Foraging-Guide to Finding Edible Plants in the Wild

Foraging is often touted as a great way to connect with the world, to return to a way of life that sustained humans for countless millennia until the advent of agriculture. And there’s no doubt it can be that. But in a time when uncertainty has crept back into the human equation and we now understand how perilous this whole thing called civilization is, knowing how to forage has taken on new importance.

Foraging can be an extremely useful skill to have in your toolbox if the SHTF for a number of reasons, but primarily because you may not be at home with easy access to your extensive emergency food stockpile when said S*** hits said Fan. In fact your home and your stockpile may be washed away or otherwise obliterated, leaving you in a very tough situation.

But, aside from the fact it could save your life, foraging is a process fraught with potential pitfalls. That’s because if you’re not careful you could wind up eating something you shouldn’t and, well… game, set, match. Below we’re going to provide a list of edible plants you can look for that might tide you over in case of emergency. But before we do that we’re going to go over some foraging basics to help ensure your search for wild edibles has a happy ending. (more…)

How to pack a Tactical Backpack

A tactical backpack can be an invaluable asset, or it can make your day an insufferable, painful slog. If it does, however, it’s not the pack’s fault. A lot of thought goes into the design of the best tactical backpacks, but whether they live up to their promise depends in large part on whether the people packing them know what they’re doing.

Below we’re going to take a comprehensive look at the tactical backpack, how it’s built, what to put in it and, most of all, the right way to pack it. (more…)

8 Foods That You Can Freeze Dry

Freeze drying of food as we know it has been around for more than a century. The process, also known as lyophilisation, involves freezing an item of food, lowering the pressure inside the freezing chamber, and then removing the resulting ice through the process of sublimation (1).

The taste and quality of the reconstituted item is typically better than that of dehydrated food, due to the freezing process. Some freeze dried foods can last more than 20 years and, if stored properly, retain most of their nutrients during that time.

If events of the past couple of years have convinced you of the practical need to stockpile food freeze drying is one of the best ways to do so. (more…)

7 Things You Might Not Know About Body Armor

Body armor has been with us for thousands of years, but in this case we’re not talking about bamboo slats or chain mail, or those head-to-toe metal suits so popular during the Middle Ages. We’re talking about body armor designed to stop a bullet.(Bulletproof Vests)

That type of body armor has only been with us for about 100 years and did not become widely manufactured and distributed until after Kevlar (1) was developed in the 1960s. Today everyone from the President to deer hunters wear body armor but there are still a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding what it is and what it is capable of. Body armor typically only covers your chest and torso, if you want full protection, consider a ballistic helmet to protect your head. (more…)