145 Self-Sufficiency Skills Every Prepper Should Learn

This set of self-sufficiency skills is essential for either preppers, survivalists, homesteaders, or every flat-out hardworking self-sufficiency freak. It will seem overwhelming at first, but if you plan to go completely off-grid or if you only want to live a self-sufficient lifestyle, you need to start with a few self-sufficiency skills. No one is an expert the first time, but with these self-sufficiency skills, you will find yourself teaching others to be self-sufficient in no time, too!

Self-Sufficiency Skills Every Prepper Must Be Equipped With!

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Food Preparation Skills
1. Canning Homegrown Produce
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Growing your own food will furnish you with fruits and veggies more than you can handle. Preserve them naturally through canning so you can eat wholesomely all year long.

2. Prepare Wheat Without Grinder

If you don’t have a grinder or wheat mill, there are other brilliant ways to prepare wheat. You see, homesteaders are such ingenious fellows, there’s no obstacle we can’t overcome.

3. Baking Your Own Bread
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Never rely again on grocery store bread with bleached flours or expensive organic loaves. Bake your own at home because, we all know, no bread tastes better than home-baked.

4. Baking Without Oven

Every homesteader should know a few tricks to cook without any power. We’ve gone a step further and made a tutorial on how to bake without the help of electricity.

5. Preparing Raw Milk

Keep milk longer and break it down into a form our bodies find friendlier than raw milk. You can do this by learning how to pasteurize. Also, we’ve got a few more ways to prepare here.

6. Making Butter
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Butter is a pantry essential. Keep a steady supply of this dairy product by making your own.

7. Making Homemade Cheese

With a steady supply of milk from your dairy livestock, why not make your own cheese? You can make your own specialty you can also earn some hard cash out of.

8. Making Yogurt

If you’ve got more milk even after making cheese, make yogurt too. Everything that comes out of hard labor is always sweetest, and in this case, creamiest!

9. Making Preserves
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Make chutneyfruit roll-upshomemade jampalm jelly, or marmalade with crops in season. A homesteader has to preserve that extra harvest with these food preservation techniques.

10. Freezing To Preserve Food

Not all foods store either by canning or dehydrating. Freezing food is another food preservation technique. A certified homesteader has a few tricks up their sleeves.

11. Cooking Food From Scratch

Some fruits and veggies can spoil fast, so before they get to the last stage before the compost, deal with ’em fast. Take these delicious banana recipes and don’t waste those nutritious fruits.

12. Making Pancakes From Scratch
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Every homesteader knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A boxed mix isn’t a good way to treat breakfast royalty, so always prepare pancakes the good old-fashioned way.

13. Making Meat Stock From Scratch

Organic meat broth is the secret to some of the most delicious recipes. Don’t waste the bones from the livestock you just had but make savory stock soup with those.

14. Planning Meals According To What’s In-Season

You can easily have too many fruits and veggies in season. Plan your meals and add variety in preparing your dishes with your produce.

15. Cooking With Cast Iron Skillet

One signature of old-school homesteaders is cooking with a cast-iron skillet. Don’t underestimate this trusty cooking tool. There are a lot of savory recipes you can cook with it.

16. Freezing Herbs
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Some of the best cooks out there are also homesteaders. Incorporating herbs into every recipe, like herbs frozen with oil or soup stock is one secret.

17. Stocking Dried Herbs And Spices

You’ll see some of the loveliest and liveliest spice pantries around are of homesteaders. Jars of colorful herbs, spices, and condiments line up my pantry–it’s like a party.

18. Make Homemade Starter Dough

If you bake your own bread with your homemade organic flour, why not take the extra step of making and maintaining your own starter dough? It’s really simple and easy, you know!

19. Make Your Own Smokehouse
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Whether you butcher your own livestock or hunt wild game you will need a way to preserve the meat properly. In that case, a homemade smokehouse should be in order.

20. Vacuum Sealing

Your food will easily go bad if you don’t seal it properly. Learn the art of vacuum sealing so you don’t waste any. The more food preservation techniques you have up your sleeve, the better for homestead survival.

21. Brewing Drinks

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Making your own beer is rewarding and delicious. It can be one of the many perks of a self-sufficient lifestyle. Also, the process is simple and becomes easier once you get the hang of it.

22. Tapping Maple Trees

Tapping maple trees in late winter is a great pastime, and the results are divine! Also, I smell some sweet, cold, hard cash. This is one of the more productive skills to learn in off-grid living.

23. Make Your Own Homemade Vinegar
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Apple cider vinegar is a simple ingredient, yet the benefits and uses around the home are incredible. You can make apple cider vinegar from apple parts you would otherwise dispose of.

24. Canning Tomatoes

When tomatoes fruit, you know they fruit good more than you can handle. Luckily, canned tomatoes are a staple at home, I keep a steady supply of homemade ones.

25. Dehydrating Fruits And Veggies

If you love raisins, you can make them on your own. This food preservation technique will make healthy snacks. Dehydrate a variety of fruits and veggies for your own year-round supply.


Want to see the full list? Check it out here at homesteading.com

Self-sufficiency skills are essential if you’re planning on homesteading, going off-grid, or preparing for an SHTF scenario. Becoming a full-fledged homesteader or transitioning to self-sufficient farm living is a learning process. You have to learn how to be self-sufficient and hone those self-sufficient skills you already have. Just like other major life decisions, the choice to be self-sufficient might be a shock at first. Using the wisdom and knowledge of self-sufficiency skills of others who have done it can help.

Do you have any other self-sufficiency skills in mind you can add to this set? We would like to know about it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 29, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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