Monthly Archives: April 2018

Episode-2208- Listener Feedback for 4-30-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on Korea, waste, bacon, fake news, the first amendment, mead, cider, cover crops 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…

  • What is most likely to occur on the Korean peninsula
  • Dealing with caucuses and bones on the homestead
  • Uses for extra bacon grease
  • Drew Cloud is an independent journalist, that doesn’t exist #fakenews
  • What if we didn’t have the first amendment
  • Three quick questions about mead making
  • On small batch ciders, the good and the bad
  • Designing a cover crop – why you don’t need my recipe

Resources for today’s show…

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SweetDrops Liquid Stevia – Item of the Day

steviaEvery 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 SweetDrops Liquid Stevia and I recommend the 4oz bottle because it lasts a hell of a lot longer, though you can get it in a 2oz bottle or go the other way and get a twin pack of 4oz bottles.  This is one of those cases though were the more you buy the better the price.

I took a bit of time to come to love stevia, it is sweet, but no it doesn’t taste exactly like sugar.  It does taste a lot better than every single other calorie free sweetener I have ever tried including sucralose.  What I learned worked was to use just one drop say in tea, taste it, then add one more, until I found my perfect amount for a given cup.  After about a week of using it, you realize it doesn’t taste that different from sugar after all.

The deal is your body is highly tuned to sugar, it knows exactly what it is supposed to taste like, one reason those of us who grew up in the 70s know those of you who are younger have no idea what Coke is supposed to taste like!  Corn sugar is not cane sugar!

It is kind of the same with Stevia, it just takes some getting used to.  Once you do though you may very well prefer it to sugar.  The liquid alone means you can sweeten cold drinks and it will actually dissolve.  I use this all the time in my morning tea and in our amazing low carb strawberry limeade.

If you are looking for stevia on Amazon, SweetDrops Liquid Stevia is your best option.  It is on prime, a 4oz bottle is only about 20 bucks with free shipping, I paid 8 bucks for a one ounce bottle at a store recently because we needed it.  I have tried other vendors on Amazon, with poor shipping times and damaged and returned by the shipper orders due to shitty packaging.  While it may seem expensive I drink 8-10 cups of tea most days and a bottle lasts me about 3 months.

If you check SweetDrops Liquid Stevia has 561 reviews and 4.5 stars and if you actually read the one star reviews it will hurt your faith in humanity!  Seriously.  My favorite negative review is, “I don’t like this one either”. sigh.

The only valid criticism is that the dropper is a bit short so you end up with some at the bottom that is hard to get out.  This is a non issue to me, when I get close to running out, I simply order more.  Then, when it gets difficult to get the last bit out, I open the new bottle and use it about two weeks, by then you have some head space and just pour what is left in the old bottle into the new one.  Also frankly if you tilt the fricken bottle, you can get most of it out easily.  Again some negative reviews on Amazon make my faith in humanity fall further than it already is.

In the end guys being serious, excess sugar consumption is the number one cause of lifestyle disease in the modern world.  Yes this site is The Survival Podcast, and man this is a survival topic, getting off sugar could save your life.

Here is a simple low end break down, say you drink 4 cups of coffee or tea a day, with one tsp of sugar per cup, and 4 “soft drinks” or similar at 12 ounces each a day.  We will go low and say those have about 2 tsp of sugar per drink.  Well that is 12 tsp a day, 84 tsp a week.  That is almost 310 carbohydrates a week, in pure sugar form, jacking up your insulin resistance.

From a purely caloric standpoint, that is 1344 calories, if you are on a 1500-2000 calorie a day level, well that is almost an extra day of eating per week, 52 times a year.  And this is if sugar is your only vice and you only consume it in drinks!  And here we are talking self sweetened ones, look at what happens with say 4 cokes a day.

We toss out the tea, one coke has 39 carbs, x 4 is 156 x 7 = 1092 grams of carbs a week!  Cut that in half down to two a day, you are now at 546 carbs a week.  Can you even begin to know what that does to insulin resistance.  Calorically 2 cokes a day is almost 2000 calories a week!  If we go back to 4 a day, 8000 that adds up to four full days of eating to every week.  With no nutrition at all.

If you are thinking, but I don’t do that, what about your kids?  Kids seem to be able to eat this crap, and they can but if they do by adulthood they are addicts, and that amazing insulin resistance always goes away in the end.  Just something to think about.

Why not give SweetDrops Liquid Stevia a shot in your coffee or tea.  Try whipping up some of my special morning tea blend or my amazing strawberry limeade.  Trust me folks kids love the limeade, so do big kids.  Sugar isn’t evil but read a label it is in almost everything any more.  All it is doing now is creating lifelong customers for the medical industry and drug companies.  Take your health back and this is just one simple way to start doing that!

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

Episode-75- TSP Rewind – The Practical and Holistic Approach to Food Storage

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1494- The Practical and Holistic Approach to Food Storage and was first published on January 7th, 2015.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Confit - An Amazing Food that also Extends Storage Life.

Confit – An Amazing Food that also Extends Storage Life.

Today is a show about one of the fundamentals of modern survival philosophy, food storage.   Food storage is actually something that at one time was simply something everyone did.  Every home in America at one time seemed to have a root cellar full of canned goods.

Today though food storage and the concept of survivalism or prepping is sensationalized and largely misunderstood.  Many tend to hear survivalist and at once envision a guy sitting on a ten year supply of military rations in a basement or bunker somewhere.  This image is hyped by media who simply wish to sell a story and worse is made up of journalists that live in a bubble of  “the government will fix our problems”.  The reality is that the bunker approach of military rations is both inaccurate and impractical.

To worsen matters as preparedness has become more of a hot industry long term food has become a product marketed largely on fear vs. on the practical benefits it offers.  The reality is food storage doesn’t even require specially packaged 25 year stable products, though they can be useful in your food storage program.  The simple truth is that a simple 60-90 day supply of food in your home can help the average family deal with every day occurrences and most disasters they might ever expect to encounter.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why storing food is practical even if society never collapses
  • Rule One – Eat what you store, store what you eat
    • Keep a food journal
    • Use “copy caning”
    • Think with a “meal mentality”
    • Store what “the kids” eat
    • Store pet food as well
  • Rule Two – Take advantage of opportunity buys
    • Watch for sales
    • Use coupons
    • Pattern seasonal trends
    • Understand
  • Rule Three – Find local sources of food and partake of them
    • Buy from local producers
    • Learn about local seasonal opportunities
    • Yes hunting and fishing (leveraged with rule five)
    • Learn local wild edibles (there is always something)
  • Rule Four – Use commercially prepared long term storables as extenders
    • Find “meal ingredients” and store those
    • Buy a can of this, a can of that, try stuff, stock what you like
    • Learn about making “meals in a jar”
    • Don’t go overboard on this stuff
  • Rule Five – Become a producer of food and/or storables
    • Gardens are great, perennials are even better
    • Small livestock is a great option
    • Consider aquaponics, hydroponics and things like microgreens
    • Learn multiple storage techniques
      • Flash freezing
      • Dehydrating
      • Jerky/Biltong
      • Canning
      • Smoking
      • Confit
      • Dry canning (I do it with jars and the vaccucanner)
    • Producing storables from other foods is your silver bullet
    • Become a great cook, stretch what others consider waste
    • Where “rice and beans” fits in this mix
  • Rule Six –  Seek a Holistic Solution
    • None of these rules stand alone
    • A formula is always more than the sum of its parts
    • Take your time, ease into this as a “way of living”
  • How storing food empowers you to live a better life

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-74- TSP Rewind – The Pistol Caliber Carbine in Survival Planning

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-46- The Pistol Caliber Carbine in Survival Planning and was first published on Sept. 23rd, 2008.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today we discuss a variety of concepts around “pistol caliber carbines” with an over view of various options and models from several manufacturers.  Tune in today to hear…

  • What makes a “carbine” a carbine vs. a rifle
  • The advantage of light weight
  • The advantage of inexpensive practice afforded by pistol calibers
  • The lesson of “the man that carries only one gun”
  • Practicing and striving for excellence
  • The ease of learning to shoot a pistol caliber carbine well
  • The advantage of a “lighter report” from pistol caliber carbines
  • The advantage of small, lighter ammo
  • Thoughts on the Marlin 1894
  • Thoughts on the Hi-Point 995 and 4095
  • Thoughts on the Kel-Tec Sub-2000
  • The Ruger Deefield Carbine
  • The amazing NEF Handi Rifle (not a true carbine but many of the same advantages)
  • Thoughts on calibers including 9 mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, 45 Colt, 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum and more
  • 40 S&W plus carbine length barrel yields 10mm pistol balastics
  • A special very quite load for 44 magnum carbines

Links and Resources for Today’s Show

My Special 44 Special Load for Quiet Carbine Use

This is a 44 Special Load from an older Lee Manual.  Do NOT reduce any further!

300 Grain Lead Bullet
Standard Large Pistol Primer
9.8-11.5 grains of H4227

I settled on an even 10 Grains of Powder.  In a 20 Inch barreled 1894 Marlin 44 Magnum it is quieter then most Break Barrel Pellet guns and will penetrate 7 inches of solid pressure treated lumber at 25 yards and is accurate to about 50 yards before the low velocity takes over and drop becomes extreme.

Similar loads should be possible for rounds like,

357 Mag – Try light 38 Spc Loads
45 Colt – Try Cowboy Action Loads to start out

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.

Episode-73- TSP Rewind – 15 Underrated Plants for the Homestead

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1568- 15 Underrated Plants for the Homestead and was first published on April 30, 2015.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

An Elder Planted From a Single Rooted Cutting in Its' Second Season. The Bamboo Stake is 6.5 Feet Tall!

An Elder Planted From a Single Rooted Cutting in Its’ Second Season. The Bamboo Stake is 6.5 Feet Tall!

Yesterday we had a fascinating discussion on the Facebook Regarians page about Mulberry, I know it is awesome, I am growing a lot of varieties but I didn’t realize how much it could really do.   In fact I considered just doing a show today called something like Magnificent Mulberries, because they do so much.  I simply realized though that I can’t take in enough on them this morning alone to do them justice, so that might come at a later date.

I mean if you just begin to look into the above linked discussion the sheer volume of data is insane.  So I decided instead simply to include it in a list of really useful but underrated plants by homesteaders and permaculturists.

What I tried to do with this list is be highly variable.  To provide things a person might grow for cattle or goats on a large scale but at the same time provide things that you might grow on a small lot.   Most not all but most of these you will have heard of before.  It isn’t that they are unknowing just that their full usefulness is largely unknown.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The marvelous mulberry
  • The elderberry, it is for more than just wine
  • Lemon balm, stop trying to grow citrus grow the flavor
  • Blackberry, so many uses, it will shock you
  • Medlar, what, med what, you will really like this one
  • Wild garlic, wild onion and garlic and onion chives
  • Lavender it is more then just something that smells nice
  • Jujube tough as nails, storable, highly sought by some
  • Roses wild varieties and old varieties
  • Native persimmon not just for people
  • Jute Mallow edible, naturalizes, asks almost nothing in return
  • Lambsquarters eat it when it is small, mulch it when it gets too big
  • Amaranth the seed is one yield the leaf is often a better one
  • Bee Balm you get tea, you get beneficial insects and it won’t die
  • Mints come one come all, from tea to candy, to salads to good adult beverages

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-72- TSP Rewind – Developing Survival Knowledge While Camping

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-426- Developing Survival Knowledge While Camping and was first published on April 24, 2012.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

My view on survival planning is that running out into the forest to hide if the shit hits the fan is generally a very bad move, well in most situations.  Today though we are going to look at camping in another light.  When you camp you deal with out a lot of the conveniences we tend to take for granted, families communicate better (sometimes by force) and opportunities for leaning and contingency plan development present themselves.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • New MSB Supporting Vendor CampingSurvival.com (MSB get 5% off all orders)
  • Camping to learn about survival vs. survival camping
  • Don’t go spend a lot of money right away
  • The basics
    • Good tents
    • Padding, air mattresses or cots
    • Lighting
    • Food – including some “healthy junk foods”
    • Insect repellent
    • A way to cook
    • First aid kit
    • Storage bins
  • Start out close to home with full amenities
  • Focus on self reliance with shelter, food, water
  • Get away from the crowds even in crowded areas
  • Move on to more remote camping once you have a system in place
  • Purchase animal, insect, plant, bird, etc field guides and use them
  • Make fishing part of your camping experiences
  • Require children to deal with discomfort within reason
  • Take time to work on skill development (crafts, navigation, etc)
  • Use the time for bonding, it may be part of family survival some day
  • The golden rule, have fun and learn

Additional 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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-71- TSP Rewind – How to Talk to Others About Prepping

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-887- How to Talk to Others About Prepping and was first published on April 24, 2012.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today’s show is going to be very cool.  I actually got feedback for it on Zello this morning during my drive in and I am going to play part of that feedback for you in the lead off portion of the show today.  Remember anyone with a Android phone, an iPhone or a Mac or PC with speakers and a mic can join us at Zello.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Using Zello itself to get people thinking about possible disasters
  • Real feedback on Zello about talking to others about prepping form other TSP members
  • Use existing interests
  • Don’t use language like “when X happen Y will be the result”, use could and might
  • Use low resistance events as examples
  • Ask questions like do you think and what would you do if
  • Use follow up questions like, how long do you think that would work
  • If “non reality TV” comes up explain the truth about it
  • Why informing others is so important at this time in history

Additional 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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-2207- Expert Council Q&A for 4-20-18

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 polycondritis, dams, PE ratios and investing, crypto currency,  pastured poultry, mead making, government schools 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…

  • Two perspectives on polycondritis – Doc Bones and Gary Collins
  • Of muskrats, their holes and dam walls – Geoff Lawton
  • Understanding PE ratios – John Pugliano
  • Talking to business owners about taking cryptocurrency – Nicole Sauce
  • How useful is tether in cryptocurrency trading – Ben Fitts
  • All about raising pastured poultry – Darby Simpson
  • Special occasion meads in a short period of time – Michael Jordan
  • How close are government schools to death, closer than you think – 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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Episode-2206- Listener Calls for 4-19-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on social media, cash only medicine, gray markets, the hunter gatherer economy, starting plants, cryptocurrency 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…

  • Is social media about to fractionalize and who will win or loose
  • Thoughts on cash only surgery facilities
  • Thoughts on selling “gray market” eggs
  • More on the uber economy
  • Another listener is getting his Ark side hustle on
  • When is it too late to start pepper seeds
  • Thoughts on using hot water to clean storage bottles
  • Another positive story of a concealed carry encounter with police

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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Some Updates from Jack

Travel Plans

First we have travel planned in June and we are going to be in need of a house sitter.  For this I would prefer someone from this community.  Total duration is about 11 days in June more specifics will be given to interested parties.

We have had folks do a “hand off” in the past, say one person do half the time and the other come spend one day with them to get briefed and do the other half.  We are paying 50 bucks a day for this and it is a lot like being on a free/paid vacation.  With the ducks gone there is may be 30 minutes of work a day and checking on the aquaponics system say twice a day.

There is no need to be here all day long and you can come and go as you please.  We do need the person to spend the nights here though as the old dog just doesn’t make it though the night any more with out needed a pee break.

In return you can hang out on our property, use our pool, our hot tub, internet, cable, etc.  In the past people who have done this have included home school families with their kids and we are fine with that.  Most people who have done this have really enjoyed it.  Interested parties should email me at jack @ thesurvivalpodcast dot com with TSPC House Sitter in the subject line.  Once I verify who you are more info and specific dates will be given.

Biltong for Breakfast

So we have really upped our game at BiltongForBreakfast.com.  We brought in our friend Hatch and invested in better audio gear.  Since then we have released two new episodes and the quality is really great.

It sure ain’t your daddy’s cooking show, lots of fun and banter between David and I and some really simple but elevated food.

The two new episodes are, Jerk Bird Salad and Snack Peppers and Cow Flesh – Part 1 of 2.  I also put my famous Acorn Squash Soup into a slide show video.

On top it it all we started something fun called the “Foraged Mary” and you guys can participate in that one.  Every Thursday I put out David and my Wednesday evening foraged Mary, and we will feature and photos from fans in that post who participated in any given week and provided a photo.

Here are our three latest videos and consider subscribing to us in any of the various ways we have available.  Its all free of course.

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A Call for Expert Council Questions

Do to travel next week to Tennessee Nicole Sauce’s awesome “Living Free in Tennessee” workshop there will be rewinds all week next week.  I will do an expert council show tomorrow but that will take me to dangerously low amounts of content even with a week off.

If you have always wanted to get a question into the experts, now is a great time, most of them have a clean slate (except for two on the pikers list, YOU KNOW who you are).  So check out the Meet the Expert Council Page to remind yourself of all the amazing people we have and get some questions sent in.  Remember to email them to jack at thesurvivalpodcast dot com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Farewell to Alice the Cat

Yesterday we had to make the always tough decision to have our little cat Alice put to sleep.  She was quite old an had and incredibly good life life, dare I say a spoiled existence.  She was likely the sweetest cat we have or ever will know.  Got along great with the dogs and never met a stranger she didn’t want to sit with.

She was certainly a “special kitty” in other ways, crossed eyed, 90% deaf and not exactly the sharpest tool in the drawer.    Due to all this she had to live most of her life as an inside cat.  But in her old age unable to get over a fence she got quite a bit of outside time in her final weeks and seemed to really enjoy it.

I buried her in our special spot for past pets, she now lays along side Blackie and Ralph.  Farewell Alice you will be missed, but your litter pan won’t be.

Thank You

Here at the end of these updates I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.  Today I walked around my property and did some pictures of my various aquaponics systems.  Even I am amazed at how things are going this year.  But this is just one of so many blessings that Dorothy and I have in our lives because of you guys.  To all of you who have supported me for the last almost 10 years on this insane journey, simply thank you, so very much.

~ Jack