Backpacker’s Pantry

We are thrilled to announce that we now carrying a the highly rated freeze-dried meals from Backpacker’s Pantry. As you know, our goal is to provide the best in survival and outdoor gear, and adding these quality meals is a great fit for our mission.

Backpacker’s Pantry has been fueling adventurers since 1951 with their nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals. Whether you’re planning a trek or want to be prepared for emergencies, these meals are designed to provide you with essential nutrients and energy without weighing you down. Simply add boiling water, wait a few minutes, and enjoy a delicious, hearty meal.

These meals not only taste great but are also designed to be lightweight and compact, making them ideal for backpacking and other outdoor activities.

We’re excited to offer you these convenient and flavorful options to enhance your outdoor experiences and preparedness plans. Check out the new collection on our website and let us know your favorites!

If you do not see a meal that you want on our website, let us know and we will make it available.

Waterford Press Guides

We’re committed to providing the highest quality survival products to help you prepare for what comes next. We now carry a series of highly rated emergency survival, hunting, and camping guides from Waterford Press. Waterford Press is known for their practical, easy-to-understand guides on a variety of essential topics. Not only are these guides useful to study now but they’re easy carry with you and use for reference even if libraries, Internet and home are lost. What these guides provide:

  • Emergency Survival: Learn how to find food, water, build shelters, navigate, signal for help, and provide first aid. Whether you’re new to hunting or experienced, these guides cover everything from tracking game to processing your catch, ensuring efficient hunting practices.
  • Camping: For outdoor enthusiasts, these guides provide tips on campsite selection, outdoor cooking, and safety protocols, making your camping experiences more enjoyable and secure.

Adding these guides to our product lineup enhances our goal of supporting your preparedness with both high-quality gear and the knowledge to use it effectively.

Just a few topics to get you started:

Guides on finding edible plants in the wild

Guides on tracking animals in the wild

Improvised trapping

Improvised hunting weapons

Authorized MIRA Dealer

MIRA products are the highest-quality gas masks, PAPR systems, protective coveralls, and hazard detection equipment on the market. Now as an authorized dealer of MIRA Safety products, we continue our focus on delivering top quality emergency products. CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear) protective equipment such as gas masks, filters and suits and are essential for you & your family to have maximum preparedness.

MIRA Safety is trusted by professionals all over the world: military forces, emergency response teams, law enforcement and preppers of all types. MIRA is used by The United States Department of Defense, Czech Republic Ministry of Defense, Turkmenistan Ministry of Defense, Turkey Ministry of Interior, South Africa Ministry of Interior, Romania Ministry of Defense, Portugal Ministry of Interior, Lithuania Ministry of Interior, Latvia Ministry of Interior and Ukraine Ministry of Defense.

Browse the MIRA section of our store — and we will meet or beat any price you find elsewhere. Feel free to call or write to request price matching if you find a better price elsewhere.

How Will You Survive?

There’s a wider range of clear & present threats today than at any point in our history. Bio weapons, nuclear war, EMP attacks, political upheaval and the usual natural disasters (floods, hurricanes and so on). It’s little wonder that more and more people are preparing for emergencies for peace of mind. But it’s best to have high quality emergency supplies that will actually benefit you & your family when you need them most. At McDaniel Mill we have made it our mission to provide a selection of top quality items we feel will be most useful for a variety of apocalyptic level events.

Gear in our Store — Equip yourself with the essential gear for surviving and recovering from various disasters. You’ll find the most advanced suits and masks capable of protecting you from nuclear, biological and chemical hazards. You’ll also find bags that protect electronic devices from EMP. Without such protection your electronic devices (including modern flashlights) will be rendered useless by an EMP attack.

Power in our store — Stay powered up even during emergencies with solutions for managing power disruptions with equipment from.

Prepare for Power Outages

A major EMP attack will knock out the power grid and we’ll no longer be able to have many of the comforts or necessities of modern life unless we have prepared in advance. One of the ways you can prepare is to protect important electronic devices and equipment from EMP with protective coverings that block out the dangerous magnetic pulses. It used to be that specially constructed hard boxes and cages were necessary but today special metallic clothes are used to create bags that look more like ordinary consumer backpacks, duffel bags and large cargo bags. You can find examples in our store.

Post EMP you will also need to be able to generate and store power. One way to do that is with solar panels and power generators. Find our article on solar power or shop for related items.

Beware These Food Dangers when Shopping

Not all ingredients are as harmless as they may seem. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most concerning additives approved by the US government and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from their potential harms:

1. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Widely used as a sweetener in countless food and beverage products, HFCS poses significant health risks. Studies have linked its consumption to obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even certain types of cancer. To avoid HFCS, opt for products sweetened with natural alternatives like honey or maple syrup.

2. Aspartame
Although arketed as a calorie-free sweetener, research has linked it to serious health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, seizures, headaches and mood disorders. Choose products without artificial sweeteners.

3. BHT/BHA (Butylated hydroxytoluene/Butylated hydroxyanisole)
These petroleum-derived preservatives, commonly found in processed foods, have been linked to allergic reactions, carcinogenicity, and hormonal disruptions. When shopping, look for products that are free from BHT and BHA or opt for fresher, minimally processed alternatives.

4. Artificial Colorings
Brightly colored foods may be visually appealing, but their vibrant hues often come at a cost. Artificial colorings have been implicated in hyperactivity in children and may contain carcinogenic contaminants. Choose products that use natural colorings derived from fruits, vegetables, and spices.

5. Fluoride
While touted for its dental benefits, fluoride has been linked to adverse effects on brain development, thyroid function, and overall health. To minimize exposure, opt for fluoride-free toothpaste and filtered water.

6. Artificial Flavorings
With over 700 synthetic chemicals falling under this umbrella term, artificial flavorings offer little in terms of nutritional value and may pose health risks. Choose whole foods and products with minimal processing to avoid unnecessary exposure to artificial flavors.

6. Mono- and Diglycerides of fatty acids (MDGs) (“Apeel” Coating contains this)
The production process of MDGs often involves the use of hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenation can lead to the formation of trans fats, which are known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by raising levels of LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of HDL cholesterol. Additionally, MDGs may contain trace amounts of potentially harmful substances, such as glycidol esters and 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD). These compounds can form during the processing of vegetable oils and have been linked to adverse health effects, including organ damage and cancer, in animal studies.

Tips for Safer Shopping

  • Read labels carefully and familiarize yourself with common additives to watch out for.
  • Choose whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible.
  • Opt for products with minimal ingredients and avoid those with lengthy, unpronounceable additives.
  • Support brands that prioritize transparency and use natural, wholesome ingredients.

Body Armor


  1. Spans millennia, from ancient civilizations to contemporary advancements. Let’s explore its journey:
  2. Ancient peoples, including those in Egypt and China around 3100 BC, pioneered early forms of body armor to protect warriors from projectiles.
  3. Plate armor, worn by knights from the 5th to 15th centuries, offered comprehensive protection against swords and arrows.
  4. The Industrial Revolution, occurring from the late 18th to early 20th centuries, facilitated the development of stronger ballistic protection through refined metalworking techniques.
  5. World Wars I and II, which took place in the early to mid-20th century, witnessed significant advancements in ballistic armor technology, leading to the introduction of vests fortified with steel or ceramic plates.
  6. In recent decades, there have been groundbreaking strides in body armor technology, focusing on lightweight, flexible designs and advanced materials like Kevlar and Dyneema.
  7. In the United States, body armor undergoes rigorous testing and certification by the National Institute of Justice, ensuring adherence to stringent standards for ballistic protection, as outlined in the NIJ 0101.06 standard.


  1. Not all armor can withstand multiple hits, and repeated shots in the same location can compromise its effectiveness.
  2. Being shot while wearing armor can still cause significant harm, such as broken ribs, internal bleeding, or bruising.
  3. Armor varies greatly in price, materials, and quality.
  4. Armor is designed to defeat specific rounds and calibers, not all threats.
  5. Steel plates alone are ineffective and can cause harm due to bullet fragmentation.

Factors to consider

  1. Ballistics, cost, and weight are key factors in choosing armor.
  2. You can prioritize two out of three factors: cost, weight, or ballistic performance.
  3. For most civilians, cost is a primary consideration.
  4. Weight is crucial, as heavy armor can impair mobility and increase the risk of injury.

Types of armor

  1. Soft armor is made of ballistic fibers like Kevlar or UHMWP and is concealable and flexible. Suitable for everyday wear but will not stop rifle rounds. It is preferred by police officers and security professionals, made of thick layers of tough fabric to spread impact
  2. Hard armor consists of plates made from materials like UHMWP, ceramic, or steel and requires a carrier. It offers better protection against projectiles & is popular among civillians but is bulkier and less concealable. It is heavier and less flexible than soft armor, suitable for real combat scenarios with high NIJ protection ratings.

Threat considerations

  1. Different armor levels protect against specific threats, with soft armor mainly for pistol rounds and hard armor for rifles.
  2. Ballistic armor levels vary, and it’s essential to familiarize yourself with each level’s capabilities.


In emergencies, microgreens are vital for nutrition. Popular types like beets, Swiss chard, and broccoli offer both flavor and health benefits. With over sixty varieties available, microgreens are packed with nutrients, containing up to 40% more phytochemicals than their mature counterparts.

These tiny greens are rich in fiber and vitamin K, which can help lower blood pressure and support heart health. Some, like broccoli sprouts, may even help fight cancer due to compounds like sulforaphane. Additionally, research shows that red cabbage microgreens can lower LDL cholesterol and promote gut health by acting as prebiotics.

Quick and easy to incorporate into salads, soups, or sandwiches, microgreens are a bounty of health-supporting components. Whether in an emergency or daily life, adding microgreens to your diet can boost your health and well-being.

Microgreens Without Soil

Know as growing hydroponically.

1. Choose Your Growing Medium:

  • Coconut Coir: Affordable and requires pre-soaking.
  • Clay Pebbles: Porous and reusable, provide excellent air circulation.
  • Hemp Growing Mats: Less messy but more expensive.
  • Vermiculite: Lightweight, sterile, and retains water well.

2. Gather Your Supplies:

  • Seeds: Look for untreated microgreen seeds.
  • Growing Trays: Choose hydroponic trays without drainage holes.
  • Growing Lights: LED grow lights or direct sunlight.
  • pH Testing Kits: Maintain water pH around 6.
  • Nutrients or Fertilizers: Specifically designed for hydroponic use.
  • Spray Bottle: Ensure it’s clean and free of chemicals.

3. Prepare Your Water:

  • Use distilled or rainwater if possible.
  • Test pH and adjust as needed.
  • Add nutrients to the water.

4. Fill the Trays:

  • Spread growing medium evenly in trays.
  • Plant seeds evenly across the medium.

5. Keep Them Moist:

  • Mist seeds with water to keep them moist.
  • Cover trays to maintain moisture or keep in a dark area.

6. Germinate the Seeds:

  • Keep trays warm (around 70°F) for 3-4 days.
  • Ensure airflow to prevent mold growth.
  • Continue misting every 12 hours.

7. Place Under Grow Lights:

  • After germination, move trays under grow lights.
  • Use the dry and soak method for watering.
  • Remove excess water after 10-20 minutes.

8. Wait and Harvest:

  • Microgreens will be ready in about two weeks.
  • Harvest when true leaves appear.
  • Use sharp scissors to cut stems.
  • Consume harvested microgreens the same day for maximum freshness and nutrition.

Protein Rich Microgreens

A concise guide to cultivating protein rich plants, suitable for both urban and rural settings, to ensure sustained nutrition in the face of potential disruptions.

At a Glance

  1. Beans: Legumes are renowned for their protein content and adaptability to diverse growing conditions. While beans are not as commonly grown as microgreens compared to other plants like kale or radishes, some bean varieties, such as mung beans and adzuki beans, are suitable for microgreen production.
  2. Broccoli: This cruciferous vegetable not only provides essential nutrients but also serves as a valuable protein source.
  3. Corn: A staple crop worldwide, corn offers both sustenance and protein, particularly when harvested at the right stage.
  4. Edamame (soy): Soybeans are a complete protein source and can be cultivated in various climates, making them a versatile addition to any survival garden.
  5. Kale: Known for its resilience and nutritional density, kale is an excellent choice for protein rich greens.
  6. Parsley: Often overlooked, parsley is not only a flavorful herb but also contains notable amounts of protein.
  7. Peas: Whether consumed fresh or dried, peas are a valuable protein source and can be easily grown in small spaces.
  8. Quinoa: Considered a superfood for its nutritional profile, quinoa is a complete protein source and thrives in diverse environments.
  9. Spinach: Rich in vitamins and minerals, spinach is also surprisingly high in protein, making it a valuable addition to any diet.
  10. Sunflower: Beyond its seeds’ nutritional value, sunflower foliage offers protein rich greens for consumption.

Cultivating these protein rich plants can be achieved in various settings, from urban balconies to rural homesteads. Container gardening allows for flexibility and space optimization, while traditional ground cultivation ensures optimal growth and yield for larger crops like corn and sunflower.

During colder months or in regions with limited sunlight, indoor cultivation becomes essential. Utilizing artificial lighting and proper temperature control can sustain plant growth year-round, ensuring a steady protein supply regardless of external conditions.

Additionally, incorporating sprouts and microgreens into your diet provides a quick and efficient means of boosting protein intake. Simple steps, such as rinsing and soaking seeds, facilitate sprout growth within days, while microgreens offer crunchy, nutrient-rich greens in a matter of weeks.

Growing & Harvesting Details

  1. Beans:
    • Height: Varies (1 to 10 feet)
    • Microgreen Harvest: Beans are not typically grown as microgreens.
    • Maturity: 50-70 days
    • Water Requirements: Regular watering is necessary for bean plants to thrive.
    • Light Needs: Beans require full sun for optimal growth.
  2. Broccoli:
    • Height: 18-30 inches
    • Microgreen Harvest: Microgreens can be harvested when they reach 1-2 inches in height, typically within 1-2 weeks after sowing.
    • Maturity: 60-100 days
    • Water Requirements: Consistent moisture is essential for broccoli’s growth as both microgreens and mature plants.
    • Light Needs: Full sun is preferred for broccoli, though it can tolerate partial shade.
  3. Corn:
    • Height: 6-10 feet
    • Microgreen Harvest: Corn is not typically grown as microgreens.
    • Maturity: 60-100 days
    • Water Requirements: Consistent moisture is crucial for corn’s growth.
    • Light Needs: Corn requires full sun for optimal growth.
  4. Edamame (Soy):
    • Height: Varies (2 to 5 feet)
    • Microgreen Harvest: Edamame is not typically grown as microgreens.
    • Maturity: 80-120 days
    • Water Requirements: Consistent moisture is crucial for soybean plants.
    • Light Needs: Full sun is necessary for soybean growth.
  5. Kale:
    • Height: 1 to 3 feet
    • Microgreen Harvest: Microgreens can be harvested when they reach 1-2 inches in height, typically within 1-2 weeks after sowing.
    • Maturity: 50-70 days
    • Water Requirements: Consistently moist soil is crucial for kale’s development, whether as microgreens or mature plants.
    • Light Needs: Kale prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
  6. Parsley:
    • Height: 6-12 inches
    • Microgreen Harvest: Microgreens can be harvested when they reach 1-2 inches in height, typically within 2-3 weeks after sowing.
    • Maturity: 70-90 days
    • Water Requirements: Evenly moist soil is essential for parsley’s growth, whether as microgreens or mature plants.
    • Light Needs: Parsley can thrive in partial shade to full sun conditions.
  7. Peas:
    • Height: Varies (1 to 6 feet)
    • Microgreen Harvest: Microgreens can be harvested when they reach 2-3 inches in height, typically within 2-3 weeks after sowing.
    • Maturity: 60-90 days
    • Water Requirements: Peas require regular watering to support their growth, whether as microgreens or mature plants.
    • Light Needs: Full sun is necessary for optimal pea growth.
  8. Quinoa:
    • Height: 3-6 feet
    • Microgreen Harvest: Quinoa is not typically grown as microgreens.
    • Maturity: 90-120 days
    • Water Requirements: Moderate moisture levels are required for quinoa plants.
    • Light Needs: Quinoa requires full sun for optimal growth.
  9. Spinach:
    • Height: 6-12 inches
    • Microgreen Harvest: Microgreens can be harvested when they reach 1-2 inches in height, typically within 1-2 weeks after sowing. Maturity: 30-50 days
    • Water Requirements: Spinach prefers consistently moist soil to support its rapid growth as both microgreens and mature plants.
    • Light Needs: Full sun is preferred for spinach, but it can tolerate partial shade.
  10. Sunflower:
    • Height: Varies (2 to 12 feet)
    • Microgreen Harvest: Microgreens can be harvested when they reach 1-2 inches in height, typically within 1-2 weeks after sowing.
    • Maturity: 70-100 days
    • Water Requirements: Regular watering is necessary for sunflowers to thrive.
    • Light Needs: Sunflowers require full sun for optimal growth.