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Cooking With The Sun After TEOTWAWKI

Cooking With The Sun After TEOTWAWKI

One of the greatest concerns in any sort of disaster is how you will be able to feed yourself and your loved ones. Depending on the scenario, the challenge of feeding yourself can fall along a wide spectrum when considering the degree of difficulty involved.

In a post-collapse scenario there a few concerns:

If you have read any type of post-apoctalyptic fiction (my favorites are the Survivalist Series by A. American and The New World Series by G. Michael Hopf), you are probably familiar with the concern of starting a fire because of the smell and smoke that it generates that some of these characters experienced.

There is also the concern of fuel for your cooking source. Whether it is a stove, grill, or open fire; you need fuel and that can often be a finite resource.

Even if the scenario is not as extreme as a total collapse, like something more mild such as a power outage or very localized natural disaster, there is a need to be able to provide food for you and your loved ones.

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I was previously familiar with the idea of cooking with a solar or sun oven, but I was not entirely aware of the actual possibilities that are available with a sun oven. At least that was the case until last week. Last Thursday I had the privilege of hosting a webinar with Paul Munsen, the owner of the All American Sun Oven company. With 28 years behind the design, manufacture, and use of these sun ovens, Paul taught me a lot about what the sun can do for us in preparing food and a whole lot more.

Some of the things that Paul spoke about include:

  • How to use the Sun Oven to:
    1. Cook all types of food from 21 pound turkeys to awesome baked beans, bread, and more.
    2. Naturally dehydrate fruits, vegetables, and meats.
    3. Boil or pasteurize water.
    4. Brew sun tea.
    5. Kill infestations in grains or dried foods.
    6. Heat water for hygiene and sanitation.
    7. Sterilize medical instruments.
    8. Dry firewood.
    9. Enhance winter sprouting.
  • What makes the design and manufacturing of the All American Sun Oven a higher quality than hand made or other solar cookers.
  • The broad spectrum of locations and conditions that the Sun Oven can be used in.
  • Potential utility and energy savings that can be gained from using a Sun Oven.
  • How easy the Sun Oven is use and maintain.
  • The role that the Sun Oven plays around the world, especially in disaster ravaged areas and third world countries.
  • With regular maintenance, the Sun Oven will last for decades.
  • And a whole lot more!

It was a knowledge packed webinar and left me with plenty of food for thought (pun intended). I love the idea that the Sun Oven is not only a great option to have if things go south, it is a great cooking option now for a myriad of reasons.

In addition to the wealth of knowledge that Paul shared, he has graciously put together a Sun Oven package valued at $448 that is specially priced for Prepared Ninja readers at only $315, a savings of 30%! This package includes:

  • 1 – All American Sun Oven
  • Set of 3 – Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set
  • 2 – Easy Stack Pots
  • 1 – Multi-Fuel Water Pastuerizing Indicator
  • 2 – Loaf Pans
  • 1 – Cloudy Day Cube Stove w/ 12 Fuel Disks/Fire Starters
  • 1 – Sun Oven eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD w/ 600 recipes, hundreds of pictures, video clips, and much more!
  • FREE Shipping!

You just have to use the coupon code ‘PreparedNinjaWebinar’ when you checkout.

If you did miss the Sun Oven webinar, or made it but would like to listen to it again, Paul has selflessly provided a replay of the Sun Oven Essentials Cooking Class, but the replay is only available for the next couple of days.

Watch the replay while it is still available!

Once Monday, July 27th hits, the webinar replay will be taken down and the HUGE savings will disappear.

 

photo credit: Your Sun Now [HD Video] via photopin (license)

Kelly Kettle – September Giveaway #3

I am excited today to introduce the 3rd giveaway for National Preparedness Month! This week’s group giveaway is for not one, but TWO Ketlly Kettles!

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Who would love to win a Kelly Kettle in our group giveaway? A large group of my blogging colleagues and I are trying to show the world what is available to use in an unforeseen disaster or emergency. We are so thankful to Glen at KellyKettleUSA for sponsoring our giveaway today! If you are interested in seeing a post on how one of these Kelly Kettle kits work, we have you covered: KellyKettlePost. There is also a YouTube on the Kelly Kettle website that will show you the different sizes they have available. These rock because you do not have to store fuel. You can use dry leaves, twigs or pinecones. Basically you put a small piece of newspaper or scraps of tinder in the bottom and you light it with just a match or flint. You can add more pinecones, twigs and other natural fuel as needed to keep the fire going. Water boils in minutes. Gotta love it! In this Kelly Kettle giveaway we will have two winners. One will win the stove kit on the left, the second winner will win the stove kit on the right in the graphic shown above. Good luck everyone!

This weeks giveaway is brought to you by the great group of bloggers below. Please make sure to stop by their sites and check out the astronomical amount of knowledge that is available to you about survival and self-reliant living.

Group Involved In This Giveaway:

1. Food Storage Moms
2. Frugality Gal
3. Survival At Home
4. Home Ready Home
5. Fabulous Farm Girl
6. Ever Growing Farm
7. Sharing Lifes Abundance
8. Food Storage and Survival
9. I Get Ready
10. Timber Creek Farm
11. Kneaded Creations
12. Blue Yonder Urban Farms
13. Simply Living Simply
14. Your Own Home Store
15. Prepared-Housewives
16. PreparednessMama
17. Survival For Blondes
18. Common Sense Homesteading
19. Trayer Wilderness
20. Melissa K. Norris
21. Memories By The Mile
22. The Busy B Homemaker
23. The Backyard Pioneer
24. Whole New Mom
25. Imperfectly Happy
26. Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Here is some additional information from the NOAA about National Emergency Preparedness Month

The fine print: This Kelly Kettle Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Sept. 15th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 20th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

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Fresh Water Giveaway!!!

I’ve teamed up with a group of preparedness and self-sufficiency bloggers to bring you all a chance at another great survival item. This week we have another HUGE giveaway for National Emergency Preparedness Month!

GIVEAWAY #2

National Emergency Preparedness Month
Most of you that read my blog are probably familiar with the fact that the month of September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. This is a great time to focus on what you have done, and what you still need to, to be ready for a disaster if one were to occur. It was really concerning to me when I read that the city of Toledo, Ohio was not able to use their water supply for quite some time. They could not even boil it to make it safe because of the toxic nature of the water. There was nothing that anyone could do except wait for clean water to be brought in! This is one more reason we need to tell the world about National Emergency Preparedness Month. Wow, this makes me wish every family in the world could have some type of system to purify their water. Today, you have a chance to win the security of clean water.

This is a sponsored giveaway by CampingSurvival.com and you really need to check out this website. You will be glad you did! We are extremely grateful that Tom at Camping Survival believes in the Big Berkey Water Purifier system as much as we do! Thanks again Tom for showing the world what is needed to purify our water everyday, or in an unforeseen disaster. We thank him for helping the world celebrate National Emergency Preparedness Month. Please enter this giveaway and you will have a chance to win one of these Big Berkey Water Purifiers! Good luck to everyone, and please visit the other bloggers listed below.

Here are my blogging colleagues involved in this giveaway:

1. Food Storage Moms
2. Imperfectly Happy
3. Frugality Gal
4. Survival For Blondes
5. Fabulous Farm Girl
6. Home Ready Home
7. Prepared-Housewives
8. I Get Ready
9. Kneaded Creations
10. Timber Creek Farm
11. Ever Growing Farm
12. Sharing Lifes Abundance
13. Your Own Home Store
14. Blue Yonder Urban Farms
15. Survival at Home
16. The Backyard Pioneer
17. Food Storage and Survival
18. The Busy B Homemaker
19. Simply Living Simply
20. Memories By The Mile
21. Common Sense Homesteading
22. Trayer Wilderness
23. Whole New Mom

The Fine Print:

This Big Berkey Water Purifier Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Sept. 8th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 13th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

Let your frineds and family know about this great opportunity! Or don’t, if you want to increase your odds of winning! (Just Kidding)
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Navigational Methods In An Emergency

Using Technology and Old School Navigational Methods in an Emergency

Finding our way from point A to B is something we now mostly take for granted. Navigational skills and technology can come in handy whether it’s using a satellite navigation system or using the night sky to find your way home.

In-car navigational tools

Satellite navigation systems- or sat nav- have been used by the public since 1983 although GPS was first used by the military during the 1960s. Our sat nav systems today use around 30 satellites to provide world-wide GPS ensuring that we should never become lost again. Many vehicles come with this little mapping system but the devices themselves are relatively inexpensive to buy. Maps of countries around the world can be downloaded via computer and these are essential if you’re looking to get somewhere, whether during an emergency or not.


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Navigational systems without the internet

The question of what would happen to our vehicle sat nav systems if the internet went down is one that many people consider. Many of our satellite navigational systems such as those in our vehicles would still run the maps if they are already downloaded. There are specific sat nav applications that can run maps without the use of data traffic, whereas assisted GPS such as those used on an iPad to triangulate position will need a Wi-Fi signal. However, car batteries do run down and if the electric grid was to go down it may be a case of returning to tried and tested navigational methods.

Old school navigational skills

Most of us over a certain age are familiar with the compass pointing north and a paper map technique. If these tools aren’t to handy then it could be a case of using the North Star to navigate and keep on course. First you would need to identify the ‘Plough’, which is a group of easily identifiable seven stars. From there you would identify the two ‘pointer stars’ – the North Star will be five times the same distance from the pointer star. It will take only a short amount of practice to identify the Plough and it’s relation to the North Star but once you recognise this you should be able to always find your True North.

Hopefully you will never have to rely on old school navigational methods but these are excellent skills to learn. Try some star-gazing and work out exactly where the North Star is; it’s an easy to learn skill that could indeed prove very useful.

.22LR: Truth & Myth

.22LR: Truth & Myth

It’s easy for the prepper survivalist to get lost in the endless confusion, attempting to discern between wants and needs. Is it a small knife or big blade? Do you carry a handgun or a rifle? However, it is even more important to determine the difference between what is a trend…and what will actually work in the field. In most cases, the right answer is: it depends on the situation.

The .22 Long Rifle rim-fire cartridge has had an excellent run, and built a legendary reputation, since its inception in 1887. The cartridge itself has been enveloped in tales of unfathomable deeds in the backwoods, taking everything from grizzlies (usually shot in the eye) and field mice (usually shot from the hip). Though, these are stories often repeated by old frontiersmen and armchair online forum dwellers alike. Anecdotal ‘evidence’ might suggest that the .22LR is the ‘do-all’ round, but is this actually true? Is it the perfect survivalist cartridge, providing enough kill power on small game while limiting damage to the meat, yet delivering just enough punishment in a ‘tactical situation’?

It is important to explore what the round can do, and more importantly, what it cannot do. All too often, we envision our own survival situations, handling our trusty Ruger 10/22, dispatching small game by the bundles and carrying home a sack of deceased critters as the sun begins to set, right on time for dinner. We even imagine ourselves bagging a whitetail, because we got a ‘lucky shot between the eyes’. If this is truth, then the .22LR should be the only rifle for the survivalist, but my gut tells me, this is probably not a reasonable expectation of the old cartridge – and you might want to pack other ways of procuring meat sources.

The Two-Fold Achilles Heel of the .22 Long Rifle

I’ve often heard it said, “If you poke enough holes in something, it’ll go down.” Usually, this is said by avid .22LR advocates, defending their ancient heritage or new purchase. While this statement does carry some obvious truth, many experienced outdoorsmen, and especially those who study ballistics might disagree on grounds of practicality.

One of the most crucial aspects of a round’s utility has to do with the hydrostatic shock factor.  ‘Hydrostatic shock’ is defined as…

The observation that a penetrating projectile can produce remote wounding and incapacitating effects in living targets, in addition to local effects in tissue caused by direct impact, through a hydraulic effect in liquid-filled tissues.

Referencing an article written by Dave Henderson, it takes a velocity of at least 2,000fps in order to deliver the death-dealing power necessary for an incapacitating strike on the shooter’s target. Essentially, you want the round to hit the target (four-legged critter or two-legged crazy) and make them cease whatever activity they were previously doing, whether grazing, climbing, or pointing a weapon in your direction.

The hottest of hunting .22LR loads are cruising along at 1,280fps at the muzzle. If the shooter wants to reach out to 100 yards, that velocity drops to 1,015fps, about half of what’s needed to achieve the same hydrostatic shock factor that most center-fire hunting rounds can deliver. Simply put, there’s just not enough ‘punch’ to bag that whitetail with a .22LR, likely causing either an agonizing drawn out death by hours of bleeding, or months of injury and subsequent starvation to the noble beast (hence, the legality issue in almost every state).

Also, a slower round is going to have accuracy issues. Of course, we’ve heard of Bob Munden-types lobbing a .22LR, 400 yards into a bowling pin – but let’s face it, 99% of us aren’t that good from a bench, much less in the field. Even with those 1,280fps zingers, you’ve still got a drop of 3.5” at 100 yards, and that’s without having to compensate for wind. With only 37 grains, moving at that velocity, a slight breeze would ruin the shot.

Either way, the survivalist does not harvest the deer, coyote, or raccoon, wastes a round, and in certain scenarios, risked identifying his or her position from the report of the shot.

Also, one more fatal flaw commonly associated with the .22LR has to do with it’s questionable reliability. Indeed, no backwoodsman would ever consider a Savage bolt-action or a Ruger 10/22 as an unreliable rifle. These rifles have offered astounding performance for decades; however, reliability is also heavily dependent on the quality of the rounds being fed. Unfortunately, rim-fire cartridges are disproportionately handicapped in this respect, compared to their center-fire counterparts. Primers, insufficient pressure, and quality control are usually the culprits.

If you’re shooting a rim-fire cartridge and the bad guy in your sights is shooting a center-fire cartridge, pray you didn’t get a rough batch from the factory.

Why You Still Need a .22LR

Nevertheless, while the .22LR might have its drawbacks, it’s important for us to remind ourselves that we are mistaken if we attempt to identify a ‘do-all’ round. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, especially in terms of firearms. All cartridges have their strengths and weaknesses, and the .22LR is no exception.

And, the .22LR does have strengths…lots and lots of strengths.

Talk to any .22LR owner and they will laugh at you after telling them how much you spent on ammunition for your centerfire. This is perhaps one of the most obvious strengths of the old cartridge. Being able to spend less than $20 on a 500-round ‘brick’ of ammo is what has .22LR lovers shooting, while everyone else on the firing line has shot their budget and gone home.

Of course, from the survivalist’s perspective, being able to carry 1,000 rounds of any kind of ammo is a lovely proposition. A fifth of that in .308 is still tediously heavy but in .22LR, carrying that amount of ammunition is a breeze. The .22LR is a tiny round without much brass, lead, or powder.

Do you remember how I said that the .22LR is inferior to most hunting cartridges because of it’s low velocity? The interesting part is the fact that the .22LR is superior to other hunting cartridges…because of its low velocity. Without the presence of hydrostatic shock, meat does not get obliterated upon penetration. Thus, you can take rabbit all day long, preserving the meet with a .22LR, whereas a .223 would leave nothing but a mangled attempt at acquiring a meal.

Simply put, the .22LR is the best selling ammunition on the globe for good reason. Brad Zozak, from TruthAboutGuns, calls the Ruger 10/22, “the single most popular firearm of all time.” In a SHTF scenario, you might not be able to replace the stock on your Springfield M1A – but check any abandoned farmhouse, and you’ll most likely find replacement parts for your 10/22 (and probably .22LR rounds to go with it).

The Purpose of the .22LR

Overall, the .22LR should not be expected to perform the functions of other, better-suited rifles. At the same time, one should also not expect a .30-06 to effectively take and preserve the meat off small game – arguably the type of game you’d want to harvest in the first place.

However, the survivalist that hopes to sling a Ruger 10/22, trek through the woods, and be sustained on that alone is unfortunately mistaken. It takes the ability to hunt big game to survive (both for the nutritional value and also for the other resources that can be procured from the beast), meaning that a centerfire-hunting rifle is absolutely crucial over the long haul.

If the survivalist hopes to remain true to the craft (and not kick the bucket in the backwoods), it takes more than just the possession of a .22LR rifle. It takes the ability to trap and forage for wild edibles in order to live in somewhat of a comfortable state of self-reliance. One needs to intelligently pack for survival scenarios. From carrying knives to packing a fire starter, everything needs to be picked thoughtfully. The legendary frontiersmen of the 19th and 20th centuries relied more on their survival kits than they did on their rifles, and for good reason.

The .22LR is a fantastic survival cartridge, but it shouldn’t be your only option for filling your game bag and your gut. Stay safe, keep your guns ready, knives sharp, and never forget to memorize the basics of preparedness.

About the Author – Usman is a writer, outdoor enthusiast, technology lover, and knife collector.