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5 Pioneer Recipes Our Ancestors Made

pioneer recipesWhen we have to live off our food storage, we will have to adapt to a diet that is similar to what our pioneer ancestors ate. Since we will not have the prepared, convenience foods many people are used to, or the variety we are used too, it will benefit us to know how those old-timers 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.…

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Storing Beans, Everything You Wanted to Know About Them

storing beansOver the years, we have posted a number of articles on cooking and storing beans.  Today’s post is a summary of some of the information we have learned.

Beans come in different varieties and you can normally find one that will suite every taste.  The Different Varieties of Beans  Try different  beans and find the ones that suite you and your family.

Most beans will store for 30 years if stored correctly.  This means keeping them cool and protected from exposure to oxygen by packing them in Mylar bags in plastic buckets, #10 cans or their equivalent. They are sensitive to heat and will become hard if exposed to high heat.…

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Beans can Replace Fat and Oils in Your Baking

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This is something that we posted a couple of years ago, but works so well that I think it deserves a to be put up again.  My wife has been using beans instead of fat in baking for about a year now.  The taste and textures amazes most people when we tell them what is used.  The cake cooks just a bit faster than normal, so be sure and watch close the first time you cook with them.  The cake stays moist longer.
There are two easy ways to replace fat with beans in most baking.

1. Simply cover beans with water and cook until very soft. …

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Food Allergy’s, Gluten, and Various Grains and Bean Recipes

We were visiting our daughter awhile back in Utah and  as always we got started talking about storage and all the wheat our families have.  All of us think that with wheat we can survive an emergency because we can make different food items with wheat.

But as we got talking about different flours she told us about her sister in law and how she had been sick on and off for sometime with stomach problems. Now this person did all her cooking from scratch and all her baking. She has some wonderful bread recipes that we have shared with you.…

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Cooking with Bean Flours

Since our blog on grinding grains with the Wonder Mill Junior, I have been thinking about all the different legumes that can be used for flour.  Storing whole beans is as easy as storing whole wheat and can be used as flour. Whole beans store much longer than ground flour.

Today, bean flours are used primarily by people that need to be gluten free, so we don’t hear much about them.  We have a friend that has celiac disease, so we try to cook things for her that is gluten free. When I looked for gluten free items in the store, I almost fainted, the price for cookies, bread and several others items I checked were really expensive.…

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The Different Varieties of Beans

Cranberry beans sometimes called shell beans

My husband wrote an article recently about using beans instead of oil.  Well that got me to thinking about beans and how healthy they are.  Needless to say there are many people out there that can’t handle beans for one reason or another.  But maybe with the variety of beans out there you can find one that you would like.

Last year if you remember I took a trip to a bean warehouse, you’re going, right a bean warehouse.  Well, my friend and I traveled some distance to a small town over a bridge and thru farm lands and finally we find one large warehouse next to a river in the middle of no where.  …

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More on Using Beans as a Substitute for Oil in Baking

With the holidays aproaching and all the baking, I though I would mention this again.  Over the last year or so, my wife has written about using beans instead of oil in baking.  Well I can testify to you that it has worked great.  The baked goods taste normal, but stay moist longer.  She has used white beans and black beans depending on the color of the baked good she is cooking.  The following is a link to the original article that she wrote on how to do it. Using Beans Instead of Fat in Baking

Since then she has baked all kinds of things using black and white beans with great success. …

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A few basic facts about beans

 

Yield
1 c. of dry = 21/2 to 3 c. cooked beans

Bean : water ratio
1 c. beans : 4 c. water

Soaking beans
Slice a bean in half. If the center is opaque, soak more.

Are they cooked?
A bean is fully cooked when you can mash it with a fork.

Buying beans

  • Good beans: smooth and bright.
  • Old bean: cracked seams, dull, wrinkled. (The older the bean, the longer the cooking time.)

Most difficult beans to digest:
navy, lima, whole cooked soybeans

Easiest beans to digest:
Anasazi, adzuki, black eyed peas, lentils and mung

A method to help soften old beans and speed up the cooking is as follows:  First, sort and rinse the beans. …

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Using Beans Instead of Fat in Baking

white beansMy wife has been using beans instead of fat in baking for about a year now.  The taste and textures amazes most people when we tell them what is used.  The cake cooks just a bit faster than normal, so be sure and watch close the first time you cook with them.  The cake stays moist longer.

There are two easy ways to replace fat with beans in most baking.

1. Simply cover beans with water and cook until very soft.  Mash until the beans are about the consistency of shortening.  You can use a blender.  Replace the fat in recipes cup for cup. …

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How to cook Beans the Old Fashioned Way

 

Since I was raised on a ranch, I pretty much watched my grandmother cook many different ways depending on the weather and how many men she had to cook for.  There was always a pot of beans cooking on the wood stove inside or over an open fire outside and fresh tortillas.  Any body that stopped by was always asked if they had eaten.

Ranch work is long hours and hard work, so she always had food ready.  Most was stuff that could be reheated quickly or was already heated waiting for the men to eat.  Some of the other dishes were Chile Verde, meat in tomato sauce; chicken cooked either Indian style with curry or Mexican stew.…

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