Becoming totally self-sufficient is the ultimate goal for all homesteaders and preppers. However, no matter how much we struggle, money is still part of the self-sufficiency equation. Learning to live on a budget as a homesteader is a challenge for some people. The lack of money is the number one reason why people abandon the homesteading lifestyle.
There will be times when hunting and catching wild game will be out of the question. You will have to find another source of protein to keep a balanced diet during a crisis. When game is scarce, beans arise as the next best source of protein. You should know the following about beans and consider adding this protein alternative to your survival pantry.
Our ancestors didn’t need much to survive. With a good piece of land and a little backwoods know-how they managed to live a fulfilling life. Today, picking the right piece of land for an off grid home is not so easy. There are many things we should consider before making this step.
A well-stocked pantry is nothing without a good supply of herbs and spices. Drying herbs and spices and storing them for darker days will help you fight appetite fatigue that might set in after consuming the same foods day after day.
Can you imagine what life would be like if suddenly you lost your house, your bank accounts and almost everything that matters to you? What then? How will you survive being homeless? One thing is sure; it isn’t going to be easy. These homeless survival lessons learned from the less fortunate might come in handy one day.
You don’t have to be a prepper or survivalist to have a good stash of supplies. Many of us gather food and water just because we want to be sure we have enough to make it in these uncertain times. Every time I look at my emergency supplies I can’t help but think that there is something I’m missing.
Treating wounds using alternative healing methods will become a vital skill when there is no doctor around. Besides providing you with the much-needed food, your pantry also holds two items that will help you treat wounds: honey and sugar. These two ingredients are beneficial for cleansing and healing traumatic wounds.
Doing laundry in the old days was no easy task, and it involved heating the water, using a washboard and overall, it was an intense labor. If you live off the grid or if you worry that one day there will be no more electricity, you should learn how to make an off the grid washing machine. This DIY project will show you how cheap and easy it is to make one.
Nothing brings a man down like the fear of hunger. It’s something we all think about, regardless how full our pantry is. We can’t really help it, and it’s a genetic memory that was seeded in us throughout human history. Since food was often scarce and starvation was always a problem, food storage was one of the first skills humans learned. Food storage allows us to survive for extended periods of time and give us a comforting feeling that enables us to concentrate on developing other skills.
If you are one of the unfortunate people that had a close encounter with poison oak you should know by now how to identify and stay away from this plant. This is how repellent plants work and the same principal applies to pests if you know how to use the correct plants. Companion planting will help you protect your garden and keep pests far away from it.