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Monday, 30 March 2015

Show Contents 30th March 2015

Show Notes
This week I begin with the THE TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 then the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, Basic Prep List For One Month/One Adult, No HGV Drivers No Food,The U.K mock SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3), the Ribzwear 30% Discount Offer, Bugging Out, What is a BOV, and Do I Need One?, the Wilderness121 10% Discount Offer, Choosing a BOL Location, Prepper Training, the Midimax 10% Discount Offer, The Humble Dandelion, Fish Farming as a Source of Protein, the Field-Leisure 10% Discount Offer, My Mum, Dirty Bomb Attack, the Hunters-Knives 10% Discount Offer, The Bug out Week 2015 is Coming, the Buggrub 10% Discount Offer, Bugout Coffee Review, The Meats Snack Review.
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 The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The previous ten years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all.

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.
Check out or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.

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I thought that I would come up with a very basic but practical list of preps that only need to be multiplied by the number of people in your family or group.Water: 30 gallons per person minimumCanned meals: 30 cans per person (Pasta meat mixes; Chunky type soups; Chili; etc.)Canned/Tinned meat spreads and similar items for sandwiches: 12 cansPeanut Butter: 2-3 lbs per personJam/Jelly: 1-2 lbs per personCrackers: 4 1 lb. boxes per person (for sandwiches and snacks)Canned fruit: 12 cans per personInstant breakfast cereal: 30 packs per personVegetable/fruit juices: 1 gallon per personCoffee, (2 lb) tea, hot chocolate etc. Consider instant in case no electricity.Dry milk: Large box, increase if frequent milk drinker; 2 per childDessert items: Canned or single serve puddings and similar , hard candy, or similar comfort foods and "treats", if funds allowSugar: 5 lbsSalt: 1 lb; other spices/condiments as desiredBaking soda: 1 boxIbuprofen: bottle 100Multiple Vitamin: 1 bottle/30 day supplyPrescription Medications: minimum 30 days supplyAntibacterial soap: 1 per sinkHand sanitizer:minimum 1 pocket size and one large to refill fromBleach- unscented, 1 gallonVinegar: plain, 1 gallon for disinfectant purposesToilet paper 10-15 rollsPaper towels; 6 rollsPaper plates, cups, disposable silverware
Manual can opener
Camp Stove, or other alternative heating method to boil water and fuelFlashlights: One per person minimum, consider LED lights to reduce battery usage. Additional LED headlamps extremely useful.Radio: battery poweredBatteries: 3 to 4 sets per battery powered itemFire extinguishers
Battery operated smoke detectors
Children specific items: Food, formula, nappies, OTC medicines.
No HGV Drivers No Food
As preppers and survivalists we prep for natural and man made disasters and even nuclear war, but it appears that with our "Just in time" economy and supermarket ordering system we could be at risk of a total disruption of food deliveries which could turn into looting and even food rioting.
The reason is there are not enough HGV drivers in the UK.
Britain is on the brink of a food crisis caused by a shortage lorry drivers which could lead to empty shelves this summer.
Shoppers could literally be faced with empty shelves without urgent action to recruit an army of lorry drivers, it was warned today.
Chancellor George Osborne is under pressure to announce support for training in the haulage industry in the Budget this week, amid warnings of a worrying shortage of 45,000 drivers.
The crisis in in the industry could mean food shortages at peak times, including this Easter and the summer months.
New training rules mean the logistics industry is thousands of drivers short, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
The Freight Transport Association claims more than 20,000 drivers have quit since September.
It comes after a new Driver Certificate of Professional Competence was introduced across the EU, which meant drivers had to complete an extra 35 hours training, costing some £500.
Hauliers say the rules mean there are not enough people to drive lorries across the country, raising the prospect of 'empty shelves'.
Mr Osborne is being urged to find £150million to increase training for thousands of drivers before the shortages hit vital supplies.
Richard Burnett, the chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, told the Telegraph: 'We need George Osborne to dig deep and find a way through this.
The problem isn't going to go away. If it's not tackled in this Budget, then whoever comes in to government are going to have to wake up and recognise that this is a significant issue and it's growing. We've no young people coming through into the industry.
Six weeks before Christmas, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin urged people to 'get their shopping done' in case the driver shortage hit the supply of food and presents.
He defended the new EU rules, arguing that drivers need to know how to drive their lorries properly.
But he urged people not to leave their shopping until the last minute, in case supply lines are affected.
I think people must accept that everything on a shelf was delivered by a truck and anything can prevent that truck from either setting off or actually arriving. Surely this must be seen as another reason to prep, I hope so anyway.
The U.K mock SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3)
The U.K mock SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3) will be holding their 3rd year event on June the 27th.
It is an event for preppers and people like minded to get together over the air through CB and PMR for a weekend.
They have chosen CB and PMR as they are license free and simple to work and legal for anyone to use in the UK.
All people taking part get listed on a google map on line and giving a call sign for the weekend.
There will also be a time table so people can find each other over the 2 days and the night.
Most people take part and BUG OUT for the weekend but some just join in from a parked car on a hill or from home if they are not able to get out and about.
On their Face Book page you can see past events at Uk shtf preppers and all so one or two uploaded to you tube.
The idea is as follows.
It’s a SHTF scenario of your choice.... zombie attack, a world war or a flood has took out your town/city and all land lines, mobile networks and the internet is down due to whatever you are prepping for and you need to make a call for whatever reason...
So what do you do????
Grab your BUG OUT BAG and head for the hills!!!!!! Radios normally work better from high ground so the plan would be to bug out to high ground and see who you can find on the radio.
More information will be handed out closer to the weekend.
But there are a few rules......
If you bug out please make sure you have permission to be on that land.
After the weekend please clean up your location before going home (LNT)
The radios used are open for anyone to use in the UK so please be polite and respectful to ALL other operators.
Make sure you are safe, you do not want to call out for help for real.
A front pack is a pack or bag that allows for access of equipment from the persons chest. Front packs first and foremost allow for easy access of gear without the removal of any equipment.
In many adventure outdoor activities it can be critical to the sport to have the ability to reach essential gear fast without the removal of a backpack. Simplicity is the foremost purpose of the front pack but there are many additional benefits as well.
In all there are unlimited uses for the front pack. Front packs are the best compliment to any outdoorsman’s gear when accessibility, functionality, mobility and simplicity are required. From horseback riding, long distance biking, motorcycling and kayaking.
All sports where fast and easy access of gear is essential, a front pack is your best solution and as you can imagine it is going down a storm within the prepping and survivalist community.
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Bugging Out
When the situation around you is so bad that you have to leave, then go. The military referred to it as "Bugging Out". 
This can be a complete disaster all by itself, but a little prior planning will certainly help. There are three things that you should consider before going anywhere:
Where are you going?
How are you going to get there?
What will you do when you get there?
You should plan for the worst possible situation. If you live in a highly populated area the roads will be jammed up. The airlines may or may not be flying in or out of your area. 
Buses, trains and taxis will be full, if working. Walking may be dangerous. So what do you do?
Consider first: Stay at home. Bunker In. Everything you have is already there. You and your family know where everything is, and you are in an area you are familiar with. But are you safe staying at home? Is there a raging fire close by heading your way? Is there a flood? Terrorist threat or actual terrorist activity?
Is there a nuclear, biological or chemical problem in your area? 
Is the electricity and water still working? Are thugs running rampant? Is it summer or winter with lots of snow? Is there a wild elephant in the yard? You have to consider all the facts before you decide to bug out. If, after all this thinking, you still have to leave, what do you take with you?
Most travel today has to be by private vehicle. Even with the streets jammed with others trying to get away, it is still your best bet for getting out safely. If you haven't already done it, prepare an vehicle emergency kit.
This kit depends a lot on the size of your vehicle, and the number of people in your party. Here's a list of some items you may want to include in your own vehicle emergency kit:
Extra fuel in an approved container.
Warm clothing for everyone in your party.
Maps of the area you are leaving/going to.
12 Volt tire inflation pump.
Spare tire... a real one.
Blankets, towels, pillows.
Roll of plastic sheeting or large plastic bags.
Torch with spare bulbs and batteries.
Fire extinguisher.
Small shelter or tent.
Small cooking set & charcoal briquettes.
Individualized personal non-perishable items.
Snow Chains for tires.
Folding shovel.
Tools for vehicle repair
Extra oil for engine and transmission
Change of clothing for everyone in your party.
1 Gallon of water per person in your party, per day. Plan on 3 days
Emergency food for up to 3 days without re-supply, preferably dehydrated types.
Books suitable for all members of your party.
A heavy knife, axe, or machete.
Weapons of choice.
All the above items, except the water, can be kept locked in your car all year long. Water can only be included when the outside temperatures will stay above freezing. A frozen water container will crack, and when it thaws will leak out all over your stuff. Space permitting, feel free to add any other items you think you will need.
The Best Place to go is the place you've already set up.
Where are you going? And for how long? If you can safely travel, try for a safe place the shortest distance away from your home that you can find.
Is it a hotel on the other side of town, or Grandma's house in another county? The shortest distance to safety gets you off the roads the quickest.
Did you make arrangements with a friend or relative, in advance, to use their home as a "bug out" location? Did you agree for him/her to come to your house if they have an emergency? You should have.
Consider the following when deciding WHERE to go:
Is the location you have pre-arranged under the same threat as you are? Floods and bad weather will cover huge areas, but forest fires are generally smaller in area.
Does the location you choose have all the facilities that you need in order to survive? Is their water and electricity still on, or is it questionable? Are hospitals available?
Can every member of your party agree to where you plan to go?
Is food and water available where you plan to go?
Is the shelter large enough to handle you, your party, and everyone else who may show up to use the same facility?
Is the area you pick in a relatively safe location, or will the situation later deteriorate and force you to pack up and move again?
Are you comfortable with your decision?
Once you've considered all the items above, and you've made your decision, it's time to pack up. Everyone in your party must know ahead of time how much space they will be allotted in your vehicle.
If you have a small car and someone shows up with a trunk full of clothes, you've got a problem. Like a ship at sea, if it's your car, you are the Captain. Your decisions stand...don't back down. Pack all the things you absolutely HAVE to have first. 
Then add all those "nice to have" items next. Don't forget important items.
PACKING CHECKLIST ("Need to Have" items)
The relevant maps with or without a sat nav
Medications for a 30-day supply. Prescriptions for refill, if necessary.
Glasses and spare glasses, sunglasses.
Warm clothing for cold weather, regardless of the time of year.
Extra shoes, belts, gloves, and hats.
Mobile phone/s and 12 volt charger.
At least one change of clothing each.
Extra shoes and shoelaces
Dental care items. Includes false teeth care.
List of names, addresses and telephone numbers for family, friends, co-workers   
Elderly care products, hearing aid batteries.
MONEY. As much as you can get. Hide it.
Female hygiene products.
Baby care items: nappies, food/milk mix, bottles, etc.
Personal hygiene items: Top of list: Toilet Paper
Laundry detergent, softeners, personal soap.
Lose change for vending machines and telephones.
Credit cards, ID cards, Insurance papers.
NHS card/number and National Insurance number
Handicapped persons - special equipment and supplies needed for daily life.
Any special item of apparel that anyone in your party needs to live day-to-day.
Everything else is on the "Nice to Have" list. There are just a few items that I include on my "Nice to Have" list. Most of them involve entertaining children. But, in planning for any trip, water, food, and shelter have to be considered:
WATER: The number one priority on your list of survival items. One gallon per person per day. There must be a means of refilling or re-supplying your water while you travel. If your travel is planned for 1 day...and the roads are may take 3 days.
You must have water to live. If the electricity is out all along your route, you will not be able to get either food or fuel. Most of the stores and restaurants on the route will be closed. 
Don't depend on someone else to help you...they're probably worse off than you are.
FOOD: Dehydrated food requires water to re-hydrate it so it can be eaten. Pre-plan what foods you ALL can eat, and add them to your car. Plan at least for 3 days’ worth of food.
You can live a long time without food, but only a short time without water. Do not take foods that are overly salty or make people thirsty. An ice chest of fresh fruit and sandwiches goes a long way.
Small children need milk, so don't forget that item.
Include some snacks to augment the above supply. Don't be afraid to have the same thing 3 days in a row. It's boring but it cuts down on buying supplies. If you include perishable food, you must eat it the first day out, or it will spoil.
The ice in even the best quality chest will eventually melt. (Melted ice = water.) You can wash using melted water from the ice's very "refreshing"...and cold.
Every car should already have an emergency first aid kit.  
There are many commercially available kits out there that have adequate supplies for up to 3 days, barring catastrophic accidents.
However, most kits only include enough plasters for one person, for 2 or 3 days. Consider buying extras and throwing them in the kit. 
You don't have a first aid kit...get one.
SHELTER: Shelter includes the time you are travelling as well as when you get there. Nobody can drive continuously for 3 days without relief. Eventually, you will have to stop, eat a meal, and sleep.
Hotels and motels may not be available. The roadside rest areas will already be full, if you're allowed in them at all. What to do? If you can find a friendly local in the area off the main road (particularly farmers), you can ask to camp on their property.
Be sure to assure them you will clean up your mess before you leave. You can even offer to pay them for their inconvenience. Private property is safer than public areas in a mass evacuation. But public camp-sites (parks, forests, etc.) may still be open.
OK: You've got your vehicle fully packed with everything you need to travel. You've counted heads, and everyone is present and ready to go. Are you ready? Not yet.
HOW TO GET THERE? The route of travel between two places in the UK is almost infinitely variable. . Remember there's a lot to think about on how you are going to travel to your destination:
Route Planning Considerations
Does your planned route avoid major populated areas? More people = more problems.
Are all the roads open?
How many drivers are available you trust?
Are there places available where you can reasonably expect to get water, fuel, and food?
Are the civil authorities still available to direct traffic and provide emergency services?
Is another route available, even if it's longer?
Are all the bridges and tunnels open?
Does this route avoid bad weather conditions, or take them into account?
Can this route safely be driven at night?
Can anyone unfamiliar with the route drive it while you are resting?
Does an alternative route offer better conditions and safety than the originally proposed route?
Are there safe areas within a reasonable drive that you can use for emergency sheltering, including camping overnight, if required?
Is driving time a planning factor?
Are mountains, or hazardous terrain a problem for your vehicle?
Can you safely get to "A" from "B"?
You made your decision, you're on the road. You left word with friends in the area you just left on where you were going, and how you plan to get there. You promise to keep others informed of departure and arrival times. 
You know someone will miss you if you don't show up in a reasonable time period. Your plan works perfectly, and now you have arrived where you were supposed to be.
Once at your destination, quickly evaluate the shelter arrangements. Is it too crowded? Is it safe or unsafe. Are there people there you don't trust? Evaluate everything.
If something doesn't "smell right", move on to another shelter. 
The last resort is to sleep on the side of the road or in the car park of a shopping centre.
Ask the local police if there is a safe place to park and sleep. You probably will not be allowed to cook over a camp-fire in the local shopping centre car park.
Putting tent pegs in concrete is very difficult too. But, assuming the current shelter will be OK, they next logical step is to ask "NOW WHAT?"...
You're alive and well. You have money and the tools to survive. Get on with your life. Post-Disaster Recovery is an entirely different problem.
What is a BOV, and Do I Need One?
A BOV or Bug Out Vehicle is some form of transport that will take you away from your current location in a time of crisis or distress. Almost anything that will move can be considered a potential BOV candidate. 
That includes motor vehicles, animals, human powered devices or anything that can carry or tow some kind of load.
The next question is "do I need one?" 
The simple answer is yes, it is very likely that you will need something to move you and your stuff around at one time or another. Even if you are well set up in a great location, there may come a time you will need to move. 
I can’t elaborate on what the circumstances may be to make you move, but I can make some suggestions that will help you decide what you may require when that time comes.
Firstly, how many, how far, how much, how often? This is where you start to question what you need to move and how far you need to move it. If it is just one person, and they have a small bag of things, then the demands are not great. 
However, if it is your whole family, and everything goes with you including the kitchen sink, then you will need something more substantial.
How many?
So, how many people are included in the group that are willing and able to move from your established location? Take into consideration that if your group is large, some might not wish to go even if it is against their better judgement.
Some of the group may have special requirements that will take up more space, things that cannot be left behind like medical equipment or wheelchairs.
Also consider that you may even have extra people to move around. You never know what might happen, and if you can make provision for these possibilities, within reason, more power to you.
How far?
Is your new location across the road, across the city, across the county, across the country, maybe even across the world! You will need to identify the location you wish to get to, and what might be required to get there. 
That includes consumables, possible repairs and any chance you might have to adjust your course. Make allowances in your plan to get there via the ‘scenic route’.
How much?
This is what you plan to take with you if you do have to move. If you are in a set location with good resources and a chance of living well, then your absence may be short, until you can return. 
In that case, short term items are of prime consideration, with a few longer term items thrown in just in case.
If you plan to bug out, and stay bugged out, then you will have to take a lot of gear with you. You must make plans to take all that gear with you safely and efficiently. 
You may have to leave some of it behind, or hide it until the time is right to retrieve it. You may have to hide some of your gear beforehand to lessen the burden later on. This must all be considered and factored into your plan.
How often?
Do you plan to move once, a few times or be continually on the move? If it is just once, think about where that one move is going to, and will you have to move again?
If the answer is yes, then your plans for the one move have already failed. Also, if you plan to continually move, will you be able to stay for an extended period in one spot if the circumstance permit?
You must be willing to be flexible in these plans, even if you have no thoughts of going anywhere, it is wise to be prepared ahead of time if the unthinkable occurs and you do have to move.
Different styles of travel require different modes of transport, and the transport you select must be able to follow those plans, or you aren’t going anywhere!
In the end, if you plan to survive for a long time, you will very likely have to move around a little no matter how well prepared you are, as even the best-laid plans sometimes fail.
Whichever way you decide to go, a good reliable BOV should always be placed high on the list of needs, even if it is just as an emergency.
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Choosing a BOL Location
If your BOL comes under attack here is the priority of defence – Person(s), Water, Food, Fire making, Shelter. 
It may sound illogical not to include weapons in the top 5 however a resourceful prepper/survival should be able to make a make shift weapon.
Accessibility to food and water is critical to a BOL. The strong preference is to have the water and food source(s) within the confines of the actual BOL. If not on the BOL very nearby, since going to get the food/water consumes energy and time. Both will be in short supply once SHTF.
Stored Food – Store food in a location that is at the core of your BOL. The location should be a critical OpSec item and not discussed with anyone that has not been vetted. I highly recommend that your stored food be stored in more than one location. Your stored food location should be temperature controlled if possible (cellar, bunker, insulation, air flow), water proof (or at least the containers the food is in)
Grown food supplies should be spaced out to conceal the crops, not to mention hide the numbers in the retreat. One can take an educated guess of your numbers based on the amount of food being grown, even the amount of waste being produced.
Raising livestock takes special care when looking for a BOL. One has to ensure proper draining and terrain types for the livestock they plan on raising. My preference is unless the BOL can be well defended stick with smaller livestock that can be mobile such as chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats.
As for wildlife when looking for a BOL look at maps to see surrounding water sources and places where wildlife is likely to be. Also look for signs of wildlife such as droppings, tracks and rubbing s. Also talking with local hunters will yield clues of where the local wildlife is.
Water is almost as critical as shelter for survival.
Well Water – Is the best source one can have since in most prepper events the underground water table will be intact. The well needs to be well defended since the well water can be accessed and tampered with in a surgical strike. Also just because it’s from a water table does not mean it’s safe to drink (ask anyone that has had a gasoline leak near their well). If possible dig a well in sandy soil since the sand will act as a natural filter
A stream, river or pond is a good thing to have on one’s BOL (a spring fed pond or stream being the best). The major issue with running water is lack of control since most will run through one’s BOL and not start and stop on it. Also it is not a source you can for the most part locate where it’s tactically sound.
Much like stored food, make sure it’s in a core location. Also make sure the container that you are using is designed for long term liquid storage and if possible use layered storage methods so if one layer is breached the other layer keeps the water/food intact.
This is a large and vague topic, the main reason is how Defendable a BOL is depend on so many factors and is heavily dependent on the person as well. In general you want a location in which access can be controlled, in a location that is off the main path or blends in well with the environment. 
If you are low on manpower the object will be to make the BOL as shabby and unoccupied as possible. If you have the manpower then you want to do the opposite and make the BOL as impressive as possible. 
A hill is a double edged sword in that it makes one able to see a greater distance however bad guys can see the BOL from a greater distance.
Prepper Training
As more catastrophes seem to be accelerating more and more I am becoming convinced that the collapse of society is only a matter of time. 
The true survivalist can feel that they are ready for the chaos, but without actually experiencing these extreme adversities first hand are they?
In the military soldiers are conditioned and trained beforehand and made to be as prepared as possible for the real hardships on and off the battlefield. The survivalist can to be more mentally and physically prepared for the falling apart of civilization that so many survivalists and the general public feel is inevitable.
Self-reliance also has to do with being ready for the sudden loss of everything we all have become way too accustomed to. 
Experiencing a type of mock realism can get you more mentally prepared for when society starts to quickly disintegrate around you. 
The following tips (suggestions) should help you, ‘the survivalist/prepper cope better when things do start to fall apart.
See what it is like to go without the utilities such as electricity by turning them off for at least a couple of hours.
Go at least 24 hours without electronic conveniences; no computer, no television, no cell phone, etc. This will be a wakeup call for many.
The internet will not be there after many catastrophes, become use to receiving information from other sources such as books.
Spend some nights using only candles and or battery operated lights to illuminate the darkness.
Start storing rainwater and start watering your plants and garden with it.
Try cooking some of your meals using a solar oven, barbecue, fire pit, something not dependent on the electric or gas companies.
Flush the toilet for one day or more using only water you have previously stored, or use a portable toilet.
Instead of throwing away a piece of damaged clothing, try to repair it, sew it, then wear it again.
Take any household item and write down every creative way you can use it.
Find other means of some of your trash disposal, something else rather than the city or county trash pick up services.
Have a fake imaginary illness and fictionally treat that sickness with only what you have available to you in your home.
Gather your family and even your friends together that feel like you do, and see what it like for all of you to be confined to a smaller space.
Use ‘other” means of cooling or heating your home for a few days that is of course safe.
Actually walk or bicycle to run some of your errands other than using a motor vehicle.
Start spending some very quiet time alone. You may have to be alone after ‘it’ happens.
Try using alternative means of bathing occasionally, like using one of those solar showers, or heating water over a fire to be used to bathe with.
See what ingenious gadget made from junk you can think of to make hard times easier.
Try washing dishes and clothes on occasion without using the dishwasher or washing machine, dry clothes on a clothes line.
Experiment by trying to purify dirty polluted water, without drinking it, and see how clean you can get it.
Scavenger hunt. Take some time and collect everything, not hazardous, you find on the ground and ask yourself, what can I do and use what I have?
Take along a pad of paper and write down everything you see at a park or recreation area. Observation skills will help you stay alive better after chaos breaks loose.
Try to locate some place off the beaten path using only a paper map, compass, or landmarks.
Spend some days outdoors when the weather is miserable (not dangerous), like raining all day long, you may have to live this way in the future.
See how fast you can get your essentials together and ready to leave.
If you plan to stay where you are, thoroughly become familiar with every street, landmark, trees, houses, etc. within 2 miles of your home, walk the area often.
The truly “ready” survivalist should be training themselves to be prepared to undergo things that are going to be vastly different and very difficult to adjust to and handle. By using some or all of these  prep tips now and before the aftermath of “the nightmare” that is coming, you will be more adapt at handling it. 
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The Humble Dandelion
Before we get to the dandelion coffee, let's learn a bit about dandelion.
Volumes could be written on the many uses of Dandelion, indeed they have been!
This common weed is often hated and poisoned by those preferring a “weed free” lawn, while those of us in love with dandelion and its many uses happily support it taking over our lawns.
This plant was purposefully brought to North America by Europeans not wanting to leave this valuable resource behind. 
Every part of the dandelion can be used as food or medicine, making back door herbalism simple and easy, as it should be.
When the first spring leaves pop up out of the ground they can be harvested heavily and eaten fresh with salads, made into a delicious pesto, or dried for tea.
The leaves are highly nutritious, containing large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many more vitamins and minerals. 
The French call this plant pissenlit, which alludes to its strong diuretic properties.
A tea of dandelion leaves is a great way to flush excess water from the system. (Of course, before using this effective remedy we always want to make sure the water retention is caused by a non-serious condition like sitting on an airplane too long.)
When eaten with meals, the bitter taste of the leaves helps to promote digestion by stimulating bile to relieve indigestion and other digestive disturbances.
The root is a great ally for the liver. It can be eaten fresh in a variety of recipes. Dandelion root can help clear up acne and other skin disruptions with the root cause being a stagnant liver. 
 Most herbalists agree that long-term use of dandelion is needed for best results.
The flower can be eaten in salads, or fried up as fritters as below. An oil made from dandelion flowers is warming and can be applied externally to relieve arthritis and other aches and pains.
Lastly the latex, or sap, from the dandelion stems can be used topically on warts. Apply several times daily for best results.
My favourite way to enjoy dandelion is by making dandelion coffee with the roots. This beverage doesn’t contain the caffeine found in coffee, but does have a rich, dark taste similar to coffee.
Like burdock, dandelion’s strong diuretic activity makes it an inappropriate choice for someone with low blood pressure or excessive urination.
Dandelion Coffee
Prior to decocting the dandelion root, roast the dried chopped root in a cast iron pan until it fragrant and has changed colour from being off-white to light and dark brown.
For each 8 oz of water you are making, use 1-2 teaspoons of the roasted root.
Add the root to simmering water and continue to simmer while covered for 7–15 minutes
The resulting brew will be darkly coloured.
I enjoy my dandelion coffee with cream, and many people enjoy adding honey as well.
Dandelion Fritters
This time of year, one of my favourite activities is making and eating dandelion flower fritters.  The simple dandelion is one of my favourite herbs.   
Did I just say herb in reference to dandelion Yep!  This plant is tenacious, despite many peoples best efforts to eradicate it from their lawns, and thankfully so since she has so much to offer.   
But, I was going to tell you about fritters.
First of all I love gathering the dandelion flowers – just the tops for fritters.   
They are easy to pick and so bright and cheery on a sunny day.  Usually, I want to pick more than I need, just because the gathering is so fun. Pick them in the sunshine when they are open, and when you have time to make the fritters right after gathering.
Bring your basket of flowers inside, find a bowl, and mix together one egg and one cup of milk.  Stir in a cup of flour and your fritter batter is ready to go. 
(If you like your fritters sweet you can add a little maple syrup or honey.)
Now, prepare a skillet on the stove with gently warmed olive oil – keep it over medium heat.
Take one of the flowers and hold it by the greens at the base of the flower petals. Dip the petals into the batter and twirl until the flower is covered.
Drop it into the skillet, flower side down.  Continue dipping and dropping flowers, checking the first ones every once in a while to see if they are brown.   
When they’ve lightly browned, flip them over and brown them on the other side.
When they’re brown on both sides remove them from the skillet and drain the excess oil on paper towel.
For a sweet treat, drizzle them with maple syrup, honey, jam, or powdered sugar.   
For savoury fritters try dipping in mustard or adding some savoury herbs to the batter.
Fish Farming as a Source of Protein
Fish farming has become an increasingly popular way for people to raise their own source of edible fish, right in their backyard.
The idea of fish farming may have once sounded like a silky, eccentric concept, but today it can be a lucrative business. Do you think that lobster at the seafood restaurant and all that shrimp will just continue to come from the ocean?
Not even mother nature is an unlimited supply of fish, which is why we see an increase today in lobster farms or shrimp farms, etc. We are simply using the vast supply given to us by nature faster than it can reproduce itself.
As interesting as "aquaculture" is, large scale fish farming is not what will be covered here. We will be looking at fish farming for the single family, from the benefits of raising your own supply of fish to the equipment needed to do so.
So, with the abundance of fish on the market shelves, in whatever form, why would anyone want to go to the trouble of sustaining their own fish farm?
First of all, the alleged "fresh" fish in stores can be rather pricey, and if fish is a major source of your protein requirements, then you may want to consider investing in your own continual supply.
Secondly, commercial fish is more likely to contain high amounts of pesticides. If you raise your own fish properly, they are guaranteed to be healthier, without additional pollution residues.
Third, farmed fish has a higher fat content than commercial fish, but it is monounsaturated so it helps raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels but not the bad (LDL).
To raise your own fish you will need good water with a pH of 7, a temperature of 55 degrees F, and a high oxygen content. There is simple equipment that can be used to achieve these ideal conditions.
To begin with, you need a tank. A tank can be a small swimming pool the size of 12 feet across and up to 3 feet high. 
Or, you can make a more permanent concrete structure and coat it with waterproof compound.
Along with the tank you will also need an aerator and a filter. An aerator is needed as fish need plenty of oxygen to survive, and studies have shown that constant aeration can double fish production. 
You can find commercial aerators at a few farm supply stores that carry aquaculture supplies and set it up in your tank, or you can purchase a submersible spray fountain.
Home-made filters are made from a large metal drum filled with gravel or rock. The filter needs to be set up with a hose from a pump going into the filter at the top, and then a hose or pvc pipe at the bottom for the water to come out of and drop back into the tank.
To keep your water in optimum condition you must regularly check the pH. As stated previously, it should stay at 7. If it becomes too alkaline (8 or above) add gypsum. If it becomes too acidic (6 or below) add lime.
The overall water temperature should remain at 55 degrees, but it honestly depends on what type of fish you are farming. The two most popular types of home farmed fish are carp and trout. Carp do well at temperatures of 85 degrees while trout thrive at 55 degrees.
Some raise trout in the Autumn and spring and Carp  in summer.
These types of fish should not be raised together. Not only because of the difference preferred in water temperature, but because they will not get along.
To actually begin farming your fish, you need to set up your tank with aerator and filter and run it for at least 10 days to get the water in optimum condition for the fish.
The best place to get your initial supply of fish is a fish hatchery, or someone else you know in the business. The best source for fish hatcheries near you is Dept. of the environment. 
When you get your fish they will more than likely be in plastic bags, and, just as you do with indoor goldfish, set the bags, unopened, in your tank until they reach the same temperature and then the fish may be released.
Fish can be fed with a commercial food supply and or fish scraps. Portions should increase as the fish grow but it is very important not to overfeed.
To harvest only a few fish at a time, use a net. If you desire to harvest them all at once you can drain your tank.
Fish farming is not a project that can be undertaken hastily or lightly. It requires commitment and work, but if you're a fish lover the rewards are well worth it.
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My Mum
It is getting really bad here in the UK food prices are taking off and many ordinary people are unable to put enough food on their children’s plates every day of the week, the old time recipes of Mum and Mum’s mum have been lost or to be more accurate “Never learnt” in the first place.
A whole generation of cooking knowledge has been abandoned to fast food junk and TV meals, to burgers and chips, to so called chicken nuggets and chips.
When was the last time you sat down with your family and ate a Sunday lunch?
I remember sitting around the dinner table for an evening meal with the whole family every day, it was prepared and cooked by mum and it tasted great as well.
But it was more than tasty, it was nutritious, healthy and was simply meat and two veg as the old saying goes. The meals where rotated so that there was variety and to some extent they were controlled by budget but never the less due to Mum’s ability to prepare and plan interesting menus we survived.
It seems to me that these days young Mum’s buy pre-packed food for their kids and by doing so they have no control over what their children are actually eating and therefore they ingest high quantities of salt, sugar and goodness knows how many E’s.
Old preparation skills have also been forgotten or not even learned, for example, how many young Mum’s can dress game, clean fish, make soup, make pastry, make bread, buns, scones, remember these are all the skills that Mum’s where taught by their Mum’s and passed from generation to generation.
These skills are every day survival skills, these skills are the very skills that we as a people will be forced to use when SHTF, but there is now a whole generation that cannot do these things anymore.
How will they and their kids survive when the pre-packed food and tins run out, what will they eat.
There are many different ways that my Mum used to bulk out our meals when times were hard, she used to put barley and or lentils in to soups to make them more filling, she used to use chicken carcasses to make soup, she even bought vegetable cuttings to make soups as well and you know once she had put the barley and or lentils into the soup it tasted great and really filled you up, what I remember is that there was always enough for seconds.
The preparing of foods and the idea of bulking it out are survival skills that my Mum used every day without thinking; she just got on with it and survived.
Perhaps it was because Mum had gone through the war (she was in fighter command) and carried on her frugal ways after the war I used to think that made her such a great cook and provider, but you know I was wrong it was her Mum she once told me that had shown her how to go on.
My Mum’s generation all knew how to make do and they accepted that having to do so was a way of life and nothing special.
Survivalists and Preppers alike should embrace these make do methods as not only do they work, they are very economic too and I feel that they should now be included in all our prepping and planning as they make sense..
Thanks Mum, I miss you.
Dirty Bomb Attack
A Dirty bomb attack is now a 'real threat' to Britain as nuclear waste smugglers swap tips online, Foreign Office warns
Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt used a speech in London to warn of the dangers posed by a rise nuclear weapons being smuggled around the world.
Alistair Burt said countries around the world face a 'real and global threat' of a nuclear terror attack. South Korean radiologists have been pictured taking part in an exercise in dealing with a possible radioactive terror attack at the Kimpo airport
He warned  that information freely available on the internet combined with nuclear material becoming more widely available means an attack, once ‘unthinkable’ is not a ‘real and global threat’.
Mr Burt, who has responsibility for our counter-terrorism policy, said the UK’s National Security Strategy identified nuclear terrorism as a primary danger to Britain.
He said: ‘Nuclear terrorism is a real and global threat.  A successful attack, no matter where in the world it came, would be catastrophic.
Catastrophic for the immediate devastation and terrible loss of life, and for the far-reaching consequences – psychological, economic, political, and environmental.
Such an attack was unthinkable just a generation ago.  But it is now a possibility we need to confront with the utmost vigilance.’
In today’s world of modern communication, information is spreading faster.  Like nuclear energy, this brings huge benefits, but it also brings significant risks.  There is more information about nuclear weapons on the internet than there ever has been.
As is the case in cyberspace, the danger is stateless in geographical space.  It is impossible for any national government or police force, no matter how advanced, to contain on its own.
Global smuggling networks are thriving.  Criminal cells operate across borders and across continents.’
He said the UK has been at the ‘forefront’ of tackling illicit trafficking of nuclear material.
He also lifted the lid on the UK’s secretive Atomic Weapons Establishment which works on detecting the trade in nuclear material.  ‘This is a rare opportunity to publically acknowledge that their work has been central to the defence of the United Kingdom for over 50 years,’ he said.
Mr Burt’s stark warning came as he addressed a meeting in London of experts from around the world discussing ways to prevent a devastating attack.
His warning comes as global experts gather in London to plot how to thwart catastrophic attacks that could kill thousands.
Fears were high that a bomb attack would target the London Olympics this summer. Last month Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi warned: ‘Nuclear  terrorism remains one of the greatest threats to our global peace and security.
The Foreign Office is working with dozens of countries to bolster the UN Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
The convention allows for international cooperation in the investigation, prosecution and extradition of anyone plotting terrorist acts involving radioactive material or a nuclear device.
You know I believe that we cannot prevent these terrorists from attempting a “dirty bomb” attack, but as preppers and survivalists we can bloody well learn what to do if it does happen.
Remember that a dirty bomb is not a nuclear bomb OK, it is in fact a chemical explosion with radioactive material and or either mixed in to the explosive or encasing the explosive so that when detonated the blast throws the radioactive material into the air which is then spread by the wind downwind.
The initial causalities would be very low as the explosion would not need to be large, and in any case the objective of the explosion is not to kill but to disperse the radioactive material around the explosion site.
It is for this reason that I classify a “Dirty Bomb” as a denial weapon, by that I mean denial of access to an area for some length of time, i.e. a Dirty Bomb detonated in Dover for example with its 7,000 lorries alone coming into the UK everyday would do what the German U-boats failed to do in one fell swoop.
And don’t forget the tourist and business travel from our busiest channel seaport.
The same denial effect would cause absolute economic havoc if a Dirty Bomb was detonated in and around the City of London square mile, at Canary wharf or indeed the centre of any major city in the UK.
The length of the denial period would depend on the levels of radioactive materials used in the explosion and the delivery method.
By this I mean that if a Dirty Bomb was detonated in a confined area say a ships hold or an underground car park its effects would be reduced in relation to one that was detonated on a ship’s deck or on a street in a city centre.
Remember that our first line of defence against a Dirty Bomb is the wind as the radioactive material can only go were the wind blows it so it you are upwind then you are OK.
If however you are downwind then you must react as if it was radioactive fallout heading your way and stay indoors until the all clear is given.
This period I would have thought would be quite short as the radioactive material will not be blown too high in the air so it will naturally settle closed to ground zero in any case and also it will be less intense in radioactivity.
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The Bug out Week 2015 is Coming
Details and information.Please read the information on their FB page before you say that you are going as there is a £5 deposit to pay for your place and all the places are limited.

They are now taking deposits; £5 per person

All deposits are non-refundable.

You must say what the deposit is for in the notes on paypal before you send payment and what system you are using to bug out.

Here is the paypal address to make payments to;

Community of UK Preppers (Bug out Weekend)
Come and join us on the 2nd to the 4th may 2015 to share and learn ideas with other likeminded people.Location is near Scunthorpe Winteringham Lane, West Halton. DN15 9AX

The location is nice 16 acre spot with a variation of different types if terrain, from a wooded area, good for hammocks, tents and bug out vehicles. Then an open area used for summer grazing that is also good for tents and tarps with poles and bug out vehicles.

Just follow your sat nav and pick up the signs to the meeting as you approach, the signs will say BUG and there will be an arrow that will point in the right direction.
Here are the spaces that are still available.

All spaces are designated specific areas of the Bug out Weekend location that are suitable for that type of bugging out system as the location is a wild managed area and has a range of different types of ground.

All the places listed here are for the tree covered areas of the location.

Hammocks 15 spaces. 09 left

Tarps and tents 30 Places 27 left

4x4 and off road vehicles 20 places. 16 left

Campervans and trailers 15 places 12 left

There is a large open ground area of the location for the Bug Out Weekend to use whatever system you choose, but this area will be limiting to 40 spaces.
Admission Fee£20.00 for adult over 16 years

£10.00 for child under 16 years

Free for child under 10 years

Traders and promoters are welcome for no extra cost to the entrance fee.

Anyone who says they are going to the event must pay a non-refundable £5.00 deposit per person to secure their place.

Once payment has been made you will receive your payment receipt reference number. This number is to be presented on entry to the Bug out Weekend where the deposit will be deducted from the admission cost that is to be paid upon entry.
ArrangementsPlease arrange any train Tickets to Scunthorpe as soon as possible (ASAP) as this will save you money and could be cheaper than your own car.

The organisers can arrange to pick you up from Scunthorpe Train Station and drop you back off for a fee of £3.00. Please let them know as soon as possible if you require this service.
FacilitiesThere will be a toilet facility in place.

There will be ranges for Archery, Crossbow, Air rifle, live round rifles and shotgun too.

There will be a solar Shower available with hot water available if needed.

There will be a Marquee set up in case of any wet weather so it won't stop people who want to do a bit of socialising

There will be a BBQ for anyone who wants to have a good old meat feast at the cost of £5.00 per head
UK Firearms Licensing ActFor anyone who wishes to bring along a gun or rifle that requires to be licensed under the UK Firearms licensing act 1968.

It is every owner’s responsibility to ensure they are covered under the UK Firearms licensing act and proof of cover for any such firearms must be shown before you are allowed entry to the Bug out Weekend meeting.

The organisers or associates will not be held responsible for any transportation of unlicensed Firearms to or from the Bug out Weekend.

See the link below and click on it or copy and paste it to your browser.
Strict safety rules and timing guidelines at the range points must be followed at all times.
DisclaimerAll guidelines and disclaimers will be presented on entry to the Bug out Weekend meeting by security staff.

All guidelines and disclaimers must be read and understood before signing and entry to the Bug out Weekend.
Just a quick one

I do hope to see you there as we had a great time with the Bug out Weekend meeting Back in May 2014.

The weather was amazing even though the Met Office said it was going to pour down with strong winds and low temperatures,

That put a lot of people off. That was annoying as it takes a bit of effort to say the least to organise the thing and make it work.

So just come along and Bug out Weekend with us and try out your survival systems and learn some new things along the way.

Even if you have never done anything like this before, just bring your camping gear and see what people do.

There are plenty of us to help and give advice. That's what the Bug out Weekend is all about.

If you need to borrow anything I am sure we can help.

Just let us know in advance.

Make some friends and have a laugh in the sun or in the marque and the Bug Out Weekend will be what we make it.
We do appreciate your support.
Bug Out Weekend (CUP)
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Bugout Coffee Review
Coffee production varies significantly across the world, but on average, a coffee tree produces about five pounds of fruit per year, called cherries due to their red colour and round shape.
The cherries contain two facing seeds, though 5 to 10% of the cherries will contain only one seed, called a Peaberry In Hawaii trees produce up to 60 pounds of fruit a year; in other areas trees may produce only two and a half pounds.
The scent of the flowers resembles that of jasmine, though the flowers only last a couple of days before dropping.

The coffee tree can produce one or two crops per year depending on the region where it is grown. The fruit, which takes about nine months to mature, does not mature all at once. The harvest requires hand-picking so that only the red, ripe cherries are picked.
The fruit is either dry processed in the sun, allowing a limited amount of fermentation to help remove the fruit, or wet processed in which the fruit pulp is removed by using water to press the cherries through a sieve.
How much coffee does a coffee tree produce?
It produces 5 pounds of coffee cherries
Which produces 1 pound of green coffee
Which produces just over 13 ounces of roasted coffee
Which produces around 45 cups of coffee
Caffeine works by changing the chemistry of the brain. It blocks the action of a natural brain chemical that is associated with sleep. So if you need to stay alert then its a cup of coffee that you need.
It is even recommended that on a long drive you should stop and have a coffee as a way of preventing dryness.
Coffee also has its place in the prepping and survivalist communities as we too at times must maintain alertness, either in a true survival situation or on guard at night around camp
Coffee and prepping seem to go together, so go ahead and prescribe yourself some
coffee in the name of emergency preparedness! Certainly coffee is a survival food
and an ideal prep for your food storage plan.
If history repeats itself, then coffee is,
indeed, a survival tool as coffee was a staple of pioneers in North America, as well
as the military!

Coffee for survival is something to consider even if you don't ordinarily drink coffee,
because coffee has several benefits. Here is the truth about coffee and survival of
an economic collapse:
Coffee improves the flavour of poor quality water.Filtering water doesn't always improve taste. Coffee enhances the quality of your
Did you know it was the pioneers who drank coffee who were the ones
to survive the 2000-mile journey along the Oregon Trail? Contaminated water
brought water-borne disease of cholera with symptoms of high fever, vomiting and
Cholera and dysentery were the leading causes of death along the route.
Pioneers prevented sickness by drinking coffee. It was the process of boiling water
that helped purify the water and make it taste better.
Preppers can certainly learn lots from the old Pioneers about water quality.
Coffee increases energy and alertness.
Coffee provides mental alertness and simultaneously increases energy. Coffee has
indeed been a military favourite.
For Civil War soldiers (1861-1865), coffee was the primary ration. Soldiers of World War I (1914-1918) were issued dehydrated coffee packets as standard military rations.
African tribes have been known to create "energy balls" by wrapping fat around coffee berries to provide hunters with an added source of energy
while on the go.
Enhances Morale.During an economic collapse, you'll feel richer having coffee in your preps. Why?
Coffee is an excellent morale booster to provide a sense of normalcy to stressful
situations. The smells of coffee provide an uplift in addition to the taste. Preppers
may also feel more full between meals, drinking coffee, which can be satisfying as
Coffee barters well.
Coffee is an import, which means that this staple will be all the more valuable in terms of bartering when SHTF. Coffee will surely be a good item to barter: it will be short in supply and there will be plenty of people who want it.
Coffee changes the acidity of your soil.
Coffee grounds can help add nitrogen's and can acidify your soil and help with your
composting efforts.
Coffee provides many health benefits including:
A lowered risk of cancer and Type II diabetes
Boost of metabolism
Reduced depression
An improved vascular health
A lowered risk of heart disease
Antioxidant benefits
Improved cholesterol levels
Certainly coffee is a stimulant, but it's also a diuretic, which means you'll urinate
more than without it. According to Web MD, drinking coffee means you'll be "less
likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and dementia."

Caffeine will keep you mentally alert and awake when you need to stand guard of
your preps.
Bug-Out Coffee was born out of necessity
Two years after starting their own retail coffee business Blakes Coffee they realized it was time to marry their two passions, great coffee and the reach for self sufficiency by being prepared !
Bug-out coffee believe the most important resource in a time of crisis is a clear mind.
Mistakes can be made if you are not thinking clearly! If you are a coffee drinker you do not want to be combating caffeine withdrawal when you need to be focusing on other targets.
Designed to last whole bean or chocolate covered eat and run for Preppers, Sportsman & .
The company is owned and run by survivalists
Jay L Blake
Hailing From Wales U.K. Jay Blake is a Mechanical Engineer, Father of 3 and true Survivalist. Macgyver of machines, professor of all things zombie and the prepared provider you want at your back when the s.h.t.f.
Jenny Blake
Canadian girl, spent her youth stalking Algonquin Park, Bushcraft apprentice ,chartered herbalist & gear girl with a passion for sharp things. Definitely the girl you want beside you in a crisis.
Bug-Out Coffee was even trailed by The U.S. Army's Military Nutrition Division, during "Hell Week" which is run by the Seals.
They found that 200 milligrams of caffeine significantly improves vigilance, alertness and reaction time, even after half a week awake.
These guys are extremely serious about getting things done. Their conclusion recommends caffeine over amphetamines because it's legally and medically easier to give to people.
It's also motivating for regular people: If coffee can help Navy SEALs stay awake for 72 hours of torture, that morning coffee better not just wake you up -- you'd better karate chop through your desk and do a day's work before lunch.
So what does it taste like, surely that is the 64M dollar question and the answer it fantastic, sharp, clean, chemical free, tasty, in fact it is without doubt the best coffee I have even had the pleasure to drink.
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The Meats Snack Review
The Jerky Group is the UK’s leading beef jerky and biltong supplier. We offer a ‘one stop shop’ solution for the supply of meat snacks. Our brands include the UK’s number one and Europe’s longest established jerky brand, Wild West.
As they say it was a dirty job but some body had to do it, I was sent one of each of the most tasty bags of Beef Jerky, Biltong and Pork Scratchings I have ever eaten.
I think firstly it would be good to tell you about each category in turn.
BEEF JERKY is made using selected cuts of lean beef that are marinated, cooked and slowly smoked. It is then sliced and packaged, and sold as a tasty and nutritious snack.
BEEF BILTONG is a similar product, but the main difference being that it’s air dried rather than being cooked and smoked.
Both jerky and biltong are highly popular with athletes and anyone looking for an energy boost, as both products are high in protein and relatively low in fat. This also makes jerky and biltong a relatively healthy snack when compared to products such as crisps, biscuits and chocolate, and hence why it’s also so popular as a snack at home or for those on the move and at work.
Jerky has its origins in North America with early settlers observing indigenous people preparing and eating a type of dried meat, which inspired them to develop the food we now know as jerky.
Biltong comes from South Africa, and again it was a dried meat the indigenous people produced which the settlers from Europe took a lead from, and went on to develop biltong. Interestingly, the name biltong comes from the Dutch words ‘bil’, meaning rump, and ‘tong’ meaning strip or tongue.
The name jerky seems less obvious when its roots are explored, but none the less it comes from the Quechua (an ancient language spoken in the Andes) word ch’arki which simply means ‘dried, salted meat’.
Another reason for jerky and biltong’s popularity is the fact that it’s so convenient to buy and store, as it doesn’t need refrigeration and, certainly for the brands you’ll find on this website, doesn’t need to be eaten straight away, and will keep for up to three days if the packet is resealed.
Hogbites has been added to the company’s already successful range of beef jerky and beef biltong brands. Hogbites was launched in 2012 and is an additive free version of the traditional Black Country snack.
Hogbites Crackling has a softer bite than other brands, because of a double hand-cooked process and the added touch of Cornish Sea Salt for extra flavour.
I must say that these are the very best and tastiest pork scratchings I have ever eaten, and they will not en-danger your teeth either.
The complete range is additive free and totally natural in every way, in fact the Men's Health UK Magazine is using this jerky for a new range called "Mens health fuel beef jerky".
I usually have at least one pack of beef jerky ot biltong each wek as well as some pork scratchings, and I am now hooked on these products simply because of their clean and individual flavour. To be honest I love them and I know you will too.
I have now got some in my BOB just for the taste you understand, nothing to do with the protein and calories.
This is the full range
Wild West Jereky
Europe’s longest established Brand
Now made in Scotland
Made from whole muscle, marinated and naturally smoked
Free from gluten containing ingredients (original, peppered and hot ‘n’ spicy)
Improved softness & much more tender
High in protein, low in carbs
Premium Pork Snack brand
Crackling and Traditional Black Country Scratchings
Softer bite with the crackling
Hand cooked process
No added MSG
High in Protein
Made with Cornish Sea Salt
Original, Smokey Bacon and Chilli flavours
Available in grab bag and sharing sizes
Made in the UK
Made with an authentic South African recipe and spice mix from silverside of beef
High in protein and low in sugar
Perfect snack for carnivores ‘on the go’
The well-hung and meaty snack! Prime cuts of beef marinated in a unique blend of spices, dried and sliced
The edgy snack – we love it, always talking BullOx with this one…
Bundu Biltong
Made with an authentic South African recipe and spice mix from silverside of beef
High in Protein and low in sugar
Perfect snack for carnivores ‘on the go’
Bundu Biltong comes in 3 flavours (Original, Chilli & Peppered)
Indigenous to South Africa – compelling authentic packaging design
Made in the UK in partnership with
Texas Joe's
The Jerky Group are very excited to announce that they have teamed up with Dragon’s Den sensation – Texas Joe as they are making the Jerky for him (Joe Walters) Joe is the main talk of the current series, especially as he secured offers from 4 Dragons, but accepted Peter Jones.
So guy's there you have it a fantastic selection of the very best meat snacks in many different flavours and in shops, petrol stations and supermarkets up and down the country. But you could just order yours online at


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