Chicken Processing Workshop with Patricia Foreman

In September we had an opportunity to attend a hands-on chicken processing workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.  The workshop was presented by Patricia (Patty) Foreman, Michael Badger, and Matt Wilkinson.  If you know anything about poultry, you’ll know that these folks are kind of the celebrities of the chicken world.  And they did a fantastic job of leading our group from a live, clucking, flapping chickens to a ready-to-package set of chicken cuts. I’ve butchered plenty of deer, squirrels, and rabbits before.  But I’ve never slaughtered and processed a chicken.  It’s really a very different process.  But it’s really pretty simple when you have experienced people showing you how, and giving you feedback in

Don’t Ruin Your Cast Iron!

There’s a lot to like about cast iron.  It’s rust resistant.  It heats evenly and holds heat a long time.  It’s anti-stick.  And generally speaking it just provides a better, more satisfying, cooking experience. But cast iron does take some work.  Whether you’re looking to rehab some yard sale finds, or maintaining cast iron you’ve had for years, understanding the process is important to getting a good result.  Check out this video on how we season our cast iron.

Making a Mountain Man Possibles Bag – Part 1

I recently picked up a muzzle loader to extend the deer season.  I originally thought it would be a purely practical purchase, but soon found myself getting into the whole mountain man thing.  Being a leather worker, I though what better way to get into the whole process than to make my own possibles bag. While looking for design inspiration, I stumbled across the fact that you can buy tanned, salvaged coyote faces on e-Bay!  Really???  Well despite the oddness of that statement, it gave me an opportunity to include a a coyote face in my design without taking the time/effort to harvest, skin, and tan a coyote pelt. Part one takes us through some initial design, cutting out the body of