The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 112

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 28, 2019
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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.

Something I learned a long time ago is that when it comes to plans, things do not always work out the way your want them to.  Yesterday I was looking forward to going to a local, hands-on class on canning.  Long story short, stuff happened and I could not go.  Such it is with prepping and perhaps even so much more so this time of year when there are taxes and garden chores to attend to.

So what did I do to prep this week?  In the garden I began to section off my new square foot garden plot using materials I scrounged from the junk pile.  They are actually broken fence posts.  I also set my seedlings outside during the day to begin the hardening process.  I hope to get my baby cucumbers and lettuce plants into the ground this week.

New Prep Lodge Dutch Oven

I am very excited to begin using my new cast iron Dutch oven.  This one doesn’t have legs like my “Camp Stove” Dutch oven which is perfect for outdoors over an open fire but not so handy in a conventional oven.

Other purchases this week included more AA batteries and another one of those Mini-Cree flashlights.

In terms of the website, last Sunday I migrated to a new hosting company and had zero downtime.  It took a few days for all of the email to get redirected but the good news is that Backdoor Survival now appears to load 3x faster than before.  A hat tip to my new hosting company, A2Hosting!

That’s it for me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


Savings Showdown: Retirement For You Versus College For Kids:  Many of my peers have cannibalized their retirement funds to pay for their kids college educations.  I have news for you: that is a bad idea.  Not only that, a college education comes with no guarantees these days.

Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report:  Big pharma does not like this.

Will We Demand the Inexpensive Fix Which Will Prevent Armageddon … Or Stay Distracted By Over-Blown Dangers and Ignore The Thing Most Likely To Actually Get Us?:  A well-known physicist  and other members of the American Physical Society asked Congress to appropriate $100 million to harden the country’s electrical grid against solar flares.  They refused.  From the Angst Department here at BDS.

The Rise of the Political Ultra-Rich:  And even more Angst.

Heartbleed: don’t rush to update passwords, security experts warn: Personally, I am taking a conservative approach and only changing passwords as I go a website to do my business.  We have not heard the last of this.

6 Ways to Make Natural Rooting Hormone:  Wow!  Even I was surprised by these.  I used commercial rooting hormone on rosemary cuttings last year and they died.  I am anxious to give one of these methods a try.

12 Ways To Get To Know Your Neighbor:  Here are some awesome ideas for getting to know your neighbors in a “hi, how are you?” type of way.

County weighed buying up homes in mudslide area:  A decade before a colossal landslide buried a Washington community, county officials considered buying up people’s homes there to protect them from such a disaster.  Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?  As always, examine the disaster risks in your area so you know what to prepare for.  In this case, the directive would have been to MOVE.

Forget Doom and Gloom: Preparedness is the Ultimate Act of Optimism: From my Prepared Blogger’s colleague, Daisy Luther.

Owning a Family Milk Cow: Your Questions Answered!:  Common questions about milk cows.  A fun and interesting read even if you have not considered owning a daily cow.


Remember the comment about mice making a home in the TP?  This came in from Ms. Jimmie:

As I read the posts I came across the statement of the “mice in the toilet paper.”  I may have a solution for that.  When I lived in your area (Crescent Beach out of Port Angeles) our motor home engine area, underneath basement area were inundated with field mice.

Our neighbor suggested we use Bounce original scent fabric softener sheets, tucking them in spots where rodents may get in.  We did this and were never bothered again.  Then we had our furniture in outdoor storage (not climate controlled) for 18 months, and tucked the sheets everywhere, including our huge Flexsteel sofa.  When we opened it up after traveling for that length of time, there were no indications of any unwanted critters!  We only had a few cobwebs in the ceiling area, which didn’t interfere with our stored items.

I now use them in the storage unit in our back yard.  You may want to let people know that Bounce (original scent) sheets must have some type of chemical that rats, mice and other unwanted critters do not like!  Hugs, and thanks again for all the helpful hints.


Last week, I forgot to announce the winner of the New Artisan Bread In Five book.  Silly me.  Anyway, I was excited to once again see that a BDS regular, Vicki, won a copy of this fabulous book on baking bread the easy way.  Here is here winning entry, chosen at random:

Question: What three items will you miss the most in a post-SHTF kitchen?

Answer:  Hot running water – Chocolate – Chocolate – Chocolate

I can’t say I disagree with her answers although my refrigerator would be right up there near the top of the list.

I am also thrilled to announce that all 10 winners of  Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains by Kyle Pratt have been notified by email. There were 67 entries and 10 winners – not bad odds.  The giveaway question was:

What event or series events spurred you to begin prepping or to begin showing an interest in family preparedness?

There were so many great answers that instead of posting them today, I will compile them in a separate article, okay?


These giveaways are still active so if you have not entered yet, be sure to do so:

Free Food Friday: Meat and Pasta from the Survival Pantry + Giveaway
Spring 2014 Book Festival: Simply Canning + Interview with Sharon Peterson


I have a bonus giveaway for you today as well.  Okay, I am really just checking to see if you are paying attention.

Ron Brown, the author of The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight, has just released the print version of Book 1 of his Non-Electric Lighting Series: CANDLES.

Today I am going to give away a personally autographed copy to one Backdoor Survival reader. At 99 cents, the eBook is so worth it.  But the print book, oh my, you are going to want it!  I wrote the Foreword so there is a little bit of me in this book too.

How to enter?  Easy.  Go to the comments area below and tell me what you did or did not do to prep this week.  Told you that was easy. The winner will be selected at random on Tuesday night so be sure to enter before 6PM PDT on Tuesday.


In response to the article, 60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck, a number of readers reminded me that good deals and even some free stuff is available at Harbor Freight.  Even if you don’t live close to a storefront (I don’t), their fixed shipping rate ($6.99 regardless of the size of the order) makes it easy to have your goodies delivered.

Here are some coupons for you:  SAVE 20% OFF One Item at Harbor Freight Tools! Use Code: 76157505


I usually use Sunday’s “The Final Word” to impart a Gaye-ism or two – otherwise known as a pep-talk.  This week I am out of words and so I will turn it over to you as you enter the giveaway for for a copy of CANDLES and tell me what you did to prep this week.

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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Almost Free:  Vktech Metal Match Lighter & Keychain (5 pieces): Many BDS News Flash subscribers have ordered the EverStryke Permanent Match through the promotion I sent out a couple of weeks ago.  Here is something similar on Amazon.  I will let you know how they compare once they arrive.

Bargain Bin:  Here are the items mentioned today.  Seems to me I need to look for some new bargains, don’t you think?

Book 1: Candles (The Non-Electric Lighting Series):  The Kindle version is only 99 cents.  It is so worth it!  Did you notice my name on the cover?  Also, did you know that The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight is also available in print format?

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: Here we go again.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses standard AA sized batteries.

Eneloop AA 1800 cycle, Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 8 Pack:   Speaking of batteries, these are the batteries I ordered.  The Eneloops are the best and even though I do recharge my alkaline batteries, these are for longer lasting, don’t leak, and simply work.  Yes, they are worth the investment.

Lodge Dutch Oven/Camp Stove:  I originally purchased this Dutch oven because it was so darn cute.  But over time, I have learned to love it for its versatility.  Remember, a camp stove is designed so that you can bake with it by arranging charcoal on top of the lid as well as underneath the Dutch
Oven itself. I have the 4 quart version.

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker: Not a Dutch Oven but here is another cool piece of cast iron.


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This month the Freeze Dried Tomatoes are on sale for 50% off.  How do they do that?  I called and asked – inquiring minds and all.  Emergency Essentials purchases in huge quantities so when one of their suppliers comes up with a deal, they purchase 100% of the stock and pass on the savings to us.

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77 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 112”

  1. I made some tomato powder with the last of the tomatoes in the freezer from last year–and then I went to a tomato powder class to learn some recipes to make with it. I also finally got a water barrel and need to find a place for it.

  2. With it having been in the 70’s here the past week, I am getting the gardening “cant wait” feeling. I am putting up permanent critter fencing around my gardening area this year. I got a good buy on Craig’s List this week for some 5 1/5 inch by 7 1/5 inch by 12 feet timbers. These will make wonderful fence post and then make side rails for the new square foots beds that I am intending this year. Digging fence post holes almost wipes out that desire to start the garden. OH if I just had some sort of miracle salve or something to rub on my sore aching muscles.

    • John, you said …
      “Oh if I just had some sort of miracle salve or something to rub on my sore aching muscles”

      Try BIGELOIL, liquid gel.
      Found in the equine section at Tractor Supply or similar type store.
      Works great. Long lasting relief.

  3. Let’s – – I got a Sawyer Mini water filter, and some Mountain House FD food (then ate about half of them). Both are supposed to be for emergencies (darn it!).
    Since I’ve been busy working on my car I haven’t done too much else toward prepping.

    You know what? I feel that prepping should be taught in school, with weekly assignments!

  4. I did a couple of things this week. Began prepping the garden, cleaning out the old growth and debris and began laying out where to plant. The second thing was I purchased an “Improved IFAK” Individual First Aid Kit. I added additional first aid supplies to it and added it to my BOB.

  5. My prepping was to get some baby Banty chickens! I am enjoying their antics now & will their eggs & meat later. I DID get permision from my 2 neighbors to have them with the promise of fresh eggs for them!

  6. I dehydrated batches of pasta sauce, peas and nachos. I put together 6 homemade MREs including breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks and added them to our BOBs.

    • Deb, how do you make dehydrated nachos? I would love to know, one of my favorite comfort foods!

    • Green-eyes,
      Here is my nacho recipe. I put it on lined dehydrator trays and dry at 135 degrees. Tip: measure out a one cup portion onto each tray. When rehydrating, put dry mix into cup and add enough water to measure one cup. This will give you the right amount of water to rehydrate to the right consistency.
      1 cup TVP rehydrated with 1 cup warm water
      1 can each black beans and corn, drained and rinsed
      1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
      Taco seasoning (I use 3TBS of homemade)
      Mix everything in a skillet and heat until warm
      I use this same recipe for tacos
      I also added some chopped jalapeños before drying. I’m sure you could also add tomatoes and olives before drying

      I have also dried black bean soup, taco soup and red beans and rice. I use a small bit of our nightly meals to try out in the dehydrator. That way I can see if a recipe will rehydrate well without wasting a whole meal if it doesn’t work.

    • You put the made up nacho recipe on the dehydrator trays and dry at 135?
      sorry im confused.

    • Here is Deb’s response – sent to my email.

      For some reason I can’t see this comment on the web page, so I’m answering by email. Yes, once you’ve heated the nachos and eaten as much as you want, spread the rest on the dehydrator trays. Set the temp to 135 and dry for 6-8 hours. Check and make sure there are no moist pieces left. After they are dried, let them cool then store in a vacuum bag or dry can in a mason jar. Do not dehydrate them with the cheese, sour cream or guacamole. Does that make sense?


    • Yes, Thank you so much.

    • Great idea Deb. Thanks for the idea AND the recipe.

    • You can do the same thing with left over mashed potatoes, squash, beans, etc. Just measure out and dry in 1 cup increments so it is easy to rehydrate by adding the powder or chunks to 1 cup of hot water to rehydrate.

  7. I finally got around to putting my wife and my meds in our prepping bags. Also, picked up a tarp and a neat little flashlight from Harbor Freight to add to our preps. Seems like I keep getting more flashlights. Good thing I have lots of batteries.

    • How did you get your wife in your prepping bags? won’t she go stale? 😉

  8. I am cleaning out the house of garage sale items (3rd week in May)to make more money for prepping items that I still need & want.

  9. This week I purchased 50 lbs sugar, canned soup, maple syrup, and more TP at Costco and added to inventory; planted green beans and more corn in the garden; harvested strawberries and prepped for freezer; ordered items from Amazon and worked on a new rifle. Now I need to put the sugar in a 6 gal bucket!

  10. What I did or did not do to prep this week….hmmm let me see… I entered as many giveaways of yours as possible. Also I used candle wax soaked cardboard curled up in a tuna can to make a cooking source.

    • Alice, aren’t those can candles great! Made one complete awhile back and have several others ready for the wax. I just need to cut the curly wax tops off my wife’s big candles.

  11. Nice Dutch Oven. 🙂
    My wife and I went to Auburn CA. yesterday to a preparedness expo put on by the local LDS church. Although it was small as I expected, it did have some very useful info. Canning with actual cans instead of glass, making breads, bee keeping, ham radios, alternate cooking & heating and of course water. I’ve always heard of larger expos, but are in other states.

    Gaye, glad to see you are taking a canning class. Get into canning meats before they get really expensive. You can do your veggies as they grow. BTW, being in CA. has some advantages. Most of my summer garden has been planted for weeks, more today. Winter garden is still producing like crazy. 🙂

  12. Bought more essential oils for first aide bags. Printed out instructions on how and when to use them. And today using your recipe for making all purpose salve to put in each first aide kit. Have to be healthy and well to use all the other supplies and equipment purchased.

  13. I finally got my Baofung ham radio programmed and started studying for my tech licence.

  14. Spreading limited household funds for the many different areas of prepping is a challenge and constant worry. This weekend I went to a community wide garage sale where I found that a little cash can go very far. I buy items that I can dust-off, clean-up, or lightly repair. Giving old hammers, hand planes, hand saws, WWII items, and vintage/antique furniture a coat of wood floor paste wax turns them into eye catcher that have a smooth “Old” feel.

    Uncle Sam’s IRS says that a person can have two garage sales a year and not have to report them as income. When I have my own garage sales, these items sell for twice or three times (and at times more) of what I have invested in them. Around the local lake, a cabin owner sat out what he thought was an old “Pine” dresser. I re-glued the joints, waxed it with paste wax and 4/0 steel wool, and found it wasn’t made of “Pine”; it was “Chestnut”. I sold it for $65.00 and was out my time and 20-cents of white glue.

    All my profits go toward the many prepping categories and buying solar panels, and I get my original investment money back to buy more items! If it works for me, it surely will work the same for you.


    • Way to go Bill! I love doing that, just haven’t done anything like what you did.

  15. I was planning to attend a medicinal herbs class, but it was canceled. :o(
    But I now have many ingredients and plan to look for a good book on the subject!
    My refund for the class go towards a deluxe wheat grinder now on sale at Emergency Essentials!

  16. I started to re-organize one of my pantries.

  17. I bought paracord and a dear friend gave me her small campstove.
    I keep checking off items on my “need” list. Also walked a few miles in the nearby marsh with a trapper, as he taught me about what to observe.

  18. I put together a tornado survival bucket for the basement. It includes bottled water, flashlights, first aid kit, food, sterno stove, radio/batteries, and blankets.

  19. I have been working on cleaning & organizing my shop so I can actually find my preps if needed. 😉

  20. Dehydrated and vacuum packed lots more foods.

  21. Right now I can’t afford a HERC so i figured that after an EMP most electrical will be useless so I experimented turning an small old toaster oven into a candle powered oven. Took off all the plastic and electrical parts leaving the ceramic elements- just because they are ceramic… With 12 tealight candles got it up to 250 degrees in 15 minutes.. Then the smoke from the candles set off the smoke detector. I’ll try again in the garage. I know it can get the temp up with enough time and if I put in a few ceramic tiles

    • Good for you Cindy. I have thought of doing this, but my toaster oven doesn’t have ceramic tiles. I wondered if the ceramic tiles I put on the basement floor would do the job. If push comes to shove, I will try someway to mount them in the oven.

    • John – You can purchase small quarry tiles at Home Depot for about a dollar apiece. That is what I used before I could afford a real baking stone for my oven.

    • and I was thinking in an absolute pinch you could break up a terracotta flower pot. Any piece of pottery or tile that isn’t glazed would work I would imagine.

    • It may not be ceramic tiles that you need but metal to hold the heat for cooking…same principle as cooking with cast iron. The iron holds the heat in long enough to do the cooking. Ceramic works to dissipate the heat but not to hold it in. I don’t know the science, just know that’s how it works. Even in ceramic wood stoves it’s the metal between the fire and the tiles which hold the heat while the ceramic slowly releases that heat.

  22. sadly i didnt prep anything for quite some time…….. 🙁 i hope you will let us know how you like your non legged cast iron dutch oven!

  23. Charged up the batteries on everything.

  24. I bought an extra month of my Inhaler, for my asthma

  25. Not a very good week of prepping for me. I was dehydrating 3 trays of carrots, my first ever carrots, when my dehydrator just quit. It’s less than 2 years old. The warranty was only for a year so now I am waiting while my husband tries to fix it. He’s a great mechanic and can usually fix anything, especially appliances that aren’t supposed to last. So I’m counting on him.
    I have the book, Soup Mixes by Wanda Bailey Clark. Right now I’m trying to get all the dried veggies together that I need to try some of the recipes. So it’s going to take a little longer than I had planned.
    I came across a tip for butter in another book I was reading this week. Camp Cooking, 100 Years, put out by The National Museum of the Forest Service History.
    It says: “Butter will keep indefinitely by submerging in a strong salt solution, preferably in a sealed fruit jar. Keep in a cool place.”
    I’m going to try this and put it down in our basement where it stays cool, and see what happens. Anyone heard of this or tried it?

    • I’m not sure about submerging it in water, but Katzcradle has a great video on UTube on canning butter. I have canned lots of it and it looks great. I have not tried any as of yet, but if Katzcradle says to do it, then do it. She knows her stuff

    • Thanks, I’ll check that out.

    • I got a pressure canner for X-Mas. I am looking for someone to teach me how to use it the first time. I too would like to store butter long term.

    • If I had gotten my wife something to cook with for Christmas, she would have thrown it at me. Did your husband buy it for you?

    • Check with your local county Extension Office if you in the US. Pressure canner is next on my list of needs.

    • John – I received an AR15 for Valentine’s Day last year. Does that count??

    • Wow. Shelly is smart enough knowing you have an AR15, not to give you anything to cook with for a gift. Did he give you any ammo, or is that for next Valentine’s day? Ha, ha. Let me get this picture in my head. A red head with a gun !! Is that legal in Washington state?

    • I wonder if there is a difference between canned butter and ghee.

      I’ve read that ghee will last forever. I imagine canned butter does too.

  26. I bought 2 buckets of a 30 days of prepared meals for 1 person, 20+ year shelf life. This completes the plan of having a bucket for each member of my family. These buckets will flesh out all the other food preps I’ve put together.

  27. Saturday i was able to hit some yard sales on the first real nice weekend of the year. Picked up a Boy Scout mess kit and an entire set of camping pots n pans including a large pot and frying pan. Got it all for $3.

  28. I finally took out the backpack that I had purchased last fall to use as a BOB and started gathering the supplies to put into it!

  29. I started to clean up the garden and get ready to plant.

  30. I bought charcoal encase all else fails, It was on sale at WalMart. 2 5gallon jugs of water, paper plates & bowls. Briefs and pads. Collected biomass for rocket stove and in the process of dehydrating onions. And waiting patiently for my HERC oven, I have telling everyone about the oven and this site!

  31. I baked a double batch of chocolate chip cookies. I froze half of them.

  32. I pulled apart old 3 foot stair treads, pulled a million old and bent nails out. This is going to be used for my herb beds. I prepped 3 of my raised beds topping them off and giving them a good mix. I got green beans, onions, carrots,peas and potatoes planted yesterday as well. My husband and brother in law worked on our chicken coop, it should be done by next weekend…I hope!
    As for the dryer sheets you mentioned, when my husband and I had a travel trailer in Michigan, when we winterized it after summer, I would buy several boxes (store brand) and stuff them everywhere, in closets on the beds, in drawers, never a sign of mice. We tried it when we moved and had our stuff in storage for the winter as well, i put them in every box of stuff, then tossed them all over the place. No mice.

  33. Though I’m still recovering from back surgery a week ago, I still got a lot done. With mt husband’s help, we put in our garden, I received my Herc oven and bought more tea lights for it, also purchased the means to recharge my beloved Kindle in a grid-down situation, and recharge batteries, also. I ordered the Emergency Essentials dried tomatoes,and butter, and I’m awaiting my latest Lehman’s catalog order. I think that’s all – no, I’m also making my way through the Archives here and taking notes. Imagine what I could do if I hadn’t had surgery!!

  34. A move overseas is a real possibility in the next few weeks so I am not adding to my preps just now. I live alone so most of my food preps are from the grocery store. I do not want to put these into storage so am living off my stored food. I have started a garden – someone will benefit even if it isn’t me – and am concentrating on improving my level of fitness.

  35. I have continued to dry apples and pineapples for my stash.

  36. Bought extra AA batteries, and put them in the new Cree mini flashlights I got in the mail, for our 72-hour bags.

  37. Put the finishing touches on my tac gear, got my baofeng, and bought 50lbs of ground beef on sale.

  38. I put up some more chicken and some navy bean’s. (not together)

  39. Have all of my camping gear already so I am set if I need to camp out. I did just find a good deal on organic beef that was sliced thin and on sale. Brought it home and will make jerky out of it. Sealed in a vacuum sealer – it will keep for some time if I let it!! Went through my cupboards and reorganized so I can get to more of my non-perishables. I made up several menus using these. Made a list of things I need to replenish in the cupboards. Bought beans to make a bean soup mix as well. I have 3 months of long term storage on hand (the stuff that lasts 25 years) and keep my cupboards full so I am never without. Ready for 3-6 months of eating out of the cupboard. Now I want to start getting more long term foods though.

  40. Got a new water filter and a device to refill 1 lb propane bottles.

  41. I’m awaiting my cast iron from Amazon. I’ve been wanting some smaller cookware than my large cast iron and found this: // I’m hoping it will fit atop my little bug out stove too.
    I also went to the local Farmers’ Market. I do this on a regular basis so they will get to know me. When a disaster comes, if I show up at their farm. With my face being familiar, I might just get better deals than most would. Who knows, I might even meet some preppers too. 😉

  42. I did some planting, and I also attempted to make indirect contact with some people I thought might be like-minded….still trying to determine if they are or not, but it was a start.

    • Finding other like minded people to ‘geek out’ with is not all that easy. good luck.

  43. Scored a large deep tub (to plant potatoes in), long planter box for lettuce & 12 jelly jars at garage sales. Planted the raspberry & blackberry bushes, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, chives & eggplant. Stocked up on extra canned vegies, PB, BBQ sauce, OTC meds, butter, meats & water. Picked up beet & kalorabi seeds to be planted. Also finished the book “One Second After” & then read the articles in this post re EMP’s & solar flares. I believe being prepared is being optomistic & ready for whatever happens. Bleassed to have a neighbor & best friend who have the same mind set.

  44. What did do for my prep this week? Being a noobie, I’ve collected medical supplies, food, water and various miscellaneous items (matches, space & reg blankets, etc). This week I explored adding “tools” to my prep. Sewing kits, glow sticks (bought on clearance :), extraneous screwdrivers, hammers, saws and the like. In addition, I got in an order of “cutlery” items to add to my various BOBs. Utility type knives that only require sandpaper (which as a wood junkie, I have tons of) to sharpen.

    Oh and I also subscribed to “Backdoor Survival” this past week. Not too shabby, if I must say.

  45. I participated in a garage sale this past weekend. Was able to clear out space in cabinets as well as garage which previously held the items sold. Plus got money for my unwanted stuff. I received a copy of The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joseph Alton. I really wanted a hard copy around in case I can not charge my kindle. Plus, picked up a box of N95 Medical Mask. With all this talk of the ebola virus again, I got a little nervous and thought it might be a good idea. Guess that is it for last week. Starting to gather my garage sale money together and make plans for new buys this week.

  46. I went to yard sales looking for useful things. I came back with two items. The first is a really cool planter box on wheels the next is a book “Herbal Remedies in Pots” by Effie Romain & Sue Hawkey. The book shows a picture of a pot filled with the plants needed to treat an ailment, such as, fevers and flu. It lists the plants needed In this case: False indigo,Broadleaf plantain, Purple coneflower and how to make the tea for head colds or a decoction for flu. there are many others in the book. I am going to go on line and try to find some more copies of this book for friends and family. if any one knows of other really great books please list them so I can look into it. Most books don’t tell when and how to harvest the plants

  47. Doubled up on quantity of batteries on hand, and purchased adapter for refilling 1lb propane canisters.

  48. I went back over your 12 months of prepping series and made notes of what I have left to do or need to replace. Also filled 20 water jugs and stored them away. I have limited funds, so I try to do things as cheaply as possible and still be safe, and you have lots of good suggestions for this, thank you! I also rotated my food storage as I haven’t done this for a few months. Will start working on my garden tomorrow.

  49. Let’s see, for my violation of OSPEC I’d like to enter into my Stasi-NSA file that for the last two weeks I went to my local grocery store and visited the liquor dept. when they were restocking.
    I got a truckload of glossy wine boxes for Free. (They were even kind enough to set some aside without ripping them up or cutting them down.) They are the Perfect size for this sort of thing!
    I like the glossy boxes because they repel water better than regular boxes and they don’t stink as bad as regular boxes. You know what I mean if you have more than a few boxes.
    I then attacked ‘canning jar mountain’.
    This mountain was made up of loose jars strewn about in large boxes so they clanged together when I moved them – inviting chips – and I had no idea how many of what I had.
    After I got done they were all individually divided by cardboard. Just like the wine bottles were in the boxes I used. (Ha! I’ve gotten pretty good at re-sizing boxes so they fit the contents perfectly in height, for twenty bucks I’ll make you one).

    This week I finished the last two.

    I thought it would save space.
    I was wrong.
    But at least they are easy to get at and they are only one layer deep.

    And, If I ever have to move. … They are ready.

  50. I was looking for a way to store my dry goods, for short and long term storage. My main concern is the possibility of a bug infestation when I choose to open it. Everything I have found has its pros and cons. I think I have decided on the mylar, with oxygen absorbing packs. My searching led me to Backdoor Survival and I subscribed right away. I am a new prepper, and live on a limited income. But everyone needs to start somewhere, right? I will accept all the advice, from anyone who cares to give it.

    • New and limited income. That’s a hard one, but you can do it. Ask your friends and family, if you don’t have any, for extra socks with no holes.

      Take some of the salt and a handful of peppercorns, you’re going to store anyway and place in sock and tie or sew shut. Place that in your storage container along with a few bay leaves. The pepper and bay leaves keep the pests out and the salt absorbs any moisture from what you’re storing. This is what I’ve been doing for about 30 years now and don’t have a problem even though I live in a rather humid climate during the winter.

    • Hi Jean – Welcome to Backdoor Survival. There are a lot of helpful folks that respond to questions in the comments so ask away. Also, be sure to check out 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time. The series is being “refreshed” this year and I will be posting a revision to Month 5 soon. (Yes, I know we are month 6 according to the calendar but I got a late start.)

  51. This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!!

    Finally I’ve found something which helped me. Appreciate it!


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