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Pickerel Rush an Edible and Beautiful Plant for Your Water Garden

Big thanks to Nick Burtner at School of Permaculture (https://schoolofpermaculture.com) for posting about this plant being edible on Facebook.

Been growing it for years and never knew it was that type of resource.  The seeds are pretty good raw, I would say adding them to salads would be a good use, I am going to try toasting them gently to crisp them up a bit and bring out more flavor, when I do I will report back to you guys on the results.

Also here is a video by Green Dean on using this plant for edible purposes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKy6Ivh0HaE

Episode-1948- Mike Krebill on The Scouts Guide to Wild Edibles

Mike Krebill is one of the Midwest’s best-known foraging instructors and a member of the National Wild Foods Association Hall of Fame. Many people know Mike from his active participation in Facebook groups devoted to edible wild plants and mushrooms, where he shares his insights and enthusiasm.

Mike was an award-winning middle school science teacher for 35 years. His students had fun learning experimenting skills with wild foods.

Decades of experience with wild edibles have made him invaluable as a technical editor as well as a field guide author. He has served as a technical editor on 10 books. His own field guide is now out.

He joins us today to discuss his new book called, “The Scout’s Guide to Wild Edibles.  A fantastic guide for anyone, not just scouts that will teach you how to forage, prepare and eat 40 different wild foods.

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Episode-1937- Fishing For Food, Underrated Fish and How to Cook Them

Some See “Trash Fish” but I See Dinner

A friend and I have been talking about fishing a lot lately, it is still cold, the winds are stupid this time of year, but man I have the bug.  It is likely that I will be investing in a boat in March, and will be hitting some of the bigger lakes in the are.

I really do love simply bank fishing and shore fishing though.  Something about the simplicity, park the car or truck, a short walk with your gear and a cooler with a few beers and hopefully some stuff worth frying up by day’s end.   With surf fishing it is a long drive but the experience is even better, standing up to your waste while schools of fish and the occasional shark swim by, (no I am not kidding) with the anticipation of never knowing what you might catch next.

Fishing has become a massive industry even at the “recreational level”, I know people with 55,000 dollar “bass boats” filled up with 15,000 dollars worth of gear.  (once again not kidding) These people fish constantly and never keep a fish, yet refer to fish like Sand Bass and Bullheads as “trash fish”.

I don’t know, perhaps it was growing up without a lot but a love for the outdoors that keeps me grounded.  I have been off shore for Marlin, in the Florida bays catching Snook longer than my leg, on Gatun Lake in Panama after massive Peacock bass and deep into the mountains for brook trout that had never likely seen a hook in their lives.  There is more, I have quite literally at times been an “adventurer fisherman”.

Yet I still enjoy bouncing slabs for sand bass or just sitting at a small stock pond catching small bullhead catfish or fishing a back water creek for various perch/brim/sunfish.  I also enjoy standing in the surf and catching whiting, hard heads and gaftops.  And in many ways it is these fish I most enjoy eating.

They are small, tasty, fast to clean, they have a great size to yield ratio and you literally can’t harm their populations with hook and line.  Today we talk about this type of fishing and the food value it brings to your home.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Basic bank and surf gear for these types of fish
  • Finding places to fish, check right under your nose
  • How do you actually “target a species”
    • Habits
    • Patterns
    • Seasons
    • Diet
  • Some of my favorite species to target
    • Fresh Water
      • Bullhead Cats
      • Channel Cats
      • Fresh Water Drum
      • White Bass
      • Bluegill/Sunfish/Perch/Brim/etc
      • Bowfin – I don’t eat these but fun to catch
    • Salt Water
      • Gaftop and Hardhead Catfish
      • Whiting
      • Sand Trout
      • Jack Crevalle
      • Small Sharks (Blacktips)
      • Croaker
      • Bluefish
  • Some ways to prepare some of these fish
    • Pan Fried “shucked catfish”
    • Grilled Channel Cat Steaks
    • White Bass on the Half Shell
    • Yellow Bass Chowder – you can use any fish
    • Whiting Cerviche – you can do this with any salt water fish
    • Grilled Shark or Jack Fish
  • Nothing will kill you (cooked) so try everything

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Episode-511- Ten Wild Edibles to Consider Planting on or Around Your Property

Today it is time for a bit of a change up, we haven’t discussed either foraging or gardening/permaculture in depth for quite a wile, so why not today.  Looking to make things interesting though I decided that today was a good day to come up with 10 edibles that you can find in the wild through out much of the country, in fact I bet you can find a few in any of the lower 48 easily enough if you get out and look for them.

These ten plants have more than availability and edibility going for them though.  They all also offer nutrition, ease of growing, ease of cultivation and can be grown mostly unseen in either a back yard or on a back 40.  These crops are crops your can largely get going and forget, once established most will always be there if you need them.  They are all either native to the US or highly adapted aliens that are now so common in the US we need to start calling them naturalized vs. alien.

Join me today as we discuss

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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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