generous donations and support this week. Thank you. If you want to also help out by making a small donation (average donation is $20) click this link. Thank you. Okay, let me see – what did I do to prep this week? I ordered two DVD’s “Why Gold and Silver?” and “The Money Masters” I also ordered two books the “…

Sweet Pepper Relish Recipe

Sweet Pepper Relish Print Wipe peppers and discard seeds, wipe tomatoes, peel onions, peel and core apples. Chop or mince all vegetables and fruit coarsely and put into pan. Put spices into a muslin bag. Simmer the mixture in the vinegar for 2–3 hours untl chutney is thick and then remove spices. Cool and put into sterilized jars and label. Find out more about making relishes at home. Author: UK Prepper Ingredients 6 red peppers and 6 green peppers 2 lbs green or red tomatoes 1 ½ lbs cooking apples 1 ½ lbs onions 1 lb sugar 1 oz salt 1 teaspoon allspice 1½ pints vinegar ¼ oz chillies (its up to you) ¼ oz cloves ¼ oz crushed root ginger ½ oz mustard seed 1 oz peppercorns Instructions Wipe peppers and…

Sweet Green Pickle Recipe

Sweet Green Pickle Print Prepare and chop all the veg into fairly small dice. Break the cauliflower into small florets. Put all veg into a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and cover with water. Put a plate in to weigh it down and leave overnight. Next day drain the brine and put the veg in a pan with 300 ml (10 fl. oz) of the vinegar. Add 250 ml (8 fl.oz) water and bring to the boil. Drain immediately and do not allow the veg to cook. Put the remaining vinegar in another pan, add the spices and the flour mixed with a bit of vinegar so it is a paste. Warm the pan and add the sugar and stir over a low heat until dissolved. …

Clothes Washing in a Grid-Down World

If we are ever forced to live through an extended grid-down situation, I think many of us would realize how much we rely/depend upon our “common” appliances like our washing machines. For that reason, having an off-grid secondary option will really make living a whole lot easier if things do go south. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you how you can make your own effective off-grid “washing machine” using easy-to-obtain items: What You’ll Need Two 5-gallon buckets with one lid Toilet plunger (make sure it’s a newly purchased one) Liquid detergent (optional: stain stick) Vinegar Rope or clothesline Clothes pins How to Make an Off-Grid Clothes Washing Kit Step 1: Drill a …

Free Download: LDS Preparedness Manual (version 8)

LDSAvow.com has recently released its latest version of their fantastic book “The LDS Preparedness Manual” (now in it’s 8th version!). Quite simply, it’s a collection of fantastic preparedness related articles covering most prepping subjects such as: food storage communication emergency evacuation heating, cooking, and lighting clothing and shelter defense and much more… I figured I’d send this link out as a belated Christmas present for you guys. It’s a fantastic read and highly recommended! You can download it for free here: LDS Preparedness Manual v.8 UPDATE: Try the above link first, but if it’s not working for you, you can download it here as well: LDS Preparedness Manual (From TI site)

Food Storage and Survival Top 10 of 2012!

As the year winds down, I want to give a special thanks to all my fantastic readers and blog sponsors!  Blog traffic is up more than 250% over last year and I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate your visits, comments, and questions!  Thank you!  Looking back over the year, here are the top 10 posts from 2012: 10.  What are Gamma Seal Lids and How to Install Them.  You’ll want a few of these lids if you’re storing food in buckets! 9.  Eight Great Powerless Cooking Options.  How many of these do you have? 8.  Four Reasons I Won’t Be Buying Survival Seeds. 7. 6 Tips for Success if You’re Planting Your Garden …

Book Festival and Giveaway: An Interview with George Ure

Today I share the ninth author interview in the Backdoor Survival Fall Book Festival.  George Ure, the author of Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet, shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book. Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.  “Sharon” has won a copy of The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency.  Congratulations!  I have contacted you by email for mailing instructions. Here is Sharon’s favorite homesteading tip: When we moved to the country we did everything wrong, bought a fixer-upper farm and house and bought a couple horses we only occasionally rode. 10 years later we felt …

Review: Red Cross Blackout Buddy Flashlight

Quick.  The lights just went out–where is your nearest flashlight?  Can you find it in the dark?  And does it have fresh batteries so it will actually work when you need it?  Well, if you’re at my house with kids, I know where the flashlights are supposed to be and sometimes they are actually there and most times the ones that are where they belong will light up at least for a little while.  But not always. So when I read about the Red Cross Blackout Buddy, I thought I better get one and test it out.  Here’s how they work.  The flashlight plugs in to a wall plug and you …

The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 46

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps. We were recently given a friend’s discarded shelving so we cut the shelves down and re-purposed them for one of our food storage closets. As I may have mentioned,  I am using my freeze-dried and dehydrated foods more and more in day-to-day cooking.  The cost in some cases is more than the same product purchased fresh but there is no waste and if I can save a 20 mile round trip to town, then I am actually saving money. On the shelves below you will see a number of #10 cans, plus my Food Saver …

6 Herbs & Tinctures That Everyone Needs at Home and Their BOB’s

This article should be named “The 100 herbs needed to survive”, but then it would be to long to read.  In the meantime, here is a list of the herbs I feel we can’t do without in our home or our BOB’s. echinacea Echinacea:  Known throughout history as a cure-all to treat infections and wounds. For 400 years, Echinacea has been used to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria.  While taking Echinacea to prevent a cold is infective, if you start taking it at the first signs of a cold it will reduce or shorten the duration of your cold symptoms such as cough, sore throat, …

Whats in my Backpack?

Whats in my backpack? Whats in here? (photo credit://http://flic.kr/p/2YybT) Being prepared doesn’t always have to apply to natural or man-made disasters.  Being prepared should be a way of life no matter what you do.  If you are a hiker, hunter, fisherman, camper, etc.  You should always have a bag of goodies in your backpack or other pack, just in case things don’t go as planned.  Each activity is different, but I will share what I carry in my backpack and who knows, it could get you out of a sticky situation in the Great Outdoors someday. My bag of goodies was developed from a list called the Ten Essentials,  originally developed …

Morality: The Hard Line Between Revolutionary and Terrorist

In a war, it appears that it’s easy to become just as bad as the monsters that you are fighting. Just ask the survivors of a killing spree in Afghanistan last March, when US soldiers went on a rampage, killing 17 civilians, 9 of them children. Only one soldier, Army Staff Sgt Robert Bales, was charged but the witnesses have a different story: One mother-of-six, whose husband was killed during the incident, believes there were as many as 20 people involved. She told SBS Dateline journalist Yalda Hakim: ‘When they shot dead my husband, I tried to drag him into the house, they’d shot him in the head so his brain was all over …

The Toxic Agenda

There is a very good reason that I promote organic food storage – the food supply of the Western world is irrevocably tainted. One day your food storage might be all that keeps you out of the bread lines (best case scenario) or from starvation (worst case scenario).  If you store up boxes of Chef Boyardee and HFCS-sweetened garbage containing GMO corn, you won’t die as quickly as those who are starving to death – instead you will poison your family slowly. GMOs actually alter our DNA.  Excitotoxins kill our brain cells.  Fluoride is a brain suppressant.  Additives make us fat. The list of hazards could fill pages and pages of literature. David Icke outlines the toxins in our food supply in this must-…