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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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Butter Substitutes for When You are Using Your Food Storage

If you have to use your food storage for any length of time, you will probably run out of butter.  Butter substitutes can be used in baking and other recipes.  The following is a list of foods that can be used as substitutes in various kinds of cooking.

Butter substitutes

Applesauce is often used to replace oils in recipes.  Applesauce can also be used in place of butter in cake-like recipes or bread.  Replace the amount of butter in your recipe with applesauce.  This will result in denser, moister bread.

Avocado can be used in place of butter.  Use the same amount of avocado, as you would butter. …

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A Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking at its Best

Dutch ovenDutch oven cooking is an art.  The pioneers used it extensively and many considered their Dutch oven one of their prized possessions.  Now I have been involved in some Dutch oven cooking with some success and I have several of the Lodge Dutch ovens, but is has not been a real passion.

The other day I encounter a book published by Lodge.  It is the Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking.  One of my sons likes to use his Dutch oven and after reading this book, I am starting to see what I have been missing.

This book tells you everything you need to know to start using a Dutch oven. …

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10 Egg Substitutes for Baking and Other Cooking.

egg substitutesYou have run out of fresh and powdered eggs, so what can you use for egg substitutes?  Eggs are used for taste, to add moisture, bind ingredients or even to help with leavening baked goods. There are a number of items that you may have in your storage that can be used as an egg substitute.  Some work better than others do.  When you pick a substitute, take into consideration the purpose that the eggs serve in the recipe.

  • Banana: A half a mashed banana replaces one egg in a recipe for baking. Bananas work well in sweet muffins and yeast-free breads because of the banana taste.  
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