Saturday, July 21, 2018

How to use the Ball Sure Tight™ Band Tool

Today, I had a comment left by UnknownJuly 21, 2018 at 11:43 AM about her 100% failure rate using the new Ball “SureTight” Canning Lids on my post about the new SureTight Lids on June 20-2017.

I did some more research and found that Ball recommends their new band/lid tightening tool for their new “SureTight” lids. It is simply a pre-set torque wrench that assures the proper tightness or torque with an audible click sound when the bands/lids are properly tightened.

It does seem odd to me that when veteran canners all of a sudden have seal failures something else is wrong. Apparently, the new lids are very sensitive to the proper tightening/torque for a seal, so Ball made a special wrench to try and solve the issue.

Here is a link to the Ball Video showing the ‘correct way’ to use the wrench. (I viewed 6 other private videos and of the 6, none of them used the wrench the proper way).

How to use the Ball Sure Tight™ Band Tool (a Ball Video)

Additional information from Ball.
Published on May 31, 2012
Watch and learn how the Ball® Sure Tight™ Band Tool secures jar bands with just the right amount of torque! This tool helps take the guess work out of securing the band to "fingertip tight". Arthritic canners may also find this to be a helpful tool. Learn more here:

Purchase Link:

Friday, July 20, 2018


This is a detective story. So Pay Close Attention!

Three elderly ladies are excited about seeing their first baseball game.

They smuggled a bottle of Jack Daniels into the ballpark.

The game is really exciting, and they are enjoying themselves immensely... mixing the Jack Daniel’s with soft drinks.

Soon, they realize that the bottle is almost gone and the game has a lot of innings to go.

Based on the given information, what inning is it and how many players are on base?


You have all the information you need to come up with the correct answer.

Think some more!


It’s the bottom of the fifth and the bags are loaded!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Baking a Must Know Survival Skill

The biggest and most serious issue I see today with Preppers is that few of them know how to bake a simple loaf of bread. They say they’ve tried but it always fails and have given up trying! That is a critical mistake! You MUST know how to bake bread to survive an extended disaster aftermath comfortably.

During the stockpiling of your survival pantry of preparedness foods, there are several must have foods: #1 is Wheat Grain or All-Purpose White Flour and #2 are a Variety of Beans. Wheat is critical to have, and have a lot of. Wheat grain with beans makes a complete protein like meat. This combination will keep you alive and healthy during the longest of disaster aftermaths, even with little else to eat. From your stored grain you will be able to produce flour for baking by milling your own wheat into flour for baking most every comfort food imaginable.

A current example of why you must be able to bake bread is to simply look at Venezuela today, 2018. The non-government workers are standing in line for hours, sometimes all day just for one small bag of groceries and is not what they really need to feed their family. The average weight loss for all these non-government employed citizens is 20 pounds so far, all from lack of needed everyday food. With a Prepper Stock of wheat grain and a couple of baking essential ingredients they would not have to be in line to be allowed into a grocery store to shop the shelves that are nearly depleted of food.

Here are a few things you can make from a basic loaf bread recipe, all just from your stored wheat grain:

Bannock Bread
Beer Bread
Loaf Bread (Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese or Toast)
English Muffins
Soft Pretzels
Dinner Rolls
Hamburger Buns
Hot Dog Buns
Bread Sticks
Soda Bread
Just to name a few.

Work at developing your bread baking skills every week. It is very simple to do!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Kindle for PC’s, Download & Install the Latest Version

I don’t care for all the electronic gadgets available today including cell phones that do more than I’ll ever learn or remember to use. I like things simple! However, the Kindle Reader has interested me for quite a while but didn’t want to spend the $90 for one.

There are many books I want to read dealing with prepping or self-reliance but spending up to $20 for a paperback book that I’m not sure is worth the money is hard to do. However, the Kindle versions are just a couple bucks each such like the ones offered at my favorite writer about prepping!

Today was going to be the day I ordered a Kindle, but at the last minute, I decided to check Google to see if someone had a Kindle program for PC computers that I could load on my laptop instead of having to buy the Kindle.

Sure enough, there it was!! And Free!
Very simple to download, just a couple basic questions and it was downloaded and installed.

I already have a couple of books downloaded and started to read them. The software works perfectly. Just saved myself $90.

Here’s the link to the free software:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Van Wrap Gone Bad

Today I had my lawn irrigation pump replaced. They go out every 2-4 years.

The photos are of the pump installers 2014 Sprinter Van. As normally done, businesses wrap their vehicles with the companies advertising, looks very professional. To me, it looks like the wrap installer used a razor blade to do the trimming and he cut through the paint causing rust in every corner and panel edge trimmed. Just passing this along should you ever wrap your vehicle or parts of it, ask how they trim it and how long they’ll guarantee against rust and defects.