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How to Choose a Hunting Knife

March 15th, 2015 by ironcooker

The type of knife that you select for your hunt really depends on what you’re hunting.

In general smaller knives are used when hunting small game and larger knives are used when hunting larger game.  It’s important that your knife be equipped to handle the game that you are hunting.  Your knife should be sharp enough to skin it  and heavy enough to cut through bone.

There are different types of knives such as folding knives and fixed blade knives to choose from.

KabarStag1986GrizzlyFoldingHunterFolding Knives – Folding knives have a blade that is connected to the handle by a pivot point.  This allows the blade to fold in and out of the knife handle making it extremely convenient to access and carry.  The folding knife has a hollow center that is used to house the knife blade.  The hollow center and pivot point make the knife less sturdy than a fixed blade knife.  Folding knives are a convenient and useful, but not as sturdy and reliable as a fixed blade knife.

Fixed Blade Knives – Fixed blade knives are one piece of metal surrounded by a handle.  The handle is not hollow and there are no pivot points making this an extremely durable knife.  Any serious hunter had at least one genuine fixed blade knife.101_4774

Knives also have different blades to choose from. Some of the most common knife blades are listed below:

The Straight or Plain Edge Blade – The straight edge it one piece if sharp metal without interruption.  The blade looks the same all the way through and the angle of the blade is the same throughout.  These blades give you a longer cut and more consistent cut because the blade is uniform throughout.

Serrated Edge Blade.   The serrated edge is rigid at the bottom and acts like a saw.  It is useful for cutting through materials that do not cut well with a straight edge blade.  The rigidness of the blade allows you to cut through tough materials that might give the straight edge blade some difficulty.

Clip Point Knife Blade – The clip point knife comes to a point at the end of the knife where the blade curves in.  The clip point knife is very useful and handy to do all your hunting activities.  It is extremely versatile and a standard among many outdoorsmen.

Drop Point Knife Blade – The drop point knife is thick and curved on both sides and does not come to a point.  It is especially useful for skinning the animal.  The blade makes it easy to skin because the knife is the same on both sides.

Once you have figured out what type of game you want to pursue you can focus in on the size of your knife.  Depending on what you need to accomplish on your hunt you have several types of blades to choose from.  The most important thing is that you have a reliable knife that provides you with the most utility.  You always want to be prepared for any task when hunting.  The knife you bring with you should never hold back your hunt.

Article source: Expert Articles

By: R Highland

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Beef Pot Roast With Mushroom Soup-wine Gravy

March 13th, 2015 by ironcooker

A Beef Pot Roast With Mushroom Soup-wine Gravy made in a cast iron dutch oven is something you will never regret making


4 lb  Beef round tip roast
2 tb  Cooking fat
1 md  Onion; thinly sliced
10 1/2 oz  Cream of mushroom soup
3/4 c  Burgundy wine
2 tb  Finely chopped parsley
1/8 ts  Garlic powder
1/4 c  Flour; for gravy

5In a Dutch oven, , brown meat in fat. Season
with salt and pepper and remove from pan. Pour off fat drippings.
Cook onion in drippings remaining in pan until soft but not browned; stir often.
Add mushroom soup, wine, parsley, and garlic powder; mix well.3
Return meat to pan. Cover and simmer for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until done. (Or cook
in a 325 degree F oven for same amount of time).
Turn meat once to cook it evenly throughout. When done, remove meat and keep
For 2 cups gravy, pour liquid from pan into a 2-cup measuring cup. Let stand for 1
4minute to allow fat to come to top. Discard all but 4 tablespoons (or less) of fat.
Add enough water (or other liquid) to measure 1 1/2 cups of liquid. Return to pan.
In same cup, measure 1/2 cup cold water and blend in flour. Add mixture slowly to
liquid in pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook until thickened, about 3
minutes. Taste gravy and correct seasoning, if necessary, with salt and pepper.
Slice meat; serve gravy separately, or spoon over meat.

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March 10th, 2015 by ironcooker

A camping recipe for your Dutch Oven

Most of you that have seen our set up at shows know one of the things we always have going over the weekend is a skillet or two of Hawaiian chicken.
Fried Potatoes and onions & some fried potatoes & onions with eggs fro breakfast is a normal thing to smell when you pass through our tents.
All cooked in cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens so you can actually see our products in use. I can actually say that one of my all time favorite  for one or two people
is the Universal Cookware stock pot that is a smaller version of a dutch oven with a handle, a skillet lid and can be used as a sauce pan.
So many of you have asked for this recipe.  I thought it was past due and should be shared with you. This is the full version that can be cut in half If you don’t
have the need for 8 chicken breast all at once.


Family size package of skinless chicken breasts, 8.
One can sliced pineapple.
Twelve ounce jar of your favorite BBQ sauce.
Marichino cherries.

Place four chicken breasts on the bottom of the 12″ Dutch oven. Use half of the sliced pineapple to place on top of the breasts,
pouring the entire juice over the chicken. The pour half of the BBQ sauce on top of this. Place another layer (the remaining four
breasts) on top of the previous chicken/pineapple layer. Layer again with the remaining pineapple slices, placing a cherry in the
center of each pineapple slice. Pour the remaining BBQ sauce on top. Place the lid on the oven. Place the oven on the coals and
cover the top of the oven with coals. Cooking time is 30 to 45 minutes, remove and check at about twenty minutes. When
finished, make sure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked before serving.

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Meat loaf in A Cast Iron Pan

March 10th, 2015 by ironcooker

Meat loaf cooked in a cast iron loaf pan

101_4757Recipe for a great tasting meat loaf 

1 pound hamburger
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 medium onion
1/2  tsp salt
1/2  tsp pepper
1/2  tsp garlic powder

Chop onion fine and wisk together with 2 eggs
Add salt, pepper,garlic & condensed milk
Mix in Parmesan Cheese
Add mixture to hamburger and mix well
Pour into a well oiled  9 x 5 cast iron loaf pan
Bake in a preheated oven at 350* for 1 hour
Temperature and time may vary depending on your location

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Decide The Best Family Camping Tents

March 9th, 2015 by ironcooker

There are a range of methods, sizes and colors available in Family Camping Tents.

Just about each type of family tent is containing the family requirement and volume. Family Camping Tents are better manufactured than ever with the advancement of skill. These tents complete of durable and weatherproof materials. Camping camping-tent-reviews-for-festivals-backpacking-and-the-outdoors-1500x545camping1-resized-600is one of the most advantageous hobby and not for everybody selection. Numbers of families take pleasure of their weekends away form domicile. Some like to search out an organized campground to camp for a few days or even a small number of weeks. Many of us feel like to join camping trip and some do not have deep importance in camping. They all feel like to buy Family Camping Tents for their camping trip.

Before you are buying tents you should notice some things during purchasing it. It can not be the best profitable experience to camp in unexpected weather, but some times with camping tents this type of situations can never be bad too much. Subsequently when ever you choose to purchase the perfect tent for your family you should decide a well made Family Camping Tents rather than fashion. You can consult internet for you desired style and resources. There are numbers of websites that are designed to give consumer opinions for honest reactions for product arrangement.

While you have lots of selection regarding Family Camping Tents then you can reduce your selection according to personal choice. Lots of tents are design as a large room while others have a channel between two rooms which fascinate the Kids. In the case of you have a Family Camping Tents which you utilize for camping every year, you will probably want to use it as long as possible. Many camping can quickly wear down a tent and careful measures must be taken to lengthen a tents life. You must be careful with all the pieces of tent and you must also confirm that you carefully follow the instructions for setting up and taking down the tents. The longer it will last if you treat the equipments enjoyable.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen using your camping tent on a tour, you may treat with care. The mobile cooking stove should not be set near your tent and you should make certain that the tent is at secure from your campfire. Do not move or pull flaps around your Family Camping Tents violently and make certain that tent does not become muddy or damp during a storm. This is particularly true when you are away from the camping location. Do not let Kids run around inside and do not place the tent on poles or logs that can break it with no trouble. Outside of the Family Camping Tents is also requirement to take care and do not let any of it sag. Some times food or drink is spilled on the inside; you should instantly wash and clean the family tent with material that suggested in manual information.

Make certain that when your journey comes to ends, you possibly will store the tents accurately. It is good to sweep out any dirt or foot crumbs that possibly will have gotten into your Family Camping Tents during the journey, before you opt for to pack it. This process ensures that you have to clean inside when next time you would want to set it up. You should in addition ensure that it is dry as you do not want mildew or other funguses to grow during compartment. Carefully fold it and take care that you do not stress any fabric or pieces that are prone to tear or destruction.

Article source: Expert Articles

By: Allen Hillen

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Chicken Fried Steak Dupree

March 8th, 2015 by ironcooker

Chicken Fried Steak Dupree

Dig out your big cast iron skillet for this recipe

serving size : 6
2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds top round or chuck steak — cut 3 to 2 inch thick
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups saltine cracker crumbs — rolled fine
1 onion — sliced
1/2 cup cream
2 cups chicken broth
1 dash worcestershire sauce — optional
1 dash hot sauce — optional

imagesMix 1/2 cup of the flour, the salt, and pepper together. Pound the mixture into both
sides of the meat with the edge of a heavy plate or mallet. Cut the meat into serving
pieces. Beat eggs together with the cream. Heat the oil in a heavy cast iron skillet
over moderately high heat. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the flour. Dredge the steaks in
the remainder of the flour, dip in the egg mixture, and then into the cracker crumbs.
Place the steaks in the hot oil and brown well. Turn and brown other side. Reduce
heat to medium, cover the skillet, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, turning
occasionally, until the steaks are cooked through and tender. Chicken fried steakchicken-fried-steak-with-creamy-white-gravy
should be well done, but not dry. Remove the steaks from the skillet and drain on
brown paper bags. Keep warm. Add the onion slices to the pan and sauté quickly.
Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the fat in the skillet and stir in the 3 tablespoons
reserved flour. Stir to incorporate any particles on the bottom of the pan and cook
for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the cream, then the chicken broth. Season the gravy with
worcestershire and hot sauce. Slice the meat across the grain and top with the gravy.

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How to Choose a Hunting Knife

Sunday March 15th, 2015 in Hunting & Fishing Life | No Comments »

Beef Pot Roast With Mushroom Soup-wine Gravy

Friday March 13th, 2015 in Dutch Oven Recipes | No Comments »


Tuesday March 10th, 2015 in Iron Cookware Recipes | No Comments »

Meat loaf in A Cast Iron Pan

Tuesday March 10th, 2015 in Iron Cookware Recipes | No Comments »

Decide The Best Family Camping Tents

Monday March 9th, 2015 in Family Camping | No Comments »

Chicken Fried Steak Dupree

Sunday March 8th, 2015 in Iron Cookware Recipes | No Comments »

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