This Weeks Show 17th March 2017

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This week I begin my show with Wild Garlic Butter, then Prepping Survival Tips, Home-made Cheese, Survival Thoughts, Pine Needle Tea, The Gloves are off Post SHTF, Ostrich Fiddlehead Ferns, The Get-Home-Bag, The Wonders of Wild Garlic, Where to Find Fuel post SHTF, Birch Tree Tapping, Birch Tree Tapping, Having Problems Prepping?

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This show is centered on the wild foods that we can enjoy at this time of the year. For me spring is exciting, it’s a time of birth, re-birth and the beginning of the usual build up to camp out weekends, Bar-B-Q’s and the enjoyment of the great outdoors.

Wild Garlic Butter

Now, are you ready for the easiest recipe ever?

To make your own wild garlic butter, all you’ll need is:
250g Butter
1 Shallot
1 tbsp chopped parsley
4/5 wild garlic leaves, washed
Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz until combined or finely chop instead.

Season to taste.
Now roll it up in to a sausage shape and wrap it in “cling Film” and put into the freezer.

When needed simply slice off as much as you want.
Or cut sausage into slices and seperate with greaseproof paper.
This will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for two weeks.

Prepping/Survival Tips

As more catastrophes seem to be accelerating more and more I am becoming convinced that the collapse of society is only a matter of time.

The true survivalist can feel that they are ready for the chaos, but without actually experiencing these extreme adversities first hand are they?

In the military soldiers are conditioned and trained beforehand and made to be as prepared as possible for the real hardships on and off the battlefield. The survivalist can to be more mentally and physically prepared for the falling apart of civilization that so many survivalists and
the general public feel is inevitable.

Self-reliance also has to do with being ready for the sudden loss of everything we all have become way too accustomed to.

Experiencing a type of mock realism can get you more mentally prepared for when society starts
to quickly disintegrate around you.

The following tips (suggestions) should help you, ‘the survivalist/prepper cope better when things do start to fall apart.

See what it is like to go without the utilities such as electricity by turning them off for at least a couple of hours.

Go at least 24 hours without electronic conveniences; no computer, no television, no cell phone, etc. This will be a wakeup call for many.

The internet will not be there after many catastrophes, become use to receiving information from other sources such as books.

Spend some nights using only candles and or battery operated lights to illuminate the darkness.

Start storing rainwater and start watering your plants and
garden with it.

Try cooking some of your meals using a solar oven, barbecue, fire pit, something not dependent on the electric or gas companies.

Flush the toilet for one day or more using only water you have previously stored, or use a portable toilet.

Instead of throwing away a piece of damaged clothing, try to repair it, sew it, then wear it again.

Take any household item and write down every creative way you can use it.

Find other means of some of your trash disposal, something else rather than the city or county trash pick up services.

Have a fake imaginary illness and fictionally treat that sickness with only what you have available to you in your home.

Gather your family and even your friends together that feel like you do, and see what it like for all of you to be confined to a smaller space.

Use ‘other” means of cooling or heating your home for a few days that is of course safe.

Actually walk or bicycle to run some of your errands other than using a motor vehicle.

Start spending some very quiet time alone. You may have to be alone after ‘it’ happens.

Try using alternative means of bathing occasionally, like using one of those solar showers, or heating water over a fire to be used to bathe with.

See what ingenious gadget made from junk you can think of to make hard times easier.

Try washing dishes and clothes on occasion without using the dishwasher or washing machine, dry clothes on a clothes line.

Experiment by trying to purify dirty polluted water, without drinking it, and see how clean you can get it.

Scavenger hunt. Take some time and collect everything, not hazardous, you find on the ground and ask yourself, what can I do and use what I have?

Take along a pad of paper and write down everything you see at a park or recreation area. Observation skills will help you stay alive better after chaos breaks loose.

Try to locate someplace off the beaten path using only a paper map, compass, or landmarks.

Spend some days outdoors when the weather is miserable (not dangerous), like raining all day long, you may have to live this way in the

See how fast you can get your essentials together and ready to leave.

If you plan to stay where you are, thoroughly become familiar with every street, landmark, trees, houses, etc. within 2 miles of your home, walk the area often.

The truly “ready” survivalist should be training themselves to be prepared to undergo things that ar going to be vastly different and very difficult to adjust to and handle. By using some or all of these prep tips now and before the aftermath of “the nightmare” that is coming, you will be more adapt at handling it.

Add your personal preparation exercises to this to make you even more mega disaster ready.

Homemade Cheese

What you will need

4 litres of whole
milk, 1 pinch salt, 1 large lemon, juiced

What to do

1. Pour the milk
into a large pan, and stir in a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium
heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scorching on the bottom of
the pan.

2. When the milk
begins to boil turn the heat off then stir the lemon juice into the milk, the
milk will then curdle. This may take 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Line a sieve
with a cheesecloth, now pour the milk through the cloth to catch the curds.
What is left in the cheesecloth is the Farmer’s Cheese. The liquid is the whey.

4. Gather the cloth
around the cheese, and squeeze out as much of the whey as you can. Then I find
it best to suspend the cheese cloth over the sink for example.

5. When it has stopped dripping, I put it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge.

Why not try using wild garlic, herbs or other flavourings.

Survival Thoughts

We not only risk natural and man-made disasters, we risk financial, commercial, political and social collapse. Things can go wrong slowly – or things can go wrong very quickly.

Without trade, transport, banking or manufacturing, life could quickly diminish to desperate subsistence. It would be uglier than most people can imagine, and in the worse scenarios, you and your unprepared family will likely die.

Do you see your lifestyle as a birth right? Do you believe that you deserve perpetual prosperity? Will you choose a sustainable lifestyle and reduce your standard of living? You may be forced to make these changes.

A societal collapse would be fast and deep, and would hurt developed countries the most.

Yet survival will have little to do with luck.

In 1977 New York City suffered a power failure for one night. Over 3,000 arrests were made for looting, 400 policemen were injured, 500 fires were started, more than 25,000 emergency calls were placed and four times the usual number of hospital emergency cases were admitted – all following one lightning strike.

Civilization is a veneer.

Many empires have declined and fallen. Persia, Greece, Egypt, Rome, Turkey, Spain, China and Russia … and many of their collapses were self-inflicted, not from being attacked but more often from attacking other countries. Wars are always costly.

American politicians wanted to police the world while maintaining its people’s lifestyles beyond their ability to pay.

America is losing its wealth … like so many countries before.

America’s military options seem to increasingly focus on exit strategies that are not too humiliating.

So what can you do? An economic collapse will likely hurt the richest countries most, although many if not all other countries will be affected. Survival in any country will require broadly similar strategies.

Decide to live – choose to survive!

Be prepared – most people will do nothing!

Get yourself healthy and understand the risks!

Learn what to do before, during and after a collapse!

Read, read, read! Perhaps start with Global Research

Your best insurance? Decide to survive and stockpile essentials!

Professor Sir John Beddington, (UK government chief scientific adviser), says that the world faces a perfect storm of climate change impacting food, energy and water.

Will your Social Parachute Open?

Little information about the risk of collapse and the difficulties of survival is available in any media. Despite the risk, survival training is nearly non-existent. Government agencies tasked to prepare for and mitigate disaster have been exposed as ineffective.

I suggest that you assume that you will be on your own.

Rule One: Don’t trust your government to protect you. You can trust them to protect themselves.

At best, life in the coming decades will become increasingly local and smaller scale. This can happen if cheap energy decreases smoothly, if people act intelligently and if global competition for food, water and oil does not trigger world wars or financial hyperinflation.

At best, energy-dependent enterprises and cities will gradually contract as the supply of cheap power (also cheap food, cheap medicine, cheap communication and cheap education) dwindles.

At best, cheap power gradually vanishes, taking industry with it. As cities are products of an industrial revolution based on cheap energy, expect peoples homes to lose value catastrophically.

Expect people who invested in suburban mansions to lose everything.

Expect the disruption of urban infrastructure to create logistical nightmares for people stuck in cities.

At best, after years of collective paralysis, political expediency and social upheaval will gradually increase. Your community probably depends on electrical machines, electronics and computers … how fast will your community die without electric power?

At best, expect populations to migrate away from cities and threatened areas, with food, oil and water shortages limiting movement. Greatly reduced food production will result in vastly increased prices.

Expect a return to rural values – and increasing interest in self-sufficiency and small family farms.

Pine Needle Tea

I thought that I would introduce you to a simple tea that is delicious, healthy and a great immune booster.

For those of you who are new to the world of plants, a safe and simple tea can be made from the common Pine trees that surround us.

Pine Needle Tea has long been a favourite of traditional and indigenous peoples, both for its refreshment and for its medicinal values.

You may not realize that Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A. It is also an expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant, and can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled. So not only does it taste good, but it’s good for you as well.

Each variety of pine has its own flavour to impart, so experiment and see which needles you like best. And feel free to mix and match!

Just remember that while all Pines are evergreens, not all evergreens are Pines! So head out to the local woods or park, positively identify your pine trees, bring back some needles and give this one a try!

Step-by-step Instructions for Making Pine Needle Tea:

Collect a small bundle of green needles, the younger the
better. (A small handful will be plenty.)

Remove any of the brown, papery sheaths that may remain at
the base of the needles. (They just pull right off.)

Chop the needles into small bits, about ¼ to ½ inch long.

For a Refreshing Tea:

Heat about a cup of water to just before boiling.

Bring water almost to a boil if in the wilderness (a rolling boil)

Pour the hot water over about a tablespoon of the chopped needles.

Allow to steep (preferably covered) for 5-10 minutes, until the majority of needles have settled to the bottom of the cup. Enjoy your delicious tea!

The Gloves are off Post SHTF

I say that Post SHTF the gloves are off as regards shooting game and even large domesticated farm animals.

Meat and animal products is what we get from livestock so even if you do not eat meat animals still have to be kept for eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products, which we need to make up a healthy diet.

They are a very good source of protein and I can tell you that things will not seem so bad when you are tucking into a beef steak or a lamb joint.

The feed to production ratio value of your animals is basically like this. Poultry good, Pigs & Sheep medium, Cattle poor.

Poultry eat a mainly grain diet so that is expensive but any switch from high value grain to natural feed will lower the feed to meat and egg production ratio, but the switch to a varied natural feed can produce a higher quality product.

Pigs also eat a grain diet but this can be supplementedn quite well with waste fruit and vegetables, and also natural feed when free ranging.

Sheep eat mainly grass but if producing black faced hardy sheep, these will eat almost all kinds of vegetation from the poorest of land, so even though their feed costs are low they still put weight on but slower than more expensively reared quality grass

Cattle require expensive quality grass to produce anything and will also require expensive winter feed and purpose built winter housing, producing anything from cattle takes many months and masses of expense and time.

Everything will depend on how big the operation is.

Many years ago I shot a mallard drake from across the river, the mistake I made was I was on the wrong bank when I shot it, and this meant that I had to cross the river to retrieve it, nevertheless it did eventually end up on my plate and all was well.

For decades game has been the preserve of the wealthy as they purchase days shooting on estates with driven game (a bit like shooting rats in a barrel) sometimes, I think.

The guy in the street “us” has been legally removed from these shoots except that we are good enough only to pick up what has been shot and beat, it seems.

Well as I said when SHTF “WE” assume the survivor rights of ancient times, yes we must provide for our own. Now with years of battery breeding of game birds we have a chemical drug free food source just running around free.

I’m afraid that any ethics will have to be over ridden as obtaining this free food is the priority and in many ways not the way we get it.

So lamping roosting pheasants and wood pigeons will be the norm instead of deploying decoy’s and building hides etc.

I’m sure many preppers and survivalists know what I mean and would agree with my sentiments.

And yes, water fowl and game birds will be shot on the ground and on the water as well.

As for large domestic farm animals they too will need to be on our menu either shot or dispatched with a quick blow to head with a heavy object.
Imagine how long we would survive with a cow or sheep to keep us going.

Fish farms would be a logical target as would free range chicken farms.

I would also advocate the live capture of the above; including game birds and water fowl so as to breed our own food, the benefitbeing that most of these animals and birds feed themselves do they not.

It is criminal to take the life of an animal and waste it, for me it is also morally wrong too.

If you keep animals for food and then after slaughtering it you decide you can’t eat it and end up throwing it away, then you have wasted that animals life and killed it for no reason other than some half-baked idea that you could be self-sufficient or rear your own food.

This does happen to some people who then rush down to the supermarket for a pound of sausages. If you find you have become attached to your animals which happens quite a lot, then don’t kill them, keep them as pets which they most probably will have become.

Best thing to do is work out exactly what you think you can achieve and stick to it and not get carried away by popular fads.

Either do it or stick to growing vegetables and let someone else produce the meat.

Growing fruit and vegetables is always going to be cheaper, simpler, easier and a lot less hassle than trying to produce your own meat.

Yes the gloves would be off.

Ostrich Fiddlehead Ferns

You will soon find fiddleheads as you wonder around the woods and I have to commend the fiddleheaders who go out early each spring to forage for these little ostrich fern delicacies and then go home and clean off the brown, papery skin covering each one. It is a labor-intensive activity.

Fiddleheads actually are the curled young fronds of a fern. In the early spring, new growth of a fern emerges as curled leaves. Fiddleheads are usually available from late April to mid-May.

There are many varieties of ferns around us, but the ostrich and cinnamon fern are the only two that are edible and safe to eat. Other varieties of ferns look similar but may be poisonous.

When gathering fiddleheads, you only want the first one to two inches of the stem that is attached to the coil. Anything else should be broken off and thrown away. Never harvest all of the fiddleheads from a patch or it could destroy the whole fern. It is best to take just two or three coils from each patch.

Fiddleheads should be cooked thoroughly before eating. Raw fiddleheads can carry food-borne illness and may cause stomach upset if you eat too many of them.

If you locate and pick some of these bright green specimens for your own use, be sure to rinse them in several changes of water to remove any dirt.

Use fiddleheads as soon as possible after harvesting for the best taste and texture.

Nutritionally speaking, fiddleheads contain about 22 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 2.8 grams of protein and 0.2 grams of fat per half cup serving. They owe their beta-carotene content to their deep green color. Fiddleheads also provide a good amount of vitamin C, niacin and potassium.

The taste of fiddleheads is unique. It has been described as grassy and spring-like with a hint of nuttiness, or as a cross between asparagus and young spinach. Some say it has a flavor similar to an artichoke, maybe with a whiff of mushroom. My taste buds just don’t distinguish that definitively. They just taste like a green to me. And I like greens.

Fiddleheads should be washed, added to a small amount of lightly salted water, cooked for about 10 minutes and then served with a bit of melted butter or vinegar. Some people like them cooked until soft and spread on toast, like asparagus.

Clean the fiddleheads. Rinse thoroughly, then place in a bowl of cold water. Remove any bits of the brown papery coverings, and rinse again until they look green and clean with no leftover papery bits.

Caution. Do not eat fiddleheads raw like other vegetables! They must be cooked to be edible—there have been a number of reports of food-borne illness associated with eating raw or undercooked fiddleheads.

Serve with butter. If eating hot, season lightly and remember—the sooner you eat them, the better their flavor! Here are some other serving suggestions:

Add a splash of vinegar to freshly-cooked fiddleheads.

Serve as appetizers, on crostini or toast.

Serve in a salad with onion and vinegar dressing.

Almost any recipe calling for asparagus will work well with fiddleheads.

You can either

Bring the water to a boil. Steam the fiddleheads for 10-12 minutes, until tender.

Or my favourite heat a skillet, with a a neutral oil such as grapeseed or vegetable oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. You can use butter as well, but lower the heat to medium—butter has a much lower smoking point.

The Get-Home-Bag

WTSHTF maybe you are prepared for an extended survival scenario away from civilization, but you have to get out of the city first (maybe). In a disaster situation that might not be so easy. However If you have these three things in place you will greatly increase your chances.

Get Home Bag (GHB) Imagine for a minute that you work in a large city; maybe you take the underground or take a bus to work every day. 

You are in a large office building with many floors, thousands of people, and you are on the fifteen or twentieth floor.

If a disaster strikes, how are you going to get out? I mean literally. 

If there is an earthquake or a catastrophic man made event how are you going to get out of your building? How are you going to get down the street? How are you going to get home? 

Do you want to be one of the people covered in dust wandering around in shock? I don’t.

But I have my Bug out Bag you say!

Oh really, where is it? Even if it is in your car it is useless to you at this point. The car park is at street level and possibly hundreds of yards away. That could mean life or death in this situation and you need to act now.

Even if you could get to your Bug out Bag, how much good would it do you in this environment? Most people’s B.O.B. is packed for survival with wilderness Camping gear, food, clothing, etc.

A Get Home Bag contains an entirely different set of tools and serves one purpose: To get you from wherever you are to your Home.

How to Choose an Urban Survival Bag

Your GHB should contain things that are going to get you out of the building like a crowbar. Things to help you make it through the aftermath like water and breathing masks.

Things you might use to help rescue others like flashlights or radios. Things that will help you on what could be a very long walk home such as food and maybe walking shoes.

Clearly a GHB is not a Bug out Bag. Sure they have some overlap, but a GHB can be much smaller, less weight conscious, have more specific tools, and be planned for one purpose. Do you have one cached in your office or place of work?

Gear for your Get Home Bag: A Get Home Plan so you made it home, now what? Let’s assume that the SHTF out there. 

You have surveyed the situation and determined that the city is in mass chaos and you need to get out now. What do you do? Again, you have your Get Home Bag, but you still have to get out of the city. 

Do you have a Get Home Plan?

For our purposes here, let’s assume that your Get Home Plan needs to get you from your place of work to your serious survival cache or Bug Out Location outside of the city. 

I understand that not everybody has caches hidden in various places, and even fewer people have a dedicated Bug out Location. While you should probably be working on that, you still need a Get Home Plan.

There’s no way I can go through all of the various problems you might encounter while trying to bug out of your city so you will have to plan for yourself. 

What I will give you are some questions to consider and one rule: Contingency. Is your way out double, triple and quadruple backed up?

If the motorways are shutdown do you have an A road route?

If no roads are passable do you have an off road route?

If driving is out of the question do you have a planned walking or riding route? (Do you have maps of your area in your Get Home Bag?)

Do you have a rendezvous point with other family members?

A Get Home Plan Let’s back up a minute. Pretend you just got home again, but this time you surveyed the situation and decided that you are not in immediate danger but are still not at situation normal.

Now what do you do? A Get Home Plan is for emergency situations where you need to get home and youcan stay in your own home but even then you may have to rely on your own preparations to survive.

This might just mean that you will be without power or water for an extended period. Maybe it means you actually can’t leave your home at all for whatever reason.

What plans do you have in place to live like this? A Bug in Plan should include food and water preparations first and foremost.

What will you eat since all of the food in your refrigerator is going to be bad soon? Do you really want to live on the backpack meals out of your Bug out Bag when you don’t have to?

How much water do you have stored? Do you have a sewage system set up? Do you have unprepared neighbours’ to worry about? (To help or guard against?)

Starting out in a survival situation in an urban environment is almost an immediate set-back compared to those bugging out from more rural areas, but with a Get Home Bag, a Get Home Plan, and a Bug In Plan you are better off than most people.

Survival Preparedness is a process or a condition of being prepared to survive.

To Survive. The phrase could be taken literally – that is, to stay alive. The words, ‘to survive’, could also be interpreted less literally – more like staying healthy or healthier than otherwise.

In the context of survival preparedness, some will describe this notion to its very basic core – like the ability to survive in the wilderness without any modern help whatsoever, you are on your own, life and death circumstances black and white.

Others will describe survival preparedness more-or-less in the context of living within today’s modern society parameters, and utilizing the modern tools available today in order to prepare or be prepared for various problems that may occur tomorrow.

What I’m trying to say is that there are some ‘survival preparedness’ “preppers” that are more hard-core than others and I’ve noticed that the movement has been coined with two labels in an apparent attempt to delineate their core values.

I’m not so sure that I agree with labels and definitions, knowing that there are all sorts of ‘shades of grey’, but having said that, the two labels are Survivalists and Preppers.

Survivalists are the hard core while the Preppers are the soft core. Again, I do not agree with the labelling here, but the fact is that it exists.

The Prepper is thought of as someone who is fully functioning within the system of modern society, preparing for minor disruptions that may come their way, while the Survivalist is considered to be on the edge, perhaps already hunkered down in their bunker or survival retreat – ready for Armageddon.

As in all walks of life, there are truly the extremes, and lots of in-between. When it comes to survival preparedness, I believe that the spectrum is all pretty much OK, so long as it’s within the law of the land.

Since there are so very many different types of people, personalities, skills, and interests, there will likewise be a multitude of variety when it comes to how one prepares, and what they are preparing for.

Remember, before SHTF we are preppers and post SHTF we are survivors.

People will interpret risks differently from one another and people will be in varying vicinities of the risk themselves. Some face much higher risk than others based on their geographical location, their occupation, their own current financial and preparedness situation, etc.

Personally I think that it’s great how more and more ordinary folks are waking up and realizing that things are not all Rosey out there and that there are very real risks facing us all as the world’s economic systems are teetering on the brink of failure while the rumour of wars fill the air.

There will always be ‘newbies’ to survival preparedness and there will always be veterans of the same. There’s room for everyone.

Just remember this… by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

The Wonders of Wild Garlic

A walk in the woods from late January to late Spring where the ground is damp (needed for wild garlic to grow) it does not need to be but often is by a river, stream but often simply damp conditions will suffice.

This is where you can find wild garlic. You may not know it is there until you brush alongside it, or on even a mildly sunny day, the sun will have warmed the leaves and there will be an aroma of garlic.

Look down and around you and it will most likely not be hard to spot the glossy, green leaves.

What Does the Plant Look and Smell Like?

As the name implies, the wild garlic has a distinctive flavour of garlic though not as heavy or pungent but if you pick a leaf and gently squeeze it then take a sniff it will smell, you guessed it, garlicky.

This is unlike a similar looking Lily of the Valley Leaf. If you are foraging for wild garlic it does resemble Lily of the Valley plants but one rub of the leaves will identify which it is simply and without any danger.


This time of year, early March, you will find the wild garlic poking up in low-lying places by streams and protected woods. Make sure you pick away from dogs and roads and don’t trespass: the wild garlic might be free, but the landowner may not appreciate your picking!

I take a carrier bag with me, fill it up and it will last perfectly in the fridge for a week.

Wild garlic leaves are best when very tender, so pick when the garlic is just coming up. Choose small tender leaves – the moment the garlic begins to flower, the leaves become too strong and brash in flavour. But the flowers do make a pretty addition to spring salads.

To eat raw, find the youngest leaves and add to a salad mix.

Be adventurous and use wild garlic instead of spinach leaves, mix and match. It goes well with watercress. Add it to your favourite pasta sauces, or use wild garlic for a tangy pesto that makes a versatile addition dip, pasta sauce or filling for your favourite foods – especially mushrooms.

Wash well before cooking with foraged plants.

What Parts of the Wild Garlic Plant Can You Eat?

All parts of the plant (bulb, leaves and flowers) are edible.

The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. They make a useful addition to bland foods such as a cream or cottage cheese or used in a sauce for a background hint of garlic.

My favourite way is to add it finely chopped to mashed potato and served with roast lamb or other meats.

It is also delicious added to a bowl of salad.

The bulbs can be used in a similar way to garlic cloves but the flavour is less pronounced.

Once the leaves are starting to lose their pungency, the flowers will appear and these too are edible. Use as a decoration or add to a salad. Make sure you have cleaned then thoroughly to remove any insects which may have made their home inside the flower.

Why is wild garlic good for me?

Given its antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic and anti … well, just about everything, properties, it makes sense to pack as much into your diet as you can.

The main health benefit of garlic is its effectiveness in reducing blood pressure and, hence, heart disease and the risk of stroke. Although all garlic has this property, wild garlic has the greatest effect on lowering blood pressure.

So try wild garlic with mashed potato’s, in a quiche, home-made wild garlic butter or even on toast.

Where to Find Fuel post SHTF

Following a time of collapse, petrol and other fuels will likely be hard to come by because no petrol stations are likely to be working.

Supermarkets and shops closed and or looted or both.

Martial law.

Regional war.

Global war.

Mass starvation. Don’t expect your local petrol station to be selling fuel and snack food. We’re talking post-apocalypse following a massive global series of events that has taken place.

But even if gas stations are not in operation anywhere, there are a million other places a smart survivor can get fuel — for example, abandoned vehicles — which, in a post-apocalypse, you can expect there to be a lot of in a number of places.

Siphoning Fuel … Safely

If a vehicle is abandoned and there’s no chance that its owner is coming back for it, you have two ways to get to its fuel supply.

One is to siphon it from the tank with a manufactured hose and pump (that’s the safest way), and the other is to crawl underneath the vehicle with a container and poke a hole in the gas tank (just don’t use any sparking tools).

Petrol or diesel will drain out of the bottom of the tank you just poked a hole in. You now have fuel for at least a few hours of driving (should you get your hands on a motorbike or moped).

Be sure not to mix diesel with petrol or you’ll dilute the burning properties of both fuels. Instead, fill your container with either straight petrol, or straight diesel.

A Fuel Scavenger’s Paradise

Here’s something a lot of people living in the cities and suburbs don’t understand about rural areas — there may be a lot more fuel available than meets the eye.

Areas of farming and agriculture may have large abandoned machinery like tractors and other farm machinery full of gallons each of diesel fuel, as well as standalone diesel tanks (and petrol storage tanks) that you may find either lifted up on a support stand or stored horizontally on the ground or even on a pull-behind trailer.

Those that are on stands do not require an electric pump for operation (electricity to the region may be down), as gravity allows fuel to be pumped easily from the bottom side of the tank and through a hose and hand held nozzle.

Those tanks that are stored on level ground do require an electric pump and if there’s no electricity, simply unscrew the pump from the top of the tank (look around and you’ll probably find a pipe wrench somewhere nearby) and now use a siphon pump, or just a cut hose, and siphon the fuel out of the tank with your mouth.

In rural areas, you’ll find fuel in a lot more places than just farms. Outside most town’s there are industrial areas, building hire companies, lorry parks, and any number of energy installations (coal, oil, natural gas, etc.) can have fuel equipment, tanks and various vehicles parked and abandoned on site — a literal fuel scavenger’s paradise.

Find Fuel at the Bottom of Empty Tanks

What happens if someone else gets to a fuel storage tank before you? Don’t panic. There’s still a good chance you can find fuel in what looks like an empty tank at first glance.

You see, there may be a few gallons of fuel at the bottom of each tank that you can get to with a long hose — though you may have to siphon it out.

What about an abandoned car or truck that appears out of fuel? Good news — it might not be completely empty either.

Look inside the vehicle for a jack — if you can find a jack, jack the vehicle up so that the rear end of the vehicle is tilted up at an angle. Gravity will now cause any remaining gasoline to pool at the bottom level of the tank.

Now crawl underneath and poke a hole in the fuel tank at the lowest spot, where any fuel inside will collect. You might get a couple gallons easily doing that.

In a post-apocalypse time expect to find the occasional abandoned motorcycle, abandoned because it ran out of fuel and its driver took off on foot. Good news for you if you’re carrying a container of fuel as you’ll have some fuel to get the motorbike started and get at least a few dozen miles further from where you are now, or simply to where you can find more fuel and refuel your new bike.

Why Not Just Carry a Petrol can?

Sure, you can take your chances carrying a large container of fuel, and perhaps you’ll carry a few more gallons of fuel that day. But realistically a petrol can may be a poor choice due to the fact that someone else may want your fuel and be willing to shoot you for it if they see it. Ever watch the Mad Max films?

Birch Tree Tapping

My method is simple and fast; a few feet up the trunk of the birch I line the tip of my knife against the tree, quite steeply at an upward angle and then give a sharp smack on the butt of my knife driving the blade a few centimetres in.

Give the blade a very gentle and small wiggle and you should see watery-sap coming straight away. If there’s no sign of any sap its the wrong time for the tree, come back another day!

Once you have your slit and sap running, insert a small shaved stick into the slit at the same angle that your blade went in, this should be steep so that the sap easily runs down the stick and into your container.

Make sure the stick is pushed in enough to stay and then if the sap is running correctly next go about rigging up your container to the tree, you can simply tir the container under the slit and around the tree.

It wouldn’t take too long and you could easily have a couple of litres. Don’t be worried about taking the sap from the tree, its not damaging, at this time of the year the tree will just suck up even more water to fill its supplies.

Having said that there is no need to excessively harvest one tree, if you want a lot of sap use multiple trees.

Be sure to never leave a forgotten tap running. When you are finished, be sure to press down hard the flap of raised birch-bark to close the slit as best you can.

Do not leave the stick in the slit when you are finished and don’t try blocking the slit up, just press down hard to seal the gap as best you can and the birch-sap will do the rest.

Be sure not to accidentally leave any litter behind. Take only memories… leave only sap droplets… the slugs love the stuff! and so do I.

There’s no shortage of super drinks that claim to increase vitality and improve everything from your immune system to lackluster skin, and now there’s one more. Birch tree sap water is being tapped as the next go-to health drink.

The sweet, thin syrup-like sap from the birch tree contains xylitol, proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. The elixir is being compared to coconut water for its health and detoxing potential.

Birch tree sap has the consistency of thin, slightly sweet maple syrup water.

It gets its sweet flavor from xylitol. Xylitol has 40 percent fewer calories than sugar and it’s often used in sugarless gums and dental products since it has cavity-reducing, enamel-hardening properties.

Shown in studies to decrease the risk of cavities, the xylitol-rich sap is believed to promote liver health, kidney function and good skin and is has been touted as an excellent drink post exercise. But is there any real evidence behind the claims?

What exactly is birch tree water?

The sap is extracted from birch trees mainly in the northeast U.S. and is said to boost immunity, improve energy, treat joint pain and decrease cavities in addition to a host of other health benefits. Commercially, sap is sustainably harvested by hand for two weeks each spring from organic forests in Eastern Europe. Taps are driven carefully into the birch tree causing no harm.

At only 18 calories per 100 milliliter, sap is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, copper, zinc and potassium. The sap also contains saponins, compounds that may have cholesterol-reducing properties that are also found in legumes.

What can birch tree water do for you?

Birch tree sap or birch tree water as it’s more commonly called commercially, is associated with detoxing the kidneys and liver and flushing toxins from the body.

So dear listener enjoy cheers.

Having Problems Prepping?

The thoughts that bounce around our heads can create a chain reaction of events that can either help us or hinder us all along the way.

These thought processes can also make a big impact on our prepping activities. Regardless of what part of the prepping spectrum you are on, we have certain thoughts on the kind of prepared individual we want to end up being.

When we don’t meet our expectations, we tend to grow frustrated and feel more inclined to give up. When I first began prepping, I wanted to be a hard core prepper and had some pretty grandiose conceptions of how that would be.

I envisioned being the kind of prepper who could live off the land with nothing but a blade, some snares and a water bottle. Have I met this goal? Not really. But I haven’t stopped pursuing it either. I just know that this type of goal takes time to master, and being honest it is not for me if truth be known.

When we haven’t achieved our goals in the time expected, we can begin losing focus and be frustrated. This could be because of the short attention spans our society has.

Our need for immediate results can wreak havoc on a prepper’s long term desire to be prepared. To avoid this, we have to admit at the very beginning this is not a short-lived hobby, but a long term lifestyle change that will take time, energy and an ongoing pursuit for knowledge.

It can take years of studying and practicing skills to get to the point of being a hard core prepper. Years! Anyone who thinks differently is fooling themselves and will set themselves up for failure because of these preconceived notions.

Rather than looking at the end result and growing frustrated because you aren’t at the point you wanted to be, stay focused on the starting point.

Why are you preparing in the first place?

I would say that in order to have a well-rounded supply and knowledge base, we have to start at the very beginning and layer our prepping activities in short term, longer term and sustainable increments. This is the best way to stay organized and ensure that you can succeed in a disaster scenario.

The best way to begin prepping is by making a goal. Something as simple as, “I want to be prepared for a 3 month long disaster.” By setting a goal, you can create a preparedness plan based around this, which becomes your starting point.

Moreover, when you create a goal, you have also created a reference point to turn to in case you get overwhelmed or overloaded with prepping. This reference point reminds you to remember what you’re prepping for. From there, you can gather your supplies and learn your skillsets.

Plan – Set your prepper goals (short and long term), make a strategy, create lists of supplies, make meal plans, create a financial budget to get out of debt, as well as to fund your prepping activities.

Accrue – Begin investing in supplies, practice preparedness-based skills, continue to educate yourself on prepping and ways to promote a self-reliant lifestyle

Apply – When you begin using your food stores, practicing your skills and confidently using your preps, you are applying the knowledge you have learned. Don’t forget to keep accumulating knowledge and learning better ways to prep.

Don’t Lose Focus

Give yourself a break if you haven’t gotten where you wanted to be. It’s not ok to eat, live and breathe emergency preparedness.

Each of us is on our own journey and some may learn faster than others. Learn from others and don’t be afraid to include your mistakes and failures as part of your education.

This is part of the learning curve, and a necessary one at that. Further, take your time with the material and include your family. This could be a great way to teach family members and, rather than carrying “the world on your shoulders,” this gives you some support.

Understand, there will be times when you want to throw the towel in. It’s ok to take a break from prepping. I have, and so have others. The subject of preparedness can be stressful, especially if you are reading about worst-case scenarios all the time.

Your mind and spirit will need a break, and taking some time “to fill the well” can help immensely. Spend time with family and friends, breath, pray, meditate, exercise. Do anything to put your focus elsewhere for a short time and then, when you feel better, start prepping again. This makes you more open to continuing on the prepper journey.

Remember my quest to be the hard core type of prepper? As great as this would be, that’s not where I am now. But, just because I haven’t met this goal doesn’t mean that everything I have done in between has fallen by the wayside.

I am still striving toward this, but know there is a lot to learn along the way; and I’m ok with that.

Whether your goal is to be a hard core prepper or not, give yourself kudos for taking the steps to getting your home prepared and for taking the time to learn new skills.

We all grow frustrated at times, especially when this is a long term quest for knowledge and skills. My advice to those beginning to prepare is to be patient and remember that prepping takes time.

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