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]
The holiday season is here! As we set aside this time to reflect on the birth of Christ and enjoy being with our family and friends, many of us also like to give gifts, so here’s a list of things would be “just right” for the homesteader — or homesteader wanna-be — in your life! [by Lindsey Proctor]
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]
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]
Sometimes in life we get tired of hearing about all the things we should change, and as a result we hold on too tightly to things we should be setting free. Oh, dear aluminum foil. I am afraid that in my home I may have held on a little too tightly. Aluminum foil is so easy. As the camping season began and I pulled out my camping menus, I realized how much I was dependent on that convenient metal foil. Sigh. I suppose it was time to take another look.
I love food, and I especially love to cook outdoors. My favorite time of day for such an activity is early morning. Sunrise. Tending a hot fire and a warm meal while the cool air kisses your cheeks is one thing that everyone on Earth ought to experience in their lifetime. Cooking outdoors, or cooking without power, can be extremely simple and enjoyable. However, it takes practice to feel truly confident doing so. Begin now, and if the necessity for cooking without power arises, rest assured knowing you are prepared to feed your family!
I am sooooo excited about Crock On!, the brand-new crockpot cookbook by Stacy Myers. We in the real food community have needed something like this for a long time! Lovely recipes using mostly whole food ingredients, healthy fats, and natural sweeteners. And on the flip side — no cans of cream of soup or beans. This book is just $5, but you can get it for $4.25 through 12/31/12. Plus, I’m giving away 5 copies!
So you’re convinced there’s much to love about dehydrating, and now you want to know what you need to get started. No problem. We’ll start with the basics — absolute must-haves. And we’ll work our way from there. Taking my Dehydrating eCourse? You might want to put some of these things on your wish list.
Recently I decided to try fermenting in dedicated fermenting vessels with a controlled oxygen-free environment. Why? My family had been on the GAPS diet for 2-1/2 years and still had healing to do. My 4-year old was reacting to the fermented foods I made in mason jars and the fermented foods purchased from the store. So I was hopeful that new fermenting containers would make a difference for her — and for all of us.