Harvest Right: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Part 1, by HJL

Harvest Right


Three years ago I reviewed Harvest Right’s Freeze Dryer (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). Since then, Harvest Right has updated their freeze dryer with many improvements and new features. SurvivalBlog felt is was time to re-visit this subject and update the review based upon these new and improved features. We’ll also include many of the operating tips that we have learned along the way. We’ve been running the new model of the freeze dryer (FD) for almost a year now, right along side the old model. It made the comparison very easy on the new features.

The Good

Harvest Right has obviously been responsive to their user base. They’ve listened to the issues, made improvements that the users have suggested, and incorporated many of their customer’s suggestions into the redesigned FD. The original model that … Continue reading

The Editors’ Preps for Week

Cheapskate Garden

To be prepared for a crisis, every prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We also welcome you to share your planned activities for increasing personal preparedness in the coming week. (Leave a Comment with your project details.) Let’s keep busy and be ready!  This week’s focus is on NOLO Bait.


Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,

This has been a very busy and hot week for us here in the American Redoubt.

A Camping Outing

We had a marvelous time with our friends camping during … Continue reading

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

Survivalist Odds 'n Sods - EMP

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”. Leading with a quote from Mike Rowe.


There is a growing disparity in job outlook in the U.S. right now. For years, our pseudo indoctrination camps education system has hammered home the concept that a college education is mandatory and in many cases is refusing to grant diplomas for those who have not enrolled in a college. But there is a whole sector of high paying blue-collar jobs that continue to go unfilled. Tucker Carlson recently interviewed Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame). The interview was focused on “emojis” but ended on his advice about today’s young people interviewing for a job. I absolutely love his advice:

Editors’ Quote of the Day:

Torah Scroll

“Balaam the son of Beor hath said,
and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
he hath said, which heard the words of God,
and knew the knowledge of the most High,
which saw the vision of the Almighty,
falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
I shall see him, but not now:
I shall behold him, but not nigh:
there shall come a Star out of Jacob,
and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel,
and shall smite the corners of Moab,
and destroy all the children of Sheth.
And Edom shall be a possession,
Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies;
and Israel shall do valiantly.
Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion,
and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.” – Numbers … Continue reading