Monthly Archives: November 2016

Episode-1907-Jeff Yago On His New Book “Lights On”

Author and Consultant Jeff Yago

Author and Consultant Jeff Yago

Jeff Yago is a well known writer for Backwoods Home Magazine, Mother Earth News, Self-Reliance Magazine, Homepower Magazine, and others.

His articles cover all areas of solar power, emergency backup power, battery power, and energy conservation.

I have asked Jeff back today to discuss his new book titled: Lights On, which was just released on Nov 1 and is now available from all bookstores, Amazon, and World Net Daily bookstore.

Jeff believes most preppers are limiting their backup power preparations to only generators, and power outages are becoming more often and lasting longer, which will easily exceed your stored fuel supplies, then what?

Resources for today’s show…

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Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle – Item of the Day

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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 Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle available in both 22 Caliber and 177 Caliber.  A few months ago I set out to find the best value to price ratio in break barrel air rifles and settled on this one.

There is a lot to like about the Nitro Venom Series.  First is price, there are better break barrel guns out there but nothing close to this that I have found in the 150 dollar and under range.  Next is quality of fit and finish, now a high end Weatherby this gun is not but as a pellet gun the finish is very well done.  Next we have power.  The 22 caliber version will put standard lead pellets down range at 800 FPS and the 177 smokes em down range at 1000 FPS.

Now were it really comes together is accuracy, please understand that piston guns have a break in period, more on that in a second.  That said I was getting decent groups out of the box with this gun.  After a full break in of 500 rounds I can now drill a quarter at 20 yards, and I can knock holes in beer cans off my back fence from my porch, about 60 yards.

Now another feature that I really liked and led me to this pic was the integrated picatinny rail.  By that I mean the rail is fused to the receiver, not bolted on.    Piston guns have forward recoil, they can be hard on scopes but harder on rings and mounts.  Because this rail is welded to the receiver you eliminate an entire point of failure, this rail is NOT going to move.

The included rings are 4×4 rings, meaning they have 4 vs 2 bolts for each ring, this is really important with forward recoil.  The included Centerpoint 3×9 Scope is in my opinion the only weak point, but I would pay the price for this gun with no scope so I am fine with it, in fact it is still on my gun.  It isn’t a bad scope and it does hold zero (over 2000 rounds now).

It is just not a really clear scope.  I don’t expect Leopold quality in a scope at this level but suffice to say it could be better.  I will likely eventually put a UTG 4X32 1″ Mil-dot Airgun Scope on mine, I currently have that scope on my Crosman 392 and I really like it.  I also think 4x is plenty of power for an airgun and like mildot to play with hold over and windage at extended ranges (50-100 yards).

On break in, one of the nice things about nitro piston is they break in faster.  Older style pistons took 1500 or more to really settle in.  Most now break in at about 1000 shots.  Nitros tend to settle in at about 200-300 but I go 500 before I really start dialing in the “perfect pellet” for it.

Here is my basic break in.  I get the gun hitting about center at say 10 yards, then move it to 25 yards, get it basically hitting center, not really concerned about a tight group.  Then I put 100 cheap ass pellets in a small dish on my back porch.  Every time I get a chance I shoot it until I am bored.  I just shoot some of my metal targets off hand until the bowl is empty.  I do that until I get though 5 bowls and then get down to picking the best pellet.

So far one of the most accurate pellets this gun shoots is a pleasant surprise.  They are the quite inexpensive Crosman Premier 22 Hollow Points.  As this is a fine hunting pellet and only $6.50 for 500 rounds, I have pretty much settled on it.  It has been more than adequate for squirrels and rabbits so far.

The other thing to do is check the scope rings/mounts every so often during break in.  This means check tightness but don’t keep torquing them down more and more every time, just make sure you are not getting movement or loosening.  You can also mark your scope with a grease pencil along the rings which will show you any movement of the scope.  Though be aware it is easy to wipe off.

So if you are in the market for a good quality piston air rifle that doesn’t cost as much as an entry level center fire rifle, check out the Nitro Venom in your choice of 22 Caliber or 177 Caliber today.

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Episode-1906- Cooking Venison

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A perfectly cooked deer steak, you can go to medium but if you go to well done, you are evil and do not deserve to touch venison.

Okay right out of the gate if you are not into or do not have access to game, this podcast will still be advantageous to you, every technique I cover can be applied to any red meat like say beef or lamb.

Cooking really is all about technique, and red meat is red meat, pork is pork, etc.  There are some differences due to fat content we will address but on that, the number one way people ruin any meat, especially wild game is OVER COOKING IT.

It staggers the mind, a person will eat a steak from a cow, raised in a CAFO, that stood in its own crap and cooking it to medium is okay.  But give them a deer that lived in the wild, never was confined, lived on the most natural diet in the world and they cook it to oblivion to be “safe”.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • The question that spawned this episode
  • A few thoughts on self processed vs. professional processing
  • Cooking Venison by the Cut/Product
    • Steaks
    • Stew meat
    • Ground meat
    • Sausage
    • Chops
    • Roasts
    • Back straps
    • Tenderloins
    • Heart
    • Liver
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Cooking Tools From Today’s Show

Sponsors of the Day

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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!  And talk about a deal, this little gadget is only about 6 bucks.

The catch?  It is an “add on item” so you have to order at least 25 bucks worth of stuff on Amazon in order to get it but, just wait until you need a few items and get some.  Heck this time of year consider getting these for any and all friends that like to grill, smoke or barbecue.

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 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-1905- Listener Feedback for 11-28-16

jackspirkoToday on the Survival Podcast I respond to your emails on zello, doomsday idiocy, work ethics, business, the alt right, GMOs 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 to Discuss…

  • A call out to a member of the Zello crew and why you should use zello
  • Doomsday preppers get robbed, don’t even know what kind of guns they owned
  • Can you really make money with “just a blog” and a bigger lesson
  • Thoughts on Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. pledge
  • The “Alt Right” why I just don’t care and you shouldn’t either
  • GMO crops are simply failing to meet their promise, why soil is the only solution

Resources for today’s show…

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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K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer – Item of the Day

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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 K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer.  Winter is either here or coming soon depending on where you live.  I love these De-Icers in my view it is the best option on the market.

They come in several sizes including…

  • 250 Watts
  • 500 Watts
  • 750 Watts
  • 1000 Watts and
  • 1500 Watts

Why this Item Rocks!

Its in the name, “all in one” that is what you get an all in one solution.  Previously I have reviewed the thermocube, it is a great product and would be ideal for use with many stock tank heaters.  Why have your heater running when it is 50 degrees?

But you don’t need a thermocube that feature is built in.  When your water hits 35 degrees the heater comes on, all but itself and when it hits 45 it shuts off.  So you only draw power when you need it.

Choosing the Right Sized Heater for your Needs

Personally I use the 250 watt models.  There are a few reasons for this.  First and foremost my belief is when you use anything electrical you should use as little power as necessary to do the job. In my climate for a 50 gallon tank 250 watts is sufficient.

I also run two (two is one and one is none you know right) to two separate 50 gallon stock tanks.  If I ran two 500s that would put a 1000 watt draw on a single circuit doing other things as well and could pop the breaker.  These are only useful if they work you know.

In the end you should consult K&Hs great chart right here, just click on it for a full sized view.

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You will note that for my zone (USDA 8) a 50 gallon tank requires a 250 watt heater.  So that works for my needs.  I personally only use mine to make sure there is some water available at all times for my ducks.

These can be used as floating heaters or submerged by removing the foam that makes them float.  This gives you flexibility.  Say you want to keep a poultry watering going you can put one of these inside it and let it sink.  To me for a stock tank you want it floating because it ices up from the top down.

In any event if you want to keep your critters watered this coming winter, check out the K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer today.

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.

TSP Directory Featured Member – Honey Locust Home

Honey Locust Home This week’s TSP Business Directory featured member is our friends at Honey Locust Home. Mindy and Josh operate their business out of their home. They produce artisan soaps, lotions, pillows, blankets, and accessories for your house. You can visit read more

Great Gift Ideas From TspAz.com

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The Gerber EAB Lite is One of Our Communities All Time Favorite Gift Ideas!

So rather than an item of the day today I thought I would go back over all our write ups this year and point out 10 of the very best items to consider for your holiday shopping.

They are…

  1. The Cary/Carey – Smart Canner & Cooker – Lots of you lamented them being out of stock, they are now in stock and selling for only $109.00!
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  2. The Gerber EAB Lite – one of the ultimate EDC tools and stocking stuffers in one, currently on sale for under 7 bucks!
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  3. Gerber Dime Multi- Tool – Under 14 bucks, and belongs on every key chain.
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  4. Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpeners – Any person who loves knives but wants sharpening to be easy will love this.
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  5. Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger – This is the most high capacity and reliable back up charger I can find.  Anyone who has electronic devices will love it, and who doesn’t have electronic devices.
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  6. The Bug-A-Salt Insect Eradication Gun – Guaranteed to bring out the inner child of any adult, real kids love it too.
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  7. Magnet Tool Holding Arm Band – All DIY and Handyman Types will love this thing.  Only 15 bucks and its like having a third hand on a project.
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  8. Greystone 11.5? Non-Stick Griddle – One of the best pieces of cookware I own, any cook is going to love it.  Consider the other Greystone Items as well.
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  9. Winchester 51 Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver Set – Gunsmith or simply for driver bits I know of no better value on the market than this one.
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  10. German Style Fermentation Crock – If you have a person in your life that likes fermented veggies, I can’t imagine a better practical gift that will also thrill them.

Here are a three bonus items, less for gifts and more for consideration for this time of the year.  Though I would be happy to get any as a gift and I already own all of them!

  1.  The Prime Wire and Cable Timer – for those Christmas lights.  No easier timer I know of, set it for any length of time after dark and it does the work for you.
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  2. Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater – the family is over for Christmas, the power goes out, everyone is cold, not with this item.  Or you have that ONE PERSON who wants to jack the thermostat to 90, just sit them in front of one of these.
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  3. Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch Kit – A simple remote control for up to 5 different electric outlets in your house, turn on the tree, turn off those hard to reach lights, etc, all with a buttons push.  Under 30 bucks and comes with two remotes, because you remotes become hard to find at times.

Remember you can always support TSP by going to TspAz and clicking through to Amazon before shopping for any items.  If you have any items you would like to suggest as Christmas just post them in the comments below.

P.S. – Because it is Black Friday, Amazon has a big list of Black Friday Deals as well!

Episode-1904- The Thanksgiving Special for 2017

Note – You can get a full transcript of the original portion of this show here. Many families read this and the Christmas show as part of their holidays.

Today one day before the great American Holiday we stop and pause to think about what we have to be thankful for.

This is the first year I have rerecorded the original portion of this show into much better audio quality, I do hope you enjoy it.  If you would like to hear the first version of it as it was recorded in my car  you can find the original that was published on Nov. 26, 2008 here.

The beauty of this show is I feel it is something you can share with friends and family. The real history of Thanksgiving is actually a lot more interesting and special then many of the myths.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How thankful I am for all that has happened so far in 2015
  • Why much of what we learn about Thanksgiving is wrong or at least inaccurate
  • How Thanksgiving was at one time considered a “damn yankee holiday”
  • How Thanksgiving became a way for our nation to heal and reunite
  • How the date of Thanksgiving has often been moved around and why
  • The truth about those big buckles the pilgrims wore and all that black clothing
  • What feasting meant 100 years ago to our prior generation that we have forgotten

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Photo Credit Above to Vicki’s Nature

Episode-17- TSP Rewind – Surviving Thanksgiving with Chef Keith Snow

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-557- Surviving Thanksgiving with Chef Keith Snow and originally aired on Nov. 23rd 2010.  The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Remember while Rewind Shows are commercial free you can always support our show by Joining the MSB or simply by doing your Amazon.com shopping though TspAz.com

Tune in today for a special edition of The Survival Podcast with Chef Keith Snow.  Keith is the creator of HarvestEating.com which focuses on eating seasonally and cooking with food you can grow in your backyard of obtain locally.  He is also a daily listener to our show and shares many common ideals with the Survival Podcast audience.  So I thought who better to bring on the air in preparation for Thanksgiving then Chef Keith.   Whether you are going though having the “in laws” or just want to have the best Thanksgiving meal you ever cooked, today’s show is for you.

Let me tell you folks you are going to want a pen and paper for note taking on today’s episode!

We are also doing a Thanksgiving sale on MSB, use coupon code “turkey” and get your first year for only 35 dollars, now through November 30th.

Tune in today to learn…

  • The simple steps to perfect turkey
  • Gravy that doesn’t come from an envelope or a jar
  • Three variations on stuffing that will blow your family away
  • Simple cranberry sauce that doesn’t come from a can
  • A duck for Thanksgiving with an amazing spice blend
  • Using chestnuts and pecans for a great taste twist
  • How to properly cook stand alone drumsticks for extra dark meat
  • A way to make squash something special instead of sweet baby food
  • Mashed potatoes that won’t believe until you try them
  • Wine selections for Turkey Day
  • A desert that is so simple to make but totally amazing and unexpected

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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 and you might hear yourself on the air