When 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.
- 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. Serve with honey or syrup if you have it.
Take your leftover cooked rice and put in Dutch oven.
- Cover with milk and well-beaten eggs.
- Add a dash of salt.
- Sweeten well with sugar.
- Add raisins or dried fruit and a little nutmeg and vanilla.
Bake slowly until egg mixture is cooked and raisins or fruit are soft.
How to Make Tough Beef Tender
(From 1886 Daily Bee, Sacramento, California)
- Lay meat out smoothly and wipe it dry.
- Take a coffee cup full of fine breadcrumbs, a little salt and pepper, a little powdered thyme or other sweet herb, and just enough milk to moisten to a stiff dressing. Mix well and spread over the meat. Roll it up and tie it up with twine.
- Brown in salt pork fat, then put in half a pint of water. Cover and cook.
- The toughest meat is made tender and nutritious when cooked in this way.
Red Bean Pie
- 1 Cup cooked and mashed pinto beans.
- 1 Cup sugar.
- 3 Beaten egg yolks.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg.
Place combined ingredients in an uncooked piecrust. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Make a meringue with the leftover egg whites. Spread over baked pie and return to oven to brown
Easy-to-Make Pioneer Bread Recipe
- 2 Cups of flour
- 2 teaspoon of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 6 Tablespoon of butter
- 4 Tablespoon of powdered or fresh milk
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, butter and milk. Add water, a little bit at a time, to obtain a dough that’s not too liquid. Put in a greased pan, cover and cook over campfire over low to moderate heat. It takes about an hour to cook.
Hopefully these pioneer recipes will give you some ideas of how to cook with your food storage. If you like these types of recipes, here are a couple of old-time cookbooks:
Log Cabin Cooking: Pioneer Recipes & Food Lore by Barbara Swell
The Pioneer Cookbook by Miriam Barton