This is a bit of a stray from my normal blogging about technology related things and stuff. Earlier tonight I carefully with surgical precision cut two large turkey halves in to strips of the perfect thickness to make turkey jerky. While preparing the marinade, I thought it would be appropriate to share the recipe with the world (well in a few hours when Google picks it up). This recipe was derived (really morphed) from a couple of recipes that I had tried, taking what I thought to be the best of both. I usually let the meat marinade for at least 24 hours to soak up all the salty goodness before dehydrating it. If you like the recipe or have any suggestions for improvement, please let me know. Without further bore, get your dehydrators ready….
1 tbsp – Garlic Powder
2 tsp – Onion Salt
2 tsp – Ground Pepper
1 tbsp – Honey
5 tbsp – liquid smoke
1/4 cup – Teriyaki (I used a Yoshida’s Sweet & Savory marinade)
2/3 cup – Soy Sauce
2/3 cup – Worcestershire Sauce
BTW, for those of you who were waiting for the geekiness in this post to rear it’s head, I will not disappoint you, this blog post was written on my new iPad using the WordPress App :). Enjoy.
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I have often thought of ways that I could help the environment, but they always seem to get back burnered by other things going on in my life. I do want to help; I guess it just hasn’t been a top priority. I do the basics like recycling paper, boxes, cans, bottles, etc. at home, but consciously or unconsciously, things slip through, or I’m too lazy to run the tuna cans in to the garage and drop them in the bin, or whatever the case may be at the time. My estimate is that in our house we recycle about 75% to 85% of the items that can be recycled which isn’t too bad but that number could be higher. I have seen various facts on T.V. or read an article on the internet and I always tell myself that I’m going to try harder but I never follow through because of busy schedules, or laziness or whatever. I know that busy schedules or laziness isn’t a good excuse, however it’s an excuse none the less and if it’s an excuse then I have to do something about it.
So what can I do?
One thing that I have done is that up until 10:30 this morning, we were using those big 5 gallon plastic water jugs that we got through our local water delivery company at my office. These bottles are not just a pain to change and deal with reordering, I also just recently learned that they are rarely recycled and they take approximately one thousand years to decompose back in to the Earth if they are not recycled properly and end up in a landfill.
Well, last week I met a very nice and knowledgeable woman named Susan Bierly from IMC Water Coolers who introduced us to the IMC Bottle Less Water Cooler System. Not only does this system produce better tasting water, it also helps the environment by not using those big 5 gallon plastic jugs. I also found out some other interesting facts about these water jugs that I won’t share here in case some of you may actually use them. So with the help of a corporate lease, I guess I’m helping out a little bit by switching over to a bottle less system.
So this brings us to right now and what I’m prepared to do to help the environment. This morning I was reading my morning Slashdot and saw the post about Blog Action Day, and decided to get involved in some way by writing this blog. I’m also going to do the following five things to help out even more:
1. I will be more conscious at home and take the extra few steps to throw that tuna can in the recycling bin.
2. I will talk to my daughter about how and why recycling is important to our environment.
3. I will Research and setup a recycling program in my office.
4. I will be more conscious when printing things out and use my PDF writer more often for archiving documents.
5. I will be more conscious of items that I purchase to ensure they are safe for the environment.
I know that there is a lot to be done as far as awareness is concerned and educating people about how we can help the environment so I hope that Blog Action Day assists in this quest. I will start with the above few items and see where it goes from there. Who knows in a few months I may be collecting rain water to water my backyard. Check back for updates as to how things are coming along.