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Turkey Stew, Quick and Dirty

imageHere’s my turkey stew recipe — fast, easy, four ingredients, and slow carb (I don’t think the 2 grams of carbs per serving you’re getting from the cornstarch are gonna kill ya).

It turned out kinda thick, so maybe it’s hash. What the hell is hash anyway?  I’m too lazy to go to wikipedia.  Screw it, we’ll just call it stew.

Quick and Dirty Turkey Stew

4 cups diced turkey (free range if possible)*
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups green peas (1 can if you’re lazy)
2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
1 tbsp. corn starch
2 tpsp. water

Cook carrots and peas. Add to turkey in a large saucepan.  Put cornstarch in a small bowl and add cold water by drops, stirring constantly, until you have a non-lumpy slurry.  Put stock in a small saucepan over med/hi heat. Add cornstarch slurry, drop by drop, stirring constantly.  Heat to boiling and keep stirring. When you have gravy, pour it over the meat and veggies in the large saucepan. Stir well, add salt and pepper to taste, and heat on low.  Serves 4.

* You can substitute free range chicken — much easier to get and cheaper too.

Backcountry Must-Haves

A few things for the backcountry trip to Rapidan WMA

Although these are cheats under my resolution, I had to have them for my “primitive” camping trip to Rapidan WMA this weekend.  I put primitive in quotation marks because the trip will only be primitive in comparison to what camping traditionally means.  I won’t be taking any shelter, no sleeping bag, no flashlights, etc.  Just water, knife, first-aid kit, cordage, and simple food.

Anyway, here’s what I bought.  Clockwise from upper left: (1) Pelican 1020 dry-box for keeping cell phone safe and dry.  (2) Beef jerky.  I usually make my own from organic beef or game meat, but I had no suitable lean cuts on hand.   (3) QuikClot — just in case.  Finally stopped procrastinating and spent the $12.99.  This is what the armed forces use for gunshot wounds, and it’s a great addition to a civilian first-aid kit.

Everything else I need, I either already have or was able to get used or locally.

P.S.: If anybody is interested, I’ll put up my packing lists for camping and for preparing Bug-out bags and First-aid kits.