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Episode-2243- Cooking with Fish and Seafood

Speckled Trout Ceviche so Fresh, The Gills are Still Moving

Today we take a look at cooking that which swims or otherwise lives in water, both fresh and salt water.  I am doing this for a few reasons.  One it just seems like a fun and easy show right before a rare mid week holiday.  Next fishing and aquaponics are both great ways to live a modern survivalist lifestyle.

The next way if fits our modern survival lifestyle is that while we all want more of the “good things” in our lives we must balance that with the reality that money is important.  We need to pay off all debt, save for our future, invest wisely, create businesses, etc.  Also we want to develop our homesteads, which is simply another form of investing.  All of this requires money.

Now if you go out and order good seafood or fish in a good restaurant you are going to pay 75% to be served and 25% for the underlying food.  That will fluctuate a bit but in my experience it is pretty consistent.  So you can have one banging meal a month at some artsy fartsy place or 4-5 for the same money, and you can make it 6-8 if you get a bit creative.

Even when you do totally splurge at home, you can fricken SPLURGE for real.  Like this pile of lobster Dorothy ate the day before our vacation began to celebrate our well earned time off.

Now sure I had about 60 bucks in that meal but can you imagine what 8 lobster tails and small batch sausage like that would cost at even a low end restaurant?  Last time I was at a good place a dish with two tails was 25 bucks if you didn’t get anything to go with it.  So call that 100 bucks just in lobster.

Now add in the sides and the 4 Mojitos I made for Dorothy and I before and after this dinner.  Those would easily be 12 bucks a piece.  Next add in the tip and the cost of a trip out and this much would be well over 200 bucks, more like 250.  Again you are going to pay about 25% for the food and 75% for the service.

Now I like going to nice places, I am willing to pay for it from time to time but not all the time.  Any anytime we can do better in quality and cut a bill 75% or more, we are on track to live that better life, if times get tough or even if they don’t.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Getting good quality fish and sea food
    • Self caught or grown is best
    • Freshly caught never frozen, may be, where do you live?
    • Frozen is often your best bet, tune in to learn why
  • Ceviche – the best thing most people never make
    • Salt water only
    • Some fantastic fish for this
      • Snapper
      • Whiting
      • Trout (spec and sand)
      • Scallops
      • Anything salt water, light and delicate
    • Super fresh ingredients
    • Cook separately anything you would not eat raw (shrimp)
    • Serve well chilled
    • Get creative
  • Fried fish
    • The right temp 325-350 depending on the fish
    • You can’t go wrong with Louisiana Fish Fry
    • Of course you can make your own breading
    • Yes I can do low carb fried fish, it is fricken easy to do
    • Coat and let sit, one of the few things I learned about cooking from Grandmaw
    • Oil must be at temp when the fish goes in
    • Jalapeno tarter sauce is easy to make and bangin good
    • Smaller pieces come out better
      • Surface ratio
      • Retains less grease
      • Cooks faster
      • All pieces finish at the same time
  • Grilling Fish
    • Different fish, different techniques
      • Foil pouch
      • Wood planks
      • Direct Grilling Skinless
      • Direct Grilling on the Half Shell
      • Consider dill or sumac for any fish
      • Grilled whole head on skin on fish – (Gochujang FTW)
    • The number one mistake is over cooking
  • Fish tacos
    • Different fish have different techniques and advantages
    • My chili seasoning in dry form, simplified and improved (recipe)
    • Cook the fish almost done in a frying pan with oil, season then finish
    • My new amazing carrot, cabbage and jalapeno slaw
    • Guacamole done right!
    • Chipolte Mayo – so simple and so good
    • Want to stretch it and save money, cubed golden potatoes do that for you
  • Some other simple things
    • Pan fried shucked bullhead – direct gill is easy too
    • Grilled muscles, clams, oysters, just toss them on
    • Green curry shrimp and fish soup (try bluegill, channel cat, bullheads, tilapia)
    • Lobster two ways – always perfect
  • Some rules that make everything better
    • Fish should not smell or taste fishy
    • Keep fish so cold it is almost frozen and an easy way to do so
    • Get the water out, seriously, get fish dry before using it
    • Don’t over cook it, you can always cook it more, there is no reverse
    • Same with seasoning, you can always add stuff

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1400 Gallon Timber Frame Tank Aquatic System Build

This project was a long time coming, I transformed a platform we had built for a water catchment tank into a 1400ish gallon fish tank using a EDPM liner.

The system currently has 4 ebb and flow beds but this is not true aquaponics but rather an aquatic system using a aquaponics component as a bio filtration system.

The body of this is built with 4×4 pressure treated lumber designed for ground contact.  The first layer is 4 inches below grade and held into the limestone with 12 inch hot dipped galvanized spikes, which were aided in penetration by hammer drilling into the limestone layer.  The other layers are each attached with 20, 6-inch galvanized spikes per course (5 per piece of lumber).  Translation it isn’t going anyway.

Plans now include creating a floating plant island to prevent floating plants from being pummeled by the overflows and aeration wand.    Adding cinder block towers and benches for emergent vegetation and of course adding a lot more fish.  We also need to do some plain old landscaping around the area to make things look better now that the heavy part of the project is done.

Episode-2022- Aquaculture for Sustainable Protein Production

This is something I am delving more and more into as time goes on because the return on energy input is so effective.  I am working a great deal now with native fish species and I think this is truly the way forward for such things.

Sure you can break your neck trying to breed tilapia, once you get it right you have 6-7 months to grow them out and either they die in the cold or you have to provide heat to keep them alive.

When we look at using local species we can collect them for almost no cost, adapt them quickly to systems or small ponds and simply grow them out to harvest size.  I am also not separating aquaponics from aquaculture today because in reality aquaponics is a form of aquaculture the two disciplines have some differences but in the end both can produce fish or shellfish for our consumption.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why grow fish in the first place
  • Why grow local fish over faster growing exotics like tilapia
  • Why tilapia still have their place
  • Why I feel wicking beds are the ultimate tool to combine with all forms of aquatics
  • Ebb and flow beds are useful in any system for filtration
  • Plants can be grown directly in ponds as well
  • Options when it comes to feed
    • Floating, sinking, dual
    • Why feeding “organic” can be almost impossible
    • Natural feeding – minnows – worms – snails – other options
  • Harvesting fish for your system (pros and cons)
    • Rod and reel
    • Netting (cast, seine, dip, etc)
    • Trapping
  • Species I highly recommend
    • Bullhead and Channel Catfish
    • Sunfish/Perch (bluegill, pumpkin seed, green sunfish, long ear sunfish)
  • Housing Options
    • In ground ponds
    • Stock tank systems
    • True aquaponics systems
    • Timber frame lined tanks
  • Some thoughts on automating system functions
  • Why this is a truly sustainable an even regenerative solution

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Episode-527- Call In Friday 10-8-10

So it is FRIDAY and time for another round of your calls and questions.  Remember you can call in your question to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and leave a message up to two minutes in length and you will likely hear your question on the air.  Currently we are working on questions about two weeks in the rear though so it can take a few weeks for your question to be responded to on a Friday show.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The good and bad of using a small swimming pool for aquaponics
  • Spending vs. saving in regard to inflation
  • A revisit on my past 401k advice with some good additional points
  • Dealing with medical emergencies at a BOL during a bug out
  • The skinny on the new 1099 requirements beginning in 2011
  • Dogs during a disaster, your dogs and the dogs of others as well
  • The concrete monolithic dome as a housing option
  • The key differences between ground nut and sun chokes
  • The 22LR vs. the 17HMR – the winner is based on the circumstance
  • Plantings for the north side of your house
  • Stocking a small pond

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Episode-510- Building Renewalable Protein Sources via Aquaponics

Well after 500+ episodes it is rare that I can do a show fully dedicated to a subject I have never covered before but today is such a day.  While I have mentioned aquaponics in passing on a few shows I have never delved deep into the subject as a stand alone before.  There is a reason and I ask for your understanding today, unlike most things I discuss on The Survival Podcast I have little real world experience with aquaponics.  What I bring to you today is from about a year of study on the subject and the observation of several functioning systems of various sizes.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What is aquaculture
  • What is hydroponics
  • What is aquaponics
  • What is a grow bed
  • What is a grow bed to tank ratio
  • What can you use as grow bed medium
  • How a basic system functions
  • Sizes of Systems
    • Micro – 10-75 Gallons
    • Small – up to about 150 Gallons
    • Medium – up to about 800 Gallons
    • Large – over 800 Gallons
  • Choosing fish
    • Rapid growth
    • Good eating
    • Easy to prepare
    • Take to commercial feed easily
    • Easy to resupply
    • Easy to breed
  • Tilapia may be the perfect fish for aquaponics
  • Breeding Hybrid Tilapia (mostly to all male)
  • Vegan fish present the potential for a closed loop system
  • Why I think you need a green house/screened area to do this right
  • Cleaning the catch
  • Preserving and cooking the meat
  • Making use of waste
  • Considering small scale commercial/barter options with surpluses

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Episode-386- Fishing a Part of a Sustainable Food Supply

Today we are going to look at fishing and how it can be part of the modern preppers lifestyle for day to day living rather than in a capacity such as wilderness survival or bush craft.  Our nation is blessed with millions of acres of accessible water for fishing.

Join me today as I discuss a variety of methods of having and utilizing wild fish protein…

  • Focusing on what is locally available
  • Targeting species with good food value, ease of harvest and high bag limits
  • Insuring that specific techniques are legal in your area
  • What trapping teaches us about fishing
  • The technique of jug fishing
  • What is limb lining
  • What is a trot-line
  • Combining multi species on trips for maximum harvest
  • The secret of creating your own structure
  • Sensible harvest and safe eating
  • When all else fails grow your own fish

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