How to make homemade spikes and nails on the forge

Trayer-Wilderness-How-to-make-homemade-nails-or-spikes-on-the-forgeWell the Mountain Man has been busy in his smithy!  Wait till you see all the REALLY cool stuff he’s made.  Some of his new creations will be added to our website store and others will be shared here with his how-to videos.

Today’s video below will show you how to make homemade nails or spikes or hand forged nails or spikes.  We would love to hear back from you.  If there is something you have a desire to learn please be sure to drop us a line in the comments below so we can provide you with the information you are looking for.

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How to make homemade vanilla extract

MWJ - How to make homemade vanilla extractIn our effort to make everything from scratch I have added a new raw ingredient to my list… Vanilla extract…

It couldn’t be more simple and easy.

All you will need is the following:

♥ 3 vanilla beans
♥ 1 cup of vodka
♥ Glass jar with a tight fitting lid

Using a kitchen scissors cut the beans in half the long way leaving a half an inch still whole at one end so as to keep the beans together.

Pour the cup of vodka over the beans 100% covering the beans. Close the jar tightly and store in a cool dark place for 2 months or longer. Remember to shake the jar from time to time.

This will last for a long time and you can add more vodka to top it off.

There you have it…  It is that easy…

Enjoy and be sure to check back for more how-to’s on condiments this summer. I am finally getting a chance to get all my recipes in order…

Blessings to you and yours…  ♥



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Simple ways to organize your shop

This week I did two videos on organizing my shop.  Below are the two videos that I hope will add some organization to your shop, garage, basement, man cave, etc.




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How to make a chicken cone and butcher chickens

SRI_Trayer_How-to_Butcher_a_Chicken_PluckingOur family tries to do everything we possibly can for ourselves.  We purchased 30 laying hens and ended up with 5 roosters out of the bunch.  We didn’t want all those roosters in the coop so we fattened them up and decided they would do nicely in our freezer.  When it comes to putting meat up, we like to freeze, can, smoke and jerk our meats.

Today’s post will include information on butchering your chickens.  I will have a video upcoming on smoking a chicken and my wife, Tammy Trayer of Mountain Woman Journals, is working currently on two different e-books that will be ready soon that I think you will find informational. I grew up on one of the largest chicken farms in Central Pennsylvania, so I have been around this kind of stuff all my life.

We used what we called chicken cones for butcher which made the job very easy.  Below you will find a direct link to my video and it is also below for your viewing.   In addition, below the chicken cone video you will find a video on “How to butcher chickens”.

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You can also find my wife, Tammy Trayer’s debut articles “How To Butcher Chickens” as well as her other article titled “What’s In My Pantry” in Issue #19 of Self Reliance Illustrated which can be purchased here.

How to make a chicken cone

Please note:  If you have a weak stomach you may not want to watch.

How to butcher a chicken

I hope this has been helpful for you.  Please check back for my “How to smoke a chicken video”.