The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 46

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.

We were recently given a friend’s discarded shelving so we cut the shelves down and re-purposed them for one of our food storage closets.

As I may have mentioned,  I am using my freeze-dried and dehydrated foods more and more in day-to-day cooking.  The cost in some cases is more than the same product purchased fresh but there is no waste and if I can save a 20 mile round trip to town, then I am actually saving money.

On the shelves below you will see a number of #10 cans, plus my Food Saver bags and Mylar bags with room for more stuff once I retrieve it from my storeroom.  See how the shelves fit into this oddly shaped space?

salvaged shelves     Canned Food on Shelves

Also, this week, Survival Husband received his Ontario ASEK Tactical Knife.  He has wanted one of these for quite some time and our agreement was that if he spent $120 bucks for the thing, he had to review it.  So stay tuned for that one.

ontario knife

With tax season coming up – which affects my work in a big way – I don’t have a whole lot of extra time for prepping during the work week but as always, I try to read a little and research a little each and every day.

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

Survival News & Articles from Around the Web

Homemade MREs:  Bernie over at the Apartment Prepper posted this guest article about homemade MREs from the author of Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes.  (And FYI, I sent a note to the author to see if she would like to participate in the upcoming Winter Book Festival and giveaway.)

Where High Drug Costs Hide: Beware of these 5 traps before you fill your prescriptions.

Five Ways To Recover Faster From ‘The Big One’:  This one is a couple of weeks old but given Friday’s night’s big one in Alaska, it is good for those of us living is earthquake country to have a gentle reminder of what may be in store for us.

25 Surprising Ways to Lose Weight:  If a new year’s diet is on your agenda, some of these tips may help you meet with weight loss success.

Make this mistake and you’ll lose thousands when refinancing your mortgage:  I hope you are debt free but if not, take heed of this advice.  And please, pass it on to anyone you know that might be refinancing their mortgage sometime soon.  No disrespect to bankers who are readers, but many (not all) bank employees are idiots.  Sorry but it is the truth.

Backdoor Survival Tips

Rita asked via email:

Right now there are a lot of canned good on sale. We have a fair number of canned goods that expired in 08/09. I know you’ve written about and added links about how things are good longer than their expiration date – but how long?? Are canned good i.e. corn/string beans etc good this much after their expiration date – what about canned tomatoes/spaghetti sauce??

I answered as follows and thought you might be interested as well:

Here is my take on the matter.  Most canned goods should be okay for at least 5 years and possibly longer if stored in a cool environment with minimal temperature fluctuations.  I think the expiration dates on canned goods are a bit of hype and a bit of CYA for the manufacturers.

Of course any cans with dents or bulges should be avoided but heck, that can happen with two months of purchase long before the expiration date comes around.  If you purchase only the items you normally eat and rotate them, you should have no problems.

Now here is what I do.  I store cases (yep, I get them on sale)  in secret storage panty.  I bring a dozen cans out of deep storage into the garage for current use.  When I run out, I go shop at my own “store” and make note to watch for another sale (or another trip to Costco).  I keep sharpies all over the house and nothing goes into a cupboard or storage with its purchase date which I feel is a better indicator of age than an expiration date.

Of course I am not a food professional nor an expert.  But I am old enough to have learned from experience so that is what I go by.

PS – I love Hunts Spaghetti sauce that is normally about $1.49 a can but on sale from time to time for $.89.  Who can resist purchasing a case at a time.  Add some Kalamata olives, spices and chili peppers and you are good to go.  Makes my hungry LOL.  Also, I add a bit of baking powder to my older cake mixes (older than two years) to give them a bit of a boost – seems to work okay.

From reader “Leah”:

Large quantities of flour, oats, rice, etc. may spontaneously generate bugs .Vacuum seal usable quantities and freeze for a week to kill any eggs that may be hiding in your food.

And remember the article 70 Things That Can and Will Go Wrong in a Disaster?  “Chris” offered an addition item.  It made me chuckle so I thought I would share.

71. Your children will have picked the sweet things from the long term food and the rats will get into the rest.

The Blogroll aka Recommended Sites and The Honor Roll

This week there is a new addition in the Prepping and Survival section:  Preppers Planet.  The site owner, Randy, has this to say abut his blog:

“Preppers Planet is a blog I designed to share my prepping ideas with the world. I believe that we can all benefit and learn from each others knowledge and experience. As a community we are much stronger and wiser than as individuals. Come check out the free information at my blog and feel free to get in touch with me via email or twitter. I would love to hear from you!”

Also added this week was Lighthouse Survival and their library of free downloads.  Here is what their librarian, Rocky, had to say:

We’ve put together a free Skills Library for Preppers. It’s more of an “aftermath” library since it’s made up of several thousand books from the 1800s through early 1900s. They’re all public domain books or expired copyrights which are freely available however they’re scattered across history libraries and other sources all over the world and can be time consuming to track down.

They detail skills and knowledge that has been lost in the last few generations but are the skills people would need to survive, rebuild and prosper in the aftermath of an EMP event, natural or manmade.

There are a few places that sell them collected on CDs but that’s a barrier to some people and we felt they should be freely available to everyone. We’re trying to spread the word about the library and we’ve set up information so any other websites who care to can also post the links directly to the books without having to actually host all of them (40gb-50gb).

The library isn’t complete yet but it’s growing rapidly and we expect it to continue growing. The number of books that are suitable for inclusion is huge and I’ve barely scratched the surface.

For technical reasons, I have renamed Recommended Sites to “Blogroll”. The transition of this page is still a work in progress as I am trying to make a few changes each week without getting too bogged down.

News From our Sponsor

Coffee 200x200In case you have not noticed, Camping Survival has a new ad featuring their green coffee beans.  Reminds me that I still need to write up an article on making coffee totally off grid.

As with all of my sponsors, please pay them a visit and let them know you saw them on Backdoor Survival. Speaking of which, check out the Backdoor Survival Sponsors page and support the fine companies that allow me to keep Backdoor Survival free for everyone.

Other Announcements

Survival Top 50It is that time of year again when we have to start over in the shameless promotion department.  I topped out 2012 as number 6 in the Survival Top 50 Readers Choice Rankings.  If you have a moment – and you feel it is warranted – please vote for me in 2013.

Here is a link to the 2013 Survival Top 50 Readers Choice page.

I also want to mention that I have updated my Shelf Reliance Virtual Party Page with some of the January specials.  If you are a Thrive fan, you might want to check them out.

The Final Word

A few weeks ago, “Bill” sent me this quote via email and I liked it so much that I made my own little graphic – just for you.

Henry Ford on being Self Sufficient (300 px)

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and knowing how to building stuff is all essential. Here are some of the more popular items purchased by Backdoor Survival readers.

Note:  Coming soon is a list the top 10 items purchased in 2012.  Compiling this list from raw data is a bit cumbersome and is taking longer than I planned.  Maybe next week.

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.

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.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10):

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.

MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle.

Sabre Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring: The portability of this pepper spray adds to its appeal since it can be easily carried on a key ring or in a handbag or backpack.

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever: Survival Husband lost over 10 pounds in two weeks on this diet.

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster: Written by Bernie Carr at the Apartment Prepper blog, this is highly readable guide to all things preparedness.

50 – 1 Gallon (10″x14″) Mylar Bags & 50 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: A staple for long term food storage.

Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago.

140x140-survivalwoman2 (Custom)Shelf Reliance Virtual Party: Are you a fan of Shelf Reliance and Thrive products? Backdoor Survival is hosting a virtual, online Shelf Reliance party with discounted party prices and some special packages not normally found at the Shelf Reliance site.

As a matter of fact, all of the packages you see available at are available at my party and at better prices too!

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