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Survival food can be easily prepared during an emergency situation using simple, long-term storage food items, cooking outdoors with dutch ovens, and using off-the-grid cooking methods.

Lightweight trail food for backpacking

Five freeze dried foods to use on camping trips

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There is a whole population of us baby boomers who are too young to slow down, but too old to carry heavy packs. For me, going lightweight in my gear selections is no longer optional. Integrating freeze dried foods into the menu can cut unnecessary ounces.

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One of the best things about chili is the variety of ingredients that can be used.

Try this favorite wild game chili recipe

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Few dishes evoke the passion of chili, and you probably either love it, or don’t care for it at all. I love this recipe, and you will too!

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water containers, store water

How much water is enough to survive?

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Without water, our bodies can get into serious trouble quickly – just a matter of days before dehydration sets in. Why do many people keep extra food, but don’t store water?

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plastic pollution

Save the Planet: Nalgene water bottles can help reduce plastic trash and pollution

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It seems Nalgene water bottles have been around forever. But actually, it’s only been 70 years. Here is why they have lasted so long, and why I have to many of the Nalgene 32 ounce wide mouth bottles.

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The best way to show respect for a harvested animal is to use every part.

How to make bone broth for healthy – and delicious – soups and stews

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Bone broth is a super food that can easily be made by boiling bones. Here’s what you need to know.

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This Bark River Sahara worked really well as a hunting knife.

How to clean an elk heart and make fajitas from it

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When it comes to comfort foods, Mexican-style is one of my favorites. Here’s how to make one of my go-to dishes, using elk heart.

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misssissippi river fishing, smallmouth bass, fish recipe book

Three surefire freshwater fish recipes for outdoor gourmet cooking

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The next best thing to catching fish is eating them. If you’re wondering how to cook those fish outdoors, here are three of my go-to recipes that work every time

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Tasty food improves morale: A WWII Chicken Dinner Story

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Tasty food has an incredible impact on morale. My dad told this story from World War II, where he joined a Louisiana family for a Sunday chicken dinner.

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Make lima Beans and ham with storage foods

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A survival recipe uses simple, staple  ingredients, is easy to cook, and can be prepared in a one-pot setting using a campfire or woodstove. A collection of easy, tasty recipes should be in every survival kit.

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Survival recipes: Award-winning Dutch oven beer-braised rabbit

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In an emergency situation, tasty recipes you can concoct under primitive conditions are a survival tool. Here’s a great recipe for rabbit, either wild or domestic, that can be cooked outside, using the coals from a campfire.

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