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55 Top Survival Blogs: Follow These in 2018

2017 was a big year for survivalists and preppers, and 2018 will no doubt be bigger. So what better way to kick off the new year than by taking stock of the state of survivalism online? After all, there’s no better way to get prepared than to learn from others. Here, I’ve compiled a list of 55 blogs and prepper websites offering everything from wilderness tutorials to DIY and self sufficient living advice.

Before we get into things, take note: the list itself was composed with a focus on providing a cross section of the survivalist community. There’s everything from firearm tips to organic produce tricks, urban survival to wilderness mastery. On top of this, there’s blogs from every corner of the political spectrum, from sovereign citizens to mainstream conservatives, to tie-dye hippies and armed far left groups.

I’m not here to judge your political flavor, just your ability to provide useful information on survival, self defense, organization or other factors that matter when SHTF. So whatever your survival focus or political persuasion, there should be something you’ll enjoy.

Of course, I am partial to this blog that you are reading on now and our large and growing community supports us in our efforts to spread the word about the importance of survival skills and education for you and your family. But, we survivalists are, after all, one big community. That is why I want to give a shout out to some of our brothers and sisters in kind!

Survival Blogs Worth Following This Year

As a final note, it’s worth pointing out you won’t find a numerical listing here for the survival blogs. That’s because there simply isn’t a single blog that can be considered the best, the second best or third. Instead, listings have been divided into groups of ten. The top 10 should be considered mandatory reading for anyone seeking a cohesive understanding of the state of the survivalist/prepper scene in 2018. The top 20/30 are likewise great blogs, offering a wealth of content for anyone interested in anything from the casual weekend in the wilderness, to hardcore prepping. Finally the last group, simply titled “the rest,” features a collection of 15 blogs that didn’t quite make the top 40, but are worth visiting for one of two reasons. Either they’re relatively new blogs with a lot of potential, or older sites that show promise for making a comeback this year.

The Top 10 Survival Blogs

Survival Cache

Survival Cache’s strong point is its reliable product reviews. Before you buy any survival product, make sure you pay this site a visit. Odds are they’ll have reviewed it.

The Survival Doctor

Ever wanted to learn how to handle a gunshot wound? The Survival Doctor offers practical yet impressive advice on how to simply stay alive, and keep those around you breathing when SHTF.

Tactical Intelligence

One of the best sources of in-depth, practical advice, Tactical Intelligence is an indispensable asset to any survivalist for their reviews, advice and insane amount of content.

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Canadian Preppers Network

A home for Canuck survivalists, the CPN is extremely helpful for newbies and experts alike. Learn how to build a log cabin, or make your own moonshine to ward off the northern cold.

Simply Canning

Arguably the best site anywhere for learning how to preserve your own food. Canning is one of the best skills a survivalist can learn, so check this one out.

Survival Magazine

A great site for practical advice on outdoor living, DIY solutions and hunting. Accessible, handy and well worth your time.

The Survival Blog

Since 2005, Jim Rawles has been churning out some of the most interesting articles for survivalists. He’s covered virtually every topic imaginable, plus his daily doses of historic factoids are always worth a skim.

More Than Just Surviving

Great site for product reviews and general survival/outdoor advice.

Ready Nutrition

As the name suggests, there’s a big focus on food here; then again, you too will probably be pretty focused on food when civilization collapses around you.

Redneck Revolt

The only left-wing prepper site to make it anywhere near the top 10, Redneck Revolt is about collective community defense, guns, anti-fascism, more guns and redneck pride. Their monthly podcast is only just getting off the ground, and it’ll be interesting to see where things go in 2018.

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The Top 20 Survival Blogs

The Prepper Journal

A great place to read about the basics of survival.

Graywolf Survival

Great articles packed with handy advice. Some articles are fairly long, but worth it generally.

Survival Based

Great content on wilderness survival tips and tricks.

Prepper Website

A bit of a mixed bag, this blog does have some diamonds in the rough. Nonetheless, its influence on the prepper movement can’t be understated, making this site worth following.

Survivopedia

It’s basically Wikipedia for preppers. You’ll find just about everything here.

American Preppers Network

A staple for libertarian preppers, there’s an absolute ton of content here, covering pretty much every topic imaginable.

Survival Sherpa

Really good, unique content written with passion. If you haven’t seen this one yet, then check it out.

The Survival Mom

Excellent advice, great topics and regular updates. What more could you want? This is one mom you don’t want to mess with.

The Organic Prepper

The go-to site for survivalists who like to keep things all natural.

Survival Medicine

Nurse Amy’s handy medical tips are great for daily applications and for when SHTF.

The Top 30 Survival Blogs

Common Sense Homesteading

Less camo and gun nuts, more baking and gardening, Common Sense Homesteading is worth following for its useful tips for anyone who wants to live a healthy, sustainable and self sufficient lifestyle. Learn how to raise chickens, make use of renewable energy, bake bread and eat healthy.

Prepper’s Will

Fantastic site for advice on disaster and wilderness survival. Their suggestions are well explained and easy to follow.

SHTF School

Home of the SHTF survival boot camp, this site deserves to be on your reading list.

Modern Survival Blog

Regular posts packed full of details make this blog well worth reading once or twice a week, despite its less-than-modern layout.

Off Grid Survival

One of the nicest looking prepper sites around, Off Grid is great for outdoors, camping and general survival topics.

Backdoor Survival

Fantastic for everyday tips, blogger Gaye offers regular, useful content.

Left Wing Survivalist

The life of a lefty survivalist can be a lonely one, until you discover this little blog. It’s not bad, but could do with more informative content.

Sarah Avery

A relatively new blogger of late 2017, Sarah has already produced some good stuff. It’ll be interesting to see where she takes things in 2018.

The Survival Blog

Regular updates and plenty of handy tips.

Simple Living

A forum mostly for discussing organic lifestyles and emergency preparedness.

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Survivor Jane

In a scene dominated by men, Survivor Jane is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Another rare example of far left survivalism, most content is political in nature, but there’s still some useful prepper tips to be had here.

Preparedness Advice

A side project of survivalist author Howard Godfrey, this site is fantastic for covering some of the lesser known topics relevant to preppers. Godfrey is also the author of a pretty solid book on survival, Emergency Preparedness & More.

Survivalist Boards

A forum for survivalists, this is a great place to trade tips and learn from the experiences of others.

My Family Survival Plan

Standard survivalist content, but with a bit of a focus on keeping the family safe when SHTF.

Apartment Prepper

Do you want to turn your apartment into a fortress? If so, check out Apartment Prepper.

Doomsday Moose

Mostly your standard prepper fare, but well executed.

Left Preppers Alliance

A forum for preppers on the left side of the spectrum. Unsurprisingly it’s pretty sparse, but beggars can’t be choosers, can they?

Armed Left

Far more lively than Left Preppers, Armed Left is the place to be for communists, radical socialists and anarchists stockpiling weapons for the worker revolution.

Survival Spot

A reasonable mix of product reviews and survival advice.

More Awesome Survival Blogs

Modern Survivalist Online

Big focus on guns and Reagan. So if you’re starved for some decent firearm reading material, this blog should stave you over for a while.

Prep-Blog

Only posting once or twice a month, Prep-Blog is nonetheless a good read, with some handy advice.

Rural Revolution

Another female survivalist, Rural Revolution blends country living with prepping. Especially relevant for anyone living around Idaho.

Teotwawki

Teotwawki has been pretty much dead since 2016, with its founder Alexander Wolf dealing with personal stuff. Wolf has stated he has plans to restart blogging, possibly in 2017. So keep an eye on this one.

Prepography

Covers almost every aspect of prepping, from treating snake bites to handling mental health issues.

Provident Living Today

Learn how to grow vegetables, preserve and can them. Great advice, good for families looking for an alternative lifestyle.

Prepper Forums

Another online forum, Prepper Forums is for hardcore survivalists. There’s a big focus on firearms and gear.

Prepping to Survive

This site hasn’t been particularly active since around 2013, which is a real shame. Some of their older articles are fairly good.

The Home for Survival

Some good stuff here, particularly for homeowners who would rather stay indoors when the apocalypse hits.

Preppers

This site is basically a hub for prepper feeds, and can be a helpful place to start if you’re looking for something new.

The Survival Podcast

Interesting topics like how to convert your trailer to a fortress.

SHTF Plan

Nice name. Mostly political content, and feels a lot like a poor man’s InfoWars. Alas, there’s some useful survival content hidden here.

SHTF Movement

Useful for general survival and prepping tips.

Maximum Survival

Good variety of content, from raising animals to surviving in harsh weather.

Prepper Dashboard

This blog has been pretty quiet for nearly a year now, but remains a good source of information for DIY and gardening.

Did you love reading about these survival blogs? Let us know if you’re already a fan of any of these survival blogs in the comments!

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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls

New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.

“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

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How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar

The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!

This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.

So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?

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Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know

Why Make Sauerkraut?

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Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Tools Needed:

  • knife
  • bowl
  • mason jar
  • smaller jar
  • rubber band

Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients



Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.

You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.

Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips



Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.

Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt



Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.

TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.

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Step 4: Massage the Cabbage



Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.

TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.

Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar



Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.

IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.

Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar



You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.

Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.

Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band



Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.

Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily

Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.

Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures

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After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.

NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.

You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.

Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut

  • Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
  • Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
  • If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.

Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!

So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.

What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!

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9 SPRING VEGETABLES FOR YOUR GARDEN

Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!

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In this article:

  1. Tomato
  2. Eggplant
  3. Beet
  4. Spinach
  5. Pea
  6. Carrot
  7. Radish
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Asparagus

Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!

Tomato

Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.

Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.

Eggplant

Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?

Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.

Beets

Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.

If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.

Spinach

Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!

Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.

Pea

Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.

Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.

Carrot

There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.

They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.

Radish

A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.

Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.

Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.

Asparagus

Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!

Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.

All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!

So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!

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