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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 - 7:00 am

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 - 4:00 pm

Homemade Caribou Summer Sausage


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 - 7:00 am

Making Your Own Cottage Bacon


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 - 7:00 am

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!

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September 14, 2012 - 5:00 pm