The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures

Sebastian Kaufmann, Alexandria Redgrave

Language: English

Pages: 309


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Modern living isn't easy. It often seems to require some know-how our parents didn't pass on, or a special tool. Happily, Kaufmann Mercantile has both, and in this comprehensive field guide, they share their expertise on a huge range of topics, from frying an egg, tying a tie, or brewing coffee to things the inner utilitarian in all of us aspires to do, like splitting wood, building a fire, growing our own food, or making our own soap. Fifty how-tos are organized into five sections: Kitchen, Outdoors, Home, Garden, and Grooming. Written in clear detail and extensively illustrated, The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide teaches us what we ought to know how to do, as well as what we'd like to. Supplemental sidebars feature the best tool for the job, whether a dibber for planting, the best rawhideand- ash snowshoes, or flammable smoking bags for making authentic BBQ. This book is a must-have reference tool for living well in the twenty-first century.

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and processing. The glass lids never rust or contaminate the flavor of the food, and the tab on the replaceable rubber rings, when facing downward, indicates clearly that the seal on that jar is intact. TWO Outdoors HOW TO Split Wood 58 Start a Campfire 62 Master Basic Knots 66 Fix a Flat Bike Tire 70 Read the Sky 76 Walk On Snow 80 Build a Shelter 84 Forage for Wild Edibles 88 Ford a Stream 92 Bait a Hook and Gut a Fish 96 Smoke Food 100 SPLIT WOOD “I learned to split wood thanks

unpredictable water volume and dangerous currents. Dry Boots, Happy Hiker Always remove your hiking boots before crossing and store them somewhere high and dry. (As anyone who’s had to trek in wet boots can attest, blisters form much easier in moist environments.) A gentle, sandy stream with a tolerable temperature can be traversed barefoot. If you’re unsure of bottom conditions, water shoes or sandals will help protect your feet. Or double up your socks and wear them in the water. (Just make

certain plants. If you live in a warmer climate, you can usually count on a longer growing season even without a cold frame and may be able to grow tougher plants—such as kale, carrots, hardy greens, and root vegetables—throughout the winter months. 3  Once you know your zone and have a general idea of what kind of plants you’d like to nurture, take a good look at your intended garden area and record how much sunlight and shade it receives each day of the growing season. You can even take a

(whip it around twice). THE WINDSOR For a more robust knot, try the Windsor, popularized by the Duke of Windsor himself as a style that created a larger knot without the need for thicker material. But the Windsor can be taken to collar-blocking extremes; remember, bigger is not always better. Start by holding the blade (wide end) in your left hand, hanging roughly 12 inches below the tail (narrow end), which is in your right hand. Cross the blade over the tail, then bring it up through the

butter with another piece of parchment and fold up the edges, securing them with tape or string. 4 Store the discs in a small, airtight container in the freezer. You can thaw the amount you need at the drop of a hat, impressing any friends who happen to stop by. CARE FOR KITCHEN KNIVES “Cooking is an art and a craft. Like any craftsman, you must maintain your tools. Buy a quality knife (you really don’t need more than three) and appreciate the food that it makes possible to cook and eat. Love

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