There is no more fundamental need than a steady supply of water. Without it, our bodies cannot survive more than a few days. Yet when natural disasters or other emergencies take place, municipal water is often one of the first victims. And large-scale terrorism is likely to target water distribution as a key element of […]
Author Archive: Ann Weinstein
Re-enactor, canner, sci-fi geek, mom, she who loves car seats!
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we go away for a couple of weeks every year and while we *could* purchase our food, we bring most of it. What we can’t bring, we purchase at the camp store, fresh. When we go, I set up a kitchen tent as it’s a lot easier to have one […]
There are a variety of different styles of lamps and lanterns that allow one to not use electricity. This post will be concentrating on those that require some sort of fuel, oil lamps and lanterns. It will also diagram the basic pieces of a lamp for clarity. Lamps evolved from a very basic concept. Get […]
Only a hundred years ago, our ancestors handled having to use the toilet during the night very differently than we do today. Now, we get up, go to the bathroom, use and flush. Not so in earlier times. For our ancestors, there were a multitude of methods to take care of waste when one didn’t […]
Three years ago, when we moved into our current house, there was a deck attached off of the kitchen. It wasn’t very high – 2-3 feet. The next spring, we noticed that there was some rot by the sliding door in that location and explored. This ended up resulting in a huge problem; the foundation […]
Adapting a grain mill to a treadle base is not that difficult to do and a wonderful solution if you can not turn the grain mill handle. Back in April, I rummied up my loose change and bought a grain mill. We chose a Grainmaker #99 model. We really liked it, except for one thing; […]
Dish washing is a simple skill that everyone knows how to do, right? The dishwasher generation, however, does not know how to wash dishes, and it’s more important than you think. One of the most important things, and first to go in any sort of more primitive situation, is sanitation. Washing things. It keeps people healthy and […]
Bean pots and their like have been around since the dawn of time. They are the original slow-cookers or crock pots of the open fire. Unfortunately, over the last hundred years, we’ve lost the skill and ability in using them. Our modern ovens lifestyle doesn’t allow for us to put some food in the oven […]
I realize that this might seem a bit basic, but washing clothes by hand is no joke! I do it every year for two weeks, and every year, I’m glad I did a lot of research on the initial end! I’m also very glad when I can come home and use the washing machine again […]
Corn tortillas are a simple food to make using your food storage supplies. They’re cheap, they’re easy, and they are plentiful. They’re also a main stay for those with a wheat or gluten intolerance!
New to prepping? Wondering how others use those large buckets and Mylar bags for food storage? Wonder no more. The mystery that is Mylar will be revealed in three easy phases.