Articles in Cooking

15 Secrets to Dutch Oven Cooking
There are few experiences like cooking outdoors with an enormous cast-iron pan, although cast iron can be tricky to master. Are you ready for this installment of Outdoor Cooking? I am too! Cooking in a Dutch oven is one of life’s pleasures, I think. It’s hard to duplicate the feelin...
28 Wood Fired Cookstoves To Warm The Soul, And A History
Were there kitchens before there were cookstoves? Technically, yes, because the ancient art of food preparation took place in open hearths well before the birth of the stove in the late 18th century. Any place there was roasting or baking was, in effect, a kitchen, regardless of whether it was a mul...
36 Knockout And Delicious Cast Iron Skillet Recipes
You might remember it as the heavy black skillet grandma fried chicken in (and later passed down to you). But versatile cast iron goes from stovetop to oven to grill with such ease that you can bake a gooey upside-down cake in it as well as fry unbelievably crisp catfish. And it’s a regional i...
4 GET-STARTED TIPS FOR THE HOMESTEAD KITCHEN
This was a reprint of an article by Tenth Acre Farm giving some good info, and sending lots of traffic their way.  Be sure to avoid the site.  Rather than email me with their frustrations, Amy Stross simply went to legal means to force me to take down the article.  I suggest they...
Baking Bread In An Earthen Oven
First you have to get the fire going and allow the oven time to heat up Once it's nice and hot, you can put the bread in and allow it to cook Enjoy the video of the process below:...
Build Your Own Solar Food Dehydrator: Preserve Your Harvest!
The importance of quality food in daily life cannot be ignored. If all you seek is taste, freshness and nutrition, then only a local farmer or your own garden can facilitate your need. Not every fruit or vegetable that you like would be available around the year. So, how to plan a healthy lifestyle ...
Canning Tomato Sauce
Oh, canning tomatoes! Canning tomato sauce is one of the most satisfying tasks a home canner could ask for because of the versatility of tomato sauce. When people start preserving, they often make jam because it is fairly simple and of course delicious but I find the savory preserves, like this tom...
Cleaning a Cast Iron Stove with a Potato? Who Knew!
Cast iron skillets are kind of kitchen superheroes and a homesteaders must have. You can use them for cakes, chicken, desserts, and more. Needless to say, they are on heavy rotation. The only tricky thing is cleaning it. Here is a cool way to clean and season it that’s easy and uses stuff...
COOKING WITH CAST IRON
Cast-iron skillets may seem like an old-fashioned choice in the kitchen. But this dependable cookware is a must in the modern kitchen. Cast-iron skillets conduct heat beautifully, go from stove top to oven with no problem and last for decades. Nutritional Benefits of Cooking with Cast Iron Coo...
Cool Grills Perfect For Family Barbecues
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, every season is Grilling Season. Found the picture below on Pinterest and decided to write an article about it. For those that like to DIY. This might be good project ideas. My favorite is the last one you can take it anywhere and it is easy to carry and fold. 1. A Gri...
Creme de le Creme
Check out the cream line on these jars of milk. EmmaLouMoo is not ALWAYS this generous, but I do get a half gallon of heavy cream from her every day. As I bump along in my life, it occurs to me how much nicer a lot of homemade products are and how expensive it is to buy them.  I can’t hel...
DIY Refrigerator Root Cellar
Most of us have heard of the time-tested practice of storing and "over-wintering" food supplies in a root cellar. As long as you live in a cool/cold temperate climate with a frost line, it's hard to beat something so simple, effective and easy. If you don't have the funds or the needs to build a ful...
Fiddlehead Ferns, How to Forage and Make Them Food
Fiddleheads or fiddlehead greens are the furled fronds of a young fern, harvested for use as a vegetable. Left on the plant, each fiddlehead would unroll into a new frond. Almost everyone has heard of “fiddlehead ferns,” the young fern wild edible, turn gourmet vegetable can be found acr...
Gluten Free Seed Cracker Recipe: You Will Crave Them After You Make'em...Guaranteed!!!
A month or so ago, while discussing gluten and my family's  desire to steer away from it, some friends they turned me on to this swanky little snack. I was SOLD immediately...gluten free or not, "healthy" or not, they were just plain good! The problem was the price, so I went on a hunt for reci...
Great Idea To Store All Your Canning Tools and Supplies!
I found this article and just had to share it. I love canning, I love making jellies, pickles, fermented foods, canning meats and anything that will fit in those mason jars. When I need my equipment and utensils to start a new batch, I have to look everywhere in my kitchen, This has inspired me to f...
HAND CRANK APPLIANCES
Cottage Craft Works, is really, truly that unique general store you used to remember going to when you were a kid, picking out the candy at the counter and oggling at all of the new equipment that had just come in from the nearest big city on the back of a Ford pickup truck. We've just modernized th...
Home-Made Flour Tortilla Recipe -Never Buy Them From The Supermarket Again!
by oldworldgarden  Homemade tortilla shells stacked and ready to be filled or frozen. Have you every really thought about those shells that you buy at the grocery?  How long have they actually been sitting there, and why do they have an expiration date two months from now?  Scary is...
Homemade Red Hot Sauce
This red hot sauce is a great recipe and the base of many other recipes. I have always liked to make things from scratch and I have made this sauce that has served as the base for my favorite Buffalo chicken wings. Total Time:35 minPrep:10 minCook:25 minYield:2 cupsLevel:Easy Ingredients20 tabasco ...
Hot Jam Cake Fresh From the Oven - Cooking with Maude - Hosted by Joe Patton
Published on Feb 24, 2016 Chef Joe Patton bakes a deliciously moist Jam Cake using homemade plum preserves picked from the trees at Cascades Lookout Farm in the Pacific Northwest. Giving detailed step-by-step instructions Chef Patton walks you through the full preparation and baking process to mak...
How To Build A Rocket Stove For Earth Friendly Cooking
A kitchen space is probably one of the most important spaces for a home and even more so for a community space. Its where family, friends and visitors spend quality time. For us its also a gathering place for sharing ideas, socialising and where our produce will be transformed in...
How To Build An Outdoor Pizza Oven
Eating pizza is not an unhealthy habit, and definitely not an obscene one like many would like to suggest. The benefits and hazards of eating pizza depends a lot on what ingredients has the pizza you’re going to consume for lunch or dinner. But besides all of this debate, there is the simpl...
How to Freeze Food Without Plastic
Going plastic-free is a better solution and much easier than you may think. There are a number of good options available, many of which you may already have at home.  Say good-bye to a freezer full of Ziplocs, Tupperware, and plastic wrap. There's another, much greener way to freeze food. Plas...
HOW TO guide for cooking with a woodstove.
Demonstrating how I cook my food, heat my home and heat my water all with the same fire. A woodfired oven is an essential tool for the self sufficient homestead. At 31 degrees below zero, the "Boss of the Swamp" has no worries. The same heat that heats his home, also cooks his food, and heats his w...
How to make and cook on a Dakota Fire
Dakota fire was favoured by the SAS as it is virtually a smokeless fire and with burning underground was very difficult to detect. Mathew and Robbie will show you how to make and cook on this simple but effective fire! A little known survival aid related to wilderness fire making skills is t...
How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar
While the uses for white vinegar are plentiful, apple cider vinegar has arguably even more applications. Its wide-ranging benefits (rivaling the number of uses for tea tree oil and other nifty natural helpers) include everything fromcuring hiccups to alleviating cold symptoms, and some people have t...
How to Make Homemade Sourdough Starter
I’m loving being able to try so many “new” old recipes now that call for cups of homemade yeast. I’ve even branched out now and tried making a cake with my sourdough starter Materials and Ingredients Quart-Sized Wide-Mouth Mason Jars – I’d definit...
How To Make Ricotta Cheese With Raw Milk
I have a neighbor that has a small scale dairy and I have access to ray milk all the time, so I figured that drinking the milk is not enough, I need to learn to utilize this wonderful resource and learn to start making cheeses. This is a very simple recipe that I found online. Just mad it and my gi...
How To Make White Milkbread...Old European Recipe (Video)
In this video you will learn how to bake a very old European bread recipe "white Milk Bread." First you want to preheat the oven to 220°Celsius and when putting in the bread you bake it at 180°Celsius for about 45 minutes.Milkbread Ingredients:1kg of wheat flower0.5L of milk42g of livin...
How To Prepare And Eat Acorns
Acorns are extremely nutritious and readily available to most of us, making them a healthful and convenient addition to many recipes. Note: Acorns do contain a bitter organic substance called tannin that must be leached out before eating. With a little patience, tannin is easily remov...
Make linen bread bags: No more moldy bread
Don't you just love this idea? Bread that delicious versatile loaf, that can very well be served with savory or sweet dishes, brings comfort and happiness. There are so many ways of baking bread, every culture has their own way of making these delectable and simple meal companions. Sadly if there is...
Make Your Own 'Beer' for Kids (video)
We were recently introduced to Jeff Burkinshaw from the Gridlessness Youtube channel and I have got to tell you, these videos are awesome!   Jeff and his family are so down to earth and are able to the humor in the everyday "sucky" realities of living off the grid... for example ...
Massive Group Of Scientists Thinks You Shouldn’t Use Non-Stick
I have known about this fact for a while now. Slowly I've been trying to replace our teflon pots with either stainless steel or cast iron ones.  Having only one income makes it a bit harder to do it quickly, cast iron and stainless steel pan prices are steep. We have been lucky enough to buy a ...
Meat Preservation: The Lost Ways of Curing and Smoking
In the age of the Internet and microwaves, we tend to expect ease and instant gratification to be a perpetual way of life. We can buy a hundred pounds of meat, stick it in the freezer and eat off of it for a year without any special preparations or considerations made. But what if the time come...
Myths About Cast-Iron Pans Busted
While resources like this website and others have endeavored to inform and educate about the history and proper treatment of vintage collectible cast iron hollow ware, there is still much misinformation being proliferated, both online and in the marketplace. Presented here, in no particular order, a...
Recipe: Dandelion Egg Noodles
Dandelions are a diuretic as parsley is So eat this food sparingly. They are good sources of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and Vitamins A and C. You can store buy or pick your own. Choosing tender leaves in the spring or fall, before the plant has set a flower bud. Pick nice healthy leaves that has...
Recipe: Nettle Lemon Balm Cupcakes with Lemon Mascarpone Frosting
It is almost that time of the year when stinging nettles star covering the ground in our backyards and nearby empty lots and hike trails. So get ready and bring some gloves, scissors and a bag to collect and bring some home. For this occasion we found this nettle cupcake recipe for you to try. Anyt...
Solar Grill Stores Latent Heat For 25 Hour Cook Time At 450 degrees
Image credit: Derek Ham/Barbeque Lovers We've seen a DIY solar cooker built from old CDs, and we've seen plenty of commercially available solar ovens too. We've even seen one solar-powered grill. But we haven't seen many solar cooking options that can store heat for longer cooking times or hott...
Stone Soup: Pre-Hispanic Way To Cook, No Pots or Pans Required
Who says you need pots and pans to cook! As long as you know how to start a fire you can make a nice meal. The story of stone soup may be a classic childhood tale, but another dish, caldo de piedra, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is another story altogether. It's a soup that goes back to pre-Hi...
The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}
The first time I followed this recipe was probably a couple of months after it was first published. Since then it has become a favorite in our home. We bake it for birthdays and for special events, it is ALWAYS a hit. The best part is that it's so easy to make. In my house we eat organic, ...
The Best Roast Turkey Recipe Ever...Yumm!
With over five thousand 5 Star rating votes, this might just be the recipe you didn't know you needed for this Thanksgiving Celebration. The directions are easy to follow and the people that have made it praise it's delicious flavor, texture and moistness calling it "mouth watering". This is Al...
There's Beauty In The room: 15 Vintage Cook Stoves
1.  There's nothing like the feel you get when you first lay eyes on an old wood burner stove.  This The Boston Beauty Supreme Found on sarahsantiquestoves.com brings for many the memories of hauling a bundle of wood into the house, and cracking open the door, and tossing it in.  ...
Two Ingredient Cheese Recipe: Easy Farmer's Cheese
This simple soft cheese is too easy not to try. Kathy Light   Believe it or not, you can make a simple soft cheese from only two ingredients – and I bet you have both of them in your kitchen already! This cheese, also known as Farmer’s Cheese, is great for spreading or cooking with,...
Ways to Dehydrate Food
Dehydrating food is a great way to be able to preserve your garden bounty or great find at the produce stand. You simply remove the moisture from your produce or meat to give it a much longer shelf life. This is not the same thing as freeze-drying which is a more mechanical process. This is simply a...
What if I told you this iron fish can fix a disease that affects billions of people
What if I told you this iron fish can fix a disease — without pills or doctors — that affects billions of people? I'd be telling you the truth. It's called a Lucky Iron Fish, and all you have to do is cook with it. It helps people with iron deficiency. Some diseases are really difficult...
What's For Dinner With Your Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes?
“Scalloped” is an attractive word, isn’t it? When I hear it I think of several things: first, there’s scallops, as in the seafood—totally delicious. Then there’s the scalloped shape that can live on the edge of a pair of shorts or on the collar of a woman’s ...