Extreme Survival – Know Your Edible Meats in the Wild

Extreme Survival – Know Your Edible Meats in the Wild

If you have ever pictured yourself in a post-war or emergency situation, surely you have imagined what you would eat, as food is one of the basic human needs. We’ve all heard of third world countries in which people eat tree roots on the limits of survival, and no doubt such things may seem impossible to eat, but strictly biologically speaking, they are not.

Truth is, there are not many things in this world that our stomach couldn’t hold, and although not healthy, they can fulfill the role of keeping us sated. One such example is paper, which is made from wood, meaning it is perfectly digestible.

But this article is not about how much artificial matter can we ingest in dire situations, but rather what can be eaten safely regardless of our biased interpretation, beyond what each meat type symbolizes in our minds, food is food and any type of meat is edible, human evolution wouldn’t have been possible without meat. This is what you need to tell yourself when you feel loathsome towards consuming snake or rat meat.


rodentsIn many sci-fi movies rodents are represented as survival food. That’s not sci-fi. Despite our image about them as “dirty animals”, rodents can be cooked and cleaned just like any other meat. In the wild you may not have a choice, so you better know how to consume them.

  1. Never handle them directly with the hands, as some may carry diseases.
  2. Whether your prey is a rat, mouse, squirrel, bat (they’re very popular in Cambodia) or any other rodent, it should go directly on the spit, with the hair and skin on. After the hair is burnt, it will fall off by itself. Cook it for as long as possible until it is a bit charred, to make sure you kill all the bacteria.
  3. Remove the bowels and stomach; this is where all diseases develop and the hub of all bacteria. Except the digestive system, everything from the animal is safe to eat.


InsectsInsects have always given us the goose-bumps, and nobody wants to think about a situation in which he would be forced to eat bugs. There couldn’t be a more unfounded preconception. As a matter of fact, insects could be the answer to the famine problems many countries are facing, and the staple meat of the future. The idea isn’t new, and over a third of the world’s population consume insects on a regular basis, but tradition and education made it linger for over a century at society’s unrelenting gates, since Vincent Holt asked in 1885: “Why not insects?”

We reject the processed chicken, the artificially fed livestock, tremble at the thought we may be eating radioactive fish, but we forget nature’s purest and fastest renewing food source. Insects are healthy, rich in protein, clean, tasty (similar to nuts), cheap, and virtually everlasting. They simply breed too fast too soon to become expensive, like seafood or buffalo meat. Here are some general rules about insect consumption:

  1. Avoid bright colored insects. Remember those colored dung flies? Colors are a flag for toxicity.
  2. Avoid brave bugs. As a rule of thumb, if a being is not afraid, that’s because nature has endowed it with a sort of defense mechanism, like venom.
  3. Crickets, locusts and roaches are the safest bets, but make sure to fry the latter. Just like in the case of rodents, they may carry diseases.


WormsI know. It’s gross. Worms are probably among the healthiest source of protein in the wild, and are very easy to find anywhere: simply dig. Remember Walker Texas Ranger surviving on a can of boiled worms in the woods? That wasn’t sci-fi either. With worms, the rule is simple: Either fry or boil them, they are tastier than bugs (taste like corn), very nourishing, and there are no poisonous worms.


amphibiansThere are many frog species, and quite a lot of them secrete toxins. Some of them are effective after as little as licking the frog. In the US, there are four main species of edible frogs: the bullfrog, the green frog, the leopard frog, and the pickerel frog. The edible parts of the frog are the hind legs. Know that rigor mortis takes more time in a frog, as they are cold blooded animals, so when you heat them up they may still twitch.


snakesAll snakes are edible, in fact they’re a rather delicacy in Asia. Venom is only dangerous if it gets into your blood-stream, but your stomach acid will decompose its proteins. However, if you want to be on the safe side, just lop off the head of the snake before cooking it. The way to cook it is pretty much the same as for anything else: remove the skin, gut the snake, and cut it into pieces. The latter is the tricky part: try to cut between the ribs, because if you cut the ribs themselves they get lost in the meat and are hard to remove after cooking.

In the best case scenario of a survival situation, you will find game; don’t let the worst one be a case of root eating. Whatever you do, keep your hygiene as sturdy as possible. Even if you lack cosmetics, using nature’s oldest antiseptics can go a long way: fire and water. You will definitely want to check out also 52 Plants in the Wild You Can Eat.

Cash Is King -The Importance of a Cash Stockpile

There’s been a serious trend among preppers for the past few years to stock up on gold and silver. And while there are certainly advantages to having a gold bar or two in your possession, far too many people are neglecting to acknowledge the importance of having some good old fashioned cash on hand.

Granted, in a true SHTF scenario, even cash will soon begin to lose its value as people will eventually revert back to bartering and trading of services. But what about scenarios that don’t involve a complete and extreme collapse? When it comes to dealing with natural disasters or other scenarios that might take the electronic grid down for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, there are very real benefits to having cash readily available on hand.

And you don’t have to go very far back to see this theory in action, either. As recently as Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in New Orleans and Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, thousands (if not millions) of people found themselves armed with nothing but useless plastic cards as electricity went down, making electronic purchases impossible. That meant that people who didn’t have cash readily available had no way of purchasing basics like food, water, or fuel. There were no reports of local merchants and grocery stores accepting hunks of gold or silver in exchange for bread and cereal.

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The moment the power grid goes down–locally or nation-wide–your credit and debit cards become nothing more than a hunk of molded plastic. Which is why you should keep enough cash safely and readily available to handle at least a few days in a hotel, groceries, gas, and any other necessities. Even in the event of a total financial collapse, it will take the public a while to accept that currency has become devalued, and people will be desperate to sell things for cash.

Cash Stockpile

So what can you do to build up a cash stockpile to match your canned goods and first aid supplies? For starters, remember that it will take time. You should never neglect to pay your bills to stash the cash. What you can do however, is take a closer look at your monthly expenditures and decide where you can carve out some wiggle room.

cut costFor example, switching from a full cable package to one with fewer channels, ditching the expensive cell phone plan for a more streamlined one, or even making the simple swap between eating out and brown bagging your lunch are all easy ways to carve out as much as a few hundred dollars a month. Tuck that money away, and make sure you don’t touch it unless it’s a dire emergency.

Additionally, you can take the budget you normally allocate towards prepping and redirect it for a few months. In other words, take a break from building up your stockpile for a couple of months and save the money that would normally go towards supplies in your untouchable emergency cash stash, instead. It will take some time, but by cycling the two stockpiles this way, you can build both up together.

By FamilySurvivalPlan Contributor

Home Defense – Can be done!

Home Defense – Can Be Done

Off course that when we talk about survival and preparedness we have to look first to the most important of them all …. home defense. Everybody thinks about home defense in a particular way,but  …. how can you know,if  you can really defend your home? It is a myth or a reality?

Do you think that a group of 5 to 10 men could get in your house and take anything they want? Or you truly believe that you can keep them far away from you porch?

Why don’t we make an assessment on what are the real threats defending your home and what we can do to prevent the loose of life.

You would probably need to go trough a lot of things when you think about bugging in, but i just want to point out some home defense angles that you need to check:

firearms for home defense, family training and layers of defense that you have or not to your home.

You should have some firearms to defend your home and there are so many articles explaining what are the best and why …. but most of all, you should have experience. Don’t rely on myths for defending your home.

You have to go to the shooting range and take your first family member with you.You can’t defend your home alone.Every once in a while you hear people (men) saying that they will defend with everything they’ve got their family and their home. That’s really a great thing and everybody will try to do the same but, what if you can’t ? What if you will die before you can achieve it ? Wouldn’t you want your family to know how to defend itself ?

This is one of the most important thing you have to consider when defending from outside dangers.
You have to communicate all of your ideas and plans with your family. Let your family members talk through their own concerns about defending the home. A lot of being able to defend your home is mental. So, it’s a whole lot better to have them express their doubts and fears sitting around the dinner table, than to have those doubts and fears show up when your home is under attack. Start looking at the various layers of your defenses and how you can plan them out.You want to end up with a plan for your perimeter, your home’s outer shell and inside your home.
More layers of defense you have more chances of survival you will have. For each of those layers of defense, you have to determine fighting positions, barriers, obstacles and most of all, your kill zones.

Now that you have a defensive plan, it’s time to start getting to work on your home and property. You would need to get window bars to install on your home.These bars normally attach to the side of the home, outside the window area.Window bars are rather expensive, so you may choose not to put bars on all your windows. If you have a two-story home, you could choose to put bars on just the downstairs windows. However, if you have a porch overhang, or a balcony, you need to make sure that you protect the windows that are accessible from them as well.

On the hinge side of the door you’ll want to replace the screws with longer ones, so that they go into the stud. Also, replace one screw in each hinge with a pin, drilling out the corresponding hole in the other side of the hinge for clearance. Between the deadbolts and these bolts, your door will be much stronger.

Add two more deadbolts to the door, one high up and one down low. If you drill these out carefully you can actually do it without the hole saw going all the way through the door; all that will go through is the pilot bit. That can help keep your work hidden, as it’s fairly easy to fill in a 1/4 inch hole and hide it, but it’s not easy to hide a 2-1/4 inch hole. Just remember not to throw those deadbolts, unless your whole family is inside; otherwise, they can’t get in.

Take some time to look at gaps in your perimeter defense and come up with a plan to cover them in the event that everything goes to pot. What can you put in those spaces to increase the effectiveness of your hedge? Look around your home and back yard for things that might be lying around. Some ideas might be:
– Tree branches
– An old car that’s not running
– A utility trailer
– The pile of scrap whatever from the back yard

All you’re doing is improving your perimeter defense plan. Should there be a major crisis, and you feel the need to, you can then move those things.

You need to buy a weapon. Pick the one that you think will do the best job for you and make sure to put in a good stock of ammunition for it as well. Don’t forget to go to the shooting range together with a family member. This is very important in your home defense plan.

Don’t ever stop going to the range, talk to your family, improve your home defense layers and talk to your fellow preppers for more ideas and suggestions.

I hope that we will not need all of these preparations and what everybody’s doing to prepare is useless.

US Health Watchdog Cracks Down On Antibacterial Soaps

US Health Watchdog Cracks Down On Antibacterial Soaps

Scientists warn antibacterial products may create resistance to antibiotics in humans.

The US health regulator has warned that antibacterial chemicals in soaps and body washes may pose health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for a safety review of such products.

It proposed a rule requiring manufacturers to prove such soaps are safe and more effective against infection than plain soap and water.

Recent studies indicate an ingredient in such products could scramble hormone levels and boost drug-proof bacteria.

The proposal rule does not apply to alcohol-based hand sanitizers and products used in healthcare settings.

Manufacturers have until the end of 2014 to submit the results of clinical trials on their products, the FDA said. The new regulations would be finalized in 2016.

‘Unanticipated hormonal effects’

“New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits,” Colleen Rogers, an FDA microbiologist, wrote in a statement on Monday.

Certain ingredients in such products – such as triclosan in liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps – may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, the agency added.

Such products may also have “unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern”, according to the statement.

Recent studies of such chemicals on animals have shown they may alter hormones, the FDA said, but such results have not yet been proven in humans.

“Because so many consumers use them, FDA believes that there should be clearly demonstrated benefits to balance any potential risks,” the statement added.

If the FDA’s proposed rule is finalized, companies would be required to provide data to support their product’s health claims.

If they cannot, the products would be reformulated or relabeled in order to remain on the market.

In March, a federal appeals court approved a lawsuit by the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council, aimed at forcing the FDA to review the health impacts of triclosan.


4 Survival Plants That You Didn’t Know Are Edible

Eating Plants

If you spend time in the wilderness, you need to make sure that you are fully prepared to successfully survive for several days alone in case the situation ever arises. Emergencies happen, and sometimes there is no avoiding it.

In case you do wind up being stranded, it is important that you are able to gather your own food without eating something deadly. Here are several plants that you never would have guessed are edible. Note be absolutely sure of plant identification before attempting to eat a plant. If in doubt, skip it.

1. Dandelions

dandelionsYou’ve probably grown up your entire life thinking that dandelions are nothing more than a pesky weed that grows on lawns, but in actuality, they are very healthy and a great source of vitamins. You can eat the entire plant- including the flower- and it can be eaten either raw or cooked.

Dandelion tea is surprisingly common, and it is not unheard of for this plant to be used to treat certain illnesses, including ones caused by toxins. Plus, one of the best things about dandelions is that they are incredibly common and easy to find. No matter where you are located, you most likely will be able to find some of these with just a little bit of effort.

2. Nettles

nettles1Nettles are commonly found in both America and Europe, and they are best known for the fact that they can sometimes cause allergic reactions, in the form of a rash, when touched. Although these rashes only form on individuals who happen to be allergic to nettles, this plant has still earned the stigma of being dangerous because of it. This is by no means accurate, and nettles are actually perfectly safe to eat. Nettles are dark green and very leafy, and they are perfect for adding a little spice to your salad. Many individuals find the juice of nettles to be surprisingly appetizing, but you may want to stay away from the older leaves if you can do so. These leaves are known to “sting” occasionally, and the younger ones are significantly less likely to do that.

3. Clover

four-leaf-cloverLast but not least on our list are clovers. Like nettles, clovers are known for being especially tasty in salads, and they have a great flavor. It is common for individuals to collect them in order to put them into juices, because they are not always easy to digest raw. But, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you must collect your own food in order to survive, clovers will definitely be of great help to you, raw or not.

It is also possible to dry them out and ground them into a fine flour that can be used for both cooking and baking, and many people choose to collect them for this reason. Additionally, clover tea has started to become popular over the years, and it is highly regarded for its nutritional value.

4. Cattails

cattailsYep, you read it right: cattails are edible.

Despite their unappetizing appearance, and seemingly prickly texture, these plants are actually known for being very nutritious. If you are ever stuck in an area that is located near a pond or lake, chances are that you can find these guys somewhere. The edible part cannot be seen unless you pull the plant from the ground, and the root is the main source of vitamins.

If you do decide to ever eat cattails, make sure that you pick the most mature ones first. They are the most edible, and they will also have the longest roots. Also, make sure to never eat the top of these flowers, as that is not the part that is safe to eat.

 Remember: Be Careful And Do Your Research

When you are fending for yourself in the outdoors, chances are that you will be able to find one of these edible plants. But, remember: it is incredibly important that you are positive of what you are eating.

Always make sure to use the universal edibility test before you decide if a plant is okay to consume or not, and when in doubt- don’t risk it.  Thankfully, all of these plants are very distinctive, and you should not have a problem discerning what they are.

If you liked this article, than you have to check out: 52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat

By SurvivalDump

Five Of The Best Natural Remedies For Arthritis And Inflammation

Five Of The Best Natural Remedies For Arthritis And Inflammation

Arthritis is actually inflammation of one or more joints, where flexible physical points of bone meeting bone through cartilage occur. There are various forms and causes of arthritis, but the inflammation aspect holds true for all of them.

For most, the solution is “managing the pain” with either prescription pharmaceuticals or over the counter ibuprofen drugs, which are NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

All of Big Pharma’s remedies, whether prescribed or OTC (over the counter) cause side-effects. Even ibuprofen used often can create serious problems. And they don’t do anymore than minimize the pain.

Natural remedies relieve pain, create no or minimal health side-effects, and contribute to healing the areas of inflammation.

Some natural inflammation remedies you can use for pain and arthritis

(1) Turmeric may be the most touted and revered herb for fighting inflammation. It’s active ingredient, curcumin, is available as a supplement. It seems curcumin is not as bio-available as one would expect – but black pepper in the mix helps. A more bio-available form with bioperine from black pepper is offered by Life Extension.

Dr. Russell Blaylock advises maximizing curcumin by emptying a capsule’s contents into a spoon of olive oil and gulping it down. Curcumin is one of Blaylock’s suggestions for preventing a cytokine storm from a vaccination that creates brain inflammation.

But curcumin can be extracted from turmeric by traditional Indian Ayurvedic methods. One such method is called Golden Milk.

Simply take a quarter cup of turmeric powder mixed in a half cup of pure water and simmer for a few minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Don’t let the thick forming paste get too dry.

After it cools place it into a glass jar and put it into your fridge. It can keep for several weeks. Take a spoonful or more of the paste for each use and mix with uncontaminated hot milk (animal or plant-based), add honey or maple syrup to taste, and a half teaspoon of ghee, coconut, almond, or sesame oil.

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You can add a little pepper for its piperine content to enhance bio-availability.

(2) Bromelain is a mixture of digestive and proteolytic enzymes from pineapple cores. It’s the proteolytic enzymes that help relieve inflamed tissues. This is true for proteolytic enzymes, but bromelain is the least expensive and most accessible.

(3) Organic sulfur is a precursor for chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate, two amino acids that are crucial to bone and joint health. Sulfur levels in produce have diminished due to modern agricultural techniques.

Organic sulfur crystals supplemented by MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a supplement that’s taken orally. This supplement is most efficacious as organic flakes, not synthetic powders in capsules.

Another source of sulfur that can be applied topically in conjunction with MSM is DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide). Just make sure you don’t use industrial grade DMSO. Use pharmaceutical grade only.

(4) Arnica is another topical remedy for pain and stiffness associated with arthritis or other inflammations. DMSO is a penetrating agent that could be used with arnica to ensure deep tissue penetration.

(5) White willow bark dates back to the 5th century BC when Hippocrates wrote about it. The active ingredient of salicin is converted in the body to salicylic acid, which is the pain relieving active ingredient.

Germany developed acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) and mass produced it as aspirin, which is a little rough on the stomach lining and produces other side-effects. Many consider white willow superior to aspirin because it contains phyotonutrients that synergistically support its salicin.

There can be some mild side-effects with white willow. Do a little research for that.

5 Disaster Preparation Tips

5 Disaster Preparation Tips

The world is teetering on the brink of another ugly war in the Middle East. The economies are countries around the globe continue to stagnate or tumble. Closer to home, we’re in the onslaught of fires raging and destroying homes and land.

If you were in a recent disaster and found yourself unprepared, then you’re likely already taking steps to make sure you’re better prepared next time. It just might save your life.


At least one Arizona resident is preparing in the right way for any natural disaster that comes his way. Iraq War veteran Joel Johnson of Phoenix has prepared his home with what he says is ‘a plan for just about every situation.’ This includes three bugout bags, a generator tent ensconced in a small trailer and enough food-water supplies to survive for a few months. Johnson keeps most of these in an Uncle Bobs storage unit near where he lives.

What does it mean to be prepared? The US Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA) has laid out a mission plan and practical steps for Americans to be prepared against any possible terrorist attack, natural disaster, man-made disaster, pandemic disease or other threat to our survival. As survivalists, we often find that our own ways are more instinctive. But FEMA’s tips have been well tested through many disasters over the years, so they worth heeding.

Steps to Take

Here are a few tips from FEMA.

1. Emergency Supply Kit: One of the most fundamental aspects of disaster survival is preparing and building an emergency supply kit for you and your family. This is the kit that should include necessary items like dry food items, water, freeze-dried items, flashlights, batteries, portable radio (battery or crank), breathing masks. You might even want to have two of these, one more portable for the car and the other in a home-based emergency kit.

2. Local Emergencies: In your town or city, find out where to go in case of a natural disaster. Are there designated local shelters, like high school gyms, churches, city sports arenas and other fortified buildings to move to in case of fires, hurricanes, tornadoes or other storms? Check these in your districts and make sure your family members have directions. Stay on top of radio alerts for up-to-date information if a disaster strikes.

3. Family Communications: Disasters don’t wait for convenience, so it’s likely you and your family won’t all be together during a crisis. So make sure everyone has cell phone contacts for each other, or better yet, a few pre-paid phone cards, in case cell service goes out.

4. Home readiness: Make sure that your home is prepared in all cases. To ward off fire disasters, clean up all the loose branches and remove dried-out or dead trees in your immediate vicinity. If floods are coming, fortify your basement walls with sandbags. Also, elevate everything in the basement to higher levels. In the case of extreme winds, try to secure loose items like bikes, kids’ toys and other patio furniture, so they are not blown into your home when disaster strikes.

5. Post-storm insurance claims: If the disaster is fierce, you may be filling out a lot of forms for FEMA or a state agency to refund claims on your insurance policies. So before disaster strikes, move your insurance policies to a safe, dry location to have those documents ready after a storm.

Article – My Family Survival Plan

Sturdy Staples: 8 Foods That Can Outlast You

Sturdy Staples - 8 Foods That Can Outlast You

You’ve just gotten halfway through a recipe, only to discover that a key ingredient is missing because you tossed it during your last cleaning spree.It’s a predicament you shouldn’t have to face again— at least when it comes to the nine kitchen staples we’ve listed here.

When stored properly, these everyday items will last for years — sometimes decades — even after they’ve been opened. And they’ll lose very little, if any, of their original quality as time passes.So think twice before tossing one of these items. If you’ve been handling it correctly, chances are it’s just fine.

Pure honey is as durable as it is delicious; it keeps safe indefinitely. Honey may change color or crystallize over time, but that won’t make it unsafe.
Keep it fresh: Store in a cool area and keep tightly closed. Revive crystallized honey by placing the opened jar in warm water and stirring until dissolved.

White, wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice all have an indefinite shelf life, when kept free from contaminants. The exception: brown rice. Thanks to its higher oil content, it won’t keep nearly as long.
Keep it fresh: Store in a cool, dry area. Once opened, place rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag. For added protection, store rice in the refrigerator or freezer.

White, brown or powdered — sugar never spoils because it doesn’t support bacterial growth. The real challenge is to prevent it from becoming rock-hard.
Keep it fresh: Keep sugar in a cool, dry area. To prevent sugar from hardening after opening, place it in an airtight container or cover the original package in a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal tightly.


Pure maple syrup not only makes your pancakes special, it adds tremendous flavor to a whole range of dishes.Best of all, it keeps forever in the freezer.

Keep it fresh: Refrigerate after opening. For long-term storage, freeze maple syrup in airtight plastic containers.

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Yes, it’s more expensive than its imitation counterpart. But pure vanilla extract keeps for years, so you’ll never have to waste a drop.

Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark cupboard and keep tightly closed when not in use.


A reliable standby in everything from marinades to salad dressings, distilled white vinegar will remain virtually unchanged as the years pass by.
Keep it fresh: Store vinegar a cool, dark area and keep tightly capped after each use.


A must-have for thickening sauces, gravies, and puddings. Cornstarch will keep indefinitely if it’s kept dry and free from contaminants.

Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area; keep package tightly closed between uses.

From the basic table variety to fancier versions like kosher and sea, salt is a flavor enhancer that never spoils or goes stale.

Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area.

By Stilltasty

Rice and Beans, A Survival Combination

Mexican Riceimage © fudio – fotolia.com

Rice is rich in starch, and an excellent source of energy. Beans are rich in protein, and contain other minerals. The consumption of the two together provides all the essential amino acids and it is no wonder that this combination is a staple of many diets throughout the world.

Here’s why they are an excellent combination for long-term survival food storage…
Although you will likely add additional ingredients with rice and beans, having just…

(1) 5-gallon pail of white rice
(1) 5-gallon pail of pinto beans

…will provide 44 days of ‘survival’ calories. That’s a month and a half worth of food. Done.

Sure, you won’t want to eat rice and beans every day, every meal, and the recommended practice for building food storage for survival preparedness is to diversify…

However, it is wise to consider securing a basic supply of rice and beans, properly packed and stored for long term storage, so that you will have a ready inventory of ‘fall-back’ food storage. It is cheap, healthy enough, and will last for many years if stored properly.

There are lots of other foods and spices that can be easily and tastily added to rice and beans, making it a very good base for meals – a base that could technically sustain you even if that’s all you had to eat.

Consider buying yourself some bulk rice and beans, and store them properly, just in case.

Long Grain White Rice – Nutrition Per Cup, Raw

675 calories per cup (uncooked)
1,485 calories per pound
45,000 calories in a 5 gallon pail (about 30 pounds), 22 survival days

Fat (1.2 grams)
Carbohydrates (148 grams)
Fiber (2.4 grams)
Protein (13.2 grams)

Very low in saturated fat
No cholesterol
Very low in sodium
Very low in sugar
High in manganese

Pinto Beans – Nutrition Per Cup, Raw

670 calories per cup (uncooked)
1,470 calories per pound
44,200 calories in a 5 gallon pail (about 30 pounds), 22 survival days

Fat (2 grams)
Carbohydrates (121 grams)
Fiber (30 grams)
Protein (41 grams)

Very low in saturated fat
No cholesterol
Very low in sodium
Very low in sugar
Very high in dietary fiber
High in manganese
High in phosphorus
One hint: You might want to consider replacing your long-term storage beans after five years. For some reason older beans loose their ability to soften up in the rehydration and cooking process and remain al dente. They are still edible and haven’t lost their food value… they just aren’t as palatable.

By Ken Jorgustin

3 Drills Guaranteed To Increase Your Preparedness

3 Drills Guaranteed To Increase Your Preparednessimage © thinglass – fotolia.com

A good preparedness plan can become a great one when it is practiced. The are many ways to practice using your gear, but I thought I would come up with a few fun drills that will definitely help you become more prepared!

15 Minute Bug Out

Even though many preppers have bug out bags, they really aren’t as “bug out ready” as they might think. This drill will allow you to practice for an emergency that requires you to bug out immediately after hearing about a disaster that affects your area.

Real life examples could be anything from a natural disaster to a chemical or nuclear attack. You must grab everything you can in 15 minutes as if you were never coming back to your home again.

Running the drill

  • When all family members are home, initiate the drill without advanced warning.
  • Start timing the drill. It helps to use a timer and set it to 15 minutes.
  • Designate a room in the house to bring all of the gear to. Packing gear in a vehicle could raise eyebrows from neighbors.
  • Act as quickly as possible while remaining calm.
  • Immediately stop and end the drill as soon as the timer goes off.

Analyzing Results

Did you manage as well as you thought you would? What critical items were forgotten? How was communication between family members? These are the questions you should be asking. Remember, at the end of the day you are doing this thing because you care about your family and want to make sure they are safe if an emergency happens. Don’t get angry at those who fell short or were not prepared. Use it as an example and a way to make positive changes to your preparedness.

Grid Down Simulation

This drill is a bit more involved than the bug out drill. It might be harder to get the family members on board with this one. But here’s a tip; there’s nothing to stop you making it fun! Effectively, you are simulating a total collapse of the electrical grid. The goal is to see how well prepared you are to survive short term without electricity.

This type of event could be caused by severe weather, an attack on the grid, an EMP strike, etc. For the drill it is best to assume an EMP strike occurred and that nothing works, including cars and generators.

Running the Drill

  • Upon waking up on the weekend or a day that you and your family will all be home, turn off everything that uses electricity (lights, appliances, AC units, etc.) You can still leave your refrigerator on to keep food from spoiling.
  • Go about your daily life without electricity.
  • Feel free to use the toilet. Otherwise, do not use water from the tap. That means washing your hands, brushing your teeth, cooking, and everything else with stored water. After only a short period of time, the electric pumps that power water towers would stop working and the taps would run dry in a real grid down scenario.

Analyzing Results

How did you do? Did you use as much water as you thought you would, or more? Keep in mind that bathing would also require a significant amount of water. Were you prepared to cook without electricity? Did anyone cheat?

Living without an electrical grid would be incredibly difficult. Hopefully running this drill will give you an idea of would it would take to survive such an event.

The Speed Shelter

This drill is an easier one to complete and is a little bit more fun as well. Take your family on a hiking/camping trip and bring along some paracord and a tarp. The simple object here is to quickly create a simple shelter to protect you from the elements.

Getting lost while hiking or having to bug out on foot during a shtf event could be situations where this knowledge would come into play.

Running the Drill

  • Find a good spot to set up a shelter. Make sure you are actually allowed to put up a shelter in the area.
  • Build an effective shelter as fast as you can using only paracord and a tarp.
  • Time yourself.
  • Repeat the process regularly to improve your time.
  • Be sure to let each family member try.

Analyzing Results

How fast could you get a shelter built? Was it secure? Does everyone in the family know how to tie the correct knots?

In a survival situation, staying out of the elements can make all the difference in the world. It also is a huge morale booster. Hopefully you never need the knowledge gained from this drill but at least you’ll be prepared if you do!

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