Welcome to Liberty Coin And Precious Metals (and about a fun contest giveaway!)

liberty-cpm-small-2I wanted to welcome Liberty Coin and Precious Metals to the growing group of reThinkSurvival sponsors (they had been a sponsor but we had some mis-communication recently and their ad was removed for a few weeks). Anyway, they’re back and doing some fun stuff, including giving you some nice deals on your precious metal purchases!

In particular, I wanted to point out a cool contest that I wasn’t even aware they ran, which is to guess as close as possible to the closing spot price of silver at the end of the month with the winner receiving a 10 ounce bar of .999+ fine silver bar! You know the best part? They do it every month. 🙂

Click on the link above to go directly to the contest. I gave my guess, now it’s your turn.

Camping Survival Paracord 7% Discount Code

Wish I knew about this when I bought my paracord from Camping Survival but it seems they’re offering a 7% discount off their already ridiculously low prices! Just use the code “overstock” when checking out. Here’s a link to their paracord stock: http://www.campingsurvival.com/us-made-military-paracord.html. Not sure how long the code is good for.

Welcome Full Moon Survival (Another Neat Website to Buy Emergency Preps)

full-moon-adI keep finding cool websites to buy products and the best part is that they end up reThinkSurvival sponsors! Today, we welcome Full Moon Survival.

According to their About page, “Full Moon Survival is one of the largest suppliers of Emergency Survival Kits, Emergency Supplies, Emergency Food, Food Storage, Water Storage, Water Filtration and information on surviving natural and man-made disasters.”

A few other points to note:

  • Family owned and operated
  • Free shipping on all orders over $100
  • New products added weekly
  • One of the largest selections of emergency products on the internet

I can’t remember what I was searching for at the time but when I found Full Moon Survival I immediately wound up looking at their huge selection of food storage, especially #10 cans. In fact, they sell a wide range of Harvest Farms (a company I hadn’t tried yet) and Mountain House products as well as others.

They also sell garden seeds, water storage and purification products, emergency kits, first aid supplies, books, and plenty more. Take a few moments and see what they have to offer for you!

Review of PRI-G Fuel Stabilizer (Hands-Down the Best Available)

I had an opportunity this week to get my hands on a bottle of PRI-G fuel stabilizer, something I had been meaning to do for quite some time. For many, many years I’ve always used Stabil as my fuel stabilizer because it’s what’s been available locally. Sadly, PRI-G is difficult to find at times but you can certainly buy it online (such as on Amazon).

For a long time I’ve heard nothing but good things about PRI-G (or PRI-D for diesel fuel). From various reviews to expert opinions, I had to try it! Honestly, the only way I know to review it is to compare PRI-G to what I currently use, that being Stabil. The *best* way to review them would be to treat fuel and wait for years on end but I didn’t want to wait THAT long so following is the next best thing…

Let’s start with cost. An 16-ounce bottle of Stabil on Amazon costs a little over $6, while a 16-ounce bottle of PRI-G cost about $32. A little math says that a bottle of PRI-G is over 5x as costly as a bottle of Stabil… so why in the world should I buy it?

Well, a single 16-ounce bottle of Stabil can treat 40 gallons of gasoline whereas a similar bottle of PRI-G can treat 256 gallons of gasoline, over 6x as much gasoline! For the cost conscious among us, that’s a good reason why.

Of course, PRI-G makes a variety of claims that I cannot vouch for but have no reason not to believe, including:

  • ideal for e-10 gasoline
  • provides greater power
  • improves fuel efficiency
  • prevents damaging deposits
  • contains no alcohol

As for me, they had me at “treats almost 6x as much gasoline” as compared to Stabil. I’ve also heard (I believe) from Steven Harris of Solar1234.com that PRI-G can be used to restore gasoline that has “gone bad” though I haven’t tried to verify that claim either.

I can say that I’m ready to give it a shot. In fact, I’ve decided to use my current gasoline storage up over the next week or two and treat it exclusively with PRI-G stabilizer instead from now on… and suggest you do as well.

Your Respones to My Poll Request

First, thank you to those who took the time to answer my poll request. By and large, you don’t want me to change anything, so I won’t! A few things to note:

  1. Daily YouTube, Quick Reference, and the 99 Capacities posts will not be changed because you would prefer I did not.
  2. You would prefer I include answers to the “quiz of the week” on the actual post rather than my Facebook page, so I will do so from now on.
  3. You rather enjoy the “How To” Knowledge Base so I will try to include links a bit more often but it really depends on other blogs linking interesting and new posts.
  4. Other pages (e.g., Survival Blog Best Posts, The Survival Podcast Favorites, Top 50 Survival Sites RSS Feeds, etc) will continue to be updated as I can.
  5. I’m still considering doing my own “top 50” or something similar because I don’t necessarily agree with the the referenced site’s recommendations as some sites listed are not blogs, not updated regularly, or simply negative. Give me a bit of encouragement and I may just do it!

Did I miss anything? Let me know.

My Egg Storage With Mineral Oil Saga Starts This Week!

eggs-mineral-oil-1I finally found a bottle of mineral oil at my local Walmart. I had been looking for the better part of month at Walmart and Target without any luck. I was beginning to wonder if everyone else had the same idea in mind, though, that’s probably not the case. 😉

Anyway, if you’re unaware, the idea is to coat eggs with mineral oil to act as a replacement for the bloom that normally protects eggs from bacteria when they’re laid. In so doing, you can then store eggs at room temperature, you know… not in the fridge. Store-bought eggs are washed before packaged and, therefore, do not have the bloom.

Fortunately, the process is quite simple. Here’s what I did:

1. I put on some latex gloves and poured about half the bottle of mineral oil in a bowl (I didn’t end up using that much so next time maybe 1/3 of the bottle). Then one-by-one I coated each egg from one 18-egg carton.

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2. I let the eggs drip off any excess oil for several seconds so that they were less likely to puddle in the carton. I have no idea if this was necessary or not but it seemed like a good idea to me. When finished dripping I replaced each egg to the carton.

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3. Here’s what the eggs coated with mineral oil look like. There’s an obvious sheen to them if the picture isn’t that clear.

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4. I then marked one egg container with the words “mineral oil” and the other as “control”–I’m feeling a bit nerdy right now–so that I would know which was which. And finally I placed the cartons in an old plastic drawer to contain them for whenever they went bad and spoiled.

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The plan is to check an egg from each carton each week (probably on the weekends) to see if they’ve gone bad yet. If they last that long this will be a 4.5 month experiment because each carton contains 18 eggs.

As for how to check them, I think I will start by placing an egg from each carton in a bowl of water to see if they float or not–floating is bad–and maybe, just maybe I’ll eat it if the mineral oil eggs don’t float. My wife has already emphatically stated that she would NOT be consuming these eggs! Where’s her spirit of adventure. 😉

You know, it is a bit weird to not place these eggs in the refrigerator. I kind of feel like I just put my shoes on backwards or maybe forgot my pants. We’ll see how it goes… wish me luck!

Another Small Example of Being Prepared: No Grocery Shopping This Week

I thought I would mention another good reason why being prepared is obviously useful and that is the simple fact that we didn’t have to go to the grocery store this week. Typically, however, we do go grocery shopping for a few things each week.

Anyway, my wife was asking me yesterday morning what we needed (because I usually know better than she does what we have around) and I said nothing. She wanted to be sure so she asked me the usual…

Wife: “Do we have fruit for smoothies?”
Me: “Yes, plenty.”

Wife: “Do we have vegetables (for dinner) and lunches?”
Me: “Yup.”

Wife: “Do the boys have snacks for their lunches?”
Me: “They have pretzels, cookies, chips (all the bad stuff, of course) but may need some yogurts, if they want it.”

Wife: “Did you get orange juice from Sams Club?”
Me: “Got a 6 pack.”

Wife: “Looks like we only need two things from the store.”
Me: “We need two things from the store?”

I knew we had beer, so that couldn’t be it. 😉 Turns out we needed stuff for our morning smoothies: some greens (usually baby spinach) and some kiefer (a watered-down yogurt concoction). I would say we could get by without either of those.

So, how about you? Could you get by for a few weeks without getting into your longer term food storage?

Welcome CampingSurvival.com! (Cool Site With Good Deals)

camping-survival-adI should have welcomed Camping Survival a few days ago so I apologize to them–and more importantly to you–for that. The good news is that it’s a great place for an assortment of survival gear.

In fact, I just picked up a 1000 foot roll of camo green 550-mil spec paracord from them for about $45 SHIPPED! I tried to find a better deal online and couldn’t do it! Amazon, eBay, Google… nothing better.

They sell a ton of other camping and survival as well, from tents to radios, flashlights, MREs, backpacks, you name it. I’m going to have to spend some time perusing this weekend to see what else I spend my hard-earned money on. 🙂