Category Archives: Back To Basics

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”

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 set by clicking here http://www.GrowYourOwnGroceries.com). … Continue reading

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

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 Amazon.com. Write review for podcast on iTunes, or wherever you listen to the podcast. Go to the website and … Continue reading

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Episode 227 – Personal Safety and Security

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 AllOutdoor.com // 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

            -= 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 to be self-reliant. IOW, for … Continue reading

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

            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 Meetup.com 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 an introductory interview, in which … Continue reading

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Episode 136 – Learning Basic Survival Skills

            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 free or very low cost. … Continue reading

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Episode 124 – Back To Basics – Planning To Evacuate

            This podcast joins the Back To Basics series, which are a collection of podcasts that are great for reviewing the essentials or for someone who is new to preparedness. You can find all the Back To Basics podcasts here: Back To Basics Podcast Series 1) Where Will You Go – Thinking about Evacuations Make an Evacuation plan while you are calm and nothing bad is happening. Think about all of the things you have that are irreplaceable and of high value that wouldn’t be replaced by insurance.  Beyond getting you and your family to safety … Continue reading

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Episode 123 – Back To Basics – Commonly Overlooked Preparedness Tasks

            In this episode, we continue our Back to Basics series by covering two lists which identify the common and mundane things that we do everyday, which we would still need to do in an disaster or emergency scenario, but may have overlooked when creating your preparedness plan. These lists are the Common Daily Tasks and the Common Survival Tasks. These lists are stepping stones to how I created the Preparedness Capability Checklist and and are a great resource for going over your preparedness plan and checking to see that you have the basics covered and what your … Continue reading

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