About a year ago, I featured an article on mud ovens. I had first seen one at the Mother Earth News Fair and was fascinated by its simplicity as well as its efficiency. I was later contacted by a Backdoor Survival reader who had built his own mud oven and was willing to share some hands-on tips. And then later, during one of my travels, I found some mud ovens in actual use in both Mexico and Costa Rica.
I was on to something. Mud Ovens are common in third world countries where indoor cooking facilities are nominal and where cooking fuel consists of wood and biomass.
So what is a mud oven and how do you build one of your own? Read more at:
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Bargain Bin: If you are thinking about building a mud oven, baking your own breads and pizzas, and simply getting back to the basics, consider the following recommended items.
Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves: This is the book that will teach you how to build a masonry oven out of mud then teach you how to mix flour and water for real bread that is “better than anything you can buy.”
Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day: This is the latest edition in the Artisan In Five series and possibly the best.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make. There is also Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients.
The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
We all know that we should store what we eat and eat what we store. In my own household, that means that we try to cook from our food storage pantry – not only the dried foods and canned goods that I have purchased from the grocery or Costco, but more esoteric items such as freeze-dried fruits and vegetables.
If you are long on intent but short on imagination, go to the Food Storage Recipes page of Emergency Essentials for lots of creative (and free) ideas for using the good you have on hand. Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials
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