Monday, February 14, 2011

Help?! Am I Becoming a Wild Food Nerd?


The Kershaw Antelope II.  An ugly ass knife to be sure.  And for the first time, a knife that I bought specifically for butchering and game prep. Sure, it was half price.  But I still bought it.  I bought a technical knife that will never go in the field with me.  When did that become something that I do?
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If that wasn't disturbing enough, I just upgraded my first vacuum sealer (in name only), bought just two years ago, and recently deceased. The $25 Ziploc Vacuum Sealer did a minimal job, and then the batteries blew up and leaked into the electronics and the thing is dead.  So, currently on the way to my house (thanks to a gift card from my parents) is a Foodsaver Commercial Vacuum Sealer.  It's awful purty (sound: chorus of angels).............. 
So what does this all really mean?  Well, for one thing, I am taking food storage a little more seriously.  I want our garden veggies and my wild game to last longer in the freezer (so I have to buy less at the grocery store).  But I'm also feeling a little reverence here - for food and its value.  I don't know how this value has crept into my being.  I don't have time for it.  I don't really have the energy for it.  Maybe I am just getting older.  But (against my will), it seems that my ethics surrounding "how I treat my food before I eat it" and "how much waste is acceptable?" are changing. 
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I guess it's a surprise to me because we live in an urban area.  I can't keep chickens or quail.  My neighbors would riot if I kept honeybees. So my natural ties to food are more distant.  I even have to drive (about a half mile) to my garden. I shouldn't feel a connection to food and its treatment.
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So bear with me on this journey.  I don't have the time or talent to turn this blog into Honest Food (a blog I've been following for years), and a blog that you must view if you cook any fish, game, or fresh plants.  And I've certainly dabbled in food preparation on this blog - you can see the evidence here.  But I feel stronger about it now.  Let's see what happens. You never know, I might end up inventing the game processing version of the Slap Chop!

9 comments:

Trey said...

Cook on Brother! Just don't start saying things like "you're going to love my nuts!" :)

tugboatdude said...

SLap chop remix!

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook said...

Welcome to the Dark Side, Swamp Thing! Soon you will be owning esoteric crap like mushroom knives, special tongs for blanching stinging nettles, and more "edible plants" ID books than you have room for on your bookcase. Embrace it, and go catch some herring! They should be ready to come up the rivers over there in about 6 weeks.

Swamp Thing said...

Trey - martini, linguine, bikini! I'm learning. I want to become good at it.

Tug - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWRyj5cHIQA 12 MILLION people have watched the Slap Chop Remix!

Swamp Thing said...

Hank, thanks for stopping by! The yellow perch are acting weird (very early pre-spawn?), but they are local. I'd like to get after them in the next week or two.

Mushroom knives indeed! And you're right. The conversion from "poisonous plants" to "edible plants" books is underway.

NorCal Cazadora said...

Hope you've got a big kitchen. We don't. We've turned half of our kitchen stuff into "decorations" because we have noplace else to put them.

Bumbling Bushamn said...

Thanks for bringing the Slap Chop back into my life. I had a similar experience with my cheap-ass vacuum sealer. Now I double wrap w/ plastic wrap and then a layer of freezer paper. Two years in and so far, so good. I've got a dedicated sausage stuffer coming in the mail and have no idea where I'm going to put it. Welcome to the dark side indeed.

Swamp Thing said...

Holly, our house was built in 1945 and we have a smurfy kitchen! And by that, I mean it is smurf sized.

Most of the prep work is done on the $2,000 dining room table (veggies) and in my walk-out basement (critters), where we have another big freezer.

Swamp Thing said...

Bushman - Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life!