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. Now wait a minute? What preps? Okay, I admit that I am vacationing and have not done a darn prepping thing this week other than work on some new articles for Backdoor Survival. Does that count?
One thing I do want to mention is that today is the last day of the Food Insurance Backpack and Water Bottle giveaway. I must tell you, this is the most popular giveaway in the history of Backdoor Survival. One thing I am finding is that there are some recurring themes in terms of our reader’s greatest food storage challenges.
Coming in loud and clear are the lack of space for storing preps, the need for more knowledge relative to the storing of water and the challenge of a reluctant (or non-prepping) partner. I plan to address each of these challenges in the coming weeks.
To enter the giveaway, go to Forward Thinking: Ready Set Prep Summit and Giveaway.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Spooked about What Happened in Cyprus?: Earlier this month, the Apartment Prepper posted this article. She states “It’s not something to panic about, but certainly something to think about. What can a regular person do to reduce your risk?” This is a no nonsense article for everyone – preppers and non-preppers alike.
Number Of Teens Expecting To Depend On Parents Into Adulthood Has Doubled Since 2011: This is sobering news for everyone and another indication that the good old days are gone for good. Still, it is my opinion that given a choice, most young adults would rather be independent of their parents.
How to Make Rice Water: Rice water is useful when somebody is having stomach issues like vomiting or diarrhea. It is calming to the upset stomach, amazingly bland, starchy, and gets some nutrients in your system. Here is how to make rice water – so easy.
Recipe: Troop 18 Foil Wrap Cobbler: This is a great way to use up those old cake mixes that have been languishing in your pantry. Fun and tasty too.
Unstick Stuck Buckets: Let’s face it. This has happened to all of us at one point or another. According the author, using one or both of these methods will unstick those pesky buckets 95% of the time.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIP
From Backdoor Survival reader “Karen”:
I would like to share what I’ve been doing with 5-gallon buckets.
I am packing each with a month supply of food for one person. Yes, it really does fit. The first one has 30 servings of oatmeal with a jar of raspberry preserves, 15 servings of Great Northern beans with 15 servings of pasta, 15 servings of lentils with 15 servings of a wheat/rice grain blend, 30 servings of almonds and dried fruit, and 4 cans of fruit for a special treat once a week.
The buckets can be easily grabbed to put in the car, or in the crawl space, or could be sealed even tighter and cached in the crawl space or buried. I really like the idea of not having to think about meals when SHTF. My goal is 24-48 buckets and of course, they will be rotated. I already eat survival foods and along with vitamins and spices. It is turning out to be a great way to eat.
My own buckets have mixed goods inside (beans, oatmeal and powdered milk for example) but I think this is an even better way to go. Don’t forget that many fast food restaurants will give you food grade buckets for free. My recommendation is that you purchase gamma seal lids for those buckets so that you know that the seal is good.
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THE FINAL WORD
I have just a few more days left before my vacation is over. While it has been fun, I will be happy to get back home to my stuff. The big project coming on line for the Survival Husband will be setting up the Harbor Freight solar system I told you about in Sunday Survival Buzz #56.
I, of course, will be tending my garden. So until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: It has been a while since I shared some of my favorite food storage items. Whether you are just getting started or a seasoned pro, here are the items you will need when purchasing food in bulk for long term, SHTF needs.
Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: What I love about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is they protect against every single one of the food storage enemies. Prices do vary but for the most part, they are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand. And while you can seal them up with a FoodSaver, some tubing and a common clothes iron, I find it infinitely easier with a cheap hair straightening iron that you can pick up $20 or less.
60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product. Currently, a pack of 60 (in three 20 unit packs) is about $10 with free shipping- this is about $5 less than normal and a fabulous deal.
Mylar Zip seal Food Storage Bags: These are the zip seal bags that I used to package up my butter powder. These are extra heavy, 5 mil bags. I found that the zip feature made packaging extra easy. The jury is still out as to whether the zip feature is worth the extra cost.
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer: As long as the unit has an accessory port (and this one does), and inexpensive FoodSaver will work just as well as the fancier models. That is my two cents, at least.
FoodSaver Jar Sealer: Already have a FoodSaver? If so, check out this jar sealer which can be used to vacuum seal your Mason jars. This is a great option for short to mid term storage of items such as beans, rice, sugar and salt. Store your jars in a cool, dark place and you are set with the added advantage of removing a small amount for current use without having to disrupt your large Mylar bag or bucket of food.
Sharpie Permanent Markers: Sharpies were invented for preppers! And without question, Amazon is the cheapest place to buy them. Typically, the price on Amazon is less that $8 for a dozen.
Avery Color Coding Labels: These are perfect for labeling your emergency storage foods with the date purchased.
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