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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, some advice on storing clarified butter.
Are Your Smart Phone Apps Tracking You?
Peter sent this from The Wall Street Journal: Homeland Security Watchdog to Probe Department’s Use of Phone Location Data
Patrice Lewis on the ‘Great Reset’
Our friend and fellow blogger Patrice Lewis recently penned this great essay: Here’s my game plan for the ‘Great (Dystopian) Reset’
Some Advice on Clarifying Butter
Reader T.R,. wrote to mention:
“Butter is a commodity that many of us consider essential. It has a long shelf life but as I have recently discovered how easy it is to clarify butter, you can make it last even much longer. The first several times I made clarified butter, also called ghee, I made it in the Instant Pot, a digital programmable multi-function pressure cooker; which is a very good appliance, but not the best for clarifying butter. Why do you want to do this? 1St, it improves the flavor, 2nd, it improves the shelf life. Let’s get started; what do you need? One pound of butter, salted or unsalted, a thermometer, and a saucepan and duh, a stove.
Set a very low heat for the saucepan with the butter in it until it melts. Turn up the heat until it just sneaks above 212F. It will appear to boil and eventually stop. The bottom of the pan will turn brown, stir it up for the sake of the pan. Let it boil until it comes to rest, which means the water has been removed. About that time, usually about 20 minutes turn off the heat and pour the liquid through a sieve to strain out the crumbly milk solids. One pound of butter will fill one pint jar. You can leave it on the shelf and use as is or put it in the refrigerator, but if you keep it in the refrigerator it will need to be set one the shelf overnight before it will be usable as it will be as hard as cheese.
Once you’ve done that several times you might want to experiment. Try heating up enough olive oil to saute garlic before you add the butter. As the butter melts add spices, such as oregano, thyme, caraway seeds and maybe cayenne. Suit yourself. You can also add more olive oil after it has been strained to make it softer. You can keep this on the shelf for a long time, but if green mold develops it means you did not cook out all the water, but all you have to do is to reheat it and keep it in the refrigerator.”
Solar Flare Warning & Northern Lights
Over at Suspicious Observers: Sun Fires at Earth, 1-2 Punch Coming, Superfamine — S.O. News Dec. 8.2020.
Northern Lights set to thrill US skywatchers (Thanks to C.B. for the link.)
Iran Says Scientist Was Killed Using Satellite-Controlled Gun
This article caught my eye: Iran Says Scientist Was Killed Using Satellite-Controlled Gun. JWR’s Comments: The article mentions “artificial intelligence”, but I think it was more likely full remote control. this device was downright surgical in its precision, in minimizing collateral damage. A drone strike with Hellfire missiles equally effective, but much more messy. It was clever how they had this weapon system self-destruct, to obfuscate its origin and exact design.
Victor Davis Hanson: The Scars of 2020
First up, reader Tim J. suggested this essay by Victor Davis Hanson: The Scars of 2020.
Iron Edison Introduces a New Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery
Iron Edison has introduce its 5th generation Lithium Iron Phosphate battery, called the RE-Volt. The RE-Volt Lithium Battery is lightweight. It can be mounted on a wall, and can be used as a direct replacement for lead-acid batteries. It has a 10-year warranty and is rated at a remarkable 6,000 cycles at an 80% depth of discharge.
Alcohol-Free Hand San is Equally Effective Against COVID
Reader C.B. spotted this: Alcohol-free hand sanitizer just as effective against COVID as alcohol-based versions.