The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 76

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 26, 2019

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.

First and foremost, I made up a batch of chicken chili from from food storage and cooked it up on my EcoZoom rocket stove.  On Tuesday I will post the results, the recipe and the details of the EcoZoom Versa giveaway.

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S.H. and I dehydrated another big batch of broccoli in my new dehydrator. I also experimented vacuum sealing the broccoli in a food saver bag but it was dicey. Sealing it up in a mason jar took less effort plus mitigated the chance of the broccoli being pulverized.

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I ordered supplies to make my own emergency candles and supplies to make my own liquid castile soap.  I am especially anxious to try this since Dr. Bronner’s is on the expensive side and out of reach for many of my readers.

I experimented a bit using Hydrogen Peroxide as a spot remover on soiled clothing.

And last, I placed my monthly $100 order from Emergency Essentials. I will share the details of my order next week.

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


Massive solar flare narrowly misses Earth, EMP disaster barely avoided :  A bit of the woo woo since this came out after I posted the article Prepping for an EMP and Solar Flares.

The Most Important Number In The Entire U.S. Economy:  The answer might surprise you – this week from Michael Snyder.

More Important Than Preps And Skills:  From Modern Survival Blog – at first,  this one might surprise you, too.  Although this is something to be aware of, for most, there is no alternative when it comes to where to live.  There are family, health and financial considerations – just sayin’.

‘Do you have any bombs?’ Woman sparks police raid with ‘pressure cooker’ Google search”: In case you missed it,  this is about a SWAT raid on a home where the husband was looking up backpacks and the wife was Google-ing pressure cookers.  As my BFF George at Urban Survival says “Knock-knock…  Unreal, huh?”

Bankers Own the World and are Ultimately Destroying It: I read articles like this as a reminder why I continue to devote so much time and energy to prepping.  The news keeps getting worse.

Disaster Management:12 Ways To Keep Cool Without Electricity:  Here are some useful tips for keeping cool when the temperature soars.

What to eat now: Kale:  I enjoyed this article on how to make this good-for-you vegetable tastier.

Seattle officials call for ban on ‘potentially offensive’ language:  As if they did not have better things to do.  Can you believe this?

Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms “citizen” and “brown bag” are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions.


From Rebecca in response to the article 15 Alternative Uses For Honey:

I have had direct experience with honey as a salve: When I was a kid, a bike accident resulted in my ankle being scraped down to the bone on the pavement. A wise old lady poured honey on it, and instructed my mom to keep it saturated and lightly covered. I barely have a scar today. I also used it in my 20’s after skinning both knees rollerblading. Honey takes the pain away NOW, and promotes fast healing.

Best shampoo ever is 2 tbsp honey, 1 egg yolk, 1 cup of beer. Cleans and conditions like crazy! And as a cholesterol-lowering treatment combine equal amounts of honey and ground cinnamon, take 1 Tbsp twice a day. I recommended this to a client, and her cholesterol went from 220 to 146 in a week!


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As I move beyond the basics of beans, band-aids and bullets, you may notice that more and more of my time is being spent learning how to make things that I would, in times past, have purchased at the grocery store or at Costco.  This gets back to the reason I started prepping which was the isolation of our island home from the mainland.  Being dependent on ferries, if there is a natural disaster, terrorist attack or civil unrest on the mainland, our little island community could be totally cut off from supplies for an extended period of time.

Along those lines, I have numerous DIY projects going right now but to be honest, many of my projects have resulted in failure.  Sorry to say, but some of the DIY “recipes” posted on the internet have not worked. This leads me to believe that they are posted with the intent of drawing eyeballs and not for the distribution of worthy information to our global internet community.  Sadly, some of these failures have come from some well-known and popular sites.  What a waste of time, effort and resources.

Okay – that is my rant for today.  You can bet that when I post a DIY solution, it is something I have tried and that I know works.

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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Bargain Bin: Today I feature items mentioned in today’s Buzz as well as a reader request for links to feminine hygiene pads.

Feminine Pads:  I am posting this link to some options for re-usable feminine pads.  This has been requested more than once by Backdoor Survival readers.  I am also looking for some sewing instructions so that you can make your own.

Nesco 600-Watt Food Dehydrator:  This modestly priced dehydrator has over 1000 reviews and comes up as the most highly rated dehydrator on Amazon.  I think this would make a good starter unit although I personally own the Excalibur with 9 trays.

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 Wide Mouth 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.  There is also a version for regular sized jars.

Kirk’s Castile Soap: I am using this bar soap as the basis for my DIY liquid castile soap.  I hope to make up a tea tree version, similar to Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap.

EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove: Burning twigs and pinecones, this stove will cook a big pot of rice in under 20 minutes. The stove is solidly built and will burn charcoal as well. There is also a version that only burns biomass for slightly less money. I have owned my EcoZoom for two years and love it.  Be sure to watch for an article and giveaway coming up on Tuesday!

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I really love the Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix which I cooked up as corn bread in my cast iron skillet.  Oh my gosh – it was better than anything boxed that I have ever purchased and as good as home made.  The best part is that all I had to add was water!

Same with the Buttermilk Biscuit Mix.

These are just two of the food storage items that you can purchase at Emergency Essentials.  And if you need some recipes?  Go to the Food Storage Recipes page of Emergency Essentials for lots of creative (and free) ideas for using the good you have on hand.

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12 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 76”

  1. Gaye, it is great for you to tell use what you have done to prepare each week. I know this will be an incentive for others to get on board. I need the reviews you give of products out there in internet land to help me on my limited budget. I hate to say this, but you maybe my guiding light, as it seems I have been purchasing many of the products you have showcased.
    For this reason, may I suggest you start asking others what they have done this week to prepare, and if they may have wondered across some prepping tool they think we can not do without. I for one would love to hear what others are doing.

    • Gotcha. I will give this a shot starting next week. If people step up and contribute, I will make this a regular part of the Sunday Survival Buzz.

      Thanks for the idea, John.

  2. Gaye, My family and I want you to know how very much you are appreciated. We LOVE that you are willing to spend your time, money and resources to try out new products, recipes, etc first so that WE don’t have to waste ours. That is one of the most helpful things about your website. We also appreciate that you have “vetted” your advertisers so we know that we won’t be wasting our time and money ordering from the best. Thank you!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words – always appreciated!

  3. Yes, thank you. Gaye, for ‘trying it’ before we buy it!! You are being worlds more helpful to us than the ‘face time’ folks.
    I collect all of my posts in a Facebook special interest page, and I get 99% of the posts that way. I see a few pages just re-posting stuff another site had posted just days before, and wonder how much energy they really put into their fact checking etc for their blogs? So to know you are out there really trying products, recipes, etc and letting us know the good from the bad makes me feel extremely confident in your posts! Thanks again!
    Got any good ideas/advice for the single prepper??

    • I am often by myself for a week or two or three at a time. It is not the same as being single but on the other hand, for these brief periods I must fend without the support of S.H. to do the heavy lifting.

      Let me put some thought into ideas and advice for the single Prepper. What a great topic!

  4. Gaye, I really enjoy your site and check it daily. About your failures…could you expound on some of them and save us the grief? Thanks.

    • I received a number of similar requests today. Okay – how about a blooper section starting next week in the Sunday Survival Buzz?

    • This is a great ideea indeed! We could learn a lot from those failures – also unmask a lot of not so good info from big websites.

    • Bill, thanks for sparking such a great idea. I’ve got a feeling that each of us will learn a ton from Gaye’s bloopers or failures. I tend to learn so much from what went wrong when other people try something unsuccessfully. I’m looking forward to reading through the blooper section.

  5. This is a very good site, glad I found it…

  6. I have been trying some of those DIY cleaners and discovered the first bomb. Now the original post compared the Dawn, vinegar and baking soda oven cleaner with the ammonia one. Website said ammonia was their winner, but I had to try with ingredients I had on hand first. Next time will try the ammonia.
    I LOVED the vinegar and dawn bathtub cleaner. That was the easiest thing ever and my shower has never been that clean. Always have hard water residue no matter what. This took it all away in both bathrooms.
    I also loved the baking soda and dawn on the stove drip pans. Mixed equal parts, smear on, let sit for a hour then rinse away.


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