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?
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)..............
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.
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!
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