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.
Oh my gosh – what week this has been. I spent quite a bit of time working on an eBook for all of you. I did have some help from my co-author, George Ure, but alas, he left after a two week visit and the wrap-up is in my hands.
Then yesterday, I packaged up some powdered butter into smaller packets for long term storage. That is the issue with #10 tins of food items: I want to learn to use the product well in advance of having to use it which means once the tin is opened for testing purposes, the shelf-life goes kaput. Well maybe not that bad but definitely not 10, 15 years or longer.
As you can see in the photos below, I packaged some of the powdered butter in mason jars with an oxygen absorber. I feel that these will be okay since they will be stored in a cool, dark location. But I also sealed some in the small, zip seal Mylar bags that I recently purchased on Amazon.
As I am writing this article, the dough for my pizza from scratch is resting in the refrigerator and will be stretched and baked later on my new 15 inch Lodge cast iron skillet.
The last prep this week was making ready a small 10 1/2 foot boat given to me by my brother. It is not large but will be perfectly adequate for fishing and crabbing for free food in the harbor and on local lakes.
But enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
The Price Of Corn Hits A Record High As A Global Food Crisis Looms: As I mentioned on my Facebook page, I can not really say that this was unexpected. My recommendation? It is time to take an inventory of your food supplies. A cliché, I know, but you cannot eat gold so, if you can afford it, now is the time to double up at the grocery store and purchase in bulk. (Survival Husband is making a Costco run this week to stock up on survival staples such additional rice, beans, flour, canned goods and condiments.)
Supply Management Would Have Already Reduced Milk Supplies Soon To Be Further Reduced By Drought Conditions: This is the type of thing that once again points to an inept congress trying to manipulate our food supply. Luckily, this particular farm bill did not pass but had it done so, consumers would be facing higher prices for milk and milk products, and farmers would be making less money. Where is the logic in that?
Student loan defaults mimic subprime woes, study shows: No surprise here. Risky lending to students and their families that had lousy credit scores to begin with is another checkmark against the banksters. (Remember, loan officers receive huge bonuses based upon loan volumes. You knew that, right?) Add party-hardy students who go to school to play (and you know that it happens), a crappy job market, and well, at some point there will be a crash.
What part of the word vacation do you not understand?: Guilty as charged. It is no wonder that we are all so stressed. To quote:
Vacation means taking time away from work, relaxing and recharging. That means, not working. Unfortunately, more than half of U.S. workers plan on working during their vacations this year including everything from checking emails to doing actual work tasks.
What are you Waiting For?
Have you ever wondered how much of your life is spent waiting? Susan and David at the WisdomRX website ask this question and remind us that waiting for something that may happen in the future can affect your life energy and your weight. I found the article and the concept of being time warped fascinating. You will enjoy reading Stop Waiting and Lose Weight.
Camping Survival for Women
Camping Survival – a long time sponsor of Backdoor Survival – has started a Facebook Page just for the ladies. According to Tom Sciacca, the President and owner:
“Men might not mind hanging out in the women’s locker room, but ladies definitely don’t want to be in the men’s locker room. We’ve had more and more women coming to us asking for expanded topic areas that are of interest to them and how they think. These women are not only interested in preparedness during survival situations; they also want to know how to be proactive caring for themselves, their homes, and their families. Women think about survival differently and include issues like being more frugal with the family budget, teaching kids about self confidence, and how single women can increase their personal safety. And women also want a place to talk about recipes and food storage, the best purse to buy, and other topics they don’t feel comfortable talking with men about. The new Camping Survival Women page will be moderated by women for women, whether she is single or a mom.”
Here is a link to Camping Survival Women on Facebook.
From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox
In this week’s mailbox, Sugeet had some food storage questions.
- Is the FoodSaver jar attachment good enough when sealing a mason jar for long term?
- If I use a mason jar and simply toss in an oxygen absorber, then pop on the rubber gasket top – is that good for long term?
- Do I need to do both?
- How long is oxygen absorbers good once opened in a sealed container?
Good questions. Here is my response:
Personally, I do use sealed mason jars for long term storage. The key, in my opinion, is to keep the jars in a cool, dark location (remember, heat and light are two of the enemies of long term food storage).
With the exception of salt, I definitely use an oxygen absorber plus I seal the jar using the jar sealer attachment on the food saver. The great thing about mason jars are two-fold: you can easily see what is inside and the quantity stored is manageable in that you don’t have to open up a large packet then reseal it after you have used what you need.
In answer to your question about oxygen absorbers: once the sealed jar or package is opened, the oxygen absorber must be replaced. Luckily, when purchased in quantity, they are quite inexpensive.
This week on Wakeup World
Here’s one that sounds promising: Homemade Natural Mosquito Spray. I have put this on my to-do list to try but if any of my readers have experience with homemade insect sprays, I would love to hear from you.
Oops . . a Correction
Last week a inaccurately credited the source of the article Prepping for Feminine Hygiene. Luckily, Preppergal got in touch and set me straight. So sorry for the error.
Recommendations & Announcements
I would like to point you to another website that I only recently discovered. If It Hits the Fan has lots of interesting articles that go beyond the same old stuff. Donald, the site owner has family in my neck of the woods – can’t beat a connection like that!
Today on Strategic Living
As we were sitting around chatting about where we wanted to take the Strategic Living website, one of the things that really came into focus was that we want it to be a potpourri of “best of class” ideas where people could get ideas on how to make it through these increasingly difficult times.
Of all expenses people can control, perhaps the one with the biggest variation (percentage-wise) is food budgets. If you eat out all the time, these costs can be enormous. Or, at home, they can be modest – and with some gardening they can be very low. Over cocktails at my place, George and I came up 8 Crazy Simple Budgeting Strategies.
The Final Word
The Sunday Survival Buzz started out as a periodic “potpourri” of random items that I felt were worthy of reporting on Backdoor Survival. Originally, it was just that, random and not necessarily on Sunday. By vote, my readers renamed the “potpourri” to the Buzz and thanks to my friends at Activist Post, this weekly bit of news has become The Sunday Survival Buzz.
The Sunday Survival Buzz is a vehicle for you as well. If you have something to share such as a news tip or an article you have seen, let me know. I can’t say that I will publish everything, but I would love to hear from you anyway!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
From the Bargain Bin: It has been a while since I shared some of my favorite food storage items. Whether you are just getting started or a seasoned pro, here are the items you will need when purchasing food in bulk for long term, SHTF needs.
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- this is about $5 less than normal and a fabulous deal.
Mylar Zip seal Food Storage Bags: These are the zip seal bags that I used to package up my butter powder. These are extra heavy, 5 mil bags. I found that the zip feature made packaging extra easy. The jury is still out as to whether the zip feature is worth the extra cost.
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer: As long as the unit has an accessory port (and this one does), and inexpensive FoodSaver will work just as well as the fancier models. That is my two cents, at least.
FoodSaver Jar Sealer: Already have a FoodSaver? If so, check out this jar sealer which can be used to vacuum seal your Mason jars. This is a great option for short to mid term storage of items such as beans, rice, sugar and salt. Store your jars in a cool, dark place and you are set with the added advantage of removing a small amount for current use without having to disrupt your large Mylar bag or bucket of food.
This month Emergency Essentials is featuring a great deal on their freeze dried fruit combo. Perfect for you’re a to Z bread.
I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I really miss, When I saw the fruit combo on sale at Emergency Essentials, I jumped on it. Combined with some home-made yogurt – well, the thought sounds simply divine!
The selection includes Apple Dices, Bananas, Peaches, Pineapple Dices, Blueberries and Strawberries. The fruit combo is now 24% off for $109.99 instead of the normal price of $144.25. The sales ends August 5th but chances are that there will be other great items on sale after that.
Click here for the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials.
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