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Pioneer Recipes, Our Ancestors used

pioneer recipes

Spotted Pup

When we have to live off our food storage, we will have to adapt to a diet that is similar to what our pioneer ancestor ate.  Since we will not have the prepared food, or the variety we are used too, it will benefit us to know how they cooked.  Here are some examples of pioneer recipes.

Cornmeal Pudding

  • 3 Cups cornmeal mash
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 5 Beaten eggs
  • ½ Cup melted butter
  • 1 Cup molasses
  • ½ Cup milk
  • Juice and rind of 1 lemon

Stir together and cook over an open fire.  This is a good recipe for cooking in a Dutch Oven.…

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Pancakes Made from Scratch

pancakesHave you ever made pancakes from scratch? You are missing out by using the mix out of a box. Yes, I have used them too, but anything you get frozen or out of a box doesn’t taste as good.

My son-in-law makes his from scratch and my granddaughters are always looking forward to him cooking breakfast. But pancakes are not just for breakfast anymore. You can make great desserts too. Cover them with fruit, nuts, preserves or jams and enjoy with a little whip cream for a low calorie dessert.

Remember you have to practice making your food from scratch, no stores, no freezers, and no refrigerators before the time comes to start using your food storage.  …

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Fire Starting is a Skill You Need to Practice

fire startingI watch several of the survival shows on TV and occasionally you will find some good information that slips by the directors.  It seems that many of these shows are more hype than substance.  I wouldn’t want to have my life depend on what I have learned from those shows.  However, there is one skill that most of them point out is extremely important and that is fire starting.

Now over the years I have talked with people who thought that they could play Daniel Boone and start a fire easily.  Most of them ended up using a surprisingly large quantity of matches and never did get a really successful fire started and this was in good weather.…

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Baking Wheat Bread Without Modern Stoves

baking wheat breadMost people have been exposed to baking wheat bread at some point in their lives.  Normally it is done with the use of a modern cook stove or a bread maker.  The bread probably came out great.  But what happens when those modern conveniences are no longer available.

Suppose you want a nice soft, warm, loaf of good wheat homemade bread and you have the ingredients.  You don’t want bannock, hardtack, Johnnycake, cornbread or any of the other breads our ancestors ate. So how do you go about baking wheat bread without a stove?

There are several methods that you can use and most of them are fairly easy. …

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Cooking with Your Long-term Stored Foods

Cooking with your stored foods is different from your everyday cooking.  It will take more time and effort.  You will probably be handicapped by not having your normal cooking stove.  Your available ingredients will probably be limited.

We all have favorite recipes many of which will be hard to use when you are cooking with your stored foods.  But with a bit of preplanning you may be able to modify some of these recipes so that they still work.  Here is a chart that was published by Brigham Young University showing some possible substitutions.

stored foods

All dried fruits and vegetables are generally hydrated in double the amount of water.…

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Grits a Southern Food that Will be Good for hard Times

gritsI am always looking for new ways to use foods that are easy to grow and prepare.  I recently become interested in grits.  Now grits are very popular in the South, two thirds of the ones sold in the U.S are sold in the south.

The Native Americans were using grits long before the white man arrived.  Grits are small broken grains of corn.  There are basically two types  “corn” grits and “hominy” grits.

In the past, I have put up a post on making hominy, but never on corn grits.  Hominy is made from field corn that is soaked in lye water (potash water in the old days) and stirred over the next day or two until the entire shell or bran comes loose and rises to the top.  …

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New Ways of Cooking Rice, Making Congee

congeeOne of the problems we will have when we have to rely on our preps is that we will lack the varieties of tastes that we are used to.  So lately I have been looking at the way some common ingredients that most of us store are used in other cultures.  Today I have been looking at rice and discovered congee, an oriental way of cooking and seasoning rice.

Many of us store large amounts of rice, but mainly use it only a few different ways.  So here are some additional ideas for cooking your rice in a variety of ways. …

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Cooking with A Wonder Box/Oven Thermal Cooker

wonder box/ovenSummer is fast approaching and so is the hot weather. My wife doesn’t like heat, so she is always concerned about heating up the kitchen when cooking. One of her tricks is to use the Wonder Box/Oven. This is a simple homemade thermal cooker. It not only helps to keep your kitchen cool, but it also saves you money on fuel.

They are basically a well-insulated box that holds a preheated pan and lets the food cook from the retained heat. At the bottom of the page are a couple of links that will help you to make one for yourself.…

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Cooking Wild Eggs Over an Open Fire and Other edible Eggs.

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Set your egg in the warm ashes near your fire

Yesterday’s post was on finding and eating wild bird’s eggs.  So today, I want to cover a method of cooking wild eggs over an open fire when you don’t have pots or pans.  You can cook them in the ashes.  But first, I want to point out that there are many other types of eggs that can be consumed.  These include turtle, alligator, snake, other reptiles and some fish eggs.

Remember many turtles, particularly sea turtles, and some other alligators and some other reptiles either are protected or have hunting seasons. …

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12 Tips for Hiding Cooking Odors From Others

hiding cooking odors

I love curries, but that is one spice to avoid if you are trying to hide your food.

One question that I hear regularly is if there is a food shortage, how do you go about hiding cooking odors from others.  Depending on where you live, this can be a serious problem.  Food odors can carry for some distance and if people are hungry, it seems like their sense of smell is sharper.  After some thought I have put together a list of ideas that may help with hiding cooking odors.

12 tips for hiding cooking odors

  1. Avoid strong smelling spicy foods.
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