22 of My Favorite Blogs, Books and Products
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by M.D. Creekmore: Preparing
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this post floating around in my head for the past several months,
but never did anything with it. Other things, kept getting in the
way or another post seemed more timely. However, if you just discover
one great book, product, or resource from this list, then reading
the article is invaluable to you.
here is a genuine recommendation, meaning that I actually read all
the blogs, have read all the books, and use all the products. I
would love to make this a community discussion as well, so please
feel free to share your favorite resources in the comments below.
arent the only blogs and websites that I read, these are my
favorites. No, I may not agree with everything that is said all
the time, but each has something to offer. Ive listed them
below (in no particular order):
have to say much about Jim Rawles site SurvivalBlog.com, since Im
sure 99% of you know it anyway. He has some great guest posts, but
I mainly visit for the links posted in the Economics and Investing
and Odds n Sods sections.
James M Dakin
has been blogging for years, and while he does have a tendency to
run on about nothing from time to time, he writes about what he
feels regardless of who it rips. If youre easily offended
then you would probably be better off skipping this blog, however
if you like a good laugh with an occasional bit of survival advice
thrown in you wont be disappointed.
is a blog by Claire Wolfe that is published on the Backwoods
Home Magazine website for those of you who dont
know Claire is the author of several books including The
Freedom Outlaws Handbook: 179 Things to Do Til the Revolution,
Shoot the Bastards (Yet): 101 More Ways to Salvage Freedom,
Am Not A Number!: Freeing America From the ID State, and
Bad Attitude Guide to Good Citizenship.
This is another
blog hosted on the Backwoods Home Magazine website - it is a great
blog loaded that is loaded with hands on homesteading know how and
advice. Jackie is an expert gardener, preserver and homesteader.
Well worth the time to read her posts.
This is one
of the first blogs, I ever read and still read regularly. Expect
five or more short posts per day, with some great links to other
sites related to firearms. If youre interested in any aspect
of firearms, gun laws or self-defense, then you should definitely
check this site out.
my blog friend Jason Akers, this blog features advice one gardening
efficiently, responsibly and sustainably. If you remember, Jason
did a video for The Survivalist Blog entitled How to Build
A Quail Tractor and a guest post 4 Unique Ways to Preserve
Food. The Self-Sufficient Gardener is another blog to keep
an eye on.
Need I say
I read at least one chapter everyday. This is the greatest
survival book of all time.
Encyclopedia of Country Living (by Carla Emery)
A wealth of
information related to homesteading and survival in this
book youll find advice on gardening, preserving, saving seeds,
maple sugaring, raising, feeding, and caring for all types of livestock,
beekeeping, butchering and more. This was my go to book when I first
moved off the grid.
New Self-Sufficient Gardener (by John Seymour)
If you raise
a garden then this book is a must loaded with information
on growing fruits, vegetables, composting, whole gardens, greenhouses,
chicken coops, trellising, beekeeping, pruning, grafting. This is
a must have book in the survival library and one that has a place
in my bookshelf.
Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter
acre! (by Carleen Madigan)
Most of us
dont have 20 or more acres to grow food and raise livestock,
instead we have to get it done on one or two acres and this book
will help you do it. You can read my full review here. If you want
to become more self-reliant on your small acreage then you need
There Is No Doctor and Where
There Is No Dentist (by Hesperian Foundation)
Both of these
books are a must for the survival medical library, if you dont
have these get them now. Both are available for free download from
so even if youre broke (or just cheap) you have no excuse
I suggest you buy a paper copy or print and bind the pages
in a notebook.
Poaching (by Ragnar Benson)
my survival plan, harvesting wild game will be of utmost importance
in supplementing my garden and food storage. Survival Poaching includes
many detailed plans for traps, snares and deadfalls that can be
used to procure deer, elk, bear, moose, beaver, mink, muskrat, trout,
salmon, grouse, pheasant, duck and more. Also get a copy of Buckshots
Complete Survival Trapping Guide and Into
The Primitive: Advanced Trapping Techniques to complete
your survival trapping library.
to Live on Wheat (by John Hill)
This is one
of my favorite books on using wheat. It includes information on
types of wheat, how to store, essence bread, pan bread, sprouting,
sourdough, food combination, baking, bread making, gluten meat substitute,
pasta, improvised bread making, dumplings, cast iron cookery, salads,
biscuits, pancakes, hominy, corn bread, tempeh and more. You can
read my full review here.
in Your Backyard (by Gail Damerow)
to get you started raising chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats,
sheep, and cows. This book offers a great overview for each animal
with a lot of ground covered, but I suggest you also get another
books specific each animal you are raising.
Blue Book Guide to Preserving (by Altrista Consumer Products)
You can find
this book at most supermarkets and hardware stores where canning
jars and lids are sold. In my opinion, its the best how to
do it (canning) book available, with a wealth of photos, charts
and instructions. If you preserve your own food then you need this
of Self-Healing (by Dr. Maoshing Ni)
As you know,
Im not a big fan of prescription medications or western medical
thinking, preferring instead a more natural solution if possible
and this is the book, I turn to most often. Secrets of Self-Healing
covers diet, exercise and natural remedies for more than sixty-five
common ailments, such as sore throat, dandruff, headaches, high
blood pressure, sunburn, insect bites, indigestion and more.
of Sweden Knives
At less than
$20 each Mora Knives are hard to beat, I have one in my bug
out bag, in my tool box, fishing tackle box, in my hunting pack
and in the kitchen. They are light weight, sharp and well made.
This is the knife carried by Cody
Lundin on Duel
Survival. Get several.
Junior Hand Grain Mill
this mill for a couple of months now and I have been delighted with
the performance thus far a top of the line product. If you
use whole grains in you survival
food storage plan then you need a mill for the price,
the Wonder Junior is as good as it gets. Read my full
Berkey Water Filter
In most cases
acquiring a good at home water filter should be your first survival
priority my favorite is the Big Berkey System. Itll
purify raw water from lakes, streams and stagnant ponds etc. I use
mine to filter all of my drinking and cooking water. Find out how
to make a cheap homemade
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