The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 64

Sunday Survival BuzzWelcome 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.

I continued to organize my food storage this week and to tidy up in general.  I am finding myself buried in clutter which is not only distracting but taking up valuable space that could be used for extra food storage.  This is something I will be writing about in an article this week – finding space for your food storage when there is none to be had.

I also continued listening to the audio version of the Survival Life Home Survival Course.  The course is presented in a format that is friend to friend, almost like inviting Joe Marshall (Above Average Joe) into your living room for a chat.  Although I don’t agree with the some of the processed foods that are suggested for food storage, the part about water is excellent.  One thing I learned about was how to desalinate sea water for basically free.  I have two more sections to go then I will post a review.

Speaking of reviews, I am still buried in stuff to test and to write about.  Some items I have purchased and others were sent to me. Coming up this week is a review of the SunVolt Portable solar power station which, along with the secondary external battery pack, I simply love.  It charges my iPad, cell phone and my Sony reader.  But more about that later in the week – probably on Thursday.

Sun Volt Portable Solar Charger

Then, after that, I have an eye-opening and somewhat disgusting review on MREs so stay tuned for that.

Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


You Are The Hope:  If you read nothing else today, please read this.  It starts out:

If there is hope, you are it. You are motivated to find truth. You can think outside the box. You can see through propaganda. You are the remnant with the common sense that once was a common American virtue. You come to this site, because you get explanations that are not agenda-driven, that are not BS, that are not right-wing or left-wing, conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat.

America Is Embracing The Secret Police Culture Of The Nazis:  I have been thinking this for quite some time.  From Michael Snyder who writes The Economic Collapse Blog.

The U.S. Government Is Monitoring All Phone Calls, All Emails And All Internet Activity: Also from Michael Snyder who by the way, has a new novel, The Beginning Of The End, that is definitely on my to read list.

Nation’s Biggest Honey Packer Admits ‘Laundering’ Chinese Honey: Sneaky corporations do not have our best interests in mind – only greed – in spite of what they say publicly. And if honey isn’t bad enough, how about Rat meat sold as lamb in latest China food scandal.

Ways to Reuse Plastic Milk Jugs:  There are some good ideas here, including a cool bird feeder.

Emergency Uses for Lipstick:  Who’d a thought it?  On the other hand, I always have lipstick on my person and in my bug-out bag.

Make Your Own Eyeglass Cleaner: And finally, another DIY cleaning recipe for you.


Backdoor Survival reader “Rita” asked about me about the shelf life of both bleach and vinegar.


The shelf life of bleach for disinfection purposes is 6 to 9 months.  Here  is an article for you: Chlorine Bleach Shelf Life.  For laundry whitening purposes, bleach is viable a lot longer than that.  I do not know about forever but jugs of bleach that are two years old still whiten up my laundry quite nicely,.


The Vinegar Institute conducted studies to find out and confirmed that vinegar’s shelf life is almost indefinite. Because of its acid nature, vinegar is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration.

White distilled vinegar will remain virtually unchanged over an extended period of time. And, while some changes can be observed in other types of vinegars, such as color changes or the development of a haze or sediment, this is only an aesthetic change. The product can still be used and enjoyed with confidence.

Note:  The Vinegar Institute is an international trade association representing the vast majority of vinegar manufacturers and bottlers.


In response to the article Survival Friday: Reasons You Need Salt in the Prepper Pantry, my Mom sent me this tip: 

Hi Gaye!  I use  salt to kill slugs.  Enjoyed your salt e-mail   Love Mom.

Yeah, I remember doing that myself when I was kid.  So now we have another reason to keep salt in our survival pantry.  Also, just so you know, my Mom is 89 years young (almost 90) and still going strong! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

And from reader Vic:

You should only use natural, unrefined sea salt. It includes all the other minerals you need and your body needs and your body handles it well. “Table salt” should never be used. Table salt has all the good minerals removed and is incredibly hard on your body. Your body can’t handle it without the other minerals and it causes chronic disease. That’s why you’re being told to limit your salt intake.

Pure, unrefined sea salt, like Celtic salt, is safe to use. This is what nature made and what people used long ago.


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Shelf Reliance has been renamed THRIVE LIFE and I don’t know about you, but I like that a lot better.  I have just updated my Thrive Life Party page with the May Specials. Tropical Fruit Pack (Custom)

On of my favorite combo packages is the freeze dried tropical fruits.  Think about smoothies, sangrias and just plain snacking right out of the can!  So good and healthy too.  The party price is $118.70 versus $139.99 at Costco.  Here is what you get:

Freeze-Dried Banana Slices
Freeze-Dried Mangoes
Freeze-Dried Pineapple Chunks
Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
Freeze-Dried Apricots
Freeze-Dried Pears

And just so you know, I do earn free product when you place an order making this a great way to support Backdoor Survival while eating deliciously both now and in the long term.  To get to the party page, click on the picture above or go to the Thrive link in the menu bar.


Remember last week when I told you about the momma bird nesting right outside my office window?  Here are some photos for you.  Seems appropriate given that its Mother’s Day.  So, for all of you Mom’s out there, enjoy the day and God Bless You for all that you do.

Momma and Baby Birds     Baby Birds

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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From the Bargain Bin: I put some thought into the things I would want to have if there is another Great Depression. These are all items I currently own.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Cast iron items were at the top of the list. My readers love cast iron and so do I. Also at the top were Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers and the Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt.

All New Square Foot Gardening: I put in a Square Foot Garden last year and was pleased with the results. It is not too early to start planning for spring planting.

Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients: Ditto.

How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat.

Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: The Fiskars products are easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener .

Kaito Voyager KA500 Solar/Crank Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Radio: A lot of different hand crank radios were sold but this was by far, the most popular.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): I do believe in helping my neighbors in the community so a supply of these will be handy to hand out to those in need. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency.

Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: I You NEED this book if you care about defending your homestead.

FN_C926 Fruit & Vegetable ComboShop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.

You know how I love my fruits and vegetables.  Well for May, the Freeze-Dried Fruit and Vegetable Favorites Combo is on sale for $99.99 which is 31% off the regular price of $145.74.  Included are Strawberry Slices, Banana Slices, Peach Dices, Green Peas, Tomatoes and Super Sweet Corn.

Also on sale are Mountain House Pouches and Freeze Dried Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese for $34.99, discounted from $40.95.

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4 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 64”

  1. in regards to bleach- it loses its germ killing ability fairly quickly- stock up on “pool shock”- dried chlorine- which will keep indefinitely as long as it is dry, and you can mix it as needed. . . . . and you can buy it at Home Depot or Lowes.

  2. I am looking forward to your review on the SunVolt Portable solar power station. I was thinking about investing in something similar to this and wonder if it is worth the price tag.

  3. Has anyone ever attempted a “home party plan” like tupperware parties of old for food storage and prep stuff?? Sometimes searching it all out gets overwhelming, I’ve bought the wrong stuff so many times! Books are specific, but if you don’t KNOW ANYTHING you also don’t know where to start.

    • Debi – Shelf Reliance (now called Thrive Life) is often sold at home parties similar to Tupperware.

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