The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 81

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.

All of my fellow procrastinators need to give me a cheer since the big task I took on this week was to organize my storage area.  Things were getting to the point that I did not know what I had and where – it was a big mess.  I set aside two hours and in that two hours I was able to get rid of the excess carton boxes that were cluttering up my space, organized food by type and put all of my gear into one section all of its own.

Did I get a lot done?  Yes! It was easier than I thought but I still have a long way to go.  I now need to put things up on the Harbor Freight shelves I set up months ago and take an exhaustive inventory.  Luckily, I have been diligent about packaging food items in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers plus I have lots of buckets so I know my food supplies are in good shape.

While sorting through everything, I momentarily thought that I might have become a hoarder but I let go of that right away.  I am simply being prepared, or, as the older generations used to say, saving up for a rainy day.

I may not have mentioned it but a couple of weeks ago I purchased a cast iron “drop biscuit” pan.  What the heck is that?  It is a cast iron pan with round impressions that hold your dough – sort of like a fancy, cast iron muffin tin but larger.

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I have to tell you – this makes great biscuits.  Using the Provident Pantry Buttermilk Biscuit Mix which I already knew was good, the biscuits cooked up higher and lighter than on a flat baking sheet.  I was impressed enough that I want to try making individual meatloaves and pizzas in this pan and maybe some poached eggs.

Sometimes you just have to have a bit of fun in the kitchen, you know?

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I used Provident Pantry Buttermilk Biscuit Mix
but plan to make my own biscuit mix next time

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BTW, I made these cloth napkins in
1970 and they are still going strong.

Speaking of fun in the kitchen, sitting on my counter are the ingredients I need to make a big batch of DIY biscuit mix.  I will let you know how that goes but it may not be until next month when I get back from my travels.

With the big sale going on with Mountain House products this week, I ordered some stew, beef stroganoff and chicken a la king. I also ordered a Tote-able Toilet.  My plan is to fill it with hygiene and sanitation supplies such as TP, alcohol and alcohol wipes, and some of my own tea tree wonderful.  This would be a good place for ladies to store their emergency feminine products although I am too old to need them myself.

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


Google Defends Scanning Users’ Emails Because Humans Aren’t Actually Reading Anything: Google is not the only email provider guilty of privacy violations but they certainly rank up there as an email behemoth.  I would be wary sending anything truly confidential via Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail (now but truly, at the end of the day, nothing sent by email is safe from prying eyes.

The Polio Vaccine Myth: “The Vaccine Stopped Polio”:  I was actually surprised – no shocked – by the words of Dr. Jonas Salk that were quoted in this article.  I recently took a pass on getting the shingles vaccine – for all of the reasons cited here and more.  I share this not to convince you to do something (or not), but to encourage you to be educated so that you can come to your own well-thought decision on the vaccine or no-vaccine dilemma.

Why Most Disaster Preparedness Experts Have No Clue what the Hell They’re Talking About!: Rob at Off Grid Survival recently posted this excellent article.  Remember, you will be your own first responder in an emergency.  That is why we prepare.

The Worst Book Review You’ll Ever Read: I personally spent over five hours this week chasing down site owners that had either plagiarized my articles or gave someone else credit for writing them.  I was and am still livid about this.  In this article, Daisy Luther writes about a no-name author that ripped off another prepper’s cookbook.  Please, if you are looking for a good cookbook, consider the original The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington or this one, The Survivalist Cookbook – Recipes for Preppers.

Do You Have a Post Economic Collapse Trade?:  MD Creekmore writes about the need to have a marketable skill that you can put into place if there is massive unemployment sometime in the future.

6.6 magnitude quake strikes Guatemala: planet reeling from series of powerful earthquakes: Since the beginning of September, the planet has been reeling from a series of major earthquakes striking across the globe from Canada to Japan. Given that I live in Washington State, this definitely has my attention.

Amazon To Give Discounts On Kindle Versions Of Books You Already Own: This is good news for all of you Kindle owners.  Of course it all gets down to the pricing – let us hope they keep the cost down to a dollar or two.


A really important tip came in from “Mark”:

Tried one of our magnesium fire starters today… I am not a stupid person but I could NOT get the thing to work. I could barely get any magnesium to scrape off and they would not light.

Got on YouTube and discovered that the Chinese made, which this turned out to be, are known for this. Hell, the magnesium wouldn’t even light with a butane lighter. We had bought two of these from a well known survival supply. The YouTube video suggested a ‘Doan bar’ which is issued to the military.


Kevin has a tip related to the Blocklite flashlight that I love so much (I now own six – you know me and my flashlight fetish!):

Did you know that the Blocklite comes in two types, linear switch and push button?

The push button type can be turned on easily and in a pack, glove compartment or other tight space like a pocket, can turn itself on and go dark in the process. It may take a week, but all batteries will eventually exhaust the power available.

As a result, I only buy the linear switch type. The push button type can be saved from this problem by storing it without the battery connected.

From Ken (related to the article How to Sharpen Razor Blades for the Long Term):

To dry a blade pour a little alcohol on it.


The recent WonderMill giveaway is closed and I hope to announce the winner on Wednesday.  It is taking me quite a bit of time to go through the 708 entries and weed out those that are not eligible.  As with the last round, some folks entered six or more times.  Jeesh.

Not to worry though.  Starting in late October, I have more fabulous giveaways planned including (DRUM ROLL PLEASE!) a Royal Berkey compliments of sponsor LPC Survival and a Kaito Voyager Solar/Crank Up Emergency Radio compliments of sponsor Camping Survival.  I also have some emergency food giveaways and a lot more lined up so be sure to check back here and on Facebook for the announcements.


Yay! No bloopers this week unless you count the three hours the website was down due to technical issues at my host.  Thank you everyone for reporting the outage.  Luckily it was not something I did and gurus at Parcom Cloud Hosting got things up and running quickly.


For many different reasons, lately I have been doing a daily happy dance. One reason has to do with an article that I have been working on that is tentatively titled “What Prepper’s Get Right”.  There is so much negativity these days, I have started to focus on the positive.  In addition, boring for you but important to me are the Backdoor Survival Alexa rankings that tell the world how how popular a site is as well as how authoritative – meaning credible.  It is all good news and as always, I thank you for being so loyal.

Now tell me. How about you – what did you do to prep?  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: For your discernment, here are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus a preview of the Amazon Top 10.

Lodge Logic Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Drop Biscuit Pan: This is the pan I purchased and to me it was worth the cost.  If you don’t mind seasoning your own (it’s easy), you can save some money with this one Texsport Cast Iron Biscuit Pan.

Tote-able Toilet:  I could have put this together myself but by the time I added it all up, it was cheaper to purchase this kit for $14.95.  Plus, my order was large enough that I got free shipping so it was an all-around good deal.

The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals:  If you are looking for a decent prepper cookbook, this is a good one.  It is written by a prepper for preppers.

The Survivalist Cookbook – Recipes for Preppers: This kindle only eBook is also a good one.

Phoenix Island:  The author of that little one cent book on DIY Sourdough Starter that I like so much lives nearby. He has recently re-published a classic survival story set in my own area, the San Juan Islands of Washington State. This is a wonderful piece of survival fiction – and only 99 cents. Enjoy!

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light LampThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival: Here we go with another flashlight.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses standard AA sized batteries.

Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition:  This ultra light backpacking camp stove weighs only 3.9oz including the case. The stove works with any screw top butane or propane canisters and the flame is fully adjustable.

2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 Model:  This device makes a great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking or camping pack. It is lightweight and robust and it just works.

EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS Mountain House SUPER SALE! 40-50% off all cans!

This month Emergency Essentials is having a huge sale on Mountain House Products. The selection is huge.  Not only that, for a limited time shipping is free on all orders of $150 or more.

One of my personal favorites is the Mountain House Chili Mac (shown below) which is 40% off at $15.89 for a #10 tin.  And for a snack or dessert, the Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwiches are one of the Survival Husband’s favorites.  I am more of a fruit person myself.

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This is by far one of the best sales I have seen on Mountain House.  The only problem I am having is deciding how to spend my $100 Emergency Essentials budget this month!

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7 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 81”

  1. What have I done this week? Not much. I have my 89 year old uncle, and a few of his “kids”, coming to visit Monday. I have been trying to clean up this barn. When you live alone, things tend to pile up. My uncle is the “master prepper”, so I will get to glean his fine mind.
    I did finally get some help to put my walls up in the basement to build my root cellar/refrigerated room in bad case scenario. I also canned 7 quarts of beef stew, but one of them didn’t seal. You know what I had to eat that day..

  2. I havent bought anything lately, but I have been cleaning in prep for additional space coming soon. I found more goodies-yay. next few weeks I’ll get more flour, sugar, dog food and canned goods, and pasta for winter. always nicer loading from car to boat, then from boat to another car, then to house-while the weather is still nice.

  3. I love that drop biscuit pan! Gonna get one for my wife! If I click on it @ your site, do you get a piece of the action? If so, I’ll order it there! Thanks! My wife will really love it!

    • Michael – Indeed, I know she will love it. I can’t wait to try it with my own, from scratch, biscut recipe.

      To answer your question, yes, I do earn a small commission on Amazon purchases that begin with a link from my website. Thank you for asking and for your support.

  4. Your drop bisquit pan would be good for scones or English muffins. Have fun with it.

  5. You know what I wish – I wish Lodge would make a round muffin pan to fit inside the dutch oven! I still make biscuits in my dutch oven but how nice it would be sometimes to be able to make just a couple and not a whole pan full.

    One of the things I have been doing lately is from a tip somewhere – When I go to the grocery store, whatever I purchase in cans or boxes, I purchase at least one extra for my food rotation. One of my local stores currently has Rice A Roni and Pasta Roni on sale for $0.88 per box. I really stocked up. I not only like these but they are versatile. I can take some of my FD chicken or beef and add to the Rice A Roni, add some FD veggies and lo – have a wonderful meal to serve more than just me!

    Love this site – always lots of good information. Keep up the good work.


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