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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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.

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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…

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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

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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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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…

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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

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Episode-2188- Expert Council Q&A for 3-23-18

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 cars, pond building, investing, law enforcement, fruit trees, cryptocurrency, cooking, rifles, aquaponics 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…

  • The care and maintenance of today’s VW TDIs – Charles Sanville
  • Choosing a pond site – Geoff Lawton
  • Investing in crypto inside a retirement account – John Pugliano
  • Thoughts on a rating system for local PDs – Dan Ohman
  • Troubleshooting Asian pear trees – Nick Ferguson
  • Understanding proof of stake – Ben Fitts
  • The skinny on sous vide cooking – Chef Keith
  • Building an AR-10 – Guest Appearance by JR Haley
  • Maintenance and care of flow though wicking beds – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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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Sempio Doenjang – Fermented Soybean Paste – 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 the Sempio Doenjang – Fermented Soybean Paste.  Doenjang along with some other stuff like Gochujang, Curry Pastes, etc. makes up a group of stuff I call my “cooking cheat codes”, hey that sounds like it should be a show some day.

In any event what I mean by cheat codes is sure you can use them in the classic dishes they are intended for, and I do.  However, where they come into a world all their own is in incorporating them into places you’d not expect to find them.

Here is an example, many times when making up a basting sauce to finish things on the grill with, especially chicken and pork, I will include this stuff.  A couple three teaspoons depending on how much I am making.  Make up a baste for instance with your favorite BBQ sauce, some soy, some beer, some copped chilopolte in adobo (another cheat code), a splash of really top shelf fish sauce (another cheat code) and enough Doenjang to thicken it.

Baste this onto any chicken or pork dish where you want a bit of “heat and sweet” and it will just blow your mind.  If no one told you what was in there unless you’d had it before you could never put your finger on it.  It adds depth and that funky umami flavor that is just awesome with a bit of heat and sweet along side it. When I made this to baste pork for Biltong for Breakfast, my buddy David kept eating it like fricken salsa on corn chips!  Okay I will admit it, I did too.

Here is another use, I have been told tilapia are bland fish, oh really?  Clean the tilapia head on and just gutted.  Get them very dried off, cut a few slits in the skin on both sides.   Now take Doenjang and Gochujang in about equal amounts and mix them together.  Chop up about one clove of garlic and an equal size piece of ginger very fine, or you can use garlic ginger paste (another cheat code) and mix it into the paste.

Now this is the critical part, if you slather this paste on as it, it will BURN and that in the words of Alton Brown, “is not good eats”.  Using a high temp cooking oil like peanut oil or similar, drizzle it onto the paste and mix until you end up with a “thick oil” something that is paste like but thin enough to just pour.

Rub the outside and inside of the fish with this oil/paste, really work it into the slits in the skin, into the flesh.  Slice up a few stems of green onion and ginger like big match stick size and put them in the fishes belly.  Add some kefir lime leaf or lime zest inside the belly too.  Keep the coating on the outer skin light, go heavy again in the slits and in the body cavity.

Grill these fish over high heat until just done and skin is crisp, translation don’t close your grill down, or you will over cook your fish.  Enjoy and DO NOT discard that skin, it is the best part.  And if you think this fish is “bland” you need a tongue transplant or something.

You can also pan fry these fish in enough oil to cover about 50% of their thickness, if you do that the tail is so crisp it is like a delicacy with all that flavor.

I have also used this alone and mixed with other pastes to rub down red meat (beef and venison) and let it sit in the fridge at least 24 hours.  Wipe off the excess and add some S&P and just grill.  It can be that simple, the fermented components help tenderize the meat and that unique flavor finds its way in.  Again wipe off the excess, if you apply heat to a layer of this paste it quickly burns, so does Gochujang.

So give this stuff a try, you will find yourself mixing it into marinades, bastes and doing all kinds of stuff with it, hmm, I wonder what it would do on a Sous Vide steak?  I am not sure, but I am gonna find out!

On my brand of choice, I have tried many and Sempio Doenjang – Fermented Soybean Paste is simply the best I have found.  First it is supposed to be “fermented soy bean paste” and crazy as it sounds that pretty much means just soy and salt and some starter.  Well here is the full list of ingredients for Sempio Doenjang, (soybean, salt, distilled alcohol, water, koji starter).  Next notice the ingredient is “soybean” not “soybean powder”.

The big thing is there is no wheat, other grains, MSG, etc.  Every other version I have check out is full of wheat and other ingredients with no business being in this stuff.  In Korea this stuff is made by many still in their homes, they just add some koji, salt and water to soybeans and ferment it.  They don’t use soy powder, it is supposed to be chunky.  I feel Sempio is closest thing to Korean House Wife Made Doenjang you are going to find for sale in the US.

It is important to me that we are actually talking about FERMENTED soybeans here.  I am personally not a huge fan of soy from a health aspect, way to high in phyto estrogen, however all things in moderation.  A two pound tub of this stuff will last for months on end, it is used to flavor things not to be eaten on a spoon and a little goes a long way, so don’t worry it won’t turn you into a soy boy or anything like that.

Anyway give Sempio Doenjang – Fermented Soybean Paste and I think you will be adding it permanently to your list of cooking cheat codes.

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

Episode-2187- Listener Calls for 3-22-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on beer, permaculture, ducks, cover crops, boats, LEOs and concealed carry, chickens, 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…

  • Why cans over bottles for beverages
  • Planting buckwheat in your systems
  • Keep duck brooders dry, it is actually easy
  • Moving to a new state without support or finding support
  • Making choices on “cover crops” for pasture improvement
  • Choosing a trolling motor for a small boat
  • Concealed carry and LEO encounters
  • Is it safe to feed crepe myrtle seeds to chickens
  • Getting read to move to the country
  • Thoughts on how much you should have before investing money

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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