Long term food storage for self reliance is one of my primary concerns at the off grid log cabin, and the DIY bushcraft woodworking projects I engage in this week help me achieve this. The wilderness homestead in the forest is more self sufficient when it includes at least one year’s worth of food in storage, and beans, rice, grains, legumes and canned preserved goods are critical to my survival in a SHTF situation. Prepping for a survival situation is easy to do in this remote location since I have access to endless forests, wild game, fish and plant-based wild edibles, but for things that I can’t grow or find easily, storing things like grains and legumes in a safe place is one more step in my quest for complete food security and self reliance.
In this episode, I build more floating shelves with wood from the land to store food in mason jars. I make a couple of meals with food from the shelves, including split pea and rice soup and beans with rice.
Using a Husqvarna chainsaw, something I haven’t done at the property since before I started building the cabin, I cut down a large dying maple tree and use a Granberg Alaskan chainsaw mill to cut a slab of wood for a leg for a new table for the log cabin.
Using power tools will continue to be the exception rather than the rule, but in order to achieve everything I have planned at the homestead this year, I need a chainsaw to mill my own lumber. One I’m done building the infrastructure, including all of the buildings, I’ll go back to using hand tools only since I want to be able to live with as little inputs from the outside world as possible, including fuel and parts for equipment.
Links to products I use at the cabin;
Solar LED light bulb 15W
Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw
Copper Fairy lights
Solar String Lights
Lodge Dutch Oven
Rocksheat baking stone
Wall Lantern (candle lit)
DJI Mavic Pro
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