Episode-532- Call In Friday 10-15-10 — 22 Comments

  1. So true about geographic awareness! Since a very young age (since he could talk) my son has shown an aptitude for this. He was always telling me I was going the wrong way when I took an alternate route in the car – now he knows all the alternate routes. My daughter (now about 4) is finally coming around.

  2. Similac is mostly sugar and corn syrup solids plus other bad stuff that you should not be feeding babies anyway. Here’s an article to read:

    It’s important to understand that the mainstream food supply is loaded with hidden toxins, GMOs, pesticides and on top of that the FDA that’s supposed to monitor it is corrupt so your best bet is to go with organic foods.

    Always look for the little green and white “USDA Organic” label on everything because the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ mean nothing and any food manufacturer can print that on the label.

    Also look for a PDF document online called the “Non-GMO Shopping Guide”. It details specific products, companies and brands to stay away from in order to avoid GMOs. They also list the recommended companies to utilize that are truly organic and will not have issues with their products.

  3. Viva la Friday. Have a great lunch.

    I just downloaded this episode for the drive out to my first DEER CAMP tonight! Would never have taken the step without your encouragement.

    My wife is even coming around. She is a vegetarian, but has stated in public that if I bag a deer, she will gladly enjoy some venison. Now I just hope I get a shot.

    Thanks for giving us a vision of what a better life can look like.

  4. The bike generator is a great idea. Gear ratio is indeed important. Alot of us have plenty of “fuel” to burn…lol. Great way to get in shape and recharge some batteries.

  5. I had the same problem with the Peter Pan recall– and then had it again during the Wal-Mart p.b. recall.. My kids like any and all peanut butter brands, but I have an issue with some brands too. Ask Dorothy to try (believe it or not) Kroger brand p.b. it’s very close to Peter Pan in flavor and texture.

    I’m one of those people who goes by landmarks.. turn left at the big tree, etc.. So my husband (who has an EXCELLENT sense of direction) is training me to drive differently. Fortunately, if I have a map, I’m absolutely fine. I don’t use GPS because I get distracted trying to figure out how to get it to play pac-man or something. ;

    On old canning supplies.. also check the jars for chips/cracks and don’t use them if they have any damage. Pressure canners with a seal may need a new seal if you have one of those. I just got my mom’s small pressure canner and the sealing ring is cracked and dry from age. I should be able to easily replace it and then I have another good canner.

    The last minutes of your show were very moving.. thank you!

  6. Hi,

    So, following from this show…

    Does this mean that the Berkey filter is the best and system for the money for long-term water consuption in my home? If I am looking to replace my Brita filter with something that will clean the water better that I will keep and use long-term, is Berky the way to go?

  7. @Jason,

    I my opinion absolutely. The Berkey will cost about 10% of the Brita per gallon and will filter many things a Brita lets pass through.

  8. Bike Generator- Don’t use a regular car alternator. They require 3-5 hp to run and produce 12v and a human can do 1/4 hp at best. A custom wound alternator or specially made unit for human power will serve you much better.

    Berkey- Brita is just a carbon filter for taste. Berkey is to purify water for human consumption. I got a gravity fed one but it is pretty big to fit in the fridge.

  9. There is a use for the canning lids, even the old ones, beyond canning! No need to throw them away. There are a LOT of dried herbs, seasoning, veggies, dried milk, etc. that store MUCH better vacuum packed in old jars. When I can a quart of green beans, for instance, or celery, carrots, onions, garlic, they are in liquid, and are very heavy. When I cook them, they are exactly, 1 to 1 ratio in measurements when cooked. If I dehydrate the veggies, garlic, fruit, etc, they give up the water, and shrink down to about 1/5th to 1/10th of their regular size. That’s about 5 jars of wet pack to 1 jar of dry pack. Old lids are great for this purpose. You can seal them with the Vacuum packers that have the jar lids, like the FoodSaver that I have. It saves a TON of space on the shelves, and doesn’t bother me a bit to put an oxygen absorber in there with the food. This actually, if stored in a dark cool space, should be better than cans! Also, if you have odd sized jars, with lids, they may be repacked by putting them inside the vacuum canisters provided with the sealers. Great way to recycle old jars. I wonder, can we dehydrate pickles????……LOL!

  10. “I wonder, can we dehydrate pickles????” Kathy, believe it or not, there is a way to dehydrate pickles to save on storage space. Try for Tammy’s “Pickles and Pickled Beets” video. She dehydrates cucumbers, beets, etc, then rehydrates them in her pickle juice. Happy preserving! (The harvest is still going on here in Northern CA. Our garden really produced in spite of this year’s weird weather!)

  11. Just a quick follow up on the weapon laws of Australia from another Aussie, just so you know how crazy things can get. It is (basically) illegal to own black powder weapons on any sort. You cannot own old muscats or any sort of ‘collector’ weapons unless the chamber is sealed or irreversibly blocked, welded or destroyed. Air rifles and bb guns are illegal… (i’ll just wait for you to pick your jaw up off the floor). Realistic replicas are illegal (without permit). Crossbows are illegal in some states without permit. Knives cannot be sold to anyone under 18 and some states you need to permit if over 18. Folding knives (i.e. swiss army knife)cannot be carried on the person in public as they are considered a concealed weapon (unless you are a qualified first aider, paramedic, etc…). Welcome to the police state of fear known as Australia! The water is starting to boil but we’re happy to sit it out.

  12. I wanted to respond to the person from Australia. If the law in your country permits you may wish to research the Lewis & Clark Air Rifle. In a time when repeating rifles was like science fiction, the exporers Lewis & Clark had a .50 cal 22 round Air Gun that could take large game.

  13. @Buddy look at the comment above (12),

    Right from the source no air rifles at all, no folding knives, no black powder. Folks if you let this happen in America, God I can’t even think about it!

  14. @Anne- I am glad you added this. I came to these show notes to basically add the same comment you did.

  15. Who was the survivalist broadcaster that died ? I am guessing Jim phillips of Pals clothing . I taped all his stuff ( well 32 of 33 anyway)and one day just nothing


    OMG , I had the same idea about prisions and having them provive their own power . Food as well with gardening.
    Played around reversing a treadmill motor to generate 12 volts but it is hard to walk it with the incline needed.

  16. Unfortunately, dry firing can damage a gun. I snapped my firing pin off from dry firing my .410 single shot. It was my first gun, so I took it to a gunsmith. He made me a stainless steel firing pin and said that it will now last forever. I also will dry fire a gun in the store, just because if the trigger pull sucks, I don’t want to buy it.

    My two cents.

  17. @Modern Survival 16: Over my cold dead body 😉

    Ok now some serious comments:

    @David 4: That’s what I was going to say. I loved this show but especially the last part about leaving a legacy. I also just listened to 534: Prep? Save Money? Enjoy Life? I am going to have to go back through that one since there were a lot of things to think about and do.

    @Dene 6: About the GPS, I have another reason not to use GPS. One can become too reliant on it and when it is not available (i.e. battery dead or it breaks), one needs the skills to navigate. I travel a lot, and while I sometimes use Google Maps to find directions, I also try to not use it for directions if I am not running late just to keep up my skills.

  18. @Luke – I totally agree. My husband and I used to be storm chasers in a former life (he still chases, but someone has to SURVIVE to raise the children….) so as the navigator, I became proficient at map reading and navigation. By biggest weakness (which I am working on) is having a more instinctive sense of direction.

  19. Some ancient wisdom on leaving a legacy:

    “Cattle die, Kindred die,
    Every man is mortal:
    But the good name never dies
    Of one who has done well”