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Green Coffee Beans for Long Term Storage

May 22, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin


Green coffee beans are best for long-term storage whereas roasted coffee beans have a limited shelf-life — they comparatively won’t retain their fresh flavor for too long. The shelf life of ground coffee is even less – making both roasted coffee beans and ground coffee poor choices for long term storage.

For those who are setting aside foods for prepping and preparedness, many of you are coffee drinkers – so what is the best coffee for long term storage?

Green coffee beans.

Here’s more about it, what you will need, and how to do it:


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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-5-20)

May 20, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

photo taken during a hike earlier this week

This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness.

The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion…

First timer? Lets hear from you too 😉

Note: We appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments during the week. For any off-topic comments use the most recent Saturday open-forum:
What did you do for your preparedness this week?

Note: Read the most recent (100) comments (from all articles) on the ‘Discussion’ page.

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How Do I Get Prepared?

May 19, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

The following is a comment from our very own ‘NRP’ here on the blog who was responding to an article that I wrote awhile ago entitled, “Getting Started With Survival Preparedness”

I felt that his comment was perfect for a subsequent article, especially geared towards those who may be just starting out in prepping / preparedness. So here it is:


What Are You Preparing For?

I believe the very first thing that’s needed is to understand what one is preparing for. What do you think is going to “get ya”.

Then make a list of the concerns you have.

Such as: an earthquake, hurricane, power outages, storms, EMP, nuke war, economy, social unrest, pandemic, job loss, and so on. And please do not say “everything”.

Then prioritize your “get ya” list and decide what is the most likely to happen.

FYI, if preparing for an Asteroid Impact; best of luck with that one.


Decide What You Need

After you have the “get ya” list, then start to determine what it is you will need to outlast that particular threat.

It will be very easy to see that some threats will be covered with preps for other threats, but not always.

Yes, we all know Water, Food, Shelter, and so on, but what specifically will you need to make it through a Pandemic or a JIT (just-in-time) food catastrophe, earthquake, or whatever? Obviously you will not need a Bio-Hazard suit for an economic crash (probably not).

So figure out what scares the bejeebers out of you as more likely to happen, and work on that first.

Search this blog for countless ideas on your concerns. There is some great content here and there are great comments to help you along for deciding what you might need or do for preparedness.

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Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone To Grow As A Human Being

May 18, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

All too many of us are nice and comfy in our “comfort zone”, remaining there whenever possible.

You might ask “What’s wrong with that?”

Well, here’s what I think…

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Retirement May Be Your Own SHTF If You Are Not Prepared For It

May 17, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Guest article, by ‘NRP’

Do you believe that someday TS-will-HTF ? Well then you are absolutely correct. We sometimes talk of how an EMP, economic-crash, WW III, Cyber Attack, Pandemic, so-on, will change the world (your life) forever, and/or bring it crashing down.

Retirement IS an event that will totally disrupt your current life in ways you have NO idea. Retirement WILL be that SHTF and hopefully we all get to enjoy it.

For those here that are thinking about that 10 letter word ‘Retirement’, and I know there are quite a few getting close, and for those that are a few/many years off, I wanted to touch a little on this.

So before I begin, and to those young whipper-snappers out there,

I remember just yesterday when I turned 25, young, healthy, full of pizzzz and vinegar, I looked at retirement like it was sooooo far away. Today I’m in the process of ‘getting my ducks in a row’, and tomorrow the day will come when I load all my ‘stuff’ at work, say ‘see ya’ to the ones still there, and head home to a new life.

Than what?

There are a few things to think about first:

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Home Canning Tips And Lessons Learned

May 16, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Looking for home canning tips? I thought one of the best ways to discover some of the lessons learned would be to hear it straight from others who have some experience with home canning and their own trial-and-error discoveries.

Recently someone on the blog wrote the following comment,

“Literally, everything we’ve ever canned is in our canning bible (the recipe, process, problems, jars canned, modifications to procedures and why, dates, etc…). It is group indexed with a different section for everything from fruits, vegetables, pickles, jellies, meats etc… This is a treasure trove of information that we would be lost without. Actually, we wouldn’t be lost, but it would become a royal pain in the rear if it were lost, stolen, or destroyed.”

This gave me the idea to ask our own readers for their input for home canning tips, which could become a resource in the comment section for others who happen across this page in the future while doing their own web-searching on home canning.

So lets hear from you home canners… What are some of your own tips and lessons learned?

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7 Mistakes That Burglars Love You To Make…

May 15, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin


Each year, more than 2 million homes are breached by burglars – a burglary every 15 seconds.

There are many mistakes that a home burglar would love you to make.

Here are a few of them:



For those who have a home burglar alarm system, all too often it is not activated when running out for on a quick errand. You may be surprised that the majority of houses robbed do have alarm systems – and more than half the time the alarm system is not turned on and activated.



The back door of a home is often not as secure as the front door, and may even be unlocked — and burglars know it. Do not overlook the back door. Secure it the same way as you would the front door. When you’re going out, be sure to think of (and lock) the back door when you leave.

Tip: I use these on both my front and back doors at night:
Master Lock Security Bar



The first place that burglars often look is in the bedroom. The underwear drawer, sock drawer, all dresser drawers, the bedside table, under the mattress, high closet shelves, etc.. Find other places to hide your valuables. Note that burglars almost never go through kids rooms… (hint).

More mistakes (tips) that a burglar hopes that you make…
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