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    Biltong

    ...Started to snip but entire post is valuable. ... "bad quality". Translation issue? ="rotting"? We don't like that song from the 80s? Ugly fish? Honor the old folks knowledge. (Except when they are wrong.)
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    Bedroll. How to carry the rest? Request for information.

    I'm reading _While the Billy Boils_ by Harry Lawson. It has the same flavor as Rawhide Rawlins, who lived and wrote in my patch. The Graves' books are superb. How many lives did they save? http://gen.lib.rus.ec has a bad copy. (Thought just occurred: what training did that one Japanese...
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    Biltong

    Drawing moisture is good. I made a vinegar brine. My observation is that drawig moisture before the brine will cause the meat to draw the acid in. Flavor would be a welcome side effect. Salt-drying preserves meat. It also is boring, tastes too salty, and annoys my physician. Acid denaturation...
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    Biltong

    All that. I sealed the previous batch in "seal a meal", sans vacuum. Four of six developed mold. "Nasty fuzzy fungal growth" in HM English. One of the un-moUldy bags had a leak and so I et it. Still a tasty treat. Further plan for the current batch: add more ground coriander to the bag. Toss...
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    Bedroll. How to carry the rest? Request for information.

    Skwee. Swoon. Dude, you are one of my heroes. I have wondered since before I subscribed to your yt channel, why the heck a bloke in NSW is doing North American history? Best wishes.
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    Alternatives to a DSLR, what do you use?

    Olympus OM-1, Tri-X Pan, F-8 and be there. Otherwise, get off my lawn. Digital? Here's my middle digital. How's that? But being this is a.44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya...
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    What excites you about spring arriving?

    There's is a bit of doggerel that I've seen attributed to Great Britain's past. One version might be: "The first of May, the first of May. Outdoor foraging starts today." I'm curious if the other version is a real historical quote. Read either way, that's what excites me about spring.
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    Foraged foods

    on topic, really. Years ago I was single, unemployed, and dirt-poor. I could not afford to ask gals out; I had to invite them to my place so I could cook on my budget. One time I put something inexpensive in parchment paper with julienned carrots. While that baked, I said, "follow me", and led...
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    Best quality camo fleece jacket

    Take a look at this line of clothing: https://www.cabelas.com/product/clothing/mens-hunting-clothing/mens-hunting-cold-weather-camo-clothing/mens-cold-weather-camo-coats-parkas/pc/104797080/c/104748480/sc/104274180/i/104049180/cabelas-wooltimate-jacket/2801974.uts?slotId=1 The various garments...
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    Biltong

    Tuppence worth: DO carefully examine the silverside/bottom round at the store. Butchers don't care about making biltong. There's a connective tissue sheet that separates two muscles. You want the package with only one muscle so you can cut it lengthwise. This is important. DO Kosher the...
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    Spotty skin

    Congratulations, you are infected with Tinnea spp. Athlete's foot fungus, or a related species. Use an athlete's foot cream from the chemist's shop. I get these blotches in April. Changing weather? Humidity goes up and skin is still uber dry from the winter? Cortisone won't help fungal...
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    Bedroll. How to carry the rest? Request for information.

    Greetings, Over the winter I've made biltong (and got it right on the third batch) and hardtack (got that right the first time). Those gave me the itch for a primitive camping trip. I have a bedroll of 9' x 12' painter's canvas dropcloth plus two extremely nice wool blankets. Question: Where...
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    Retro Camp

    OK, so I've wanted a Bergie ever since I saw one. Trouble is, I'd fill that sucka with everything it would hold and then I couldn't carry it. (Loved that movie: sneak a cinder block into buddy's pack. ) Can one ever buy a Bergie and still have the self-control to not pack twice one's body weight...
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    Have you any handy tracking tips or kit.

    tl;dr: Add an elastic band to your walking stick. (<snark>Or go full Mears and wrap spuce root around a withy...</snark>) Put one end of your stick on a track. Move the band along the stick until it aligns with the same foot track along the trail. Measure that length until you find the next...
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    Have you any handy tracking tips or kit.

    Carry in a bag of domestic sandbox sand, or scrape some up from the local terrain. Spread it around. No wood frames needed. BTDT, poured plaster of paris in the tracks.
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    Bedroll strapping

    OMG WANT. Anything like this twelve years later? <me>googling</me> https://www.amazon.com/SM-SunniMix-Durable-Adjustable-Leather/dp/B07LG77RZ6/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=blanket+straps&qid=1554252437&s=gateway&sr=8-7...
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    Wanted Canvas Bedroll

    [Dupe of a post I just made in the forum] Your local house paint supplies store sells canvas drop cloths. Buy a 3m x 4m (9x12 here in teh colonies). Interleave two blankets of your choice, one in the other: Half of one, half of two, top of one, top of two. (I scored a half-dozen US Army Medical...
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    Bedroll

    "Bedroll" : 1. one blanket, rolled.2. A canvas cover and one or two blankets, rolled. Modern stuff: Warmer, lighter, more weather-resistant, not a bedroll. <grumpy>Reading bedroll posts before asking a question</grumpy>
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    Canvas bedroll

    Preface: I am scanning "Bedroll" posts before I post my own question. Your local house paint supplies store sells canvas drop cloths. Buy a 3m x 4m (9x12 here in teh colonies). Interleave two blankets of your choice, one in the other: Half of one, half of two, top of one, top of two. (I scored a...
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    Rewaxing dewaxed canvas stuff

    I do the laundry. SWMBO does the dishes. I hope my questions are lighter with that addition.