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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, let me wish everyone a joyous Easter and Passover. Whatever your faith, I wish you weekend filled with good food, family, and abundant love.
Now for an update on my own preps.
I managed to score a dozen cans of DAK ham for $2.99 each. I continue to shop the bargain aisle at the drugstore when I visit the city and am always thrilled to find a great deal on a pantry staple. If you have never tried these hams, you should. They have a decent shelf life, are tasty, and go a long way to round out a basic meal. They are a great addition to a pot of beans.
Project wise, I made up a batch of Miracle Healing Salve. For an extra pain-relieving boost, I added 30 drops of Marjoram essential oil (on top of the other ingredients) to each 4 ounce jar. Through trial and error, I have found that inexpensive marjoram performs just as well as some of the more expensive blends. File that away in the good to know department.
You know how I always remind you to learn to use your gear now? I finally got around to using my new percolator to brew a pot of coffee and the results were impressive. I don’t know what happened but somewhere along the way these past twenty or thirty years, we have been convinced that drip coffee is superior. Well let me tell you, the coffee that was perked on the stovetop was delicious! My only caution is that from the pot, the coffee is is very hot so let it cool in the cup a bit before you take that first sip.
Next up? Brewing some perked coffee outdoors on a rocket stove.
Here is the “recipe” we use.
- Start with coarse ground coffee. Add 8 cups of cold water to the pot.
- Dampen the coffee basket with a small amount of water before placing the coffee inside. No filter is required. We used 1 coffee scoop for every 2 cups of water. (One coffee scoop = 2 tablespoons of coffee.)
- Turn on the burner and once the coffee starts to perk, let it continue perking for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Pour a delicious cup of coffee into your mug and enjoy!
And finally, in the gardening department I have not so good news. My tomato seedlings never developed and my snap peas did not germinate. I am going to start all over with the snap peas and sadly, I actually went to the garden center in town and purchased some healthy tomato starts.
It just goes to show you that gardening is a skill you must nurture. If you have purchased seeds for emergency, SHTF purposes but have never gardened, start now! Learn what works and what doesn’t and if something does not work out as planned, have a Plan B in the wings. I do.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 113
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Hawaiian corn is genetically engineered crop flash point: You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. I had no idea and support the people living there in their attempt to get it banned.
Real Americans Are Ready To Snap: Or getting darn close to it.
10 Health Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be Real: From Michael Snyder:
“Do you believe in any “health conspiracy theories”? Do you believe that there are “natural cures” for diseases that the medical establishment is not telling you about? Do you believe that vaccines, cell phones or the fluoride in the water can have a harmful impact on the health of your family? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are not alone.”
Why You’re Paying Too Much In Taxes Today: Because Everyone from the Ultra-Rich to Illegal Immigrants Pay Nothing … Or Get Tax Refunds: Why do I read this stuff? It makes me so angry!
U.S. States Most And Least Likely To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse: A bit tongue in cheek but a fun read none-the-less.
Grinding Your Own Cornmeal: From my blogging colleague, Patrick. How to grind cornmeal from popcorn.
Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’: A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign change the rules that govern seeds. They’re releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new “open source pledge” that’s intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely – something homesteading types have been doing all along.
Portland Reservoir to be Drained After Teen Pees in Water: Anyone who knows how to purify water will understand how ridiculous and wasteful this was. I wonder what the City of Portland is doing to educate their citizens about water conservation, water storage and the how-to’s of water filtering and purification. This was a shame, really.
AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
We have three winners this week. First, I am thrilled to announce that the winner of a copy of Simply Canning is “Judyylee”. Here is the winning entry, chosen at random:
Question: What is your favorite food preservation tip?
Answer: I love to can and see all of those pretty jars that are going to save me a lot of money. I am going to can some meat this year. I have not done this before but looking forward to finding some chicken, etc on sale and learning to can it. My tip is to make sure your food is as fresh as possible so it will taste fresh when you eat it.
Question: What is the most memorable skill that was passed down from your parents?
Answer: For myself the most memorable skill my parents taught me was how to use a wood cook stove. I am from Maine where the winters are cold and harsh. Many times ice storms will cut the power off for days. So it is very important to know how to start a fire in a wood burning stove and keep it going without smoking the house up. Cutting wood, staking wood, kindling, adjusting the damper and air vent to get the optimal heat in your home.
I have learned many skills from my parents, but to me the stove is the most memorable because it saved our lives many times by not freezing to death, and we cooked on it as well to have nice warm meals and coffee. By the way, my Dad gave me the stove when I grew up and I still have it to this day. And last winter the power was out for a week and it saved my life again. Actually the skill my parents taught me about the stove saved me.
If you have a wood stove and do not know how to use it then the stove is of no use at all, except for decoration. Fire and heat are a must when the temperatures fall rapidly. I am truly grateful my parents instilled this in me when I was young, for it is a skill I will use my whole life here on planet earth.
Sue is the winner of a copy of an autographed copy of CANDLES which is book 1 of Ron Brown’s Non-Electric Lighting Series. Here is what Sue did to prep last week:
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!
By the way, the next book in Ron’s Non Electric Lighting series will be out soon.
The following giveaway is currently active so hop on over and enter to win a copy of the second book in the Brushfire Plague series.
THE FINAL WORD
That pretty much wraps things up for today. What about you – what did you do 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: How many times do you swap out batteries in your devices? By using this “almost free” battery tester, you can toss our (recycle or recharge) only the used up batteries since often time, only one of the two or three you are replacing is bad.
Bargain Bin: I have an eclectic collection of some of new and old favorites today.
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator: Here is a link to my new percolator. Without question it makes great coffee. I also ordered this manual coffee grinder but have not used it yet although the reviews are good: Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill.
Marjoram Essential Oil: I highly recommend that you add this essential oil to your arsenal of first aid items. When mixed with a carrier oil, it is a wonderful pain reliever and is especially good on those niggly aches and pains. From Spark Naturals, of course. Be sure to use the discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to get 10% off.
HERC XXL Tea Light Oven: I am still loving my Herc Tea Light Oven! I realize that it may be a splurge but trust me, it is worth saving for. We are starting to use it weekly – next up is pizza! You can read about it here: Off-Grid Cooking with the Amazing HERC Tea Light Oven.
Ove’ Glove Hot Surface Handler, Pack of 2: I would not be without these. They are light weight and absolutely protect your hands and wrists from oven burns. I put mine in the washer and dryer with no problem.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: You can’t beat a Kershaw knife for quality at a reasonable price point. This knife will become your favorite for every day carry. And that includes the ladies, too.
Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener: I wrote about this is in the article The Easy Way to Sharpen a Knife Without Spending a Lot of Money. It sharpens everything from pocket knives to kitchen blades.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more. This month is no exception with a couple of my favorites on sale.
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.
Another food item to consider this month MH Gourmet Entrée’s Combo which is on sale for $129.99 which is 36% off. off the regular price.
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