Monthly Archives: March 2018

Episode-2193- Expert Council Q&A for 3-30-18

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 generators, wood stoves, cryptocurrency, vehicle maintenance, bees, solar dehydrators, food forestry 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…

  • Using PTO generators as a back up power system – Steven Harris
  • How to evaluate a used wood stove – Ben Falk
  • All about token splits – Ben Fitts
  • Can cryptocurrency and permaculture be compatible – Geoff Lawton and Jack disagree.
  • Restoring a vehicle that has been neglected – Charles Sanville
  • Using propolsis for medicinal reasons – Michael Jordan
  • Construction of a solar dehydrator – Paul Wheaton w/ Josiah Wallingford
  • Reflections on 4 years of food forestry – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light – 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 Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light.  I have to say this is one of  the most unique ways I have ever come to learn about a product.

I received an email from a guy that said he found one of these up in a drop ceiling doing some work at a customers building.  Given it was long abandoned with dead batteries he took it home.  Found that it took 3 AAA batteries and popped a set in, his first thought were “man this thing is bright”, his second thought was I wonder how much they cost.  A simple web search led him to find this amazing little light is only about 8 bucks.  He then emailed me about it.

I ordered two, and now I will be ordering more.  This little thing is just slick, super light weight and fits in a shirt pocket easily enough.  The base is flat so it will stand up on any flat surface and the clip has a magnet so it will both stick to metal or you can hang it on anything convenient in the area.

Many years ago (like in the mid 90s) I did a lot of cabling work in buildings for computer systems, I can tell you exactly why this thing was up in a ceiling, it would be GOLDEN for work like that!

How bright is this thing, try 170 lumens with only three measly AAA batteries.  To really get how bright that is see the video below.

One note, for some reason the description of this light says it is made with aluminum and that the base is magnetic.  There are definitely errors there.  The body is a good quality plastic and the magnet is in the clip not the base.  I checked and there are other colors of this light on Amazon, there are also like 4 packs of various colors.  None of those listings have these errors.

So why am I linking to the one with errors?  First because I do believe it is an error not a deception.  I have learned that this light is very well known in the electronics and computer world so I doubt they are trying to trick anyone.

The bigger reason is because this one is the BEST PRICE I can find, that is why.  The price on this is 8.53 with free shipping.  All the other single listings are over 9 bucks.  So this is simply the best deal.

Well unless you want 4?  Pretty close to the same price but you can get a 4 pack in 4 different colors 32.99 with free shipping, which is 8.24  piece.  So the 4 pack would save you $1.13 on four.  Not huge but a buck is a buck and likely you are going to want 4 of these things, I think they should be in every tool box, tackle box, range box and glove box personally.

So whether you just want to pick up 1 or 2 for 8.53 a piece, or you want to get a 4 Pack for 32.99 check out the Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light, it deserves a place in your kit and on your homestead.

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

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Episode-2192- Listener Calls for 3-29-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on gardening, soil reports, water management, ducks, guns, investing 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…

  • How to choose are “gardening method”
  • Thoughts on NRCS soil reports vs. soil testing
  • Thoughts on run off water from commercial farms
  • Plantings for ducks in their holding areas
  • What is the 460 Rowland and why would you want one
  • How do you start a Roth IRA on your own

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-2191- Another Look at Small Batch Mead

Making Mead the Easy Way, One Gallon at a Time

In 2015 I introduced the audience here to small batch mead, cider and wine making.  While all of those work well, it is mead that really shines in a small batch method of production.

I developed my personal method after watching Michael Jordan (the Bee Whisper) make a one gallon batch at my workshop in 2015.  It was amazing to me that so little work could produce mead.

I am a long time brewer and mead making have made beer and mead since 1995, so we are talking 23 years.  And I have always done 5-6 gallon batches which is the hobby standard.  With mead though one gallon batches seems to be the way to go.  Today I will give out the method and tips that I have developed in these three years.

While Mike uses a coffee maker, I use an electric kettle.  I have developed my own methods and they work well for me.  Many pros and hobbyists alike find fault with a LOT of what I will tell you about today.  However, everyone that drinks my mead seems to like it.  Everything I have done with this method was designed to make it as simple as possible, eliminate any and everything I could and encourage others to make mead and allow for maximum experimentation with ingredients.

In the end as your first batch is ready to bottle my method allows you to once a week, bottle a gallon, rack a gallon and make a gallon, with only 30 minutes of work per week.  I don’t think my method is the best method, I do think it may be the best method for the most people.

Join me today to learn all about it.

  • The basic method
    • Use a one gallon fermenter
    • Use 3 lbs of honey
    • Use adjuncts of your choice
    • Use two stains of yeast
    • Use fermax yeast nutrient
    • Leave head space about 15% of volume
    • Ferment for about 30-45 days and rack
    • Add filtered water to secondary and let fully clear
    • Bottle
  • Some of my favorite adjuncts/flavorings
    • 3 Flowers Blend
    • Apricot
    • Pears
    • Mulberry
    • Elderberry
    • Cucumber and Mint
    • Ginger
    • Autumn Olive
    • Persimmon
  • Cleaning and Sensitization my way – everyone disagrees
  • Pasteurizing your adjuncts the easy way
  • Why I don’t even use a hydrometer any more
  • Why I seldom cold crash, but why I might
  • Why I am fine using “everyday honey” and my favorite brand
  • The joy of honey on the road and making mead from it
  • Airlocks vs balloons
  • Bottles for your mead and how I handle sensitization of those
  • Why those who say I am wrong are actually right, sort of
  • Why I think this is the best method for the most people

Resources for today’s show…

Supplies for Mead Making and Resources

Sponsors of the Day

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Nine Mile Farm Property Walks for 3-28-18

Well it has been a week since our last property walk, I figured I would try to do one every week or two into summer so you can see the property transform.  During today’s trip we talk about the ducks a bit, how we will miss them but how we also have a lot of new exciting things coming, additionally how the property was ready to be rested so it could really evolve, and how the ducks had to leave to make that happen.

We we get to the duck holding area it is a bit eerie how quiet it is, we take a moment to remember them, but the contract of the east and west property really shows it that it was indeed time for a change.

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Fermtech Mini Auto-Siphon With Tubing – Item of the Day

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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 Fermtech Mini Auto-Siphon With Tubing.  As many of you know I am a huge fan of small batch mead making.  In fact at the recent workshop I demonstrated why by making a batch of mead, racking a batch into the secondary and bottling a batch and did all of that in under 30 minutes.

I have been making mead, wines, ciders and beers for a long time, like 20 years in all.  But I really got into small batch meads (one gallon) last year when Michael Jordan showed me how fast and simple it could be.

The problem was for 20 years I made 5 gallon batches and a big racking cane was just a pain in the ass for siphoning a gallon, so I checked to see if there was a mini cane and found a bunch of options and settled on this one.

I like that it comes with 6 feet of tubing.  Frankly I cut it in half and find 3 feet about perfect for transferring from one container to another (racking).  I no longer use a bottling wand for bottling, instead I rack to a 2.5 gallon carboy and use the spigot on it to fill my bottles.

I looked for a 2.5 gallon carboy to recommend on Amazon, they have them but DO NOT buy one there, I get mine from Uline.  The ones on Amazon are all like 20-35 bucks, which is just stupid.  You can get them here on Uline or 14 bucks a piece.  And yes I have fermented in them as well for larger batches.

Okay back to the racking cane/auto-siphon.  This thing rocks, you put your hose on it, put it into the vessel you want to rack to, pump it one to two times and it starts flowing.  I rack from a small step stool and set that on my counter and put my receiving vessel in the sink.  Makes clean up a snap.    With small batch meads, ciders and wines you will transfer each batch at least twice and the Fermtech Mini Auto-Siphon With Tubing is the easiest and fastest way to get the job done.

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

P.S. – While I focused on using this for making mead, ciders and wines above, if you check out the reviews on Amazon; you’ll find a ton of very happy kombucha brewers that use this item as well.

Episode-2190- Jack’s Cooking Hacks and Cheat Codes

So as many of you know one of my passions in life is cooking.  To me it is more than just food, it’s understanding other cultures and history.  It is chemistry, biology and science as well.  And to me anyway cooking is fun, trying new things, making something simple not just taste good but look amazing.

Take the picture above for instance.  To make that we just took a walk around our property.  We foraged some wild garlic flowers, some lambsquarters, nasturtium, pea tendrils and some veggies from our grow beds.  We made a salad with left over cut up chicken.  Simple, but why does it look so amazing, simply the arrangement.  I can tell you that it also tasted as good as it looked.

So today I want to give away a bunch of what I call me “cheat codes”, these are various ingredients that add amazing flavor with minimal effort.  Additionally I feel if an ingredient is a “cheat code” it has to do more than just what it is intended to do, for instance sure you can make chipolte mayo for a taco with chipolte canned peppers, but you can also make a BBQ sauce for ribs that will blow your mind.

I am also including “Jack Hacks”, little things I have learned over the years to make things work better or to make them easier to do.  Like how about a way to make perfect rice and not even give a damn about how much water you use.  Okay you are going to have to tune in for that.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why we should make cooking an essential life skill in America
  • Some of my favorite “cheat codes and what to do with them”
  • Some of my hacks
    • Cook rice like you do pasta
    • Infuse rice with flavor
    • Par cook bacon that is going to used to wrap something
    • Always do your marinades or brines in a zip top bag
    • If a marinade has water and oil bases always add mustard
    • Mix marinades in a ball jar
    • Partially freeze any meat you want to grind or slice
    • Steam your hard boiled eggs instead of boiling them (Alton Brown Hack)
    • Grill fruit
    • Use water from re-hydrated veggies
    • Salted Steaks and Salted Squash (how to make zoodles)
    • Salt aging steaks (Alton Brow Hack)
    • Defrost meat on cast iron cookware – yes it works
    • Use cast iron to start or finish sear food on the grill
    • Soak skewers in a water bottle (Another Alton Brown Hack)
    • Cook chicken bones/cores in a strainer (I love this pot and strainer from Ikea)
    • Put a lemon in chicken stock
    • The above also makes a great steamer
    • Cook in the oven with a cooling rack and a baking pan
    • Finally, do put some thought into presentation
  • In the end just try stuff, it will often work out

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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Nine Mile Farm to be Featured in a Great Documentary

Guys and Gals last year Justin Rhodes approached me about supporting a kick starter to travel the entire country and document regenerative agricultural practices and permaculture in tons of different properties in every climate in our nation.

Of course I said yes, and I also agreed to have him come to our farm and document our operation.  You can see the video he did about that here.

Thing is he ended up with so much footage it was a challenge paring it down into a single documentary, but he did it and we made the cut.  So he reached out to me about letting you guys know about a free watch party for this documentary, here are the details from Justin himself.

Justin Rhodes here.

You know… the guy that traveled All of America last year to find and showcase the Greatest Farms.

I’m happy to say Jack’s profitable duck operation was so cool it will actually be featured in the documentary.

You can see Jack’s farm (and many others) in the documentary for free for a limited time, April 14th – 16th, HERE: http://bit.ly/JackGAFT

Watch the adventures of my Family:

  • Turn an old school bus into a fabulous home on wheels.
  • Close down their farm (including ALL their animals).
  • Explore the Greatest Farms in ALL 50 states (Alaska and Hawaii too 🙂
  • Meet regular folks who are doing extraordinary things.
  • Overcome several bus breakdowns
  • Uncover the unimaginable beauty of farms and natural landscapes
  • Laugh along with the unique humor from their children and their hosts.
  • Discover THE Greatest Farm in America (the answer might surprise you 😉
  • Premiere Planned to Begin APRIL 14th, 2018

Register to watch the Documentary for FREE (limited time): http://bit.ly/JackGAFT

Episode-2189- Listener Feedback for 3-26-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on neighbors, indoor gardening, nitrogen fixing plants, homesteading, automation, lawns 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…

  • A message from Nick Ferguson on his Consulting Tour
  • Dealing with conflicts about property use with neighbors
  • Growing food indoors for an apartment dweller
  • Choosing nitrogen fixers for a permaculture system
  • Is there a “homesteading bible”, if not where do you go for info
  • What to plant in a lawn beyond just “grass”
  • The scanning robots are coming
  • A preparedness success story
  • How we managed our egg inventory when the duck egg business

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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Walkerswood Traditional Jamaican Jerk 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 item of the day is Walkerswood Traditional Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, I prefer the Hot and Spicy but you can also get it in Mild or in a Pack with One Each.  I like heat, but I don’t like mental crazy heat and to me anyway, the hot and spicy is fairly mild.

This is another one of my “cooking cheat codes” building on Friday’s review of Doenjang Paste.  I have always loved Jamaican food, especially the star of the show, jerk chicken.  So long ago I taught myself to make it from scratch.  When I met my former business partner and fellow foodie Neil Franklin, he told me about this stuff, and said, “just try it mate, you’ll never do it from scratch again“.

Neil was spot on, and a look at the ingredients shows you why, no junk and the core of solid jerk seasoning, scallions, scotch bonnet peppers, salt, black pepper, all spice, nutmeg, citric acid, cane sugar, thyme leaves.

Not far off what I used to make from scratch.  And a hell of a lot easier and faster!

It is so easy to use, rub it all over chicken, put chicken in a zip top bag and let it sit over night in the fridge.  You can then bake at 350 till done, kick the broiler on and crisp the skin.  Oh and save that juice, add that to a bit of rice and it is hard to not eat until you think you are going to explode.

My favorite way to use it though is grilled, low and slow over indirect heat.  If you want the juice put a drip pan under it, then give the drippings a quick simmer over direct heat to be safe.  And guess what I just found out, you can buy pimiento wood chips.  In Jamaica real jerk chicken is cooked over pimento wood.  So just make up a foil pouch of chips and poke some holes in it and bring that final bit of flavor to the party.

So that is main reason why this stuff exists, making jerk chicken and if that was all it did, it would be enough.  Remember though, this is a Spirko cheat code, so you know I have more to add.  Rub large shrimp with it, dust them with a bit of lime zest, bacon wrap and grill on skewers.  The shrimp, the bacon grease, the lime, the jerk, yes it is all very, very good.  Make a sauce from rum with pineapple for these and you may think you died and went food heaven.

Spirko Hack – When bacon wrapping shrimp it is hard to get bacon crisp without over cooking the shrimp.  Step one, par cook the bacon, to where it renders about 1/3rd of the fat but will still wrap easily.  Step two, put a cast iron skillet on the grill or a side burner, put each skewer on the cast iron for 15-20 seconds per side at finish.

How about jerked baby back ribs, really easy ones that are almost no work!  Rub your ribs well and marinate over night.  Sacrifice a beer into your pressure cooker, put in steaming rack, then add ribs, pressure cook for 40-50 minutes.  Take out ribs and make a base from the stuff in the bottom of the cooker 50-50 with your favorite BBQ sauce.  To do this simmer it to reduce by half and blend in about the same amount of BBQ sauce, after the reduction.  Baste top of ribs and finish on grill or under broiler.  Save some of the baste for dipping.  Just cook long enough to dry out the baste and firm up the ribs, about 10-15 minutes.

Jamaican meat balls, there is no such thing.  Oh but there can be!  Finely chop one 12-16 ounce pack of bacon (oh you thought I was just going to mix this and hamburger didn’t you?), now add one pound of ground beef and one pound of pork and the bacon to a bowl.  Chop up a bunch of green onions and a few cloves of garlic.  Use about 1-2 tablespoons of Walkerswood seasoning, I do this by eye.  Add one egg and half a cup of panko bread crumbs to bind.

Mix well and this is important, let it sit for an hour at least, over night is better.  Bake in a 400-425 degree oven until done.  I like to bake them on a rack so the drippings fall away and they crisp a bit with the convection roast setting, save those drippings though, use foil for easy cleaning.  Why does it have to sit before cooking, those wonderful panko crumbs suck up all that seasoning and hold onto it, that is why.

Frankly you can jerk up just about any meat and even some veggies with this stuff, so give Walkerswood Hot and Spicy, Mild or Variety Pack a try today.  It doesn’t just make great chicken, it makes great everything.

One last hack you say?  Okay, next time you are hungry for burgers, mix some into your meat.  Also coat one side of some bacon with it, grill your burgers and bacon, also slice an apple into about 1/4 inch slices, (trust me), grill the apple till just done and grill some chili peppers, seeded jalapeno is good.  Now assemble the burger with peppers and apple where say lettuce and tomato would normally go.  Of course cheese is optional but highly encouraged on this, pepper jack is my preference.  Toast your bun of course with a brushing of garlic butter.  So now you are hungry right?  So you know what to do, get some Walkerswood Today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – It seems that this seasoning and chicken thighs will be featured on a new episode of Biltong for Breakfast soon, something about a salad with jerk chicken or something like that!

P.S.S.  – The mild version is the exact same ingredients, just less scotch bonnet peppers.