Tag Archives: dehydrating

Episode-731- Preserving the Harvest

Well the time is approaching rapidly that we will be in the full swing of fall harvesting and even planting the fall gardens.  With temps are or near 100 in many parts of the nation today it may seem a long way off, yet it isn’t, cooler weather and the bounty of the garden and the field are just around the corner.

As we turn our focus to harvest both of garden and game it is a good time to discuss what to do with it all.  You can only eat so much fresh, your neighbors will only smile about so many free zucchinis.  You worked hard for it, when it comes to game it is also hard work, time and money, today we talk about making it last.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • What is blanching
  • The easiest method – dehydration
  • The closest to fresh method – flash freezing
  • Canning – pressure and steam
  • Pickling
  • Fermentation
  • Brewing and vinting
  • Making liquor
  • Smoking vs. curing

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Making Biltong Video Series

No show today folks as I have to take my wife to the dentist.  Nothing major but they do have to sedate her and therefore she can’t drive afterwords so I am choosing today to release the long awaited video series on biltong.  I talk about it all the time on the show, now you can see how to do it step by step.

The method you see me use is slightly different from some others I have seen online.  I have chosen my recipe and method from the writing of Peter Hathaway Capstick who spent half his life living on Traditional South African Biltong in the bush as a professional hunter and game control officer in the African bush.

A few things about this series in particular…

  1. I used a dehydrator for the bulk of the biltong because some people live in very humid areas
  2. The dehydrator was not necessary, the traditionally hung meat actually finished just as fast
  3. The quality of both batches was similar but I actually found the traditional a bit better
  4. The dehydrator was not any faster, the initial rapid drying formed a shell and the centers in the dehydrator took much longer to cure
  5. My advice don’t use a dehydrator unless climatic humidity requires it and then I would try a fan before doing anything else.

Anyway for some reason the final videos came out a little fuzzy in image quality, I am going to try to figure out what caused that but the videos will definitely show you exactly how to make biltong and how easy it really is.   As for how good it tastes, you will have to make your own to find out.  Beef works great but the leaner the better, the best comes from red game meat like venison, elk or bison.

Oh and if you like any of the shirts shown in this series those and a few others can be found in the gear shop at the bottom of this page.

Episode-404- Food Storage for Better Living Today

Today I lay out the case to you for storing food and how to approach it.  More though I explain the positive aspects of storing food whether we ever face a disaster or not.  Food storage is largely misunderstood and unfortunately sensationalized today by the media.  The reality is far more practical and powerful.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What does it really mean to store what you eat
  • Why moms really “get it” if properly approached about storing food
  • What is copy canning – special thanks to Ron and Karen Hood on this term
  • Why you need commercial long term storables but they are generally not the place to start out
  • Using long term foods today, not just during a breakdown
  • Learning new cooking methods and techniques for today
  • What does it me to really be a producer vs. strictly a consumer
  • How to make biltong, please don’t complicate this 5,000 year old process
  • Why even incompetent trappers, foragers and fisherman will be an issue if TSHTF
  • How you can combine storage philosophies to create a bullet proof food storage plan

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Episode-367 An Interview with Tammy Gangloff of Dehydrate2Store

Today Tammy Gangloff of Dehydrate2Store joins us on The Survival Podcast to discuss dehydrating foods for long term storage needs.  Join us today to learn how to easily and inexpensively build out your pantry by combining dehydrating with selective commercial long term storables.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • The advantages of dehydration over canning and freezing
  • Why Tammy got into prepping and puts so much effort into spreading the word
  • Common mistakes new people make with dehydration and how to avoid them
  • The best vegetables and fruits to dehydrate for long term storage
  • The shelf life you can get from properly dehydrated and stored food
  • What is the best dehydrator and what to look for when you buy one
  • All about dehydrating frozen veggies and fruit from the super market
  • Where to get the best deals on vacuum sealer bags, O2 absorbers, mylar bags and more
  • How dehydrating fits into eat what you store and store what you eat
  • Why you are better off just buying some things like egg and milk power and a few others
  • The awesome resources at Dehydrate2Store.com and how you can help build them up even more

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-252- Let’s Start Getting Ready for Fall

I know it is over 100 degrees in many places right now, the pool is even getting to warm right?  Fall is a million miles away, I am here to day, no sir it isn’t.  For many fall is less then 60 days away, in many instances the cool fall air and the changes with it are only 30 days out.  It is time to start thinking about fall and winter expecially with your gardens.

In the intro segment I announce Nancy Pelosi as “assclown of the day” for her swastika comments.  I also recognize a group of retired people as “heroes of the day” for standing up as members of the AARP and not being walked on by the far younger people that were dictating to the members how they should think.

Then before the main subject I do a review of the Kaito Voyager Radio, my recommendation is do not buy this.  Tune in for full details today, it isn’t all bad I just don’t think you are going to get your money’s worth at this price point.

Tune in Today to Hear….

  • The bounty is comming how will you store it
  • Is it time for you to break down and buy that canner or dehydrator
  • Start thinking about saving seeds
  • How you can get free food and free seed right in the middle of most cities soon
  • How to get free peach seeds, free agave seed and free yucca seed
  • How to use cuttings before the killing frost to propagate peppers and tomatos for next year
  • Time for winter legumes for harvest or even just green manure
  • Winter humus from fava beans
  • Storing some items is easy, just leave them in the ground
  • Now is the time to start plants for your fall crops
  • Harvesting firewood from trees via “topping”
  • How to get a HOA to consider allowing chickens (I hope, God but I do hate HOAs) Check with the “chicken whisperer

Resources for today’s show…

I left up these videos on Safe Deposit Boxes from Yesterday,  You Really Should View Them Both

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Episode-247- 10 Methods of Storing Food for Modern Survival

Today we discuss dehydration, canning, prepared items, mres, root cellaring, smoking, in ground storage, freezing and other methods to preserve food long term.  In the intro segment we do an update on the status of “Audit the Fed”.

Methods of Food Storage we Discuss Today…

  • Dehydration
  • Canning
  • Common Storage
  • Long Shelf Life Commodities
  • MREs and Prepper Specialized Foods
  • Making Meads, Beers and Wines
  • Root Cellaring
  • Smoking
  • Freezing and Blanching
  • In Ground Vegetable Storage

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-154- Options for Storage Methods of Meats, Fruits and Vegetables

Today we discuss a variety of options for storing surplus meats, fruits and vegetables for long term prepping and day to day use as well.

Tune in Today to Hear…

  • Dehydration as a exceptional long term storage option
  • Smoking and the difference between cold and hot smoking
  • Different ways to build a cold smoking, smoke house
  • Pickling as a storage method
  • Thoughts on canning and water bath vs. pressure canning
  • Freezing (short of a total SHTF, it is a great option)
  • Blanching before freezing and before dehydration
  • Jam, jelly and preserves bring spring flavor to cold winters
  • The traditional method of making biltong, no box required

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.

You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.