JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food and storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. This week the focus is on Can Sealers. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables

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Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present

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Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Sheds, 3rd Edition: Design & Build a Shed: – Complete Plans – Step-by-Step How-To (Black & Decker Complete Guide)

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Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation, by Candace Owens


John Hus – A Journey of No Return. (On DVD and also available for free streaming to those with Amazon Prime.)

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Krav Maga: Krav Defense System Basic Techniques – White/Yellow Belt Level by Vincenzo Quici & Jonathan Dejace

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Matt Risinger: VAULT Room on the CHEAP!  (The portion of the walk-through showing the vault room starts at 12:25.)

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Reader Tim J. liked this:  Butcher Day (at Off Grid Cabin Alaska.)  “Today we are fortunate to be able to process our own meat while ensuring nothing goes to waste.”

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Another from Tim: Nutria – Catching Delicious Swamp Rats. Mousetrap Monday. “In this video we use a live catch humane Havahart trap to catch a non-native invasive species from South America.”

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Some advice on hard copy homeschooling curriculum: We Don’t Send Our Kids To School!!

Web Sites/Pages:

Ultimate Reloader

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Building an AR-15 Under 5 Pounds (Including Optic)

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Top 50 DIY Websites

Gear & Grub:

All American Senior Flywheel Can Sealer (for #10 cans). To clarify:  Here is a video of one in operation, with a smaller can.

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Larabar Gluten Free Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, 1.6 oz Bars (16 Count)

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Grey Ghost Gear UGF Battle Belt with Padded Inner, Multicam, Large

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JanSport City View Backpack -15-inch Laptop School Pack, Muted Green

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Mato & Hash Military Shemagh Tactical 100% Cotton Scarf Head Wrap – Olive Drab

Make a Suggestion

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  1. Serious question on the canner, what is the advantage of using a metal can over normal glass jars?

    IIRC Industrial canners use greater heat and pressure, which is how they can things like bread and pumpkin purée. This appears to just be putting things in metal cans?

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