Welcome 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 last week.
What can I say? Last Sunday I attended a 9 hour handgun course aka “gun school”. Most assuredly, this was a very big deal for me – so much so that I am still pondering the article I plan on writing.
I will give you a hint though – and this is important. As much as I like the the compact form and ease of my automatic weapon (Ruger LCP), in hindsight I wish I had attended gun school first. I did so much better – and felt more comfortable with a revolver. But more on that in my article.
I also did a major Costco run and stocked up 48 pounds of whole wheat pasta that is going to get sealed up in my buckets with gamma seals. This time, rather than re-package in Mylar bags, I am simply going to break the seal on the wrap of the individual packages, add my oxygen absorber and seal the whole shebang up with the gamma seal lid. Five years from now, if not sooner, I will rotate it out and eat it.
And last, I purchased two dozen additional cans of canned chicken. They have been labeled with my sharpie pen and stand ready – no Fukushima tuna in my household – instead, I have switched to canned chicken.
But enough about me. I have lots to report today in the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Mountain House goes to War with Other Food Storage Companies
I received an email a few days ago from Mountain House pitting some research done on their own product against another vendor in the long term food storage niche. The focus of the article, more specifically, was that one vendor’s pouches have over 18% oxygen in them, which is darn close to the “21% level found in the atmosphere and 110 times higher than the average 0.16% oxygen found in Mountain House.”
Dirty pool? Don’t know. I will say that there are some products – and vendors – out there that are, for lack of a better word, crappy. These are companies whose stated packaged weights or serving sizes are either misleading or mis-stated. No names mentioned.
Anyway, there are a lot of fine products and fine companies in the freeze-dried and dehydrated food world. Some of them include Emergency Essentials, The Ready Store (Saratoga Farms), Thrive/Shelf Reliance and of course, Mountain House. There is also Legacy Foods, sold by Preparewise and since I have gotten to know some of the executives at this company, I asked them about the Mountain House piece as it relates to their own product, Legacy Premium.
“Legacy Premium prides itself on providing a high quality product line. At Legacy Premium we periodically test our product for quality. Legacy Premium will commission a new independent study by a university that will test to ensure our oxygen content is below the acceptable levels for 25 year long term food storage.”
Fair statement and indeed, I know first hand that Preparewise stands behind their Legacy product. Still, it is interesting to me to see how the competition for freeze-dried food is heating up.
From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox
Aura posted this comment last week and it is worth sharing.
I seldom contribute but I recently ran across an article in the Wall Street Journal (a link really because I have no interest in Wall Street) that changed my life forever.
As one who has suffered from gastric distress all my life I have searched for years seeking relief when all of a sudden it was thrust right in my face! I AM LACTOSE INTOLERANT it turns out. Give up all dairy products now and find instant relief, give up the Tums, Prilosec, Prevacid. I can’t emphasize enough for everyone who suffers from heartburn, bloat, gas, GERD, you should try this now. And beware that milk and milk products are found in almost everything you eat off the shelf.
The link to that wonderful article is provided here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/07/got-milk-you-dont-need-it/
I would just like to add that with so much attention being given to gluten free products and products with peanuts, not much is said about being lactose intolerant. If you suffer from chronic heartburn and gas, living without dairy for a week of so may prove to be a solution that provides relief. This is definitely worth checking out.
It is disheartening to see “gluten free” become some sort of fad since having celiac disease is life threatening and definitely not a fad! On the other hand, gluten intolerance as well as lactose intolerance is something our medical professionals need to recognize, test and treat with diet rather than high priced and potentially dangerous drugs.
This week on Wakeup World,
Be sure to read the article Fukushima – A Crisis Far from Over. Of course none of us really believed the authorities when they claimed the long term damage to humans from the Fukushima disaster was minimal. For once, the truth:
In the shadow of the looming crisis, dramatic cultural changes are sweeping Japan as a large anti-nuclear movement predominantly lead by women is gathering force and beginning to challenge the government’s handling of the disaster. In a term coined, “The Fukushima Divorce,” women are deciding to leave Japan with their children even if their husbands are choosing to stay.
Both Survival Husband and I have agreed that we would provide refuge if we had friends or family that needed to flee Japan. The worst, I am afraid is yet to come – and this time I am not talking about all the junk washing up on our Washington State shores.
News of Healthy Harvest
The very first sponsor of Backdoor Survival way back when was Healthy Harvest. When Jan died suddenly last year, my email inbox was filled with questions from her loyal customers from around the country.
Well now we have an answer. The following email was received from Jan’s daughter this week:
This past September our mother and owner of Healthy Harvest, Jan LeBaron, passed away suddenly. In her absence we have suspended business transactions with Healthy Harvest so that we could come together and discuss how to best move forward, and what would become of the company. We had originally hoped to find an appropriate buyer to take over Healthy Harvest and continue our mother’s reputable 24 year legacy in Emergency Preparedness. However, after several months of searching and many meetings with prospective buyers, this idea did not come to fruition as we had hoped.
We have decided to offer one huge online liquidation of all products currently in stock. This is the last chance to order product from Healthy Harvest, and will only be done once. A list of inventory will be released to interested parties and will only contain items and quantities that are currently available.
If you are interested in being part of this private sale, please email your contact information to FinalSale@HealthyHarvest.com and we will send you information on the inventory list and how to order
We thank you for your patronage over more than 24 years.
A hat tip to Todd at the Prepper Website for naming Backdoor Survival the Featured Website of the Month. Be sure to jump on over and read my answers to Todd’s interview questions. The article Backdoor Survival Featured Website of the Month is where I share some insights into Backdoor Survival and a few other tidbits never before published.
I just added Survival Sherpa to Recommended Sites. Want to know more?
“At Survival Sherpa, our vision is simple: Helping each other on the climb to self-reliance and preparedness…the Survival Sherpa way…One step at a time.
Whether you are a newbie or a veteran prepping in today’s uncertain times, we all need help navigating the uphill journey to self-reliance and preparedness. I’ll try to help show you the route, help with the gear, and guide you on your journey.”
Yumm . . . Homemade Cheese
At the Earth News Fair last month, I met the folks from Cultures for Heath and learned a ton about making homemade cheese and yogurt. I purchased some of their inexpensive cheese making kits and plan to give them a try soon. I was so impressed with them and their product that I have now added Cultures fro Health as an Affiliate Sponsor.
Great people, very informative, and very helpful. Even if you do not purchase anything, check out their expert advice, how-to’s, and recipes on their website.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
From the Bargain Bin: Thinking of heading out to the wilderness? Although I like to hike, I usually do not stray too far from the beaten path. I typically grab my hiking boots, a camera, my cell phone, some Kashi bars (protein and fiber bars) and water and plus lightweight pack filled with gear. Here are some of the prepping items that are useful outdoors.
3M Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct Tape: This heavy duty duct tape happens to be a favorite in our household. On the other hand, we also keep a supply of this less expensive duct tape (about $16 for three, 60 yard rolls) on hand for day-to-day use: Intertape Fix-It DUCTape 63 60-yard rolls.
Military Prismatic Sighting Compass w/ Pouch: You need a compass and you also need to know how to use it. This is a great option for your first compass. Practice in you neighborhood, at the local park and on the trails so you know how to use it and to find your way back home (or to camp).
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.
Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord: You can get 100 feet of Paracord for about $8 or $9. This is a real bargain but be aware that price can vary substantially depending on the color.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency. You will be amazed at how small and portable these are; a packet will easily fit in a back pocket.
Emergency Shelter Tent: The Emergency Tent is a lightweight and compact emergency shelter. It is wind and waterproof and easy to set up and is roomy enough for two people.
Emergency Sleeping Bag: Another low cost item designed to keep you warm in an emergency situation.
Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.
This month Emergency Essentials is featuring a fabulous deal on freeze dried chicken.
The chicken combo includes Asian Seasoned Chicken, Chicken Breast Strips, Diced Chicken, and Seasoned Chicken. These are great for stir fries (with your home garden grown veggies) and cooked with rice for an all-in-one dish in your cast iron skillet or Dutch oven.
The chicken combo is now 30% off for $119.99 instead of the normal price of $171.80. Click here for the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials.
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