A pilgrimage to resource efficiency 

Cooking

The Blogging Pilgrim

    Old world self-sufficiency in a new world … 

So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day’s challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.

Shortcake Served with Fresh Pears or Canned Fruit

When using pears in short cake, either fresh or canned pears may be used and should be chilled before use.
The body of a green pear is hard or very firm. They are good for baking, cooking, stewing, canning, etc. , but not ready for eating fresh or using in salads. The color of a ripe pear usually turns from green to yellow. The body of a ripe pear is tender and yielding. When ripe, pears are best chilled before serving.

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Why Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Are Important to Long Term Food Storage

I’ve recommended vitamins and minerals to supplement the typical American diet for years. Considering most of our food comes from corporate farms and is over processed, I just don’t feel it contains everything a healthy body requires. If we need supplements now, why would we not consider them necessary as part of a long term food plan?

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Snowed In

When you’re snowed in…the garden is under four feet of snow…the holidays are over…It’s time to quilt!!!

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Emergency Food Storage Comparisons Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Emergency Food Storage Comparisons are extremely helpful when you are shopping for emergency food but can be misleading when the term ‘year supply’ is used. All One Year Supply food packages are not created equal and it’s not just the calories or cost per serving that must be considered.

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Seeing Beyond Three Meals a Day

There is so much said about nutrition, the necessity of eating right for good mental and body functions. Most of us know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables. Most of us know we should choose different snacks. Do we depend too much on the school cafeteria for proper nutrition for our children?
How in the world did they insure proper nutrition during the Great Depression?

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Dehydrated Rose Hips

Thereare many culinary uses for rose hips. They can be used fresh, dried, orpreserved. Rose hips can be used in apple sauce, soups and stews, syrups, puddings, marmalade, tarts, breads, and pie, or made into a jam or jelly.

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Homemade Bread

As I was making bread the other day, I thought about my first few batches and how difficult this brand new world seemed to be.

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Making Jerky Pt. 2

Dehydrate until they are dehydrated, but not to the point of being dessicated. None of that “The Mummy Returns” stuff here.

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