The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 17

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The buzzWelcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

This week I purchased ten #10 cans of freeze-dried meats and cheeses for long term storage.  I also did quite a bit of research on both a personal handgun for myself and some training opportunities so that I could become more proficient in firearms.

While not exactly prepping, I also dealt with some curveballs that were sent my way . . . nothing overly bad . . . just disruptive.  I have started to write about life’s curveballs so you expect to read all about it in a couple of weeks.

But enough about me.  Let us get going with the Sunday Survival Buzz.

Got a Splinter?   Remove it with a Baking Soda Paste

This is the time of year when we all run around in flip-flops or barefoot, exposing our tootsies to all kinds of little nasties, including splinters.  I came across a photo on Pinterest showing a splinter being removed with baking soda and thought I would pass it on.

Remove Splinter from Foot

So how does it work?

Make a paste by combining about ¼ tsp of baking soda with enough water to give it a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste to the cleaned area and put a bandage on top to keep it in secured. Leave it in place for 24 hours, and then remove. The splinter may be sticking out and need to be pulled out the rest of the way with tweezers or sterilized needle. If you don’t see it, repeat this process for another 24 hours.

This method works especially well with those teeny, tiny splinters that are normally impossible to remove.  Like vinegar and alcohol, baking soda is inexpensive and useful for oh so many things.  Be sure you keep a large supply in your survival closet or pantry.

A Note on the News

I start gathering items for the Sunday Survival Buzz on Monday and keep adding things throughout the week.  The good part about this is that I can pick up items in the moment and not forget to include them three or four days later.  That bad part?  Well, sometimes the items I pick up are “breaking” when I read them – especially if they are local to the Pacific Northwest – but by Sunday they may be old news.

I don’t plan to change my ways but thought I would mention it in case you were scratching your head and wondering why some of the Sunday Buzz items were dated.   Case in point with the piece immediately below this.

More Fallout From the Japan Tsunami

The junk heading our way from Japan may possibly introduce invasive species of seaweed, crabs and other marine organisms that will further muck up the West Coast’s marine environment.  Not good.

Read “Invasive species on tsunami debris threaten West Coast”.

Could you cope if you could not use the ATM?ATM

This is a question that all preppers should ask themselves.

According to Reuters:

European finance officials have discussed as a worst-case scenario limiting the size of withdrawals from ATM machines, imposing border checks and introducing capital controls in at least Greece should Athens decide to leave the euro.

From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox

Bob sent the following quote along with his contest entry.  This quote from 1966 is something I still believe in and hope you do too.

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Robert F. Kennedy
Capetown, June 6th 1966

Solo Stove – Our Newest Sponsor

Today I would like to welcome Solo Stove as our newest sponsor.  So what is a “Solo Stove”?   The Solo Stove is a lightweight backpacking stove (only 9 ounces!) that can cook meals with nothing but twigs and other bits of biomass.  In an emergency, what could be better than that?

I will be reviewing the Solo Stove soon, but in the meantime, the following video will show you how it works.

The Solo Stove is currently on sale for $69.99 with free shipping plus there are some rebate offers.  Head over to the Solo Stove website for more info.

Recommended Site


I have added Survival and Beyond to my handpicked list of Recommended Sites. is the news and information hub for Ed Corcoran’s popular internet radio show: “Survival and Beyond”.  On the site (as well as on the show) Ed delivers valuable information from across the spectrum of the survivalist and prepper fields, as well as important news affecting our rights, liberty and freedom that you won’t get from the mainstream media.

There, you can listen to Ed’s show, watch videos, download free survival and preparedness guides (from an ever-growing eBook library), and take part in their weekly, online survival course.  Ed updates the site several times a day, so there’s always new content that you don’t want to miss.

A Word About the June Contest

Oh my gosh! The entries and especially the questions are fabulous. Just so you know, I have had to sit on my hands so that I do not stop and answer each one RIGHT NOW. So please be patient.  If you have asked me a question, it will get answered here on Backdoor Survival at some point.

Overwhelmed? Yes. Thrilled? Yes. Happy? Very. So what about the prizes?  Here is a list:

  • Volcano II Collapsible Stove – provided by our sponsor, The Berkey Guy at Directive21
  • $75 Survival Kit – provided by our sponsor, Camping Survival
  • Mini Seed Garden Kit – provided by our sponsor Everlasting Seeds
  • Prep & Pantry for iPhone or iPad – provided by out sponsor Galaloo/Prep & Pantry
  • Rothco Medium Transport Pack – provided by Survival Gear Bags
  • Aqua Pail 400 – provided by Shelf Reliance dealer, Misty Marsh at Your Home Store
  • His and Hers Paracord Survival Bracelets – provided by Cobrabraid
  • Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook – provided by the Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy’s Doom and Bloom Nation
  • One year subscription to The Beacon – provided by Survival Week
  • One year subscription to Peoplenomics – provided by George Ure at Urban Survival

For the rules, such as they are, go here:  Backdoor Survival Summer Blast Giveaway.

Product Refunds from Ebates

I recently did a bit of shopping online and as always, used Ebates as my starting point.  Over the years I have earned closed to a thousand dollars in rebate checks just for shopping as I normally do. 

I also go to Ebates to find promotion and coupon codes and sometimes free shipping deals.  No fees or membership dues involved – just a really super way to make a little extra cash.  Be sure to check out some of their coupons.

Today on Strategic Living

This week George takes over on our Strategic Living site with a piece on Taming the Cost of CollegeYou and I both know that we have not heard the end of this one yet.  About a year ago I wrote a piece “A College Education. Is it Worth it?”.  Nothing much has changed since then.

Funky Technical Stuff

In closing this week, I want to mention that yesterday I worked most of the day on same back end stuff on the site.  I put on my Webmaster hat and made some updates that needed to be done.  All is still not quite perfect and for now, I had to remove the nifty search feature since it was not compatible with the upgrades.  There is always something . . . hopefully the search will be restored for next week.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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From the Bargain Bin:   Lately I have been making pizzas and popcorn in my cast iron cookware.  Time to rollout my top picks – just for you!

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. This is a survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.

Lodge Dutch Oven/Camp Stove:  I originally purchased this Dutch oven because it was so darn cute.  But over time, I have learned to love it for its versatility.  Remember, a camp stove is designed so that you can bake with it by arranging charcoal on top of the lid as well as underneath the Dutch Oven itself.

Ove’ Gloves Hot Surface Handler:  I cannot say enough about these hand and arm protectors.  I have permanent scars from hitting my arm on the rack of my oven.  I can only imagine what I would look like if I did not use these with my cast iron cookware.  Forget the colorful silicon hot pads.  These are 1000 times better!

Four Silicone Brushes:  I call these”mop thingies”.  Great for layering a nice thin coat of oil on your cast iron pans.

Lodge 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover:  This is another cool piece.  This Dutch Oven does not have legs and is designed for indoor use – but it can be used outdoors too.  Just don’t forget the Ove Gloves.

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 15 Inch Cast-Iron Skillet:  Similar to the 12” skillet only bigger.  Definitely on my bucket list – still.

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Emergency Essentials/BePrepared
Mountain House Sale: For the month of June, Emergency Essentials will be offering all Mountain House products at a discount of 20% to 25%. Shipping cost is $6, $9, or $12 depending on the size of your order and never more. (And you know how heavy food items can be.) Be sure to check out the Freeze-Dried Mountain House Pouches which offer a great way to sample the various food items before investing in the larger #10 tins.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 17 — 7 Comments

  1. briefly soak a piece of white bread in milk and apply to the area with splinters. Allow it to dry and probably the splinter will be inside the white bread when you remove it. I don’t know why it works but it does and within an hour or two as opposed to 24 hours. It is especially effective against various thorns and such found in the desert. It probably won’t work with one of those big honking splinters you get from rough plywood that embeds deep in your hand or thumb.

    • It is amazing how quickly the rebates add up. Also, it is nice that the stores are all very mainstream – the stores where you would shop regardless of the ebates rebate.

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