Sunday Potpourri: Tidbits for Early September

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SeptemberNow that it is September, we are finally seeing some sunshine and nice weather.  Go figure.  I don’t feel bad, however, since once this Labor day weekend is over, the tourists will be all but gone and we can go back to our quiet and peaceful life here on San Juan Island.

My tidbits have been stacking up so I thought I better empty the bit bucket and start anew.  My loss, your gain.  Here we go.

Outdoor Cooking with Cast Iron

A hat tip to the Dutch Oven Dude follow allowing me to share this Dutch Oven cooking chart with my readers.  For technical reasons you will need to jump over to The Survival Store to use it but it works great.

What you do is select the size of your Dutch oven, the type of outdoor cooking you are doing (bake, roast, fry, stew) and the desired temperature.  Press “calculate” and you learn the total number of charcoal briquettes needed plus the distribution, top and bottom on your Dutch oven.

I used it to calculate the amount of charcoal needed to bake biscuits and they came out perfectly.  This was my first experience using my new Lodge Cast-Iron Camp Dutch Oven so I was thrilled.

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Retirement Redefined

ModernSurvivialOnline recently posted a guest post that is spot on. The gist of it was that the very best investment you can make in your future retirement is attention and devotion to your family and community. You can read it here along with my response: Redefining Retirement.

A weekend funny

Dilbert the Prepper? Who knew?

Thanks to our Sponsor – Ready Made Resources

I would once again like to thank Ready Made for their generous sponsorship of Backdoor Survival.  I hope that each and every one of you will hop on over and take a look around their online storefront.  One of the first things you will notice is that they stock everything – and I mean everything – from solar and alternative energy systems, to grain mills, to water filters, to food for long term storage purposes and more.

And the neatest thing?  The prices are great and shipping is free on almost everything! So take a look and if you buy something be sure to let them know you found them on Backdoor Survival.

Electronic Overload

Most mornings I wake up to 100 or more unread emails. Some are business related, others are related to Backdoor Survival and still others are newsletter and other subscription updates. I am feeling a bit stressed and pinched over this since my rule of thumb is to never have a backlog of more that 20 emails pending.  I know, even that is a lot.

I try to spend about two hours every morning reading, sorting and marking items for action.  So, if you have sent me an email and I am slow to respond, be assured that I have read your email but am simply suffering from electronic overload.

Coming Around the Bend

I have stacks of handwritten notes on various survival type products, foods, books and gear that I have used and evaluated this last month.  Where does the time go?  I have every intention of getting these notes incorporated in to product reviews soon.  First up will be my review of the Royal Berkey Water Filter System and the EcoZoom Stove.

Also coming up is the launch of Strategic Living with my bud George Ure but more about that next week.

Well, that about wraps it!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day:  Have an aching back?  Something you can try – no guarantees – is to wear a different pair of shoes.  I know this sounds crazy but sometimes changing or even alternating your shoes will provide enough of a difference in posture to straighten out the kink.  This is not substitute for medical advice but is definitely worth a shot before that trip to the doc.

From the Bargain Bin: Check out the current SurvivalWoman picks below.

Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: The current price for 20 gallon sized bags plus 20 oxygen absorbers is $14.46. I have seen the price of these come down over the past few months – this is about $5.00 less than I paid.

Lodge Logic 4-Quart Cast-Iron Camp Dutch Oven: Love it love it love it. This is the perfect size for all types of things: baked beans, stews, and my favorite, peach cobbler. Watch for a review soon! Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.

Sabre Family Home and Property Protection Pepper Spray (13.0-Ounce): From the company that makes bear defense sprays, this pepper spray has a range of 30 feet and can be mounted right near the door.

550lb. Type III Paracord 100′ Black: I wish I had known about Paracord years ago. With a recent price reduction to less than $8.00, there is no reason not to have a few hundred feet around your home, in your car, and in your bug out bag.

Emergency Essentials is your source for all things preparedness, from prepackaged foods to water barrels, to go bag kits. They just announced a number of specials for the month of September including ASAP Silver Solution at $12.99 for an 8 ounce bottle. Metallic silver has been used for centuries as a natural antibacterial agent for wound care, and even water treatment.

The Survival Store: The Backdoor Survival Store is now open. Here you will find all of those great products from Amazon that have been mentioned in my articles. The dust is still settling and there is still a lot of work to be done but I hope you will pop on over and check things out.

Making a purchase from Amazon is a great way to support this blog and for that I say THANK YOU!


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