Manual Kitchen Tools for Modern Survivalists: Whipped Edition

Egg Beater

Perhaps you’ve been pining for some of those old manual kitchen tools you see in your local antique stores or on EBay. You’ve put serious thought to acquiring a few of them – just in case. You know that when the power goes out, these manual kitchen tools are invaluable resources. There’s a reason Grandma cherished hers, after all.

Plus, Grandma could really throw a punch with her “egg beater arm” – and that’s not a bad skill to have either!

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7 Simple Survival Fire Starting Options

Survival Fire Starting Options

The big earthquake shook you awake in the wee hours of the morning. Thankfully, everyone got out the house safely. But now, you must stay out of your home as the aftershocks have made it unsafe to be indoors. You’ve been busy setting up camp in your backyard and helping your next-door neighbor craft a tent out of survival blankets. You’re whipped.

And you just want a hot cup of soup and a cup of coffee.

When you’re in survival mode, one of the skills you need to know is how to start a fire. Cartoons that show people rubbing two sticks or two rocks together don’t show how difficult this sort of friction fire starting can be. When you’re trying to survive, you don’t have time for cartoon-inspired methods, no matter how cool they seem. You need to start a fire now and with minimum effort.

The best fire starting options for survival are simple ones. No matter how skilled you yourself are, you’ll want something that’s easy to do because you want any member of your family to be able to start a fire and make that cup of soup. And you may not have time to impart your wisdom upon Grandma and the kids.

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Coffee After the Apocalypse Tutorial: How to Grind and Brew Coffee Without Electricity

Brewing Coffee Without Power

In part one of this tutorial, I showed you how to roast coffee beans without electricity.

Why would you do this instead of just drinking instant in the event of a power loss? Well, some of us really like real coffee. Instant is great, but sometimes you just need something real – especially in times of distress. And green coffee beans store exceedingly well for the long term.

If you are at all concerned about planning for a prolonged power outage, being able to go from green coffee bean to a cup of brewed coffee is a powerful thing. I know of one person who plans on doing this as a barter – not bartering the beans, but bartering brewed coffee as a means of survival.

Even if you don’t plan on being the post-apocalyptic Starbucks, a brewed cup of coffee is never too far away if you’re set up right.

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Coffee After the Apocalypse Tutorial: How to Go From Green Bean to Ravishing Roast Without Electricity

Green Coffee Beans

The big storm has knocked the power out. You don’t know how long it will be before it’s restored – it could be days, weeks, or months. You’ve been a good scout, and have the basics covered. Your family is fed, watered, and sheltered. But the instant coffee you stored for just such a situation is just not cutting it.

Before the storm, you were a confirmed coffee drinker – okay, so a coffee snob, really. But now, you’ve been relegated to some warm drink that’s just freeze-dried memories of some substance that used to be coffee.

You need the power of real coffee in your life again.

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