I can’t afford my favorite dip any more. I did some research and tried a few practice recipes and came up with this method to make passable dip out of cheap pipe tobacco. Not great, but works and doesn’t taste bad and lasts for a reasonable amount of time. If you are in my boat then give it a try. Update: I bought Dark Air Cured leaves from Whole Leaf dot com and used the same recipe without the sodium carbonate (46% leaves without stems, 45% strong brew coffee, 7% salt, 2% glycerine all by weight cooked in boiling water bath for 5 hours). It is much better than the pipe tobacco for the same price. In fact, I like it better than store bought chew/dip.