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Since I was a kid, I have been throwing these little silica gel packets away. If I knew back then what I know now about silica gel, I would have a whole house full of these babies!
In layman’s terms silica gel soaks up moisture. Wikipedia says “Silica gel is a granular, vitreous, porous form of silicon dioxide made synthetically from sodium silicate. Silica gel is tough and hard; it is more solid than common household gels like gelatin or agar. It is a naturally occurring mineral that is purified and processed into either granular or beaded form. As a desiccant, it has an average pore size of 2.4 nanometers and has a strong affinity for water molecules.”
So whenever you buy new toys, items for the home and even wallets, keep the little packets of silica gel. Here are 3 that are not on the article…
1. Put packs in your ammo cans and gun cases/safes to keep dry.
2. Cut open the packs and saturate the beads with essential oils to create potpourri.
3. For items in storage, such as cars or anything prone to mildew. For use in engines of sitting vehicles.
Check out the 17 other uses for them and let me know if you have any more over on our Facebook page!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.