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Wild Edibles Around You Wild Edibles Around You | episode 182

Today Mike and I will be talking about the wild edibles around you. I have talked in the past about the importance of knowing the wild edibles around yourself. 

Its fun to see that you can eat the prickly pear cactus but if you live in Wisconsin that is of no use to you. 

Knowing the wild edibles that grow around you is useful. And I mean really knowing. Learn them, find them and use them. 

Supplement your diet with the wild edibles around you. 

  1. Separate the plant into its various parts—roots, stems, leaves, buds, and flowers. Focus on only one piece of the plant at a time.
  2. Smell it. A strong, unpleasant odor is a bad sign.
  3. Test for contact poisoning by placing a piece of the plant on your inner elbow or wrist for a few minutes. If your skin burns, itches, feels numb or breaks out in a rash, don’t eat the plant.
  4. If the plant passes the skin test, prepare a small portion the way you plan to eat it (boiling is always a good bet).
  5. Before taking a bite, touch the plant to your lips to test for burning or itching. If there’s no reaction after 15 minutes, take a small bite, chew it, and hold it in your mouth for 15 minutes. If the plant tastes very bitter or soapy, spit it out.
  6. If there’s no reaction in your mouth, swallow the bite and wait several hours. If there’s no ill effect, you can assume this part of the plant is edible. Repeat the test for other parts of the plant; some plants have both edible and inedible parts.
Wild Edibles
  • Sumac
  • Blackberries
  • Curly Dock
  • Plantain
  • Wood Sorrel
  • Chickweed
  • Thistle
  • Pokeweed
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Kudzu
Links

Army Wild Edibles Book

Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

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Right Now Get a huge discount Code on the Survivalpunk Army! Use Discount Code “freedom” for $20 for an annual membership and get that price for renewals as well. Valid Until 7/14 5 Benefits to Owning a Survival Knife

5 Benefits to Owning a Survival Knife

A survival knife is a critical tool for many different scenarios. It is probably best known for its ability to adapt to any situation you use it for. Whether that be indoor or outdoor activities. A survival knife can be considered small, Some of the best ones being Three to four inches long. As a result this makes it easy to carry around, compared to other tools that can be used for its purpose. Also there are different types of blades, depending on your needs. Some people also call it a pocketknife. Here are a few benefits of having a survival knife:

1) Protection

Finding a great self defense weapon and understanding how to use it is essential. Sometimes, we may be caught up in situations where we may need help, but we only have ourselves. Survival knives can be used to slow down or fend off an aggressor. If you get into an accident and the doors are stuck, you can use the knife to break windows and free yourself. Most self-defense classes educate people on how to use their pocket knives during emergencies.

2) Opening Packages, Boxes Or Canned Food

We have all been frustrated when we cannot open a package, box, or a can of food that excites us. Using your fingernails instead of the knife can result in minor accidents. Using a survival knife makes unwrapping easy amidst all the anxiety of what to expect. During camps, the blades make it easy to open canned food.

3) Camping

As we grew up, carrying a survival knife for camping was crucial. Also It helped execute various activities ranging from opening food cans, digging pole holes to set up a fire. The blade can also be used during food preparation. Ensure you have one to avoid ruining the fun with all the frustrations.

4) First Aid

A pocket knife comes in handy for first aid when you are outdoors. When pricked by a thorn and it needs to be removed, when cutting bandages, conducting a minor operation or freeing hostages, the knife will come in handy. Ensure that you have at least one knife in your first aid kit every time you are heading out. It helps minimize and contain the risk of a minor injury getting worse. Clean and sterilize the knife once you have used it on a wound to avoid infections the next time you will be using it.

5) Fishing

Certainly, every fisher needs to have a knife if he or she expects to catch any fish. You might need to cut the line or remove hooks. A survival knife will not only cater for the two but in case you feel hungry by the lakeside, you can slice the fish and fix your meal.

As a result, a pocket knife comes in hand in several situations. Ensure that look out for the best suppliers that are licensed. The survival knife is not meant for violence unless it is self-defense. Get some self-defense lessons to assist in the proper utilization of the tool without hurting yourself. So instructors might recommend an excellent survival knife.  Furthermore, various states have federal laws to ensure that such tools do not cause any harm to a third party.

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Summer Survival Projects And GoalsTHi Summer Survival Projects And Goals | episode 181

This week Mike and I talk about Summer Survival Projects And Goals. Mine specifically but with a few recommendations as well. 

Summer is really my favorite season. It’s the season I like to be outside the most. 

All over social media, you will see people loving on Fall as the best season. With their hoodies and pumpkin spice lattes. 

To me, summer is the season for getting outside and enjoying it. 

We talk about my garden procrastination this year and how I will mostly be putting in trees and looking to some fall gardening. 

We talk about my plans to build an outdoor kitchen and why you should build one too. 

We talk about getting out and doing some hiking finally. 

And much more. 

Topics
  • Garden and Trees/bushes
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Go hiking
  • Work on Nav skills
  • Go fishing and eat your catch
  • Build a firepit
  • Build shelter
  • Learn Local Wild edibles
  • Set up rainwater catchment
  • Hit the Flea markets and yard sales
 
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Gary Collins On The Simple Life | Episode 180 Gary Collins On The Simple Life | Episode 180

This week we have Gary Collins on the simple life. He has recently made the change from Primal Power method to Ths SImple Life. 

We talk about the change of branding. Why hes burned out on the Health industry. 

Garry tells me about his progress on his off grid home. 

  • I’ve noticed you have changed directions a bit with a new book series and website, what brought that about?
  • One of your new books is on RV Living, what would say are some of the advantages of living in an RV?
  • You have been working on your off the grid project for several years now, how is it coming along?
  • You have also released a new health book, are you still planning on writing about health?
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courtesy of @nate_dumlao Spicing up Your Post-Apocalyptic Menu

When you’re stocking up your post-apocalyptic pantry, gourmet taste probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. After a couple of months of MREs and non-perishable snacks, though, you may find yourself wishing that you had something to add a little bit more flavor to your meals. Growing and preparing spices isn’t tricky, and it can make a world of difference when it comes to the bland and the downright unpalatable. Some spices can even make your dishes healthier. Here are a couple of ways that you can continue to enjoy eating, even after the collapse of society.

Stock up on Spices

Powdered spices can last for years when stored properly, so it’s a good idea to stock up now on the essentials. This will give you plenty of time to establish your own garden of herbs, spices, peppers, and other flavorings. You should also learn how to dry and powder your own produce to make it last longer.

Not only do dried spices add flavor to your meals, but they can also make a good addition to your medical arsenal. Taking cinnamon as an example, it has anti-clotting properties, while ginger can help to prevent cold and flu symptoms. It’s a good idea to brush up on common medicinal herbs and their uses when considering what to grow or stockpile.

Grow Cold-Hardy Herbs

While some herbs need to be replanted each spring, others can withstand the cold. This makes it easier to maintain a healthy herb garden year after year without having to worry about transporting plants indoors. Some common cold-hardy herbs include mint, thyme, chives, oregano, sage, parsley, and lemon balm. If you have a feline companion to keep to rodents away from your grain stores, you can also grow catnip as a fun treat.

Make Flavorings from Bugs

While some may balk at the idea, eating bugs has actually been proposed as a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to meats, offering plenty of protein, good fats, iron, and calcium. In a post-apocalyptic world, it would be much easier to farm or hunt for a big population than for larger animals. In addition to being healthy, some bugs also have unique flavors that can help to add complexity to dishes. . Crickets have a subtle nutty flavor, while grasshoppers taste slightly of peanut. Stink bugs, while unappealing, can add apple flavoring when used in cooking. Many larvae also have unique characteristics–bee larvae are said to taste like chanterelle mushrooms and bacon.

When you’re stockpiling food for the worst, it’s important not to neglect taste. A supply of fresh and powdered herbs can turn an otherwise bland dish into an enjoyable experience and add a dash or normalcy to your post-apocalyptic lifestyle. You can also get creative and create flavors out of other natural materials such as insects.

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What Do You Know About Hunting Blinds What Do You Know About Hunting Blinds?

Today I have a guest post for you on hunting blinds. I don’t know a lot about them but my guest will give us a solid starting platform. 

If you’re looking for one of the coolest activities you might even enjoy, then check out ground blind hunting. It’s pretty awesome and for more than one reason. For starters, you’ll be at eye level with wildlife like deer.

Types Of Stands

Ground blind hunting is something that comes in many forms. You can build one from available natural vegetation, or you could use something more obvious that’s constructed using artificial materials.

Hunting from treestands is not uncommon across the Midwest and Southeast states. What’s not to like about it? The elevation of being up in a tree means you get better views and you have better views. Your shot angle will be different if you’re bowhunting, but then again, that’s par for the course according to allcampingstuff.com.

Box blinds can either be ground level or elevated, but in either case, they provide robust concealment. Add a few things like carpet or even noise-dampening foam on the window sills, and you can have a clink or clunk now and then without penalty.

To me, personally, ground blinds are a retro thing, harkening back to yesteryear when hunters did things like stump-sitting, long before the outdoors industry took over everything. You would put on your hunting clothes, get your gun, and then go sit on one stump for a while. You might even find a brush pile to cuddle up into for a day.

Ground blinds are what I love hunting from. Finding a great little hole to hide in meant whipping up a quick blind using clippers and assorted limbs set up against a tree. Portable blinds can be put up for better concealment. Each one works, although today’s portable blinds can be rather nice, given their space and their fast assembly using a hub-spoke model.

Tips For Ground Blinds

If you intend to hunt using a portable ground blind, I do have a few suggestions you can use to get the upper hand:

1) Brush Things In: Even when you’re enclosed, take some time to brush your blind in using the available natural vegetation around you. A good saw or even a pair of hand pruners can trim limbs that you can lay on top of the blind and around your sides. A lot of the current market models even have external loops you can use to attach vegetation.

2) Avoid Scents: Even when enclosed, have great scent-control products you can use inside your blind, as well as on your clothes and boots. Hose everything down with them if you’re not going to bother being enclosed.

3) It’s Not A Cloaking Device: Even though you’re sitting inside a pop-up ground blind and the sun has set, you’re not free to jump around, dance, or twerk. Some movement is okay, but stay calm and quiet. The behavior of a whitetail is rather keen and quick, so you can’t afford to take chances when setting things up. As you make your blind, clear out leaves, limbs, and anything and everything that might break, snag, snap, rustle, or otherwise make noise.

4) Hunt With The Appropriate Wind: Some wisdom from tree stands still applies to any area you enter intending to use a ground blind. You certainly need to know the direction of the wind. Either pick the best possible route of entry, or just hunt a different day. If your blind is an enclosed one, then you might be able to just get away with things.

5) Stay Comfortable: Hunting in a ground blind doesn’t need to mean personal suffering. Let the kids bring a game or even their iPhone. So a sleeping bag and snacks might also be essential if they’re with you. Comfortable chairs can mean a world of difference too.

6) Keep Your Options Open: One aspect of ambush hunting I personally love when on the ground is the power to move around fast should I need to make changes. What if the wind shifts? It’s time to move. Does the first ground blind have a snake in it? It’s definitely time to make a move. You might even get a text from a friend or relative who is taking his ATV across part of the land you’re on. As a result you’ll notice what direction the deer take off in as they hear the vehicle. Having options is always a good thing.

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How To Survive While Traveling How To Survive While Traveling

This week Mike came up with the show topic. And We will be talking about How To Survive While Traveling,

Show notes will be lite this week. But there is a show to listen to at least.

How To Survive While Traveling, Survival Traveling, Traveling, Road trip

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      Conspiracy Round Table Special | episode 178 Conspiracy Round Table Special | episode 178 https://www.survivalpunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Conspicy-Talk-With-The-Greenes.mp3

Today will be a special Conspiracy Round Table episode. To make sure a week wasn’t missed I am running an old guest appearance Mike and I did with the Greenes of the Greening Out Podcast. 

Unfortunately, the Greenes are no longer doing their podcast. I preserved a few episodes and you can find a few more on Youtube here

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Off Grid And Country Living | episode 177 Off Grid And Country Living | episode 177 https://www.survivalpunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/off-grid-and-country-living.mp3

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Topics 
  • Quiet
  • Left alone
  • Safe
  • Better for a family
  • How-tos
  • Rainwater
  • Dsl and satellite internet
  • Composting toilet
  • Propane
  • Solar energy
  • More work
  • Bad internet
  • Far from things
  • Bug and pests
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Photo via wittco.gmbh Why You Need To Test And Use Your Survival Gear | episode 176 https://www.survivalpunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Test-your-gear-episode-176.mp3

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This week Mike and I return to talk about Why You Need To Test And Use Your Survival Gear. 

We had a much too long break with me getting married, building things for the house, Honeymoon and more. 

I got the idea for this show the night of the wedding. Serenity and I were camping with a few of our guests. I brought my Hennessee Hammock and some whoopie slings to hang it. 

The whoopie slings weren’t made for a Hennessee so I had to try to adapt it and that’s when the trouble began. 

I brought carabiners to hang it but didn’t bring enough. With help from Matt French and Scav we kept trying different things trying to get it to work. 

It was a blast but would have been better if I had prepared better and got it up right away. I know Why You Need To Test And Use Your Survival Gear and still dropped the ball. 

Now the vacation is over the podcasts will be coming out back on schedule. It’s good to be back. 

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  Topics
  • Don’t just buy and keep
  • Test everything
  • Have backups
  • If it can break it will break
  • Shelter size
  • Proper Packing
  • Adapt and move on
  • Going cheap is usually a bad idea
  • Used Gear
  • Read and watch reviews
 
 
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