Episode-1833- Expert Council Q&A for 7-22-16

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Today is Friday so it is time for our ask 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 the expert council answers questions on lard, permaculture, cooking, bee keeping, earth works, dealing with debt, low carb eating, freedom 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

  • The ins and outs on lard – Erica Strauss
  • An update on Wheaton Labs – Paul Wheaton
  • Making your own ice cream – Chef Keith Snow
  • Top Bars vs. Langstroth hives – Michael Jordan
  • Dealing with logging debris – Ben Falk
  • Paying off student loan debt the smart way – John Pugliano
  • Dealing with the low carb diet yo yo – Gary Collins
  • Can we ever really be free again in this nation or anywhere – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-22-16

muelEvery 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 CamelBack M.U.L.E.  What exactly does M.U.L.E. stand for, well that would be “Medium to Ultra Long Endeavors”.  This is my go to pack and it has only gotten better over the years, I bought mine over 7 years ago, I am still using it, it is still in great condition.

In fact the video below is from a short hike we did in Arkansas over 6 years ago.  I mean this is SO LONG AGO, I Have an iPod in the electronics pouch vs. an iPhone!  I mean really I have been though 3 iPhones in those 6 years and I still have the same pack.

I will say this pack doesn’t have massive cargo capacity but is is plenty for EDC and basic trail emergency gear on short hikes.  It excels for mountain biking because it is not over sized.  My number one use is wearing it while working on the farm in our 100 plus degree heat, so I stay hydrated and do not pass out.

If you want a larger capacity for cargo check out the CamelBack H.A.W.G. – Which stands for “Holds A Lot of Water and Gear”.  It is basically an up-sized version of the M.U.L.E.  Unless I am taking a major hike or spending an over night or something like that I prefer the lighter and smaller format of the CamelBack M.U.L.E.

I personally feel that the CamelBack concept as a whole has saved many lives over the years and prevented likely 10 of thousands of cases of basic heat exhaustion and trips to the ER for heat stroke.  In my days in the military, especially in Panama and Honduras, the number one injury I witnessed was what is called a “heat casualty” and it always came down to insufficient hydration.

If you are in the market for a top quality hydration solution and want to be able to carry a nice amount of gear along with it, take a look at the CamelBack M.U.L.E. today.  It isn’t the cheapest item in the category but for a pack that has lasted 7 years and is still going strong, as often is the case you get what you pay for.   At 80 bucks with free shipping, this pack is worth every cent.  And hey that is less than I paid for mine, so many years ago.

When I first got this Dorothy liked the idea but thought is was “too expensive”, so she bought some cheapo hydration back pack, (the kind with no cargo space) from Academy for herself.  It failed, she bought another.  At that point I had, had enough and ordered her a M.U.L.E. and of course I paid extra to get it in red for her.  Where that second cheapo is I know not, likely in a land fill somewhere, but her red CamelBack is still in service.

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.

Here is my video from 2009, this pack is slightly faded from the brutal southern sun but still going strong.

Episode-1832- Listener Calls for 7-21-16

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on voting hysteria, tin hat preppers, gardening for hard times, law enforcement, crossbows, hunting, learning about guns 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…

  • Dealing with the “you have to vote” manic drones
  • Gardening now and a lesson about the “zombie apocalypse”
  • The Alex Jones crowd and a throwback to Office Space
  • LEOs using viability to fight crime instead of direct force
  • Thoughts on hunting crossbows
  • Learning about shooting rifles and handguns (two very similar questions)

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Sponsors of the Day

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Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-21-16

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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 Mr. Beer 16oz Swing Top Glass Bottles.  These became my go to bottles for my small batch mead this year.  I started out using 32 oz bottles but in the end these just work better.  Smaller quantities to savor your mead with.  Not to mention the 32 oz ones seem like a good deal until you realize shipping is a killer and none of them are on prime.

Of course they are fine for beer, cider, etc.  I was going to get these up on Item of the Day eventually but moved them to today, let me share why with you.  Recently I ordered two boxes of these for my next few gallons of mead, currently in a secondary fermenters.

I got the text from amazon saying my order was delivered, went out to the gate and the box had seen better days.  Knowing it was glass, I was concerned.  One of the boxes was fine, the second sounded like well, shattered glass.  I went in and printed a return label and explained why to the seller though Amazon’s system.  In less than two hours I received the following email,

Hello,

I’m sorry to hear about the condition in which your  Mr. Beer 12 Count Swing Top Glass Bottles, 16 oz  arrived. We make every attempt to pack items securely to protect them during shipping, but sometimes damage does occur.

We always appreciate customer input on how we can improve our services.

On this occasion, we don’t require you to return the original. You’re welcome to keep, donate or dispose of it – whichever option is most appropriate and convenient for you.

I would like to help you, I’ve created a replacement for you at no additional charge. Here are the details:

Order Number: redacted
Shipping Speed: Two-Day Shipping
Guaranteed delivery by: Friday, July 22, 2016

Here is a direct link to check on the status of your replacement order: redacted

I hope you understand that we do our best to ensure that all our customer orders are delivered safe and on time.  Unfortunately, in spite of our efforts sometimes there are unforeseen delays and circumstances beyond our control, and we sincerely apologize for inconvenience caused.

Your patience is highly appreciated in this matter.  We look forward to seeing you again soon.

We’d appreciate your feedback. Please use the links below to tell us about your experience today.

Best regards,
Vishal G

Ten minutes later I received a shipping confirmation from Amazon.  This was about the best level of service one could expect in this situation.   Today I will CAREFULLY open the broken box, perhaps I will get a few non broken bottles in it, for all I know more that half are okay, once I realized many were smashed I just didn’t open it.  If nothing else I will get 12 spare caps and gaskets.

I love swing tops for bottling, while I now always keg 5 gallon batches, 1-2 gallon batches always get bottled for practical reasons.  Generally after two rackings of my 1 gallon batches I fill 5-6 of these for a gallon, with a half pint or a little more in a mason jar that goes in the fridge for “early quality analysis”.

The bottles do ship with the tops not installed, but they are very easy to put on.  The reason for this is the box won’t quite close for packaging with them on.  However it is fine for storage, another reason I love them.  Bottle up two gallons, put them back in the box, label the top and put them into the aging room (okay it is just an upstairs closet).

For many years I used to save returnable beer bottles and cleaned the labels off them, what a pain in the butt.  I get it but if you have the budget these are just much more convenient.  And again 16oz Swing Top Glass Bottles are just perfect for meads, 2 people can have two 4oz servings or 4 people can each have one.  Mead isn’t something one just guzzles, it is to be savored and enjoyed with select friends.

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-1831- Nick Hazelton from An-Yak on Self Directed Learning

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Nick Hazelton is a 17 year old yak and hog farmer from Oregon. He dropped out of school last year to pursue his farm business, Hazelton Farms, that he now runs with his father, the former principal of the school he dropped out of.

Nick also hosts and co-hosts a few libertarian anarchist podcasts, including his own podcast, the Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast, as well as the Freedom Feens Radio Show and The Lolberts Podcast.

Nick joins us today to discuss getting out of government schools to pursue self directed education or home based education.

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Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-20-16

steviaEvery 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 SweetDrops Liquid Stevia and I recommend the 4oz bottle because it lasts a hell of a lot longer, though you can get it in a 2oz bottle or go the other way and get a twin pack of 4oz bottles.  This is one of those cases though were the more you buy the better the price.

I took a bit of time to come to love stevia, it is sweet, but no it doesn’t taste exactly like sugar.  It does taste a lot better than every single other calorie free sweetener I have ever tried including sucralose.  What I learned worked was to use just one drop say in tea, taste it, then add one more, until I found my perfect amount for a given cup.  After about a week of using it, you realize it doesn’t taste that different from sugar after all.

The deal is your body is highly tuned to sugar, it knows exactly what it is supposed to taste like, one reason those of us who grew up in the 70s know those of you who are younger have no idea what Coke is supposed to taste like!  Corn sugar is not cane sugar!

It is kind of the same with Stevia, it just takes some getting used to.  Once you do though you may very well prefer it to sugar.  The liquid alone means you can sweeten cold drinks and it will actually dissolve.  I use this all the time in my morning tea and in our amazing low carb strawberry limeade.

If you are looking for stevia on Amazon, SweetDrops Liquid Stevia is your best option.  It is on prime, a 4oz bottle is only 16.71 with free shipping, I paid 8 bucks for a one ounce bottle at a store recently because we needed it.  I have tried other vendors on Amazon, with poor shipping times and damaged and returned by the shipper orders due to shitty packaging.

If you check SweetDrops Liquid Stevia has 373 reviews and 4.5 stars and if you actually read the one star reviews it will hurt your faith in humanity!  Seriously.

In the end guys being serious, excess sugar consumption is the number one cause of lifestyle disease in the modern world.  Yes this site is The Survival Podcast, and man this is a survival topic, getting off sugar could save your life.

Here is a simple low end break down, say you drink 4 cups of coffee or tea a day, with one tsp of sugar per cup, and 4 “soft drinks” or similar at 12 ounces each a day.  We will go low and say those have about 2 tsp of sugar per drink.  Well that is 12 tsp a day, 84 tsp a week.  That is almost 310 carbohydrates a week, in pure sugar form, jacking up your insulin resistance.

From a purely caloric standpoint, that is 1344 calories, if you are on a 1500-2000 calorie a day level, well that is almost an extra day of eating per week, 52 times a year.  And this is if sugar is your only vice and you only consume it in drinks!  And here we are talking self sweetened ones, look at what happens with say 4 cokes a day.

We toss out the tea, one coke has 39 carbs, x 4 is 156 x 7 = 1092 grams of carbs a week!  Cut that in half down to two a day, you are now at 546 carbs a week.  Can you even begin to know what that does to insulin resistance.  Calorically 2 cokes a day is almost 2000 calories a week!  If we go back to 4 a day, 8000 that adds up to four full days of eating to every week.  With no nutrition at all.

If you are thinking, but I don’t do that, what about your kids?  Kids seem to be able to eat this crap, and they can but if they do by adulthood they are addicts, and that amazing insulin resistance always goes away in the end.  Just something to think about.

Why not give SweetDrops Liquid Stevia a shot in your coffee or tea.  Try whipping up some of my special morning tea blend or my amazing strawberry limeade.  Trust me folks kids love the limeade, so do big kids.  Sugar isn’t evil but read a label it is in almost everything any more.  All it is doing know is creating lifelong customers for the medical industry and drug companies.  Take your health back and this is just one simple way to start doing that!

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-1830- Power Tools for the Homestead

Paslode 902000 and Electric Nail Gun that Can Handle Up To 2.5 Inch 16 Gauge Nails

Paslode 902000 a Cordless Electric Nail Gun that Can Handle Up To 2.5 Inch 16 Gauge Nails

Today we continue our listener voted on Tuesday shows, the poll for the current live voting is here, where you can vote on August’s Tuesday shows.

Today we look at power tools for the homestead.  I want to be clear on that concept, for the homestead, not for the wood shop.  Now there are tools that do belong in both locations, but I am talking day to day and project based homesteading stuff here, not cabinet making or something like that.

The tools I want to talk about today are the tools that I think should be on every homestead from small to large.  The things you will find yourself using monthly if not weekly.  It seems something always needs fixing or building on a homestead.

I will give some specific brand recommendations today and even some product specific links, but I want to be honest, most power tools today are quite well made and you generally get what you pay for.  So don’t feel you have to be like me and bleed Dewalt yellow in your brand loyalty.

In the list I don’t make a big differentiation between cordless and plug in tools, in the show though I will talk a lot about the trade offs between each of them.

Join Me Today To Hear About

  • Homestead tools vs. “wood shop tools”, etc.
  • The homestead environment
    • Project based
    • Stuff breaks
    • Always short on time
  • The thirteen tools I think every homesteader needs
    • Drill
    • Reciprocating Saw
    • Circular Saw
    • Jig Saw
    • Chop Saw
    • Nail Gun
    • Air Compressor
    • Impact Driver
    • Bench Grinder
    • Rotary Tool (Dremel)
    • Angle Grinder
    • Chainsaw
  • Thoughts on pawnshop, low end brands, etc.
  • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Tools Mentioned on the Show Today

Note – I own all three of the chainsaws listed and recommend them all based on your needs and experience.  The electrics are way less maintenance.  I also own the first generation of the cordless Oregon saw and can say the second generation is a big improvement on an already great saw.

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Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-19-16

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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 Dewalt Compact Drill/Driver Kit.  I have been a huge fan of Dewalt tools for over twenty years.  Here is why, in 1996 I was working in outside plant CATV, that means I ran a company that installed cable TV infrastructure both underground and aerial.

One day driving down a road I found an 18 volt Dewalt drill in the middle of the road, it had a 625 coring tool in it.  Don’t worry to much about what that means, but it did mean that a CATV worker was the owner.  I took it into the General Contractors office, told them to notify the crews that a drill was found, and only if the owner could ID the coring tool and a self made copper belt hanger to give it to them.

Three weeks went by and while two people said they lost a drill neither described the drill I found.  The General Contractor gave it back to me.  I used it until this summer with never a hint of failure.  Keep in mind this was used for who knows how long before I found it and likely took a spill off a truck doing 55 MPH.

Well this year my old drill finally died and you know how.  A well meaning person who I will not name used it and put it in a bucket, said bucket was left outside and we got 4 inches of rain!  By the time I found it the damage was done!  Had that not happened it may have gone another 20 years!

So I went out to find another drill and found the Dewalt Compact Drill/Driver Kit.  Dewalt has higher end drills and they also now have Lithium Batteries but this one looked like a good entry into Dewalt tools and as though it was all I needed in a drill.  Besides I have two NiCad chargers and many batteries already.  This was a great way to test this drill to see if I would recommend it.

Let me say, hell yea I recommend this drill.  It is every bit as powerful as my old drill, and it came with a charger and two batteries.  Total price with free shipping on Prime, 99 bucks.  The reason I got this drill is I own almost every other Dewalt power tool you can buy, and about 6 batteries and two chargers.

If you have chargers and batteries you can actually buy this drill as a bare tool for only 40 dollars on Prime!  But to me 60 for two more batteries and another charger was really worth it, so I bought the kit to expand my battery depth.  I will also say if you have 18 volt Dewalt tools already, 40 bucks for an extra drill, man what a steal.

For a new tool buyer though what this kit does is let you get into Dewalt tools at a very low price point.  You can down the road add say a circular saw, reciprocating saw or impact driver.  If you decide you want Lithium batteries, you can just buy them along with a charger and rock on.  If you want higher amp hour NiCads than come with this kit, the included charger will charge them just fine.

There is the one downside of this kit, the charger will not charge Lithium batteries, it just won’t.  In the end I have simply decided that the cost at this point of Lithium batteries for Dewalt exceeds the value they bring to the table.

If I was back in the contracting business using my tools all day, everyday, I might feel differently.  But for homestead tools, the old school Dewalts do two things I look for.

  1.  Maximum Value to Price Ratio
  2. Just Work Period for what I Need Done

So I see this as the sweet spot entry point into Dewalt Tools, and I see a cordless drill as likely the most useful single power tool you can own.  Like I said down the road you can add other tools or upgrade to Lithium if you feel you need it.  I have thought about it many times and I just sit there looking at a 100 dollar battery and ask myself this, in the last 20 years, with keeping two chargers and at least 4 batteries around, have you ever needed a tool, and not had a hot battery.  My answer is always no.

And in the end there it is!  No, my tools are always there when I need them, as long as I can find them anyway, but that is another story.  On another note if you need NiCad Dewalt batteries, get these. They are higher amp hour batteries than the ones in the kit, but will fit all Dewalt 18 volt tools and work with the kits charger just fine.

Do not buy any of the after market stuff, the price is tempting but they are all in my experience junk.  And when you figure that out and want to return them, Amazon won’t let you because they say they are “too dangerous for you to ship back”.  Seriously!

And one more thing before I sign off today, I am not a Dewalt snob, I know some are and think any other power tool is just crap.  There are some other great tool makers out there.  I also really like Bosh, Makita and Milwaukee as great value for the money tools.

I have settled on Dewalt, simply because every tool, I have ever owned by them just worked and has done so flawlessly for a long time.  And if you happen to want a more heavy duty drill from Dewalt, I would recommend the Dewalt DCD950KX.   Or opt for the same drill as the Dewalt Bare-Tool DCD950B if you already have batteries and chargers and don’t want or need more.

And there in lies the beauty, you can start out with Dewalt tools for under 100 dollars, and add batteries, chargers and bare tools as you feel you need them over time.  On this drill though the bottom line is, I would have to go back to coring cables and drilling telephone poles before I think I’d find something my new Dewalt Compact Drill won’t do well.  I mean there is a reason it has 3200 plus reviews on Amazon and 93% are 4-5 stars.

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-1829- Listener Feedback for 7-18-16

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Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on modern medicine, power failures, heat waves, false heroes, egg preservation, automation, spreading TSP’s message, law enforcement, panic thinking 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 Emails On

  • What I mean by “doctors walking into the room backwards”
  • A listener report on preps and a power outage
  • Dealing with heat waves when the power is out
  • The media is at it again, calling fools heroes
  • Ways to preserve eggs without refrigeration
  • Scan and go automation now at Sam’s Club
  • A listener GSD report and spreading TSP to others
  • What if we ran our police force like a fire department
  • Why are so many now in panic mode, is the shit hitting the fan soon

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Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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TSP Amazon Item of the Day for 7-18-16

pressEvery 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 my favorite French Press on Amazon.  It is marketed as the French Press Coffee & Tea Maker Complete Bundle, but I will be honest I am far more interested in the press itself rather than the spoons that come with it.

The thing I love most about this press is it comes with FOUR screens.  I run mine with all 4 installed.  A few times a week I unscrew the filter holder and wash them all out, that is all the maintenance I do and that takes about 1 minute flat.

I will also admit we have come to like the little metal spoon with the s-turn in the handle.  We keep it on our kitchen island hung on the inside of a small glass, we use it to stir drinks and any drips go in the glass.

Last week I featured our favorite tea infuser, and it is what I reach for when I want to make a single cup, but almost every morning we fire up our French Press.  It makes 34 ounces in one go, or two of our really big cups.  If you use the recipe from that article, this is the way to use it with a full sized French Press.

Put in 4 tablespoons of tea.  Make your first batch, for each additional batch just add one additional tablespoon and do another run.  I do up to 6 runs a day like this, (we drink a lot of tea) and always sweeten with liquid stevia.  Since I always try to do a value add with these posts I will give away another of my tea blends today, do not let the simplicity of this one fool you.

Jack’s Three Mints Tea (yep lemon balm and bee balm are actually mints)

  • 2 Parts Peppermint
  • 1 Part Bee Balm
  • 1 Part Lemon Balm

This is a great sipping and contemplation tea.  It also is my favorite tea to make for iced tea.  Done that way with a bit of lemon and stevia or honey it is quite amazing, just pre sweeten with honey if you are going that route while it is still hot.

This brings up an interesting issue.  While I grow a lot of herbs, I drink a ton of tea and like to buy high quality bulk herbs for ease and convenience.  Guess what, far as I can tell it is all but impossible to find bulk (think by the pound) Bee Balm, (AKA monarda or “wild bergamot”) anywhere. If you ever do let me know the source of it please.

And I have tried, big time.  Anyway if you are in the market for a French Press again this is the absolute best value for the money I have found.

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.