Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson is a local teacher, web developer, and aspiring mountain man. He blogs about faith, economics, sustainability, and Alaska living:

Reflections from the Trapline

Erik Johnson Trapline 1 The woods after the first snowfall have a distinctive sound. The world becomes quieter, and any remaining sound is muffled, as though filtered through cotton. It’s in this new silence that I find myself snowshoeing through the trees. Read more.

Destemming Currants (and other Berries)

I went out with the boys and picked 10 lbs of red currants the other day to make my annual batch of currant-raspberry mead. I was dreading cleaning all those berries, then a simply idea dawned on me. Click for more.

Homemade Caribou Summer Sausage

summer-sausage My brother and I had a terrific hunt last fall where we were both lucky enough to harvest a caribou. Because we harvested big bulls, and it was after the rut, we decided to make most of the meat into sausage. See the recipes.

Making Your Own Cottage Bacon

cottage_bacon A couple years ago I wrote a blog entry on how to make your own bacon. For a while now, I've had the itch to make more. The problem with making bacon is it can be prohibitively expensive. Then I found out about cottage bacon. Learn more.

How to Make Your Own Sauerkraut

Homemade sauerkraut is extremely easy to make. All that is required is cabbage, salt, and a container to store your fermenting sauerkraut in. Here is a brief, step-by-step guide to making your first batch! See the recipe.