Hello. My name is Kev and i live just south of Pittsburgh, PA. I have been a professional chef for 12 years. I am planning to open a restaurant in about a year. Durring the warm months i plant a garden with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, tomatoes, herbs, peppers, zuchinni, and cucumbers. I pickle, can, and cure as one of my hobbies. I have been making feta cheese for about 2 years and have just begun to get into jerky making and smoking cured meats. Normally ive only smoked chickens and brisket but have started to make Canadian bacon, jerky, and smoking other cuts of meat. I try to do as much from scratch as possible. I dont use mixes or sauces from bottles. I personally like to buy my meat from 4H auctions. They raise some very healthy animals. Last year we bought a pig and a lamb. It cost us less than $600 after all was said and done and we ended up paying about $2.00 per pound for pork and less than $3.00 per pound for lamb. This next year i plan on buying a steer, a pig, and a lamb. This weekend i plan on making my third batch of jerky. Ill be posting pictures soon.