Category: Cooking

Homegrown Evolution: Our Rocket Stove

By , July 1, 2008 9:55 pm

Homegrown Evolution: Our Rocket Stove

Low-tech is the new high-tech, and the best example of the low-tech revolution is the miraculous rocket stove–a stove that makes it possible to cook with small twigs–no logs needed! Best of all rocket stoves are easy to build. We liked the idea so much that we decided to build a permanent one just off our back deck for entertaining and as a backup to our gas stove should an emergency take out our utilities.

Interesting build. I’m still looking at building one but haven’t decided on the design yet. May build one like this to try it out.

Friday behind me

By , January 26, 2008 12:21 am

Got through it and actually got a few things done. Game tomorrow (today as I am writing this after the witching hour) so am gonna cut it short.

Got a bit more done on the site. Looking like first of the week to go line I think. Will see if I can get a few more things done between now and then with the game in the way.

Wondering how this ice storm or whatever is gonna affect the attendance and travel. If it is bad may have to start later.

Got deer and vegie stew cooking in the crock pot for eats for us tomorrow. Should be ready right around lunch. Cooked the steaks hot in the frying pan after a short milk soak and flour, salt and pepper dip. After they were done added water and made a gravy and added them and the gravy to the crock of diced veggies and water. hope it is as good as the last we had. Finished the last of it today.

Tis early morning and I got to get up early so will close. Till the morrow. Or later today as it were. Or something. πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰

A very cold nothing day

By , January 20, 2008 7:23 pm

Sitting, browsing and reloading the wood stove has taken up way too much of the day. Did get up and string a rope from the doorframe by my chair as I type this to the beam in the middle of the room and put up a blanket to keep some of the coldest air from the qhut from wafting past me. Not enough to be a breeze but more than enough cold air moving by my feet and legs to chill me to the bone in short order. Am MUCH better now! 😎

Cooked up some deer steaks for lunch. Had been run through a tenderizer so I soaked them in milk for a while and then dredged them in bisqik, salt and pepper. Put oil in a frying pan and cooked them on one side till blood was running out the other, then turned them over and cooked till the juices were clear. Moved them to a dutch oven with gravy, onions and bell peppers cooking in it and simmered while I put the next batch in the pan. Took out the two tenderest, via fork anyway, and served on rice with a potato, onion, carrot, celery bake on the side. What we ate was tough, so put the rest in the dutch oven with the gravy and cooked it (lid on) on low for 3-3.5 hours, stirring and turning often. Was falling apart when we were ready for supper. Again served over rice this time with a side of lima beans. I got seconds and wanted thirds but restrained myself. 😯 πŸ™„ Good stuff!

As the rest of the day seems to have had a food theme guess I can recount the breakfast dish this am too. Was in the mood for a stick to the ribs and warm me up kind of meal so decide on oatmeal. I don’t do the wimpy instant oatmeal but rather a off brand cook 20 minutes rolled oat meal.

Cut up an apple after peeling and coring into chunks half an inch or smaller in any direction. Added it to the 1 3/4 cups of water heating on the stove. Put in a bit of salt and brought to a boil with lid on. Cooked that way for 5 minutes or so, just till the apples were about half translucent then added the cup of oats. Brought back to a boil and cooked till the apples were almost all translucent then turned to a simmer. Added a bit of cinnamon and a couple of heaping spoonfuls of brown sugar and cooked on low for about 20 minutes.

Good stuff and good for you… πŸ˜‰

20.8 °F here at 7:11 pm cdt. That temp is taken on the north side of the building under the canopy over the new front door. Probe is duct taped to one of the conduit roof supports. 20 inches or so from anything but the conduit.
Angel community is currently reporting 27.3 °F and Weaver is reporting 25.3 °F so we are much colder than other places within a few miles both north and south.

20.5 °F at 7:19 pm so it’s dropping quite fast and I am typing and thinking slow… πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰

Think I am gonna check the feeds and email and reload and poke the fire and read a bit so will close this disjointed missive for the nonce… 😎

Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to All

By , December 24, 2007 9:23 pm

Tis finally all bought and mostly done. Cat is wrapping the last bits now.

I’ve got the sweet potatoes with pineapple and raisins cooling from the last bit of cooking now. Potato salad is done and in the fridge. Eggs are boiled and cooling in the fridge for the deviled eggs.

Got several kinds of cheese, crackers, pickles, and fresh pineapple spears for nibbles.

Cooked a 4.5 lb Boston Butt last night in the 12 inch dutch oven for something different. Seasoned it by sticking a large knife through it in several places and smearing minced garlic in them good. Then poured barbque sauce in them. Sprinkled salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning on the outside. Heated the dutch oven from the bottom with all the coals and seared the outside of the roast about 5 minutes a side. Put the lid on and moved all but about 12 coals to the top and let it cook for about 20 minutes then added liquid to the bottom of the pan. Cooked it about an hour and a half and went to add more liquid and when turning it it fell apart. Guessed by that it was done. And it sure is good though not near as heavy as it was…

Hope everyone has a good holiday season and eats way too much at least a time or two. πŸ˜‰

Till I type again,

Dutch Oven Grill

By , December 7, 2007 11:26 am

Needed a table to use with the dutch ovens so got to looking at an old propane grill that had already been gutted and used as a charcoal grill. Checked the fit of the 14″ DO and it just fit. Removed the plastic side shelves/tables and replaced with 2 pieces I cut from a metal shelf. Found 2 broiler tops and with minor modifications screwed them to the inside of the grill body. Put a metal box underneath the catch ashes and plan to test it out this afternoon/evening. Next will be a shelf on the bottom to store the ovens and accessories. I think it will serve well, and it even fits into the camper with room left to squeeze past to get to stuff.
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