Home Canning – Get the Help You Need from The Prepper’s Canning Guide

Does your food storage strategy include food you’ve canned yourself? If home canning is a stumbling block for you, you need the help you’ll get from The Prepper’s Canning Guide, by Daisy Luther.

It may seem odd to think about canning at the time this post is being published in early spring, but as you’ll hear from my DestinySurvival Radio conversation with Daisy, planning, as with any aspect of preparedness, is most certainly an important component of canning.

Daisy’s book will expand your imagination and open new possibilities for you. There’s more to canning than filling your pantry shelves with green beans or strawberry jam. Why not try entrees, soups and side dishes?

Whether you’re new to canning or you’ve been doing it for years, you’ll want to hear what Daisy shares in The Prepper’s Canning Guide and our DestinySurvival Radio conversation. I’ll give you a few highlights about both below.

Getting to Know Your Prepper Canning Guru

Daisy Luther has been my DestinySurvival Radio guest before, in the summer of 2015 when we talked about The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide. She’s well known by many in the prepper community at large, but if you’re not familiar with who she is, here’s a little background, as it appears in The Prepper’s Canning Guide.

“Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger. She writes about current events, preparedness, food, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her websites, The Organic Prepper and DaisyLuther.com. She is the cofounder of Preppers University, where she teaches intensive preparedness courses in a live online classroom setting.

“Daisy is also the author of The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half Price Budget, The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource, and Have Yourself a Thrifty Little Christmas and a Debt-Free New Year.”

During our conversation Daisy and I stuck mainly to the subject of canning. But as you can tell from the above paragraphs, she’s well versed in a number of other areas. Her other books and web sites are well worth your time.

 

The Prepper's Canning Guide

 

Looking Inside the Information Container

The Prepper’s Canning Guide is divided into three parts. The first few chapters cover canning basics, including how to can safely.

Part two covers…

  • Traditional canning tips and recipes
  • Jams
  • Condiments
  • Pickling
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Meats

Part three is about meals and the things that go with them, such as…

  • Soups and stews
  • Main dishes
  • Leftovers
  • Getting creative

You’ll find helpful tables, especially in the appendices. Fore example, you’ll need to know how to accommodate for the differences in canning times when you live in higher altitudes. The index will help you find your way through the book as well.

Tasting the Prepper Canning Guidance

I confess to ignorance when it comes to canning. That’s why I’m glad we have Daisy’s book to refer to. And I’m glad to share our conversation with you.

Why this book? Daisy says it’s because preppers have a different focus than others who can things like fancy jams.

Canning your own food calls for a more engaged attitude toward food preparation and consumption than buying ready-made storage food with a longer shelf life. Your survival pantry should be diversified. But with home canning you’re sure to make conscientious decisions about what you eat and how you rotate your food supply.

Why home canning? There are a number of good reasons to can food for your survival pantry, but one good reason is so you have control over what you eat. You know what goes into what you’ve canned. You can gear your food to meet special needs, such as sensitivity to gluten, colorings and preservatives.

You also have control over how much you set aside. For example, Daisy knows how much spaghetti sauce to can for her family.

Besides, according to Daisy, having home canned food on your shelves is the closest you can get to homemade fast food.

Plus–and this should get your attention–you’ll save money.

What’s the difference in canning methods? I asked Daisy about the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning.

Water bath canning is for high acid foods, such as fruits, pickles, tomato products, jams and jellies. Pressure canning is for all those low acid foods which call for a higher temperature. Vegetables and meats must be canned using a pressure canner.

Daisy was quick to point out the difference between a pressure canner and a pressure cooker. Without going into detail, a pressure canner is suited for canning and holds more quarts. Daisy described her choice for a pressure canner.

Another reason for using a pressure canner is to prepare foods at a high enough temperature to reduce the risk of deadly botulism poisoning.

Incidentally, during our visit and in her book Daisy explains why you don’t have to be afraid of using a pressure canner. There’s no need to worry about blowing up your house.

What if you can’t grow all you need? If you’re like most of us and aren’t able to grow all of your own food, pay attention to Daisy’s tips on going to farmers markets and getting to know local growers.

Why try to buy 100 pounds of tomatoes? Daisy cans several foods using tomatoes for her family. Chances are you’ll also want more tomatoes than you might think at first when you realize how many things you eat that call for tomatoes.

What about supplies to have on hand? Of course, jars, lids and rings. You may or may not want pectin, but you’ll need sugar and canning salt. The book goes into greater detail.

What about reusable canning lids? They’ve been marketed to preppers. But Daisy isn’t a fan. She explains why in our conversation and in her book.

What do you do when there’s no electricity? Is a wood stove adequate? Daisy uses an outdoor propane burner. Trying to can with an open fire calls for a lot of fuel and may not cook evenly or long enough to do the job.

What foods should you avoid canning? Daisy and the USDA don’t recommend canning dairy products. Daisy also says not to can starchy ingredients, including rice and noodles. Add dairy or starches at serving time. There’s more in our chat and in the book.

It’s also not wise to use much seasoning or spices. Flavors become stronger with canning. You can always add more seasoning or spice, but you can’t take it out.

What about canning leftovers? Daisy talked a little about this with me, but she says you should see her book for the details.

 

Home canned vegetables

 

Sampling More Tidbits

You’ll appreciate the many recipes throughout the book. If you’re like me, your mouth will be watering as you read.

For example, I like the idea of using fruit jams in yogurt, ice cream, or in muffins and cookies.

The chapter on condiments features recipes for relishes, salsas and various kinds of pickles. Ever thought of pickling carrots? How about beets?

You’ll discover more than one way to can apples, peaches, pears and other fruits. How about making your own fruit coctail?

You’ll want to pay attention to Daisy’s tips in the book on cleaning veggies and fruits you can, especially if they come from sources known for their use of pesticides.

You’ll be surprised by how many vegetables you can can. No need to limmit yourself to green beans and tomatoes.

However, if beans are among your favorite foods–or if you want to know how they can be–there’s a separate book chapter to help you get creative.

Digging In

Pop the lid off the jar of goodies waiting for you by listening to my conversation with Daisy Luther on DestinySurvival Radio for March 30, 2017. (Right click to download.)

If you look through The Prepper’s Canning Guide and you’re not drooling, something’s not right. Get your own copy, and you’ll see what I mean. Click on the book’s title wherever you see it linked in this post.

If you’re new to home canning, or if you need a refresher, let Daisy’s book be your guide. She also offers online classes through Preppers University. You might also check with your local extension service to see if they offer classes on canning.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Daisy has done a lot of that over the years. That’s how she’s been able to put such a variety of recipes in her book. There are things you can can which you may not have known of or thought about.

Dare I say it? (Bad pun ahead.) The Prepper’s Canning Guide will get your creative juices flowing.

And that’s a good thing because home canning is worth it now for your family and as part of your food storage strategy for the future.

 

Homeopathy – Overlooked for Preparedness and Survival Medicine

Many of us as preppers are interested in alternative medicine and health. But how much do you know about homeopathy? It approaches health and wellness in a different way than other forms of alternative medicine.

I think homeopathy has been overlooked for preparedness and survival. Perhaps this week’s DestinySurvival Radio and this post can help remedy that.

OK, bad pun.

On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I explore homeopathy with Becky Rupert, a traditional naturopath and board certified homeopath.

Why Homeopathy now?

An excellent article by Becky about homeopathy can be found on DoomAndBloom.net, the web site for Joe and Amy Alton, also known as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Search their site for homeopathy or click the link below under the Additional Resources heading.)

I applaud Dr. Bones for publishing Becky’s article. It’s in keeping with his attitude of using every tool in the shed when it comes to survival medicine.

I’m familiar with homeopathy because I discovered its benefits for me back in 1995. I’ve been seeing a homeopathic physician for over 20 years. Nonetheless, I can’t claim to be an expert on homeopathy.

But it works. It’s safe for everyone in the family, including babies and even pets.

Remedies aren’t expensive compared to some alternative medicine options. A kit the size of a recipe box can hold an amazing amount of remedies. Becky offers a kit with 40 of them.

And you don’t have to worry about expiration dates.

Upon reading Becky’s article, I realized I hadn’t mentioned homeopathy for preparedness, other than in a casual way. So I contacted her, and she agreed to do an interview for DestinySurvival Radio.

Who is Becky?

 

Becky Rupert

 

Becky Rupert is a Traditional Naturopath and Board Certified Homeopath who has been in practice for 20 years.
She has been a homesteader most of her life and has used homeopathy not only for her family, but also for her garden, bees, and farm animals.

She maintains a full time practice in Northern Ohio, but consults with people all over the united states and abroad.

Get more insight on how she came to pursue homeopathy from our conversation.

What’s So Different About Homeopathy?

In a nutshell, homeopathy calls for a different mindset toward healing.

It uses intensely diluted individual plants and minerals in its remedies. Symptoms of sicknesses and injuries people may have are matched to the symptoms a remedy can cause.

This is different than conventional medicine. If you have a fever, conventional medicine offers you something to suppress the fever.

Homeopathy offers you something that would normally cause a fever. As odd as this may sound, this gives the body a chance to heal itself gently.

Even herbalism seeks to create a result opposite to that which may be happening in your system when you’re ill or injured.

Becky and I talked about the comparison between homeopathy and getting a vaccination. In both cases the body is given something that would normally cause certain symptoms. But there are significant differences.

For example, homeopathy uses one substance as a remedy, not a combination of substances. And there are no additives in homeopathic remedies as there are in vaccines.

Furthermore, it may seem contrary to common sense to dilute substances and expect greater results. But those who understand chemistry will know that dilution can make substances stronger.

So it is with homeopathic remedies. Stronger potencies last longer and work on a deeper level.

Is This for Real?

I know from my own encounters that homeopathy has its share of skeptics.It doesn’t make sense to some, while others consider it nothing more than administration of sugar pills and the placebo effect.

Becky addressed both of those things in our conversation.

Homeopathic remedies can come in various forms, such as pills, pellets or liquid. Becky briefly described how pharmacies make remedies and how various potencies are achieved.

Incidentally, homeopathic remedies are FDA approved.

As for placebo, Becky described giving an ailing horse three different remedies before it got better. If placebo were involved, the horse would have improved with the first remedy, not the third.

This indicates the importance of knowing as much about a given ailment and its causes as possible to choose the right remedy for the situation.

But When Might You Use Homeopathy in a Survival Situation?

When it comes to preparedness, most of us will be dealing with acute situations, such as scrapes, bruises, fractures, colds and so on.

There’s a difference when treating acute symptoms vs. chronic (long term) symptoms. Becky explained this further in our conversation, but she says we can do a lot for acute symptoms with a good book and homeopathic kit.

The name of several remedies came up during our conversation. Arnica is one you’ll certainly want to have on hand. Belladonna is another.

If you can’t keep track of the names, or you’re not familiar with them, click on Becky’s article from the Additional Resources section below.

 

Homeopathic Kit

 

Of course, the goal is to achieve healing. Homeopathy is very individualized. The parent, practitioner, or physician must be observant. Patterns must be looked for.

In other words, if someone has a sore throat, there isn’t one single homeopathic remedy for that which will work for everyone. Is the sore throat on the right or left? Is it red?

The remedy that causes the symptoms exhibited is the best remedy. They’re all safe, so if the first attempt doesn’t work, or it works partially, try again.

Is There More?

I’ve attempted to give a brief overview of homeopathy above, especially for those who aren’t familiar with it. Becky did a good job of explaining things better in our chat. I encourage you to listen to the whole thing because we covered other questions like…

  • Does homeopathy conflict with other medications?
  • Can Homeopathy help cut back on conventional medications?
  • Can medications, herbs or essential oils cancel out the benefits of a homeopathic remedy?
  • How many doses of a remedy should be taken to know whether it works?
  • How does one find a reliable homeopathic practitioner?
  • How can someone learn more about homeopathy?

Listen to my conversation with Becky Rupert when you hear DestinySurvival Radio for February 23, 2017. (Right click to download.)

If you have questions for Becky or want to get the OTC homeopathic remedies or kits she offers, call her office at (419)853-3805. E-mail beckyrupert(at)frontier.com. (Replace (at) with @ in the address.) She also does skype appointments all over the US and abroad.

In conclusion, if you’re new to homeopathy, give it a try. Don’t be afraid of it. Have an open mind. It will fill gaps in your survival medicine strategy. And it can help you keep healthy today as well.

 

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Additional Resources

The Savage Darkness – Another Glimpse Into a Post-EMP World

Is it my imagination, or are we hearing from a growing number of public mouthpieces about the possible dangers of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse)?

Certainly it has caught the attention of a handful of authors in the past few years who have written novels about how we would survive the aftermath of such a widespread, devastating event.

One such author is Scott B. Williams who has two series of novels about living in a post-EMP world. One began with The Pulse, and the other began with The Darkness After.

The fourth novel in The Darkness After series is The Savage Darkness. As with Scott’s other novels, I enjoyed it.

Though intended for a young adult audience, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too, no matter your age. Scott has a way of blending suspense and action to keep you turning the pages.

This week’s DestinySurvival Radio features my conversation with Scott about the book–and plenty more. Below are my thoughts on the book and our conversation.

The Writer

Scott B. Williams has been my DestinySurvival Radio guest several times. Perhaps you’ve heard one of our past exchanges. However, if you don’t know who he is, here’s some background.

Scott B. Williams has been writing about his adventures for more than twenty-five years. His published work includes dozens of magazine articles and more than a dozen books. His interest in sea kayaking and sailing small boats to remote places led him to pursue the wilderness survival skills that he has written about in his popular survival nonfiction books and travel narratives such as On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, an account of his two-year solo kayaking journey through the islands.

With the release of The Pulse in 2012, Scott began writing fiction and has since written multiple novels in The Pulse Series and The Darkness After Series, with more sequels in the works to each, as well as a new series coming later.

To learn more about his upcoming books or to sign up for his new-release mailing list, visit Scott’s website at: www.scottbwilliams.com.

 

The Savage Darkness

 

The Story

Here’s the series in a nutshell. After a massive solar EMP, a group of young people find themselves struggling to survive under primitive conditions of life in rural, southern Mississippi.

Things were bleak at the end of The Forge of Darkness, the previous installment of this series. Marauders had burned Mitch and his friends out of Mitch’s dad’s home where they were staying.

I like how this novel begins. We’re introduced to Doug Henley, Mitch’s dad, who had returned home from Texas after what must have been a difficult trip. Rather than coming back to a hero’s welcome, devastation and bewildering questions greeted him.

Then we’re taken back a little while in time where we meet Mitch, Lisa, April, and the others we’ve become acquainted with in this series. Events progress, and Doug Henley enters the scene late in the book. But he doesn’t stay long, leaving us wanting to know more.

Mitch and his group were fortunate to have supplies and skills among them so they could build a shelter and keep themselves fed. Benny, an older gentleman, helped when he wasn’t sick.

And that brings us to an important element in this tale–the need for antibiotics and other medicine to conquer colds and coughs. Not only was Benny sick, but so was April’s infant daughter.

Mitch reluctantly left his little group to find the needed medicines in a nearby town. Fortunately, he met a friend, though their meeting was tense at first. You’ll have to read the book for the suspenseful details.

Unfortunately, Mitch didn’t find adequate medicine. Nonetheless, shared similar experiences strengthened the bonds between Mitch and the man known as Mr. Holloway.

We’re shown a glimpse of the brutality of the aftermath from the EMP when a little later Mitch and his sister Lisa traveled to a town where they’d heard of a trading post. Little had been left untouched by vandalism.

Purvis, the trading post town, gave Mitch a decidedly unfriendly welcome. Fortunately, the sheriff knew his dad from past law enforcement experience and came to his aid.

Later Mitch’s sister Lisa found herself in a frightening predicament as well. And at one point, when it looked like she would be rescued, things only got worse. But she made it through the roughest of her situation, as one would hope for in a good thriller.

Mitch is known for his superb archery skills in earlier books in this series. We don’t see them put to use until late in this one, but he’s as effective as ever.

The book ends on a hopeful note. However, it does so in such a way as to leave us wondering if there’s more to come.

The Bigger Ideas

Sickness–Can you imagine being in a grid-down situation without any medicine? You wouldn’t want to take the common cold for granted.

What if it turned into pneumonia? You or your loved ones could die. And that may not be an exaggeration.

Lawlessness–In our conversation Scott and I discussed how small towns could become like towns of the Old West. They would take the law into their own hands, like Purvis in the story.

In the wake of widespread catastrophe, towns could become defensive and militaristic. What will cities and towns do when there’s no state or federal help available to enforce the law or provide the other services we’re accustomed to?

Scarcity–Consider this. After months without help on the way, what will become of emergency centers? They’ll use up what supplies they have on hand. Then what?

Connections–In this novel, Mitch found himself in a bad spot in purvis. Having connections paid off. The fact that the sheriff of Purvis knew his dad worked to his advantage.

The lesson for us seems clear to me. Develop and use your connections with reputable people if you have them. And hope for the best when the chips are down.

The darkness–The word “darkness” in the title of this series and in this fourth volume could have more than one meaning.

In our conversation Scott and I touched on the subject of human nature. How will people behave in the stages of a disaster? Will they pull together at first? What will they act like after a prolonged period of time?

Venturing Beyond

Hear my conversation with Scott B. Williams by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for January 26, 2017. (Right click to download.)

Get your copy of
The Savage Darkness by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post.

Fiction can help us escape our present world while nudging us to think about things we might not have considered otherwise. Venture into the savage darkness in your mind and see how far it takes you toward survival.

 

DestinySurvival Radio’s Greatest Hits for 2016

Below is a listing of what I call DestinySurvival Radio’s Greatest Hits for 2016.

Through much of DestinySurvival Radio’s existence I’ve tried to do a new show weekly. But this year I produced fewer new shows.

I trust you’ll understand if I skip a week or two now and then or if I take an extended break like last summer. I’m a “one man band” here, and keeping the show and this site going is a challenge. But I’ll do what I can, when I can, to pass along preparedness information you can use.

You can keep updated on what’s happening with DestinySurvival Radio through the DestinySurvival Dispatch, on Facebook, and here at DestinySurvival.com.

Occasionally I repackage and replay a show from the archives. Those shows won’t be on the following list. The benefit of archived shows is they allow you to hear a guest interview you may not have heard for a long time. Or it may be one you haven’t heard at all.

You hear me say it on each show, but your support of the companies on this site is what it takes to keep DestinySurvival Radio going. I really do appreciate it when you shop with the affiliates and advertisers featured on this site.

This Year’s Greatest Hits

Below you’ll find a link to the blog post I’ve written about each show. Each post has a show link as well as links to other resources, such as guest Web sites, books, etc.

Show posts are listed mostly in reverse chronological order, which doesn’t represent any sort of ranking other than by date. I’ve included parts one and two of a couple of entries because they go hand in hand. Each link is followed by a brief show description.

A new window will open when you click on a post’s link. That way you can close the window when you’re done, and you’ll be back to this page.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a few concluding thoughts.

Enjoy.

Wrapping it Up

Bear with me as I repeat a couple of things I say every year I do a post like this.

Picking out the top handful of shows is always hard. I’ve had to leave several good shows out. As with past years, my apologies to any of the guests I’ve interviewed who might have expected to see their show on this “greatest hits” list.

It wasn’t easy to narrow down my list to the shows linked above because I like to think all of my shows are worth listening to. I put a lot of work into them for you. But I’ve chosen to highlight those with the most “meat” for preppers.

Don’t forget, you can hear any show by going to my DestinySurvival Radio page.

It’s hard to believe DestinySurvival Radio has finished its sixth year. I still think of doing the show as an adventure.

Doing DestinySurvival Radio has allowed me to meet interesting and informative guests, and it’s been my privilege and pleasure to share what they have to offer with you. One of the benefits for me is that I’ve made some friends and useful connections along the way. I look forward to more of the same in the coming year.

Your feedback is always welcome. Feel free to let me know if you have show topic or guest suggestions.

Thanks as always for your support of DestinySurvival Radio this past year and for the coming year.

 

Gift Giving for Preppers – DestinySurvival Radio Has a Gift for You

When I did my DestinySurvival Radio with Morgan Stewart of Paratus Business News, our conversation ran long. This posed a problem for me, but I’ve resolved it in a way I think you’ll appreciate.

One of the topics we discussed was gift giving for preppers. I decided to set that portion of our conversation aside and add a few comments of my own. So I created a bonus edition of DestinySurvival Radio as my gift to you. The link is below.

The suggestions in this 22 minute podcast aren’t meant to be an exhaustive list by any means. It’s just a little something to boost your imagination and get the creative gift giving juices flowing, regardless of whether you’re buying for a fellow prepper or someone you want to introduce to preparedness..

Morgan believes it’s important to build your knowledge base–or that of someone you’d like to bless with a gift. He recommended several books, and I added a few of my own. Some of them are…

We talked about a couple of gear items to have as well as possibilities for giving gift cards. Some of the companies mentioned are featured in the DestinySurvival Prep Mart, and I encourage you to look there.

I forgot to mention it on the show, but you could give games as gifts. For example, there’s Doom and Bloom SURVIVAL! Board Game, created by Joe and Amy Alton, a.k.a. Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

I invite you to hear this special bonus edition of DestinySurvival Radio. (Right click to download.) You can view what I wrote about my earlier conversation with Morgan Stewart here.

Besides the gift ideas Morgan and I talked about, you might like another post I wrote entitled Give Gifts Creatively for Survival.

Don’t worry if you can’t get those gifts in time for this year’s Christmas. Remember, you can give gifts at any time of the year.

Have a blessed holiday season. And keep prepping.

 

Paratus Business News – A “Big Picture” Resource for Preppers

Many industries and professions have trade journals devoted to news and information relevant to their particular industry or profession. But what about a trade magazine that serves as a “big picture” resource for preppers? Wouldn’t you like to know what’s going on in the world of preparedness at large?

On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio show I visit with Morgan Stewart who has put together just such a trade publication called Paratus Business News. It’s for you and me as well as businesses who are involved with and interested in preparedness.

It’s published online once or twice a week. And it’s free.

The Man Behind the Magazine

I met Morgan Stewart this past September at the Gateway Preparedness Expo in St. Charles, Missouri, outside of St. Louis. I recorded a brief conversation with him, which I included it in one of two podcasts I did about the Expo. He’s a knowledgeable, likeable guy, and I knew I wanted to invite him on DestinySurvival Radio so you could hear more from him.

At the time of this writing, Paratus Business News is only a few months old. But Morgan plans for his online publication to be around a good while. He isn’t some fly-by-night, fear mongering huxter.

Morgan will be the first to tell you he’s not an expert in survival tactics or gear. He is, however, very knowledgeable about business, the media/public relations and crisis planning.

Here’s his background info.

“The editor and publisher of Paratus Business News is Morgan Stewart, a marketing, promotions, public relations and media relations expert with more than 25 years experience. Morgan served at the government and Fortune 500 “Executive Suite” level including two Fortune 200 corporations and scores of businesses big and small.

“Morgan has worked with hundreds of reporters and media outlets nationwide. A key component of his experience with the media was working with trade publications covering the retail, consumer electronics, and the energy industries.

“Morgan holds a Bachelors degree from LSU in journalism. He was an associate editor of the Washington, D.C.-based political trade publication Campaigns & Elections Magazine. Morgan has been published in local newspapers and one of his articles was required reading at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (for what it’s worth).

“He’s been prepping and studying the preparedness industry for nearly 10 years.”

The Magazine for You

If you’re like me, you like to read a little “inside baseball” about your hobbies and interests. For example, if you’re a gardener, you may like reading a magazine that includes profiles of movers and shakers in the garden seed industry.

Who’s raising and selling produce for restaurants or the farmer’s market?

What news and trends do you need to know about to be a successful gardener?

You get the idea.

Now consider Paratus Business News. It profiles leading individuals and companies who provide preparedness products and services. It lets you know who’s trustworthy and who’s not. That’s good for you and me as consumers.

Or if you’re in business to provide preparedness products and services, you can keep up with what other businesses and people are doing in the field.

Paratus Business News isn’t a “how to” publication. And there’s not an emphasis on product reviews.

It’s designed to look at the bigger picture of what’s going on in the world of preparedness and survival.

I could give you specifics, but I encourage you to hear how Morgan explains what the publication is about.

And More Interesting Stuff

Morgan and I also talked about…

  • Sorting out the false or sensational from what’s true and trustworthy.
  • Determining what the real threats are.
  • Prospects for preparedness in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.
  • How Morgan became involved with preparedness.

By the way, you’ll find several of the companies Morgan recommended during our conversation in the DestinySurvival Prep Mart. Take a look, if you haven’t lately.

The Means for You to Go Deeper

As is always the case with such a post as this, I can’t possibly cover everything discussed on this week’s show. Therefore, I urge you to hear my conversation with Morgan Stewart by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for December 8, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Of course, you’ll want to check out Paratus Business News at ParatusNews.com. Sign up for the e-mails so you’ll know about the latest articles and features. You’ll get hooked…and well informed, too.

The more you and I know, the better we can be prepared for come what may. Pass the word. Let other preppers know about Paratus Business News.

 

Livestock on Your Homestead – A Model of Productivity and Stealth

If you’re raising animals for meat protein, you’ll want to see how Rick Austin does it. When it comes to livestock on your homestead, he sets forth a model of productivity and stealth.

Rick is my guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week to talk about Secret Livestock of Survival. Below I’ll tell you about his book as well as give a few hints of what we talked about.

View what I’ve written about a couple of Rick’s previous DestinySurvival Radio visits and his two other books by going here and here.

The Stealthy Homesteader

If you’re not familiar with Rick, here’s some background info.

“Rick Austin is known as the Survivalist Gardener, and is a preparedness, homesteading and off grid living expert. He is the author of Secret Garden of Survival–How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest which is now the #1 Best Selling book in Garden Design.

“Rick is also the author of the Secret Greenhouse of Survival–How to Build the Ultimate Homestead and Prepper Greenhouse and Secret Livestock of Survival – How to Raise the Very Best Choices for Retreat and Homestead Livestock.

“Rick is a nationally recognized speaker on survival preparedness and has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle, Doomsday Preppers, the documentary film Beyond Off Grid, as well as in Newsweek, American Survival Guide, Prepper &Shooter, Prepare Magazine, and in Mother Earth News (three times).

“You can also hear Rick on his #1 rated radio show- Secrets of a Survivalist -on the #1 Preparedness Radio Network, where each week he talks with the world’s best survival experts that share their own secrets of survival.”

The Guiding Philosophy

Rick says he likes to think outside the box. That sounds cliche, but he puts it into practice.

Just like in Rick’s previous two books in this series, Secret Livestock of Survival, will show you how to grow your own sources of food–in this case protein–with a much better return on your investment of time, money, feed, housing and real estate, than with traditional homestead thinking. Plus, these livestock animals are discrete, so most people won’t even know you are raising them.

 

Secret Livestock of Survival

 

The Brief Overview

This is an easy to read, enjoyable book, loaded with colorful pictures. Each chapter is a mini primer. Of course, many books can be, and have been, written on the subject covered in each chapter.

Rick begins by making the case for organic, sustainably grown food. It’s simply healthier than conventionally produced and processed food. He’s so passionate about this that he couldn’t help but talk about it during the first few minutes of our conversation.

In the first chapter he summarizes what his first two books are about as a way of establishing his credentials for what he presents. He also covered a little of this when we spoke.

Homesteading can be labor intensive, but Rick has found a number of labor saving, cost cutting ways to do it. As a result, you’ll find numerous sensible gems throughout the book, including recommended resources. He refers readers to several YouTube videos he has produced.

What you’ll find in this book isn’t theory. It’s clear as you read that Rick writes from his own experience. If you’re a homesteader or farmer, you may agree or disagree with some of what you read; but he’s doing what works for him. Thus, he recommends it to his intended readers because it can work for them as well.

It’s clear Rick carefully thinks through what he does. Stealth is important. So is strategy. The animals on Rick’s homestead are part of his method to grow wholesome food without chemicals and fertilizers while keepin it all hidden in plain sight.

Rick is blessed to have a wife (Survivor Jane) who supports what they’re doing. She pitches in to cook wonderful meals, can their abundant produce, make cheese and other dairy items, and more.

Uncounted synergistic relationships are in play on Rick’s property. You’ll recognize it as permaculture.

The Productive Livestock

Animals (and insects) mentioned in the book are ranked in order of return on investment and work. Rick is also quite selective about the animal breeds he raises.

It might sound strange at first, but something as simple as placing the barn closer to the house can make a big difference in animal care.

Meat onl the hoof, or on the foot, is how Rick gets around the problem of freezing and storing meat. In other words, butcher when you need to, rather than set aside a large supply of meat.

Rabbits – They’re easy to raise and are a good meat source. Can you conceive of 90 rabbits a year, each producing 12 pounds of meat?

In the book you’ll find tips on housing, breeding and butchering them. Rick tells how he provides his rabbits with food that replaces what normally comes from the feed store. For example, ever thought of feeding rabbits with barley sprouts?

Honey bees – They help with pollenation and, of course, produce honey. If keeping bees isn’t your thing, Rick suggests asking a local beekeeper to put hives on your place and care for them. You can divide the honey produced.

But he strongly encourages you to raise bees for yourself. It’s easier than you might think, and it’s a good investment.

Ducks – Rick prefers ducks for their eggs more so than for their meat. They lay more eggs than chickens. He has built a duck tractor, similar to a chicken tractor, for his young ducks.

Goats – Nigerian Dwarf goats are Rick’s preferred breed. He raises them for milk, rather than meat. Imagine a gallon and a half per day from three dairy goats. He says their milk doesn’t taste “goaty.” He and his wife preserve all that milk by making cheeses, yogurt, butter and ice cream.

Fish – Aquaponics is a trendy and intriguing way to raise fish and plants, but it is demanding and less appealing to Rick than digging and pond and stocking it with fish.

Chickens – Rick isn’t a fan of raising chickens, in spite of their popularity. They don’t produce meat as efficiently as rabbits, and they don’t lay as many eggs as ducks. His wife has a rare allergy to duck eggs, which is the reason he has chickens.

Pigs – While pigs are a meat animal, they’re farther down Rick’s ranked list. Butchering and processing are quite labor intensive. Nonetheless, like his other chapters, there’s good info in the one on raising pigs.

Nature’s Bounty – The chapter on hunting is short. While many idealize hunting, it’s not the best meat source for your family. Large game must be butchered, processed and preserved. It’s easier to hunt or trap small game, birds and fish.

That said, if you want to hunt and be stealthy about it, use a bow and arrow for larger animals and an air rifle or snares for smaller animals.

Protection and security – The chapter covering this topic focuses mostly on livestock guardian dogs. Other security tips are sprinkled throughout the book.

Rick doesn’t recommend raising…cattle, horses, sheep, geese, turkeys and several exotic animals. Remember, he’s homesteading on a small acreage and focuses on raising animals that give the most bang for the buck.

The Motivating Factors

A key to success in such a homesteading venture is to think like a producer, not a consumer. Rick and his wife aren’t going without any food. They have more than enough. And they’re doing it all on a small plot of land.

Not only are they practicing skills lost to most of us from previous generations, but they’re not dependent on the industrial food grid. Plus, they aren’t spending the money the rest of the population spends at grocery stores.

If you’re considering setting up a homestead like Rick’s, or if you want to modify your current arrangement, don’t wait. Now’s the time to get started. I can heartily recommend all three of his books to give you guidance.

The Information Gateway

I can only give you a taste of what’s in Rick’s book and what we talked about. Thus, you need to hear my conversation with him by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for December 1, 2016. (Right click to download.) Get Secret Livestock of Survival and Rick’s other books by clicking on their titles wherever you see them in this post.

Check out Rick’s site at SecretGardenOfSurvival.com.

Rick and his wife would be happy to welcome you at Prepper Camp. Find out about it at PrepperCamp.com.

While most people think of preparing to live off the power grid, you could follow Rick Austin’s example and live off the industrial food grid. The less you rely on that, the wealthier and more secure you’ll be–for now and in the future.