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Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson is a local teacher, web developer, and aspiring mountain man. He blogs about faith, economics, sustainability, and Alaska living: northernvista.org

Reflections from the Trapline

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The woods after the first snowfall have a distinctive sound. The world becomes quieter, and any remaining sound is muffled, as though filtered through cotton.

It’s in this new silence that I find myself snowshoeing through the trees.

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April 8, 2014

Destemming Currants (and other Berries)

I went out with the boys and picked 10 lbs of red currants the other day to make my annual batch of currant-raspberry mead.

I was dreading cleaning all those berries, then a simply idea dawned on me.

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August 27, 2013

Homemade Caribou Summer Sausage

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My brother and I had a terrific hunt last fall where we were both lucky enough to harvest a caribou.

Because we harvested big bulls, and it was after the rut, we decided to make most of the meat into sausage.

See the recipes.

June 7, 2013

Making Your Own Cottage Bacon

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A couple years ago I wrote a blog entry on how to make your own bacon. For a while now, I’ve had the itch to make more. The problem with making bacon is it can be prohibitively expensive.

Then I found out about cottage bacon.

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March 27, 2013

How to Make Your Own Sauerkraut

Homemade sauerkraut is extremely easy to make. All that is required is cabbage, salt, and a container to store your fermenting sauerkraut in.

Here is a brief, step-by-step guide to making your first batch!

See the recipe.

September 14, 2012