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WILD GAME CAMERAS

Frank and Ginny at the family reunion

Frank and Ginny at the family reunion

WILD GAME CAMERAS

Bushnell, Wildgame innovations Trail Camera and the Moultrie No Glo Game Camera are all Wild Game Cameras made for the Outdoors man and nature enthusiast.

INFRARED CAMERAS

These infrared game cameras are used both day and night. The cameras are battery operated and operate on a movement sensor. Some of these take video as well as still pictures in High Deff. Great resolution with 8 and 10 pixels, with no glo flash and no sound from camera operation. Compact, light weight and camouflage makes these cameras almost invisible to wild game.

EASY TO SET UP AND MONITOR

Set this camera up just before your hog or deer hunt and monitor your game activity around your feeder before your hunt starts. Battery lasts about a year and is set up to use a photo cell to recharge the batteries. Of course—BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED—can you imagine. There are some extras you can order with your camera. At a cost of around 125 on up a man can spend just about as much as he wanted to. But hey! At a cost of 150 a guy aint spending that much for a wild game camera. Hey, pick out that trophy buck before the season starts. You will have an edge on the rest of your buddies because you have been monitoring the deer movements before the season begins. If you haven’t used one of these cameras before you ought to try one out. You would be amazed at the activity you don’t see when you aren’t there. Especially at night.

A COUPLE OF REVIEWS

BUSHNELL

Track your prey with the Bushnell digital game camera. This Bushnell game camera is loaded with features and is made to withstand extreme temperatures.

Bushnell Digital Game Camera, 2012 Trophy HD 8MP, Realtree AP Camo:–$185.25

8-megapixel resolution
Day/night auto sensor
Adjustable PIR or auto PIR
0.6-second trigger speed
Programmable trigger interval: 1 second to 60 minutes
Programmable Field Scan time-lapse mode takes images at pre-set intervals of 1 to 60 minutes
Temperature range: -5 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit
PIR sensor is motion activated to 45 feet
Bushnell HD camera operates for up to one year on a set of batteries
Adjustable web belt
SD card slot
Bushnell digital game camera model #119447C
Note: Memory card is not included. Purchase of an additional memory card is highly recommended.

The screen on the infrared flash masks the tell-tale glow nicely. Night-vision images look good. For the price, this camera is definitely a decent buy.

WILD GAME INOVATIONS–$143.55

Take your hunting trips to a new level with the 8MP Wildgame Innovations Trail Camera. The camera features a 60PC high-intensity LED along with invisible array technology, making it a superior option for outdoor use. It also has infrared flash capabilities to catch images in low-light conditions. The front of the Elite Lights-Out Digital Game Camera features a camouflage design that helps it blend into the surroundings.
Wildgame Innovations Elite Lights-Out 8MP Trail Cam:

Lee and Tiffany 8 MP trail cam
Wi-fi digital trail camera features a 60PC high intensity LED
Real tree camouflage will make it invisible to wildlife
Wi-fi Trail Camera has infrared flash capabilities

All of these cameras are priced close together. But you can shop around and pay more or a little less depending on your taste and budget. Remember. For around 150 you aren’t really spending a lot of money for a motion sensor infrared wild game camera.

All of the reviews I saw were favorable but I did see some in the 3 and 4 range. I am sure there were some objections or problems with each of these products, so I encourage you to shop around. Don’t take my word for it. Look around and pick up one in your price range and take it out and have fun with it. These seem to be quality cameras and backed by a pretty good warranty. Think of the possibilities. A guy can set one of these cameras up any where, really! Back yard to monitor the pet or maybe the kids. Lots of possibilities. Set it up and have fun with it. Enjoy your camera and let me know what you think at frank@thebestofsausage.com

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THE AMAZING–DUTCH OVEN

THE AMAZING –DUTCH OVEN

An Invention That Changed The West

The Dutch were manufacturing and using cast metal cooking vessels for hundreds of years. The English called them casserole dishes.

ABRAHAM DARBY

In 1704 Abraham Darby saw a huge opportunity. He had foresight enough to travel to the Netherlands to learn the technique the Dutch were using to manufacture these casseroles.

THE DUTCH OVEN

I have to give it to this guy. When he got back four years later to England he patented a casting procedure similar to the Dutch. Then Darby started producing these cooking vessels for Britain and the new American Colonies. And the Dutch Oven was born.  The “Dutch Oven” name has stuck for over 300 years.

The cast iron cookware was loved by colonists and settlers alike. This cookware was so versatile you practical had a whole kitchen with you when you traveled. Baking a 10 pound roast, making soup, baking biscuits, cooking steaks, boiling potatoes, or making your favorite cobbler.

These ovens were so valuable they were added in persons will as part of the legacy passed down from generation to generation.
Mary Ball Washington had in her will, dated 20 May 1788 that her” iron kitchen furniture” should go to her grandson and the other half to her granddaughter.  Of course you well know this Grand Lady.  George Washington’s Grand Mother.

Lewis and Clark

The expedition of Lewis and Clark of the great American Northwest in 1804-1806 included in its gear a dutch oven.  Along with the pioneers venturing west carried their Cast Iron Ovens with them. These ovens are so versatile and loved by the pioneers and settlers that they have become a necessity throughout the migration westward.

THE CHUCK WAGON IS BORN

Charles Goodnight invented the Chuck wagon and he supplied it with Dutch Ovens and cast iron cookware. Now Goodnight and his partner, Oliver Loving, made ready a massive cattle drive in 1866. These two guys knew where the money was. Goodnight got together 20 or 30

Goodnight's invention of the Chuckwagon

Goodnight’s invention of the Chuck wagon

cowboys to help him and Loving drive some of the meanest, ornery, Ferrell Longhorns Texas had from fort Belknap to Denver Colorado. Goodnight new driving 2000 head of mean feral Longhorn for 3 or 4 months that he was going to have to put together a way to feed these men. And the Chuck Wagon was born.

COOKING FOR 30 ??

I couldn’t imagine trying to feed 30 people 3 meals a day without refrigeration for 4 months out of the back of a horse-drawn wagon? These guys were TOUGH. But hey They Tamed The West. Can you just imagine trying to cook up some biscuit, corn dodgers, roast, or black pudding, or frying up some of the Cowboy Caviar on an open fire out on the prairie with nothing but a Chuck wagon? Not me brother! I like to cook, but I like homely comforts as well.

COOKING WITH CAST IRON

The Dutch Oven helped tame the west.  They are cast iron and hardy, can’t hardly damage um, and will last forever.  Keep um clean of rust and wipe um down with a little bacon fat and these pots are ready to go.  These Dutch Ovens are still the favorite out-door cooking gear.  I use my Dutch Oven here at the house.  I have butane gas and all my cooking pots and frying pans are cast iron.  You just can’t beat um for even heating all around.  Once you get this pot to the temp you want, cut the fire down.  The whole pot or fry pan heats up, no hot spots like aluminum or copper.  Use um in the oven or on top of the stove.  Makes the best corm bread around, and cooks pot roast in half the time.  The Dutch Oven will give you the best tasting Peach Cobbler around.

I can’t say enough about my cast iron cook ware.  I love um and wouldn’t do with out um. You just can not beat the quality and durability of good cast iron cook ware.

Hope you enjoy my blog and I would love any comments you would like to add to The Dutch Oven story. frank@thebestofsausage.com
Frank

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SOME FAVORITE RECIPES

ROUND UP THE LONGHORNS

Cattle ranching 1800’s. Cattle herds were gathered together every spring and fall to be branded and relieved of their man hood (castrated after having a number burned in their rump). The Texas Longhorns were rangy, meaner than a snake and their 10 foot horn spread could kill you in a second.

COWBOY CAVIAR ON THE HOOF

COWBOY CAVIAR ON THE HOOF

Castrating bull calves helped tame the animal and developed heaver muscling for market after grazing on the lush green plains. After a few months of grazing and putting on 4 or 5 hundred pounds they will be sent to market for processing.

MOUNTAIN OYSTERS

After a couple days of wrangling these mainly wild animals it is time to have a rodeo and a little relaxation. Bar B Q, beer, dancing after the rodeo. A cowboys favorite food and today a popular delicacy is the Mountain Oyster, Calf Fries, Swinging Beef, Cowboy Caviar. This traditional food was served fresh after each round up by the rancher wives or the chuck wagon cook. Right along with one of the calves that were picked out for the Bar B Q. The traditional pinto beans, potatoes, and corn on the cob came right along with home made fresh baked bread and an assortment of pies and cakes. The outdoor Cowboy feast fit for king.

THE FINEST CAVIAR IN THE STATE OF TEXAS

THE FINEST CAVIAR IN THE STATE OF TEXAS

TEXAS COWBOY COOKING

COWBOY CAVIAR

Here is a wonderful recipe for Calf Fries(Cowboy Caviar). Try this recipe out with some of your friends and family. Goes especially well with that family Bar B Q, or goes great with the out door turkey fryer. Serve as an appetizer or as an entree, Calf Fries are very versatile and will compliment almost any meal.
Check this link out for your out door turkey fryer. Great also for any steaming like a Louisiana Craw fish Boil. OUTDOOR TURKEY FRYER

A SIMPLE RECIPE FOR OUR FAVORITE COWBOY CAVIAR

TEXAS STATE CAPITAL--AUSTIN TEXAS

TEXAS STATE CAPITAL–AUSTIN TEXAS

Very simple recipe, but you’ll love it: Dip your frozen Cal fries in hot water for about 3 to 4 minutes. Pat um dry and trim the excess outer membrane. Now take these babies and cut um into bite size chunks. Pat um dry again and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dredge, or drag, in Cornmeal and press um down a little so the Cornmeal sticks and leave um alone for a few minutes before cooking. I let these guys stand a while so the coating will set good and the Cornmeal won’t flake off when you start to fry um up. Now you want to get out your heavy cast iron deep chicken frying skillet. Melt down 1/2 or so of Shortening. Now for those of you not quite old enough to know. Shortening is FAT. The best frying oil there is. NO PEANUT OIL, NO SO-CALLED BETTER FOR YOU SAYS BIG BROTHER VEGETABLE OIL. This is PURE, WHOLESOME, GOOD FOR YOU FAT, animal fat. Best for cakes pies and frying, ask any baker or gourmet cook or chef. Any way melt down some Shortening and get ready to fry. Fry um until they are brown but not over cooked, pull um out drain and pat dry. Hey guys mix these up with a batch of fresh from the yard scrambled eggs and have a feast.

CALF FRIES TO CAVIAR
“True Confessions Of Two Texas Cooks”

This cook book is written by Janel Franklin & Sue Vaughn. Written and Home Grown right here in my great state of TEXAS, WOW, what a treat. LAMESA should be proud.
I am a Texas licensed Auctioneer and picked this cook book up at an auction one day and fell in love with it. The book I have is printed in it’s third printing in 1986, but it is still in print and you can pick it up right here from Amazon. Click on this link here and it will take you right to it.  TEXAS COWBOY COOKING

Calf Fries to Caviar is a collection of recipes ranging from “down home” to “elegant gourmet” cooking.

Listen to some of these recipes:

FRIED WILD TURKEY
CAVIAR N’ PUMPERNICKEL
GERMAN DROP DOUGHNUTS
TOM’S BACHELOR PARTY SPAGHETTI SAUCE
CHILIPITIN DOVES
SAUSAGE PINWHEELS                                                     

YUMMMM!  MOUNTIAN OYSTERS

YUMMMM! MOUNTIAN OYSTERS

Just to name a few.

I don’t know how many recipes there are, but there are 280 pages of um, WOW, sounds like these girls did a lot of cooking.

I love old recipes and especially Texas recipes.
I have done a little research, not much, but a little about Sam Houston and what kind of food he and his men would eat out on their campaigns in 1836. Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and the Alamo. Really interesting reading. Mainly corn dodgers, honey bee hives when they could find them, game they could hunt and corn they got from the Indians. Sometimes beef, and occasionally shot their horses when they got desperate. Not very interesting eating out in the field.

These cook books are not expensive. The price range for most of these books is between 10 and 25 dollars. Hey they got Kindle books you can load as well. Follow the link for some great prices and sales.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in old time Texas recipes. These girls have put a lot of thought and planning into the recipes. They give simple step by step instructions on how even a beginner can lay out an elegant gourmet dinner. Quick cooking and cooking ahead treats and time saving meals to help a busy mom put together a large meal for family and guests on those special occasions.
Calf Fries to Caviar is truly a collection of down home Texas cooking at it’s best.

OK. Gotta run. Check out these books and let me know what you think. Let me know what you think of my blog as well.

Thanks a lot and enjoy……………Frank

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