Mylar bags with a Foodsaver vac-sealer?

Mylar bags with a Foodsaver vac-sealer?

Yes… yes, you can.  So, I wanted to get 50 pounds of rice vacuum sealed in Mylar. I really wanted to do it… RIGHT NOW. My meds for my shoulder kill my motivation. So, I have to take advantage of every moment I feel like getting things done.  Now, my problem is that Foodsaver brand bags are textured to keep the bag from sealing itself shut as soon as the process starts. Mylar bags are stiff and perfectly smooth. I tried a bunch of different ways and couldn’t come up with any way to get it to work. So, here’s my “lifehack”. YouTube...
REVIEW – TUFF Products EDC Kit

REVIEW – TUFF Products EDC Kit

This review of the TUFF Products EDC Kit is a little biased… Not because of anything they did. It’s just that I love their flashlight but I hate “Tactical pens”… I’ll explain in the article below.  This kit includes: Break Out Tactical Pen T180 Rotating Head Flashlight Stainless Steel Money Clip Gift Box Batteries are included.  -TUFF Products T180 flashlight.This is a well-made flashlight of the every day carry size and is essentially unique in its ability to use both CR 123 and AA batteries. Output is reduced when swapping from the CR 123 battery to the AA. Maximum output on CR 123 is approximately 130 lm, while output with a AA battery is limited to about 90. The switch is comfortable and gives a positive click when initiated. The body is anodized aluminum with good knurling. This should provide a good grip even in wet conditions or with gloves. All indications are that this flashlight will last you a very long time. Runtimes are comparable with several other flashlights from manufacturers such a Surefire, Thrunite and Nitecore. Many lights in this category offer the ability to run for several days in a “moonlight mode” but that is not the intended purpose of this light. It is rated to run approximately 106 minutes on a cr123 and 50 minutes on a AA in high mode. I exceeded both by nearly 50% They don’t provide a low mode runtime but I got up to 44 hours on a cr123 and a 37 hours on a AA. I was impressed that it came with Energizer batteries and not the standard off...
Review – Ozark Trail Collapsible Coffee Drip

Review – Ozark Trail Collapsible Coffee Drip

I got mine at Walmart. I have also seen it at Amazon.  About a year ago we switched to pour over coffee. Over the year I’ve discovered that it doesn’t need to be as fancy as we started out with. We used to purchase the expensive matching filters. And while they are easier for beginners, the cheap regular filters work just as well once you’ve got the hang of it. Some brands are a tad shorter than others which can be irritating. Either way I prefer the unbleached 10cup filters. (Stainless cone filter available here) When we have access to plenty of electricity we get whole beans and put them through a burr grinder before each cup. When off grid, solar power is a premium so we take grounds with us. Either way we’ve been happy with pretty much any Kona blends and recommend Lock’n Load Java when you want more oomph.  In civilization we have a Zojirushi (love them!). At camp we boil water in a simple camp kettle. Both are readily available on Amazon. Previously we’ve used this kettle’s percolator set-up to make our coffee. But then we have to clean it out and start over any time anyone wants tea or soup or anything else. So we decided to bring our pour over cone with us. Naturally it’s porcelain. You know, perfect for the wilderness! However it’s been totally worth it. Having that kettle always only be water makes more of a difference for a family of 6 than I even realized it would. Mom and Dad can make coffee, daughter can make soup, her brothers...
Review – Cast Iron Scrubber

Review – Cast Iron Scrubber

Now that the website is working again, I can post the reviews from our friends In Arizona! They are camping for an extended period and we had the opportunity to send them some gear to test for us.  Stainless Steel Chainmail Cast Iron Scrubber(7×7 size with a hanging ring) I love cooking with our cast iron set. And detest cleaning it after certain meals. After a couple weeks out here I realized it was affecting what we eat. We were eating way more junk food than normal simply because less clean-up was involved.  When we have a big sink with hot running water and a washer in the next room I love using the regular heavy duty dish sponges with a scrubbie side. They get thoroughly rinsed after each use and rotated out daily. I have a ventilated basket just for kitchen cloths and scrubbies. The moment they get too gunked up (such as after cleaning a casserole dish or a pot from spaghetti sauce) into the wash-bin they go. Easy peasy.  But at camp that gunky scrubbie is the bane of my existence. First, water is a premium so I can’t rinse them out as well. Second, food traces bring unwanted pests – and in certain places can even be dangerous. So all our rinse water must be accounted for carefully. Any wet scrubbies and cloths must be dried before being put in a laundry bag or they’ll get super smelly before laundry day. Which then makes it harder to get the entire load clean at a DIY laundromat. I just can’t afford to throw away a scrubbie...
Reviews from 1/2 a world away

Reviews from 1/2 a world away

We had the opportunity to help sponsor an amazing young woman on the trip of a lifetime. An 11 month, 11 country backpacking mission trip. With the help of some manufacturers, we were able to set her up with some great gear for her 3rd world adventures. Here are her reviews of the goods. –Katie As we head into our next country, it was so fun making this video and being able to reflect on this past month and all that was experienced and ways that I was impacted by the people in Pretoria, South Africa. From the kids and staff at the township, to our host and the friendships that were formed. Watch and see a glimpse of what life was like the past month!   The World Race South Africa     Shoutouts!   Okay, so this part is WAY overdue, but so important. There were a lot of people and companies that sponsored me with gear to make this trip a little better so here are some shoutouts to them as well as some awesome gear recommendations- whether you are a future world racer or just someone that has an adventurous spirit and will be traveling soon I highly recommend all of these products!    First of all, huge thank you to Todd Jones for setting this up, you are a great rep for your companies and I am so thankful to you and the extra work you put in to make this happen.    Okay here it goes:    Luci EMRG Light by Mpowered: http://amzn.to/2h9dmqN This is an awesome solar powered blow up lantern that was...
Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

So, we have some wonderful fans who are spending the next few months camping all over the place in Arizona. They’ve graciously agreed to write some reviews for us. Here is the first one… Patriot Pantry Coffee The package is extremely lightweight and easy to pack.  I made 2 cups with hot water boiled in a standard kettle on the propane camp stove.  We didn’t pack any measuring cups or spoons. So using an actual long handled teaspoon, I measured one very rounded and the other a little shallow. Then I eyeballed 6oz of hot water into each of our 20oz travel mugs    (if you are hiking or backpacking I would recommend these carabiner mugs with measure marks inside).  The coffee blended nearly instantly. It certainly is the quickest way to a cup of coffee. I had two cups made in less than half the time it normally takes us to make one cup.  I took the shallower spoonful. It was a little bland. I realized belatedly that I could’ve simply added a bit more of the coffee to the water. And if it was too much I could’ve added a bit more water. Keep in mind, I was making the coffee before I had the coffee 😉 . So, instead I added a bit of the kids’ chocolate powder. It just finished my cup. It was pleasant if not spectacular. Like a cafe mocha I might’ve got at the shop at my high school summer camp. I gave the rounded teaspoonful to my husband. My first sip had an initial bitterness that dissipated quickly. Perfectly drinkable but...
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