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Soda bread
I have used dried buttermilk that should be available in the baking section of most large supermarkets.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Irish Soda Bread Recipe
January 15, 6:00am

Rodent Proof Storage
For many years I used the aluminum pot and pan that was made for the Coleman 502 single burner stove to carry food in my pack. The stove itself was way too heavy to pack, but the pot and pan was ve...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cookie tins for desert food storage
January 15, 5:40am

Heat Exchanger Fins
While the heat exchanger fins help to capture heat from the flame, they also send heat back out when the cup is off the flame. The plastic bottom cup helps minimize the loss of heat when the cup is...

In GEAR » Jetboil Sol discontinued?
January 11, 6:00am

Lightweight webbing.
The lightweight webbing that Quest sells is heavier than their firm grosgrain, but much lighter than their medium weight webbing. I like the lightweight webbing for loops where the tension is distr...

In Make Your Own Gear » Edges and Tie-Outs on Silnylon Tarp
January 08, 7:09pm

Tarp Camping
Campmor has the 8' X 10' Equinox Silnylon tarp for $90 or the 10' X 10' "Versatile" tarp for $55. The 10 X 10 is PU coated and a bit on the heavy side. I started out years...

In GEAR » 8'x8' tarp recommendations
December 12, 6:13pm

Merino Woll Balaclava Buff
I wore my Merino Wool Balaclava Buff for the last three days of last week in temperatures of 30 to 40 F. I wore it with my nose exposed, but my mouth covered. It is a pretty thin weave and is not d...

In GEAR » Merino buff vs windproof fleece balaclava?
December 08, 9:09am

Cutting thin aluminum
The tool to use for straight cuts on thin aluminum up to the thickness of aluminum flashing is a sharp utility knife blade. You don't cut all the way through, but just score the aluminum and th...

In Make Your Own Gear » cutting tool for heavy duty foil
November 26, 7:54pm

Oatmeal Cookies
I just made several batches of Oatmeal spice cookies with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries. Unfortunately there won't be any left for breakfast. They are good, though, and addictive. Something th...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?
October 28, 4:23pm

Homemade Stoves
I suppose that the ban on homemade stoves and modified stoves is because there is no way to predict what someone might do if there were any exceptions to the rule. Our ability to be innovatively st...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » The easiest, cheapest, robust Scout backpacking stove ever?
October 22, 7:39am

Cozy Materials
I have made cozies from numerous materials including Reflectix, Neoprene Foam, an aluminized plastic foam called Low-E insulation and sewn using Insul~bright batting. The one thing that keeps me fr...

In Make Your Own Gear » knitted pot cozy?
October 16, 6:14pm

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