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If You Had to Forage for Food, Would You Starve?

What did people do before there were grocery stores? When the SHTF, we’re all going to find out. Better be prepared!

 

Hello, this is Robert M Raskin of Las Vegas, and I’d like to help you prepare for any scenario in which you may find yourself in the wilderness or the desert without any food or water, whether you ended up in your location unexpectedly, you were separated from your gear, or you ran out of the rations you believed would last throughout the duration of your outdoor expedition or mission. While you can survive for weeks without food, you’ll need water within a day or two if you want to have the strength to carry on.

Edible Plants

When it comes to eating plants in the wild, it is better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the plants that are common to your area so you don’t make any tragic mistakes while you are foraging in the wild. Some edible plants that are native to many parts of North America include the amaranth, asparagus, cattails, clover, chicory, dandelions, fireweed, prickly pear, and mustard. I recommend investing in a guide to keep on-hand rather than waiting until you are caught in a situation in which you need to search for food unprepared.

How to identify edible–and toxic–plants in the wild.

Basic Hunting Skills 101

You don’t have to have animal products to get by, but if you are craving meat it helps to know how to acquire it on your own. Long before firearms were invented, people were hunting their food in the wild with handmade weapons, and there’s no reason you can’t too with a little preparation and practice. You can use a bow and arrow, a spear, or even a trap to catch the wildlife that are native to your area so you can have fresh meat even if you are far away from the nearest grocery store. If there is a lake or river nearby, make sure you have what you need to fish nearby, even if you don’t have a fishing pole.

Learn more about primitive hunting skills.

How to Locate Water

Whether you are in the desert in Nevada, the woods in Montana, or you are lost on a deserted island, you may need to find a source of fresh drinking water. Anyone can find and purify drinking water in the wilderness if they have a few simple supplies, and these include a bottle you can boil and carry water in, a hose you can use to siphon or to draw the water from an underground source, and a fire-starter that you can use to boil. You can dig for water even in dry river beds, and snow and ice are a great way to get clean water, though it still needs to be purified and you should not drink it while it is still ice-cold, or you may risk lowering your own body temperature to dangerous levels.

Here are 5 easy tricks to find water in nature.

Hydroponics for Survival

Hello again, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here to talk about growing plants indoors. In any emergency situation, the ability to survive without relying on the outside economy can make all the difference between whether or not you survive or fail. Any event can disrupt modern supply chains, and depending on what caused the emergency, it may not be safe to go outside. A biological, chemical or radiological attack can contaminate a wide area for years and could isolate you from much of the outside world. Learning how to grow plants indoors is a vital skill that can give you a leg up against the competition and could make the difference between your success and failure.

Using Pots

One of the easiest ways to grow plants indoors is to use some pots. There’s really no limit to how many you can have inside your home aside from the space you have available. You can use a few large pots, some trellises for plants with runners, or tall racks with long pots. These can make the most out of the space you have if you plan on intensively farming indoors. You will want to make sure that you can get enough light for your plants. In addition, you will need to keep them well-watered, which can introduce molding problems if you are not careful, due to increased humidity.

Building a Greenhouse

If you are set on launching a bigger indoor growing operation, you’ll want to invest in a separate greenhouse. Building one can be a relatively simple matter of finding a bit of land you can set aside and deciding on what kind of greenhouse you would like. There are several different varieties that you can choose from. You can find a relatively simple, disposal one at many home hardware stores or gardening stores. However, if you want to create a more elaborate construction, you’ll need to build a wood or PVC frame, find a ventilation system to filter out contaminants, obtain a power supply, and also install an irrigation system. While a disposable greenhouse can cost $100 or less, a more elaborate one can easily cost somewhere in the five figures.

Deciding on the best ways to grow food before a crisis hits can help you better survive one with the right tools. Starting ahead of time is the best way to prepare yourself for any crisis that may occur.

 

Learn more about hydroponic survival food prep.

 

Make space for hydroponics in your shelter.

Dowsing Works, Try It Yourself!

Hello, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about a controversial method of finding water in the wild. Whether you know them as Dowsing rods, dowsing sticks, or divining rods, chances are at some point you have heard about this phenomenon, in which a person uses a combination of a y-shaped branch or two L-shaped wires and their own intuition to locate water underground. Historically people have also used these rods to communicate with the dead, and some plumbers have even tried using them to locate pipes and gas lines.

 

While there may not be any solid science around the ancient art of dowsing, there are plenty of people around who can and do use it successfully.

 

According to the lore, the dowser simply needs to grasp the rode in their hands and slowly walk the land, and when water is detected the dowsing rods will lead the way straight through it, as though by unseen and mysterious forces. There have been studies conducted that debunked the phenomena, but there have also been hundreds of cases of dowsers being able to predict the depth of water sources with incredible accuracy and a high enough success rate that it has to be more than mere coincidence.

 

One thing that most people will agree on with regard to dowsing is if you need to find water, it can’t hurt to try it. What do you have to lose? If you’re a skeptic give it a try and let me know in the comments whether or not it worked.

 

Want to Try Dowsing?

You can make your own dowsing rods, and you can also buy them on ebay for under $20. There are also dowsing crystals available for just $5 to $15. That’s not a lot to pay to give it a try, and I think I just might! It may be a long-shot, but if it works it’ll certainly be worth the small investment. This is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading, and I hope to see you back at my blog soon.

 

How to locate underground water sources with dowsing.

Learn how to make and use your own dowsing rods.

Mylar for Survival with Rob Raskin

If you want to survive TEOTWAWKI, one of your best bets is to stock up on Mylar sheets!

Hello everyone, Robert Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk about some uses for Mylar sheets, which I mentioned in a recent blog. These “space blankets” are so versatile that I thought they deserved their own post! There are so many benefits to Mylar because this material won’t crack if you store it in a small space, so you can fit several of them into your survival bag. These blankets are waterproof, they don’t biodegrade, and they are ideal for helping you to stay warm because they can hold in your body heat. If you get under one with another person or even your dog, even better!

 

Sleeping and Shelter

You can protect yourself from damp ground by sleeping on a Mylar sheet, and you can put one over you to keep in the heat. You can also use them to create makeshift shelters if you don’t have any other materials available. You can also use them to create a layer of insulation over any shelter you’ve created. Just make sure you’ve packed duct tape!

 

One reviewer’s take on whether or not Mylar will stand up to the winter cold.

 

Cooking and Fire

You can use a Mylar sheet to start a fire, thanks to the reflective materials, and you can also wrap food in one to heat it up like an oven. These blankets can be used to reflect heat from an oven or a fire, and you can even use them as a fishing lure or to protect the vegetables in your garden from predators and the elements. Is there anything you can’t do with a Mylar sheet? It sure doesn’t seem like it!

 

Watch this video to learn how to make an oven using Mylar!

 

Store rice for 30 years using Mylar!

 

Check back with me, Robert Raskin, next time, because you never know when disaster may strike, so it’s best to be prepared!