Why We Love Cast Iron

Why We Love Cast Iron | My husband asked about the black specks in the mashed potatoes. "Oh, that's just my frying pan. The non-stick coating is wearing away." Then he brought home a box of old cast iron pans from a garage sale. I ignored them as long as I could, but now? I'm the biggest fan ever -- here's why we love cast iron. | GNOWFGLINS.com

My husband asked about the black specks in the mashed potatoes. “Oh, that’s just my frying pan. The non-stick coating is wearing away.” Then he brought home a box of old cast iron pans from a garage sale. I ignored them as long as I could, but now? I’m the biggest fan ever — here’s why we love cast iron. [by Paula Miller]

The Ultimate Cheese Press is Updated (New Video)!

The Ultimate Cheese Press Is Updated! (New Video) | Just a quick note this Saturday morning to share news of my favorite cheese press, the Ultimate Cheese Press from Homesteader Supply. It's design is improved, it's now being made from hardwood maple, and it's being seasoned with organic coconut oil! The bit about seasoning is the best part. Jerri from Homesteader Supply heard my request to give us a press that's got an oil we love to use -- and she listened. | GNOWFGLINS.com

Just a quick note this Saturday morning to share news of my favorite cheese press, the Ultimate Cheese Press from Homesteader Supply. It’s design is improved, it’s now being made from hardwood maple, and it’s being seasoned with organic coconut oil! The bit about seasoning is the best part. Jerri from Homesteader Supply heard my request to give us a press that’s got an oil we love to use — and she listened. [by Wardee Harmon]

Getting Started with Pressure Cooking

Getting Started with Pressure Cooking | For a long time, I have been against pressure canning and pressure cooking. Pressure canning, at least, is discouraged in Nourishing Traditions as nutrient destroyer. And traditional food lovers seem to follow an unwritten rule that anything cooked or canned under pressure must be suspect. I am not against pressure canning or cooking any more. Today I want to share why I've changed my tune, plus resources so you can get started, too! | GNOWFGLINS.com

For a long time, I have been against pressure canning and pressure cooking. Pressure canning, at least, is discouraged in Nourishing Traditions as nutrient destroyer. And traditional food lovers seem to follow an unwritten rule that anything cooked or canned under pressure must be suspect. I am not against pressure canning or cooking any more. Today I want to share why I’ve changed my tune, plus resources so you can get started, too! [by Wardee Harmon]

My Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

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At first, all I saw were big, fat dollar signs. When I began my Traditional Cooking journey four years ago, I was surprised that my “fully stocked kitchen” wasn’t as fully stocked as I thought. Like changing our way of eating, it’s been a process to get the right tools. Some of them cost us a pretty penny and required advance planning and saving before we could buy them. Others were less expensive and were purchased on a regular trip to the store. Still others were gifts given by thoughtful friends and family who know that kitchen equipment is the way to my heart. You might find that the holidays are the perfect time to tell your husband/parents/in-laws/friends that you want some new toys — kitchen toys, that is. And, if you’re like me and just can’t decide what to ask for, this list might help narrow down your choices a bit. [by Lindsey Dietz]

The Scoop on Stainless Steel Cookware

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In a previous post I mentioned that stainless steel can leach aluminum. I was really surprised at the amount of questions and comments that generated! Leaching from stainless steel cookware might be a significant issue if you are attempting to heal a sensitive person, but honestly I have never really tackled the issue in my kitchen. My stock pots are starting to pit and look a bit worn, so it’s time to invest in some new ones and to do a little more learning. [by Nichole Sawatzky]