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.
I had a bit of an Amazon haul in that I purchased some 100 cc oxygen absorbers (perfect for mason jars sealed up with my FoodSaver Jar Sealer), an alkaline battery charger and a battery tester. I have not tried the battery charger and tester yet but I am quite anxious to try charging up what appear to be “dead” batteries and will be sure to share the results.
I contacted the folks the make the Country Living Hand Grain Mill and asked if I could come visit so I could see how they are made and test one myself. For those of you not familiar with the Country Living Mill, it is considered the best of the best when it comes to hand-driven grain mills. And they are expensive – more than I can afford. Still, I would love to see one in action and maybe, just maybe, I can work out a discount for both myself and my readers.
Other things this week? I started reading (listening actually) the audiobook of One Second After. Oh my gosh – I am inspired to dig out the article I did on EMPs and share it anew. Scary stuff but of course, that is only one of the reasons we prepare.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
The DAK Ham Taste Test
Remember the DAK ham bargain I found in the back aisles at the drug store? I always tell people to store what they eat or if it is something new, try it first before stocking up in volume for the long term. Well one night last week I worked until about 11PM and I was hungry and did not want to bother with real cooking. I sliced up some the DAK ham, dug some leftover coleslaw out of the fridge, and grabbed a carton of yogurt.
OK, odd combination, I know but when you are hungry and tired, a girl does what she has to do. I fried the ham in my cast iron skilled then ate it. No ketchup, no adornment, just plain DAK ham. And guess what? It was actually pretty good. Not greasy, salty or smelly and really easy to cook. So for all of you bargain hunters out there: look for good deals on DAK ham and stock up!
Having Fun(?) with DIY Cleaners
I messed around this week with some DIY cleaners and DIY projects. The reason I mention this is that while I am not always clever enough to come up with my own formulas, I am smart enough to take a DIY recipe and try it, making modifications along the way. What I have found is that for the most part, going back to the simplest recipes with the fewest ingredients always seems to work best.
Today I tried cleaning some crud covered pans with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. This DIY tip is all over the internet and in my case, I picked it up from the website of an extremely popular and well know blogger. I should have read the hundreds of reader comments before scrubbing for 20 minutes and wasting a goodly supply of hydrogen peroxide trying to get the DIY miracle cleaner to work. The “wonder” recipe did not work. It didn’t work for me and did not work for the commenters on the web site.
I don’t know if there is a moral to this story other than to say that I will not post one of my own DIY recipes without testing first. Okay. I will now step down from the soap box.
Now speaking of DIY cleaners, today I made up a fresh batch of “Peppermint Juice” (vinegar, water and peppermint essential oil) and not paying attention, I opened the peppermint oil to dribble some into my spray bottle. Oops – no dropper. I ended up putting 1/2 ounce of peppermint oil into a quart sprayer filled with vinegar and water instead of just a teaspoon.
It was time to get creative so I found a big jug, added more vinegar, added more water and hoped for the best. I labeled it “Extra Strong Peppermint Juice”. Don’t ask for the proportions since I don’t know.
However if you want to make up some of your own Peppermint Juice the right way, try 1/4 cup vinegar, 16 ounces of water, and 1 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil. Right now this is my favorite household cleaner.
And I guess that is all that I will say about that!
Survival News & Articles from Around the Web
New York Times Goes “Prepper”?: Here is what a Times reporter found – and it was vastly different from what he expected:
To the unprepared, the very word “prepper” is likely to summon images of armed zealots hunkered down in bunkers awaiting the End of Days, but the reality, at least here in New York, is less dramatic.
Local Preppers are doctors, doormen, charter school executives, subway conductors, advertising writers and happily married couples from the Bronx. They are no doubt people that you know — your acquaintances and neighbors. People, I’ll admit, like myself.
The Rich May Pay Less For Car Insurance Even If They’re Not Safe Drivers: This one will get your goat. The gist of it is that the rich with accidents on their records sometimes pay less for auto insurance than the working class with a clean record.
Sandy victims left out in the cold during arctic blast: This is a national disgrace. If you are one of the readers that sent me hate mail for my alleged claims about the government READ THIS.
Sorry, You’re Never Going to Retire: I have been saying this for awhile and now the Census Bureau is saying the same thing: unless you’ve already made a substantial pile of money, you are never retiring. Sad, but true.
From Chicks to Laying Hens – A Step by Step Guide: I thought this article was very cool so even if you can’t have chicks and hens where you live, take a look.
This Is Where Google Keeps Your Email And YouTube Videos: Wait until you see this! This is where big daddy stores all of the information about stuff and about our daily activities on the web.
Backdoor Survival Reader Tip
From Jan, in response to Product Review: No-Rinse Personal Hygiene Products:
I have been stockpiling baby wipes for water-free cleaning. They are alcohol and fragrance free, very inexpensive (a pack of 70 or 80 for less than a buck) and should be mild enough to use anywhere on the body.
Seems to me that at that price, baby wipes would be worth a try. I do wonder about shelf life, however, in terms of them drying out.
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The Final Word
I alluded to this earlier but will mention it again. Yes, I got a lot of hate mail this week over my article Coming to Terms with Government Control. So be it. If the parties had actually read what I said, they would understand that I am having a problem connecting all the dots, and find myself considering scenarios that ten or fifteen years ago would have made me a certifiable nut job.
People can think what they like but at the end of the day, not opening your eyes to the truth will be your downfall. Be safe and be prepared, everyone!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bartering With Desperate People: There is a lot of interest in bartering among prepper-types. I am not sure I agree with the “desperate” part of the title since realistically, this $7.00 e-Book is more about negotiating the very best deal in such a way that all parties to the transaction are happy. And we all know that bartering is going to become a real issue at some point down the road.
What to barter? Read 40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World for some ideas.
Bargain Bin: Below you will find the items mentioned in today’s article. I have purchased all of these items and can attest to their value and their usefulness for the prepper.
FoodSaver Jar Sealer: This gizmo allows you to seal us a mason jar with your Food Saver. They come in two sizes – regular and wide mouth. I have been opening #10 tins of freeze dried foods so that I become comfortable cooking with them. Once opened, the tins have about a one year shelf life so I repack the contents in a mason jar, pop in a 100cc oxygen absorber and I am good to go.
Oxygen Absorbers – 100 Count Package – 100 CC: I had been using my 300 cc oxygen absorbers (typically used for a one gallon Mylar bag) in my mason jars but was running low. These were super cheap and do the job. If you read the comments, some purchasers indicated the packet did not come with a “pink” test pill. Mind did and the oxygen absorbers are good.
NOW Foods Peppermint Oil: All I can say is be careful. I love this stuff but it does not have a built in dropper. You can, however, pay more and get essential oils with droppers. You can bet I won’t make the mistake of dumping our half a bottle instead of a drop again.
Soft ‘N Style Clear Spray Bottles (Pack of 6): For the price, these are great. I used to get these at the dollar store but have not seen them in over a year.
Maximal Power Universal Rapid Charger for Alkaline, RAM, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V Batteries: This is the alkaline battery tester I purchased. When I put it in my Amazon cart, I was told it was on backorder yet is arrived 3 days later. Go figure. I read all of the reviews for the various alkaline charges and this one seemed the best without spending a lot more money.
Amprobe Battery Tester: And this is the tester I purchased. I just finished cleaning up the batteries in my recycle box so I can test them before setting them in the charger – hopefully to come to life again.
One Second After: This is a story which can be all too terrifyingly real – a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America is attacked by an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon. I am currently listening to the audiobook version.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Any time you can pick up one of these skillets for less than $22 you should. I paid about $25 for mine a few years back and it has become the most used pan in my household. I use if for baking, roasting, frying – just about everything.
For Your Long Term Food Storage: Be sure to shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Sales some great deals – typically 20% to 30% off or more.
Specials that I like this month are their SUPERPAIL of Soft White Wheat, a Deluxe Grain Mill and Motor and the Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Meat Essentials Combo. The grain mill is on sale for $123.98 (normally $189.99) and is such a good deal I plan to get one as my starter mill until I can afford a more expensive model.
Now I know there are a lot of diehard Emergency Essentials fans out there but I also want to ask you to consider Legacy food products from Preparewise. Not only are they 100% GMO free, but they are lower in sodium, have fewer artificial ingredients and just taste good. More on that later – just wanted to give you a heads up and a link if you want to give them a try.
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