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Our YEAR’S Worth Of FOOD – Root Cellar Tour (Full & Complete!)

Root cellars are important for survivalists, especially if your garden produces more than you can store on canning shelves and refrigerators. In a way, it’s a lost—but gradually re-emerging—art that allows you to feed your family for months without electricity or frequent trips to the store.

But when you’re planning to live off your root cellar for an entire year or winter season, you need to know what to store and how to store it for optimal shelf-life. While personal preferences and needs play an important part in the variety of foods that take up space in your storage room, it helps to have a blueprint to keep you on track. And this is where this awesome video by The Elliot Homestead comes in.

In the 20-minute video, Shaye Elliot gives viewers a walk-through of her full root cellar and her one year’s supply of food. It’s packed with a truckload of food items, which she claims are enough to sustain her family of 6 (4 children) for an entire year. As mentioned earlier, her stock is unique to the needs and taste of her family—but we found some inspiring ideas that you can adopt in your own root cellar.

Her supply is a mixture of both farm-grown foods harvested from their home garden and store-bought items such as extra vinegar, peanut butter, baking supplies, seaweed, crackers/cookies, garlic, and other items that they don’t grow on their farm. Kindly watch the video for the full tour and some useful tips to store foods from your garden through winter.

However, you should take special care to follow the right storage technique to keep your foods for longer. So, do your research to figure out the best storage conditions for different foods.

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How To Program The BaoFeng UV-5R

Reliable, water-resistant, compact, feature-packed, very affordable, and a long battery life – the BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Amazon link) is a proper two-way Ham or emergency radio. You can even listen to FM broadcast radio during your outdoor trail hike, while still monitoring incoming radio frequencies. Neat, right?

But perhaps the main perk of the BaoFeng UV-5R is its versatility. You can transmit on amateur frequencies, including Wideband (25kHz) and Narrowband (12.5kHz) frequencies. It also boasts of 128 programmable memory channels — allowing you to tweak your device how you want (as long as it’s within legal / licensed limits). Some reviewers have claimed range up to 15 miles with the addition of a compatible Nagoya NA-771 15.6-inch whip antenna (around $20-$25).

But while it is relatively easy to use, programming the device is not all that straightforward for beginners. Whether it is due to a lack of support from manufacturers or poorly elaborated user manuals, programming handheld radios seems to be an eternal challenge for many users. Fortunately, there are BaoFeng UV-5R enthusiasts such as Tin Hat Ranch, who offer helpful resources.

Related: How To Make A Crystal Radio

You generally have two options to program the BaoFeng UV-5R. You can either:

• Make use of the Excellent CHIRP Software: This is an open-source tool available on Windows, Linux, and macOS. It offers a user-friendly interface that allows the seamless programming of a wide range of amateur radios. To program your BaoFeng UV-5R radio using CHIRP, all you need is the software, a USB plug’n play programming cable, and the simplified tutorial (see linked video).

• Programs Channels Manually: Don’t have access to a computer? No worries! You can also manually program your HAM radio on the fly – i.e., direct from the keypad. With this method, you can program a simplex channel or a repeater channel depending on your needs.

Tip: It’s illegal to transmit on certain frequencies unless you have an operator’s license or are in a true emergency situation. The restricted bands vary by locality. Be sure to understand and follow the codes in your region.

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10 Of The Best Herbal Remedies You Could Possibly Learn About

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Since time immemorial, medicinal plants and oils have been known to serve as effective remedies to both minor and major ailments. With the following herbs, your home remedy kit will be will be better stocked than ever before.

1. Great BurdockBurdock has been used by herbalist to treat a variety skin diseases such as abscesses, acne, carbuncles, psoriasis and eczema. The beneficial effects of this herb includes increasing circulation to the skin, helping to detoxify the epidermal tissues.

2. Marsh Mallow – Marsh Mallow was traditionally used for dry coughs and sore throats. Recently, it has been discovered that the plant may be supportive in a variety of digestive complaints, including indigestion, heartburn, stomach ulcers / ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

3. Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is used to combat skin aging and is a primary remedy for burns. It also participates in the faster healing of wounds, cuts, abrasions and injuries. It’s also obtainable in a juice form and this is considered very valuable for cases of stomach ulcer.

4. Pot Marigold – Only the flower heads of marigolds are used medicinally and they are well known for their wound healing and antiseptic properties. Its anti-bacterial actions combat infection and promote healthy tissue growth and its anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and irritation, soothing the treated areas.

5. Gotu KolaGotu kola is used in herbalism for a wide variety of viral, bacterial, or parasitic infectious diseases – such as urinary tract infection, syphilis, shingles, cholera, leprosy, the common cold, dysentery and influenza.

6. Chamomile – Chamomile is used to soothe irritation from chest colds, aid in the faster healing of wounds, eradicate abscesses, lessen gum inflammation and treat various skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash.

7. Chinese Yam – Chinese yam is traditionally used to treat disorders related to the stomach, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. It contains allantoin, a natural compound that can accelerate the growth of healthy tissue and reduce healing time. Victims of scorpion stings and snakebites can be treated with its leaf juices.

8. EchinaceaEchinacea is used by herbalists to fight infections, especially the common cold, flu and other upper respiratory infections. It is also considered valuable against many infections including urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, herpes, tonsillitis, typhoid, malaria, swine flu, warts, and nose and throat infections. Should not be used long term.

9. Great Yellow Gentian – The gentians have been used for centuries as bitters to stimulate the appetite, improve digestion and to treat heartburn, vomiting, stomach ache and diarrhea.

10. Siberian Ginseng – Unlike many herbs with a medicinal use, the Siberian Ginseng is considered more useful for maintaining good health rather than treating ill-health. Research has shown that it stimulates resistance to stress and so it is now widely used as a tonic in times of stress and pressure. Regular use is said to restore ones energy and improve the memory.

Although these herbs are widely available in supplement form, labels on store-bought herbs rarely reveal how plants are raised or how long the ingredients were exposed to light and high temperatures while stored in their plastic containers. The best way to know that the herbal remedies you bought are of top quality is to grow them yourself right in your own garden.

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