In the Kitchen

What to Look for When Shopping for a Wood Cook Stove


This shopping guide was prepared by, US sellers of La Nordica wood cook stoves. Wood cook stoves are new to the 21st century home dweller. Most have seen them in history textbooks and many remember them in their grandmother’s homes. Some have even used them, but very few have …

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Homemade Canned Salsa


One of my husband’s favorite foods is salsa. Give him a bag of chips and a jar of really spicy salsa, and he is happy! Our garden is full of tomatoes this time of year and at least half of them will be made into salsa. I plan to can …

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

There are so many things to love about homemade flour tortillas. Sure, it’s easy to pick up a package at the store, but they will probably taste like cardboard in comparison to the flavor of homemade. At least that is what my grandson says! He loves these tortillas and can’t …

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How to Hang Cast Iron on a Wall

Homesteading and cast iron go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cast iron pans can transition easily from an open fire to other more conventional cook tops. They are absolutely the only cookware I trust in my wood oven. I love my cast iron and I’m collecting more all the …

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Homemade Pudding (Vanilla and Chocolate)

Have you ever tasted homemade pudding? I mean the real stuff made from milk, eggs and sugar? When I was growing up, my mom taught me to make many things from scratch. By the time I graduated from high school, I was very proficient in the kitchen, having the skills …

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Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Before we moved off-grid, I would not have thought about making my own vinegar. However, when my husband got some chickens, he discovered that it was good for their digestion to add apple cider vinegar to their water. This product, raw and unfiltered, is rather expensive to buy. So he …

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9 Ways Our Homestead Cooks Off Grid

Looking around our home and outside on our homestead, we have nine different ways of cooking. None of them require electricity! I recently counted them all when I was getting ready to write this article and I was surprised at the number. Wow! Most of them use wood (readily available …

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Will you allow me to sing the praises of canned chicken? Before moving off grid, the only thing I had ever made with the stuff was chicken salad and Buffalo Chicken Dip. I think stores must stock it merely because people buy it for that recipe! But I’ve learned that …

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Baking Powder Biscuits

Can you imagine the original homesteaders not knowing how to make biscuits?! Could they have ever dreamed that something so simple and delicious could be reduced to a can full of chemicals made in a factory and sold in the refrigerated section of a supermarket. Chemicals in food? What’s a …

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