SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods – a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL ”. Today’s focus is on Food Prep.
Food Prep and Storage
Reader T.J. sent in the link to this Canadian Prepper’s video  on using the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer to produce long-term food that you can use as currency in SHTF. We’ve reviewed their machine before, and we have an update coming out next week on the long-term use of this machine. When you consider how expensive commercially-made freeze dried food is and the fact that you have to eat what they make rather than what you like, this machine makes a lot of sense.
Yes, it’s a big up-front cost (between $3000 and $4000), so it has to be considered a major appliance, but you can recover that cost in less than a year if you regularly use it. My favorite part is the low-sodium foods that we produce. I also have to say that Mrs. Latimer is a much better cook than any of the major freeze dried food producers.
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We just call it meatloaf, but reader H.L. sent in this article on Canning Amish Poor Man’s Steak . While meatloaf is a tasty way to extend the meat in a meal, I’ve never actually canned it. So, this may be an interesting article to follow. If any readers currently do this, I’d like to hear about it. If you try it following this article, I’d also like to hear about it.
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While we may just be planting and seeing the first tender shoots here on the Latimer homestead, reader Ken is already harvesting. You might like to check out his blog Garden for Your Life  and see his article on dehydrating potatoes fresh from the garden.
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Reader K.W. sent in the link to this article on identifying the common breeds of dairy cattle . If you are considering getting a cow, this article gives a good overview of the different breeds and their characteristics to help you make a good choice for your particular needs. Even though we don’t have milk cows on our homestead, I found it to be an interesting read. There are lots of dairies in the area, and it’s good to know what the different breeds produce. It also brings back childhood memories. Buried deep in the article is this statement: “Jersey bulls are smaller than other breeds but extremely muscular. Jersey bulls are the least docile of all common breeds of cattle.” Yep. I can attest to that. Running from my friend’s Jersey bull was a great source of extreme terror and entertainment.
JWR was a guest on the X22Report Spotlight podcast. If you have about 40 minutes, you should listen to this one. We Are Going To See A Huge Crisis That Will Bring Down Currencies & Governments . Despite what the government tells you, our economy is in deep trouble. The only way out of the crushing debt is to destroy the economy with inflation.
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Reader DSV sent in the link to this article on how Civil Asset Forfeiture is just another stealth tax . Note that the government only has one source of real income– tax. Of course, if it develops other sources of income, they can do an end-run around the legislative action required to increase that income. No one complains when they steal assets of a criminal. But what about when they infer a person is a criminal without proving it? Civil asset forfeiture allows them to generate income while still being nothing but a consumer.
The Daily Caller ran an article on an organization called “Crowds on Demand. ” Are you wanting to stage a protest but not sure that you can organize a crowd to underscore your point? No problem! They’ve got you covered. You can rent “fake” protesters to legitimize your cause. Your budget is the only restriction on how large a crowd you can source.
Fun Winter Project
Reader W.W. sent in a link to a neat project for those cold, snowy winter days, when you have nothing else to do: DIY Cardboard MP5 that shoots paper bullets . Rumor has it that the author is awaiting his determination letter from the BATF (Bureau of Action Tested Fun). Apparently the hold up is that the paper bullets can be considered armor piercing when dealing with single layer notebook paper armor and have been rolled with a high density core. Double layer armor can alleviate the issue.