Category Archives: Back To Basics

Indoor Herb Garden

On the same site as the Indoor Composting Bin, there’s a good article on making indoor herb gardens. A good amount of information is in the article for anyone thinking about growing your own herbs. Personally, I was thinking about using technique #6 or #13, as I have a bunch of old Mason jars, but the article has a bunch of ideas for using items around your house that are currently collecting dust. The hanging herbs, like in #10, is a really interesting idea and puts the herbs within each reach when your cooking. 27 Ways To Create The Best … Continue reading

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Indoor Composting Bin

Here’s an interesting article I ran across. Here in Arizona, I haven’t had much luck with the large composter in the backyard, but this small-scale indoor composting has potential. Using the coffee can, as they do, not only are you composting, but reusing items that may otherwise end up in the landfill. How to Make an Indoor Composting Bin In 4 Easy Steps

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Taking Inventory: The Pantry

(guest post) I’ve long been aware of the importance of taking a notebook inventory of the contents of the pantry, which is why I felt confident that I didn’t have to do it because I “knew” I was keeping inventory quite accurately in my head by paying casual attention to what we had. Was I? The last time we went grocery shopping my wife questioned why I was getting more tuna in oil (my favorite) as we already had plenty at home. I bought it “knowing” she was wrong. When we got home I had a big helping of humble … Continue reading

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Episode 232 – Marjory Wildcraft, the “Most Dangerous Woman In America”

MP3 Audio [27 MB]DownloadShow URL Marjory Wildcraft is called the “Martha Stewart of Self-Reliance” and she will show you how to grow half of your food in less than an hour per day if you click here.  Most recently, Marjory was featured as an expert in sustainable living by National Geographic and a presenter for Mother Earth News. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her video series “Grow Your Own Groceries” which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world (get your copy of this amazing video … Continue reading

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Episode 231 – Cast Iron, Seasoned Steel, and a Starvation Study

MP3 Audio [24 MB]DownloadShow URL On this episode, I discuss using cast iron and seasoned steel for everyday cooking. I also go over a 1944 WWII study on starvation, which I think can give us some good information on how and why we need to make sure we are storing enough calories in our food storage. Announcements If you enjoy the podcast, here are a few quick and easy things you can do to help: Tell 3 friends about it. Please write review for books on Write review for podcast on iTunes, or wherever you listen to the podcast. … Continue reading

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Episode 227 – Personal Safety and Security

MP3 Audio [21 MB]DownloadShow URL Talking with security expert, Fred Henss, about maintaining your personal security. Fred has given this class to thousands of people and it’s one of the more popular classes that he teaches. I’ve asked him to go over his class with us. This is one of those podcasts that you’ll want to share with family and friends as a way to help them stay better focused on their personal safety. Mom, dad, husband, wife, brother, sister, and children will all benefit from this podcast, so pass it along and help keep them safe!

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Recommended Reading: Six survival tips that you can use every day

Published on // visit site When it comes to survival discussions, everyone gets all excited and nerdy over the latest and greatest gadget, gizmo, and gear. I suppose it’s human nature to get more excited about tools other than the most important survival tool: your brain. Recently I was forcibly exposed to a “drivers safety” class after getting caught going far beyond the posted speed limit. Yes, I am a speeder, always have been, and without conscious thought, probably always will be; a trait I marry with another trait of extreme impatience. Though I accomplished my goal of having … Continue reading

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Episode 164 – Back To Basics – The 72-Hour Survival Kit

MP3 Audio [17 MB]DownloadShow URL             -= PODCAST TOPICS =- The 72-Hour Survival Kit – Part of the Back To Basics Series Notes for this section: See Also: Episode 122 – Back To Basics – The Basic Survival Kit Purpose The concept of the 72 hour kit has been around for a long time. It’s purpose is to provide a small amount of supplies that would allow you to survive for 3 days without support from outside help. In truth, 72 hours, or 3 days, is woefully inadequate for the amount of time you would need … Continue reading

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Episode 150 – Prep 101-1 – Meet Fred from the Preparedness 101 Meetup Group

MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow URL             You’ve heard me mention is a few times on the podcast, that I’m a member of the Preparedness 101 Meetup group.  I’m a founding member, in that I was there from the first meeting, and have even given some classes to the group.  I’ve also talked about using to find preppers in your area or to start your own group to reach out to local preppers, but still maintain good anonymity. In this podcast, I interview Fred Henss, one of the principle organizers of the Preparedness 101 Meetup group. This is … Continue reading

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Episode 136 – Learning Basic Survival Skills

MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow URL             Chris from Australia, who’s 14, wrote me to ask what can he do to get better prepared even though he’s not able to buy equipment yet. Even if you don’t have the money to start buying equipment and supplies, there is still a lot you can do to get prepared.  One of the most important things you can do is learn as much as you can, starting with the basic survival skills.  Much of this information is free in libraries and can be practiced out in the wilderness for either … Continue reading

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