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Tips For Choosing A Survival Tent For Your Bug Out Plan

Tips For Choosing A Survival Tent For Your Bug Out Plan If you plan to go camping or if your bug out plan requires for you to stay in the wild for more than a few days, you will need a proper tent to fight off the elements. Choosing a good tent for your family …

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Spark Your Kids Interest with a Backyard Camping Adventure

Spark Your Kids Interest with a Backyard Camping Adventure If the quickest path from one point to the next is a straight line then the quickest path to prepping kids is camping. There is really no better way to get their gears turning on certain concepts nor is there a better way to get them …

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10 Best Survival Tents For Survival and Preparedness

10 Best Survival Tents For Survival and Preparedness What’s more impressive than having the skills to build shelter when the need arises? The world of tents is radically changing. Upgrades in materials and setup have created a whole new breed of amazing tents. I have my favorites and this article offers 10 of its own. …

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15 Camping Gifts for the High-Tech Camper in Your Life

15 Camping Gifts for the High-Tech Camper in Your Life The world of tech is ever expanding and its creeping into our world. I have to say that it is very exciting. Because of the explosion in the adventure industry we are watching prepper equipment get a serious boost from other markets. This article is …

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Soda Can Stove

Soda Can Stove There are tons of great DIY projects that you can dive into. I like this stove because it is a dual purpose item. Though you may think that something of this size that is often referred to as an alcohol stove is just for preppers you would be mistaken. This type of …

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The Easiest Animals to Hunt for Meat When the SHTF

The Easiest Animals to Hunt for Meat When the SHTF   To be completely honest, there is only one animal in my hunting history that hunted easy. It was a squirrel I happened upon in a rainstorm. I will never forget it because it was the first animal I killed with a bow and arrow. …

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Making A Fire Against All Odds

Making A Fire Against All Odds Fire was mankind’s greatest invention and it helped humans get out of the dark. Many survival experts agree that being able to start a fire is one of the basic skills we should all master. Crafting a fire will help you stay warm, cook food, treat water, but it …

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Important Things to Know When Camping in Iceland

Important Things to Know When Camping in Iceland Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. From grassy lowlands and fjords to stunning mountains, every turn is impressive, and laying in a tent or the trunk of your car, staring up at the Northern Lights, is a difficult experience to beat. The Ring …

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More Important Than The Bug Out Bag…the “Get Home” Bag

More Important Than The Bug Out Bag…the “Get Home” Bag The bugout is a perilous situation. There is not getting around the fact that the bugout may be your only option but it also might be your end. We have a serious inflation of abilities when it comes to our ability to stay alive in …

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10 Survival Tips for Camping in the Rain

10 Survival Tips for Camping in the Rain Though much of the camping that happens in this nation is for the benefit of leisure its still a great opportunity. You will find yourself in the throes of a great opportunity to practice your self reliance and survival skills. No issue better presents itself than that …

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Stay Clean While Camping Using the Waterless Hygiene System by CombatOne

Stay Clean While Camping Using the Waterless Hygiene System by Combat One While this article is pulled from a camping site I think you will quickly see the merit of what is offered. This article is part information and part product review. There are a number of things that can be used to keep yourself …

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Stay Clean While Camping Using the Waterless Hygiene System by CombatOne

Stay Clean While Camping Using the Waterless Hygiene System by CombatOne Rashes, skin lesions and abrasions as well as infections are some of the most common ailments of the camper. When we talk about bugging out most of us are talking about hiking and camping. There aren’t many people who have a giant bugout location …

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41 Genius Camping Hacks You’ll Wish You Thought Of Sooner

41 Genius Camping Hacks You’ll Wish You Thought Of Sooner I found a great collection of camping hacks that could make your camping trips better. My favorite hacks are the four that I have pictured above, you have to check them out. I love that you can add sage to a campfire to keep the …

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Make Remote Camping Manageable

Make Remote Camping Manageable Are you really looking to practice some survival skills. This is a big question. Do you prefer being the armchair survivalist with all the knowledge or would you like to get out into the world and become proficient at survival, bushcraft and woodsmanship? There is no better way to improve than …

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Identify These Biting, Stinging Threats at the Campsite

Identify These Biting, Stinging Threats at the Campsite We all know to avoid snakes and spider as well as the many other animal threats in the wild. Do you know how to identify the most dangerous of these creatures? Things like the water moccasin, the brown recluse or the diamondback rattlesnake. Where do these creatures …

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Survival Gear Review: Back Packer’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes

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2_shtfblog-survival-cache-best-survival-backpackers-pantry-multigrain-buttermilk-hotcakes-pancakes-spatula-organic-lodge-cast-ironThis past weekend, I had a bit of cabin fever – I needed to get out of the house, tromp around in the woods, start a fire in the snow. So I bundled up my 3-year-old boy, filled a backpack with a thermos of hot chocolate, a small container of olive oil, a Lodge 12” cast iron skillet, a liter bottle of water, a spatula, a bit of Maine real maple syrup, and the coup de grace – a package of Backpacker’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes. We gathered up the dog and stomped out into the woods, leaving Mrs. Drew to enjoy a few minutes of precious peace and quiet, sipping her coffee.

By Drew, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

I’ve been starting my lil’ dude on making fires in the woods (never too early!) so I had him find a birch tree and peel some bark while I collected dry twigs and branches from the myriad white pine trees in the area; I scored and found a recently fallen small sugar maple to get some nice hardwood coals in the fire for cooking.

We set up the birch bark and dry twigs, and I showed my son how to scrape a firesteel for a small pile of ferrocerium shavings, and with one healthy blast on the Firesteel GobSpark Armageddon, we had a toasty little fire going. Once the fire was healthy and happy, I let him poke around in the coals with a long stick – an irresistible fireside hobby that comes to us while we’re young, apparently. The fire danced and snapped, my son slurped hot chocolate, my dog searched for squirrels, and I started looking into breakfast.

Pancakes in a bag?

I dug the package of Backpacker’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes out of my pack, and set to reading the instructions. Pretty simple: open the pouch, dump in ¾ cup of cold water, seal the bag up, shake until mixed. I could handle that. Probably.

3_shtfblog-survival-cache-best-survival-backpackers-pantry-multigrain-buttermilk-hotcakes-pancakes-organic-hemp-add-waterI opened the resealable bag of mix, and looked inside. First order of business was to locate the little oxygen absorber packet so it didn’t accidentally become hotcake ingredients and then remove all the oxygen from my stomach through a probably very unappealing chemical process. I dug around through the mix and located the errant hitchhiker, then poured my approximation of ¾ cup of cold water in the bag. I sealed the bag up, folded it over, and shook the shit out of the package. For good measure, I let my son shake it up, too. You can never be too careful.

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I opened up the bag and peered inside at its goopy contents. It looked pretty runny to me even after a couple good hearty shakings, so I used my spatula to mix things up a bit, scraping the sides of the bag to make sure I got all the mix. No improvement: I came to the conclusion that either my water-measurement eyeballing skills were far below par, or the mix was a little on the soupy side when properly made. No worries, though – I was committed at this point, and lil’ dude was giving me toddler hell about not having pancakes, so I oiled up the cast iron skillet and let it sit over the two wrist-sized hardwood logs I’d placed atop the campfire cooking coals we’d cultivated and poked at. In a few minutes, a sprinkle of water danced on the surface of the skillet, so I knew it was game time.

The Magic Of Campfire Cooking

Ahh, the beauty of a fire in the woods – pine smoke, crackling branches, clothes that retain that sweet smoky eau de campfire scent that drives the women crazy. However, when it comes to cooking pancakes on cast iron, that campfire becomes an evil beast that makes one jump to grab the spatula like a man who just sat on a rattlesnake that’s having a bad day.

4_shtfblog-survival-cache-best-survival-backpackers-pantry-multigrain-buttermilk-hotcakes-pancakes-spatula-organic-lodge-cast-ironI poured the batter from the pouch onto the oiled, heated cast iron skillet, and the batter practically baked on the spot; bubbles (a sure sign that pancakes are done) burst from below in seconds, shocking the hell out of me and ensuring that breakfast would be a bit quicker than intended. I lunged for the spatula, shook off the residual batter left from stirring, and hastily scraped the poor scorched hotcakes from the pan. A quick flip for the two pancakes I’d made, and I let the pancakes sit another fifteen seconds or so before popping them off the skillet onto a paper plate. Round one went to the skillet.

I pulled the skillet back off the volcano to let it cool, and thankfully the next round of pancakes was a little bit easier on me. I was a nice dad and gave the better-looking pair of hotcakes to my son, lest he hate campfire cooking for the rest of his life. I’m sure he’ll thank me for it later when he’s burning bacon and eggs over campfires for years to come.

I drizzled on some real maple syrup (that fake Mrs. Butterworth stuff is for commies) and gave the Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes a whirl.

The Verdict Is In

I know it’s hard to make something taste bad when it’s covered in the delectable nectar that is Maine maple syrup, but these Hotcakes were actually pretty damned good. They tasted very similar to whole wheat or buckwheat pancakes (if any of you have ventured into that territory), very rich and a little dense. These hotcakes were meant to provide a bunch of protein for the backpacker or camper, and they taste the part. They weren’t like scratch-made griddle cakes like grandma used to make, but considering they will give you honest long-lasting energy (plus a nice sugar boost if you put syrup, honey, or jam on them), with four 4-inch pancakes providing 15 grams of protein.

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My three-year-old son requested seconds, so I happily obliged. The hotcakes were pretty filling, and we sat in the sun next to the fire, recovering happily from the unexpected need to make fast food and sipping hot chocolate. The hotcakes were winners.

The Company

5_backpackers_pantry_logo_smBackpacker’s Pantry – just so you know – pride themselves in offering organic foods to their customers, and these hotcakes were no different. The ingredient list is comprised of all food, no preservatives or chemicals. The spelt flour, evaporated cane juice, baking powder, and cornstarch are all listed as being from organic sources. A good FYI for people with allergies: These hotcakes include milk,  eggs, wheat, and gluten – so keep an eye out. Nobody likes dealing with food allergies, especially out on the trail.

I wouldn’t throw this hotcake mix in a Bug-Out Bag or emergency bag – the hassle of needing large cookware and a spatula would be too much. However, keeping a couple packages of Backpacker’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes in a Bug-out camper, or in your house pantry in case you need a just-add-water breakfast, would be a great idea, especially if you have kids and need some calming comfort food. While I didn’t try it, the addition of berries or nuts would be a fantastic locally-sourced addition. Baking this mix in a dutch oven probably wouldn’t yield bad results either…I’ll have to try it out, now that I think about it. The Backpacker’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes are definitely a welcome addition to anyone who might want a kick-start to their day but not carry around the whole refrigerator.

Get Rid Of Ticks – Guaranteed!

Get Rid Of Ticks – Guaranteed! After a long day hunting turkeys my son and I were pulling ticks off of us left and right. Later that week I fell into an article about Powassan which is a new virus carried by ticks that is even more dangerous than Lyme. Its a terrifying feeling. The …

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Dutch Oven Cooking – Mastering the Basics

Dutch Oven Cooking – Mastering the Basics I’ve been carrying my Dutch oven in my car for a few years now and I can’t imagine a camping trip without it. My Dutch oven is one of my essential pieces of equipment and I’ve used it extensively. To avoid burning your food and cook delicious meals …

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12 Strange and Creative Camping Tents

12 Strange and Creative Camping Tents Check out these 12 strange and creative camping tents and see how the other half want to camp! 😉 The name says it all…. Some are just plain crazy but I can see some that would be really handy and cool to have. This post is just to see whats …

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Foot Fungus Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Foot Fungus Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention I was never much a fan of boots till about 5 years ago. It was not really having a reason to wear them and being ignorant to the benefits. Of course, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the boots as lifestyle and goals began …

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An Illustrated Guide to Cooking on a Campfire

An Illustrated Guide to Cooking on a Campfire There is nothing better than the smell of a campfire burning! There are endless uses for a campfire: a source of warmth, a way to dry clothing when camping, and one of the best uses – cooking. Food cooked over the campfire creates a unique flavour and …

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Tarp Tents

Tarp Tents We are always looking for new and exciting shelter options. There are a lot of options when it comes to using tarps as shelters. When I happened upon this article I didn’t think I would find out so much about the opportunity of tarps. There are some serious methods for creating legitimate shelter …

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25 Make Ahead Camping Meals

25 Make Ahead Camping Meals It may seem like 25 make ahead camping meals wouldn’t be much of a topic for SHTF. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many opportunities for make ahead camping meals. The most obvious of course is the food storage department. The meals that are shelf …

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How Our Ancestors Survived When SHTF

How Our Ancestors Survived When SHTF  SHTF isn’t just a modern phenomenon. Our ancestors survived many disasters. It’s best to learn their lessons. The Gila Cliff Dwellings are a great example. In the mid-13th century, SHTF when a 24-year drought uprooted Native Americans throughout the U.S. Southwest. One band of the Mogollon (muggy-YON) people resettled …

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Small Wood Splitting With Axe: Reliable In Camp & On The Trail

Small Wood Splitting With Axe: Reliable In Camp & On The Trail Splitting wood on the home front is a completely different endeavor than when you are on the trail and I really enjoy the angle on this great article because of that. When we generate a skillset in the comfort of our own homes …

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