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. Today’s focus is on roasting coffee beans at home.
Roasting Coffee Beans at Home
A consulting client asked me about coffee storage, in various forms. Unless you want to drink icky freeze dried coffee, then the three remaining options are: Storing ground roasted coffee, storing whole roasted coffee beans, and storing green coffee beans. These each have their drawbacks, but in terms of flavor, nothing beats freshly roasted coffee.
Rather than “re-invent the wheel”, I will defer to a great primer that was posted by The Art of Manliness site, a few years back. Here, they wisely did their roasting outdoors, using a gas grill and a steel popcorn popper with an agitator.
Coffee can indeed be frozen, with varying degrees of effect on flavor. You can freeze whole beans green, whole beans roasted, and ground roast. Most experts seem to agree that a fast freeze to a sub-zero temperature (“deep freeze”) is best. – JWR
HJL adds: I just use a dedicated cast iron skillet and a flat edged small metal spatula to roast my coffee. It takes a little skill to get an even roast this way, but that is quickly gained. The trick is to keep the beans moving in the skillet. If doing this over an open gas flame, I usually have to wear a leather work glove to protect the stirring hand from the heat. A great series of primers can be found at Sweet Maria’s
One thing to note when buying green coffee though is the political biases of many suppliers. Look at what the company openly supports on their website before you spend your hard earned money with them. Most companies do not stay neutral and lean hard left.
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President Trump’s Back-Stabbing
President Donald J. Trump (DJT) delivered multiple stabs to the back of his voting base this week: 1.) He asked Senator Feinstein to add her ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban to the planned omnibus School Safety Bill. 2.) He asked Congressman Steve Scalise to remove his National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill from the Toomey-Manchin ban on private party guns sales bill, 3.) He spoke in favor of a law that would deprive “suspected unstable” gun owners of their guns before due process, and 4.) He also said that if Congress did not enact legislaiton to ban bumpfire stocks (and presumably and fast-resetting or light triggers) that he would ban them himself — I assume with either an Executive Order or rulemaking from the Justice Department, through the BATFE.
Words cannot describe my level of disappointment with DJT! If he thinks that “compromise” with the Democrats is going to wing him Brownie Points or salvage the upcoming congressional mid-term elections, then he is horribly mistaken.
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How To Stop Gun Ban Laws
Adam Kraut has posted a great video primer about how to effectively contact your legislators. It is just seven minutes long, and well-worth watching. I really like his suggestion of putting your representatives’ office phone numbers in your cell phone, so that you can speed-dial them!
Snopes, Facebook Fact-Check Babylon Bee
I doubt that there is any christian who is unfamiliar with The Babylon Bee, a satirical news site that tends to poke fun at church issues. However, their recent venture into the news cycle, suggesting that CNN uses an industrial washing machine to “spin” the news resulted in a fact check warning from Snopes and subsequent “fake news” warnings from Facebook when people tried to share the humorous article. the left has no sense of humor. Thanks to D.B. for the link.
Community organizing is hard work. Getting people to show up at events, sign petitions and respond in an effective manner takes hours of preparation and the ground work has to be laid by people who are effective organizers. That’s why it was so surprising to see the Broward county high school students get people turned out for marches, have effective news media coverage of their message and raise money so quickly. Now the truth comes out though. For two weeks, the news media praised these kids on how natural their organizing abilities were.
Now we find out that the anti-gun teachers union, Wasserman-Schultz, the women’s march organizers and various Bloomberg groups all worked together to create a front, using the high school kids as the face to move their agenda. Once again, the main stream media shows how shameless they are on pushing fake news narratives. thanks to reader W.W. for the link.
South Africa Racist Parliament Votes to Seize Land
We could see this one coming for quite some time. the political winds have been moving in this direction and now it’s becoming a reality. the South African Parliament has voted to seize the land of white owners in a landslide voted. While the government insists that there will be no violence, you know that people are not going to just hand over the land that they have lived on for generations. Nor will those who do the confiscating simply kick the owners in the rear on their way out the door. There will be wide spread violence as the government enacts these racist policies. The only obstacle standing in the way of widespread slaughter is the countries constitution, which is expected to be amended to allow the atrocities.
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