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Hi from Alaska!

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Hello all.


My name is Frank and I'm currently living in Anchorage (JBER - Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson) Alaska. I'm medically retired from the US Army and my wife is active duty in the Air Force. Because I'm 100% medically retired, I am a stay at home husband. As such, I tend to the home front. One of the most challenging things for me is cooking, preparing meals, coming up with things to cook, etc. 


We recently started fishing here, for salmon mainly, and we LOVE it! With large catches (from my wife mainly), I had to start smoking the fish, so we purchased a smoker. We bought a Bradley smoker, our first, from Fred Myers. As of 2013, Fred Myers discountinued carrying the Bradley smoker; shame on them! The down side to this purchase is that now there is no one in Alaska that sells and supports Bradley smokers, so no Bradley wood pucks. I've recently found the Peterson Puck's and will try these. 


I came upon this web site (and thrilled that I did) as a result of trying to find a good vacuum sealer machine. We purchased the one from Costco, it lasted through 22 sock-eye salmon before it died, about 132 packages. We took it back, got our money back and am now in need of a new sealer, and FAST!


I found the Vacuum Sealer Unlimted site and have emailed Lisa for assistance. It looks like the Vac Pro 305 is the best to get but not certain. In any case, I hope to hear from her soon. 


I look forward to learning from this site. I desperatly need/want to learn how to smoke, seal, and do canning, so I can become a better food preparer. I need to become a better cook too, before we end up eating all our meals out, besides the salmon that is. 


So, any ideas, advise, suggestions on how to better seal, smoke and preserve (maybe canning, as I"ve never done this), would be welcomed!




Frank from Alaska.

post #2 of 6

Frankwelcome1.gif and thank you and your wife for your service.

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.


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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Thank both of you for your Service! usa.gif


Call Lisa too....she can figure out what will be best for your needs.  She is great and give good services.


You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it has great information to use no matter your skill level!


We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. 

If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a kindle, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.


If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per Jeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!


If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!



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Hi Frank! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you joined us! We have over 50,000 members now who just love to share what they know. You've come to the best place on the net to learn and share everything Q!!!
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Hello Frank, and welcome aboard!  Thank you to you and to your wife for your service to our country!  usa.gif



post #6 of 6

Hi Frank,


Lived in Anchorage for a while when I was a boy!


welcome1.gif to the SMF, the best BBQ site on the web.  Whatever you need to know about the fine art of BBQ you can find it right here, from recipes to technical knowledge.


One thing you need to know about us is that we like to see pictures of your creations and your gear.  We call it Q-View and its basically the Rules.gif!!!


So, don't just talk about your food, show it!  Otherwise you may get a gentle reminder, like this...


worthless.gif  or this...th_What_NO_QVIEW.gif

Good Luck and Get Smokin'



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