Monthly Archives: September 2018

Episode-2301- Expert Council Q&A for 9-28-18

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 mead, overseas travel, veterinary first aid, crypto currency, battery chargers, winter gardening, homestead design 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…

  • Making a Christmas Mead – Michael Jordan
  • Staying healthy when overseas – Gary Collins
  • Putting together a veterinary first aid kit for the homestead – Dr. Kelly
  • Why is Ethereum doing worse than BTC and other crypto right now – Ben Fitts
  • Why you are better off with a 3 stage charger then a trickle charger – Shawn Mills
  • Extending fall and winter gardening – Geoff Lawton
  • Planing a home and outbuildings on a new homestead – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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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, a few years ago.  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 doesn’t just help you heal from injuries it also reduces pain.  And that is almost instant.

One 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 years 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 all of our reviews at TspAz.com

 

Episode-2300- Shawn Mills on Solar Power

Shawn became intrigued with self-sufficiency around the 2008 financial crisis. Working in and around the power generation market for 18 years led him to increase his knowledge of renewable energy generation.

In 2012 he purchased an off grid home and he designed and installed his own off grid solar photovoltaic system. Shawn, his wife, and two daughters have lived off grid since 2012 in Middle Tennessee where they utilize solar pv, solar thermal, rainwater catchment, and other appropriate technologies to live a more self-sufficient and positive cash flow lifestyle.

In 2017 he started a consulting business, Hack my Solar, to help others identify and implement ways to increase their personal energy independence.  He joins us today to discuss when solar power makes sense and equally when it doesn’t.

Resources for today’s show…

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STX-3000 Turboforce Meat Grinder – 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 STX-3000 Turboforce Meat Grinder.  I spent a lot of time in 2017 deciding on what meat grinder I wanted to buy.  I was pretty much in love with the Cabela’s Carnivore but had a real hard time paying 400-500 dollars for a grinder.  Specifically since I use on heavily 2-3 times a year during hunting season, then only about 1-2 times a month for small amounts throughout the year.

So I looked at a lot of options but came down on the STX-3000 Turboforce Meat Grinder because I firmly believe it is the best value under 300 dollars on the market.  First it is a size 12, in other words big, it has great capacity.  It also has two speeds and a reverse setting, which at times can be important.

It comes with three blades, most only come with one and while such blades are a standard product in all grinders they usually cost 12-20 bucks a piece to replace.  It is also powerful.  The first weekend I had it,I put 20lbs of deer and pork though it in about 15 minutes and it worked flawlessly.  One day I had a beef roast that I wasn’t thrilled with as a roast, so I picked up some pork and ground up both with the wagon wheel for chili meat.  It took longer to take it out than it did to put 10 lbs of meat though it.

After months of research, using several different grinders and finally buying and using this one I have found THE GRINDER I recommend.  I can promise you that you will not be disappointed with this one.

On another note we made about 20 lbs of sausage with this grinder using the sausage stuffer attachment.  Dorothy and I ended up getting pretty good at it, but it will be the last time I use a grinder, any grinder to stuff sausage.  I have now added the LEM 5 pound stuffer to our pantry.  The grinder worked fine but likely it took 2-4 times as long as using a dedicated stuffer.

It also makes keeping meat more chunky if that is what you are looking for in a sausage impossible.  Even if you grind your meat chunky, that second time around the screw breaks it down a lot more even without the cutting blades involved.   A stuffer simply pushes the meat into the casing with no screw or friction, so it is a better tool for the job.  Yes it is a unitasker, but for some tasks a unitasker is the right fit.

But for grinding you just can’t beat the STX-3000 Turboforce Meat Grinder unless you spend hundreds of dollars more, and then, you don’t beat it by that much.  So if you need a grinder in your kitchen, I can’t recommend this highly neough.

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

 P.S.  – Here are a few videos I posted to facebook using this grinder.

Even though these videos are on facebook, you should be able to see them even if you don’t have a facebook account as they are publicly posted.

No Show Today

Well we had the power go out.  No problem plug in the Steven Harris battery bank in the truck and roll on.  Power company changes the update and we are going to be out a lot longer, no problem roll out the Generator and power up everything.

Well one more domino fell, the internet.  I am guessing the folks at Spectrum ran out of their feild back up power because just before I was supposed to call today’s guest, the internet went down.

I am typing this post tethered to my phone, it is fine for basic browsing but not sufficient for an interview.  TSP will return tomorrow, hopefully our power will as well.

Duck Chronicles Episode Four – Massive Q&A In Store

Today we answer questions from the following folks…

  • Toni – How to they get stuck and die in an brooder? What exactly do yo mean
  • Walt lars – How is processing a duck different than a chicken?
  • v – Will your ducks attract other water fowl?
  • Tea Tina – What about brooding ducks and chicks together? If not can they ever go together?
  • Inarainyplace – How do you protect them from avian predators?
  • Alyssa Mennillo – What about cold climates like CT?
  • Lor Farr – Is “excessive quacking” normal behavior? Why might one duck quack a lot more than all the others?
  • SoutheastPasturedProducts – Could ducks ever work in an HOA? Are there quiet ducks that won’t fly over 6 foot fences?
  • Handy Homesteady – Just a shout out that he will be doing the chicken chronicles soon.
  • Serra Do Japi – How much water a month for 8 ducks?
  • jason cavanaugh – Is it harder to get organic/natural feed with a small flock since you buy less quantity?
  • AnCapSnek – Why did we shut down our commercial operation?

Power is Down but the Podcast Rolls On

Weather isn’t that bad so I assume some dingleberry hit a pole or something. Power company says we will be down until about 2:30. I have Shawn Mills on for an interview at 1:30 so that dog don’t hunt. Back up power FTW!

I find it ironic that I did a Basics of Prepping Show Yesterday.

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Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker – 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 Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker.  I have talked about Sous Vide Cooking a lot on the show and this is my third cooker to purchase before settling on which to recommend.  One worked great until it crapped out in six months and a value model proved to be of little value for consistency.

There are three versions of the Anova to consider, they are,

The difference is you can control the Bluetooth and Nano versions with your smart phone when in bluetooth range.  But the WiFi one becomes a device on your network attached to an account (that is free) with Anova.  This means you can control your cooker from anywhere you have signal to your phone.  Like the parking lot at your office when you leave work.  More on why you may want this in the PS below.

Here is my thoughts on this though, when I buy anything I think about its disposal value.  If I need to sell or barter it, will the cost of the additional option make it more valuable at hat point, in this case for 10 extra bucks, I say yes it will.  So with no further thought I got the WiFi model.

The Anova on the other hand is what I always look for, it JUST WORKS, always works and also always works.  Sous Vide is a method of cooking that I describe as a dry poaching.  Poaching of course is holding a food item in a liquid until it is cooked to your liking.  This keeps foods moist and prevents over cooking.  It is also simmering in water when you get right to it, for some stuff that is fine.

There are a few primary differences with Sous Vide.  First it uses a precision cooker, meaning if you want 137 degrees you get exactly that, if you want 165, and you might, say for chicken, you get EXACTLY THAT.  Not 162, not 166, not 163, you get precisely the temperature you want.  Most poaching is a best effort process.  It also in general uses higher temps say 180 for instance for eggs.

Next Sous Vide is dry, well not exactly dry but the food doesn’t contact the heated liquid, it is instead held inside a food safe bag.  This can be done with a quality zip top bag but I prefer to use a vacuum sealed bag.  The meat or other item is seasoned as you choose, then cooked to the exact temp you want.  After that it is finished with a quick sear, about one minute per side or less.

For steak the results are a perfect cook to your preferred temp, we are talking end to end pink or red or what ever you want.  Not perfect in the center and darkening to the outside. We just did up some steaks with this tool in Episode 5 of Biltong For Breakfast.

There are other uses too though.  Like today I am thinking a new riff on jerk chicken.  Part out chicken and marinate in Walkerswood  Jerk Seasoning.  Vac seal and sous vide to 165.  At this point the chicken is perfectly cooked, no cool spots, not over cooked spots.  Now just crisp the skin on the grill and done, perfect.  How about fried chicken, imagine just being able to fry to a perfect golden brown and never worry about the chicken being “done”.

There are tons of things you can do with Sous Vide cooking, tune in today to learn some more and check out Episode Five – Dead Cow Flesh of Biltong for Breakfast to see this cooker in action.   Above all if you have been considering a Sous Vide cooker, I truly recommend the Anova for consistency, value and longevity.

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. – So why would you want to be able to control your cooker from miles away.  Imagine you want to come home and have steak for dinner.  Well in the morning you take your vac sealed steak and put it in a pot of cold water and fill it with ice. Your trusty Anova goes in to the pot too.

A one inch steak takes about an hour to cook but still mostly frozen it will take 90-120 minutes.  So as you get in your car, you push start.  When you get home say 45 minutes later, the steak has about 45 minutes to go.  You start your side dish and salad, open the bag when ready, sear and eat.  Oh and while you can run Sous Vide too long for a cut of meat, it will NEVER over cook because it can’t, 135 is 135 period.  More on this in today’s show.

P.S.S. – Okay despite what I have said about the WiFi, if you have always wanted to get in to Sous Vide, with the old units selling for under 65 bucks it is just stupid cheap.  I may pick one up just to have a second one on hand.  I mean really this same unit was selling for 119.99 not long ago, tons of the audience bought them and no one has yet complained.

 

Set Your Reminder for Saturday – TSP18 is Going to Be Amazing

Just a hump day reminder that on Saturday at 8AM central tickets to the TSP18 Fall Workshop go on sale.  To sign up you will need to log into your MSB account on Saturday at 8 AM to find the special sign up link.  It will be on the home page in huge bright red letters.

This year is going to be amazing, live music, amazing food, great guests, mead tastings, old and new friends.  Awesome SWAG, just check out the video below…

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To see the full agenda, check this post out and to find out about our awesome SWAG Packs check out this post.

 

Episode-2299- The Basics of Being Prepared for Most Things – Part One

Note – A commercial free version of this episode for sharing will be releases next week when part two is also available so that they may be shared together.

We just had one hell of a hurricane in the Carolinas and the problems there are far from over.  Storm season is still upon us and there will likely be at least one more major storm impact this year.

Next up, well winter is on the way, blizzards and ice storms are soon to follow.  Next thing you know it will be spring, time for mudslides, tornadoes and other “fun stuff”.  Then back to summer, forest fires, more storms and it just goes on.

If you think about it we don’t have a disaster season, we have seasons with disasters that are more common during them, and even that rule gets broken.  You don’t think of winter and tornadoes but in 2015 in the three days following Christmas we had the December 2015 North American storm complex.  In three days we had a total of 32 tornadoes confirmed, 60 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed.

To be blunt, shit happens!  And depending on the size of the shit, you are going to be your own first responder for hours, days or at times even weeks.  As I say in Spirko’s 7th Law of Life.  “Preparedness for hard times, is nothing more than being a responsible adult.”  Today we talk about the most basic preps that every grown ass adult should put into place for themselves and their family.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • I think it is non preppers that are crazy, not us
  • Preparedness is the only responsible thing for adults to do
  • Disaster Probability, Impact Scale and Commonality (DPICs)
  • Your Five Survival Needs and Basic Steps
    • Food
      • Food Journal
      • Copy Canning
      • Basic Deep Pantry
      • Everyone in the House is a Cook
      • Learn to Create Storables
    • Water
      • Don’t buy bottled water, make your own
      • A filter of some sort is a good idea
      • Fill tubs in advance
      • If you have a pool don’t forget about it
      • Rain catch can be cheap to set up
    • Shelter
      • Have a bug out and bug in plan
      • Have the basic things to fix problems
      • Have a designated shelter area
      • Do fun disaster drills, not scary ones
    • Energy
      • Black Out Kit
      • Rechargeable batteries AA and AAA
      • Power Inverter 800 Watts Minimum
      • Stored Gas
      • Extension Cords and Three Way Plugs
      • Generator
      • Battery Bank
    • Health and Sanitation
      • Basic First Aid Kit
      • Prescription Meds
      • Sanitation Items
      • Waste Disposal
    • Security
      • Procedures and protocols
      • Don’t do stupid things, in stupid places with stupid people (17th Law of Life Video)
      • Yes have a means of defense and know how to use it
      • Back to Procedures and protocols
  • Why this really is the only responsible choice
  • Coming in Part Two – Logistics, Communications, Documentation, Etc.

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.

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