Wise Company: 3 Day Survival Kit [Food and Guide] – $19.99, Save 50% + Free Shipping

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3 Day/72 Hour Emergency Survival Kit from Wise Company.,  Includes 3 days of food for one person along with a PDF survival guide

As of this posting, Wise has this marked down 50% to $19.99.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses.  Check site for current offering and price.

3 DAY SURVIVAL KIT

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Blue Rhino LP Tank Rebate – swap or new tanks

As of this posting, Blue Rhino is offering a $3 rebate when you buy a Blue Rhino Propane Tank (with or without exchanging the empty tank).  Check Blue Rhino’s site for up to the minute details and availability.

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The Case for Better Coffee – how to make a better cup

French Press Starter KitPictured: French Press Starter Kit – via La Colombe

A good number of years ago, I had the pleasure of watching Alton Brown’s Good Eats on the subject of coffee.  It explained many things and helped me understand why I was struggling to produce something that I would call a good cup of coffee.  Since I have had the pleasure of traveling to Central America many times and have furthered my love and appreciation of a good cup of coffee.  I’ve gone from drip to french press to pour-overs to roasting my own green coffee beans to making espresso in my home that rivals or often time exceeds the brew that’s coming out of many coffee shops at a fraction of the price.  Here are some tips to take your cup to the next level no matter where you are in the spectrum.

  1. For the pre-ground drip coffee maker crowd – Use the right amount of coffee.  Generally speaking, you’re looking for 2 tablespoons per 6 ounces of water.  If you like your coffee weaker than that… dandy.  Make it using 2 tablespoons for 6 ounces and dilute it to taste with hot water.  Using too little coffee draws unwanted and bitter compounds from the coffee.  Use the right amount of coffee.
  2. Start with good water.  If your water is overly hard or otherwise unpleasant pick up a filter or consider using bottled water.
  3. Grind your own.  The biggest bang for the buck improvement in my opinion is grinding your own beans.  Green coffee beans have a shelf life of years, in fact some think that green coffee beans get better as they age.  Roasted coffee beans have an optimal shelf life of 2 weeks or under.  Ground coffee has a shelf life of… minutes.  Ground coffee has a lot more surface area (compared with whole unground coffee) to interact with oxygen and stale/oxidize.  Also fresh beans release CO2.  That CO2 helps to drive important oils and flavors out during the brewing process.  Ground coffee left to sit, releases all its CO2.  Leaving no CO2 left to help drive the flavor extraction process.  All pre-ground coffee is stale. Amazon Best Sellers in Coffee Grinders
  4. Get the grind right.  Each brewing method calls for a specific grind size.  That grind corresponds with the speed of the method and helps extract the right flavors and compounds.  Choose the right setting for your equipment.
  5. Get fresh beans.  Look for a busy coffee roaster that includes roast dates on the bag.  Busy means beans aren’t sitting around too long.  In my opinion… I suggest running away from bins of coffee beans.  These are open the air and are most likely stail.  Who knows how long they’ve been sitting there.  Run from the bins!
  6. Skip the drip coffee maker.  Most drip coffee makers do not get hot enough for optimal brewing.  A pour over brewer is generally inexpensive and gives you control over your water at a reasonable price.  You can be certain your water is hot enough by heating it yourself in a tea kettle.  In my opinion a freshly ground pour-over coffee is an economical way to get a great cup of coffee that outclasses most drip machines.
  7. If you want to make the jump to espresso… plan on saving up.  A quality setup is pricey.  Expect to spend $400+ for just the grinder.  I started with a cheap espresso maker (real cheap) and had terrible results, I moved on to a Rancilio Silvia and a Rocky Grinder and have since moved on to a Rocket Espresso Appartemento.  A great cup of coffee can be made relatively inexpensively with fresh beans that have been recently ground using a method that allows you to heat up the water to the right temperature – french press, pour-over, chemex and more.  Inexpensive and quality espresso setup are mutually exclusive terms in my opinion.

If you’re happy with your cup of Joe, that’s what counts.  If you’re not and looking to improve consider some of these ideas.

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ThermoWorks Smoke Wireless Thermometer – Private Open Box Sale

From ThermoWorks:

“We have accumulated a small number of Smoke units that, for various reasons, we will not sell as new units. Smoke™ Open Box Includes:

  • sales demos
  • customer returns
  • cosmetic seconds
  • slightly damaged packaging
  • refurbished units

While not the same as new, all units are like-new and include the full warranty. They include Smoke, Smoke Receiver, Pro-Series High Temp Cooking Probe, Pro-Series High Temp Air Probe with Grate Clip, and operating instructions. In most cases, you won’t be able to differentiate these from new stock.”

As of this posting, open box units are available for $76.  That’s a 23% discount.  Note that you must use this private page to get the deal, as the standard product page will not show the discount. Check ThermoWorks for current price and availability

Private Open Box Sale – Standard Product Page:Smoke

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Recipe: Jack Stack BBQ’s Cheesy Corn Bake! – from Jack Stack

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Jack Stack BBQ, you’re probably familiar with their Cheesy Corn Bank. It’s pretty amazing.

Jack Stack used to make this recipe available on their website, that was years ago.  From what I can gather, it has since been pulled down.

Here is the recipe.  Credit goes to Jack Stack BBQ

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, cubed 1”
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup 2% Milk
  • ½ tsp Garlic Salt
  • ¼ lb Smoked Ham, diced ¼”
  • 10 oz Kernel Corn, frozen

Procedure:

  1. In a four-quart sauce pan, over low heat, melt cream cheese, cheddar cheese, & 2% milk. Stir constantly to prevent scorching, until thickened, smooth and bubbly.
  2. Stir in garlic salt and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in corn and ham.
  4. Transfer mixture to a two-quart casserole dish.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.

Variation: I’ve also put this on the smoker instead of baking.

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1600 Kershaw Chive Knife [Blemished] – $29.95 + Free Shipping

1600 Kershaw Chive Knife plain Blade 3" frame lock New *Blem* assisted opener

1600 Kershaw Chive Knife plain Blade 3″ frame lock New *Blem* assisted opener

  • Steel: 420 HC
  • Handle: 410 stainless-steel
  • Blade Length: 1.9 in.
  • Closed Length: 2.9 in.
  • Overall Length: 4.8 in.
  • Weight: 1.8 oz.
  • SpeedSafe® Assisted Opening
  • Frame Lock
  • Thumb Stud/flipper
  • Removable Pocket Clip

The description says that these are brand new, mechanically perfect knives with cosmetic blemishes.  Check the offering description for full details.

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $29.95.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

1600 Kershaw Chive Knife plain Blade 3″ frame lock New *Blem* assisted opener

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ThermoWorks Smoke Wireless Thermometer – Private Open Box Sale

From ThermoWorks:

“We have accumulated a small number of Smoke units that, for various reasons, we will not sell as new units. Smoke™ Open Box Includes:

  • sales demos
  • customer returns
  • cosmetic seconds
  • slightly damaged packaging
  • refurbished units

While not the same as new, all units are like-new and include the full warranty. They include Smoke, Smoke Receiver, Pro-Series High Temp Cooking Probe, Pro-Series High Temp Air Probe with Grate Clip, and operating instructions. In most cases, you won’t be able to differentiate these from new stock.”

As of this posting, open box units are available for $76.  That’s a 23% discount.  Note that you must use this private page to get the deal, as the standard product page will not show the discount. Check ThermoWorks for current price and availability

Private Open Box Sale – Standard Product Page:Smoke

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SOG BladeLight Fillet Knife

SOG BladeLight Fillet Knife w/Light BLT32K-CP - Built-in 6 LEDs, Hard Molded Nylon Sheath, 7.5" Blade

SOG BladeLight Fillet Knife w/Light BLT32K-CP – Built-in 6 LEDs, Hard Molded Nylon Sheath, 7.5″ Blade by SOG

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Glass-reinforced nylon handle provides a solid grip, even when wet. Perfect for cleaning your catch in low light
  • 6 LEDs molded into the handle on either side of the knife blade. Lights burn just over two hours with one AAA battery
  • Straight edge, 7.5-inch steel fixed blade has a satin finish
  • Quicker and deeper puncture upon insertion, sharpens easily and makes quick work of any task
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty

 

SOG BladeLight Fillet Knife w/Light BLT32K-CP – Built-in 6 LEDs, Hard Molded Nylon Sheath, 7.5″ Blade – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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    Thermapen Mk4 -Two Color Sale – 20% Off! – Save $20

    ThermoWorks is marking down their stellar Thermapen Mk4 (Mark 4) by 20% to $79.20 as part of two colors sale.  That’s about a $20 savings.  Note that this deal applies yellow and blue color units only.

    The stellar Thermapen Mk4 thermometer boasts a number of outstanding features including – auto rotating display, auto off with intelligent sleep and wake modes, intelligent backlight -standard, 3,000 hour battery life (now uses easy to find AAA batteries!), 3 second read times, accuracy to +- .7 deg F and… Waterproof! to IP66/67 standard.  The Mk4 is the best thermometer I own.

    Thermapen Mk4 – $79.20 [In yellow and blue – other colors are more]

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    LauKingdom BBQ Meat Claws

    LauKingdom BBQ Meat Claws – Barbecue Meat Handling Shredder Claws Set of 2 – BPA Free Heat Resistant up to 475°F Pulled Pork Shredder Claws Grilling Accessories Gift, Black

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    • FDA-APPROVED & SAFE FOR YOUR HEALTH – Made of food-grade BPA free Heat Resistant Nylon material, which is 5 times stronger than most-used material ABS and heat resistant up to 475°F, so you don’t have to worry about it melting and safe for your health.
    • TIME SAVING – BBQ claws are the key to perfectly shredded meat without the headache of knives and forks. You can shredder the meat such as pork, chicken, beef in 10 seconds efficiently. Save your time and enjoying the delicacies.
    • KEEP YOU FAR AWAY FROM HEAT – Meat claws shaped so you can pick up and carry hot foods in the kitchen without dropping them or burning your hands.
    • EASY TO USE & CLEAN – Lift, handle, shred and pull the meat with the meat claws easily, and Clean your bbq shredders and top shelf dishwasher safe.Super simple and easy clean up with no mess.

     

    LauKingdom BBQ Meat Claws – Barbecue Meat Handling Shredder Claws Set of 2 – BPA Free Heat Resistant up to 475°F Pulled Pork Shredder Claws Grilling Accessories Gift, Black


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      Lavatools Javelin Pro Duo Thermometer – $36.99 on Massdrop

      javalin pro duo thermometer

      About the Javelin Tools Pro:  Fast 3 second readings, Accurate to within less than 1 deg F, 2″ Ant-fog LCD display.  Motion activated backlight.  Ambidextrous design.  Integrated magnet for storage.  IP65 splash resistant rating.

      As of this posting, deals site Massdrop has this for $36.99.  Because of Massdrops agreements with retailers, a free account is required to see or buy this.  Check Massdrop for current price and availability.

      Lavatools Javelin Pro on Massdrop

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      Schrade SCHMBSCP 22.6in Full Tang Priscilla Brush Sword

      Schrade SCHMBSCP 22.6in Full Tang Priscilla Brush Sword with 16.1in Powder Coated Stainless Steel Blade and TPE Handle

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      From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

      • DIMENSIONS: 22.6 inch (57.5 cm) overall length with a blade length of 16.1 inches (40.8 cm) and a weight of 19.8 ounces
      • DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 3Cr13 Powder Coated S.S. with a black, textured thermoplastic elastomer handle
      • DEPENDABLE: Quick and easy access with the convenient thermoplastic belt sheath with shoulder strap making it ideal for everyday carry
      • SECURE: Have confidence that the blade will not slip with the security of the ergonomic finger guard, grommet holes and slots for lashing
      • BE PREPARED: Knife features a recurve blade and a lanyard hole for vital use and secure grip during any situation

       

      Schrade SCHMBSCP 22.6in Full Tang Priscilla Brush Sword with 16.1in Powder Coated Stainless Steel Blade and TPE Handle for Outdoor Survival, Camping and EDC


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