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  1. Electric Roaster for Sausage

    Looks like a 25 pound batch? Were you able to fit all of that in one batch, or split in two?
  2. Electric Roaster for Sausage

    You can also steam cook them in your smoker... FROM CURLY'S SAUSAGE KITCHEN page: Steam cooking speeds up the process of the final cooking stage in sausage making. Makes for a better wrinkle free sausage, using humidity as heat source instead of dry heat. Take a full pan of water and bring to a full boil on stove. Place boiling pan of water and put on heat source of smoker Turn heat to high so to keep water at a FULL BOIL. Close damper you want to keep humidity in smoker. Make sure pan of water does not run out, add more boiling water. Cook sausage to 150 degrees, this will take about half of regular cook time. When sausage is cooked cold shower with cold water.
  3. Venison Bacon

    I make 25 pounds of this every year from a seasoning I get from Curly's Sausage Kitchen. It's awesome stuff!
  4. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    I've been waiting for Wiggins to put effort and talent together, and I don't think it's a fluke... He has been AWESOME! No ceiling for this squad once they turn a corner defensively. They still have some work to do there, but it's been a fun start to the year! And yes, I can't just gloss over Cousins's talent--he's got an endless supply and is a one-man wrecking crew--but if he acts off the court anywhere close to how he acts on the court, I don't care to have a beer with him any time soon...
  5. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    Another close game, another W. Nicely done! The Wolves weren't exactly firing on all cylinders, but some questionable fouls + sloppy technique kept KAT on the bench for most of this one. Which meant our bench players needed to step up...and boy, did they! But my overall take away was this... DeMarcus Cousins is the BIGGEST FLOPPER in the world. RIDICULOUS! I have zero respect for him as a player. Zero. What a tool.
  6. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    Teague was much improved last night, but it's obvious Butler is quickly becoming the backbone of this young team. 4-1 with him, 0-2 without... He makes Wiggins better and he seems to get the best out of KAT, too... He doesn't fill up the stat sheet each night, but it's the little things he does that allows others to shine. We were in so many games until the 4th quarter last year, but you just KNEW we were going to blow it (and we did...time and time again). But this squad is different. Already you feel like they will find ways to close teams out, and they are doing that. That's what winning clubs do, and it's about darn time!
  7. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    Well, some good things, some bad things... We didn't pull of the win on the road as I'd hoped, but I think there were some positive take-aways... Defensively, we aren't fixed, but we are looking better. Taj jumped off the screen last night with his aggressive D. I think his presence will help a lot! We played good defense at times, but it was VERY streaky. It seemed that throughout the night SA went up by 8-10, then we buckled down to pull with a bucket or tied it up, repeat... Butler looks like he needs a few more games to gel with the boys, but I think his addition can't be overstated. If even for one game, he seemed to light a fire under Wiggins. If we can get some form of consistent 3 point shooting, we will be talking a lot more about wins than losses this year!
  8. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    Well, pre-season is pre-season, but it sounds like Butler is fitting right in. 2-0 means nothing right now, but it sounds a lot better than 0-2! We have steadiness at the coaching position, upgraded talent, and guys that go toe-to-toe with pretty much any team out there. I've said (and been dead wrong) for years... This is our year! Lol. But seriously, anything less than a DEEP playoff run will be very disappointing. No more excuses...
  9. Sorry, haven't logged in here forever. I actually slice, fry in butter, then freeze in portions. Then thaw and re-heat in a frying pan with a bit more butter. They seem to have a much better texture after they freeze (freezing causes the cell walls to rupture which tenderizes the mushroom). I've eaten them after a full year from the freezer and they are still great! I get the little fold-over plastic sandwich bags and put portions in there, squeezing out any air, then put those portions into a larger heavy duty freezer bag. Works great!
  10. Awesome haul, Jerkin'm! Was out a week ago and found about 150 lobsters, kept 103. Very few, VERY dry chants. Recent rains may turn the tide...I hope.
  11. Viking's Free Agency, 2017

    And just like that Heinicke had his worst day as a pro yesterday and looked completely lost, apparently. Wonderful...
  12. Viking's Free Agency, 2017

    While I agree we need to take more swings at QB, we do have a developmental QB on the roster in Taylor Heinicke, and by all accounts he's looked really good so far this summer. Had he not kicked through a pane of glass last year about this time we'd have seen more progression, but he's said to be quite a bit better than Keenum (which, granted, isn't saying much). Bradford has been great in camp, and I think he played outstanding last year considering how HORRIBLE our OL was. 20TDs to just 5 picks with no run game. Consider for a moment that Trent Dilfer won a SB with the Ravens while throwing 12 TDs to 11 picks in 11 games played... That's what a dominant defense can do, and we have one of those... We also have a QB that protects the ball and I think a great find in Cook at RB, and that is enough to make a run. The bottom line is if ANY starting QB goes down, that team is likely pooched that year in terms of their offense. Everything hinges on health in the NFL.
  13. Jackrabbit Mystery

    That could certainly be a part of it, but jack pines, cedar swamps, and spruce swamps are the main haunts I frequent, and they don't change too much over time. That said, there is probably some link to food, etc., that has changed, or predation was too great for a time, etc. I'm sure you're on to something there... I've heard big swings can be the mark of lynx migration and owl migration, both of which do occur in this part of the state, sometimes prolifically (especially owls).
  14. Jackrabbit Mystery

    They do fluctuate greatly, or so we are told, but it seems they haven't had an upswing in my neck of the woods going on 20 years now... I used to be an avid Snowshoe Hunter. Would be nothing at all to see 20-25 per trip with minimal effort in 3-4 hours. Now the same amount of time, and relentless brush pounding might result in seeing 4-5 hares at best. I hear of 7 year cycles, 10 year cycles, etc., but I see no evidence of that where I live and hunt.
  15. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    I will miss Rubio's defense, no doubt about that, and for a team struggling to find their defensive prowess, I hope this loss is mitigated by a good defender in Butler, and defenses needing to respect Teague's shooting enough to open up more scoring changes for KAT and crew. We will need to get better on the defensive side of the ball, but I think our offense is primed to really take off. I am liking this off-season, too!