Self Sufficiency

17 Lost Skills Worth Rediscovering

Our modern society is highly dependent upon the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but [...]

12 Pioneer Skills We Can’t Afford to Lose

The pioneers brought very little with them when they came to settle the wild frontier of North America. Most had basic knowledge or experience from the [...]

DIY Projects: 15 Ideas For Using Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks are actually CMUs (an acronym for concrete masonry unit) i.e. large, rectangular bricks which are used in construction, but have a lot of other [...]

Skip The Ibuprofen, Try Natural Cures Instead

It is your body’s way of telling you that something is amiss — pain, and for many people, the chronic variety that only the constant use of painkillers [...]

23 Awesome DIY Smokehouse Plans You Can Build in the Backyard

Do you enjoy smoking your meat? I mean, who doesn’t love homemade bacon or ham? After exploring the world of smoking meat here recently, I have to tell [...]

Outdoor Survival: Skinning, Butchering and Cooking Wild Game

One sign of an experienced survivalist is that they have multiple plans and methods for each and every one of their survival needs. One simple example of this [...]

60 Authentic Frontier Recipes From The First Settlers

Pioneers didn't have much, but what they did have they made the best of. At first, the settlers favoured the customary foods and recipes from their native [...]

Back To Basics: How To Preserve Food In Lard

When I was growing up, it was a given that the bacon grease would be sitting by the stove in Grandma’s tin canister. Or maybe it was aluminum. Whichever [...]

How To Build A Walipini Greenhouse

We use cellars because they maintain a more constant temperature than structures that are built above-ground. We use greenhouses to extend the growing season [...]

Q&A On Storing Meat Without Refrigeration In Hot Areas

You work hard to stretch your grocery dollars, but there’s no way around it – meat is expensive. When you find a good deal, or if you’re preparing for an [...]

How To Make Bread In A Can

Bread provides nutrients and fills bellies. It’s been an important staple on the table for generations. If you have a few shelf-stable ingredients and a [...]

Back to History: Top 9 Civil War Survival Recipes

The Civil War was brutal. That’s all there is to it. If you’ve seen The Free State of Jones, even the first fifteen minutes of the movie bring home some of [...]