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FOOD PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES: LEARN HOW TO PICKLE

PreservingFood-708x404-300x171I am not an enthusiastic cucumber pickle eater. I pretty much like two kinds: bread-and-butter pickles made into a relish to eat with hamburgers and hot dogs and little sour cornichons to eat with pâté. However, there are many dishes I eat that call for vinegar, as in sausages with cauliflower, and so there was a certain logic in preparing pickled cauliflower: Having it on hand meant that instead of adding vinegar when cooking the sausages and then blanching the cauliflower and adding it as well, I could simply dump the contents of my jar over the browned sausage and be done. 

Survival Blankets – 7 Ways They Can Save Your Life or Your Sanity

It’s 45 degrees and raining. Your last backpacking trip of the season has run into a snag – the weather was supposed to be fine and mild, but instead is dripping and cold.

The boots you wore for the weather you expected have sprung a leak and your right foot is shriveled and contributing to an overall feeling of soggy malaise. You make camp and start a smokey, barely-there fire, but you quickly realize that you did not pack the rain fly for your tent. And it’s already leaking.

How To Survive A Panic Attack

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-don-t-panic-image25611837“I’m losing control…..”

“I feel like I’m going crazy…..”

“I must be having a heart attack…..”

“I’m choking and I can’t catch my breath…..”

“It came upon me by surprise. I  heard my heart pounding so loudly that I thought it burst  out of my chest like in that movie ALIENS…”

“I began shaking like a junkie in withdrawal…”

If you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone.

The statements above are the some of the most common symptoms of a panic attack.

Superknot – The Easy Way to Tie the Zeppelin (Rosendahl) Bend

A uniquely simple way to tie the Zeppelin (Rosendahl) Bend

The Zeppelin Bend (Rosendahl Bend) might be the only knot you ever need again for joining two ropes. It is easy to tie, jam resistant, jerk resistant, and easy to untie even after being under heavy load. And don’t be fooled by the seemingly complex method for tying this knot — it’s actually very, very easy and quick.

There is a rather complex way to tie this knot, and people learn it because it’s easier to teach by this method, not because it’s easier to learn. In fact, the common way of doing this is a bit ridiculous, as it requires you to lay out the two ends of the ropes on the ground and contort them into shape. But when you’re tying two ropes together, you need to be able to hold both ends and whip them together right quick. This video will show you how.

Growing Food in Different Climate Zones

2Starting a new fruit or vegetable garden can be an exciting time, and it can be difficult to know where exactly to begin. Even experienced gardeners can find themselves overwhelmed when trying to grow food in a completely new climate. Which crops grow best? How long is the growing season? When is the last average frost date (assuming you aren’t living in a tropical zone)? These are the sorts of questions to start with. Fortunately, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a nationwide standard of splitting the country up into 11 basic hardiness zones based on the area’s coldest average temperatures in winter. Their interactive USDA Hardiness Zone Map is therefore an excellent place to start.

Lighting Options for When the Power Goes Out

PowerOutageAre you afraid of the dark? Me either, but darkness brings about a whole new set of challenges you don’t need. When the power goes out and it happens at night-time, I can still get around my house just like most of you could as well, but not as quickly as I do with light. I can still make it out of my bedroom and down the hall to the kitchen, but navigating familiar paths isn’t really crucial. Light is needed for a lot of things more important than walking down the hall and having a plan for light if you lose power is another important step in becoming prepared for any emergency.

Treating a Snake Bite / How to prevent, recognize and treat snake bites

snake-eyeAlthough nearly 8,000 people are bit by venomous snakes each year, there are usually no more than eight deaths. However, this should not lead backpackers and hikers to believe it isn’t something to worry about. Snakes do not want to waste their poison on humans, but rather rodents and other small animals to feed on. If a bite victim is not treated quickly, the venom can be deathly. Even a bite from a so-called “harmless” snake can cause infection or allergic reaction.

Poisonous Spiders – How to Identify Them

POISONOUS SPIDERS: THE BLACK WIDOW

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When considering poisonous spiders and spider identification, the first one that comes to mind is the black widow. In North America, there are around five species of the Black widow spider. You can easily identify the black widow, especially the female, because of it’s round, bulbous belly.

Spear Fishing for Survival

Fish-spear_4WHY A FISH SPEAR?

Grrrrroonk, grrrroooonk is a sound I hear quite frequently near lakes and ponds where I live in Western Washington. It is the telltale sound of a bullfrog. This species is highly invasive to Washington state and they will wipe out any smaller animal in their path so it is legal to hunt bullfrogs here (frog legs are also quite tasty!) This article is about one way of hunting this frog with a fish spear!

How to Build a Coracle

coracle-6-538x354Once humans developed a need to travel on water in order to fish, trade and explore, cultures worldwide created lightweight boats consisting of the skin of an animal stretched over a light frame of wooden poles or strips. One such boat is the coracle.

This is a boat of the British Isles and is varied in design depending on the locality. Most coracles are round or boxy in shape, and are more or less a basket with the tarred skin of a bullock or horse stretched over it.

How to find or build a survival shelter

emergency-sheltersBuilding a survival shelter is an absolute priority, if you face a survival situation in harsh or unpredictable weather. A good shelter must protect you from the elements and be comfortable enough for resting and sleeping. Most people cannot survive unprotected from rough weather for more than a few hours.