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The Preppers Guide to Making and Storing Coffee

Without power, there won’t be any Unicorn Frappuccinos.

Hello all! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, here to bring you Part Three of my three-part series on what you’ll need to keep coffee in your daily routine after TEOTWAWKI.

After a catastrophic event, coffee will become a scarce commodity. Once you run out, you may be out for good. Even if you manage to find some coffee beans, they won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to property make and store coffee.

In this final entry in my coffee series, I’ll be discussing various ways you’ll be able to make coffee without Mr. Coffee’s help—and even if you don’t have a grinder. I’m also going to go over proper coffee storage techniques. Can you imagine how devastated you’d be if your coffee stash developed mold or other problems that made it unfit for consumption or for trade?

Don’t worry, you’re about to learn the ins and outs of coffee prep and storage for survivalists, so your coffee will be fine.


Can You Brew Coffee Without a Coffee Maker?

No coffee maker? No problem, because there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Here are two that’ll have you awake, alert, and ready to face the day.


Pan Method

You can make coffee using nothing more than a pan, water, and ground coffee. Simply add the amount of water you need to the pan, adding just a little extra water. Once the water is boiling, add the amount of coffee you normally use. Remove your pan from your heat source and cover it. After five minutes, ladle the coffee off the top, being careful to leave the grounds that are settled below undisturbed. It really is that easy!


Whole Bean Method

This method takes longer because the purpose of a grinder is to break coffee beans down into smaller particles to speed up the brewing process. If you find yourself in a situation in which you have the time to relax, consider giving whole bean coffee a try. It’s worth the wait because the flavor is simply incredible. To make it, get a mason jar with 3 oz. markings and a lid. You’ll want to add one cup of hot water to the jar to start. Put a pot of water on your heat source, then place the mason jar inside it, filling it until the water level matches the level in the jar. Simmer for one hour, then carefully remove the jar, making sure to protect your hands because it’s going to be extremely hot. Pour the coffee out of the jar, and what you’ll have is the best-tasting cup of coffee of your life.


Can You Grind Coffee Without a Grinder?

You can grind coffee without a grinder using these four methods:

  • Rolling pin – Put the beans in a freezer bag, then place the bag between towels to protect it. Roll your rolling pin across the towels using enough force to break them into small pieces.
  • Hammer – Prepare your beans the same way you would to roll them, and use a hammer, mallet, meat tenderizer, or other blunt object to crush them, making sure they’re protected in a bag and between towels first.
  • Blender – If you have a generator, you can use your blender to grind coffee beans on the pulse setting.
  • Mortar and pestle – This one is self-explanatory. You won’t need any other equipment, but be prepared to spend a lot of time grinding your beans in a mortar and pestle.


How to Store Your Coffee

There is no one “right” way to store coffee, and many preppers swear their own method is the best. The truth is, their method probably is what is best for them, because no one’s situation is the same so we all may need to adjust our expectations after TEOTWAWKI. Some preppers prefer to buy canned coffee, which you can safely store in any cool, dry, dark place. You can also store beans in a root cellar. Just make sure you dig it as deeply as possible to keep the beans fresh.


One method many preppers swear by is storing green coffee beans and pan roasting it before use. The benefit of this is the green beans will keep longer, so there’s less risk. Like brewing whole-bean coffee, this is also something you’ll only want to consider if you’re sure you have the time, as pan roasting your beans every time is a lengthy process.


The best time to perfect your off-grid coffee making technique is now, while the grid is still operational, because you won’t have time to learn in a crisis situation. Remember what I always say: BE PREPARED.

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Survivalist Disinfectants That Really Work

Hello everyone! Robert Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk about the many different kinds of unconventional and all-natural disinfectants that are available to survivalists and homesteaders. You never know when you might need to disinfect a surface, a utensil, or a wound or infection, so it’s best to be prepared and have some sort of disinfectant agent on-hand.


Keep These Disinfectants On Hand

  • Manuka honey, especially non-pasteurized—you can count on this anti-infection remedy to promote healthy healing. In fact, humans have been relying on its healing properties for centuries, and possibly even longer.


  • Epsom salt soaks—Magnesium sulfate is not technically a disinfectant, but it can be used to dehydrate an area, to draw out infection, and to treat skin irritations and conditions.


  • Dakins Solution—This is an old stand-by that is easy to use if you have household bleach on hand. To make this solution, use between 0.25% and 0.5% bleach mixed with sterilized water. This treatment is really effective for flushing debris from wounds


  • Aloe Vera—If you’ve ever had a sunburn, chances are you are already familiar with this plant’s curative properties, but did you know it is also a natural disinfectant and antiseptic agent? This is a great plant to have around, and you can also use it as an antifungal and an antiviral.


  • Silver—Many people don’t know that millennia ago people dropped silver coins in water to prevent the growth of bacteria. If you have invested in precious metals, you may want to keep this one in mind!


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Garden or Die: Your Urban Survival Oasis

You don’t have to have acreage in the wild to grow your own survival garden—just tell them Rob Raskin of Las Vegas said so! You can grow food anywhere you happen to be, as long as you have the right equipment and you have taken the time to make sure you are prepared.


There are benefits to growing a garden indoors, such as the plants being protected from inclement weather and the ability to transition to a more self-reliant lifestyle even if you are not yet ready to fully make your move off the grid. This is also a fantastic way to grow your own food in an area where the soil isn’t nutrient rich enough to support growth.


Even if you are a novice gardener, this is an incredible option that can help you to supplement your food supply. There are containers made especially for the purpose of indoor gardening, but it is not necessary to invest in these because there are many other containers that you can find inexpensively that will work just as well. In fact, you can use many items you’ll find around your house for free like food containers and common plastic grocery bags. And we all know how easy it is to amass a huge pile of those!


What You’ll Need to Get Started

Your container gardening starter kit should contain:

  • Nutrient-rich soil that is meant for the type of plant you wish to grow
  • An area with sufficient sun exposure
  • Seeds for plants that are suitable for container gardening
  • Adequate time to devote to your garden to make sure it’ll thrive


With a little time, patience, and research, you’ll have your own garden in no time! While it may not produce enough food for you rely on it completely, it’s a great start and a step in the right direction. This is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading—even if you’re in the middle of the city!


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Wildfire Survival: Click Here If You Want To Make It Out Alive

In last year’s deadly wildfires in California many people were killed, with a total of 8,527 fires and 1,893,913 acres destroyed. This is Rob Raskin, and I thought I’d take a minute to talk to you about what to do if you are ever trapped in a forest fire so you can be prepared if you are in a drought area when fire season hits again this year. There are many homesteaders in drought-ridden areas, so this is especially crucial for survivalists in these regions.


Knowing how to survive a wildfire is also crucial if you are a survivalist who is living in the woods. When there’s no fire department nearby to save you and roads could be blocked, you’ll need to know how to react quickly and efficiently. When civilization collapses, the people who have the survival skills will head to the wild and away from more populated areas. If this is your plan, make sure you know where the best routes for escape are located.


Before a wildfire strikes

Know where important documents and keepsakes are

Know where your keys and your wallet are

Know where your glasses and your medications are

Know where your pets’ leashes and crates are

DO NOT wait too long to evacuate – emergency responders WILL be swamped, and they might be too overwhelmed to reach you in time


If you are caught in a wildfire

Most important of all is to stay calm

DO NOT try to save your house with a garden hose

If you are on a hill-head lower and fast

Try to steer clear of trees and vegetation if you can

If you can’t move fast enough and there is a swimming pool or other body of water handy, dive in

Lie facedown and cover up your body to protect it if there is no alternative


Until next time, this is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, Nevada, hoping you stay safe and keep informed and aware in every situation.


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Earthquakes: What You MUST Know if You Want to Survive

If a big quake like the one that just hit Hawaii were to hit where you live, would you know what to do? This is Robert Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to talk to you about how you can survive an earthquake. If you live in California you may already be prepared, but the truth is earthquakes can strike in unexpected places.


Here are just a few tips you can use to stay safe:

Stay Calm
I know, easier said than done when you are in an earthquake, but remaining calm is essential if you want to be able to assess your position. This could be the key to your survival.


Don’t Take the Stairs
The staircase is the last place you want to be in an earthquake, and you really don’t want to be under them if the building collapses. If you can avoid the area around the staircase, it is best to do so at all costs.


Avoid Windows
Your windows are another place you want to stay away from—after all, the dangers of flying, broken glass cannot be understated!


Take Cover Under Something Sturdy
We all learned this in drills in elementary school, but the advice still rings true today. If there is a sturdy desk or table nearby, you can take shelter underneath it, but it’s important to avoid the area under the bed or tables and desks that are not sturdy enough to bear much weight.


Keep a Portable Radio
A portable radio can let you know where evacuation centers, necessary supplies, and other emergency services are, and it can also allow you to receive important messages from local authorities.


This is just a starter list, of course, and there are many other ways you can protect yourself. Do a little research and figure out a plan that would work for your property now, because you can’t google earthquake safety when you’re in the middle of one! This is Robert Raskin, signing-off now, and I hope you’ll come back soon to see what I’m posting about next.


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Don’t Die Because the Hospital Ran Out of Antivenom

Hello, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I’m going to share some info with you that is strictly for informational and entertainment purposes. In other words, don’t try this one at home, folks!


Approximately 100,000 people worldwide die from snake bites each year, and antivenom is in dangerously short supply, especially in the developing countries where it is needed most. Although in hospitals there is no shortage of antivenom for the venomous snakes that are commonly found in the US, what would you do if you were in the wild and you needed it? If you happen not to be a professional herpetologist and you’ve ever wondered how this is done, here’s the run-down.


Your Risk in the US

Each year in the US, approximately 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes, and most of these are courtesy of the eastern and western diamondback rattlesnake. Luckily for 7,999 of these people, these bites will be non-fatal events. To put that in perspective, fewer than 1 in 37,500 people will be bitten by venomous snakes in the US annually, and only one in 50 million of these people will die, but your risk of being struck by lightning in this country is 1 in 960,000. In other words, you are four times more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to be bitten by a poisonous viper.


Snake Milking 101

Scientists who make antivenom first force a venomous snake to bite down on the lip of a jar that has been specially equipped to collect venom when it drips out of the viper’s fangs. After the deadly liquid is collected, it is injected into horses in small increments, with the dose gradually being increased over time. The horses also receive supervenom to increase the potency of the antibodies they’ll develop in their blood, which is drawn regularly throughout the horses’ lifetimes. Technologists then use sophisticated equipment to make antivenom using this blood.


What This Means to You

It is much easier to avoid snake bites in the first place than it is to milk snakes and inject horses! You can avoid poisonous snakes by wearing large, heavy boots when you are outdoors and by being aware of your surroundings. Learn which snakes are common to your area and how to identify them, paying special attention to where they are likely to live and to their habits. Have a back-up plan in place just in case you do receive a bite, but in the event that it happens, don’t panic: the odds are you’ll be fine.


This is Rob Raskin, hoping you found this post entertaining and that you’ll check back again next time to read more.


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Don’t Starve in Winter – Build a Greenhouse!

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk about how you can build your own greenhouse. These structures are crucial in many areas because they extend the growing season, and they can improve your yields of the fresh vegetables and fruits that you depend on for survival when you are off-grid. Greenhouses protect plants from extreme temperatures and pests, and you may be surprised by how inexpensively and easily you can build your own.


What Type of Greenhouse is Right for Me?

When it comes to greenhouses, you are only limited by your imagination, and many varieties are possible, including solar, A-frame, hoop houses, lean-tos, and even those you can make out of old windows. Any of these are excellent choices for year-round growing. You can find many different websites online that offer everything from free build-your-own greenhouse instructions to kits that come ready to assemble. Believe it or not, you can create a self-sustaining ecosystem in your greenhouse, and these biodomes are perfect for you if you want to speed up the growing process.


The types of crops you can grow in your greenhouse will depend on your location, the size and type of the structure, and the growing season, so you’ll need to do some research and trial and error to determine what works best for you. What kind of greenhouse experience do you have? If you have any tips you’d like to share, please post them in the comments section below.


Until next time, this is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading!


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If These Products Expire, You Might Too

Hello, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about expiration dates. When you are stockpiling supplies, it’s important to be aware of the shelf life of each product, because this can help you make important decisions about what you should buy, and how much of it you should have on-hand. Spending too much on something that is going to go bad before you have the chance to use it is not a wise investment, and that money can be devoted instead to other supplies that will last longer.


What Will Expire

You’d be surprised how many things you’d never expect to have expiration dates that actually do expire. For example, did you know Kevlar items expire? These gloves and vests may be able to withstand bullets, but they cannot withstand the passing of time. Aspirin is another important item that will expire, and your stash of potassium iodide will as well, as will gas masks, shortening, Neosporin, baking soda, and many other important items. Don’t forget to rotate your stock so you don’t waste anything or make unnecessary purchases.


What Won’t Expire

If you want to buy products that won’t expire, then some excellent choices are sugar, white rice, honey, bouillon cubes, soy sauce, dried lentils and beans, molasses, Jell-O mix, and even hard liquor. Some non-food items to consider are water filters, charcoal, and cast iron cookware. Another thing that doesn’t have an expiration date, per se, is livestock. Sure, the animal will eventually die, but if the conditions are right they could also live long enough to be an incredible source of eggs, milk, meat, or to breed.


Best Before Dates

One area in which there is a lot of confusion is the “best by” or “best before” date. Many people confuse this with an expiration date, but it is actually a term that describes freshness so you can assured the product will still have the best quality and flavor. While we all love for our food to taste its best, in a SHTF situation, what’s really important is if the food is safe to eat. Many items are safe for consumption after the best before date has passed, so know the difference between the best by and expiration dates of anything before you eat it. This is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading and prepping, and I hope you check back next time because I’ve got more helpful tips to post soon.


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Read These Tsunami Warning Signs Before You Go On Vacation

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk about something that is very important if you are anywhere near the ocean—tsunamis! We’ve all seen the devastation left in the wake of tsunamis in other parts of the world on the news, and it is a true testament to the power of nature. Although a tsunami may only rise to a crest that is a few feet high, this is deceiving because the bulk of the tsunami is still lurking beneath the surface. This can make it difficult to know when one is upon you until it is too late. Learn the warning signs and be prepared!


Four Warning Signs

  • The earth is shaking – Tsunamis can be caused by earthquakes, so if you are near the shore and you feel an earthquake, it’s time to head to higher ground.
  • Sea level fluctuations- Before a tsunami hits you may observe a rapid rise or fall in the sea level. If the water quickly recedes or rises, again, it’s time to head to higher grounds.
  • An unusually large wave – If you see a wave that seems too big to be normal, it’s time to run, because when a tsunami hits the first wave will not be the largest!
  • A loud roar from the ocean – You can also detect a tsunami based on a roaring sound from offshore. If you hear something that sounds like a jet or a train coming from the ocean—run!


While there are modern warning systems that have been developed, unfortunately there are none at this time that are fast enough. If you experience any of the above signs, stay away from river valleys that may run from the ocean, and get as far away, and as high up, as you possibly can. A tsunami can last for hours, so it is crucial to avoid the beach until you have gotten an official all-clear.


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Don’t Board That Plane Without Your Aircraft Survival Kit

Hello all, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk about preparing for survival while traveling by air.


Most people don’t think of survivalism when they are flying the friendly skies, but the truth is there have been plenty of cases in which planes crashed, leaving the survivors to try to brave the elements and to find food, water, and shelter, often while they are injured. Between hijackers and the potential for a TEOTWAWKI situation taking place while we are in the air, there are plenty of reasons you should make sure you have a carry-on survival kit with you, but how do you get it past TSA?


There are a number of essentials that are approved for carry-on luggage, but the rules change often. While the following list is approved right now, be sure to check the latest rules and regulations before you head to the airport.


Airline-Safe Survival Gear

  • First aid kit – There are many flight-friendly items you can bring in your first aid kit, like bandages, OTC medications, and antibiotic ointments.
  • Disposable lighters – You can only take a small disposable lighter on the plane, but that’s all you’ll need to start a fire for warmth, cooking, or to use as a signal.
  • Water bottle – You can bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it up before boarding the plane.
  • Water purification tablets – There’s no reason to risk drinking contaminated water when you have these in your survival kit.
  • Compass – In a crash situation you most likely will not know where you are, but having a compass is a good start.
  • Mylar blanket – You’ll be glad you brought this if you end up needing warmth or shelter.
  • Extra socks – Don’t risk a long trek back to civilization without making sure you have a pair of clean, dry socks.


What do you bring in your in-flight survival kit? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments.


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