Recipe Conversion

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So you're the new cook's helper.

Foreman said you'd be around.

Heard you're a little green though, never been to the logging camp before.

Well, I have a few minutes to show you around.

But I hope you're a quick learner.

The men are sleeping down in the bunkhouse and they're going to be up shortly for breakfast.

[ man shouts ] Daylight in the swamp!

As the cook, I am the second highest paid person in the camp.

That goes to show you just how important the food is to the success of this operation.

The men work hard and they need as many as 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day to stay strong and healthy.

And it all begins with breakfast.

The stove is hot, so let's get cooking.

Now here is a sample of what each man is going to eat for breakfast.

But the first thing you need to learn is that the lumberjacks have their own language and they're going to call things slightly different than what you're used to.

Potatoes and bacon.

Now, potatoes are called spuds and the bacon is called sow belly.

We have beans, which they call "wind timber" or "linen lifters" and you probably know why.

We also have prunes.

They call them loggin' berries.

Donuts are called cold shuts.

These are pancakes with molasses.

They're going to call them sweatpads with blackstrap.

You need to know these names because the men can eat as much as they want and then they're going to be hollering for more food.

So it's up to us to make sure that they eat quickly and get out to work.

Because time is money in the logging camp.

Now that we've made a meal for one man, we need think about how to cook for 70 men.

Now, if you want to become a lumberjack cook, you need to convert family-size portions into logging camp portions.

Now, I have made a few notes to test your skills on converting recipes.

I want you to work on these and after breakfast I'll come back to see how you've done.