Today I wanna go over some basic preps to keep in your vehicle. Since starting over I don’t live in a house anymore. I live with a relative and have a room there it feels like i’m in an apartment again but smaller. So i am usually driving some where either work or to a friends or something. My truck is my home base in a way. So i wanted to go over a few things I always have on hand in my truck.
- A good first aid kit. http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/medical-kits/sportsman/sportsman-grizzly.html this kit is very good and covers most issues you will run into. I also added a couple over the counter medications
- Tool Kit this is similar to the one I bought years ago and it works very well. I also keep extra tools and a larger ratchet and extenders for it.
- A few MRE’s or freeze dried meals and water. Biggest suggestion is to try one or two and see what you like. Also I keep a bunch of snacks in the console.
- Bungee cords, Para cord, tie down straps, and a few of those cheap blue tarps.
- A few good knifes. I love black Friday on amazon you can always find great deals on pocket knifes and I pick up a few for gifts and just putting a couple in my vehicle.
- Air compressor . this one is great works of the car plug and fills it the digital display takes any guess work out of using it.
So a lot has changed in my life that my blog had to take a back seat. I had been taking steps to get into better shape. Well life loves to throw curve balls and well after being in a relationship for 10 years I went thru a divorce. Nothing i prepped for prepared me for that life change. It took me awhile to pick up those pieces and I’m back and ready to move on. So with that i’d like to apologize to anyone who followed my site for my absence.
So with that i’m basically starting from square one again, and I had to scrap my bug out plans and documentation packets. the good news is I will be able to share with you guys what and how i will be doing this. So stay tuned and let the learning and journey begain again.
So I start the journey to a healthier me. I am going back to a gym and getting my self back into a shape other then large. I think if I’m going to talk of prepping I need to walk the walk as well.
Since January of this year me and a couple of my friends began a journey to create a community of like minded individuals. We started a podcast. Urban Prepping Guys started off good and now have about 20 listeners. So I wanted to step our game up but have been falling short. I get disappointed but realize Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will this podcast. So I throw this out to anyone reading this blog check us out and see what’s going on. I would love comments and advise even a critique. We have an itunes and stitcher account and have a youtube channel not very much videos yet working on that. I think we have a good thing here just need to improve the quality of the audio and probably add more than a weekly podcast.
I was driving home today while listening to a gardening podcast growing your grub. The man was talking about the big picture. So I got the thinking an asking myself what is the big picture. I didn’t have an answer for myself, (I guess I’m not crazy) but we hear that phrase at least 1 time each day. Every time it is thrown out there it’s reference to a subject. So today I sit here and ask what is the big picture? In preparedness everything is the big picture and at the same time you yourself are the big picture.
When we sit down and try to figure out how to prepare for say a blackout on a large scale like we had here when an ice storm hit the area. We think of having a back up power source; light at night; keeping food from spoiling in the fridge etc. The big picture and then we go well what do I need personally? Food, water, security, etc. So I think we need to be the big picture to see the big picture.
We try to focus on major pandemics and events and unstable nations, when we have no control over anything to do with it. People bought iodine tablets when Fukushima’s reactors were compromised after a tsunami. Well we folks on the east coast of America freaked out about radiation poisoning when really, did it matter! Yet the same person buying iodine tablets lives near a nuclear power plant there whole life and never had a 72 hour kit packed or a documentation packet made up, in case the local reactor had a issue.
Sorry for the rant but I needed to get this off my chest.
It’s been a while and I should have posted a lot more on here but I have been working with my friend on a podcast, and website so I have let this slide. The past couple months have tested me personally, and my prepping. My wife and I have been trying to pay down debt and it has been a long and bumpy road with many more miles to go. Her transmission went in her car and we ended up with a new to use car. I had a brake failure that was not as expensive as a new truck but it came at a time when we had out joint account compromised. I can tell you it sucks I did have a silver lining in this storm cloud. I figured out how to change my brakes and install rotors. Much like changing your oil in your car for the first time you wonder why you take it to the mechanic. On the garden front my plants are in some sort of suspended animation were nothing was growing and when i got some peppers on my bell pepper plant it developed blossom end rot. No bueno! I can say my wildflowers took off creating a killing zone in the garden. After a week of that the Peperoncini are producing like rabbits. I picked a small batch to brine using this recipe and i had a failure. Some peppers began to float and mold and I decided to error on the side of caution and toss it all. This week I tried again stay tuned for the results. I printed the recipe below the website is Nourished Kitchen. I couldn’t get the link to work so I love to give credit were is due. Until next time, keep positive and prep on.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 quart
3 cups filtered water (this is the filter I use)
2 tablespoons finely ground unrefined sea salt (available here)
1 package vegetable starter culture (available here), optional
4 cups whole fresh peperoncini peppers, tightly packed
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
Pour the water into a medium-sized sauce pan and warm over medium-low heat until it reaches about 100 F. Sprinkle in the salt, and whisk it into the hot water until it dissolves. Pour the warm saltwater into a pitcher, and let it cool to room temperature. Whisk in the starter culture, if using.
Pack a quart-sized fermentation jar (like this or like these) with whole peperoncini, taking care not bruise them. Place the garlic cloves and bay leaf among the peperoncini, and pour in the cooled saltwater brine. Seal the crock, and allow the peppers to ferment for 10 days. Their color will fade and yellow. After about 10 days, open the crock and try a pepper. If you prefer a sourer flavor, continue fermenting the peppers until they acquire the flavor you like, testing every 5 to 7 days, at your leisure. Transfer to the refrigerator or cold storage. Brine-pickled peperoncini will last about 1 year, properly fermented.
Using a starter culture. Starter cultures (like these) help to ensure that specific strains of beneficial bacteria become established in the fermented foods you prepare at home. While successful fermentation occurs with or without them, those who consume fermented foods as part of a therapeutic diet may see benefit from cultivating specific strains of beneficial bacteria. Others, who are new to fermentation, may feel more comfortable using a starter culture until their knowledge of and experience with preparing fermented foods grows enough to give them confidence in trying wild-fermented vegetables.
Hello all It was another week to getting the garden ready. I tried a little experiment using microrizzhone. I setup up two containers with identical medium but one I added the microrizzhone then planted a sweet bell pepper plant in each container. During the course of the summer I will document the plants.
The finished product
Prepping the bucket for drainage
Organic potting mix