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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.

Learn more about storing coffee now and after the SHTF.

 

Three ways to make coffee in the woods.

Can You Make Coffee Without Beans?

When the SHTF, you may just have to brew with what you’ve got. Here’s how.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I want to talk about something most of us begin our day with—coffee. Have you ever thought about what survival might look like if you didn’t have that cup o’ Joe in the morning? In a survival situation, you might not have any choice. Once you run out of coffee, unless you know someone who still has some left and you have something to trade for it, you’re going to be out of luck. It’s never too soon to learn the basics of coffee substitutes.

Coffee substitutes are nothing new. Even the Mayans brewed a coffee-like beverage using ramón seeds. Today, there are plenty of fancy coffee substitute beverages on the market made of alternative ingredients like cocoa beans, mushrooms, barley, and chicory. In Poland, a coffee substitute that is similar to our instant coffee yet made of instant grains is popular. But for most of us, it’s unlikely you’re going to bug-out in Poland.

If you’re in Hawaii, you can grow your own coffee beans. If you’re in the mainland US, you’re going to have to come up with a substitute once the existing coffee supply runs out. After TEOTWAWKI, there will be no websites or Whole Foods to buy those exotic substitutes, either. You’ll have to brew your coffee substitute yourself, using ingredients that are naturally occurring in your environment.

A group of scientists studied the pistachio to see if they might be a healthier alternative to traditional coffee, and the results of that study were promising. This was largely in part to the pistachio’s powerful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Some people choose to drink coffee made of roasted grains for health reasons, as these beverages do not contain caffeine. After a catastrophic event or social collapse, you’ll need to be in peak condition if you want to survive. The health properties of these drinks are worth considering. You can drink as much of these coffee substitutes as you’d like without the jitteriness you’ll experience if you drink a pot of coffee.

The following coffee substitutes might not taste exactly like the coffee you’re used to, but it’s better than no coffee at all. Some people actually prefer the taste of coffee substitutes. You’ll never know if you like it or not until you give it a try. Continue reading to learn how to make coffee out of two ingredients that are commonly found in the United States: acorns and dandelions.

 

How to Make Acorn Coffee

Wherever you find oak trees, you’ll find acorns. Wherever you find acorns, you will find people who are using them as food. Keep in mind, however, that not all varieties of acorns are safe for human consumption. Before you eat an acorn, you’ll need to know that it’s edible for human consumption. It’s best to do your research now and familiarize yourself with the types of acorns you’ll find in your area.

Ingredients

  • A few handfuls of acorns
  • Knife
  • Grinder or mortar and pestle
  • Purified water
  • Baking sheet
  • Grill

 

Directions

The first thing you’ll need to do is boil the acorns for approximately 20 minutes, then let them cool down. Once they’ve cooled, peel the shell away, and next peel the skin. Split the acorns in half and then lay them in the sun to dry for a day. Once the moisture has been removed and they’re completely dry, you’ll need to grind them. Once they are very finely ground, put the grounds on a baking sheet and make sure they’re spread out evenly. To roast them, place the baking sheet under your brill. Be sure to keep an eye on the grounds as they’re roasting, because they’ll burn easily.

To make the grounds into coffee, brew three tablespoons of the roasted grounds in a cup of boiling water. You can filter the grounds out using a wire mesh screen or, if you’re lucky enough to have any, coffee filters. As you can see, there’s really no difference between this process and making any other kind of coffee.

 

How to Make Dandelion Coffee

Dandelion root coffee is said to taste similar to coffee made with traditional coffee beans. This coffee substitute is a natural diuretic, and one major benefit it offers is a strengthened immune system. Staying healthy is a literal matter of life or death in a survival situation, so that’s a huge plus.

Harvesting dandelion roots is a lot more work than picking acorns up from under an oak tree, that’s for sure, but once you’ve tasted this coffee substitute you may agree it’s worth the effort. The trick is to harvest your dandelions in the early spring, before they flower. Once they do, the roots will become bitter.

 

Ingredients

  • 15 dandelions with the roots still attached
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Purified water

 

Directions

Cut the roots from the dandelions, and then cut off all smaller parts of the roots until only the bulkier root stalk remains. Spread the root stalk pieces out across a baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven. If you don’t have access to an oven, you can roast these under your grill as well. You’ll want to roast them for 30 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to make sure they brown but don’t burn.

With dandelion root coffee, you can skip the grinder. This brews more like a tea. Simply steep the pieces in a cup of boiling water until it’s as strong as you like it.

Check back next week for Part Three of my three-part series, when I’m going to take a closer look at ways to safely store your coffee and how you can brew coffee in the wild.

Survival Fishing Challenge: Could You Win?

No Rod? No Problem! You Can Fish in the Wild Without ANY Equipment.

Hello everyone! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again to ask you an interesting question I’ve been pondering myself all week: Could you survive the Survival Fishing Challenge? This challenge requires you to spend three days fending for yourself in the wild near a body of water. You will be responsible for purifying your own drinking water and fishing for your own food. Could you show up at a local ocean, lake, or river without food and water and survive? With these basic skills, you’ll have a fighting chance.

This article is part one of a two-part series. Next week I’ll be discussing how to clean and cook a fish using items from your bug-out bag.

How to Catch Fish

You don’t need a rod and reel to catch a fish, though it doesn’t hurt to have them. Even the most devoted and experienced fisherman can find himself without his gear through no fault of his own at TEOTWAWKI. If you want to stay healthy, you need to have fish in your diet. It’s loaded with the omega-3 fatty acids your body and brain need to function at an optimal level, which is critical in a survival situation. The protein and vitamin D in fish will help you stay strong. These unusual fishing techniques will result in a steady supply of fresh seafood for you and your family.

Nets

Around the world, myriad cultures fish with nets. The benefits make it an obvious choice. You can fit nets in a pack, and there are compact and telescoping models that allow them to take up a lot less space than a rod and reel. It’s easy to see why nets are such a popular choice for but-out bags. The only drawback to fishing with a net is the fact that you have to get it wet first. This is a tricky prospect when you’re surviving in a snowy environment.

Trot Lines

Why throw out a bunch of lines when you can attach many hooks to a single line? This is an incredible method to use if you want to be able to have baited hooks at a variety of depths. These work by tying one end of the line to the shore while throwing the weighted end into the water. It really is that easy, and on top of that it allows you to catch more fish at once.

Hand-Line It

If you love the experience of fishing with a rod and reel but just don’t have one around, hand-line fishing is for you. This method of fishing is self-explanatory. Instead of using a rod and reel, you use a heavy object and tie your line to that, then add a baited hook and use your hand as the reel. The trick is to control the line with your hand so you are in command of the tension.

Branch Poles

As long as there are branches near the shore, you can make a fishing rod, although granted you won’t have a reel available. To use this method simply cut a branch, attach a line with a baited hook, and then drive it into the mud or sand along the shoreline. Interestingly enough, you can cook fish using this method as well, as is pictured in the photo above. I’ll get more into depth about that next week.

Your Bare Hands

Yes, you read that correctly: you can catch a fish with your bare hands. In fact, people worldwide do just that every day. Here it’s called “noodling.” It’ll take some practice to master this method, and you’ll need nature on your side as well. After all, in order to catch a fish, you have to be faster than the fish. That’s something that you might have to be born with, though of course you can work to hone your instincts.

 

Catch Your Own Bait

No matter how much of your favorite store-bought bait you’ve got on-hand, eventually you’re going to run out. That is why you must know how to find your own bait in the wild. Next time you’re camping or hiking, look under the rotting logs and rocks around you and take note of how much bait you’ll find. The bugs, worms, and grubs under there will attract fish to your hooks.

Don’t forget to check back next week for part two of this series. After all, it’s one thing to catch the fish, but it’s another to know how to prepare it so it’s also great to eat. Once you’ve tried fish this way a few times, you’ll develop a real taste for it!

 

You’ve got to see this guy catch an 84-pound catfish with his bare hands!

 

Would you take the Survival Fishing Challenge?

 

 

Prepping for Man’s Best Friend

Prepping for Man’s Best Friend

You’re prepared for the apocalypse, but is your dog?

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’m going to be discussing survivalism for pets. Do you have a SHTF plan in place for your dog? If you don’t, it’s time to start putting one together and investing in supplies. Your dog is going to need gear and training in a post-apocalyptic situation, or it might not survive. Make sure your best friend is ready for anything that might come your way before it’s too late.

A 2017 study in the Swedish Journal of Scientific Reports associated dog ownership with a 33% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease and a lowered risk of death. That is incredible news for dog owners, but in a SHTF situation, your risk of death will change—and fast. After the collapse of society, your dog may end up more significantly and immediately connected to your survival.

There are myriad benefits to pet ownership, including support and companionship. Dogs lower your stress and increase your mood, but more than that, they’ll defend you. It is your dog’s natural instinct to warn you of danger because they see you as a part of their pack. During TEOTWAWKI, your dog will literally lay its life on the line for you when the people who didn’t bother to prepare before the grid collapsed will be scrambling to take what you have.

Don’t lose your beloved pet to the elements, the terrain, or the enemy. When TEOTWAWKI is upon us, don’t leave your friend behind. Do what it takes today to make sure your whole family has what they need to survive, including the dog.

Steps You Can Take NOW to Help Your Pet Survive

Although disaster is not imminent, there are steps you can take today that will give you peace of mind if the worst should ever happen. Make sure you have a pet first aid kit handy, invest in any protective gear your dog may need to brave the elements where you are or where you’ll be going. Get a tactical dog training harness that holds gear. You’ll be glad you did!

Your dog’s ability to act in your best interests is a matter of life or death for both of you. Is your dog trained? Be honest…how well are they trained? Can you reliably count on them to follow your commands? If not, begin intensive training or hire a trainer now. Most communities have some form of affordable or even free group training classes.

Another thing you’re going to want to do ahead of time is educate yourself about safe ways to store your pet’s food, because a food and treats stockpile isn’t going to do your dog any good if it makes them sick. Make sure you have enough dry food, canned food, and treats to weather out the storm. Whatever you’ve stockpiled for you and your family, make sure you have the same for your pets.

A well-trained dog may know enough not to stray from its owner, but anything can happen. If your dog is separated from you, you’ll want it to have an ID collar. Put any identifying information someone else could use without a power grid in place to potentially return your animal to you. Your dog may be chipped, but with no electricity, who is going to be able to read it?

Last but not least, make sure to take your dog to the vet regularly, while you still can. It’s important to keep current on your pet’s shots and to stay on top of any potential problems that may arise. A crisis situation is not when you want to learn your dog has a health issue.

Your Dog’s Bug-Out Bag

You have a bug-out bag ready and on-hand just in case you need to get out in a hurry, right? Well have you ever considered that your dog needs one, too? Make sure your dog’s emergency survival kit contains the following items:

  • · Water and purification tablets
  • · Dog food packets
  • · Leash
  • · Lightsticks
  • · Thermal blankets
  • · Travel bowl
  • · First aid kit
  • · Rope

· Any protective gear that is appropriate for your area’s climate

As you do for yourself, you’ll want to keep one doggie bug-out bag in the house, and one in your car. Because you just never know, and that’s why it’s crucial to BE PREPARED.

If you don’t already have a dog you can count on, or you don’t have a dog at all, remember, when it comes to survival not all dogs are created equally. Researchers determined certain breeds offered more health benefits than others. The breeds you want to look for are scent hounds, terriers, and retrievers.

When the SHTF, where will your pets fit in? Find out with VP Prepping & Survival.

AlaskaGranny shows you how to safely stockpile food for your pet.

Prepping for Pet Owners

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again. Today’s blog is for pet owners, because if you have a dog, cat, or other animal your disaster preparedness efforts will require you to take them into consideration in a survival situation, if you aren’t safe, your pet isn’t either. For many of us, our pets are a part of the family, and for others they are valuable tools and assets. Whether your pet is your lap dog or your hunting assistant, in a SHTF situation it’ll be vulnerable. And, if it isn’t a useful animal, it can also become a burden.

The number-one recommendation I can make for dog owners who are survivalist is to make sure your dog is well-trained. If you want an animal that can and will defend you, you must train it to do so. Don’t assume because your dog barks at strangers that it will be able to protect you. Some other training your dog will need is:

  • Basic commands like sit, stay, and kneel
  • It must know how to stay completely quiet
  • It must be trained to stay with you and not to panic or run
  • It must be trained to haul and carry equipment

Cat owners, the most you can expect your feline friend to protect you from is rodents. However, if you’re in an area where they are a problem and you want extra protection for your food supply, a cat can be a tremendous asset.

 

How to prep your pet for a disaster:

 

Your pet will need adequate food and water, and this amount will be determined by the animal’s size, its health, and the weather. Looking for survival storage tips for your pet’s food supply? You’ll find them here:

If you don’t already have a dog but you’re thinking of getting one, you may want to consider which breeds are best suited to survival. Let’s face it, pugs are cute, but you don’t want to have a pug with you when you’re in the wild! The following video may help you decide which breed is best for you:

 

Don’t Leave Grandpa Behind

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss an issue that will affect many of us in a SHTF situation even though you may not have considered it before, and that’s seniors. Do you have an elderly loved one? If TEOTWAWKI were to happen, of course you would want to do everything you can to care for beloved older family members. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if you will be up to the task!

Are you in peak condition?

Now is the time to take stock of your own health, because you can’t take care of someone who is dependent if you don’t take care of yourself. Make sure you have the non-expired medicines and other health supplies you’ll need for yourself and your older family member—at least enough to last two months!

Are you going to be mobile?

Do you have batteries for your family member’s wheelchair? Do you have an extra walker? Can your wheelchair handle rough terrain? Do you have enough gas to get to safety (if you are lucky enough that there is still a place that is safe)? And yourself these questions now and not after it’s too late.

Do you know where FEMA and other shelters and services will be in your community?

If not, it’s time to find out, especially if your senior family member(s) has special health needs that require outside assistance. Knowing where these facilities would be ahead of time could mean the difference between life and death for someone who cannot survive the elements.

Are you being realistic about how much time you have?

Don’t wait until it’s too late to leave the area before it becomes a hazard. You don’t want to be the person who burned while they were trying to fight a forest fire with their hose when they could have been safely at a shelter miles away, and neither does your grandmother.

While I don’t need senior survival help myself yet (LOL), I hope you will find this advice helpful. Do you have anything to add to the discussion? Let me know I the comments!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDzAT2cPTuI

 

How to Choose Your Survival Team

I’m a big believer in strength in numbers, and in a SHTF situation you may very well be better off being part of a team. Just being a part of a team, however, is not enough, as not all teams are created equally. What is best for one, may spell doom for another. If and when the time comes, how will you know who to let into your group? This is not a decision you want to put off until the last moment. It’s best to start thinking of this TODAY, and the sooner the better!

The first thing you’ll want to do when you are interviewing people about being in your group is to make sure they are on the same page you are. That is to say, make sure they share the same survival goals, they agree who or what you are preparing to survive, and that they plan to bring the same number of people into the group with them. For example, if you are alone, or you are part of a married couple, you might not want to bring in three other guys who each have five children.

It’s also a good idea to have something that functions like congress or senate (when they function, lol!) or an elder tribunal…whatever you want to call it is not important. What is important is that it creates a system of checks and balances so no one person in the group can become powerful at the expense of the others. It’s also helpful to assign each member of the group a tasks they are in charge of.

There are a number of factors you should consider before allowing someone to join your team. Things like group goals, number of family members, and your actual bug-in location will play large roles in deciding who gets admission to the group. Get everybody on the same page, and things will start off a lot smoother.

If you are parents, you might want to bring other parents into your group because you will have the shared priority of keeping your children safe. You can assign your children a task they are to master now so they can become skilled at it today, rather than waiting to teach them to learn in less-than-ideal circumstances.

Want your prepper group to be a success? Make sure you have group members who possess the following skills:

  • Hunting and gathering
  • communications
  • Military training
  • Survival training
  • Medical training

And last but by no means least, you’ll need a strong leader who can coordinate efforts, smooth out difficulties, and bring the group together in even the most difficult circumstances.

How To Build a Food Supply in a Hurry

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and for today’s post I’m going to address those of you who may be new to prepping. Not everyone has been prepared for years, as I and so many others have. There has been increased interest in the topic of survivalism lately, due in part to what’s going on in Venezuela and the fear that it could happen here if (ahem) certain parties were able to win in the midterms. People who never thought the collapse of society could happen to them are seeing now that it can and does—and we could be next!

 

Of course, homesteading and advanced prepper tactics take many years to master, but anyone can get a short-term survival food supply together. Those of us who have families owe it to them to have a month of food and water at a bare minimum.

 

Are you ready to put an emergency food survival kit together for your family? Let’s get started! Here are some of the foods that are best for a TEOTWAWKI situation because they have a long shelf-life and are easy to store and prepare:

  • Rice and beans – make sure you have at least 20 pounds of each!
  • Canned meat – at least 20 cans
  • Canned fruit and vegetables – at least 20 cans of each
  • Peanut butter – go for the Costco-size, and get two
  • Oats – at least five pounds
  • Pasta – at least 10 pounds and canned sauce
  • Pancake batter – two Costco-size boxes

You may want to adjust some of these amounts based upon your family’s personal tastes, but the basic goal is to have enough protein, fruits, vegetables, and carbs to keep you all going. Remember, anything can happen in today’s unstable world, so BE PREPARED!

All About Fire Bricks

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about fire bricks. What are fire bricks? This is a brick that is made from refractory materials that has many uses, including lining fireplaces, furnaces, and kilns. You can buy these at Home Depot and many other stores, but in a SHTF situation you won’t be able to go to the store. So what then?

This is where your old junk mail can come in handy. We’ve all got it lying around. I know I’ve got so much of it that even in a post-apocalyptic situation I could probably find plenty, but it doesn’t hurt to think ahead and start turning your junk mail into fire bricks now, before it’s too late. It’s easier than you think, and you’ll appreciate having them later.

To transform your junk mail into fire bricks, check out this informative post and video from SHTFBlog.com. Highly recommended!

Pioneer Preps: Fire Bricks

Essential Survival Skills for Kids

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about survival skills every child should know. Parents know how terrifying it is to think of being in a TEOTWAWKI situation when there are children involved, but the truth is if there is an attack or a natural disaster, our children will be at risk—and they will need to learn how to be contributors to your family unit.

 

If you’re a prepper parent, make sure your children possess the following skills:

  • Recognizing edible plants
  • Hunting for, cleaning, and preparing wild game
  • Building a fire and basic fire safety
  • Firearms safety
  • Growing plants from seeds
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • First aid and hygiene
  • Filtering and boiling water
  • Identifying water sources that are safe
  • Building a shelter
  • Opening a can without a can opener
  • Effective hiding and camouflage
  • Basic self-defense
  • Tree climbing
  • Map and compass reading
  • Weapons making
  • How to use the sun and stars as a compass
  • Mending tents, garments, etc.

More than anything else, your child’s attitude is the key to a family unit that functions effectively in times of crisis Make sure your child understands that they are a contributing member of society and their work is as needed and appreciated as anyone else’s. Instill good morals in your children that will carry them through adversity and help them to make the world a better place going forward.