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. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This week the focus is on storage food cookbooks. (See the Books section.)


Feasting on Food Storage: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking

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

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Here is a fairly scarce out-of-print book that is worth searching for: Marlene’s Magic with Food Storage. (Watch for reasonably-priced copies of this book this on eBay.)

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And here’s the updated edition of a classic book that I’ve often mentioned: The All New Cookin’ With Home Storage

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Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Papa Prepper: ICF Root Cellar Build

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Long-time reader “Rucksack Rob” wrote to mention a video with “the very best scrambled eggs in the world, and the recipe is 300 years old”: Buttered Eggs

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How to Install a Hidden Door/Bookshelf | Ask This Old House

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Couple Builds Custom DIY Overland Truck for Long Term Off-Road Travel. Their extendable solar panels are brilliant. Oh, and here is a link to their YouTube channel: Everlanders.

Online References:

Wire Antennas for Ham Radio. (A hat tip to Peter for the link.)

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Eight free portable machining online resources for the in-situ machinist

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Go Welding offers links to some free welding references


Steeleye Span – Electric Folk (BBC Four) 1974. (Pardon the poor audio quality of this television segment recording, but it is hard to find footage of any of this band’s live concerts from this time period.) And here they are in concert in 1989. Oh, and Maddy Prior’s voice was still going strong in 2018.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard full concert. Hubbard is a Texas legend. In this video, his tunes start at about the 3:20 mark. Warning: Some of his songs have bawdy lyrics.

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Mandolin Orange – “Missouri Borderland” (Joe Newberry Cover)

Gear & Grub:

Chippewa Men’s 9″ Waterproof Insulated Steel-Toe EH Logger Boot, Bay Apache,11 E US. Still American-made!

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Skog Å Kust BackSåk Waterproof Backpack | 35L Black

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Yes, these are water-tight, and the hardware is all stainless steel, so they are apropos for weapons caching: Supply Giant 3982 Flexible Pvc Pipe Cap with Stainless steel Clamps, 6″, Black

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Jackie’s Kitchen Pink Himalayan Salt Grinder, 4.5 Ounce. JWR’s Comment: A great price, considering the integral grinder packaging and free shipping.

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A prepper standby comfort food, in quantity: Nutella Hazelnut Spread Twin Pack 26.5 Oz. Jars, 2 ct.

Featured Antique Gun of the Week:

A scarce blued S&W New Model 3 SA .44 Russian with Factory Letter. Has a 6″ barrel. Chambered in .44 S&W Russian. Pinned full radius front sight with “V” notch rear sights. Two-piece black gutta percha grips, checkered with diamond and S&W monogram. Serial # 2967X. Comes with a Smith & Wesson archival letter dated January 10, 2013 and signed by S&W Factory Historian Roy G. Jinks. Letter documents the revolvers’ correct configuration and shipment to famed western gunsmith W.F. Sheard on August 3, 1896. CONDITION: Very fine overall with 40% original blue overall with the remainder in a pleasant gray patina. The cylider has gone gray. Bore is fine and bright with very light pitting. Action indexes perfectly and lock-up is tight. Trigger pull is excellent, and I suspect that it was tuned by W.F. Sheard. The original gutta percha grips are excellent, faded slightly to a deep chocolate brown. (EABK-256)  $2,395

Make a Suggestion

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  1. Earlier this week someone mentioned ordering seeds for next year’s garden. I personally recommend:
    Southern Seed Exchange https://www.southernexposure.com/ they have seeds that are suitable for the S.E as well as other parts of the US.
    Baker Creek Seeds https://www.rareseeds.com/ they have seeds from around the world and the US.
    And also Sand Hill Preservation Center https://www.sandhillpreservation.com/ not only do they have seeds that are proven from an earlier era before industry farming was all the rage, Glenn Drowns and his wife Linda also preserve rare poultry and water fowl that they sell as day olds. They are truly a homesteaders source for chickens and turkeys that were once very popular but because of factory farming have waned almost into extinction. They also have sweet potato slips over 200 different varieties many that do well in the North. Truly a rare and worth supporting gene bank.

    1. Great resources CD NorthGA! Our climate is probably very close to your own… We love Baker Seeds, and will check out the other two links and resources as well. Thank you, thank you!

  2. just an FYI Re: JWR’s latest book…
    I live 140 miles from the nearest Costco (who I’m boycotting due to their latest PC boycott of a cheese vendor who spoke out against the RevCom group BLM, so Tit-for-Tat Costco, I’ll be going to Sam’s Club for the foreseeable future!), however, I admittedly became a hypocrite and crossed my personal picket line to buy 5 copies of Jim’s book, however, since I live so far away and couldn’t actually get away to shop, I had a friend 2500 miles away in Tuscon, Az. go to his local store and get them for me and mail them via USPS Media Mail, (does that still count as crossing a picket line when the limited edition product is only available at one chain-store location? well… yes it does, but I digress.)
    The point is, these CHRISTmas gifts may be gifted early, likely before the election. I do however plan to purchase at least one copy if not more of the mass release volume on ‘Book-Bomb’ day and of course will pass that edition on to a deserving soul(s).

    The book is excellent. Highly recommended for beginner and old-hands alike.

    1. oops! meant to also add to the Buttered Eggs video…
      This recipe is definitely NOT low-cal (lots of butter and cream or 1/2 & 1/2).
      In the video, he cooks on a elevated stand over the coals but on our stove, I just pre-heat the pan to a medium temp and then lower the heat to a very-medium-low and continue to swirl/stir in the 1/2 cube of butter until done… EXCELLENT!
      (it can take around 8-9 minutes of constant stirring, but worth it.
      my ratio: 6 eggs, 1/2 cube butter, big splash of 1/2 & 1/2 = 2 large servings)

    2. Rucksack Rob! Really enjoyed your story… We will join you in the Costco protest. Our membership is still solidly in place, so not yet in a position to deny them a renewal, but we’re thinking about it seriously. Now we just need a good alt-source for purchasing JWR’s books!

  3. This title should be excellent…

    Live Not the Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher.

    The author was interviewed by Tucker Carlson, and the interview was outstanding.

    Go to YouTube.com and here’s the title for an easy search: Rod Dreher on Tucker Carlson – 9/28/2020


  4. Just came a cross an article about Euell Gibbons. I remember his fame from when I was just learning about real food.

    Here are a couple of his books, one in my current interest category: Euell Gibbons’ Handbook of Edible Wild Plants and Stalking the Good Life.

    Perhaps you have read one. Please report your opinion.

    Carry on

    1. I have (I believe) all 5 Euell Gibbons books. The information is excellent.
      Back in the 60’s and 70’s (yes, I’m that old…), his was one of the first reference books on wild edibles and the pen & ink drawings were what we had to settle on, but now, in this galaxy far, far away (the 21st century…lol), we have ten’s of dozens of wild edible / foraging books available with very accurate and close up color photos inside, plus online stuff is numbered in the tens of hundreds if not more.

      The Gibbons books in my library were/are well used and are marked and highlighted throughout and definitely hold a special place in my library but I rarely reference them initially anymore except to cross reference. There are too many other, more detailed books with the color plates available nowadays.

    2. Hey Marine, I can still never hear Euell Gobbons’ name without cracking a smile. He used to do that Grape Nuts commercial (“Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible”) back in the 60’s and Tim Conway did a spoof of it on the Carol Burnett show that was a major rib tickler. In the end, Tim was saying “Ever eat a picnic table, many parts are edible.” Then he broke a chunk off the (obviously styrofoam) table and started eating it. Oh man that was funny! Thanks for the reminder. Now if I can just remember some useful stuff!! 🙂

  5. HOSS TOOLS: Fabulous seeds with great germination rates, great hand tools, plus fast shipping, family owned, hands-on growers and a Thursday night show!

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