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Apple Varieties Around the World

How many types of apples are there? Experts suggest that more than 7,500 varieties of apple exist, with many of them being cultivars, or varieties created from selective breeding by humans. In the United States alone, there are 2,500 different types of apples. List off what you’ll usually see at the grocery store and you’ll notice how only a few apple varieties show up again and again, and many of these are often shipped from overseas. Granny Smith and Mutsu are your typical green apples. Types of red apples usually include the fairly bland Red Delicious. But the flavor profiles of ancient, ugly, and rare apples typically are the tartest, sweetest, and tastiest! Use our apple varieties list to discover what types of apples are tart, what kinds of apples are good for baking, what kinds of a...

Bear Grylls Survival Tips You Should Know

Every experienced prepper will have there list of essential survival tips. Through the years we’ve learnt what’s worked for us here at Prepping Survival Skills.  Here are our top 10 survival tips. Adapt them as you wish. 1. Over Communicate This one is so basic it should be second nature, but so many people leave out this one thing that could save their lives. If you are traveling alone make sure you have a check-in buddy. This person should know how to contact you (if possible), where you are going (as specific as you can be down to trail), when you are going and when you are expected to be back. Every detail that you can give them is important and could be the piece that leads to your rescue should you become lost, injured or incapacitated in the wild. 2. Carry a Handkerchief This simple...

The Chicken Coop Checklist : Infographic

Building your own coop? If you follow the advice below, you’ll never find yourself saying, “wish I’d built it that way the first time.” I like the encouragement to use the deep litter method, and plenty of warnings about predator-proofing. Can you find anything missing from the list?

Want Tiny House Amazon Will Deliver

Amazon will now deliver you an actual house. A shipping container house to be specific. MODS International has now made their shipping container home shockingly easy to order, all it takes is a few clicks and small space sustainable living can be yours. This is a completely finished 320 square foot tiny home. Manufactured by MODS International of Appleton Wisconsin using a new sea container as the structural shell. MODS starts with certified new containers, not first or second use units. The tiny home unit can be placed on either 12″ concrete sonotube footings (10 total, one every 8 feet along perimeter) or a solid concrete slab. Requires bottom access sewer connection. This standard unit has side water and electric connections. Includes bedroom, shower, toilet and sink plus a small kitche...

Survival Can You Eat Dog Food ?

In our current comfy, technology-ridden lives we rarely have a reason to sacrifice our comforts, but what if the world was a much different place?  What if your own city wasn’t a city, but a wasteland?  And what if, in a matter of hours, you went from comfortable and sustained, to simply needing to survive?  Have you ever wondered about the limits of human sustenance, or the bare minimum you need to survive?  Let’s go over a few strange things you could, in a pinch, eat for to stay alive. Dog Food:  Gross, right?  Yeah, it is, but it might be what you need to sustain you for a short while.  There are a couple drawbacks, however.  Namely, humans are omnivores whereas dogs are carnivores.  Carnivores can survive exclusively off of a meat based diet (like dog food) whereas humans would experi...

Instructions to Make a Snare Trap

  When it comes to outdoor survival, eating is one of your last concerns.  Humans can go up to 3 weeks without food, but only 3 days without water and just a few hours without shelter in extreme weather conditions! With that said, I like to eat! Having a source of food in outdoor survival situations will make all of the other aspects a lot easier. A lot of people like to imagine that they will be eating large game when surviving in the wilderness. The truth is that you probably won’t be eating a big buck or moose but probably eating insects for survival or forage wild edibles. However, trapping and snaring animals can be great for getting survival food. Not only are small game tastier than roasted crickets, but the physical act of making and setting the animal traps or snares will als...

Becoming a Beekeeper Things You Must Know

Beekeeping is the new buzz! More and more individuals are becoming beekeepers not just because it’s so fascinating, but because so many health-conscious consumers are flocking to the health benefits of honey! Today’s health-conscious consumer wants to decrease the risk of diabetes, which afflicts 27 million Americans due to all the sugar in our diet. Even if beekeepers aren’t large commercial operations, they sell honey for a pretty penny in their local communities. People are willing to pay more for a high-quality product with superior flavor and nutritional value. And even if beekeepers don’t sell their honey, their own families reap the benefits of a delicious and nutritious sweetener! Unlike addictive, fattening sugar and high fructose corn syrup with zero nutritional value, honey cont...

Requirements For Keeping Chicken

Looking for a pet that’s relatively easy to keep in your backyard?  If so, look no further than backyard chickens !  Believe it or not, keeping chicken is an easy task and can be done in one’s backyard even if you live in suburbia or inner urban areas. This is due to the fact that chicken can be reared in a small space and the food is readily available from many places. The effort that you need to put in when rearing chickens is relatively less in comparison to other animals. This said though, there are some things that one has to bear in mind when keeping chickens. As a prospective chicken owner, you need to consider what is involved in preparing the chicken house, purchasing your chickens and getting them all settled in at your house! Preparing the chicken house The first thing that you ...

The MLC2 Professional Military Lensatic Sighting Metal Compass

  The MLC2 Professional Military Lensatic Sighting Metal Compass with Inclinometer and Carrying Pouch is compact and very lightweight. This is the last compass you’ll ever need! Updated to include Rugged metal case, Adjustable luminous marching line, Thumb hold and magnifying viewer, Sighting hairline, Floating luminous dial, and Liquid filled for fast readability! It is made of high strength engineering metal and covered by army green paint, which is capable of working under extreme weather condition. The thermo-elastic liquid filled capsule with floating dial face is protected with a folding cover, and has a little clasp to keep it closed when not in use, durable enough for everyday use and perfect for camping and hiking. Ideal for emergency survival, camping adventures, hikin...

The Downside of Survival Readiness

It is great to be prepared but gathering a ready cache of food and supplies is just half the battle. You must consider all disaster scenarios and that includes home protection. When things really start to go South people will be willing to do almost anything to get the things they need especially people who did not prepare for a devastating cataclysm. This is the downside of being well-equipped for major destruction. By outfitting your home with solar panels, wind turbines, beefing up your home security and if your neighbors see that you are stockpiling rations, you are putting a huge target on your home. Remember that in any disaster scenario there will be people who fail to prepare and these are the very people who will look to make you and your family a victim when desperation starts to...

Food and Survival: How Storage Can Save Your Life

One of the most important things to consider when prepping your home for a large-scale catastrophe is food. You may have already obtained spoil-proof foods that you and your family can subsist on for a year or more but those foods are not going to be worth anything if they are not properly stored. The first reason why food storage is so important in an emergency is the most obvious: you are going to want to store your food so that it doesn’t spoil. In order to achieve this goal you will need to designate a dry, room temperature area of your home with ample storage space which we will get into a bit later. One of the most important things to consider when prepping your home for a large-scale catastrophe is food. You may have already obtained spoil-proof foods that you and your family ...

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness begins with shedding the belief that everything will be taken care of for you. It may seem harsh but the right mentality to have when it comes to a crisis situation is every man for himself. You cannot rely on FEMA or governmental agencies to take care of you during a disaster. After all, what if roads are compromised and there is no reasonable way to deliver supplies to people that need it? The best thing to do is to take matters into your own hands. Disaster preparedness begins with shedding the belief that everything will be taken care of for you. It may seem harsh but the right mentality to have when it comes to a crisis situation is every man for himself. You cannot rely on FEMA or governmental agencies to take care of you during a disaster. After all, what if ro...