Episode-2328- Expert Council Q&A for 11-16-18

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today on The Survival Podcast, the expert council answers questions on wild fires, guns, buying a business, cold climate growing, kidney stones, blogging, personal development and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss…

  • An update on California’s fires – Nicole Sauce
  • The legal implications of “home made guns” – Dan Ohmann
  • Buying a business based on EBITDA – John Pugliano
  • Plants for truly cold, very cold climates – Ben Falk
  • Dealing with kidney stones and preventing them naturally – Doc Bones
  • When not to narrow focus niche with your blog – Nicole Sauce
  • How to go from introvert to extrovert – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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King Kooker 12-Slot Leg and Wing Grill Rack – Item of the Day

wingrackEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the King Kooker 12-Slot Leg and Wing Grill Rack.  Oh you out door cooking types are going to love this, though it works quite well in the oven too!  Since I first reviewed this item the price has gone up to 16 bucks but the good news is it is no longer an “add on item” so you can buy one alone if you want to.

There is so much I love about these things, first they hold either 12 wings or 12 legs and they do it in about 1/4th of the space that you’d normally need.  Next is that they end up with perfectly crisped and seasoned skin.  Since they never touch the grill rack and you never have to turn them.

I generally cook my chicken on a low temperature on indirect or very low direct heat until almost done.  Then bring up the temp at the end to crisp up the skin.  It also makes sense to set these in a small pan or toss away aluminum pan to minimize flare ups when cooking over direct coals or flame.

Again they work great in the oven as well, cook until almost done at say 350 then pop up to 425 for a bit to crisp up the skin, want a recipe, tune into today’s show for one!  You cans see in the above photo how the wings are hung from the rack by the tips and in the photo below how the legs hang and are held by the knuckle.

Let me tell you try the King Kooker 12-Slot Leg and Wing Grill Rack and you will never loose that crispy skin off a drum stick ever again.

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Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – Here is a cook I did with these was indoors and let me give you the skinny.  I coated the wings in my famous “chili garlic pepper oil” and then dusted them with a mix of chili powder, smoked salt, garlic, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper, all about equal amounts ground in a Mr. Coffee Grinder. (FYI this is my everything seasoning mix)

I used the “convection roast” setting in my oven, ran them at 425 for 45 minutes, they were beyond fantastic.

To do this without creating a grease fire or lots of smoke take a large aluminum foil ban like for baking a turkey, put this rack inside it and put about 3 inches of water in it.  This will catch dripping fat and the water won’t let it scorch on the pan when it gets caught.  The extra humidity will be good for keeping them juicy.

On this latest run I got 15 wings on the rack with a bit of fiddling, which is 30 pieces.  The only down side is you can only fit one of these in a standard oven.

P.S.S. – We also featured this item on Episode Three of Biltong For Breakfast – Jerk Bird Salad.  I did some wings on the grill using it that were rubbed with Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning.   These are my new favorite wings though I recommend the mild version of Walkerswood for them.

The Duck Chronicles Season Four – Episode 14

Two episodes really in one today.  Did a quick addendum once I got the little guys comfortable with things enough to have a swim.

Big day, time to get out of the holding area and experience the scary reality of freedom. Big lesson today for both the ducks and you guys watching. Freedom is indeed scary but you must experience it to value it and you must value it to make the most of it and be willing to defend it. See all of Season 4 Here http://bit.ly/ducks4

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Episode-2327- Listener Calls for 11-15-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your phone calls on meat animals, office security, venison processing, government, voting, natives and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • More on getting your family on board with “meat birds”
  • Follow up on fire danger in a high rise office building
  • How to get a good results grinding deer meat without excessive trimming
  • How government gets people to support a proposition with trickery
  • Once again the “wasted vote” argument shows up
  • What exactly is a “native American”, there is more than one way to see this

Resources for today’s show…

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Gefen Whole Organic Chestnuts – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Gefen Whole Organic Chestnuts.  The holidays are here, and soon we will be singing “chestnuts roasted on an open fire”.  And man fresh roasted chestnuts are great, I do some every year, but the truth is shelling and peeling chestnuts is a pain in the ass.

Hence for many years I picked up a few pounds for novelty at Christmas but never really cooked with them, which is a shame as they are really an amazing ingredient.

Of course they are on the moderation list for me, as I am living la vita low carb and loving it.  Still I am not a low carb Nazi and if there is a time to splurge it is Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

My favorite thing to make with Galil Organic Whole Roasted Chestnuts is my signature Jacks Special Stuffing.  It is a combination of bread, chestnut and sausage stuffing with lots of sage flavor to really make it sing next to your turkey.  Here is how you make it,

Jack’s Special Chestnut Sausage Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 3-6 cups dried stuffing cubes or your own dried bread (based on how much you want as a binder)
  • Chicken/Turkey stock sufficient for the above bread stuffing
  • Butter for the above stuffing mix plus two table spoons
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 cup finely diced white or yellow onions
  • 2-4  5.2-oz bags of Gefen Whole Organic Chestnuts (use as much as you want but at least two bags)
  • 2 lbs of sausage, (breakfast, mild Italian, Jacks Special, it is your choice, but something with either a good sage and/or fennel flavor is best)
  • 4-6 Slices of Good Thick Sliced Bacon
  • 1 Handful Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 4-6 Fresh Sage Leaves finely sliced
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  1. Make up 2-4 cups (dry measure) of traditional bread stuffing (as per your method or instructions on the package).  When you do be sure to use broth vs. water.    Set aside.
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  2. Make sausage into large thin patties, fry like ham burgers until cooked though.  Set aside on towel to drain, leave sausage grease and stuck on bits in pan.
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  3. Fry your bacon until fat is well rendered out of it but the bacon itself is not fully crisp yet, reserve to side with sausage to drain.
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  4. Once bacon and sausage has cooled, cut into small pieces, cut the sausage into cubes about the size of bread cubes in pre-made stuffing mix.
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  5. Coarsely chop your chestnuts, put celery and onions into pan and sauté until onions begin to turn clear.
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  6. Add chestnuts to pan along with the additional 2 tablespoons of butter, gently toss to coat with pan leavings, fold back in sausage and bacon.
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  7. In an oven safe pan, (for this I just use the toss away aluminum ones) combine the sausage and chestnuts with the bread stuffing, mixing lightly until mixture is uniform.  Sprinkle bacon on top, if you are prone to “stealing bacon” cook a few extra pieces to account for this.
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  8. At this point, everything is basically done and you could eat it.  I prefer to bake it covered with foil at 375 for about 25 minutes, then uncovered until the top is just brown.  To brown to a nice top crisp turn on the broiler for a few moments to finish it, but if you do this do not take your eyes off it.

For meals like Thanksgiving I make this up, first thing in the morning, then cover and set aside, 40 minutes before serving time (bird is out of the over by then) pop it in and finish it off.  You can even make it up the day before, if you do though leave more time to reheat it as you must refrigerate it overnight.

Note – this makes a LOT of food, if you have a smaller gathering cut all ingredients in half.   Or just use 3 cups vs. 6 cups of bread mix, you can even omit the bread all together and it will be really good but not what most people expect in a “stuffing”.

So why not shake it up for Turkey day and do up some chestnut stuffing.  If some people are not open to it make a smaller batch and it only takes a few minutes to whip up some plain old bread stuffing anyway for the non adventurous.    Frankly this stuff is so good it could be a meal in of itself.  So stock up on some  Gefen Whole Organic Chestnuts today and make the holiday meals something special this year.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – Say you just want good old “roasted chestnuts”.  Okay well a pre prepped item like this won’t ever be quite as good as a fresh roasted one, but they are a lot easier.  To make them as a roasted chestnut…

Heat oven to 425 and then shut it off.  Put chestnuts on a baking sheet and VERY lightly salt them, (you can always add more but can’t take it off), then leave in oven for 10-20 minutes.  Remember turn the oven off when you put them in, you use residual heat only.

The way they are stored they are sort of damp, so you want to roast them till they are warm though and the outside begins to dry up.  Please note that even fresh chestnuts are never crunchy like a pecan or walnut.

P.P.S. – Chestnuts do not store for long fresh.  However they freeze just fine, so be sure to freeze any you won’t use by the expiration date.

P.P.P.S. – Okay one more, any quality pre packaged chestnuts work good for this, I have never found a bad one.  I selected these today because they are in stock and you can get them in plenty of time for this years Turkey Day.

Episode-2326- Teri Page on Homesteading with Children

Teri Page is the blogger behind the popular homesteading website, Homestead Honey. Her homesteading adventures have taken her from Oregon.  Where she planted her first vegetables and fell in love with a dirt-covered lifestyle.

They then moved on to Missouri, where her family built an off the grid homestead from scratch and lived in a 350 square-foot tiny house without running water.  Eventually they moved to Vermont, where Teri now homesteads with her husband and two children.

Teri has chronicled her adventures at Homestead Honey, a blog that covers topics from Tiny House Living, to gardening, to fermented foods, general homesteading topics and more.  She joins us today to discuss “Homesteading with Kids” a topic she is passionate about and feels is truly important for the TSP community.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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The Thermocube – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Farm Innovators Thermocube.  This little gadget is one of the most useful and slick little things you can get your hands on.  It is simply a two plug adapter, meaning you plug it into one outlet and you get two.  But inside is a mercury switch.  This makes it provide power only in a specific temperature range.

There are a lot of options with this device, the most useful to many homesteaders will turn on at 35 and off at 45.  This will keep say a green house on a heater from going below freezing for just one example.

These things also have options at the other end of the spectrum.  For instance on at 78 off at 70.  This could be useful for running say a fan in a chicken coop.  They way they are designed I am not saying they can’t fail, I just have not ever seen one do so.  They are designed with such simplicity there just are not many moving parts.

The temperature either causes the switch to be on or to be off, that is all, nothing more.

One little extra you may want to consider when using these is a Water-Tight Cord Lock.  To be clear this will not go over the Thermocube, you would plug that in at the outlet.  What this does is go over where your extension cord plugs into your device or where two extension cords are joined.  These are a great tool in their own right and I will review them stand alone on another day.

Another great little tip is consider using one of these slick little 1-foot extension cords if outlet space is an issue.

In any event the Farm Innovators Thermocube varies in price based on option and please note that some options are like for a 6 pack when making your buying decisions.  The on at 35 off at 45 is under 12 bucks and that is a great price given what it does.

When I had a small greenhouse one of these and a simple small electric heater was sufficient to get through the coldest nights with no losses.    Sure beats complex wiring, expensive thermostats, etc.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

Episode-2325- Listener Feedback for 11-13-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on vehicle preparedness, war history, content creation, revitalizing communities, kosher foods, online learning, aquaponics, green houses, cash purchases and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • I am a jerk once again – feedback from the road home after TSP18
  • A CME (coronal mass ejection) lesson that goes to to the Vietnam War in 1972
  • Balancing the length of content with the frequency of content
  • More on revitalizing small communities with a super cheap and simple method
  • My thoughts on kosher labeled foods
  • A school district replaces snow days with online learning, and what we learn from it
  • Of greenhouses and aquaponics
  • Thoughts on using phyical cash, the good, the bad, the impractical

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Sponsors of the Day

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Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder – Spice Grinder – Item of the Day

coffeeSpecial Notice – I am bringing this item around because I recently posted that it was no longer available.  When I did I recommended the Epica Grinder as a replacement.  While it is a good grinder the Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder remains my go to recommendation.    This little grinder is pretty bullet proof in day to day use, unless Nicole Sauce comes to your house, over fills it and attempts to grind 5 pounds of beans in 5 minutes, directly against manufactures directions you will get a decade of service out of it for about 15 bucks.  I am so glad this item is back.

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder.  And yes it does a bang up job grinding coffee and occasionally I grind up some Mai Thai or Holler Roast Coffee and drop it in my french press, but that is not my primary use for this tool.

To me this is the greatest ever dried vegetables and spice/herb grinder you can get your hands on for under 20 bucks.  In fact for Prime members this awesome tool is just 15.69 with free shipping.

I use this grinder to make hot pepper powders.  Garlic and onion powder from a store?  Never I buy dried onions and dried minced garlic in large quantities, I then make up powders as I need them in small quantities.  Just smell fresh made garlic or onion powder and you will see why.

I whip up my own spice mixes like this one which is a great go to rub for almost any meat but especially chicken on the grill.

  • About a table spoon of each
    • Thyme
    • Dried garlic
    • Dried onion
    • Mustard Seed
    • Fennel Seed
    • Chili Powder
    • Dehydrated Celery (yea that is a secret)
    • Cumin
    • Tellicherry Black Pepper Corns (another secret)
    • Kosher or Sea Salt
  • Then about 3 table spoons of paprika
  • About 2 table spoons of parsley

This is all done by estimate by the way, not with spoons but you can do that if you want to.  This is a go to rub for poultry and fast grilled pork.  I just whipped up some for my buddy David to go on quail.  You can see that here.  The best thing with small pieces like quail, cut up chicken etc, is to put it in a large bowl and toss till well coated then grill.

Anyway it is unlimited what you can do, did you see the celery above, we always have it on hand, grinding it gives you the same type of punch as celery seed but it sure costs less and it is more versatile.  You guys that grow 15 different hot peppers can go mad scientist with pepper blends.

The Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder is also equipped with what they call a “Chamber Maid Cleaning System”.  This little device you spin with your finger and it helps get out all the stuff hiding on the edges.  For actual cleaning though, the bowl is water tight!  Fill it just below the max fill line with water (don’t get the base wet), put the lid on, pulse for a few moments, dump it out, set it upside down to dry, DONE!

Lastly I bought my first one of these before I even started TSP, it lasted until this 2016, when I stupidly tried to grind oyster shell with it!   Then Nicole Sauce managed to kill one at a workshop by totally over filling it and trying to grind a lot of coffee fast, directly against manufacture’s directions.  So I got a new one, and I have found its limits, no rocks or shells, and keep it away from a caffeine deprived Nicole.  Trust me no kitchen specifically no prepper kitchen should be without this tool.

This item has 250 plus reviews and 70% are 4 or 5 star.  If you read the negative reviews they seem to be either coffee snobs that want a 15 dollar grinder to grind with the precision of a 500 dollar tool, or people to dim to get the cord out of the storage space on the bottom.  Yes, the cord fits into a storage slot in the bottom, you have to pull it out of there to use it.  Tons of the low reviews complain about the super short cord.   Friends you can’t fix stupid but you can fix up some amazing rubs and powders with this fool proof tool

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

 

Episode-2324- The Veterans Day Show for 11-12-13

Thank a Vet Today

Veteran’s Day landed on a Sunday today, so we are a day late.  But I will never let a year go by without this show.  So it is time yet again for our special Veteran’s Day edition of The Survival Podcast.

I have also removed any time based references so that this version can be timeless. There is no commercial content today as the entire show is dedicated to those that serve our nation.

You will notice more music in today’s show, hopefully no lawyers for Trace Atkins, Tim McGraw or Toby Keith will come after me for today’s show though I doubt it will be an issue. Additionally you will hear the song I co wrote with Gregg Yows, “What Have You Done“. You can get that entire so for free at Greg’s Website at www.revolutionrockandroll.com

So tune in today for the story of Veteran’s Day, stories about our troops and the real reasons you should never miss a chance to say thank you to a veteran.