Preparedness Notes for Thursday — June 18, 2020

June 18th is birthday of Pastor Douglas Wilson. Born in 1953, he is the pastor at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho and a prodigious author of books and articles on Reformed theology.

I had to delete a product suggestion from yesterday’s Recommendations of the Week column, post facto.  The link was to an Internet vendor that sells DAK canned hams, in pairs.  When I created that link about six days ago, they were priced at $8.50 per pair. But as of Wednesday, they had jumped to $37 per pair. So it seems that my warning of an imminent price increase was correct!  If you can find any cannd hams at under $6 per pound, locally, I suggest that you jump on them, muy pronto.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 89 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  5. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 89 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



    Shelf stable sealed in plastic, and 100% made by God fearing Americans in Tennessee from Tennessee hogs using Tennessee hickory wood.

    And its some pretty da*#@ed good $#&*, too!

    I’ve driven by the place, its a hole-in-the-wall. World renowned for quality. AND IT’S SHELF STABLE!!

    1. Those are some good looking hams. We used to have a small country ham producer nearby that made some amazing hams, almost as good as what my grandparents used to smoke, but the man who started the company died, and his children shut it down.

      A friend moved here to NC from Washington several years back, and he mailed a whole country ham to his family in Washington as a Christmas present because they had never tried it. When he saw them again, he asked them how they liked the ham, and they told him “we had to throw it out, it had some mold on it” He told me he just about cried when he told them that was normal, that you just cut or wash the mold off. He didn’t send them any more ham though…

  2. Years ago, we lived a few miles from Bentons. We could see Mr. Benton’s house from our home. He gently teased me once about my ‘northern’ accent and even correctly guessed what state I was from!!!!

    Their products are delicious. Many of the area chefs advertise that they use Benton’s ham or bacon in their cooking, knowing that that is a draw. I highly recommend their products.
    You are right, K. Their building is nothing to look at and the inside is no better. They concentrate their time and talent on makin’ bacon. It is the best.

  3. Because I have yet to find a church in this area that I would attend, I gave Pastor Douglas Wilson a look. This is the most recent of his blog posts from yesterday. I believe he hit the nail on the head, and dispenses good advice here. He urges Christians to leave the big cities. There is ample Bible quoted.

    Some Principles for the Great Relocation
    Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Douglas Wilson

  4. Hams. I find it very curious that many factory farms have culled their pork in huge numbers. Our friends in China have an insatiable appetite for pork, and also have a giant financial/ownership interest in pork production. The bottleneck is, or was, in the packing plants with sick employees. Did the export price of pork go up as well ? Is China taking a financial hit with their investments in the pork industry ?

  5. I haven’t been able to find canned ham in the stores here (Detroit suburb) for years. The only problem I ever had with eating canned ham was the extremely high salt content.

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