The Survival Buzz #184: Where Did Those Bags of Rice Come From?

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  Let me warn you, I am in a rambling mood.

This week I continued to organize my stuff and surprised myself by finding two large sacks of rice hidden away in a dark corner.  Don’t ask.  At least they were dated and are only a couple of years old.  Plus, they were in a cool part of my house.

I set the the rice out to be packaged in a six gallon bucket. This time I am going to forgo the Mylar bag and just dump the rice in the bucket along with a 1000 cc oxygen absorber.  I am not too worried because I plan to pull this bucket of rice to use sooner rather than later for day-to-day consumption.

Where the heck did this rice come from? | Backdoor Survival

Mr. UPS delivered a couple of additional LifeStraws for my road trip, plus some flushable wipes called “Bob’s Butt Wipes”, and a new card game, Skip-Bo, that I plan to play while on the road next month.  (Thanks, Dennis, for telling me about it.)


The news a week ago and at the beginning of this week was all about the financial markets.  I am not an investor, been there, done that, and lost a ton of money in 2009, so I tended to shy away from putting out traffic-getting headlines this week.  That said, we all need to be mindful that a collapse could be coming.  I have an article I wrote earlier this year ago that you might want to re-read along with a new one from my pal Daisy.

10 Reasons to Prepare for Economic Collapse | Backdoor Survival

10 Reasons to Prepare for an Economic Collapse


How to Survive a Stock Market Crash

That about covers it for me this week.  Now for some announcements.

Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips

I was recently contacted by a reader asking if I would “sell” him an ad so he could advertise his property for sale in New Mexico.  Instead, I offered to list it here at no charge.  If you have and interest, please contact John directly.

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SE New Mexico near Portales.
11-space RV campground, much more.
Multiple back-up systems. Very private and rural.
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Buyer would pay all costs pertaining to purchase. $500 finder’s commission.

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This question came in via Facebook:

Is there a water test kit suitable for testing water stored in 55 gal barrels ? I change my barrels twice a year (yikes) but would like to know if they’re potable after 6 months. Got any ideas ?

Here was my response:

If you properly treat the water at the time of storage, you should be good for five years if not longer. There are commercial products you can use (easiest) or you could ise fresh chlorine bleach.

Regardless, if you have any doubts, boil the water before using it. Changing water every six months? Oy Vey. What a hassle!


 Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways

This week’s Book Festival giveaway is for a set of both books in Warren Ray’s Shadow Patriots series.  Not only that, he is giving away three sets!

The Shadow Patriots Series | Backdoor Survival

Prepper Book Festival 9: Shadow Patriots New Recruits + Giveaway

With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.

Speaking of giveaways, lately all winners have been checking in promptly and there have been no cheaters.  Hey everyone, thanks for following the rules!

Essential Oils: Deal of the Week

Did you know that each week I update a special page with the Spark Naturals item of the week?  You can find it here:  Essential Oils from Spark Naturals – Weekly Deals. Every once in awhile there will be free shipping or a free gift offered as well as a product discount.

And remember, you can always use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off your entire SN order.  When it comes to saving money, every little bit helps.

Other Announcements

Want a chance to win some great prizes?  Jim Cobb at Survival Weekly is holding a writing contest with some nifty prizes,  Here is how Jim describes it:

Write up your tip or suggestion in 300 words or less and send it over to me. I’ll compile all entries and post them on We’ll then invite the whole world to read through the entries and vote for their favorites. The top three vote getters win goodies!

I would love to see a Backdoor Survival reader win, even if we have to stuff the ballot box (just kidding).  Here is where you can go for more details2015 Survival Weekly Writing Contest.


Tropical Traditions is having another FREE SHIPPING weekend using code 31158 at checkout.  This applies to orders of $19.00 or more.  Plus, orders to Hawaii and Alaska are included.  I know this may sound unconventional, but the Tropical Traditions coconut oil toothpaste is outstanding!

The Healthy Living Free Mini-Course

You may have seen the ad in the side-bar for this free mini-course.  So here is the scoop.  When I first started Backdoor Survival, my goal was not only to share my own experience and insights relative to family preparedness, but to also foster and promote healthy living.  You may have heard me mention that healthy living as a key component to living a strategic life.

Healthy Living Mini-Course | Backdoor Survival

If this is something that interests you, I invite you to hope on over to the page I put together describing the mini-course so you can check it out yourself:  Healthy Living: A Free Mini-Course.  Or, if you prefer, you can sign up directly by clicking here or on the banner above.

The Final Word

A couple of days ago, I learned that my friend George (Mr. Urban Survival) found bullet holes on the bottom side of his vintage airplane.  Like me, he gets personal on his website.  Seriously, that gave me pause to ponder.  These are scary times and crazies are everywhere.  I am not saying that George was shot at intentionally; it was probably some bored high school kids. Still, the incident has been reported to both the police and the FBI.

That said, I go against conventional OPSEC wisdom and share a lot of my personal life on this website as does he.  Did you know that is how blogging originally started?  Most blogs in the early days were an electronic form of  personal journal, designed to be shared with family and friends.

Anyway, my point is this: we all need to be prudent and keep an eye peeled for trouble.  I know that I do and if anything, I need to take it up a notch.

So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below for your discernment are items mentioned in today’s Survival Buzz as well as a few other personal favorites.

SKIP BO Card Game:  I can’t wait to give this card game a whirl.  I love these simple amusements and thank reader “Dennis” for mentioning it.  About $7.

LifeStraw | Backdoor Survival

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective.  There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.

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.

Ticket to Ride:  When it comes to board games, this is my favorite.  (It helps that I usually win.)  This is fun for the entire family.  Warning, you and your gift recipient will become addicted and will often ask the question:  Want to play train aka “ticket to ride”?

The Prepper’s Financial Guide: Written by Jim Cobb, this is the book you want to learn about a  disaster-proof investment strategy to ensure stability and security before, during and beyond a marketplace meltdown.  Read more in the Book Festival article Prepper Book Festival 8: Preppers Financial Guide.

Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend: This budget priced oil has done wonders for my sleep (thank you John R!).  It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood.  I am using 30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil.  My preference is BDS Simple Salve (that you can make yourself).  You could also try making a room spray by adding 30 drops to 1 oz. of witch hazel in a a spray bottle.


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The Survival Buzz #184: Where Did Those Bags of Rice Come From? — 24 Comments

  1. My first order of freeze dried foods arrived, Continued to harvest from mt garden. Continued adding water, canned goods, pet food, toilet paper, flash light and batteries.

  2. Is the “Healthy Living Mini Course” available in print form? I just don’t have time to listen to something I can read twice as fast.



    • Yes, each lesson comes with a 25-minute audio lesson, PDF transcript, and a practical “Take Action” guide. You can simply grab the transcript and skip the rest.

  3. Curious about treating water for five year use. One of the reasons I haven’t done enough in this area is not being able to change it every six months. Where do I find this information?

    • Kezia, I fought the water storage wars too. Perhaps the most important rules apply and I feel much better now. Rather than use reusable food grade containers, we purchased a large container and keep it in a spare bedroom in a corner. Garage/attic to hot to store anything. Added water purification drops, and have taste tested it every year for the past 3. No odor or offensive tastes. If you can’t afford these larger water storage tanks, try using the new water bricks. They fit easily under a bed or can be stacked in a empty closet. Heat and sunlight are the destroyers of most food/water preps. We still cover most of our preps with a black plastic tarp to prevent light from accelerating the destruction of our preps. Don’t forget you can also pressure can water in your empty canning jars for additional storage. You need drinking water and toiletry water (use for bathing and flushing). Bath water can be kept in any type of storage container. Good Luck!

    • Water itself will not go bad but it can become contaminated. I personally do not swap out water after five years. The tap water I stow in the freezer (using re-purposed juice bottles) will be used for cleaning or hygiene. If I need to drink it, I will purify it after the fact with pool shock or water purification tabs.

      The water in my 2 55-gallon water barrels was treated with purification chemicals/bleach at the time I filled them. If I ever have to use this water, and it is old, I will add some addition purification tabs, bleach, or pool shock but mostly I am relaxed about it.

      More of a concern is raw, untreated water from ponds and streams That I will filter, boil, distill and/or purify. Most likely I will used my Solar Bag or Lifestraw Family followed up by the Berkey if I am in my home. There are lots of options. Be sure to watch for the next Q&A in the water series. It is coming up next week.

  4. Why would you say, ‘At least they were dated and are only a couple of years old.’? I thought rice was one of those good-forever foods like salt or honey.

    This week I changed the handlebars on my mountain bike(bicycle). The new handlebar is higher, which is more comfortable for riding longer distances than the straight mountain bike type of handlebars, and better on my back. I modified the mud flaps a bit with a hack saw and added some brackets so there’s more clearance between the mud flap (fender well?) and the tire so there’s a lower possibility that mud or sticks will clog things up and stop the wheels from spinning. I got to test out my as yet untested multi-function bike tool while doing the repairs. The multi-tool worked very well.
    Made a note that the battery in the flashlight for my bike is very low. If you have a bike, do you have a flashlight on it for riding at night? Riding without lights at night is kind of hard to do, especially if there aren’t any streetlights, let me tell you.
    …Someday, I should get one of those lights where it’s powered by the turning of the wheel, do they still make those?

    For kicks, I practiced (took a nap) using the foam base, camping sleeping pad thingies in the basement along with a sleeping bag. The foam pads are not as comfortable as I thought they would be. But now, the next time there’s a series of tornado warnings in the middle of the night, no one will have to risk leaving the basement if all they really want to do is get some sleep.

    • Rice is still subject to moisture and pests/bugs. We do not have high humidity here but I did check for bugs before putting those stray sacks of rice in a bucket with an O2 absorber. Over time, rice can also get stale and take on odors. I have heard that old rice will cook up crunchy rather than fluffy but have not experienced this myself.

      You do, however, bring up a point that I should address one of these days: what you need to know about rice for long term storage.

      • In order to avoid old rice being crunchy, I wonder if old rice needs to soak in water for awhile before cooking, as is done with very very old dried beans?
        I’m having trouble even imagining what stale rice would be like.
        I didn’t use O2 absorbers, just an old metal popcorn tin and some high quality packaging tape. One of my few, ‘store it and forget about it’ items. Someday maybe I’ll use it and fill in some blanks.
        Thanks for the reply.

  5. My prep this week? I practiced living without air conditioning in Texas heat. Day 4 and I must say it’s not my favorite thing. 🙂 No, it wasn’t intentional – the air conditioner died. The whole thing must be replaced. Ouch.

  6. I have subscribed to your site and can’t find the Emergency Buyers Guide on my computer. I may have been efficient and didn’t realize that I needed to keep it and deleted it. Is it possible for you to re-send the information to me? I would really appreciate it. Thank you very much. Barbara

  7. The incident with George reminds me of my prior life when I was an ag-pilot. I had a man call me and tell me he would shoot at me every time I flew over his land, like he did that day. I went out and looked at my plane, and sure enough, there was a bullet hole right beside me where the wing attaches to the fuselage. I immediately thought of calling the police, but on second thought, this man is crazy. If I called the police, what could they do? How would the crazy reciprocate? I just didn’t fly over his land again.

    Talking about financial disasters. The web is abuzz about Sept being “the” month. The coming blood moon is disturbing. I was thinking if I knew for sure I had one week to get the last minute things together, what would they be? Of course TP is at the top of the list. I will be going to my farm store and getting some containers of “calf replacement milk”. It has vitamins and minerals that powdered milk doesn’t have. It taste like vanilla milkshake.
    I picked up 6 piglets this week and a dozen baby chicks. If the crap hits, I will have meat. If it doesn’t, I can sell the pigs for what I have in them. I picked up 700 lb of “critter” feed also.
    I think this would be a good question to put to your readers. What would they do if they knew they had one week?

    • Yes, this month worries me too. with a week, I”d buy a watermelon and fresh corn for a feast. Take additional small money out of the bank. Fill a few more water jugs. Spend as much time as I could with family (they’re not prepared at all). Pray a whole lot. The calf replacement milk sounds wise.

  8. I store rice in 2 liter coke bottles and have had no problems. Of course, it has not been stored but a little over a year.

  9. Thank you so much for the tip about water storage. I’ve had water in my 55-gallon drum for about a year and a half, and, having read that it needed to be changed every 6 months, I was sure it was no longer any good. Being on water reduction, I didn’t feel right changing it out. Now I know it’s good for another 3 years or so! Thanks.

  10. I canned spicy ginger apricot glaze, apricot syrup and apple butter,as well as strawberry jam, jalapeno strawberry jam, and plum jam. I like to can with fruit that I get for free, ( I cant seem to get a line on enough tomatoes to can, still working on that) I also went through some of my old preps and threw out a bunch of out of date canned food. My problem is NOT a dedicated space. No one looks in the plastic bins, and because they are stored in the garage OTHER items get placed in front of the bins, need to work on that this year. One thing I did start is as tape bucket, cleaned out an empty cat litter bucket and now use it as a tape bucket…any kink of take or rope that I think I might need: duct tape, threading tape,sharpies, freezer tape, electrical tape and so on.

  11. I really like the idea of bins for tape and glues. Can’t believe I had never thought of that. I tend to have bins for all kinds of things. My son works for 3M and they have sales every now and then for the employees. We get all kinds of tape, glue, sticky notes, and scrubbies. Great idea, thanks!

    I’ve been dehydrating cabbage, elderberries and cherry tomatoes. Canning pickles, hot peppers, and raspberry jam. Made tomato jam for the first time. It’s very good! I want to know how to make as many different things as I can from one fruit or vegetable.

    Always adding more water.

  12. In total chaotic canning/dehydrating/freezing mode! Salsa, tomato sauce, peach chutney, peach marmalade, peaches, peaches, and more peaches. Bumper crop this year. Already did the apricots while they were coming in. Green beans next. Our preps consist largely of what we produce on our little two-acre mini-farm, supplemented by what other farms in the area produce. Even get our meat from local ranchers and farmers. Eggs from our own “girls.”

    Other preps this week — finishing up my HF radio set up and getting extra HAM radio equipment put away in Faraday bags. Hosted a handheld radio workshop for my online prepper meetup and had around 30 people attend. Great stuff.

    Prepping is a lifestyle, not a destination.

    • It was specifically for the Baofeng uv5r, which a large number of our folks have, since they are quite inexpensive and do a lot for the money. They all left (I think) knowing what all the buttons are for, how to use all the menu options and they got their radios programmed if they wanted with the local ARES/RACES lineup. Next we’ll do another workshop on how to manually program (add) items to memory and hope to have some field exercises. We are doing a survival skills camping weekend in mid-September and we are encouraging folks to bring their radios so we can practice.

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