The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 75

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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 continued tinkering around in my kitchen, creating meals using my food storage.  This week I made biscuits – drop biscuits to be specific.

Emergency Essentials Biscuits_02     Emergency Essentials Biscuits_13

I also made potato salad using freeze dried potato cubes and freeze dried green onions.  I will be the first to admit that my potato salad is rather simple.  Some would even say plain.  There are no little radishes or pickle bits in my potato salad.  What that means is that the potatoes better be tasty on their own.

So how was it?  Let me put it this way.  It took just a few minutes to put together after the FD potatoes and green onions were rehydrated.  And the taste and texture were spot on.  The only issue is that I have not figured out how to easily create mayonnaise from food storage.  Ideas anyone?

Emergency Essentials Green Onions_2     FD Potato Salad_1

Another thing I did this week is take some cuttings from my rosemary and lavender plants.  I want to fill my garden with more of these healing herbs and since I do have a knack for these sorts of things, I thought I would try to create some free plants by taking cuttings.

cuttings     Romaine Stub

And remember that stub of a lettuce?  Well here is it, growing up in its pot.

Last but not least, I added two new books to the stack of reading material on my nightstand:

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field

Good Clean Food: Shopping Smart to Avoid GMOs, rBGH, and Products That May Cause Cancer and Other Diseases

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Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.

SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB

How Anyone Can Be More Self Sufficient:  If you find yourself saying “I am unable to become self-sufficient because . . .”, read this article for tips on getting started or even boosting your existing self-sufficiency quotient.

Tim Donnelly Talks Immigration and the Failed State on Our Border:  This is one of the better articles I have seen on the topic of immigration.  The best part is that it is not political – just common sense ideas that are so simple, really, that it is a travesty that our so-called leaders have not taken notice and taken action.

16 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True:  I don’t want to say “I told you so . . .” but as this article explains, many conspiracy theories of the past has proven to be true.

Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings:  The mosquitos and wasps are finding me for the first time this summer.  This is a good time to brush up on home remedies for bug bites and stings.

DIY Solar Cooker:  Want to build your own solar cooker?  This article will explain how to do it with lots of helpful illustrations and photos.  Or, if you are lazy and can afford it, you can purchase an All American Sun Oven on Amazon.

7 Things You Can Do – If You’re A Bored Prepper: Don’t feel bad – it happens to all of us from time to time.  Here are seven ideas you can put into action when you need a change of pace.

BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS

In the article 39 Fantastic Prepping Tips, one reader tip had to do with making a waterproof match container out of a mason jar.  Here was the tip:

I think my favorite quick prep is making a waterproof match container out of a mason jar. Glue a piece of sandpaper to the lid, fill the jar with stick matches, add a candle, tighten down the ring and there you have it.

Jerry elaborates on the concept by offering the following:

Very interesting however sandpaper to scratch matches against WILL NOT WORK unless you are using ‘strike anywhere’ matches.

For ‘Safety’ matches, which is to say all matches except the strike anywhere kind, you need to strike them on the side of the box, like it directs you to do. This is because the ‘match head’ is made up of one essential ingredient, (i.e.. sulphur), required to light it, and the strip on the box contains another essential ingredients, such as phosphorus. You need both or the match WILL NOT LIGHT.

Sandpaper, although rough, does not contain the second necessary ingredient and the match will fail to light regardless of its waterproofing characteristics, or how many times it is struck.

So there are two choices to get that match to light: along with the matches, you must also include and pack a formidable piece of the scratching material, (from the side of the box or matchbook, which contains the second necessary ingredient. Or, you can make your own special scratching paper that contains phosphorus, to include in your package. Only when you scratch these two materials together will the head of the match light.

‘Strike Anywhere’ matches have both of these ingredients incorporated within each match head hence, you can strike them anywhere and they will light.

PS: I find it a lot easier to just carry a good quality lighter with me in the form of a key chain wherever I go.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Does anyone have an interest in recipes using food storage items?

I have been experimenting quite a bit lately and am willing to share but don’t want to bore you with something irrelevant.  My latest foodie adventures are the potato salad mentioned earlier, chicken chili, survival sangria and cheese biscuits.  Next on the list are homemade smoothies and salsa using only bulk foods, dehydrated and freeze dried items.

Please leave a comment below if this is something you are interested in as a topic for future articles.

THE FINAL WORD

Coming up next month are two fabulous giveaways.  One is for an EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove and the other is for a WonderMill Grain Mill (your choice of the electric or manual version).  I have had my EcoZoom for a couple of years and can attest to its durability over time.  It has sat outdoors for two years and still looks like new.  And the WonderMill?  Well, that is something I have wanted for quite some time and now I have one!

I know a lot of you are on a budget – and who isn’t these days – so I am thrilled to be able to offer these giveaways for you!

Until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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Bargain Bin: Today I feature I items either mentioned or related to the items in today’s article.

Strike Anywhere Matches 10 Boxes:  Strike anywhere matches are great for use in reusable matchboxes because you don’t need the box to strike against. There are 10 boxes per pack, 32 wooden matches per box.

Zippo Street Chrome Pocket Lighter:  Zippo has been creating virtually indestructible, windproof refillable lighters for more than 75 years. The Zippo Street Chrome pocket lighter is no exception. This lighter features a classic textured chrome finish and carries the same lifetime guarantee–to either work or be fixed by Zippo free of charge–for life. This lighter uses butane fuel. All wearable parts including flints and wicks are replaceable.  Every prepper should own at least one Zippo!

BIC Disposable Classic Lighter With Child Guard:  This six pack of Bic lighters is reasonably priced but check around since these often go on sale locally.  BICs just work – every time.

Wholesale Disposable Lighters – Pack of 50 with Stand:  This is a 50 pack of wholesale disposable lighters. Each ‘child-resistant’ lighter is standard size and also features an adjustable flame.  I have not tried these myself but for the price, they sound like a good deal.

UCO Stormproof Matches, Waterproof and Windproof with 15 Second Burn Time – 25 Matches:  A ZIPPO or BIC lighter are always good to have but it would not hurt to have some stormproof matches as well.

EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove: Burning twigs and pinecones, this stove will cook a big pot of rice in under 20 minutes. The stove is solidly built and will burn charcoal as well. There is also a version that only burns biomass for slightly less money.

WonderMill Grain Mill: For now, I decided to go with an electric WonderMill.  Why?  With this model, I could grind over 100 pounds of flour in an hour. (Not that I would but I could if I wanted too!).  There is also the popular Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Mill which can be used for coffee, nuts and other oily items.  For now though, the Junior Deluxe remains on my bucket list.


Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

This month all Mountain House cans are 25% off with some at 29% off.  For my own food storage, I ordered the Mountain House Chili Mac at $18.97 as well as the Provident Pantry Corn Muffin and Buttermilk Biscuit Mix plus some sprouting seeds.

Emergency Candle

I also stocked up on some of these these Clear Mist 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candles as well.  This month they are on sale for $3.99 each or $44.99 for a dozen

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Comments

The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 75 — 7 Comments

  1. I love it when a recipe gives both the ‘survival only’ version, and the ‘normal ingredients’ version! (And what is ‘survival sangria’? Intriguing!)

    • Survival Sangria – cheap red wine from the barter stash, powdered drink mix (i.e from Emergency Essentials, Thrive), FD or home-dehydrated fruits – or fresh fruits. I will send the recipe to the blog.

      It is fun to make and even more fun to drink. Kind of like grown-up fruit punch LOL.

  2. I followed your link for the Strike Anywhere matches and it took me to Amazon.com where in the product information section it says the matches sold there are the “green type” and that the original red type is no longer manufactured. How do we stay away from them now?

    • Thank you for alerting me to this. I am going to need to research this a bit further. For the short term, see if you can find some of the original Strike Anywhere matches locally. I am going to call Diamond and talk to them about the new “green strike” matches will also purchase some myself for testing. I based my recommendation on the very poor reviews that I read on the “green strike” version.

      I am very lucky that I stocked up on the original type a few years back.

  3. You can make a great mayonnaise from your food storage. It a snap to whip up with your mini blender or by hand using a good whisk.
    – 1 heaping Tbsp powdered egg
    – 1 Tbsp water
    – 1 pinch of sugar
    – 1/2 tsp salt
    – 1 Tbsp lemon Juice (I home can my own)
    – 1/2 tsp mustard
    – 1/2 – 3/4 cup oil (drizzled in very slowly, last thing)

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