It's absolutely true that we live in a culture where luxuries and entertainment have been confused with staples and necessities. And that obsession with frivolity has made this a dangerous time indeed. It would only take one major disaster (natural or man-made) and much of the population wouldn't know how to take care of themselves or their loved ones. But don't worry, there is a solution.
Plenty of people around the world have snapped out of their multimedia fog and opted for a life of sustainability, preparedness and greater meaning. You can do it too. You just need the right information. Whether you want to go off the grid as a way of life, or you just want to be ready if the grid goes down, we have heard the call of the back-to-basics movement and we have answered it. The editors of Outdoor Life Magazine and I have created a survival manual that precisely details How To Survive Off The Grid. That's even what we called it! And here are three of my favorite sections from this brand new book. Enjoy!
Being off-grid doesn't mean living like a savage—you can still have lox for your bagels! If you've caught or grown fish, you can turn them into flavorful smoked fish, without much modern equipment. There are two traditional ways to smoke fish, hot smoking and cold smoking. These can be done with the same apparatus, the big difference is the heat.
HOT SMOKING This technique involves a closed box to hold in the smoke and the heat from your smoke producing materials. The fish is cooked by this heat, and permeated with a smoky flavor. Fish prepared in this manner can last up to a week in cooler temperatures.
COLD SMOKING Cold smoking is done at cooler temperatures, for a longer period time. The goal in this method is long term fish storage, which requires more of a drying process than a cooking process. It should not get hot enough in the smoker to actually cook the fish.
Store-bought solar ovens are a fairly recent novelty, though the science behind them dates back centuries. The solar oven is a combination of an insulated "oven box" and reflective panels that catch sunlight and direct it into the oven, creating temperatures in excess of 400 degrees F under ideal conditions. This light-powered method is slow and steamy - perfect for producing tender meats and moist baked goods. Just seal your food in the oven, align the reflectors and let the sunlight do the rest. While this is almost a care free cooking method, you should twist the oven a little bit, every 30 minutes as the sun tracks across the sky. You may also have to move the zenith adjustment leg, but only a few times in an entire day. Bake beautiful bread in four hours, cut-with-a-fork roasts and baked apples in about five hours, savory stews in six hours and heated up leftovers in about one hour. And though it's not quick like a microwave, this appliance doesn't need any fuel or electricity to work perfectly.
You Can Survive Without Electricity
It's not the end of all comfort (or the world) if you can't power your self-reliant home with electricity. Although 1800's visionaries like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse paved the way for electricity to transform from a scientific curiosity into the essential power source for modern life, they grew up without it. In fact, the majority of the humans who have ever lived on earth never knew the glowing luminescence of a light bulb or the frostiness of a refrigerator chilled beer. For most modern people, electricity is viewed as absolutely necessary. But in truth, it's merely a luxury. You can survive in a non-electric home, just like our ancestors.
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