Food Preservation Techniques: Learn How to Pickle

The following is an excerpt from Well-Preserved by Eugenia Bone (Random House, 2009). This hybrid cookbook/training manual will teach you techniques for putting up small batches of foods to make them last beyond their...

Lessons from History – Staying Warm in Winter

Whether bedding down in a sturdy home, on the move, or making a temporary camp for the snowy season, there are a lot of lessons we can take from history to keep us safer and more comfortable.

5 Things You Need to Go Off Grid Now – Pt. 2

Our last article; the first in this series of 5 things you need to go off grid now, began with the concept of preppers looking for an ideal life of untethering ourselves from “the...

Powering Your Survival Homestead

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Lancer. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly win a $300 Amazon Gift Card...

Foraging for Edible Wild Plants

I believe it is of great value and importance to know about the wild edible plants in your vicinity and how foraging for edible plants can benefit you. You may need this information if one were to be lost or stranded in the woodlands for some time.

Build an Outhouse (Privy) with plans from 1909

Editors Note: We have discussed the importance of sanitation here on the Prepper Journal before and Linda has written this excellent article with advice from an old book that shows how you can make...

5 Things You Need to Go Off Grid Now – Pt. 3

Welcome back to our series on the 5 things you need to go off grid now, where we began with the premise that going “off grid” might not be something that as Preppers you...

Stepping Up to a 100-year-old Treadle Sewing Machine

When I was young, I’d watch in fascination as my mother used her treadle sewing machine (a late 1800’s Singer that belonged to my great-grandmother) to fashion all sorts of clothing, blankets, couch covers...

Gardening: Break Out of the Box

Our world has changed enormously in ten, twenty and fifty years. It’s night and day from a hundred years ago. How we reach each other and share information is mind blowing. We now know...

Feeding the Beast During SHTF – Bread Options

I do like my breads and I do like something sweet now and again, so here’s half a dozen ways we can still get them, even without a working oven or supermarket.

Beating The Heat Old-School Southern Summer Style

There are a ton of ways we can help cool our bodies and little changes to activity and habits that can lower the heat in our homes, too, but for this article, I’m going to concentrate on the dwelling space itself.

Survival Homesteading: Crop Production and Storage for Livestock

One of the hardest cords to cut for homesteaders is dependence on commercial feeds. However, I’ve put together some ideas for root vegetables that can cut some of our feed bills and feed dependency and alternative or “forgotten” ways of storing and using grains.

Raising Livestock: What You Should Raise and Why

Editor’s Note: This post has been generously contributed by Hank Lawrence and he discusses some livestock options that are worthy grid-down insurance items. When the supermarkets no longer provide a source of easy food, will...

Living Comfortably When the SHTF

Imagine a long-term situation where you have food and water, but survival is a constant struggle. Will lack of sleep and uncomfortable surroundings take a toll on you over time?

Cookstoves and the Prepared Lifestyle

Editors Note: This article has been generously contributed by Chris from Cookstoves.net. Imagine this scenario: It’s the dead of winter. The ground is covered in snow, the temperature is below freezing during the daylight and...

Tracking and Separating Seeds for Success

Both tracking seeds and their results and separating seeds in storage can help limit some of the pains and aggravations of gardening.

Laundry – Keeping Clothes Clean When the Grid Goes Down

Using history and modern innovation, we now have a lot of options for keeping our clothes clean, even if we end up off the grid, conserving power, or lacking electricity entirely.

Back to Basics: How to Stockpile Food for Emergencies

Last week I began a new series called, Back to Basics. As I said in my first article: “Why and How to Stockpile Water for Emergencies”, this may be familiar ground for a lot...

Beekeeping for Beginners

Editors Note: I saw this brief primer on Beekeeping over at the Ready Store Blog. It is a good introduction into a fascinating and rewarding hobby. If you have ever considered raising bees for...

Gardening During Disasters

It can be frustrating to plant a garden and watch it fail. It can be mean life and death when it is the food your family is counting on for survival.

Mother Nature: Healing What Ails You

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Riss Ryker.   Living below poverty level, has, in a sense, forced me to prepare for anything coming my way. Learning the value...

Raising Goats: Perfect Survival Livestock?

Goats can supply milk, meat, hides for clothing and be a work or pack animal if needed. It's time to look at what the goat has to offer and why I think it is better than a cow.

Site Planning for Your Survival Homestead

A great deal can go into site planning for your survival homestead, even when the infrastructure is already in place and funds don’t exist to renovate lines or move buildings. Where we place things can increase or decrease our defensive abilities, success in growing, and how likely we are to see something – which can be good or bad

Put Old T-shirts to Work

Is it just me, or are there entirely too many T-shirts in the world? Perhaps I had a few as a youngster, but the first I can truly recall was a white T-shirt with a...

Small Animal & Livestock Euthanasia on the Homestead – What You Need To Know

Tibby is a young barn cat that will need to be euthanized within the next few days. She is less than a year old and is suffering from a very aggressive form of cancer. For...

DIY broths from kitchen scraps

This article appeared originally on Runamuk Acres I’m one of those people who really loves soups and stews.  A good soup simmering on the stove makes a house feel like home, it offers comfort during...

How Many Canning Jars Do You Need?

When we work our way toward a goal of self-sufficiency, a lot of times producing and preserving food comes up. There are lots of methods, and there are thankfully things like dry meats, grains...

Lessons from History – Hand Powered Tools

A disaster is a bad time to lose all of our conveniences in life. There are also some hand powered tools we can pull from the pages of history – and that inspire modern tools – that will help us with our self-reliance.

Stacking Functions: Increasing Efficiency with Multi-Function Spaces

Analyzing homestead elements for multi-functionality and redundancy were covered in the first article. This time we’ll look at combining them into multi-function spaces.

Feeding the Beast During SHTF – Soups & Substitutions

Here are some formulas and ideas for turning common storage foods into actual meals, increasing the variety of meals we can make with a few standard ingredients.