JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on jerky and biltong. (See both the Books section and the Gear and Grub section.)

Books (Jerky and Biltong):

Make your own biltong and droewors

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Jerky Everything: Foolproof and Flavorful Recipes for Beef, Pork, Poultry, Game, Fish, Fruit, and Even Vegetables (Countryman Know How)

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Long Range Precision Rifle. Note: Sadly, Paladin Press went out of business last year, so these books are getting scarce.

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Blog reader E.E. suggested this: The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence, by Gavin de Becker.

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I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage! Updated and Expanded Version



Nicky’s Family. An inspiring documentary about a young Englishman who saved hundreds of Jewish children from death in The Holocaust. Available on DVD. Also available for free streaming for anyone with an Amazon Prime membership.

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The Devil’s Arithmetic. Available on DVD. Also available for free streaming for anyone with an Amazon Prime membership.

Vlogs and Instructional Videos:

Ken Hackathorn: The Origins of IPSC, IDPA & 3 Gun

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The Daily Shooter: July 1st “Assault Weapon” Registration Deadline! California. JWR’s Comment: This new law is just one more reason for gun owners to leave California. Rather than continuing to jump through the Kommiefornia DOJ’s flame-filled hoops, please prayerfully consider moving to a gun friendly State, soon!

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IV8888: How to make your own Dummy Rounds


Gear and Grub (Jerky and Biltong):

PS Seasoning & Spices Jerky Kit – Variety Pack

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Western’s Smokehouse Assorted Meat Stick Pork and Beef Jerky Variety Pack Grab and Go Snacks – Proudly Made in the USA – Assortment of 10 Flavors, Pack of 40

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Stryve Gourmet Beef Biltong, Teriyaki, 2.25 Ounce (Pack of 4)

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Komax Biokips Large (11.5L) Fresh Grain Dry Food Plastic Storage Container With Locking Lid & Measuring Scoop (1 cup) For Rice, Flour & Pet Food BPA FREE

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Bucket Kit, Eight White 2 Gallon Buckets with White Gamma Seal Lids

Make a Suggestion

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  1. The Gift of Fear.

    Excellent book…if read in the proper context. It’s part sales pitch for the author’s business which I don’t begrudge and it’s also (a little) part Hollywood sensationalism because some of the author’s client’s are ‘high profile’. It’s got a couple of gratuitous anti gun statements which I called out in a note to the author which I know he got. The author is clearly a self-centered know it all jerk but get over it fast because the info is top notch.

    +TL;DR: Do read the book because the other two thirds teaches us to trust that gut because, the best thing about this work is that it shows where that gut ‘instinct’ or ‘intuition’ actually comes from. Not where it comes from anthropologically but how your brain captures, analyses, and reports data to your conscious thoughts. Not how you brain does this scientifically but it’s from a very usable self-defense perspective.

    I still refer to this book in my mind when something doesn’t sit right with me. It helps to walk back what it actually was that you heard, saw, or smelled that got sent to your ‘spidey sense’. If you take the lessons well you can even use some of the info while assessing a room upon entry. He doesn’t discuss this specifically but it really helped me to understand why we fear and need to be the most guarded in ‘transition zones’. ( If you carry and don’t know what a transition zone is, you’re doing it wrong!!!)

    I found the story of the rape victim to be immensely instructive. All I’ll say is, I don’t want to spoil it, she did get raped but she managed to save her own life afterwards. She could have avoided it all if she had just listened to what her sub-conscience reported to her conscious awareness. Excellent!

    1. I too have read this book (over a decade ago) and found it immensely valuable. Sounds stupid, but the book gave me what I needed to say no to some questionable situations. I listen to that little voice and say no, which the author explains is something my subconcious has noticed but has not yet reached a point that I can articulate.

      1. Not stupid! Good point. After I hit enter on my little review above that same thing occurred to me, which I had left out, probably because I’m male and dangerous men approach us differently than women.

        It gives us “permission” to act on our intuition. If something ain’t right, leave, get to a public area, or say no VERY FORCEFULLY and don’t back down or think; ‘well, it’s probably ok’.

        Oh and, carry a gun, duh. Which is part of what bugged me about his anti-gun statements; he makes money form folks who can’t or won’t go armed. But in the end it’s just another advert for carry, heh!

  2. Everyone should see Nicky’s Family. Such a moving picture that show’s how one man’s action saved so many lives. The Holocaust caused so many deaths, but some stood and helped those who couldn’t help themselves. Excellent movie.

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