Written by Cornelia Adams on The Prepper Journal. I decided to make beeswax soap for Christmas gifts last year. It has been on my list of things I should probably know how to do and when my stepfather, who keeps bees, brought me seven pounds of beeswax from his hives, I thought the time was right. I started my soap-making adventure with a recipe for beeswax soap from the book, “Beeswax Alchemy”. This book contains directions for making candles, balms and bars, salves, cream and scrubs, soap, and even beeswax art. BEESWAX – WHERE TO GET IT AND HOW TO HANDLE IT You can either acquire your beeswax from a beekeeper, which I was fortunate enough to be related to, or you can buy it online and it comes in handy little balls that are easy to measure and melt. The wax I had was in giant hunks which I sawed off with a bread knife. I do not recommend this method. It’s maddening. Since then I have learned another method which would have saved me a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. First, beeswax ..
Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared. This Week in the News This week on Survival Saturday, we’ll … Read the rest The post When the Culture of Glamorous Helplessness Meets Cold Reality appeared first on The Organic Prepper.
What is your biggest fear? For people in the preparedness realm, we look at the fears of other people and instead of trying to ignore those fears, we look them … Read the rest The post What Is Your Worst Prepper Nightmare? appeared first on The Organic Prepper.
Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal. At its most basic, growing food doesn’t take much. At home it can be accomplished with some tin cans and plastic bottles, maybe some storage totes or buckets or drawers that were salvaged for free, and seeds or starts. When we’re working on that scale our hands and a pencil are sufficient. Most of the time, though, we expand beyond small and tiny containers. Even with some small, modest beds, there are a few tools like hooked three-prong hand cultivators or a small spade that come in handy. When we’re dealing with numerous beds and a larger plot, we want to step up again. If our food production deals with shrubs, brambles and trees, we need a few more things yet. To some degree, growing style largely dictates what is a must-have item and what can be set aside. Our bodies and health dictate more – as we get older or accumulate injuries, we may need more mechanical help or to spend less time crouched and thus more time with a long-hand..
Written by John Hertig on The Prepper Journal. Last time, we finished our look at the legality and mechanics of building your own firearm, particularly the manufacturing of the receiver. Even though this receiver IS considered to be the firearm, it is not usable as is. In the next two articles, we look at what is needed to get the firearm functional. In particular, we will concentrate on the AR-15 style rifles and pistols. This is because these (and the very similar AR-10 and AR-308) are the most common firearms built from 80% receivers. This decision will give us the widest choices of parts and tooling and options to experiment with. By the way, note that the AR in all of these means “Armalite Rifle” (the company which designed this style), not “Assault Rife”. I let my fingers do the surfing online to find the best combination of apparent quality and price as of February, 2017. Note that this does not mean this list of parts, prices and sources is still valid, and it was based upon..
As happily organic as we all try to be, sometimes we have to deal with noxious weeds. While strong white vinegar will get rid of many of these weeds, occasionally … Read the rest The post How To Make a FREE DIY Weed Killer from Someone’s Bad Habit appeared first on The Organic Prepper.
Prepping isn’t all about wiling away your hours in a bunker, reloading ammo. It’s about the everyday things we do and the differences in our mindsets from non-preppers, and these … Read the rest The post 99 Relatable Things That Only Preppers Will Understand appeared first on The Organic Prepper.
Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal. Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Capt. Dennis. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly win a $300 Amazon Gift Card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today. In 2009, I lost my job as a sea-captain and after a year of watching company after company tying up their fleets, I knew it was time for a career change. Entering college at 57 years old was not exactly what I had in mind for my golden years, however, that was about the only option left. I figured if I could get a degree on top of my master’s license, then maybe, I could get back on top before I was ready to retire. After graduating college last year, my life took another unforeseen change as my family situation placed me as primary caregiver for my home bound elderly mother. Her care became my job, so looking for some avenue to have a social life, I signed up to volunteer with Seni..
Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal. For a lot of us, companion animals are as much family as the people we don’t really want to see even on the holidays. For some of us, they are working partners, part of our mental well-being, and our therapy all rolled into one. While most of our companion animals are going to be cats and dogs, there are also birds, pigs, goats and even horses that fit the bill of a pet as opposed to solely being livestock. Livestock or pets, we took responsibility for a feeling creature’s life, and we owe it to them to take care of them. That means adding to the long lists of things we need to do, buy and plan for should our worlds fall apart on either a small-scale or a large-scale. I’ll mostly focus on the cats and dogs, but a lot will apply to anything, from ferrets to pot-bellied pigs. Water for Mr. Whiskers Just like people need food and water, so do our animals. Ferret to bunny, pony to puppy, if the animals dehydrate, we’re in a world of hur..
With power outages crippling cities across the nation, the potential for a nasty solar flare, and geopolitical tensions, it might be time to revisit your long term power outage plan. … Read the rest The post Why Low-Tech Prepping Is a Better Option for a Long-Term Grid-Down Scenario appeared first on The Organic Prepper.