Tricks to Make Yourself More Likeable and Charming (for when SHTF)

OK, SHTF, people gather up in small groups for safety, protection and sanity.  Your on your own but prefer to join a group.  It sure would be helpful if they “liked you” and found you “charming” on top of any skills or benefits you bring with you for their group.  Here”s how to get them to “like you” a little …

What’s a “Lumen” and how does it relate to Flashlights?

(Editor’s note: Welcome to the next installment of our “Ask a Survival Guy” series of blog posts. We encourage you to submit a question. The founder of Midwest Native Skills, Tom Laskowski, might just answer it as part of this regular feature!) Question: I want to buy a flashlight, but the advertisements I see all talk about something called “lumens.” …

What’s the Best Flashlight to Buy?

With Flashlight technology is changing so fast I’m not sure what is the best flashlight to buy.  What is your opinion?   You absolutely right with you comment on the technology with flashlights changing very fast, however the industry is running into a wall that they may not be able to get past anytime soon….that wall is HEAT and POWER …

Survival Fishing Fish Preservation

(Editor’s note: Welcome to the first installment of our “Ask a Survival Guy” series of blog posts. We encourage you to submit a question. The founder of Midwest Native Skills, Tom Laskowski, might just answer it as part of this regular feature!) Question: Let’s say you’re in a survival situation and you’re doing incredibly well fishing. In fact, you’re catching …

Master Tonic Liquid

Ingredients 1 medium Ginger root 2 Cloves Garlic Horseradish Root (3″) 1/2 medium onion 3 Jalapino Peppers 1/2 C Tumeric 24 oz Apple Cider Vinegar Directions Cut up above solid ingredients and place in blender Blend in blender until very smooth (approx. 1 minute) Add the apple cider vinegar Continue to blend for an additional 2 minutes Pour into mason …

Basic Sausage Recipe

Ingredients 4 lbs. pork butt (approx. 70/30 meat to fat ratio) 1 T dried Crushed Red Peppers 2 T Salt 1.5 t ground Garlic 1 t dry Thyme 1.5 t dry Oregano 1/3 C Red Wine Vinegar Natural Hog Casings (approx 10 ft. in length) Directions Mix the crushed Red Peppers, salt, thyme. oregano together either in a coffee mill, …

Master Tonic “Antibiotic” Pills

Ingredients 1 medium Ginger root 2 Cloves Garlic Horseradish Root (3″) 1/2 medium onion 3 Jalapino Peppers 1/2 C Tumeric 24 oz Apple Cider Vinegar 32 oz of Colloidal Silver water (as high of concentration of parts per million (ppm) as you can get. Directions Take the Colloidal Silver water and place on medium heat and reduce it until 6 …

Picking the Right Survival Gun for Your Bug Out Bag

There are a few topics that are so controversial and that they should not be discussed at the holiday dinner table. Those topics are politics, religion, and survival guns (including caliber and type of gun) you should carry.  The debate typically ranges from stopping power vs. weight of the extra ammunition, accuracy of the weapon vs. size, and ease of …

How Sayings and Proverbs of the Past Can Help You With a Weather Forecast

Today with the 24-hour news cycle, getting a current weather report is no more challenging than turning on the television. But how often are those forecasts wrong? Or what if there is NO television to turn on, like when you’re on a five-day hiking trip. Then what?  In a survival situation, knowing what the weather will be like tomorrow may …

What Should NEVER Be in your “Bug Out Bag”

Putting together a “bug out bag” is one of the most talked about topics in the survival and self-reliance world. In fact, there has been a host of books written about the topic, not to mention countless articles and blog posts on: What should be included How heavy the bag should be How many days it should be designed for …