Greetings from the weekly Survival Buzz! I can hardly believe another week has gone by. That said, what a week it has been in terms of the catastrophic wildfires here in Washington State. I happen to live in a Firewise community and so far, the only fire I have seen is a minor one in the nearby marina.
I know that many of you live close to some of the burning fires. My advice is get out of harm’s way before you have to. Bug out to a friend or relative’s house or check into a hotel outside of the danger zone. That is what I would do.
Prepping wise, I continue to get ready for a road trip that will take us to Arizona. I am pretty excited to be stopping along the way to visit Spark Naturals, as well as Linda from Food Storage Moms, as we travel through Utah. Both Shelly the Survival Husband and I have concealed permits but plan to keep our firearms under lock and key throughout most of the trip. In preparation, Shelly purchased this dual carbine case that will also be used after the fact to cart long guns to the range.
And me? On my bucket list is a Taser which I am more comfortable with as an every day carry while traversing urban areas.
This week I also continued to work on my Portable First Aid Kit so you probably noticed I did not get the article done yet. Perhaps this week, then again perhaps next.
Finally, I continue to enjoy the fantastic tomatoes from my garden and :: drumroll please :: cucumbers successfully grown in pots for the first time ever! I plan to double or triple the pots and plants next year so I can put up my own pickles.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
I have been remiss in not passing on items from the mail bag and need to catch up. Let me see if I can get a few done today.
You recommend putting your salves into plastic jars but I’m hearing from others that essential oils have some kind of reaction to plastic and to use glass jars. Would you comment on this?
Here is my response, which you can take for what it is worth.
You know, Robin, I read that too but I have never had a problem. I also use glass jars but the plastic works fine as well. Personally speaking, there is a ton of misinformation being pass around the internet. That is why I share my personal experience and leave it at that.
Relative to the salves, the oils are well diluted so there is little or no chance they will “eat through” the plastic. Ridiculous!
Greg asked about inexpensive flashlights. As you know, I mentioned a Flashlight Faceoff awhile back. Here is my response:
I have been testing a number of flashlights and I keep coming back to those $4 Mini-Crees. I have never had one fail and even went on a switching rampage turning one off and on hundred of times (my fingers were S.O.R.E.) and they just keep on going.
I have promised a flashlight faceoff but really, given the price point, it is almost no contest.
The $4 flashlight I am referring to is the one frequently found in the Bargain Bin such as the UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight. As I said, I have never had one fail. It is a bit heavier and fatter than the Coastal HP1 plus the beam is not quite as strong, but it is 1/3rd the cost. The faceoff continues.
On the subject of Roadkill, Daryle weighed in with this:
I’ve been eating road kill for over 30 years. Butchering, as one may think of it, doesn’t really pertain to harvesting road kill. You don’t want to use conventional methods because the animal was dispatched by a bumper, not a bleed-out knife. You need to release as much trapped blood as possible. Then the recovered meat is soaked in a very light brine to draw even more blood.
Butchering, that is cutting the carcass into retail sections that might be seen in a meat case, just doesn’t happen to road kill.
The key is to remove as much meat as possible, as quickly as possible. No bones. Just meat.
I limit my road kill to venison. Little critters just are not practical.
Mix 4-5 pounds of venison with 1 pound of low-cost bacon and grind for the best hamburger you might ever eat. Mix 2 pounds of venison with 1 pound of boneless pork shoulder, season appropriately, and you will have very good sausage.
You might get lucky and cut out the backstraps, but for the most part this is a recovery mission, not a Saturday afternoon butchering of the family hog.
Knowing how to butcher may be useful information, read “Cutting Up in the Kitchen.” Or a recent publication, “Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game.” Road kill is different. As Hawkeye Pierce used to say, “This is meatball surgery.”
Here is a link to the article in the event you missed it: Should You Eat Roadkill? 8 Important Rules to Consider First.
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
This week’s Book Festival entry is from Cat Ellis, the Herbal Prepper. You are going to want to enter to win this one!
In addition, I took a break from prepping and offered up what I would call some lifestyle items. No one more surprised than me to find that readers have welcomed this change of pace. Does that mean I can post more lifestyle articles and not fear that the flock leave the coop?
Note that 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.
Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Spark Naturals is having a FREE SHIPPING weekend and if you are at all interested in giving essentials oils a try, this is the time to do it. By using the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL, in addition to free shipping you get 10% off your entire SN order.
A good oil to try for a first-time use is Lavender which you can read about here: The Miracle of Lavender Oil: 25 Amazing Uses for Survival. You can’t beat the price: $6.29 for a 5ML bottle.
Other Announcements – Upcoming Solar Cooking Event
I do not have all of the details yet but a quick heads up that there will be another solar cooking webinar on September 23rd at 7PM Central. As things get closer, I will be sharing more details so please watch for it.
Also, like last time, the webinar will be recorded so you can watch it for a short period after the fact.
The Final Word
As I write this on Friday afternoon, the sun is shining and there is a moderate sea breeze coming off of the water. This is really the perfect place to be. A relator friend of mine recently wrote this on his website:
More and more here in the San Juan Islands we are seeing clients/investors looking at the Islands from a different perspective.
They are looking beyond the amazing natural beauty of our environment and looking in terms of security that is offered by the geography of the area. It has been said that the entire county is a “Gated Community” due to the fact that you have to take that extra step to get here. What used to be considered a nuisance by some as the inevitable wait at the ferry lines is now looked upon as a passage to a safe haven.
Something to consider in these uncertain times.
I am blessed to live in a survival community defined by mother nature and geography rather than bunkers, guns. and bunch of doomsday preppers. That said, it will be good to get away for awhile and experience another part of the country.
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 you will find items mentioned today plus other prepping favorites.
Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game: The author takes the mystery out of slaughtering and butchering everything from beef and veal, to venison, pork, and lamb. The text is clear and easy-to-follow and is combined with 130 detailed illustrations and complete, step-by-step instructions.
UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight: FAVORITE! At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.40 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Spark Natural Lavender: Step up to the difference of Spark Naturals. With the current free shipping offer plus discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL, you can score a bottle for less than $7.00. Lavender and Melaleuca were the first two oils I purchased back in the 1980s. They still hold a top spot in my emergency kit.
NC Star Double Carbine Case, Large/42″: After searching for the just right bag, I think we found it. This will hold two long guns (AR and Shotgun, for example), plus handguns, and spare magazines. The zippers appear to be sturdy and there are plenty of pockets, Velcro and straps to hold all or stuff while traveling to and from the range. Not bad given the price point of $59.
Sabre Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring: The portability of this pepper spray adds to its appeal since it can be easily carried on a key ring or in a handbag or backpack.
One Second After: Deal alert! As of this writing, the Kindle version is only $2.99! For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. It is a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) used as a weapon. It could happen. If you have not read this book, you really should.
The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: This book teaches how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.
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