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Self Reliant Food Preparation – Cooking from Scratch

Self Reliant Food Preparation – Cooking from Scratch

To many people, prepping seems like some strange world they are scared to enter. It is a land filled with obscure skills and requirements like starting a fire from a…

Easy Meals with Canned Meat – Focaccia Bread

Easy Meals with Canned Meat – Focaccia Bread

Using quality canned meat can save a lot of time when cooking meals. In emergency situations, meal preparation needs to be quick and easy, which is why so many of…

3 Tricks To Speed Up Meal Prep On a Daily Basis

3 Tricks To Speed Up Meal Prep On a Daily Basis

Around here there is a lot of work that needs to get done in a day. I don’t always have the luxury of standing over a stove to cook meals….

Finding The Best Cast Iron Cookware For Your Home

Finding The Best Cast Iron Cookware For Your Home

I love cooking with cast iron, but I know it is not for everyone. This post is going to be a little bit of overview and tips and a little…

15 Fantastic Sauces For Preppers

15 Fantastic Sauces For Preppers

Sauces are great for stockpiling because they have a good storage life and provide a lot of flavor to otherwise bland foods. Sauces can also make an excellent base for…

Indian Tacos the Prepper Way

Indian Tacos the Prepper Way

Every summer I make my way to several of the native Pow Wows in my area to enjoy the culture and the Indian Tacos. What I find exciting about native…

3 Great Stew Recipes to Use with Canned Meat and Pork

3 Great Stew Recipes to Use with Canned Meat and Pork

Fall is soup and stew season and soups and stews are a great way to use up the last of the summer harvest vegetables and to begin using the produce…

Fall Desserts With Valley Food Storage Freeze Dried Fruit

Fall Desserts With Valley Food Storage Freeze Dried Fruit

Valley Food Storage has a wide variety of freeze-dried fruits that are excellent for cooking at any time. Some of you may have read my previous post on smoothies using…

A Review Of The Camp Chef Pro 60 X Two Burner Stove, Grill Box, and Griddle

A Review Of The Camp Chef Pro 60 X Two Burner Stove, Grill Box, and Griddle

Camp Chef sent me a bit of gear to test, and I have been impressed with the quality and value you get. For this review we are testing…

A Review Of The Camp Chef Oven Outdoor Gas Range

A Review Of The Camp Chef Oven Outdoor Gas Range

The Camp Chef Oven is a remarkable and economically priced oven and range for anyone that wants all the convenience of a quality gas range in the great outdoors. At…

The Ultimate Guide to Cast Iron Skillets & Cookware

The Ultimate Guide to Cast Iron Skillets & Cookware

I love my cast iron skillet. Even though I have had it for less than a year, it is the most used piece of cookware in my home. Perhaps it is nostalgia for what I perceive to be the good old days – think Pa and the boys cooking up some chow on Bonanza – or simply a longing to, in some small way, shun our spit-shined, high tech society.

Whatever the case, I am now really “in” to cast iron.

If you were lucky enough to get some cast iron cookware from Santa, you probably have some anxiety about using it. And even if your are a cast iron diva – well experienced in its glories – you may have some questions about it’s use and care for the long term. Today I offer some suggestions that will guarantee your cooking adventures with cast iron succeed.

1. Seasoning is your friend.
Cast iron needs to be seasoned in order to acquire non-stick capabilities. An unseasoned piece is a disaster waiting to happen. You food will taste like, well, rusty iron. Food will stick like crazy. And clean-up? Forget it.

These days, if you are starting new, you can purchase a pre-seasoned pan. That is what I did. Lodge as well as other manufacturers sell pre-seasoned pans for just a few dollars more than the unseasoned kind. But not to worry if you acquired an old rusted out or unseasoned pan from a friend, relative or thrift store, You can find my instructions for seasoning a cast iron pan from scratch in the tip area below.

How to Cook in the Wilderness With No Dishes

How to Cook in the Wilderness With No Dishes

Knowing how to cook in the wilderness without a lot of the modern conveniences is a skill worth honing. There are a lot of different ways to create a great…

A Review of the Camp Chef Lumberjack Tripod Grill

A Review of the Camp Chef Lumberjack Tripod Grill

Regardless of some of the recent weather trends, grilling season is close at hand. Matt and I like to cook outside sometimes when weather allows. We sometimes do it just…

How To Make Your Own Delicious Crackers at Home

How To Make Your Own Delicious Crackers at Home

IF you are tired of paying $2-$5 for a tiny box of crackers then this is the article for you. I am going to tell you how to make crackers…

Nesco Professional Food And Jerky Dehydrator Review

Nesco Professional Food And Jerky Dehydrator Review

I recently received the Nesco Snackmaster Pro for Christmas and I have to say this is an impressive food dehydrator. It circulates the air for even drying and it is…

How to Make Sausage and Smoke it Too: A DIY Guide

How to Make Sausage and Smoke it Too: A DIY Guide

Making and smoking your own sausage at home is an art in itself. There is nothing like it but it does take some patience and the ability to keep up…