The outdoorsman can be very innovative in meals they cook while out of doors, often times dazzling their buddies with their campfire cooking.
One of the trail staples of many outdoorsman is campfire bread, or bannock as it is more commonly referred to. But what of this trail bread? Where does it come from? What is it’s history?
Here’s an interesting and fascinating article, sharing both the Scottish History and Native American History of this trail bread.
In Canada, there is a long and ancient tradition associated with Bannock. Before Europeans settled North America, the First Nations peoples made two types of Bannock; the first was unleveled dough from ground nut and seed flower which was wrapped around green branches … Read More
If you travel and stay in a motel/hotel room you have the chance of finding money or other valuables just for the taking.
How? you ask. Well, you search the room under lamps, under chairs and tables, behind the TV, in the bathroom, under the sink and so on.
Look around the room and ask yourself where would I hide money or whatever it is and look in those places?
Look for furniture that has hollow legs lamps that you can peel the felt off of the bottom. Sure you have to turn the table over, same with chairs. All TVs have little cubby holes behind them in the works. Pull out all the drawers and look under them and … Read More
Yes I know the title is sending shivers down your spine, but Beef Fat Pudding, or Suet pudding as it is commonly known, though not a common staple in the 21st century, and diminishing beginning in the early 20th century, was a fairly common desert with a history tracing back to the 14oos, though at the time it was used more as a preservation technique… Think Pemmican! Yeah you’ve probably not hear of it before, but if you’ve probably heard of “Christmas Pudding” which is essentially the same thing, you know what it is. All that said, Suet pudding is still fairly common in other parts of the world, and kind of a tradition. In fact Suet pudding is still … Read More
Many of you who know me have heard my stories of my dads strange friends, at least as a kid I thought they were strange and different from most.
They were loners ,bordering on hermits, or very rugged individualists to use an old term, the kind of men that are far and few between anymore.
He knew folks like this all over the country, How he met them over the years I’m not sure, but they were always glad to see him. Many of them were not rich by today’s standards, but were rich in lifestyle and knowledge of the outdoors life. A lot of these men were well into old age, when I met some of them as a … Read More
I learned this from one of the grand old men of treasure hunting , Karl von Mueller, taken from the expression “coin shooting” with metal detectors..
The deal is this. Buy from the bank 50 cent rolls—I buy a 100 bucks at a time sometimes more—break open each roll and look for the dates pre 1965 and 65 through 73. The banks do not separate out the silver coins, I have found and continue to find whole rolls of pre 65 coins free silver for a few minutes time. At about 10 bucks per coin, todays silver price, it can add up very fast. For the 65 through 73 you are looking at about 4 to 5 bucks a coin. … Read More
Though no one really knows where the stew got its name, it was fairly common fare for cowboys, cooked up by cookie, out on the range. Though its name was “Sonofabitch Stew”, it was just as common to name the stew after those who cookie or other cowboys disliked. One story of how the stew got its name goes as such:
Two cow hands rode up to the chuck wagon when the cook was preparing dinner. Sniffing the air of all the combined odors from the various pots and skillets, one of the cow hands said, “I see y’u’re goin’ to have a son of a bitch for dinner”. The cook already weary and tired from other visitors coming in gave … Read More
The last few days I have been looking at many many plans for bugging out, lots of videos with lots of good info in many cases—The gear to have on hand and so on. Some offer very sound advice, and it seems to make sense until you start to break it down by questions. The essence seems to be if you have to bug out due to untenable conditions at the home base, you bug out and live off the land. What none of the videos I saw ever took into consideration was no family to deal with. If you are single and owe nothing to anyone then you’re free to bug. Taking that line of thought, I was amazed … Read More
Several years ago, Ray Mears was credited with introducing the Siberian hitch to the woodcraft/bushcraft community. Since that time, the Siberian (Evenk) Hitch seems to have taken the community by storm, rightly so when one considers its ease of use… even while wearing winter gloves, however, not as popularized by Ray Mears. More on that later.
In the beginning, I’ll admit, I paid it no mind. I was quickly turned off by the fanciful twist around the hand, which just looked like too much fluff. Actually, it still does. Which is why I don’t use it, but that’s just me. That in no way downplays the effectiveness of the knot.
Well, after sometime and countless people telling me they use … Read More
I have read a lot lately of the items one should store, because they will last a long time… The myriad gurus all mention the same items pretty much .
How many of them ever really stored any foods for an extended length of time , like ten, or twenty years? I have.
I have been at this for a very long time, so I have a bone to pick here. And, the items I’m going to mention have all been stored the proper way.
Lets take pastas for a start. They do not store well, no matter how careful you are with the preps They get very hard and will not cook into the softness you need to eat … Read More
For many, the ritual of getting the day started is preceded by a good cup of coffee. I reckon one could say that is how they get their day started, moreover, one can hardly imagine what it would be like if they didn’t have their coffee.
For the outdoorsman the aroma of brewing coffee over an open campfire is second to none, except maybe to sizzling bacon.
We don’t always have the luxury of having coffee every time we crave it. And when you’re trekking the outdoors, one can often find themselves left with nothing more than the want of coffee. The learned outdoorsman has a distinct advantage in that there are coffee substitutes in nature, suitable to waylay the … Read More