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Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning – 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 Item of the day is Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning or as Dorothy calls it “crack”.  Well actually it is the main ingredient in “crack bread” which is kind of a funny story.  Each year when we do our workshops we bring in a couple as our head kitchen staff named Mike and Teresa.  Mike is a former professional chef and over the years has taught us a trick or two.

While we personally don’t use a lot of bread in our home we do feed it to the bread eaters at our workshop and use it as an excuse to imbibe ourselves.  Well say 4 years ago Mike whipped this stuff out and made garlic bread, just this stuff and butter on bread toasted in the oven.  Yes that simple.

Well, Dorothy took one bite and dubbed it “crack bread” as in addictive as crack cocaine.  Now a ton of shit is going on during these workshops and I make a one legged man in an ass kicking contest look like a lazy fool during them.  So I don’t always take everything in.  So I hear “cracked bread” and heck there is some cracked black pepper on there too.  It took me a while to understand what was actually going on, that said I agree with my wife’s opinion here.

But this stuff is for so much more than garlic bread, if cheese and garlic will work with something, you will be able to use this on it and friends, cheese and garlic work with most things.  Here are some ways we use this stuff.

Anytime we make seafood that you’d dip in drawn butter we simply add some of this to the butter.  Stuff like scallops, lobster, shrimp, crab etc.  Simply add a teaspoon of this to your drawn butter and take it to a new level.

How about a simple shrimp scampi that will blow you away.  Saute your shrimp in butter and fresh garlic, toss it around until the shrimp is almost done, sprinkle with Johnny’s and deglaze with a little white wine.   Kill heat and let carry over finish the shrimp to not over cook.  Serve over angel hair pasta or zoodles to keep carbs to zero.

Next time you do corn on the cob, soak the corn husk on in water for 20-30 minutes, then toss them on the grill, again husk and all, zero work.  Melt a bit of butter in the microwave with some Johnny’s in it.  When the corn is done, shuck it then, and brush it with some of the butter, add some fresh black pepper and serve.

Anything potato works with this.  Add it to mashed and it is awesome or put it out with them and let guests add it to taste.  French fries with this stuff are fricken more addictive than crack!  Baked potatoes including our low glycemic index Japanese Sweet Purples are just awesome.

This really improves any grilled vegetables too.  Asparagus, broccoli, green beans, squash, anything like that.  Simple too, just put the veggies into a foil pouch, add butter or olive oil, then sprinkle with Johnny’s and some cracked black pepper.  Toss on the grill and cook until done for the way you like that particular veggie.

Again you are limited only by your imagination if garlic and cheese work with something, this will work with it.  If Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning only made Garlic Bread (aka Dorothy’s Crack Bread) it would be worth having in your pantry.  It lasts a long time at two 18 ounce bottle for 24 bucks and will damn near store infinitely.  So give it a try today, but be warned, it is habit forming.

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Episode-2242- Listener Feedback for 7-2-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on politics, real estate, herbal medicine, tree planting, government stupidity, feed grain, wealth building, gardening and more.

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

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

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

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

  • What do actual holocaust survivors think of liberals calling Trump a Nazi
  • I am a jerk once again and I could not be happier about it
  • How to use comfrey on cuts, scrapes, etc.
  • Sources for cheap trees and their limitations
  • Another example of the unintended consequences of government actions
  • Is feed grade grain safe for human consumption
  • Thoughts on “The Richest Man in Babylon”
  • Storage of grain once a large container is opened
  • Dealing with clogged sprayers for your foliar feeding

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Episode-2241- Expert Council for 6-29-18

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 the expert council answers questions on wood chips, espaliers, technology for kids, permaculture, investing and saving money, guns, aquaponics 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…

  • Acquiring and using wood chips – Ben Falk
  • Developing root stock for espalier – Nick Ferguson
  • Training young people in the ways of technology – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • Reforesting a mountain after a forest fire – Geoff Lawton
  • The right vehicle for saving money in your emergency fund – John Pugliano
  • Building up probiotics in nursing mothers – Gary Collins
  • Guns to store at a hunting cabin/BOL – Jack
  • How well do wicking beds filter water for aquaponics – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Episode-2240- Listener Calls for 6-28-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on aquaponics, rights v privileges, fruit trees, fishing, debt, interest rates 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…

  • A special message from Nick Ferguson
  • My best videos for aquaponics introduction
  • What happens when a right is called a privilege by the state
  • Protecting plumb trees from pests
  • Setting up a travel fishing kit for airplane travel
  • Transplanting trees on your property
  • Getting a mortgage when living “debt free”
  • Peacock husbandry – could use some help on this one guys
  • The Fed is raising interest rates, why I don’t even care, for now

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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2239- Jessica “Dixie” Mills on the Triple Crown of Hiking

Jessica “Dixie” Mills graduated from Auburn University in 2012 as a Biosystems Engineer with a minor in Agronomy and Soils. After working in the rat race with the USDA-NRCS and the later with Halliburton, she decided to take a walk and enjoy a nature reboot.

Almost by accident she began monetizing her new passion of backpacking. Over a period of 3-4 years she has become a full-time YouTuber and is in the process of achieving the Triple Crown of Hiking (AT, PCT & CDT).

Jessica joins us today to discuss rebooting in nature through long distance backpacking & monetizing your hobbies and passions.

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Ras El Hanout Seasoning from Pinch Spice Market – 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 Ras El Hanout seasoning from Pinch Spice Market.  Pinch has a variety of interesting stuff I will be trying soon.  I used the Raas El Hanout (pronounced like – ross el ha newt) in my first ever attempt at tagine cooking to do a tagine quail.  While I still need to dial in cook time and temp settings a bit to master the tagine, the flavor was off the hook.

I am a big fan of making up your own mixes but this is one I am happy to let someone else do.  Ras El Hanout seasoning is sort of like the Moroccan answer to curry.  It is curry like in flavor (similar to a yellow Indian curry) but not as strong in that “curry way”.  I’ll put it this way, my wife doesn’t like Indian yellow curries at all, but she loved this stuff.  And yet I find them quite similar.

The way it is like curry though is there is no one way to make a Ras El Hanout, every cook in Morocco is likely to have their own, and of course theirs is “the best”.  This mix uses a lot of spices, you will see recipes for it with anywhere from 15-30 different ingredients.  This brand was the best I could find, the company says they worked on it for over six months and the effort shows.  It is made up of a whopping 26 spices, they are,

  • cumin
  • black pepper
  • paprika
  • grains of paradise
  • coriander
  • turmeric
  • cayenne
  • lemon peel
  • cinnamon
  • cardamom
  • allspice
  • juniper
  • nutmeg
  • glangal
  • ginger
  • mace
  • fenugreek
  • mustard
  • clove
  • anise seed
  • licorice
  • rose
  • lavender
  • ajwain
  • hibiscus

Yea with a list that long of so many exotic spices I am content to let someone else mix it.  It is a bit pricey at 12 bucks for 4 ounces but a little goes a long way.  For the quail I put four quail in an unglazed tagine, it is important to properly season a tagine before using it.  I added colored baby carrots, fingerling potatoes, shallots, olive oil, water, garlic, lime zest and bay.  I also used about two teaspoons of the Ras El Hanout.

The quail leg quarters were perfect but I slightly over cooked the breast, I think I need to cook at a lower temp and sear the birds before putting them in the tagine.  Also a bit more liquid to more braise the quails.  They would be best cut into quarters too, so they braise better.  These were older cull birds and since they free range in the aviary they do get a bit tough.  Next up will be tagine venison!

The liquid in the tagine was a wonderful clear yellow broth, it screams out to go on rice or couscous.  We really try to keep carbs as low as we can but I am going to have to make up a bit of either at some point try with this.  I would also say saffron would be a good addition to the basic recipe of a tagine dish.

This seasoning though need not be confined to tagine cooking, it will add huge flavor to almost anything.  Fried potatoes would be exotic as hell seasoned with this.  I can only imagine what slow cooked lamb in this stuff will be like.   Based on the taste of the quail it seems like this stuff will have a love affair with chicken, slow cooked, grilled, saute’d, it doesn’t matter.  In fact here are a bunch of ideas for using Ras El Hanout.

This is one of those things that is like a cooking cheat code, sort of like a curry paste or a stock paste is.  You want to take something in a certain direction, add this to taste and you are a kitchen rock star that night.

Oh and did you see the one thing not in this stuff?  Salt!  This is good in a lot of ways.  First I hate paying for high end organic spices when 10-20 percent by weight is fricken salt!  That is not good economics.  Second I like to control my own salt levels.  But I realized that some people have to omit or severely limit salt, wow, this is a product for you, massive flavor, no salt.

So give Ras El Hanout seasoning from Pinch Spice Market and I think you are really going to enjoy it.  Spices and seasonings are a great thing for preppers to store on hand.  If you are inclined to store some extra of this stuff, I would go with a well sealed ball jar.  Don’t use vac seal bags with anything like this, you end up with bad clumping, trust me I know.

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

P.S. – Here is some solid food porn from the quail dish described.

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Episode-2238- Surf Fishing and Sanibel Island AAR

Cero Mackerel Was New Fish for Me on this Trip.

For Dorothy the beach is a place to walk, pick up shells and sit around and do nothing. While I enjoy much of that, especially with a Jimmy Buffet approved drink in hand, I also love to fish the shore. There is an excitement about surf fishing that to me just doesn’t exist in a lake or a river. Do a bit of research on any lake or river (fresh water river) and likely there are 6-12 fish if that which are commonly caught on rod and reel.

One of several Snook caught on my recent trip.

When you look at fish you are likely to catch the number is likely to be closer to 3-4 than 12.  And frequently to catch any real variety you will have to employ a variety of techniques, baits, depths, approaches to catch any significant number of fish species.

Now fishing with mostly life shrimp and one method, these are the species I caught over 9 days on the Sanibel island coast…

  • Cero Mackerel
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Snook
  • Ladyfish
  • Whiting
  • Hard Head Catfish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Blue Runner
  • Speckled Sea Trout

That is 9 species and I am leaving out some of the little odd bait fish stuff that also managed to get hooked like Pig and Pin fish. With that I’d be over a dozen.

I also took a guided fishing trip and focused on big fish.  While we didn’t get any real monsters and gave up catching a lot of little stuff to target something bigger, I did get to cross an item off my bucket list.   That was a Goliath Grouper in the 50 pound range.

A 50ish Pound Goliath Grouper Caught about a Mile off the Beach

I also caught a black tip shark in the 20 pound range on the same trip.  On top of this I got to see a small shark cut a nice Jack in half with a single bite, allowing me to reel in the head, which we then used to catch the grouper.

A Nice Blacktip Taken in Pine Island Sound on the Bay Side of Sanibel Island

Now I have had some good days/weeks on lakes and rivers but nothing like this!

I have fished the Texas coast many times and while not quite the diversity of Florida’s coast it is also a great deal of fun. I have often caught red fish, sea trout, whiting, sand trout, croaker, sail cats, hard heads and a lot of other stuff in a single trip.

I have also managed to catch a few small black tip sharks down there. I even remember one day when the surf was really clear and I was standing about waste deep on the second sand bar and several of us watched a bull shark that was at least 8 feet cruise by just 10 yards in front of us, while we all backed slowly onto the bars shallower area, no one panicked and the fishing continued.  This is why I love surf fishing, you never know what you might catch or what might happen.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • My basic gear, not much different from lake fishing
    • Medium action spinning rod
    • Snap swivels
    • 10-14 pound premium mono
    • Bait casting sinkers
    • Bait holder hooks #2 – #4/0 generally snelled
    • Circle hooks #2-2/0 also snelled with floro carbon
    • Cut bait (shrimp, cut whiting, squid, etc)
    • Live shrimp
  • Stepping gear up for bigger fish
    • Medium Heavy to Heavy Action rod and reel
    • Braided line is almost a must have
    • Steel leaders – not without problems!
    • Large circle or khale hooks
    • Simply put, bigger bait
    • Don’t buy rod holders they are too cheap and easy to make
    • Paddle boards, surf boards, etc. – not necessary but functional
    • Thoughts on the Sand Blaster type technology
    • Taking a multi day trip and including a guided boat trip
  • The basics of surf fishing – easy as it gets
    • Guts and bars are your friend, if they are there
    • Tides, incoming is best but it is not that simple
    • Understanding tides and tide charts
    • Surf reports, calm water equals better fishing
    • In summer cool calm mornings trump tides, in fact they seem to trump everything
    • Seasonality – what is there and when
    • Piers – sometimes the only valid option but crowded
    • When wading shuffle – sting rays!
  • Beyond Cut Baits and Life Shrimp
    • Whitebait, Theadthins, Pinfish, etc.
    • Cast nets – they work, they have limits in the surf
    • Sand Fleas and Small Crabs
    • The DOA shrimp – probably one of the best artificials that exists
  • Safety and Comfort Gear
    • Needle nose and hemostats – consider a glove
    • Basic first aid kit – have aloe gel on hand
    • Jelly Fish Sting Treatment – Link
    • Good knifes and a cleaning board – if keeping fish
    • Really good cooler, lots of ice
    • Water, water, water, water and water
    • Sun Block – water really fries you
    • Fishing Shirts – (these are my favorite ones) – (same company generic version)
    • Bait buckets for live bait, bait containers (avoid the chomp)
    • Umbrellas, canopies, tables, etc.  – Camps are comfortable
    • Check AirBnB – Lots of stuff is available on or near the water
    • Bonus – canal homes equal crabs at low tide!

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Episode-2237- Listener Feedback for 6-25-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on North Korea, the Space Force, fact checking, prepping goals, paleo prepping, jump starters, Monsanto, budgeting, kids, dog training and more.

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

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

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

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

  • North Korea will denuclearize, because it was always the plan
  • Why the US would want a “Space Force” – just the facts
  • Stop using “Snopes is leftist” as a rebuttal, it is simply ad hominem fallacy
  • Jack is a jerk again, and that makes him happy
  • How do you store what you eat and eat what you store on Paleo
  • The limitations of “jump starters” and why Harris is wrong about them
  • Monsanto is dead, well, Monsanto is now Bayer, the why is important
  • Getting a family on a budget, “one team one dream” is the way, the only way
  • Should we be teaching our children to be more like a spring then a tea cup
  • Training a dog when you have small children

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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Episode-84- TSP Rewind – Cooking With Garden Bounty, Game Meat, Preps And More

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

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-535- Cooking With Garden Bounty, Game Meat, Preps And More and was first published on Oct. 20th 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

A few weeks back I had Chef Keith Snow on the show and that seemed to be a big hit so I decided to do a show of my own today on cooking.  We will discuss some of my favorite recipes, some traditional base techniques you can use in many aspects of your cooking, some unique things about using really lean meat like many types of game and more.

Join me today to discuss…

  • Cooking is universal and a great way to spread prepping
  • Today what is in our food is more dangerous that what we are eating
  • Techniques that you can use for many dishes
    • Mirepoix
    • The Holly Trinity (not Father, Son and Holly Ghost)
    • Rice that is never sticky
    • Braising “Greens”
    • Bone Stock
  • Some of my favorite recipes using the garden or my preps or game
    • Beer Bread (and many variants)
    • Irish Soda Bread
    • Bruschetta
    • Pasta and Arugula
    • Tortilla Pizza (do as thou wilt with this)
    • Bacon Jalapeno Dove
    • Rabbit/Squirrel/Venison Stew
    • Grilled Roasted Potatoes
    • Baked Summer Squash Casserole
    • Roasted Winter Squash
    • Quick Homemade Chicken Soup
    • Bean Sausage Soup
    • Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup
    • Grilled Deer Heart
    • Bacon Wrapped Deer Back-strap
  • Tricks of the Trade
    • Get pots, pans, gills etc. hot before adding food
    • Allow food to come to room temperature before cooking it
    • Rest beef and most meats at least 10 minutes before cutting it
    • Red meats should never be “well done”
    • Dry age meat if you can
    • Prepare ingredients in advance
    • Add items with great flavor or that cook fast at the very end
    • Gas it the way to go if you have the option, glass top stoves second
    • Parsley isn’t just a garnish, cook with it
    • If something seems like a good idea, try it
    • Watch cooking shows for techniques about recipes
    • Remember traditions exist for a reason

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.

Episode-83- TSP Rewind – Bugging In vs. Bugging Out – Answering with Logic

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

Today’s episode was originally,  Episode-502- Bugging In vs. Bugging Out – Answering with Logic and was first published on Sept. 1st 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Do I stay or do I go!  Not just a great old song by The Clash but an ongoing debate and topic of discussion everywhere preparedness is discussed.  Some are sure they will bug out, they have a plan to live off the land (good luck with that) and others just know they are going to guard the fort and hunker down.   The reality is this is one of those issues that is very situationally dependent.  The same person (if they act with reason and logic) will choose different answers.  To help me formalize this process I developed 12 questions to ask yourself both in advance of and during a disaster to make this decision with logic vs. emotion.

Tune in today as we consider the following…

  • Logic vs. emotion
  • Which choice gives you the best chance of survival for the scenario at hand? (this is not always clear)
  • How well prepared are you to bug in?
  • What exactly are you prepared for? (a forest fire is far different from local rioting)
  • Have evacuation orders been given?
  • What is the nature and probable duration of the threat?
  • Well staying put change anything as far as “saving your home”?
  • Where will you go and how will you get there?
  • Do you own a bug out location or have double up plans or no place to go at all?
  • Will you be able to help your community if you stay?
  • What will the impact of staying or going be on your family, can they handle what you can?
  • What can you take with you and what must you leave behind?
  • If you leave what exactly is waiting for you at your destination?

The time to answer these questions is not in the middle of a disaster but right now.  At this point you can plan, form contingencies and be prepared for a variety of outcomes. That way if the day comes your mind is ready to act and you can make the best use of the resources you have.  As always how you act and how you think is more important then your resources.