Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss – 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 book, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss.  This is the best book I have found for beginning your journey into the alchemy of making your own liqueurs.

What I like about this book is it is both a book of recipes and a book of how to with a good introduction into the how what and why of making your own liqueurs.

If you can think of the high end 30 dollar a bottle and up fancy smancy liqueur this book will show you how to make a reasonable approximation of it for 10-25% of the cost.  It will also give you confidence by following known recipes and I find many people need this to then spring board off into their own concoctions.

To be totally up front I do have one major criticism of this book, it does have some true “filler”.  With some exceptions the majority of the recipes call for the same procedure.  There are in fact about a total of 2 procedures that make up 90% of the recipes.  These could have been called say

  • The muddle with sugar and alcohol method and
  • The muddle with alcohol and add sugar at the end method

Instead every recipe basically repeats the same methods over and over, and I would bet this was clearly to fill out to the book to satisfy the publisher.  With that one change this book would likely drop from 272 pages to say about 150-170.  Still plenty of information but hey, people like thick books for some reason I guess and as I always say, “the market is gonna market”.

That said there is nothing wrong with this book.  It gives you concise information and teaches you how to make various simple syrups as well, this way you can make brown syrups, caramelized syrups and cream syrups and really make anything you could ever find at a bottle shop liqueur wise.

I am talking Chambord, Gran Marnier, Kaulua, Poire William, you name it.  This stuff is great fun and a real passion of mine, so much so that today’s show will be all about this subject.

The best part is while you could make much of this stuff with “fuel that accidentally spills into your mouth”, and you just might, but it can all be made perfectly legally with spirits bought in the store, you enhance the value and pocket the difference.  While some of this calls for things like rum or brandy, most of it can be made with simple vodka, and if you tune into episode 1923, I am even going to tell you how to turn things like vodka into rum.

Finally all the equipment you likely already have in your kitchen, you may need a few extra jars and bottles but as to the making, any decent kitchen will already have everything you will need to get started right away.  So check out, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss today and start turning 7 dollar bottles of vodka into top end 30 dollar bottles of liqueur.

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.

P.S. – Because it was so stupid cheap I purchased the Kindle edition of this book to evaluate it.  I tend to loathe hard copies of most books at this point in my life but like most “cook books” I have to say the hard copy would be better.  So much so that I just ordered it even though I have it in Kindle.  Either will work fine but I think most people will be happier with hard copy on this one.  This is the type of book that lives with other cook books in your kitchen.

 

 

Episode-2070- Challenges In Modern Homesteading and Solutions to Them

Many years ago, I can’t say exactly when but it would have been in the “Jetta Days”, when I still worked a full time job and was running a “regular company”.  So it had to be prior to 2010, I did a podcast on homesteading and said something akin to this….

The modern homesteading movement is here to stay.  Many are comparing it to the quickly passing back to the land movements of various flavors of the 30s, 50s and 70s but this time is different.

This time it won’t stop it will have decades or more of growth behind it, it isn’t a fad this time, no this time it is a return to being human.

I feel the past 6-7 years or whatever it is have proven me right.  Homesteading is more popular than ever, in fact most prepping and survival minded people today are really at heart simply homesteaders.  They run the gamete from urban folks making it happen on a 1/10th of an acre to people returning to large farms and ranches and earning a living with agriculture or agrotourism.

How popular is homesteading today?  Well a google search for the term homesteading brings up 28 million results and a youtube search for said same brings up over a quarter of a million videos.

And even with that the reality is the movement is so much bigger, as people who are homesteading are really more likely to be looking for content on specific subjects, like gardening, canning, aquaponics, plant identification and dozens of other terms.

Entire forms, facebook pages, etc are dedicated to the subject and the movement is attracting people from every part of the political spectrum, every income level and frankly ever race and faith from devote believer to atheist.   As I said, it is a return to being human, something we all need right now.

The focus of today’s show though is with so many interested the challenges are becoming more evident.  Growing up in the 80s I was a homesteader but no one called it that, just like I was a prepper an no one called it that.  Our methods were not the very best but they worked and every old timer knew them and could teach them to young folks.  Those of us that would listen anyway.  Many of us didn’t!

Today we have more options and choices than ever, it also seems we have more challenges and that is what we are going to discuss today, those challenges and ways to overcome them.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How my last two days on my homestead led me to this topic
  • Why I feel homesteading has become so popular and will only get more so
  • Challenges to modern homesteaders and ways to get past them
    • Land Access
      • Use what you have
      • Understand even a half acre can feed you
      • Incorporate a “Hunter Gather” mind set
      • Be patient and “do the work”
    • Government
      • Design around the restrictions
      • Be creative in how you cheat the system
      • Avoid areas of high regulation if you can
      • Work to change regulations (least effective)
    • Knowledge
      • Use the internet (intelligently)
      • Design a system 4 ways before committing to it
      • Start with only one or two things, get them working
      • If you do nothing else with permaculture learn zone thinking
    • Unreasonable Expectations
      • Start out with a modest goal (10% of your food)
      • Be patient, you will get better with time
      • Forget about being “completely self sufficient”
      • Make the journey enjoyable, if you are miserable you are doing it wrong
    • Time
      • Again think in permaculture zones
      • Use automation
      • Perfect a system before adding another
      • Design in seasonal breaks
    • Money
      • Make more, save more, spend less
      • Become an adept scavenger (craigslist FTW)
      • Think maximum ROI starting out
      • Set and stick to a budget
      • Make some of your hobbies pay for themselves
    • Staying Motivated (significant results)
      • Microgreens and baby greens
      • Aquaponics hacks
      • Quail and or Chickens
      • Composting systems
    • Final Thoughts

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Bugs In the MSB Sale Have Been Killed Off

Okay so I am currently running an MSB sale the deal is 25 dollars a year and it applies to recurring billing as well.  The discount code is “upgrade”.

We had multiple issues and they didn’t happen to everyone but they happened to some folks, we think we have all the bugs well sprayed with electronic Raid at this point and legs up as they should be.

A few of you signed up and didn’t get the discount, if that was  you by now I should have refunded you your discount, if you feel I haven’t please let me know.

Also the recurring discount was not showing up for some of you, it should show up for everyone now.

To join the MSB for only 25 dollars a year just click here and use code “upgrade” on sign up.  You can also use the code to pay by mail, if you are paying with crypto just send the reduced amount with the instructions provided during sign up.

Dr Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Ointment – Item of the Day

drchrisEvery 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 Dr Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Ointment.  While I have often made my own comfrey ointment by simply infusing olive oil with dried comfrey root and leaf, and then thickening it with bees wax, this particular formula really works well.

I feel it is the combination of other ingredients that make something great like comfrey salve, even better.  As many of you know I severely injured my knee so bad I was on crutches for a week, this spring.  There was severe straining to both my MCL and LCL to the point where I could not even bear weight on it.

Upon returning from my trip I began using this and in two days went from crutches to a cane, one more week and I put the cane away.  I wore a knee brace for another week, and by then was walking normal.  This stuff don’t just help you heal from injuries it also reduces pain.  And that is almost instant.

The other day my daughter-in-law was breaking out with a nasty rash due to post pregnancy hormones.  She was almost in tears as it was so uncomfortable.  I suggested that they apply a bit of this, to one area to test it.  The rash went away, almost at once, so they used it where ever she had the rash and 15 minutes later she was happy and content.

I am not saying this stuff treats or cures things, as the dot gov says I can’t say such a thing.  All I can tell you is our results have been fantastic.  And that the healing power of comfrey is well known and well documented, in fact its traditional folk medicine name is “bone knit”.

I have been recommending this highly on the air for a quite a few months at this point and have heard from dozens of you guys who have used it on abrasions, bruised ribs, twisted ankles, etc. with great results.  I really recommend that as a prepper you keep a jar or two of Dr Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Ointment on hand all the time.  It is too valuable not to, and if you live in the south like I do it is only a matter of when not if you will have an encounter with fire ants.  Let me say nothing I have ever used on a fire ant bite, well bites it is never just one is it, works as fast or as good as this stuff.

I know a lot of you guys have used this stuff so let me know your results in the comments below.  Also most of the negative reviews on Amazon say that “it is hard”, I know I should not have to say this, but that is because it is made with WAX, put it somewhere a bit warm if it is hard to work with, it will soften right up.

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-2069- Listener Feedback for 8-21-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on white nationalism, real estate, pasture management, aquaponics, gardening, springs, power inverters and more.

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

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…

  • More on how good people can be seduced into things like white nationalism
  • To sell a property or to become a land lord
  • Another way to deal with thistles
  • Benefits and limitations of indoor aquaponics systems
  • Understanding raised beds and soil depth issues
  • How a wild fire could cause a spring to dry up, may be
  • Why Steve Harris and I often recommend inverters in the 400-800 watt range
  • Another cop that doesn’t believe the law applies equally to him
  • Chopping and Dropping and Planting Comfrey

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MSB Sale, We Now Take Credit Cards and More

So this weekend we successfully completed an upgrade to the MSB system.  On your end, you really won’t notice anything different, but on our end it is better in every way.

The one really big difference for members is you can now use a credit card and are not forced to use PayPal if you want to pay online.  You can now pay by paypal or you can pay via most major credit cards.

For a long time (8 years) I resisted doing this, because I am so vocal against consumer credit, but of course many use cards and pay their balance in full monthly and many use a credit card online that is actually a debit card that works as a credit card.

Additionally for the last 2 years PayPal has been an utter mess with renewals failing, discounts not working and some people simply not being able to complete payments.

Now if you select pay by credit card/paypal you can pay with either with no paypal account.

To celebrate this upgrade I am doing a MSB sale for 25 dollars a year with renewals locked in at that rate, that is right, 50% off MSB for life.  The discount code is well what do you think it is, upgrade.  The sale will run until close of business Sunday the 27th.

This discount applies to all payment methods.  If you pay online just enter the code “upgrade” when you pay online.  If you pay by US Mail with cash or check just write the code on the form.  If you pay with silver we will simply make the price one ounce a year instead of two.

If you choose to pay by crypto, just adjust the price down to 25 bucks when you send your payment as instructed during sign up.

PLEASE NOTE – Please understand I still can’t let you renew early so this offer is for new members and members with expired accounts only.  This isn’t AT&T who doesn’t value their existing customers enough to offer them a discount it is a limit to recurring credit card charges.  If I let you renew early you will get double billed.

Also if you have an expired account, don’t set up a new one, just log in and you can renew your current account.  If anyone needs any assistance with this just email me as always at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC in the subject line and I will do what ever is needed to assist you.

Thanks to everyone who is or ever has been an MSB member, without your support we could not have delivered this show 5 days a week for over 9 years now.

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Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light – 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 Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light.  I have to say this is one of  the most unique ways I have ever come to learn about a product.

I received an email from a guy that said he found one of these up in a drop ceiling doing some work at a customers building.  Given it was long abandoned with dead batteries he took it home.  Found that it took 3 AAA batteries and popped a set in, his first thought were “man this thing is bright”, his second thought was I wonder how much they cost.  A simple web search led him to find this amazing little light is only about 8 bucks.  He then emailed me about it.

I ordered two, and now I will be ordering more.  This little thing is just slick, super light weight and fits in a shirt pocket easily enough.  The base is flat so it will stand up on any flat surface and the clip has a magnet so it will both stick to metal or you can hang it on anything convenient in the area.

Many years ago (like in the mid 90s) I did a lot of cabling work in buildings for computer systems, I can tell you exactly why this thing was up in a ceiling, it would be GOLDEN for work like that!

How bright is this thing, try 170 lumens with only three measly AAA batteries.  To really get how bright that is see the video below.

One note, for some reason the description of this light says it is made with aluminum and that the base is magnetic.  There are definitely errors there.  The body is a good quality plastic and the magnet is in the clip not the base.  I checked and there are other colors of this light on Amazon, there are also like 4 packs of various colors.  None of those listings have these errors.

So why am I linking to the one with errors?  First because I do believe it is an error not a deception.  I have learned that this light is very well known in the electronics and computer world so I doubt they are trying to trick anyone.

The bigger reason is because this one is the BEST PRICE I can find, that is why.  The price on this is 8.53 with free shipping.  All the other single listings are over 9 bucks.  So this is simply the best deal.

Well unless you want 4?  Pretty close to the same price but you can get a 4 pack in 4 different colors 32.99 with free shipping, which is 8.24  piece.  So the 4 pack would save you $1.13 on four.  Not huge but a buck is a buck and likely you are going to want 4 of these things, I think they should be in every tool box, tackle box, range box and glove box personally.

So whether you just want to pick up 1 or 2 for 8.53 a piece, or you want to get a 4 Pack for 32.99 check out the Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light, it deserves a place in your kit and on your homestead.

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 online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

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MSB Upgrade In Progress

From about 8 AM until Noon Central Time the MSB will be undergoing a back end upgrade.  During this time you will not have access and no new members can sign up.

Once complete we will have a better MSB and it will let me do some things for members I have wanted to do for a long time.

Episode-2068- Expert Council Q&A for 8-18-17

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 the expert council answers questions on farming, first aid, bitcoin, home school, health share programs, wild edibles 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

  • Dealing with thistles – Darby Simpson
  • A FAK for motorcycle riders – Nurse Amy
  • From Paper Wallet back to coin base – Brandon Todd
  • Why tax vouchers are bad news for home school – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • How health share programs work – John Pugliano
  • Cooking and using stinging nettles – Nicole Sauce
  • If “culinary intuition” is a thing, what is is a thing – Jack

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Nicole Sauce’s nettle recipies.

Presto Nettle Pesto

  • 6 cups nettle
  • 8 large garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Boil nettles in pot of salted water to deactivate the sting. Drain and set aside. Puree all ingredients into a sauce and serve over pasta with a dash of extra parmesan.

Spellbreaking Nettle Soup

  • ¼ bushel fresh nettle tops
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 4 peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 cloves diced garlic
  • ? cup heavy cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Boil nettles in a stockpot of salted water to deactivate the sting. Drain. In the same stock pot, combine stock, onion, nettles, garlic and simmer for 60 minutes. (Add water if it boils down too much). Puree the soup and add the cream. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and sprig of sage.

Episode-2067- Listener Calls for 8-17-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on canning, skills, gardening, fishing, business, water, investing, automation 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…

  • Proper use of the Chard/Carey Pressure Canner
  • Another reason for lost skills, showing vs. teaching by doing
  • All about transplanting seedlings
  • Kayak fishing gear and set up
  • Building a financial planning business
  • A Berkey water filter success story
  • What about the “shoe shine boy” warning in crypto
  • Of radical chaos and automation

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