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Long-Lasting Breads You Can Stockpile For YEARS And YEARS

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Long-Lasting Breads You Can Stockpile For YEARS And YEARS
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Bread has been a classic sustenance for survival in many cultures since ancient times. The Bible has many references to the bread – which according to the Book of Ezekiel was made in those times from wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and fitches. This classic and common food is often overlooked by preppers and off-grid enthusiasts due to its short shelf life. However, there are bread recipes that will make survival more bearable. Before we discuss them, let’s take a look at the factors that affect the shelf life of bread as well as ways for extending the shelf life of the baked item without the use of preservatives.

The primary culprit of bread spoilage is mold. Organic bread is more prone to spoilage due to lack of preservatives. Here are the factors that expose your bread to the development of certain fungi or molds which can be dangerous to eat.

•• Temperature

Most molds grow faster at warmer temperatures, so bread will only last a few days unless frozen.

• •Exposure To Mold

Mold spores in the air or on people’s hands could cause the development of mold. To delay mold growth, keep the bread in an airtight container and wash hands before handling.

• •Moisture

Mold thrives in a moist environment, so bread could grow mold sooner if it is exposed to high moisture content. To deal with moisture, bread should be cooled and dried out at room temperature before being placed in a container.

• •Ingredients

The growth of mold is enhanced by ingredients such as eggs, milk and sugar, which create a petri dish environment for the fungus. If you will prepare bread with these types of ingredients, eat it as soon as possible or store it in the refrigerator.

• Preparation Style

Over-mixing or kneading exposes the bread to more oxygen, which is another factor that encourages the rapid growth of mold. Mixing and kneading should only be done to the point necessary. If you want bread recipes that last up to 2.5 years, the matzo bread and hardtack are the clear winners. These types of bread are tasty and can fulfill the bread function as a foodstuff. Here are the recipes:

Basic Hardtack Bread


•• 5 cups of flour
•• 2 cups of water
•• 3 teaspoons of salt


Mix the flour and salt in a bowl and make sure the mixture is fairly dry. Add just enough water so that the mixture will stick together. The dough should not stick to hands, rolling pin or pan. Then, roll the dough to about half-inch thickness and shape it into a rectangle. Cut the dough into 3-by-3 inch squares and ½ inch thick.

Create a pattern of four rows of four holes into the squares by slightly punching through the dough, whose appearance should be similar to that of a modern saltine cracker. Do the same procedure to the other side of the dough.

Bake the dough on an ungreased cookie or baking sheet for thirty minutes for the one side. Turn the dough pieces and bake for another 30 minutes. Wait until the sides are slightly brown.

When done, let the crackers dry for a few days in an open space. The bread’’s consistency should be similar to that of a brick before you store them in an airtight container.

You can fry the bread in a buttered skillet after soaking it in milk or water. This bread, used as a staple in ancient times on long sea voyages, is perfect when eaten with cheese, soup, or just plain salt.

Basic Matzo Bread Recipe

This unleavened bread is a kosher food for Passover. You can enjoy this crisp, flatbread in just under thirty minutes. This savory snack sustained the Israelites across their travels and wanderings during Biblical times. It has a shelf life of 2.5 years when stored in a dry place.


•• 1 cup flour
•• 3 cups of water
•• ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
•• 1 teaspoon of olive oil


Mix all ingredients and knead the mixture until firm dough forms. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Then, roll each ball into think disk. Pierce each disk with a fork on each side to prevent the dough from rising. Repeat the previous procedures with the rest of the dough. Place the pieces of bread onto the baking sheet. It’s okay if the bread overlaps on the pan. Bake for two minutes and carefully flip over the bread, and bake for an additional 2 minutes until the matzos are lightly browned and crisp.

For kosher matzos, wafers should be finished within 18 minutes of adding water to the flour.

India Just Planted 66 Million Trees In 12 Hours

India Just Planted 66 Million Trees In 12 Hours
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Nations such as India are stepping up their actions to stress their commitment to the Paris climate deal. The South Asian nation plans to spend $6 billion reforesting 12% of its land under the agreement. The country’’s latest project was conducted last July 2, 2017, when 1.5 million volunteers planted 66 million animal sheltering, carbon-scrubbing trees.

Situated along the Narmada River in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, the project involved young and old volunteers who gathered to plant more than 20 species of saplings. A similar project was organized a year before, that saw the planting of 50 million trees.

Thirty-one percent of the planet’s land mass is covered by forests which provide food, fresh water, clothing, medicine, and shelter to 1.6 billion people. Forests are also home to many of the world’s most endangered and threatened animals.

Due to continued deforestation, some 46,000-58,000 square miles of forests are lost annually. The planet loses 8 football fields of forests every minute to fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching, logging for timber and commercial development.

India’’s feat would not be possible without the commitment of the Madhya Pradesh government and the help of the districts along the Narmada River. The men, women, children, and elderly that participated in the project sowed saplings from 7 am to 7 pm.

This effort is part of India’s goal to reforest 235 million acres of the country by 2030. The Paris Agreement also drove India’’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commit 40% of the country’’s electricity capacity to come from renewable sources by 2030.

Ranked third in the world (behind China and the U.S.) in terms of carbon dioxide emission, India has implemented steps to curb coal use for natural gas and renewable energy sources. The Paris agreement and the drop in renewable energy prices forced India to rethink its electricity generation strategy. A report published by the World Economic Forum found that the price of solar and wind electricity generation is now equal to or cheaper than fossil fuel based electricity.

According to Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state chief minister for the Madhya Pradesh region, the tree plantation will not only save Narmada but also the planet. Chouhan stressed the need to spare something for upcoming generations.

The tree plantation initiative is one of India’’s strategies to change its reputation as a smog and pollution fuelled country. Its capital, Delhi, holds the record for the worst air quality in the world. Modi’’s government wants to make India green again by investing millions into environmentalism and green energy at a local and national level.

Other nations have also taken steps to reduce deforestation and climate change. Australia shared its plan to use drones to plant one billion trees every year. Africa is doubling its efforts to restore 31.7 million hectares of land as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative.

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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It’s A Bit Crazy…)

Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:

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There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.

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Completely 100 Percent Off-Grid – 9 Essential Foods You Should Produce

Completely 100 Percent Off-Grid - 9 Essential Foods You Should Produce
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Self-sufficiency is an important aspect of off-grid living. If you live in a property that has enough space for raising animals and growing edible plants, you can create a supply of food. A functional homestead is a key objective of many off-grid enthusiasts.

According to homesteader and seed breeder Carol Deppe, the five crops that homesteaders need to survive and thrive are potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs. This information is in her book The Resilient Gardener, which focuses on growing staple crops for food self-sufficiency.

For this article, we have grouped the essential foods you should grow into four: Protein, grains, fruits and vegetables, and others. Here is the list of foods that you should consider implementing for self-reliance in uncertain times.


1. Beans

Beans belong to the legume family of vegetables that also includes peas, lentils, and chickpeas. Rich in protein, beans are easy to grow and can be stored during winter. Deppe suggests growing different species of beans including favas, peas, and common beans. Growing the climbing type is ideal for maximizing space.

2. Poultry

Chickens are one of the most sustainable living meats that you can consider when it comes to living off the grid. For survivalists, you will need chickens that lay eggs and poultry chickens which are raised for eating. Some people prefer letting their chickens roam free, but keeping them in a fully-contained area will keep them safe from predators lurking outside your fences.

3. Rabbits

Nick Klein, a renowned rabbit keeping instructor, stressed in an interview the importance of rabbits as a key to efficient food production. According to Klein, a 6 x 4 living space could produce over 4,000 pounds of live rabbits a year.


4. Corn

Native Americans have been growing and consuming corn or maize for centuries. This prolific grain crop requires up to four months of warm weather for production. Corn can be an important staple grain once you have addressed pests or soil issues which usually occur in the first year of growing the crop.

5. Wheat

Wheat is another crop that is easy to grow almost anywhere in temperate regions. You could use your front yard to plant six pounds of wheat which could produce nearly fifty pounds of grain. Before you start growing your wheat, you have to learn how the grain behaves, the issues that beset its cultivation, and the impact of varying climate conditions on the grain.

Fruits & Vegetables

6. Winter Squash

Winter squash is one of the storage crops that a truly self-sufficient garden must have. There are six winter squash types that are favorites of American organic farmers including butternut squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, hubbard squash, spaghetti squash, and buttercup squash. Appropriate pest management and watering are necessary if you want to get a good yield of winter squash in your first year.

7. Apples

Planting trees needs to be one of your highest priorities if you are a homesteader. Apple trees take six to ten years before they will bear serious amounts of fruit, so patience and forward planning are important. An apple tree may take a few years to start producing big crops for you, but planting apple trees is well worth the wait.

8. Potatoes

Potatoes can grow pretty much anywhere. These vegetables should be a major storage crop in your garden when living off the grid. They are a sustainable food source that is easy to acquire and inexpensive to grow. You can grow them in open ground or recycled coffee sacks.


9. Honey

There are several reasons why you should add bees to your homestead. Keeping beehives or boxes provides your crops with a diversity of pollinating insects to assist in the process. Raw honey offers amazing health and healing benefits including combating allergies and healing burns. Honey is a popular sale item and a potential source of additional income.

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