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.

Blue Rhino Coupons and Rebates

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

wise company survival kit

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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Gerber Air Ranger Knife – $13.88 at Cabela’s

Gerber® Air Ranger Knife via Cabela’s

  • High-carbon stainless steel blade
  • Serrated-edge for slicing
  • Textured, checkered handle for a nonslip grip
  • Thumb stud for easy, one-handed opening

About from Cabela’s: “Made of high-carbon stainless steel, the serrated-edge drop-point blade delivers optimal sharpenability and exceptional slicing power. Precision, CNC-machined aluminum handle has textured checkering for a firm, nonslip grip. Hearty thumb stud provides easy, one-handed opening. Sturdy stainless steel pocket clip is convenient, reliable and strong. Locking liner for safety.”

As of this posting, this Cabela’s lists this for $39.99.  It’s marked down to $13.88.  Check product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Gerber® Air Ranger™ Knife

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Recipe: Jack Stack BBQ’s Cheesy Corn Bake!

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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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REI Co-op Guide to National Parks App…. FREE!

From the Hiking Project: “REI Co-op Guide to National Parks is your comprehensive guide to hiking trails and gems in our National Parks. Complete descriptions, vertical profiles, family tips and much more. See your live location on the trail map – never get lost!”

The REI Co-op Guide to National Parks is available for both iOS/iPhone and Android.  As of this posting, it’s free.

See: www.hikingproject.com/nationalparks

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1600 Kershaw Chive Knife [Blemished] – $27.95 + 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 $27.95.  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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Make Your Own Beer – Beginner Equipment Kit + Ingredients for your first batch – $79.99 + free shipping

Beginning Homebrew Kit

Making your own beer at home is fun and easy!

Brewer’s Best Beer Brewing Equipment Kit via Adventures in Homebrewing

  • 6.5 Gallon “Ale Pail” Primary Fermenter with Drilled & Grommeted Lid
  • 6.5 Gallon “Ale Pail” Bottling Bucket with Bottling Spigot
  • Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser
  • Airlock
  • Auto Siphon
  • Bottling Set-up
  • Instruction Manual
  • Hydrometer and Test Jar
  • Bottle Brush
  • Twin Lever Capper
  • Liquid Crystal Thermometer
  • Your Choice of recipe kit (several options to choose from) and Free Safale US-05 Yeast

As of this posting, AIH has this on sale for $79.99.  Shipping is also free to the lower 48 US States.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Beginning Homebrew Kit – remember promo code SUPER

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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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Weber Wood Chips

Weber-Stephen Products 17136 Pecan Wood Chips, 192 cu. in. (0.003 cubic meter)

Weber-Stephen Products 17136 Pecan Wood Chips, 192 cu. in. (0.003 cubic meter) by Weber

  • Pecan wood chips
  • Provides a rich & Sweet flavor
  • Use with fish, Port, poultry, lamb, & beef
  • 192 cu. in. (0.003 m^3) sized bag

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Weber-Stephen Products 17136 Pecan Wood Chips, 192 cu. in. (0.003 cubic meter) – multiple varieties available

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How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques Kindle Edition

How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques, A Barbecue Bible! Cookbook Kindle Edition

How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques, A Barbecue Bible! Cookbook Kindle Edition by Steven Raichlen

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

“Without a doubt the most interesting, comprehensive, and well-thought-out book on grilling ever and it’s destined to be in the kitchens and backyards of both professionals and home cooks. Every detail is made clear and easy in a concise and inspirational way. Spark it up! (Mario Batali, Molto Mario (The Food Network), Mario Batali’s Simple Italian Food)
The definitive how-to guide for anyone passionate about grilling, from the newest beginner to the most sophisticated chef. (Tom Colicchio, Think like a Chef)

Master the techniques that make barbecue great with this indispensable show-and-tell by Steven Raichlen. Using more than 1,000 full-color, step-by-step photographs, How to Grill covers it all, from how to build an ingenious three-zone fire to the secrets of grilling a porterhouse, prime rib, fish steak, kebab, or chicken breast. Plus the perfect burger. Includes 100 recipes – one to illustrate each technique – with memorably delicious results!”

Kindle Edition books can be viewed on your Kindle Device or on free reader applications available for your iPhone, Android or Windows smart phone – and  for your web browser via Amazon’s Cloud Reader.  This dynamic link will take you to the appropriate reader for your current platform.

How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques, A Barbecue Bible! Cookbook Kindle Edition


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Weber 6493 21-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush

Weber 6493 21-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush

Weber 6493 21-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush by Weber

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Weber 6493 21-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush

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