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.

Amanda’s Country Kitchen – Country Style Deviled Eggs

I’m so happy my daughter has taken an interest in what I’m trying to do with our channel, and wants to help. Here’s our first attempt at capturing her passion for cooking. Not certain if we’re going to leave this all on the SSP channel, or start her own. But for now, we’ll put it here. Thanks, and enjoy!

Cider from Store-Bought Juice

I’ve done some things on this channel about wine-making.  But what I’m really most interested in are meads and ciders.  My first attempt at mead was a complete flop, not because I made it wrong, but because the recipe was, um questionable (note to self, basil probably doesn’t belong in mead).  But that’s another story. So I wanted to move into ciders in 2016, but there really aren’t a lot of fresh, locally-sourced apples available in January.  So, based on some posts by Jack Spirko at #TheSurvivalPodcast, I started looking at juices available at the grocery store.  Based on the results I can tell you this can be done quickly, easily, and inexpensively, and it can produce fantastic results.  You’re

Ugly Drum Smoker – Part III

We’ll build the charcoal basket, make and install the grate supports, and do the final assembly. It is really a pretty simple build. The materials are easy to find and inexpensive. And the results . . . Well, the results speak for themselves. Having already used this smoker three times in the last two weeks, I can tell you it works like a charm. I’ve done smoker sausage once, and pulled pork twice. I’m thinking maybe ribs this weekend. If you’re interested, I’ll be posting a parts list with prices, and some constructions notes/sketches sometime in the next couple of weeks to help you with your own build. Thanks for checking it out, and please subscribe to see more of

Mmmmmmm, crabs

My family and I vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina every couple of years.  It’s your typical family vacation with sun, and sand, and a whole lot of doing nothing.  This year, while visiting the pier at Harbor Town, we saw a couple of guys watching a couple of thin ropes trailing down into the water.  When I asked what they were doing they said they were crabbing, and opened a cooler to show me half a dozen or so large blue crabs.  Mind . . .  blown!  You mean I can go out on a public pier and catch my own seafood dinner??? That night I went back to the house and started Googling everything I could find about

Build an Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS) – Part 1

In this episode we begin an Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS) project. I’m investing some serious time and money in this build, as I expect to own and use this smoker for years to come. Parts and cost lists will be posted and linked to selfsufficientpath.com once the project is completed. We’re also using and reviewing a new step drill bit made by Neiko in this episode. 2″ 550F BBQ CHARCOAL GRILL PIT WOOD SMOKER TEMP GAUGE THERMOMETER 2.5″ STEM SS RWB Neiko Titanium Step Drill Bit – 1/4″ to 1-3/8″ in 1/8″ Increments, 10 Steps Wire Rack and Small Cart 3″ Caster Kit – 4 Pack – 3/8″ x 1-1/2″ Threaded Stem

Making Summer Sausage with SSP

Today we’re using a summer sausage kit, a grinder which attaches to my Kitchenaid mixer, and some venison and pork loin to make some tasty summer sausage at home. The results are outstanding. Now if we can just have a successful 2014 whitetail season, maybe we can make some more to give away as gifts.