Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog. What a great prepping week this has been. You know the story about the mouse moving the cheese? No matter. A mouse, or something, moved my brown rice. I know that I purchased a large bag of organic brown rice in January because I have the receipt to prove it. But where the heck did it go?
This set off a quest to organize my food storage and three hours later, all of my loose pouches of home-packed bulk foods were neatly stored in labeled buckets and tubs, and the #10 tins were in labeled boxes. My food storage is no longer a big mess and I can actually visually see what I have. Not only that, my non-food items are neatly stacked in a separate section. I even have one corner set aside for barter items. The remaining task is to take photos of all of the labeled boxes, tubs, and buckets, and then to transcribe the contents into my storage planner. (Need help with a planner? I use this one.) Did I find my brown rice? Nope. The missing bag of brown rice will forever remain one of life’s mysteries along with the socks that go into the washer and never come out.
Moving on, I made a half dozen jars of Miracle Healing Salve, each with a variation that I will use in my testing. One version has been named “Miracle Healing Salve Extreme”. The extra goodies I added were suggested by a reader and if it all works out, I post the recipe in an all-new healing salve article. Here is something else for you. Have you ever tried using your flint and steel to actually start a fire?
I have, but with my Light My Fire Swedish Fire Steel which is more of a quality item. This week I plucked one of the el-cheapo versions from my stash to see if it worked. It did, but it did take more effort. I had to angle the scraper just so and maintain a steady pressure, but after Shelly coached me a bit, it worked just fine. Make a note to yourself this weekend get out your fire-starting tool and practice. Whether you have the Scout like I do, or one of these magnesium and flint starters, you will do well to become familiar enough with how they work that using one will be like getting on a bicycle after being off for ten years. That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
The Final Word
Remember last week when I said I was going to resist purchasing any more gear? Well I lied. I bought a canner. This is the second time for me; the first one was too large to fit under my range hood so it was returned. Can you guess what I will be up to next? You have to wait until next week to see what I bought. So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?