Seth McGinn’s Can Cooker

25 11 2015

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The Original Can Cooker by Seth McQinn. Photo: Can Cooker

The Original Can Cooker by Seth McQinn.
Photo: Can Cooker

At the Archery Trade Association Trade Show, I sampled a recipe that was made in Seth McGinn’s Can Cooker. I was absolutely amazed at how good and how easy the cooker made the meal. We have since used the Can Cooker on many occasions, and I never get tired of how the cooker can prepare a meal for a large group with little effort!

The Can Cooker comes from the use of a cream can on cattle drives and is updated for today’s lifestyles. The cooker is made of FDA grade approved aluminum, coated with an anodized coating, which means the aluminum never touches your food. Inside the cooker is a can cooker rack that suspends the food 1/2″ up off the bottom. The lid latches onto the can, and it has a rubberized seal to ensure a good tight fit. Just about any type of heat source can be used for cooking; electric or gas ranges, grills, camp stoves, coals or open fire; it cannot be used with induction stoves, however.  The process of cooking with the Can Cooker is done with steam, but there is a small hole in the lid so no pressure builds up.

Corned Beef and Cabbage in the Can Cooker! Photo: Diane Hassinger

Corned Beef and Cabbage in the Can Cooker!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

At the show, Hi Mountain Seasoning’s Brian and Craig from Can Cooker, teamed up to make Garlic Pepper Brats.Basic ingredients went in; potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onion, kielbasa, and Hi Mountain Garlic Pepper Brats. The liquid they chose to use was one can of Mountain Dew. I thought for sure all I would taste was the Mountain Dew, but steamed in the cooker, the flavors all mixed and blended perfectly. I could have eaten my entire dinner right there, but unfortunately a lot of people were waiting for their taste too. I knew right then we had to have one!

Sunday dinners are a big event at our house; the family, friends, and neighbors all come together to share a meal. Using the Original Can Cooker, which holds four gallons and can feed up to twenty people, I can cook for a big crowd in one vessel! A favorite of ours has become the Corned Beef and Cabbage; I combined the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, spices, and one can

The corned beef cooked in the Can Cooker. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The corned beef cooked in the Can Cooker.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

of beer. I used an Irish Ale. Everything was placed in the cooker, and cooked for fifty minutes once the steam started venting. The meal is delicious! The vegetables are not over cooked, and the meat is perfect. Being as only twelve ounces of fluid are used to cook with, nothing is water-logged. We have since created new recipes using venison, elk, caribou, bear, and wild hog. Each comes out wonderful.

I almost forgot the best part; clean up is a breeze! Since you are steaming the food, there is no baked on, caked on mess to deal with. A simple wash and you are all set to cook again.

The vegetables right out of the Can Cooker. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The vegetables right out of the Can Cooker.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

I take the Can Cooker with us when we are camping; the convenience of having a complete hot meal at the end of the day is just to hard to pass up. Whether I am using the camp stove or the open fire, I know our food will come out delicious. I do coat the bottom of the cooker with liquid dish soap to make cleaning the smokey residue from the camp fire easy. I do this with any of my pans I use over open fires.

The MSRP of the Original Can Cooker is $89.99 or $99.98 with the rack, and can be purchased at http://www.cancooker.com/cancooker-original-with-rack/. They also have a smaller version that holds two gallons, and it is perfect for feeding eight people.

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Camp Chef Cast Iron Square Dutch Oven

25 11 2015

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Not your traditional round Dutch Oven anymore! Photo: Camp Chef

Not your traditional round Dutch Oven anymore!
Photo: Camp Chef

I love cooking outdoors, and Camp Chef and cast iron have been a big part of that. Recently, I found that Camp Chef had come out with a 13″ Cast Iron Square Dutch Oven, and I had to have it!

Traditionally, Dutch Ovens have been round; some have legs, and you could cook indoors or out. Cooking with cast iron allows heat to distribute evenly, and it cooks your food perfectly. A well-seasoned cast iron cookware will last for generations and be non-stick. The Square Dutch Oven, obviously has bucked tradition to come up with a completely new design. This 13″ True Seasoned Finish Cast Iron Dutch Oven has a built-in thermometer notch and convenient loop handles on the lid. The lid can even reverse to be used as a grill or used upside down on the Dutch Oven to cook two items at once.  there are no legs on this oven, so you can use it in your home oven.  The Dutch Oven holds eight quarts enabling you to cook for your entire family!

My rolled caribou roast cooked in the Square Dutch Oven. Photo: Diane Hassinger

My rolled caribou roast cooked in the Square Dutch Oven.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

At home we have big family meals. One such meal was our rolled caribou roast, which I cooked in the Square Dutch Oven for twelve people. I placed the seasoned rolled caribou roast with the onion soup mix and water in the Dutch Oven. I cooked this at 350° for about an hour. Then I added potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and Brussels sprouts; I cooked it for an additional forty-five minutes to an hour. Dinner was delicious!

While camping the Dutch Oven is my go to pot. I love baked apples done over a camp fire, and they are easy to make. I just core the apples, place camp chef Rolled-Caribou-Roast recipethem in the Dutch Oven along with sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar, and about one inch of water. Then I place the oven either in the coals or over a small fire. About forty-five minutes later you have a hot, wonderful dessert to enjoy! Don’t limit yourself to just one pot meals or desserts, you can cook breads, casseroles, and meats.

The True Seasoned Finish enables your Dutch Oven to be seasoned right out of the box. If you continue to care for your cast iron cookware you can easily pass it down to future generations to use and enjoy. The MSRP is $77.50, and considering how long you can expect the Dutch Oven to last, this is a bargain! You can buy this and many other cast iron cookware at http://www.campchef.com/cast-iron-cookware/cast-iron-square-dutch-oven.html. There is also a link to a Cast Iron Recipe Book that can be downloaded to your computer or printed off at http://www.campchef.com/media/manuals/CastIronRecipeBook.pdf, which also has a section on caring for your cast iron cookware.

Find my recipe for the Rolled Caribou Roast at http://ladiesincamo.com/Harvest/2015/05/29/rolled-caribou-roast/.

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Yukon Gear Waylay for Women

18 11 2015

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The Yukon 1/4 Zip Baselayer top in Break-Up Country Camo. Photo: Yukon

The Yukon 1/4 Zip Baselayer top in Break-Up Country Camo.
Photo: Yukon

Yukon Gear is a large portion of my hunting clothes. For 2015 they have come out with many new styles for women, including the Waylay Outer layer Pants and the matching Women’s 1/4 Zip Base layer top. Paired together, you have an attractive but functional hunting outfit.

“To waylay is to lie in wait and intercept unexpectedly”¹, and the  Yukon Gear Waylay Outer Layers give you the ability to do that in comfort. The Women’s Waylay Outer Layer Pants are made of a Poly Spandex, Knit blend that is windproof, water resistant and breathable. They are designed to fit a women’s body, and have generous pockets, including for hand warmers, cargo pockets and rear seat pockets. The removable suspenders use carabiners to attach to the pants, they are easy to attach, and if you lose one, you can replace them just about anywhere. The knee height zippers make getting in and out of your boots easy, and can be snapped shut for ventilation. For comfort in the cold weather, they have been fleece lined. Sizes are available from small to 2XL. They come in a Break-Up Country Camo and tan combination, accented with pink.

The Women’s 1/4 Zip Base Layer top is made of moisture wicking brushed polyester, and can be worn as either a base layer or on its own. It is designed to keep you dry and warm, has a welded sleeve pocket, perfect for your cell phone or hunting license. The sleeves sport thumb loops to do double duty keeping your hands warm and protected. The sizes range from small to 2XL and comes in a matching coloration to the Waylay Pants. The Break Up County Camo is paired with tan and is trimmed with pink.

I have been wearing the set for early archery. The cut and material moves well with you, without binding. I have been climbing treestands and busting through brush, with not restriction and no snagging. I also don’t hesitate to wear the 1/4 zip top with my jeans as a casual look, and get compliments when I do! During a recent squirrel hunt, my daughter borrowed my clothes, she is a smaller build then I am, and the pants and top fit her just fine. There is a Waylay jacket that would complete the outfit, that is on my list for next year!

Shannon waiting to waylay her prey in Yukon Gears Waylay Pants and 1/4 Zip Base Layer Top. Photo: Diane Hassinger

Shannon waiting to waylay her prey in Yukon Gears Waylay Pants and 1/4 Zip Base Layer Top.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

See these and all of Yukon Gears apparel at http://www.yukongearhunt.com/catalog/YukonGear_2015_Catalog/index.html. The MSRP of the Waylay Outer Layer Pants is $99.99 and the Women’s 1/4 Zip Baselayer top is $54.99. You can find retailers to purchase these and all the Yukon Gear products at http://www.yukongearhunt.com/retailers.html.

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Mini Phantom Digital Call

15 11 2015

extreme dimension wildlife callsHave you ever been deer hunting, and heard the tell tale sound of a coyote in the distance? I have, and usually I have no way of calling that predator in close enough for a shot. Most times, having coyotes in the area means your deer hunt is over. Extreme Dimension Wildlife Calls makes a Mini Phantom Digital Call that is perfect for keeping in my pack, just waiting for those opportunities! The Mini Phantom is the smallest call in its class, and has many features only found in full size calls.

The handheld Mini Phantom Digital Call and the Interchangeable Sound Sticks. The Sound Sticks are about the size of a pack of gum. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The handheld Mini Phantom Digital Call and the Interchangeable Sound Sticks. The Sound Sticks are about the size of a pack of gum.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Mini Phantom Digital Call is a hand held call that is not any bigger than a flashlight. Measuring approximately 5 1/2″ long, 2″ wide and 2 1/2′ deep this small call takes up a minimum of space while projecting a very large sound. The call operates on 3 AAA batteries, and the battery life is phenomenal! I inadvertently left the call on from my last hunt in deer season, and 2 months later the call still worked, partly due to the unit being smarter then me, and turning itself off after 2 minutes of inactivity. The on/off volume control dial takes the sound all the way to a 110 db of volume, which is amazing given the size of the unit. The speaker is forward facing, and a accessory Mini Phantom Speaker can be attached for remote calling using the 25′ attachment cord.

The call uses interchangeable sound sticks, that come in many different animal combinations; Bear, Elk, Gobbler, Moose, Moose 2, Predator, Pred 2, Pred 3, Predator Quest 1, Predator Quest 2, Snow Goose, Whitetail, Deer 2, Duck, and Crow. Each stick contains 5 different effective sounds and a mute button. You have the ability to play 2 sounds simultaneously.

This coyote will not disrupt anymore deer hunts. Photo: Diane Hassinger

This coyote will not disrupt anymore deer hunts.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

I hunted for deer last season, while keeping the Mini Phantom in my backpack, just in case the opportunity arose to use it. As luck would have it, I was in a blind with my husband. We had been seeing deer all morning, when they just disappeared from sight. They had been feeding just out of range, so for them to just take off seemed odd. We heard yipping and a short yowl. I quickly pulled the call from my bag and hit the cottontail button. I played it for only a few seconds when a head was spotted in the distance. I hit the mute button, and the coyote made his way across the field. Dale wanted me to take the shot, but he was already with his slug gun. The coyote disappeared into a roll of the field, and we waited. As he cleared the roll in the field, Dale fired once at 124 yards and with a perfect shot dropped the coyote in his tracks. Now the best part! Since the coyote was no longer chasing game out of the field, I was able to take a good 9 point buck later in the same day! I have no doubt that having the Mini Phantom Call with me saved my deer hunt!

The MSRP of the Mini Phantom Digital Call is $44.99 and comes with 1 sound stick. The Interchangeable Sound Sticks are $19.99 each, and they can all be purchased at http://www.phantomcalls.com/Extreme-Dimension-Mini-Phantom-Series. Check the game laws for the state you are hunting in to determine if electronic calls are legal for the various game.

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Arctic Radwear by Radians

15 11 2015

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Everyone is affected by the heat at some point. On a recent trip to the Florida Keys, heat stroke was a real possibility. The new Arctic Radwear by Radians helped keep that possibility at bay.

The Radians Arctic Radwear Cooling Towel, Headshade, and Headband are made with Advanced ARCTIC™ Technology. This technology speeds the evaporation cooling process.  Using is simple: soak the band in water for 2 – 3 minutes and shake. This will provide cooling relief for up to five hours.  The patent pending stretch-fit spandex is designed to allow the band to move with your body. This provides a comfortable fit and allows for optimum blood circulation to help keep you cooler. All of the Arctic Radwear products are to be used during hot or strenuous outdoor activities: construction work, tough workouts, hunting, fishing, biking or hiking. The towel and the cooling pads on the Headband and Headshade are anti-microbial to prevent mold growth and unwanted smells. They are safe to use and reusable. The Headbands and Headshade come in several colors to coordinate with your clothing or activities. The Headband comes in Blue, Blue Paisley, Red Paisley, Camo, and High Visibility Lime. The Headshade comes in Blue, Blue Paisley, Red Paisley, and Camo. The Cooling Towel comes in Blue and High Visibility Lime.

The Radian's Arctic Radwear line includes the Cooling Towel, Headband and Headshade. Photo: Radians

The Radian’s Arctic Radwear line includes the Cooling Towel, Headband and Headshade.
Photo: Radians

My husband and I were down working on our boat and our friend’s home. Part of the time, we were replacing concrete block that had been damaged. As Dale proceeded to start laying the block, the sweat was already pouring off of his head. I quickly activated the Headband with water and had Dale start wearing it. It was easily noticeable that Dale no longer had sweat running into his eyes, and when I inquired about how hot he was, he replied “feeling good” with a smile. Later in the same trip, we were fishing out on the ocean, with no shade. I was wearing the Headshade, and at no point was I ever overheated. I also kept the Cooling Towel wet, and everyone was using it to wipe down their faces and even place it around their necks to increase the cooling effect. We were out on the water for four hours, and both the Headshade and Cooling Towel stayed cool to the touch the entire time! I also made use of the Arctic Radwear while we biked and walked the many hiking trails.

The Radian's Arctic Radwear Headshade was a huge aid while fishing in the extreme heat. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Radian’s Arctic Radwear Headshade was a huge aid while fishing in the extreme heat.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

It seemed the more I used them, the more ways to use them I came up with. I will be taking them with me this summer when we go camping. I usually get uncomfortable from the hot summer weather, and not having any way to cool down our tent makes sleeping difficult. I think the Cooling Towel, either under my head, or on my torso will provide me with enough cooling effect that I can get a good nights sleep.

The MSRP of the Radian’s Arctic Radwear are: Cooling Towel $12.99, Headband $6.99 and the Headshade $12.99. These items can be purchased at most sporting goods shops and on Amazon. For more information on these and other great products go to http://www.radians.com/radsite/index.php/retail/cooling-products. Click the video below for more information on the cooling products offered by Radians.

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Team Realtree 20″ Three Section Backpack

15 11 2015

pathfinderAnyone who knows me, knows I don’t stay in one place too long. I am always on the go whether it is work, hunting, or fishing. I generally travel with my computer and iPad, as well as a few other office type items and of course my personal items. Typically this means I need to take both my briefcase and a backpack when flying as my carry-ons. On my recent trip to ATA in Indianapolis, I was introduced to a bag that will easily take the place of both of my carry-on bags: the 20″ Team Realtree Three Section Backpack by Pathfinder!

The Team Realtree Three Section Backpack in Snow Blue color, packed and ready to go. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Team Realtree Three Section Backpack in Snow Blue color, packed and ready to go.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The backpack has three very well thought out sections; however, with all of the compartments and pouches I would count it as much more than three! The padded laptop compartment is located closest to the body, which helps mitigate the weight of the laptop pulling away from your back. They have incorporated an audio pocket that is perfect for an iPod or in my case, my iPhone. There is also a tablet compartment, a key fob as well as water bottle pockets and a complete organizer for all your pens, business cards, cords, and any other accessories needed. The central pocket is very spacious, and even with the two outer compartments filled, I still had ample room for my clothing and toiletries needed for a night or two. The whole bag is supported on your back by the padded shoulder strap system. The exterior of the bag uses Realtree Camo in various color patterns; Snow Blue, Snow Pink, Max-1 Purple, Max-1 Green, Xtra Orange, Xtra Lime, and Xtra Turquoise. There are two exterior buckles that help hold everything you have packed together. The interior is lined with a hunter orange fabric which is perfect for any bag I would be carrying!

I could have given you how many cubic inches the bag holds, but if you are like me, that would not mean much to you. So, I unpacked my backpack and took a picture of what it held; a 17″ laptop, iPad, Nikon Camera, files, external hard drive, notebook, leather bound hunting journals, wallet, cords, ear phones, eye glasses, sun glasses, Sudoku book, business cards, flash drives, pens, iPhone, water, V8, quart sized bag of toiletries, Inhalers, Epi Pens, prescriptions, Tylenol, hairbrush, three shirts and under garments plus my keys! I could have easily added more to the backpack, but I didn’t need to! This held everything that my briefcase and old backpack did but with style. The most amazing part for me is that my 17″ laptop fit easily in the bag. I have a hard time finding even a briefcase that will hold it. This backpack has already flown carry-on to Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale, did several road trips, and is showing no sign of wear and tear. I live so much of my life in camp that it is nice to bring it into my lifestyle too!

The unbelievable amount of items that fit into the backpack on my most recent trip. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The unbelievable amount of items that fit into the backpack on my most recent trip.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The MSRP of the Team Realtree 20″ Backpack is $120.00, and can be purchased at http://www.luggagepros.com/team-realtree-20-backpack.shtml.

The various colors that Pathfinder offers in their Team Realtree 20" Three Section Backpack. Photo: Luggage Pros

The various colors that Pathfinder offers in their Team Realtree 20″ Three Section Backpack.
Photo: Luggage Pros

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ShockEater Shooting Shirts for Youth

15 11 2015

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The Youth ShockEater Shooting Shirts come complete with a ShockEater Recoil Pad. Photo: Gamp Sports

The Youth ShockEater Shooting Shirts come complete with a ShockEater Recoil Pad.
Photo: Gamp Sports

Do you have youth shooters that love to shoot, but hate the recoil? If you do, you will want to check out the ShockEater Shooting Shirts for Youth from Gamp Sports. These customizable shooting shirts are designed with a shooting pad pocket that holds a ShockEater Recoil Pad.

What’s that, You haven’t heard of ShockEater? It’s a fairly new company, which has developed a unique shooting pad that is only 1.4 ounces in weight, and a mere 8mm thick, while maintaining a 6 1/2 X 3 1/2 inch size. They have incorporated a proprietary Nano-Poly™ technology into the pads which reduces felt recoil without changing the length of pull or altering your appearance. These pads provide superior shock absorption, in a form that is lighter and thinner than any foam or gel can provide. The pads conform to you and your gun to provide “proper gun fit and improving pitch and toe angles at the butt-stock”¹ These pads can help with shooting recoil from the newest beginner, all the way to the most seasoned professional.
I played with a ball of ShockEater Nano-Poly technology, and it defied logic. Like the pads, with a sharp impact, like recoil, the molecules stiffen and lock together to form a solid state that maximizes the recoil absorption. After impact, these same molecules relax and return to a soft and conformable state, ready for the next shot, impact or recoil. Playing with this ball of Nano-Poly, it felt a good bit like play doh, but when the ball was struck on the table, it shattered because it was so stiff. I was then able to knead the ball back into a pliable state, over and over again!
Sarah wearing the ShockEater Youth Shooting Shirt. You can barely see the recoil pad under the shirt. Photo: Diane Hassinger

Sarah wearing the ShockEater Youth Shooting Shirt. You can barely see the recoil pad under the shirt.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Shooting Shirts are available for either left or right hand shooters, in 36 color options. The sizes range from Youth Medium to Youth XL. If your youth shooter needs a larger size, there are both men’s and women’s sizes available also.All of the shirts are 6 ounce preshrunk, 100% cotton, unless you order the Safety Orange or Safety Green, then they come in the 50/50 cotton/polyester material. The breathable quilted pocket is sewn on the appropriate shoulder for your youth, and each shirt comes with a ShockEater Recoil Pad.

Sarah wore the ShockEater Youth Shooting Shirt on a recent day shooting clay pigeons. She does not like recoil, but even after several rounds of shooting, she was still ready for more! Sarah told me “The shooting shirt is comfortable, and did not hinder my range of movement. The recoil pad absorbed almost all of the recoil and made shooting a lot more enjoyable.” She now has ShockEater Recoil Pads in her Shooting Shirt and Miz Mac Shooting Vest.
You can find the ShockEater Youth Shooting Shirt Combo at http://gampsports.com/product/youth-shockeater-shooting-shirt-w-shooting-pad/, for the MSRP of $57.90. The ShockEater Recoil Pads can be purchased separately at http://gampsports.com/product/shockeater-recoil-pad/ for the MSRP of $34.95. Additional Shooting Shirts can be purchased separately for $24.95 at http://gampsports.com/product/youth-shockeater-shooting-shirts-100-cotton/. More information on ShockEater technology can be found at http://shockeater.com/what-is-shockeater/.
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