Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic. Kills Any Infection In The Body

The Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic. Kills Any Infection In The Body

If you don’t trust in pharmacies and you’re looking for a powerful antibiotic, natural and very healthy, this is your recipe!
Infections in the body should not always be treated with different antibiotics. Nowdays you can find many natural based remedies and try to kill your infections by them.
This remedy is easy to prepare at home and rejuvenates your body, making it work flawlessly.
For the body to function flawlessly, it’s essential to have a strong immune system. Say goodbye to inflammations and infections, and trust me that this remedy will protect you against any infection and bacteria.
3 cups of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of chopped garlic
1/4 cup of chopped onion
2 fresh chili peppers
1/4 cup of grated ginger
2 teaspoons of grated horseradish
2 teaspoons of turmeric
3 teaspoons of honey
This tonic has helped many people to cure many viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal diseases and even plague! Its power should most certainly not be underestimated.
How to prepare:
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the vinegar.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a Mason jar.
  3. Pour in some apple cider vinegar and fill it to the top. It is best if 2/3 of the jar consist of dry ingredients, and fill in the rest with vinegar.
  4. Close well and shake.
  5. Keep the jar in a cool and dry place for 2 weeks. Shake well several times a day.
  6. After 14 days, squeeze well and strain the liquid through a plastic strain. For better results put a gauze over it. Squeeze well so the whole juice comes out.
Store the tonic in the fridge. For maximum potency, let mixture infuse for six weeks. If you have a need, you can use the Master Tonic earlier. Take one or two tablespoons a few times a day as needed.


Friday, January 13, 2017

3 Ways to Make Survival Bread (Without an Oven)

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Tim MacWelch
Ash cakes cooked on campfire coals.
The coals of your camp fire can bake up some tasty bread (if you have the secret ingredient to make your dough). When I started experimenting with camp breads years ago, I turned to old outdoor texts to find the recipes for bannock, damper, hard tack and every other kind of camp bread and trail biscuits you’ve heard about. The recipes themselves were simple enough: some flour here, some lard there, maybe some baking powder in more modern incarnations of this ancient, oven-free bread. But those simple ingredients didn’t leave much room for error, and usually yielded something closer to ceramics than biscuits. I finally stumbled upon the “only add water” complete pancake mix for camp bread, and I’ve never turned back. Next time you’re out there, try these simple techniques to make camp bread.
Ash Cakes on the Coals
First take one cup of complete pancake mix, and some extra water on your next primitive cookout or camping trip. Build up a medium-sized camp fire, and then let it die down into ashes and coals. Better yet, take advantage of the drying coals from a fire you used for another purpose.
When your coals are ash covered, but still very hot - pour 1/3 cup of the pancake mix into a container (or a clean hand). Start adding water, one spoonful at a time, and stirring the mix around with a stick or your clean finger, until the mix forms a ball of dough. You’re looking for a soft bread dough texture, a little softer than Playdough. If it’s too sticky, add more dry mix. The real test of consistency is that you can pat it into a ¼ inch thick pancake. Use some of the dry mix on your hands before patting the bread flat, to avoid gluing your hands together.

Next, toss the flat cake into the bed of coals and watch it closely as it starts to fluff up. You’ll cook it about one or two minutes on one side, depending on the heat of the coals. When it becomes rigid (like a little flat biscuit), and the very bottom edge begins to brown – use a stick to flip the cake over and cook it for 30 to 60 more seconds.
Use a stick to move the cooked cake out of the bed of coals, wait a few seconds for it to cool, then blow on it briskly to remove any lingering ash. A little ash won’t hurt you, a lot will taste nasty. Top your finished ash cake with butter, jam, honey, or maple syrup. Or, just eat it plain.
Bread On A Stick
Remember that ashcake dough? Instead of patting it out as a cake to drop in the coals of your campfire, roll it into a long roll (like a bread-stick) on a flat surface. Once you have your dough roll, spiral wrap it around a stick that you can stab into the ground near your fire. Rotate the stick once it browns on the side, to cook your dough evenly. When all parts have a bread-like consistency, enjoy your bread-on-a-stick.
Tin Can Baker Get a food can with the lid still slightly attached. Burn it in the fire to “clean” it out and to remove any possible plastic lining in the can. Then make your bread dough into a roll that fills less than half of the can. Fold the lid closed, and set it on its side on the ground. Place a few scoops of embers from a fire around the can, and turn the can every 10 minutes. Add more embers as they burn down, and periodically check your dough. Once the “roll” looks finished, allow it to finish baking in the dying embers. Remove the roll from the can when you think it’s done (about 30-45 minutes), and enjoy while warm. Have you ever made bread with a campfire? Please share your tricks and tips by leaving a comment.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Homesteading Economy

For many people today, the threat of unemployment is a constant.
The economy – global, regional or local – is often precarious or even downright collapsing. Yet most of us don’t want to face the fact that it might happen to us – until it does. Most of us are trapped by the economy around us and feel helpless.
Now, personally, we live in what is considered an economically depressed region. Our entire province struggles with both unemployment and underemployment and has for decades.

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My grandfather once said that hardly anyone noticed the Great Depression in the Maritimes – it was just a few more unemployed people, a few more hungry people.
When job loss hits, there is often not another anywhere in the horizon because job loss in an economically depressed region (or era!) rarely means just one more person is looking for work.
Time to panic?
Well, maybe. If you have already begun homesteading, realize that you have been creating a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, increasing your reliance and skills in order to thrive no matter what the economic circumstances. You have skills and you have resources … and you have a job.
Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden. – Orson Scott Card
My homesteading friends, take a step back and realize that you have a job, one that the entire family can (and really should) do together, and one that never has layoffs or economic depression. Another nice thing about this job is that it asks little regarding credentials. If you are willing and even moderately able, you can do it. After all, this job is tailor designed for you, your interests and your abilities!
Of course I’m talking about homesteading – however that looks for you. It’s going to be different for all of us. Have you ever thought of the self-sufficiency skills and resources that you have which will allow you to live on a very low income? (As a note: This was written when we were off-grid, living in the woods. Read through for ideas on customizing it for your own situation)


I have a huge box of seeds that is just waiting for the ground to warm up a little bit more.
Beets, loads of beans and cucumbers, corn, seed potatoes, carrots, lettuce and hardy greens. Some of the hardier ones will be saved to grow in the greenhouse during the fall, assuming we can put together the money to fix it this summer. We will also be building some cold frames, using thirteen old glass window frames we picked up when some neighbours were renovating.
Do you garden?
Perhaps you live in the heart of a city and rely on your CSA or the farmer’s market. That makes it a little more difficult to be self-reliant.
If you’re considering using your awesome homesteading skills to decrease your need for a cash income, look at ways to grow something, somewhere. Community gardens are one option, but so is hooking up with someone who might loan you some land. Get creative.

Pressure canning

I LOVE opening a jar of carrots, corn or beans in the winter that was prepared essentially for free. Every year my canning has increased in importance and this year it will be vital.
In order to pressure can vegetables, you’re going to need a pressure canner – your two main options are the All-American pressure canner and the Presto pressure canner – both are workhorses that will last for years. (The All-American is initially expensive and it weighs a lot but it has no parts that need replacing, while the Presto is less expensive and more lightweight but it has rubber gaskets that need replacing regularly. Those are the only essential differences and both are great canners!)
To help keep it organized, I will be taking an inventory of what I currently have, listing what I need to get us through the next year, and checking things off as they’re preserved.
Don’t forget other low cost methods of food preservation, too! Dehydrating, pickling, wine-making, lacto-fermentation, curing – there are many other ways to preserve food.
I do not recommend freezing as a reliable preservation method unless you are running it on renewable energy.


There are four roosters destined for the soup pot very soon (over due, to be honest!), and a couple of the hens who are definitely not pulling their weight. The hens that are inclined will be allowed to go broody this year and those chicks will be earmarked for slaughter in the late fall. This should provide us with a decent amount of canned chicken and broth for the winter.
We are planning out our future chicken coop, but if funds remain tight this year, that may have to wait.
I have learned that I am not likely to selectively cull birds during the winter. Water is scarce here when temperatures drop below freezing, and chicken cleaning uses a lot of water.


Currently we have Nanette, who is nursing her twins and hasn’t a drop of milk to spare, and Emily, who seems to have got pregnant mid-winter. We will soon be separating Nanette and the twins during the day, which will give us some milk, and then we’ll get milk from Emily after she kids. The twins are a castrated male, who will be the companion goat as necessary, and a little replacement milker. We’re hoping for another doeling from Emily.
However, I recently read something “Don’t get livestock animals to save money.” Yea, no kidding. It’s a good thing I love those goats because they haven’t exactly been cheap!
Other animals – rabbits and pigs are also great options on the homestead. Although I have been warned by other farmers that pigs are quite expensive. The best way to afford them, I’m told, is to breed a sow twice a year and sell most of the piglets. We’re probably not getting pigs this year, but if we can get hutches built, I’d like to add rabbit to the mix.


During the summer and fall, at various times, I can step outside and pick dandelions (yum!), lambsquarters, wild strawberries and blueberries, crabapples and wild apples (they make great applesauce), elderberries, choke cherries, violets (yes, they’re edible), sheep sorrel and much, much more.
And I know that I’m only beginning to learn the many edible plants around me. If you don’t know the wild foods around you, it’s time to learn. No matter where you live, there are foods to be foraged.


We have talked a lot about this, but we keep putting it off, mostly because the mister is working full days during training sessions and hunting season. He now has his hunter safety course and his license, so we’re well on our way to having game in the freezer.

Daily bread

I have returned to my old habit of making bread daily, now that I’ve learned the trick of keeping a pot of boiling water in the oven when the bread is rising!  Except for in the summer, our place is generally too cool, sometimes out right too cold, to raise bread.
Homemade bread is probably the most cost-effective way to fill hollow legs and increase the food budget. If you are able to source whole grains for a good price and can grind your own fresh before making the bread, that’s even more cost-effective, but do not feel guilty about buying purchased flour.  I know that my grandmother bought her flour by the barrel because she was just too busy to be grinding flour every day.

Scratch cooking

Not just bread! Knowing how to bake a batch of beans, a simple casserole, quick pancakes or other inexpensive and belly-filling meals means that you are not at the mercy of convenience foods or, worse, restaurants.
Eating restaurant meals is a rare treat for our family. Last week, the mister was taking a $100 cheque to the bank to cash. I joked that that would almost take our family of six out to dinner … and then I realized that it was close to the truth. At an average of $15 per person, we can easily spend $100 for a single restaurant meal.
Or I can buy enough groceries to last us more a couple of weeks! That’s easy math.

Wood heat

As I write this, the mister is outside, getting a headstart on the firewood for next fall. We have enough wood on hand for this coming year, and have just ordered our wood to carry us through until the spring of 2018. Although our property is partly wooded, the trees are immature and not ready for harvesting.
Still, firewood remains the least expensive source of heating fuel. Once our wood cookstove is installed, it will also be our main cooking fuel.

Low expenses

One of the nicest things about being off-grid is that we have very few bills to worry about. The property tax comes due in the summer, and we have our phone and internet and insurance to pay, but our fixed monthly expenses come out to a shockingly low number. We have no water bill, no electricity bill, no monthly fuel bill, no sewage bill.
Look for ways that you can lower your various utility costs. Can you replace even small amounts of your electricity with solar-powered devices? Are you in a place where you can save rainwater in order to have a lower water bill? Try turning off the hot water tank, at least in the evenings – why heat water through the night when everyone is sleeping?
However, even “free” eggs and milk come at the cost of feed, hay and other necessities, and wood needs to be bought in the spring. I have yet to find a way to grow shoes in the garden.


So far I’ve bartered fresh eggs for some good quality second hand clothes. This is one reason why I don’t try to sell eggs – they’re more useful as a barter item! We have bartered time and labour, too. Bartering is useful!
Unfortunately, the government will not accept fresh cucumbers in lieu of taxes. Wouldn’t it be nice if they did?

Cottage Industries

There are so very many ways that homesteaders can bring in extra money. The trick is to stop thinking in terms of thousands of dollars. Instead, diversify and think small ….
My Old Order Mennonite friend explained to me that, when BSE (a.ka. Mad Cow Disease) devastated the beef industry, many of their farms lost huge amounts of money.
To keep families afloat, the wives and mothers stepped forward.
The men continued traditional farming while the women expanded their gardens, goat barns, rabbit hutches and chicken coops. They sold pickles and jam by the jar, a zucchini for fifty cents and a pumpkin for a dollar, eggs for two dollars, and plant starts for a quarter. They took in sewing projects or made quilts.
She showed me the little cash box where she kept her earnings – quarters, dollars and fives, every bit of it. With her garden, goats and chickens, she earned about the same amount as her husband.
For me, that includes this blog (like the very carefully selected ads that I display with products and services I recommend, and Adsense which is customized to your browsing history), but it will also include selling at the local market this summer and fall.
I plan to have pickles (lacto-fermented and vinegar), pickled eggs, fudge and various produce – like foot long “Rattlesnake” beans and Lyaluk cucumbers – and maybe some baked goods. Zucchini bread, maybe?
And of course, it can include outside work. My grandfather cut and sold logs, and he sold hay in the winter. My grandmother sold butter but she also cleaned houses at times when logging and haying didn’t bring in enough. Outside work does not always have to mean a regular job, though.
Your homesteading economy is not going to look exactly like mine, but have you ever thought about what you have – resources and skills – to help you live without a regular job? Many people talk about preparing for “SHTF” but for many of us, that isn’t a far off event in the future. It’s daily life. Homesteading is PREPAREDNESS IN ACTION.

How to Get Started – Country or Town!

First step

Figure out ABSOLUTE MINIMUM you need in cash to pay your annual bills, but also what you need to survive with a bit more comfort. Our first list would include our phones (basic flip phones), internet, insurance, taxes, any debts owing to private people, vital medication, as well as feed for the various animals.
To add a little more comfort, we would want some grocery store food, building supplies, health care expenses (glasses, dental care), gasoline, a bit of propane. Still, don’t go overboard – you’re thinking necessities here.

Second step

Figure out what assets you have to help you meet your needs with little or no financial input.

Third Step

Look at what you can do to make up the difference between what you can generate with your homesteading activities and what you need to live.

Fourth Step

Work on getting some luxuries! Don’t plan to live your life on a bare bones budget.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Root Cellar Ideas

Root Cellar Ideas
Root Cellar Ideas
Root Cellar Ideas
The idea of root cellars has been around for centuries, way before refrigerators were invented, and is still being utilized today. It’s an effective way of storing and preserving root vegetables and fruits such as carrots, potatoes, beets, turnips, apples, etc.

The major principle used in preserving produce this way is the natural insulation provided by the earth. Root cellars keep food from freezing during the winter months and prevent spoilage by keeping produce cool during summer.
If you have produce more than your existing refrigerator can handle, storing them in your backyard in a root cellar is a great idea that can keep you from increasing your power consumption.
There are lots of ways to build your own root cellar, and most of them won’t cost you a lot.
Here are some ideas to help you decide what type of root cellar suits your needs, available space and budget…
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Buried Freezer Root Cellar
Trash Can Root Cellar
Repurposed Tank Root Cellar Storm Shelter
Strawbale Root Cellar
Barrel Root Cellar
Eathbag Root Cellar