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It's true Georgia and South Carolina are looking down the giving end of a double barrel storm shotgun with a very negative outcome predicted by the National Weather Service.  So, being the dedicated husband I am, I decided to make a nice grass finished braised beef brisket and root vegetables crock pot meal and stock base while marinating about 4 pounds of steak for jerky and steak sandwhiches.  I'll use about a cup of the crock pot stock to make tonights' french onion soup and some of the marinated steak to make steak/farmer cheese sandwhiches on fresh baked rye with  horesradish aoli. The rest will go into the dehydrator latter this afternoon to make some beef jerky. The brisket will hold for sandwhiches latter this week if we lose power.

Here are how they look. The little red circles (that look like oil) are slices of my dehydrated hot peppers I made last year. They still pack a wahlop!!!

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Tags: Ice, beef, brisket, crock, jefky, marinated, pot, storm

Comment by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 15, 2014 at 9:13pm
For once the weather folks were right. We were at the epicenter of the ice storm with 1.5 inches of ice. Been out of power since Wednesday night and got it back Friday evening. And if things aren't exciting enough, we got hit with 4.1M earthquake Friday night!! The jerky was the main stay of our meals with some homemade oatmeal raisin cookies, fruit, black forest ham and homemade bread with Apple butter. The beef brisket survived without spoiling even with the icebox hitting 48/50 degrees. We were lucky neither freezer made it above freezing. Have a major rain event heading this way next weekend. I'll be making more jerky this weekend along with some potato chips and vegetables in the dehydrator. Will crank up the smoker later this week when temps get around 60-70 and smoke a chicken or two. Now I can finish the dehydrator 101 I promised Jennifer this week!
Comment by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 17, 2014 at 10:28am

Finally, spring like temperatures coming back, birds back to the feeders in groves, power restored to all but 30,000 rural folks, roads and grounds clear. Massive cleanup of debris underway. And oh yea, another earthquake struck the area yesterday. This was a small aftershock- 3.1M vs the 4.2M of Friday's.  Did someone move me to California when I wasn't looking??  Put the jerky in the marinade to dehydrate, chickens in their brine along with a filet of corvina (just for Jennifer)/. Will post some photos as we go along.

Comment by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 17, 2014 at 10:35am

Lessons Learned from last week:  Think like your grandparents would have . If you have a warning period like we did, clean out your fridge of the expensive items, generally the meats/fish and dinners already made. Home dehydrate as much protien, veggies and carbs (fruit or yogurt leathers, crackers etc). as you can.  Jerky, leathers, crackers, nuts, old style candy like caramels, Mary Janess, and other "penny" candies you can find. Also, water is essential!  1gal per person per day. We had water pressure all the time, but, others within 2-3 miles didn't and sonme still have a boil/treat order in place due to pressure drops. Keep cash on hand to buy essentials like fuel, etc. Comm lines were the first to go down during this storm. If you have kids, get some old fashion family games out and start playing them like we did when we were kids. A good family snow ball (not ice ball) fight is a good way to get outside and break the housebound feeling. We used small oil lamps instead of candles - safer and portable and used battery operated radios to keep in touch with the world.  Get with the yarn folks on this site and see about making afgans, spreads, shaws, etc. Dee did that over the years, and we were very warm without additional heat sources in the house. Use this time to catch up on your reading. It's a warm, comfurtable feeling to read a book by the light of an oil lamp.  Above all, follolw the directions of your local leaders and couple that information with good ole fashion common/horse sense!  And enjoy the fact that you don't have an alarm clock bothering you!!! LOL!

Comment by Jennifer on February 18, 2014 at 10:33am

Hey, John: Thanks so much for keeping us posted on how you weathered the storm. So glad to hear you made it through safe and sound—and that your brisket did, too. I'm so impressed that you're already back at it, firing up the dehydrator. And yes, please, eat a big hunk of corvina for me!

Comment by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 20, 2014 at 6:43pm

Last week, 40 degrees, no power.  Today, 82 degrees, power.  So what to do?  Start up the dehyrator to make jerky now and prep a fillet of Corvina for smoking tomorrow. Now this is beef and fish that was in a small freezer in a fridge unit that never went above 29 degrees during the power outage and it survived very well. LESSON LEARNED: If you have a freezer, and fridge, and are warned that power failures will occur, set your freezer and fridge to the lowest setting possible for as long as possible. Our freezer was set at -4F and rose to +29F in 2.5 days of outage.  On a sad note, the brisket didn't make it.  We cooked it, smelled alright, but, had a blah taste. The neighbor's cats and dogs along with the rest of the local wildlife had a good meal. 

We are expecting severe thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, so what better time than to fire up the "Little Chief" electric smoker and smoke the Corvina while enjoying a home brewed beer on the screened in back porch.   Jennifer, your Corvina in the salt brine for tomorrow's smokin adventure on the left  and the jerky is on the right. Sorry I can't send it to you, but we'll let you know how it tasted! LOL!!

 

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