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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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Dutch Oven Cornbread Cooked with Fig jam

Dutch Oven CornbreadWe have a large fig tree in our backyard and access to several more.  We love figs and because we get so many of them, we are always looking for new ways to use them.  Figs are an easy crop to grow and are quite nutritious.  Here is a link to a post on Growing and Preserving Figs.  Recently we came across a recipe on cooking Dutch Oven Cornbread with Fig Jam.  It is simple and easy to make

The Ingredients for Dutch oven Cornbread with Fig Jam

3/4 cup butter if you are out of butter try vegetable oil or white beans, see the post Beans can Replace Fat and Oils in Your Baking

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups cornmeal
  • ¼-cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½-teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs or powdered eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk or powdered milk
  • ¾ fig jam, you could substitute other jams in this recipe.
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Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated Foods, Tips on Using Them

Many of us have never cooked with freeze dried or dehydrated foods and unless you have been practicing, you will become frustrated the first few times you use it.  Many think that they can just read the directions and everything will be fine, but remember you don’t know how long the emergency will last, so you have to stretch your storage to last as long as possible.  Here are a few suggestions that might help you to organize your storage and plan your menus.

Remember that you only have so many spices and herbs for seasoning your food with.  Even if you think, you have stored enough.  …

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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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A Free LDS Recipe Book that Will Help You Learn to Cook from Scratch

free LDS Recipe BookOne question that seems to come up regularly is how to cook from scratch with only very basic ingredients.  This is a hard one particularly for younger preppers.  Home making classes aren’t taught in school anymore and too many people rely on frozen or other types of prepared meals.  Over the years, I have posted quite a bit of information on the LDS (Mormon) Dry Pack Centers.  They have very reasonable prices and are open to everybody, but the choices are somewhat limited.  So here is a free LDS recipe book from Mormon Share that addresses this subject.

The book Food Storage Recipes  can be downloaded for free. …

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Cooking with Offal, When food is in Short Supply

When I was child in South Africa, I remember our housekeeper asking if she could cook a meal for her boyfriend in our backyard.  My mother thought this was a good idea and offered to help her get whatever she wanted to cook.  A roast, chicken or whatever.  No, she had what she thought would really impress him with her cooking, a sheep’s head.  She cooked it over an open fire in our back yard. On other occasions, she cooked him fish heads.  She though these heads were the best and most delicious parts.  Nothing that was edible went to waste. …

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Baking Bread Without an Oven

baking breadMost of us have tried baking bread at one time or another.  Now baking bread is not particularly hard, especially when you have a modern oven or bread machine.  But how do you cook your bread when you don’t have an oven.  Try baking bread in an iron saucepan or pressure cooker.

This will work with any heavy cooking saucepan and lid.  A pressure cooker or a Dutch oven will work well.  I would recommend that it be at least a four-quart saucepan.  This method can be done on a range top, Coleman stove or over an open fire.

First, get your ingredients together

  • One tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups of warm water
  • One tablespoon of sugar
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One and a half cup whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/2 cups white or unbleached flour

Start by greasing the inside of your pan and then lightly dust with flour, a four quart pan works great for the above quantities of ingredients.   …

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Split Pea Soup and Fresh Hot bread.

split pea soupIt is cold and overcast today, one of those days in which you want to curl up in front of a fire and have a nice hot soup and fresh homemade bread.  So I think we will make one of my favorite foods.  A good split pea soup and some homemade bread.  Years ago, my wife made this soup in a restaurant in which she worked.  It was one of the most popular items on their menu.

Everytime we fix a ham, the soup bone always goes in the freezer for days like today.  She always leaves a bit of extra ham on the bone to enhance the flavor. …

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A Quick and Easy Emergency Meal

emergency mealWell, everyone I hope that you’re full of turkey and all the trimmings and looking forward to Christmas and are not having to eat my emergency meal..

As you all might know, Howard was in the hospital for a few days. But he is on the mend and looking forward to writing his blog again. Why’l he was in the hospital he keep saying that it was a good experience for writing his blog. Now am sure you will hear more about it soon.

Now my experience in a hospital was less than thrilling, my mind keep going to the fact of what if…we were in an emergency situation and there were no hospitals?…

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