The Survival Buzz #170

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 1, 2019
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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?

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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?


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8 Responses to “The Survival Buzz #170”

  1. I also had missing items from my food storage at one point. Tootsie rolls and another time skittles. It was NOT a mouse dragging off with the sweet stuff, but my dear husband instead!! I have since relabeled them as wheat berries and they have been safe ever since!!

    • Some day you’ll have a nice surprise when you discover the candy after eating wheat berries for a long time. I have totally failed at having breakfast bars in my EDC or bug out. I just keep eating them.

  2. Gaye, I really love The Survival Buzz. It is great to hear you talk about your own preps in a day by day forward-moving way. As for the brown rice, it has to turn up.

    I spent ALL winter searching for a pair of gray gloves that I thought I had put in a bug out bag. As mentioned, I have many, and they need to be totally overhauled. Finally I figured out that the gloves could have been on the pocket of a coat I gave away.

    Way to go on practicing fire starting. I feel about steel fire starters the way you do about flashlights. They can be called Swedish fire steel, ferrocium rods, ferro rods, or just fire steel. They come in several sizes and don’t cost too much. They are extremely long lasting. I plan to collect a life time supply. There is various talk on the internet about how long they last, so I need to research how long the 5″ ones last. By the way, fire steel and magnesium fire starters work great together. The magnesium has a strip of fire steel along the narrow edge so that you can create sparks after you scrape off the little bundle of magnesium shavings for tinder. Having read Gaye’s experience with the magnesium fire starter, I think I will start collecting them too, and find out how many fires can be built from each magnesium.

  3. Didn’t get a lot accomplished this week – far less than I had planned at least – but I did manage to go through the listing of still need items. Working on a shopping list for those things as well as checking on how to use some of the essential oils I have purchased so far. Trying to get the oils organized and put something with each so I know what it is for and how to use it. As newbies to the essential oil users I tend to need a reminder for these.
    The fire starter was not on my shopping list for some reason but it is definitely on there now. Must have skipped over it when making up my list because I remember thinking I needed to research a bit to see which ones would be best.
    Lots of flooding down below us so that is reminding us to be aware of the disaster potential in the area. We are in a mountain range and no where close to a stream or river but are concerned about ways to get down if low lying areas are flooded along the highways. Sat down the other night to map out different ways to leave if needed.
    Thanks for the great work you are doing Gaye to educate everyone. After reading some of your articles to Hubby he is getting more in tune with me on prepping.

  4. Got a lot accomplished this past week, thanks to your advice and research. The cooking gear and solar charger are on my WishList. This week I cleaned up my inventory and printed it out for a small note book. Got my seed sprouter … that should be fun to play with now (shades of the 70’s). So much more refined and the directions are explicit and easy to follow. Got my Polar Bear meat … check it out (you’ll laugh), and other stock items. Added to my MED kit from Amazon … awesome place to shop and such good prices. On the List they went. My EOs are in order; now its time to play … acky-breaky is first. I’m so together this week, I’ll probably collapse next week! Keep up the good work, Gaye. Your research saves me much time & effort. See ya next week.

  5. Great tips this week, Gaye! I have lots of disorderly stocks that I need to get to. I recently heard the idea don’t stock what you don’t eat. That way you can rotate your stocks by eating them in a special picnic or family event. I really like that idea so I am going back through everything to make sure it is something I would want to eat if I was stressed to the max.

    I also like the information on the starter. I tried one for real the first time a few years back and realized this is something that takes a lot of practice. It is not a skill you should be developing when you are desperate.

    Thanks for keeping us focused!

  6. :”seed sprouter”

    Also,… “I’m so together this week, I’ll probably collapse next week!”

    Ha! Roger, that.

    • Spent Tuesday “resting.” Read directions to seed spouter. Rinse 3 times a day. May be too much in an emergency situation, but good for later “boredom with a purpose.” Bean sprouts on sandwiches are yummy, better & faster than lettuce. Takes less time than sour dough starter. Have a good one. Prep a little, rest a little.

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