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The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home Fast – 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 “The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home, Fast, At Asking.  Any Market.” by Dustin Dreifuerst and Jack Spirko.  And yea that is me, this Jack Spirko.

I was approached by Dustin over a year ago about this project and we hashed out a way to get it done.  This book is about selling your house and doing so at a profit and quickly no matter what is going on in the world.

I am not a real estate agent, so you may wonder what makes me qualified to co author a book like this.  Simply my record, here are the houses we have owned, what we paid for them, the date we sold them and how much we sold them for.

  • Purchased 1999 3 Bed,  2 Bath in Mansfield Texas – Purchase Price 87,250.  Sold in 2001.  Selling price 109,900.  Time on market 9 days.  Offer was for full asking price.
  • Purchased 2001, 3 Bed, 2 Bath in Northampton Pennsylvania.  Purchase Price, 137,500.  Sold in 2004 for 199,900, time on market 2 days.  Sold at full price and seller waived inspection to prevent additional offers.
  • Purchased 2004, 4 bed, two and a half bath in Mansfield, Texas – Purchase Price 119,900.  Sold in 2011 for 149,900, full price offer with property on market for 7 days.
  • Purchased 2006 as a BOL.  3 Bed, 2 Bath mobile home on five acres in Hot Springs, Arkansas for 69,900.  Sold in 2013, asking price 89,500.  Sold at full price, time on market 13 days.

A few things to keep in mind, the fist house was bought in the dot com run up and sold in the aftermath of the dot come bubble bursting!  The third house was sold before the real estate recovery, when lending was still very tight and my own listeners were asking me, “how do you expect to sell your house in the current market.  The house sold in 2013 was a mobile home we sold for almost 20,000 than we paid for it.  Real estate agents didn’t even want to try to sell a mobile home in that market.

So what is the secret?  It is, The One Percent Effect.  In the end all buyers are settlers, that is the key.  Every single buyer no matter if they are buying a 150,000 dollar starter home or a multi million dollar estate is a settler.

What I mean by this is they have a budget, then they have what they want.  Inventively their wants exceed their budgets, this is a constant, again being a wealthy buyer won’t change this short of the celebrities buying place for say 25 million and up.

So what people do is set a budget, set an area to search for homes in and look at anything and everything that seems like it might work for them in those parameters.

Not a single home will be perfect, even if the emotional couple convinces themselves that it is, in the end they always settle for what they can afford in the area they wish to live.  And most buyers define a quite small area to look in.  So what you do is simply make your home 1% better than anything else on the market.

Is it really that simple?

In a word, yes it is.  The key though is the execution of that objective.  In other words how do you determine exactly how to do that?  What do you give priority to?  How do you form a concise plan to stand out as 1% better than anything else in your neighborhood and price range?

Well, I developed a system to do that and as you know from my track record it works.  I take real estate seriously, there is to much on the line not to.  A house can go from your biggest asset to your largest liability in one quarterly down turn of the economy.  Yet there are always people who want to buy a home that can get funding, always.  The key is making them pick your home even in tough markets.

What about during a boom you say?  Now it is even more important to know the way to get that 1% effect, sure houses sell fast for most people but right now we have the biggest boom in our market in the last 25 years and there are still good homes on the market for over 120-180 days.  Why?  Little things that stubborn sellers won’t fix, so not only don’t they have the 1% effect, they have what I call the “Dreaded 10% Effect”, in that their houses are at least 10% worse then the average home for sale.

These are actually great homes to buy, they are homes I always look for, but buyers like me are few and far between.  In this book Dustin took my system and developed it into a step by step guide that anyone can follow and succeed with.

The cost?  Oh this is the best part, if you just want to buy it for Kindle it is 9.99.  Consider that your real estate agent will get 3-6% of the sale price of your home and most agents don’t have a clue about the things in this book.  Honestly if we sold it for 99.99 with a money back guarantee to anyone that used the techniques and didn’t sell at the top of the market for their level of home, we would never give a refund, I am confident of that.

But it gets even better!  If you have Kindle Unlimited, the cost to you is nothing, nadda, zip, zero.  So do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book, it will make your a more savvy person in the world of real estate.  If you simply work the formula in reverse it will also make you a more astute buyer of real estate as well.  So check out “The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home, Fast, At Asking.  Any Market.” by Dustin Dreifuerst and Jack Spirko today.

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

P.S. – If you buy this book or get it on Kindle Unlimited please do Dustin and I a favor and leave a review of this book.  Our hope is to get it well known beyond the TSP community and your review is a great way to help make that happen.  So please leave us a review.


Matiz Gallego Sardines – 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 Matiz Gallego Sardines and you can get them in  a 2 count pack or if you want the best value get a 12 count pack for only 33.99 which is only 2.83 a can.  Oh dear friends the reasons these items are being featured are many, let us take a look at a few.

First I try to feature items not just of good quality but stuff I use, and I eat these a few times a week.  Due to the fact that I like them and that they are a good source of Omega 3 fats, which the average person is largely deficient in.  I eat them strait from the can, wrapped in lettuce with yogurt cheese, on Flax Crackers or as part of a lunch time salad.

Secondly lets talk about those Omega 3s.  Sardines and herring are about the best source of them on the planet.  Because these small fish are very low in the food chain.  So while fish like mackerel, tuna and salmon are great for Omega 3, they also carry a fair load of mercury and other toxins.   Not enough to never eat, you body can deal with some exposure to toxins, it it couldn’t’ we would all be dead.  But you need to eat something like this about 3-4 times a week for a good omega 3 vs 6 balance and you should not rely on large ocean predator fish that often.

Third is quality.  I am a sardine connoisseur, I love the little guys!  So I scoured the net for others reviewing sardines and one name constantly was at the top of most lists, Matiz.  When I tried them I found out why.  These are not your cheapo sardines that would be better as cat food.  There are only 3 to a can, because they are beautiful plump little guys!  Yes gutted and deheaded but skin and bones on as good sardines have.  Mild smelling compared to other sardines, caught in the waters off northern Spain and Portugal, where the best of the best come from.

Fourth, no junk!  No extra preservatives, no garbage, Here is the entire list of ingredients, sardines, olive oil, sea salt.  Fantastic.  Never and I mean never buy sardines with mustard sauce, soy bean oil, etc.  Packed in their own oils and olive oil is best, just like these guys.

Fifth this is a perfect prepper storage product!  Think about where preppers struggle to keep a good storage up.  That would be high quality fats and meats, with nutrient dense caloric yield.  Well the ones that just came in have an expiration date of 2023!  You know I say eat what you store and store what you eat, well with this even if you only eat them a few times a month, that is no problem.  In each can you get 228 calories, 130 in high quality fats and 98 from one of the best sources of protein on the planet.

So why not give Matiz Gallego Sardines a shot?  Pick up a 2 count pack to give them a try or if you know you like sardines get the 12 count pack and save a bunch of money.

Do let me caution, these are the best sardines I have ever eaten but they are still canned sardines.  They are not magical, they don’t taste like chicken, they taste like small ocean fish.  So if you in general do not like sardines at all, you likely will not like these either.  However if you “sort of like them”, this may change your entire sardine world.  Far less fishy tasting, more clean smelling, nice firm flesh and man they go good with a bit of avocado.

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

P.S. – I brought these around again today because of one of my favorite new YouTube personalities.  His name is Alex the French Guy and Patrick of MT Knives introduced me to him.  I was binging his channel and found these two videos on cooking with sardines.

You guys know me I love to cook so I am now playing with variations of his ideas and I am even playing with doing an eel style sushi with sardines, it was kind of like a duh moment for me as I saw some of the other stuff he was doing.

And can you even imagine frying a sardine out of a can!  I thought the guy was nuts until I saw what he did with it.  Again as prepper one thing we struggle to store in quantity in high quality is fat and protein and especially in long term shelf stable things that fit store what you eat and eat what you store.

Well, the French Guy just blew up the options for using sardines for that purpose, so check it out and give it a try.  You can do it with any sardine of course but again Matiz has become my go to with a quality that nothing else touches.





Davidson’s Organic Peppermint Leaves – 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 Davidson’s Organic Peppermint Leaves which are a great deal at $13.55 a pound.

As many of you know I grow a lot of peppermint on my homestead so you may wonder why I buy this product.

Think of it this way, to make a pound of dry mint you need to harvest about ten pounds.  You then need to dry it, sort it, sift it and then you have your pound.  Now I use fresh mint all the time but I also make up blends for use as daily teas, mead infusions, etc.  If it takes me two hours of jacking around to make a pound of dry mint I can buy for 14 bucks, I am valuing my time at 7 dollars an hour.

It comes down to this…

  • Sheer Volume
  • Ease of Use
  • Value of my Time

My number one use for this product is my daily drinking tea, I love this stuff and try to make up about 4 quarts every time I blend it.  We give some away but I honestly go through about a quart a week.  So we are back to time value equations, do one blending, drink tea for a month.  Here is that recipe.  All parts are measured by volume not weight.

Jacks Morning Blend – Nine Mile Farms Tea

That tea is one every singe person who has tried it loved.  Especially sweetened with stevia.  Another blend I do is simply 50% peppermint to 50% lemon balm.  This makes a great tea on its own, I also make a mead with it at 3 lbs of honey to the gallon, infused with 3/4ths of a cup of this blend.

All by itself it makes a great tea, I use about 4 level tablespoons to my large French Press or about two to a large cup with my Tea Infuser.  If you have paid attention you will notice that Davidson’s is one of my go to’s when it comes to herbs and tea.  They have an incredible value to price ratio, are almost always available in organic and simply taste great.

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

P.S. – For some reason Amazon has lumped ALL Davidson’s tea reviews together, this renders the reviews on this item essentially useless.

Victor Tire Plug Repair Kit – 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 a product that if you don’t have it in your car, well, you are wrong.  I almost never say anything like that but when it comes to how cheap this product is and how much of your ass it can save, I’ll say it.

The item is the Victor Tire Repair Kit (we just really call these a plug kit).  These things will fix a flat tire, or going flat tire, 90% of the time or more.  The only thing they won’t fix are holes in the side wall or completely torn, cut, etc. tires.

For instance one day on the Dallas Tollway I hit a piece of angle iron and it cut about a 4 inch slice in my tire, I had to put a spare tire on, at rush hour, about 50 feet from the toll both in August when the car thermometer said it was 114 degrees.  NOT FUN, and quite dangerous due to other drivers (aka idiots).

Had it been a nail or something more common, it would have been pull out nail, put in plug, air up tire with my portable compressor enough to get to an exit, then fully air up tire.  Total time about 2 minutes, vs. the 15 doing the spare took.  In other words 13 less minutes risking being killed by an idiot.

Tire plugs are very reliable and surprisingly effective.  My uncle and I one time got a flat in his jeep.  We found the leak and an odd black thing about the size of a big man’s thumb in it.  Puzzled we looked at each other and he pulled it out with a pair of pliers.  It was a screw driver, with the handle almost all the way in the tire.  We pondered it, tried a plug and it held.

I have some experience with tire repair, you see my father ran a tire business for 20 years.  I broke down and fixed a lot of tires as a kid.  My dad would sell a person a replacement, or do a patch or do a plug.  But when he got a flat he would always just plug the tires on his own car.  Now the best practice is to go to a shop afterword and see if a proper internal patch can be applied.

But here is the thing, most tire shops are now run by liars, or people trained by so many generations of liars they don’t know they are lying any longer.  They will say the tire can’t be patched and you need a new one, why, well to sell you a new one.  If I was faced with driving a plugged tire when my set had say 10,000 miles or a bit more on it before I replaced them all anyway, or buying one expensive tire, well, I’d be driving with a plugged tire.

The key is with a plug kit you can get going again fast.  Oh and if you have a lawn tractor and live where thorny things grow, these are an absolute requirement.  Ask me how I know.  Finally the kit I recommend on Amazon is a good low cost option, the truth is though they are all good really.  There is really only one way to make a plug kit.  I don’t care where you get one of these but have one and learn to use it.   For what it is worth though Victor Tire Repair Kit is a top quality kit that is cheap enough to keep one in the garage and one in every vehicle.

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

Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle – Item of the Day

kettleEvery 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 the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle.  This item gets used daily.  Now I paid a bit more for mine to get a red one.  Why?  Dorothy likes and wanted a red one.  Well, when a woman puts up with all the crap that a full time podcaster and part time farmers wife puts up with and asks for red, by God she is gonna get it from me anyway.  By the way since the first time I posted this item, the cost of the red one has dropped to only about 10 bucks difference in price.  And I got to admit while red is not really my color it does look good.

In the end though red or silver they function identically and the silver one is only $24.57 with free shipping on prime.  What do you do with it?  Well clearly you boil water with it but here are my big uses for mine…

  1.  Making mead as seen in this video
  2. I make 4 boiled eggs with no effort in it at a time (more on that below)
  3. I make my tea or coffee with my French Press with it every day
  4. I pre heat water with it for boiling when I am doing a lot of cooking

Okay about those eggs, want perfect eggs hard boiled to this, with any electric kettle by the way.  Put 1-4 eggs in the kettle, fill about half way with water, turn the kettle on, most will automatically stop when they boil, this one does.  When it shuts off, set a timer for 12 minutes, let it just sit for that long.  Pour off the water, rinse with cold water to cool things off and remove your eggs.

Why does this work so well.  Okay when you do the same thing with a pot the eggs sit on the bottom and get hotter on the bottom and get hotter than the 212 it takes to boil the water.  And electric kettle is efficient, heat comes from all sides evenly heating the water, which is why it boils faster.

Due to this your eggs are heated to the exact 212 range of the water and boil to hard perfectly.  Add a tsp of vinegar and they will even peal more easily.  Oh, also use eggs about 2 weeks old for boiling if you have fresh from your own yard eggs, they will peal easily compared to super fresh ones as well.

In any event a good Electric Kettle is something I just could not live without in my kitchen, and the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle is the best value to price one I have yet found.  Consider that it has 4.5 stars over all with over 1200 reviews and it makes a lot of sense that it is a quality product.  In fact over two years I have sold several hundred of these and have never heard a word of complaint from the audience.  That says a lot.

My personal kettle is over 3 years old now.  I run an average of 3 batches of something a day in it.  3 x 365 x 3 = 3,285 mission this thing has run with my crappy hard water and it is still going strong.

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

P.S. – While I have not yet reviewed it, I will soon review this awesome coffee carafe.  Teamed with this and the French Press I recommend this kettle makes the best coffee I have ever had.  I make up about three batches in the morning and with an initial pour of two cups it all fits in the carafe.

I do this with tea as well.  They are still piping hot hours later with no degrading of quality.  It has saved a lot of waste because one press makes about 3 big mugs of coffee or tea.  That third one was mostly being tossed out because it became tannic and nasty by the time we got to it.  So the way I look at it, the carafe pays for itself pretty quickly.




Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Temperature Gun – 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 Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Temperature Gun.  This thing is cool it is basically a very accurate digital thermometer you use by just pointing it at a surface and pulling the trigger.  It emits a small red lazer dot, you put that dot where you want to know the temperature and just like that you know the temp.

So what can you do with that, oh so much.  Here are just a few things you can do with a temp gun.

The other day my buddy and I were working on my new aquaponics system and were wondering how much water the rain tanks were holding off of my barn.  Point this thing at it and look for where the temp falls off, there is your water line.

Cooking something that says to saute at say 220 degrees for your pan temp, how exactly do you get that info, well point, pull the trigger and done.  Same thing with your grill, find those cool and hotter spots on that grill for cooking and moving food to cooler safe spaces.

Want to know how much cooler that area under shade or shade cloth really is, not just the air temperature but the surface temps where say your live stock is living, point and pull and you know.

How about finding either warm or cool micro climates for planting trees, shrubs, etc on your property.  Or how about finding out how successful your micro climates you create on purpose are?  For instance the berms we put in our west pasture are on average 20 degrees cooler than the ground surface of the surrounding area, how do we know, with one of these.

What about finding hot or cold loss areas around your house so you can shore up energy losses.  As we all know the best ROI on energy isn’t solar panels, it is increasing efficiency of what ever system you have for energy.

Do you know how well your AC is working.  Try this take this and point it at your air intake and get a reading.  Let your AC run for a few minutes than take a look at the temps on your ACs output vents.  The difference in temps is the amount of cooling your AC is currently giving you.

Is your wood burning stove hitting a solid 400-600 degrees for a good efficient burn, are you sure, you could be sure you know.

So how many things in the world do this much for under 20 bucks?  Seriously?  One word of advice is measure temps at about 1 foot from the surface for best accuracy.  That is how the unit is calibrated to work best.

So check out the Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Temperature Gun today and let me know your thoughts on other things that it can do in the comments below.

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

Leupold VX-1 2-7x33mm Scope – Item of the Day


IMPORTANT NOTICE – I am bringing this around because it has been marked down to only 173 bucks and they did this because this amazing little scope is being discontinued.  I have no idea what if anything Leupold will replace it with.  This scope in my view is one of the best values ever on the market, well above the cost value ratio in its class for everything else out there.  If you want one get them now before they are gone.

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 Leupold VX-1 2-7x33mm Scope.  I have always considered Leupold to be one of the best optics makers in the world.  So when I found out their VX-1 line was so affordable, I wondered if the quality would remain true.

This scope answered that for me with a definitive yes.  Like all Leupold scopes this one comes with a lifetime warranty.  I own quite a few Leupolds and I have yet to ever use said warranty, but it is nice to know that it is there with anything you are investing over a hundred dollars on.

As to the cost this scope sells for 199 on Amazon.  This fits with my mindset, always be frugal never be cheap!  Up until now I have recommended the Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm in this class of scope, it comes in at 172 dollars.  It is the scope I have on my hand built 10/22, and it is a very good scope.  But the clarity of the Leupold and their reputation for decades of quality is well worth the extra 27 bucks.

Why a 2×7 when the world is so full of 3x9s, isn’t bigger better?  In this case no, not in scope size or magnification.  When you are scoping something we would call a modest range rifle say stuff good out to 100-200 yards, you just do not need more then 7X.  What you do what is a very wide fast field of view up close, and being able to drop down to 2x gives you that.

Next up with these lighter guns like my Rugger 77 or say a Remington Model 7 or similar, what is great is how light weight they are.  This scope or the Redfield for that matter would also serve well on light weight lever guns like say an 1894 Marlin.  I mean the last thing you want it to take a beautiful little 5.5 pound rifle and slap two pounds of scope and rings on it.

This wonderful little scope tips the scales at only .62 pounds, keeping the rifle light, well balanced and fast handling.  This is another advantage over the Redfield which comes in at 17 ounces (almost twice the weight) while actually being the same size externally.  Again another reason the Leupold is worth 27 bucks more.

So if you have been looking for a high quality scope that will give you light weight handling and top quality optics without needing to sell a kidney to afford it, check out the Leupold VX-1 2-7x33mm Scope today.  And it this sort of thing is important to you, it is made, right here in the good old USA.

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

P.S.  –  This short video will give you a look at the scope mounted on my 77/357.  This is not meant to be a major review just a short video to give you a feel for the scopes dimensions and how it fits nicely onto a small framed rifle.

P.S.S. – It is interesting to note that my old favorite the Redfield 2×7 had major influence on the VX-1 2×7.  In 2008, Leupold purchased Redfield and many of each brands current offerings has influenced the other.  It seems to me that Leupold took the Redfield 2×7, upped the optics in it, and shaved off a lot of weight.  Again the two scopes are almost identical in external dimensions.


Bristle Free Grill Brush by Gven – 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 Bristle Free Grill Brush by Gven.  Guys and gals this one is important, it may actually save your life or at least from a painful trip to the ER and surgery to go along with it and no I am not kidding.

Finding this started a couple years ago for me, I went to get some stuff at a box store and needed a new cleaning brush for my grill.  There were no wire bristle ones, all were that poly plastic nylon crap!  I was dismayed, finding one of these had never been a problem.  Later that week Dorothy was watching a show called “Untold Stories of the ER” and I sat down to watch with her.

In this episode a kid was having a ton of abdominal pain.  They ended up doing an scan and found a tiny piece of metal had gotten into his intestines, it pierced the walls and had tangled the intestines together in a knot!  As soon as the father saw the scan he knew what it was, a bristle from a grilling brush.  It clicked, clearly this had become an issue and that is why none were in the store.

The problem for me was, nothing really works as good as a metal bristle brush for cleaning a grill.  As usual the free market really is a wonderful thing that responds to demand.  These types of spiral form brushes started to show up.  They have no bristles an the wire is thicker, running in one continuous piece.  Nothing to get left behind and end up in your burger or chop, that may later end up in you.

This one made by Gven is the best of them I have tried.  It is built solid with heavy materials.  It has almost 200 reviews with a 4.5 star rating and unlike many impostors it has a grade of an A at Fakespot.com.  The twin heads are staggered and do a great job cleaning off your grill.

My procedure is simple, as soon as I am done cooking while the grill is still  hot, I hit it with my brush until it is clean enough for me, done.  Rinse brush in hot water and hang up to dry.

So give the Gven Bristle Free Cleaning Brush a shot if you don’t have something like this already.  And if you have one of those old style brushes, frankly get rid of it.  Sure the risk is low but the risk is also real.  See the video below of one study from just one ER, over 18 months they had 6 injuries related to this.  Again that is one ER, so extrapolate that across the country.  Again the risk is real.

Now here is what I think happened, given we used these brushes for 40 years and this problem is kind of new.  Over the last 15 years the quality of all goods has slipped, when it slipped on this type of product, bad things happened.  That said why risk it, the brush in this article works fantastically, it is safe for all grill surfaces and you can be sure your family and friends won’t end up in the ER on what should have been a wonderful day.

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

P.S. – I noticed some reviews on Amazon that said this brush did not work well.  Well, some people really just don’t know how to take care of or clean a grill.  It is really quite simple, but I decided to add this video showing the brush in action with a few simple tips on grill maintenance.



Additionally I wanted to include this video with Dr. Grand of Rhode Island Hospital and how many of these instances of this they have seen in only one hospital.




Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer – Item of the Day

Special Notice – These have always cost 22 dollars, and I found them a great deal at that price.  They have been dropped down for now anyway, to 12.99, they are a steal at that price.  I also don’t know how long they will stay at this price.

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 the Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer.  This isn’t a hard item to figure out but there is a big misconception about the most valuable thing it does for you.

Many people feel that a meat thermometer is so you don’t under cook meat.  I refer to these people as “the people who ruin meat and are not worthy of a cows sacrifice to create a steak”.

Now don’t get me wrong there are minimum temps different meats should be cooked to, but very few people would actually eat and under cooked piece of chicken.  The problem tehre is you take the poor bird out before it is done, cut into it and ruin that wonderful roasting you had going as now it must go back in cut open.

So yes, a meat thermometer can help you make sure meat is done, but that is its second greatest use.  Its higher use is to ensure meat is not over cooked.  And that is why you need one of these.  I have gotten pretty good at doing steaks by eye, no matter how, frying pan, broiler, gas grill, charcoal, you name it I can nail it by eye and touch.

Well that is until I am trying to make 4 steaks and they have been requested to be 1 rare, 2 medium rare and 1 medium well (which I call almost ruined).  With a thermometer you remove each steak at just the right time, every time.   What you want your steak “well done”, okay you will have to do it yourself, I don’t ruin meat.  Perhaps I can interest you in say a pot roast

Seriously though, every good cook should have a good instant read meat thermometer.   And the Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer is the best one I have found under 25 bucks, hell it is the best one I have found under 50 bucks but it is only 22 dollars.  There are two things you need in a tool like this, first speed and the second is accuracy.

This one gives you a reading within one degree of accuracy in about 5 seconds or less.  It will change the way you look at your grill because now you will know you can nail the internal temp you are looking for every time.  It will also please your guest and in spite of my humor above, even the ones that insist on a “well done steak” even if you and I never understand their thinking.

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

P.S. – This item ships free on any order over 25 bucks, they likely did that since they knocked it down in price by 50%.  So if you don’t have a set of the Zicome Set of 4 Basting Brushes I recommend for 8.99, you may as well add them to your order.  They are simply the best BBQ brushes I have found, they can’t fail since they are molded from a single piece of Zicome.

At about 2.24 a piece they are cheap for something you will use often and that will last for years.  I have yet to wear one out.  But you know what, even with that you are still under 25 bucks, so add in a couple packs of my favorite Thai Dried Chilies which are stupid cheap considering they come strait from Thailand.

With that for under 28 bucks, you get the thermometer, the chilies, the basting brushes, all for not much more than the thermometer used to sell for alone.

Death in a Lonely Land – By Peter Capstick – Item of the Day

deathEvery 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 Death in a Lonely Land, by Peter Hathaway Capstick.  Most of Capstick’s books are now in limited printing or simply being sold on what is left in stock.  So the hard covers are all over 20 dollars.  Some of the first editions I own are now worth over a hundred dollars.  But fortunately almost all of them are now on kindle and can be had at more affordable prices.

This one, Death in a Lonely Land is one of his best as it is a collection of shorter stories from Africa and across the globe.  Hair raising dangerous game stories of a time since passed.  Capstick’s work took up where famed writer Robert Ruark’s ended.

He was an amazing guy, with a really amazing life.  After a short career as a Wall Street stockbroker, Capstick headed to Latin America, where he traveled widely while hunting and fishing.

A few years later he returned to New York, where he founded a business arranging professionally guided hunting trips. Shortly thereafter, he took a position as hunting and fishing director of Winchester Adventures. In that capacity he made his first trip to Africa in 1968.  Subsequently, he worked as a professional hunter and game ranger in Zambia, Botswana, and Rhodesia.

He became a successful author in the 70s, wrote many books and was a featured writer for many magazines including Guns and Ammo and Sports Afield.  His books make you feel as though you are there, tracking the leopard or dodging the angry buffalo.

Sadly in 1996 at only 56 years of age he died of heart complications.  His work though lives on in his writing.  Also fans of this podcast owe Death in a Lonely Land a special little debt.  You see one of the last little stories in this book is about biltong.  Capstick describes his craving for the stuff while living in his semi retirement in Florida.

He discovers that he can simply hang red meat, dredged in apple cider vinegar and coated with salt, pepper and coriander in his home and in 7-14 days have wonderful biltong.  No stupid “biltong box” or dehydrator required.  In most instances just hang it, if it is abnormally humid just point a fan at it.   Sound familiar.

Yes Capstick didn’t just make me love hunting even more, he didn’t just let me travel to hunt Lions, Leopards and Jaguars with him, he also taught me about biltong, a debt I can never repay.  I will warn you though if you pick up Death in a Lonely Land you man find yourself like me, with every book the man wrote in your library or in your electronic collection.

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