Author Archives: Sheane Meikle

Mushroom Cooking Sauce (Fish Sauce Alternative)

Being someone that enjoys cooking Asian cuisine, but who is also both Celiac (can’t have gluten) and allergic to all seafood it can prove a challenge. I have scoured the internet for gluten free and vegan(vegan means no fish) fish sauce and one thing I found was that they all used Shiitake mushrooms to accomplish the earthy taste needed in a fish sauce. I love mushrooms and set out to create my own fish less gluten free fish sauce alternative and think I have come up with a pretty good facsimile.  I have used both dried Shiitake and Lions Mane Mushrooms in this sauce as I found that the Shiitakes provide the earthiness and the Lions Mane gives it that subtle fish taste. These mushrooms are easy to find at most Asian groceries.

Makes 6 cups

12 cups water

1.5 ounces dried Shiitake mushrooms

1.5 ounces dried Lions Mane mushrooms

3/4 cup course salt

1/2 cup soy sauce (I use gluten free soy sauce as most contain wheat)

1 teaspoon liquid smoke (I like to use Maple or Hickory)

1 cup chopped onion

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over high heat. reduce heat to medium and simmer until reduced by half (about 30 minutes) Remove from heat and allow to steep for 4 hours. Strain and reserve mushrooms. Pour into clean sterile jars and water bath process for 30 minutes. Once open store in fridge for up to a month.

Slice the reserved mushrooms up and saute them in butter and serve on toast with fried egg as they taste great, but are a little salty on their own.

 

 

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Hunting Part 2: The Basics

 In Part 2 of our hunting spotlight Sheane talks to Cody Jorgensen about hunting basics. From different types of hunting styles to meat handling they cover the basics.  Cody is an avid hunter and quite knowledgeable on the subject. We apologize for the sound quality as the one microphone had very bad background noise, however… Continue Reading

Mad Meikles Podcast 21 Biofuels Primer

In this episode the mad ones discuss biofuel production in very basic terms. Not since the Second World War has there been such an interest world wide in biofuel production as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels.  The US government through the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) has even developed a gasifier that is easy to build… Continue Reading

Mad Meikles Podcast 20 Grilling and BBQ

Spring is here and time to dust off the grill and bbq. In this episode Sheane and Heath discuss Grilling, BBQing, and Smoking. Dust off your grill, dig out your favourite recipe and get your cook on.   Subscribe to the podcast below and know immediately when the latest episode is ready. Be sure to… Continue Reading

The Off Grid Journey to Self Sufficiency Part 3 Generation of Power

In the last installment of “The Off Grid Journey to Self Sufficiency” we discussed battery banks and how they work. In this installment we will discuss power generation. Particularly we will focus on ways to charge the battery bank we created in the last installment. There are 4 main ways to generate the power needed to keep… Continue Reading

Mad Meikles Podcast 18 Urban Farming

Winter doldrums getting you down? High price of fresh green sucking your wallet dry? Time to start growing you own fresh greens indoors. In this episode the guys talk about growing all things green from micro-greens to Swiss chard and lettuce. Drive those doldrums away and at the same time relieve some of the pressure… Continue Reading

Mad Meikles Podcast 17 Rabbits

In this Episode the Mad ones discuss raising and butchering rabbits. Sheane also introduces his new ebook on rabbits. Rabbits are one of the most versatile animals to raise in both an urban and rural homestead and hopefully this episode will have you considering adding this gem to your barnyard.  Raising Rabbits: The Ultimate Livestock… Continue Reading