Do you need to boil water in the wild before you drink it? The truth is you actually don’t. First thing’s first: You shouldn’t just drink water that you come across in the wild. Water in the wild has been contaminated by trash from humans. Regardless how far out you are in the wild, you should never just drink the water that you find. There is a 99.9% chance that there is feces in the water that you are drinking when it hasn’t been treated. Although it is not necessarily from humans, animals don’t care where they drop. They could very well be drinking and defecating at the same time in the same water… and their bodies can handle that bacteria… ours cannot. It’s a common misconception to think that water needs to be boiled in order to be cleaned. Boiling is basically a benchmark to know that the water is safe to drink. When you see the water bubble up, you know that it’s reached a temperature where all the bacteria in it has been killed off. That actual temperature is around 175 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are in a rush and on the move, you may not have the time to boil water, so knowing that you can treat what you drink at a lower temperature is critical information. If you do have the time to boil the water, you might as well. You can never be too safe when you are in a survival situation. Remember, you won’t have the doctors and medicine that we are accustomed to now.Backdoor Survival Tips It is not too late to think about drying some garden herbs for winter use. Reader “Lucin34” offers up the following tip which I think is a good one:
One way I dry garden herbs is to place them on the top of my clothes dryer–works for seeds too! Putting the fresh herbs into a brown-type lunch bag first and putting it on the dryer keeps the leaves, etc. contained. Sometimes I just put them on paper and leave them open to the warm circulation around the dryer. Easy!The Final Word I have a bit of an abbreviated Sunday Survival Buzz today. Truth is, I am dead tired from spending over eight hours cleaning up and locking down the site so that I have no more issues with malware or other nasties. If you happen to be a blogger and feel you can learn from my experience, drop me a note via my contact page and if there is enough interest, I will put together a debriefing for you. Having said all of that, I want to let you know that I have been on an interview frenzy with a number of survival and prepping book authors and have arranged for a number of book giveaways following the publication of my Fall Reading list next week. If you are an author and want your book included, the deadline is Tuesday – just let me know. Be well and stay safe! Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Gaye Spotlight Item: The Kindle version of my favorite gardening book, Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening, is currently only $2.99. That is a steal! Remember,you don’t need to own a Kindle to read Kindle books – simply download the free Kindle app for PCs, MACs and all flavors of mobile devices from the Amazon website. Bargain Bin: I have reviewed all of the third quarter 2012 Amazon items purchased by Backdoor Survival readers. (I only have access to product information, not who buys what in case you were wondering.) I compiled a list of the top selling items and uploaded them to a special Amazon store which you can access by clicking here. The items are shown in descending order with the top selling items shown first. Here are the top ten items:
1. Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener 2. Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10) 3. Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife with Stainless-Steel Blade and Nylon Handle 4. The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook 5. FISH MOX – 250 MG OR 500 MG – 100 COUNT (500 mg) 6. Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets 7. Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven 8. Emergency Fire Starter 9. Dorcy 41-1071 LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite 10. 11 Steps to Living a Strategic LifeBe sure to shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Sales some great deals – typically 20% to 30% off. One of my favorite items on sale this month is the Stir-Fry Combo. It contains Asian Style Chicken, popular vegetables, and other ingredients perfect for creating a flavorful stir-fry. The sale price is $84.99. Other October specials include Freeze-Dried Roast Beef at $39.99 (about $10 off), the Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket (also about $10 off), Clarified Butter at $6.99 (normally $8.50), Honey Oat Granola at $8.99 (normally $11.95) and more. Want to help support Backdoor Survival? Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you! Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.
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