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4 Life Lessons Learned from Homesteading

We don’t have a traditional homestead. Our garden space is only about 200 square feet of useable area. We are still learning so many things that are considered ‘the basic’ skills needed to be successful on a homestead that is off grid while still incorporating aspects of the modern world into it. Even though we …

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Making Homemade Firestarters

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  There are multiple methods of firestarters available on the market these days. Anyone who knows about survival know that you don’t have just a lighter or matches on you to start one with, either. Anyone can light a match or a lighter but that does not mean you will get a good, warm fire …

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5 Challenges Homesteaders Face

  Homesteading presents new challenges that most people will never have to deal with. Deciding which chicken to butcher for dinner is one example. Other things such as finances and finding enough time to get everything done are challenges that many Americans face every single day. The difference is when you homestead, there is rarely the …

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Telsa Announces Battery Pack For Off-Grid Homes

Tesla Announces Battery Pack For Off Grid Homes I told you this would happen in our “8 Bug Out Vehicle Considerations” article from a few months ago, but it looks like Tesla has been working on this for some time.  In the article I suggested you could use your electric vehicle not only for transportation, …

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10 Things I Learned Living In A Shipping Container

   10 Things I Learned Living In A Shipping Container By Tin Hat Ranch Contributor Amy Edge In the Spring of 2008, we purchased a 45 foot shipping container.  This was prior to the interest that has seem to blossom in recent years regarding container living.  While building our home we lived for four years …

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Understanding Food Preservation Methods

Food preservation is something that most people never really think about. They buy their packaged and fresh food and put it into the fridge, freezer, or cupboard. They rely on dates printed on the packages, believing the companies are required or regulated to put expiration dates on their food. According to this article from WebMD.com, …

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Do You Have Enough Long Term Proteins?

Storing food for emergencies is smart but having a storeroom full of crackers and ramen noodles isn’t going to help you in the long run. It is important to make sure you have food stored that will provide you with the nutrients you will need to keep going in a stressful situation such as a …

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Gardening on a Budget in Small Spaces

Let’s face it, never before in our lifetimes has the pinch on our paychecks been so tight, even on a budget! With rising food prices (not to mention overall living expenses), many people consider growing their own food. Shortly after they think about it, they dismiss it by telling themselves they can’t afford to get …

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How to Master Pickling in an Afternoon

Pickling food is one of the oldest and most simple food preservation methods used by people on every populated continent. History shows evidence of humans pickling food as far back as 2030 B.C., according to the New York Food Museum. Pickled foods are nutritional and were touted as a way to ward off sickness, which …

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DIY Prepper Hygiene Kit

DIY Prepper Hygiene Kit

DIY Prepper Hygiene Kit   At first, the idea of packing hygiene supplies in your survival kit or bug out bag might sound a bit frivolous.  But, I assure you that the basics we’re listing here are perhaps not essential to life but are critical for both physical and mental well being.   There is …

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