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Root cellar how to build. Before refrigeration, the root cellar was an essential way to keep carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, potatoes, and other root vegetables fresh through the winter months.

Root cellar how to build

If you have snowy, wintery conditions, this time-tested storage method still makes sense today—whether you stock a root cellar with your own homegrown produce or the bounty from local farmers' markets. What is a Root Cellar? Technically, a root cellar is any storage location that uses natural cooling, insulating, and humidifying properties of the earth. To work properly, a root cellar must be able to hold a temperature of 32º to 40º F and a humidity level of 85 to 95 percent. The cool temperature slows the release of ethylene gas and stops the grow of microorganisms that cause decomposition. Basement Root Cellars Today, root cellars are often attached to houses for easy access, though it can take some effort to create a cold basement corner. Hole-in-the-Ground Cellar The Garbare Can. Dutch Oven. Cocina. Pantry. Dutch Oven Recipes. Here it is - my dutch oven cook book with all the dutch oven recipes I could find.

Dutch Oven Recipes

Everything from chicken recipes to dessert recipes for you to have a go at on your next camping trip. Dutch ovens let you get away with easy cooking so give these a try. I'd love to hear back from you on your results or if you have questions about any of these dutch oven recipes. I'm always looking for more to add, so drop me a recipe if you have one to share. For help with dutch oven temperatures and coal placement, see my Heat Settings page. Herb Substitution Chart. Herb Substitution Chart You may find yourself in a situation where you are out of a specified herb in a recipe or perhaps you just don't care for that specific herb.

Herb Substitution Chart

This chart will help you choose substitutions or alternatives that should work with your recipe. Whenever substituting, you must realize that the flavor will not be as originally intended in the recipe. As such, it is wise to begin your substitution with half the specified recipe amount and then adjust to your own personal tastes. Emergency Kitchen Substitutions.

Do you ever find yourself all geared up and ready to make a favorite recipe but then discover you’re staring at an empty container of a needed ingredient?

Emergency Kitchen Substitutions

Ugh. You don’t want to run out to the store right now. So what do you do? Well, that’s when emergency kitchen substitutions come in handy. I’ve printed out the following list and keep a copy taped to the inside of my pantry door at all times. Although these substitutions will work in a pinch, I don’t recommend always substituting ingredients in your recipes. Also, be sure you don’t make more than one substitution in a particular recipe at once. For: 1 Tbsp fresh herb – Use: 1/3 to 1/2 tsp dried herb (of the same kind) For: 1 clove garlic – Use: 1/8 tsp garlic powder For: 1 egg in baking – Use: 1 tsp cornstarch plus 1/4 cup water. Off-Grid Cooking Part 2: Fixed Cooking Options. In part 2 of this article I’ll be dealing with the primary fixed off-grid cooking options available.

Off-Grid Cooking Part 2: Fixed Cooking Options

If you’ve missed part one, be sure to check it out. In it, I had covered the main types of portable off-grid cooking stoves that you should be aware of when looking to equip your 72-hour kit (bug-out bag). If the grid were to go down tomorrow and you had no access to gas or electricity, would you still be able to heat and cook your food?

Do you have a backup plan available that can last you ay least 3 months? If not, then this article will give you a first step in opening your mind to the options available to you. I’m actually in the same boat as many of you. Gas & Liquid Fuel Stoves Unless you have an alcohol still, gas and liquid fuel stoves for long term or indefinite use are obviously not the best option. Propane Stoves: Propane stoves come in many shapes and sizes — everything from a standard home stove to an outdoor grill. Solar Cooking Wood Stoves Wood Burning Cook Stove Rocket Stove. Soups of the Hard Times, Old Times, Good Times Cooking Book. Chapter One Soups are the foundations of our good times, our hard times, and our old times cooking.

Soups of the Hard Times, Old Times, Good Times Cooking Book

They were the recipes our grandparents brought with them or learned to make from their neighbors. In hard times, these recipes provided inexpensive and hearty nutritious meals, and in good times and celebrations they became the traditions that were handed down to their children. Sometimes they became comfort food. When a child or other family member is sick, a little chicken broth and pasta is as good as medicine. There are some almost magic tricks involved in these recipes that we have learned through the years, The tricks involve some time and thinking, but very little money. These soups and sauces are healthy, as is most thrifty cooking, because they use beans and grains instead of meats as their main ingredients.

As you read these recipes, remember that most of the exact amounts have been eliminated and only proportions are suggested. Basic Soup in Two Acts Act I, Day One: Fire Pit Cooking Instructional Videos.