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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.

The Survivalist Mindset: Do You Have It?

Survival isn’t always about the gear you carry…

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and this week I’d like to talk to you about what it takes to be mentally prepared to survive a disaster. We’ve all heard stories of people who went into the wild with a lot of planning and equipment and then perished. We’ve also heard unbelievable stories about people who found themselves in life-threatening circumstances with no preparation and made it out alive. What’s the difference between those who make it and those who do not?

Your most powerful and reliable survival tool isn’t something you can buy: It’s your mind. Even when you have no gear, no supplies, and it seems like you have no chance, as long as you are mentally tough you have what it takes to get through it. Often, to get others through it with you as well. Conversely, even with the most high-tech, sophisticated gear and weapons, if you’re mentally weak and you can’t handle pressure, you may very well be doomed.

 

Traits a True Survivalist Must Have

Here at CATS2010, I have shared an ongoing series of riveting survival stories that have captivated my attention. Despite harrowing odds, these individuals survived because they shared the following traits.

 

  • The ability to embrace learning – A true survivalist reads, researches, practices, seeks out mentors, and looks for new ways to do everything. If you’re never satisfied the first time because you know you can do it better, this describes you.

 

  • A positive mental attitude – A true survivalist knows a defeatist attitude is the first step in…well, defeat. You are going to make it because your mind is sharp and you know how to stay focused, without letting ego, fear, stress, and emotions get in the way.

 

  • A commitment to self-care – How are you going to survive if you aren’t strong enough to endure? The simple answer is, you aren’t. A true survivalist stays in shape by running, lifting, hiking, climbing, swimming, and doing whatever they can to keep strong and active.

 

  • A community they are a part of – Your chances of survival are greatly increased if you don’t go it alone. When the SHTF, you’ll want a trained team behind you, each of whom brings a skill to the table. A true survivalist knows how to build, nurture, and maintain these alliances.

 

  • The motivation to push through the worst of it – A true survivalist will persevere after others have thrown in the towel. Your mental toughness and refusal to give up will not only keep you alive—it will help the people around you to survive.

 

  • Natural leadership ability – A born survivalist is a born leader. You know how to cut through the BS and get straight to the heart of the matter so you can do what needs to be done. People look to you for guidance because they know you can be counted on.

 

  • The ability to be adaptable – Throughout the history of the planet, organisms that could not adapt and evolve have died out. This will include you if you can’t identify what is worth keeping and what you need to let go of if you want to stay alive.

 

If you see these traits in yourself, you’re off to a great start and likely to survive the worst. If not, it’s not too late to develop these traits now, but someday soon it may be. Time to get started!

 

How to Develop the Survival Mindset

One of the best ways to develop the strong, positive survival mindset you’ll need is to practice endurance techniques. Push your body and your mind beyond anything you’ve previously expected of yourself. Workout harder. Run farther. See how long you can tolerate immersion in cold water. Use visualization and meditation to focus and picture yourself overcoming obstacles. Step outside of your comfort zone and do something you always said you would not.

One exercise you may find helpful is to picture various disaster scenarios and imagine how you would react. What would you do if there was a terrorist attack wherever you are right now, using whatever is at your immediate disposal? Would you be able to defend yourself? Would you be able to help others? Do you know where the escape routes are? Do you know which rooms can be locked? Once you consider the possibilities, it becomes obvious there is a lot to mentally prepare for.

On top of the possibility of terror attacks, Americans today face social unrest, EMP strikes, natural disasters like flash floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, and more. Once you have trained your mind to think and react like a survivor, you will have a significant advantage over those who weren’t prepared.

 

 

The late Colonel Jeff Cooper discusses mental conditioning for combat.

 

 

You can cultivate a survival mindset.

 

 

5 Best Survival Video Games

Video games that can help preppers develop the skills they’ll need for TEOTWAWKI.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the merits of taking a survival dry run with survivalism video games.

Survival is no game, but thanks to new and improving video game technology survivalists now have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in the virtual world. Although video gaming is no substitute for hands-on training, these games are an incredible way for preppers to consider how they might handle a wide variety of different survival situations.

The survival genre has become increasingly popular in the gaming world, and most companies have released at least one survival title. One of the best things about survival games is you can choose your apocalypse. Whether you’re more concerned about surviving in the wild, in a post-nuclear wasteland, or in a battle royale-style free-for-all, these games will give you the chance to do just that.

Most of these games have features that allow you to keep track of exactly how long you will be able to go without food, without water, and without sleep. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we had a way of tracking this in real life?

 

Top Survival Games of 2019

These are some of the bestselling survival games people are playing right now. Do you think any of these would help you survive the collapse of society?

 

Rust

This game isn’t new, but it’s remained a popular choice with preppers over the years. In Rust, players wake up in the wilderness naked, alone, and without any supplies. After that, you’ll have a number of different choices you can make that will either increase or lessen your chances of survival, just as you would if the SHTF in real life. These include going it alone, working cooperatively with other players, gathering weapons, and even avoiding booby traps. In Rust you’ll have the ability to build increasingly sophisticated tools, to hunt for your own food, and to build your own shelter. It’s easy to see why so many survivalists are turning to this game to practice their skills!

 

Day Z

What does the Z in Day Z stand for? Zombies, of course. There are plenty of zombie apocalypse video game titles, but this one is different because it focuses on survivalism basics. This game is interesting because the zombies will hardly be the only foe you’ll need to defeat. One of the biggest threats you’ll encounter in Day Z is other players. While the walking undead is not a danger you’re likely to ever encounter in a post-apocalyptic scenario, encountering other humans are just as dangerous is something you’d likely experience on a daily basis, unless you’ve managed to find wilderness remote enough that you won’t have to deal with it. We should all be so lucky.

 

ARK: Survival Evolved

Playing this game involves a certain level of suspension of disbelief, because there is virtually no survival scenario outside of a Jurassic Park movie that will involve dinosaurs. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of fun to pretend you can just hop of a pterodactyl and fly away if you need to. In ARK: Survival Evolved, you will be part of a tribe that is ready to push their way into the Stone Age by creating tools, building villages, and more. You’ll have to defeat enemies and learn new skills if you want to stay alive, just as you’d have to in real life. Minus the T-Rex.

 

SCUM

SCUM is a game you’ll want to try if you’re concerned about what our society will look like in the future if we experience a total breakdown of humanity. This is a more realistic possibility than many people are aware of. In SCUM, you’ll have a front row seat at the taping of a reality television show in which death row inmates are given a shot at survival for ratings. This game takes survival seriously, to the extent that it even measures your heart rate. It’s kill or be killed in SCUM, and taking other people out so you can get their gear is something you won’t be able to avoid if you want to make it out alive.

 

Frostpunk

You’ll have to make a lot of tough decisions when you’re trying to keep a group of people alive in a world that has frozen over, and that is the whole point of Frostpunk. This game goes beyond mere survival. You’ll have to consider the needs of a society and not just yourself as an individual, and that includes making moral choices. Would you save someone’s life if they’d prefer to die? Could you keep the people you need to find supplies to stay warm, fed, and dry happy so they don’t revolt? Give Frostpunk a try and you’ll soon find out.

 

Are video games useful to survivalists? Read the poll results here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wabpU0tdVhg

 

These are the Top 10 survival games of 2018 and 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsF924i6wOw

 

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.