Homesteading

Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook: For Smoked Meat Lovers, Include Recipes for Smoking Meat, Fish, Game, and Veggies

Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook – $19.99
Description:
Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook: By Dean Woods
The ultimate cookbook to smoke all types of meat, seafood, veggies, and game. An essential cookbook for those who want to smoke meat without needing expert help from others. The guide includes chapters of beef, pork, lamb, seafood, poultry, game, veggies, jerky, sauces. Make sure to try all of the recipes that…

Smoking Meat 101: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide – $17.99 / $13.89
Description:
Smokin’ hot tips for new pitmasters!
The right tools, the best wood, the ideal temperature―there’s a lot to know about smoking meat. That’s why Smoking Meat 101 offers a crash course that’ll have you serving up sumptuous smoked masterpieces in no time.
Wondering what kind of smoker to get? Curious how to best season your meat? Want to know how long to…

Smoking Meat: The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue – $29.95 / $21.95
Description:
The ultimate how-to guide for smoking all kinds of meat, poultry and fish.
From the creator of the world’s highest-ranking website on smoking meat, comes this guide to mastering the ‘low and slow’ art of smoking meat, poultry and fish at home.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook] – $29.99 / $18.00
Description:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A complete meat and brisket-cooking education from the country’s most celebrated pitmaster and owner of the wildly popular Austin restaurant Franklin Barbecue. […]

Homesteading

Pressure Canning: The Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving for Begin…

Pressure Canning: The Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving for Beginners – $13.94
Features:
*Format: Trade Paperback
*Publication Year: 2019
*Discover the Easiest, Safest and Most Affordable Way to Preserve the Low acid Foods that You Love to Eat Have you been wondering how you can pressure can food or possibly you wish to try new recipes for pressure canning food? Are you interested in both sweet and savory canned foods? If your answer is yes, this book will be helpful to you….

The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning: Everything You Need to Know – $15.53
Features:
*Format: Trade Paperback
*ISBN: 1641520906
*Publication Year: 2018
*The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning is a safe, practical, step-by-step resource to preserve the low-acid foods that you love. From soups and stews, to meals-in-a-jar, to kitchen staples like broths and beans, pressure canning is a time-honored craft that allows you to safely and affordably preserve the food your family loves to eat….

Pressure Canning Recipe Book: The Ultimate Guide of Home Pressure Canning… – $6.58
Features:
*Author: Luther, Diane
*Publication Year: 2020
*ISBN: 9798664089431
*EAN: 9798664089431

The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning: Everything You Need to Know to Can Meats – $16.38
Features:
*Publication Year: 2018
*Number of Pages: 230 Pages
*The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning is a safe, practical, step-by-step resource to preserve the low-acid foods that you love. From soups and stews, to meals-in-a-jar, to kitchen staples like broths and beans, pressure canning is a time-honored craft that allows you to safely and affordably preserve the food your family loves to eat…. […]

Canning home grown jalapeno peppers
Homesteading

Canning Home Grown Jalapeno Peppers

This article about canning home grown jalapeno peppers has been two months in the making. We started in May of 2018 with planting the peppers, taking care of the jalapeno pepper plants in the backyard garden, then finally harvesting, and now canning.

  • Plant peppers after the last chance of frost has passed.
  • Visit a local farm supply store and pick out the types of peppers you want to can.
  • Work the ground and break up and clumps of soil
  • Use a balanced fertilizer, such as 13-13-13
  • Consider mixing manure into the soil production through the summer months
  • Plant peppers where they get plenty of sunlight
  • Keep pepper plants watered

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Cinder block grill
Disaster Preparedness

Cinder Block Grill At a Remote Cabin

Looking for a quick, easy and low cost grill for a remote cabin (bug out location)? Look no further than a cinder block grill.

After looking through various pictures and videos about cinder block grills, I decided to build one here at the farm. Long story short, am very happy with how well the grill worked and how easy it was to build.

Over the years a number of cinder blocks built up around the farm. Some were in the chicken yard with traps connected to them for opossums and raccoons. Other blocks were here and there spread across multiple projects. A wheelbarrow was used to round up six blocks where they were brought to a spot under a nice pine and oak tree. The blocks were arranged two high with a design similar of a horseshoe.

Several years ago a smoker was built out of a 250 gallon, and a 150 gallon tank propane tank. One of the grills was taken from the 150 gallon vertical smoker and placed on the cinder block grill.

One cinder block was placed on top of the expanded metal grill taken from the smoker. Then a commercial grill was placed on top of the cinder blocks. This gave us two grills. One close to the fire and another grill higher up. […]

Smoked barbecue chicken on a pit
Random Ramblings

Barbecue Cook Out For a Family Reunion

For a Saturday the day started off early. Rather than sleeping late, I had to get the pit fired up and ready for the cook out. My family was having a family reunion which honored my aunt, uncle and my dad.

My contribution to the family reunion was 20 pounds of chicken and 7 pounds of sausage. However, to have everything ready on schedule I had to start the pit around 8 am Saturday morning.

The fire box on the smoker is 2 feet and 6 inches long. To start the fire I typically use a small bag of self-lighting charcoal, with wood stacked on top of the charcoal. The wood is stacked with two pieces long ways, and two pieces cross ways.

It is as simple as lighting the bag and letting the wood born down to coals. When the first pieces of wood have turned into coals, additional pieces of wood are added. Usually, two pieces of oak wood are added, each piece laying at 90 degrees to the other.

Enough about the wood, let’s talk about the chicken. […]

Dozen fresh yard eggs
Homesteading

Egg Recipes

Chickens are probably the perfect livestock for a long term SHTF survival situation. Unlike a lot of farm animals, chickens will produce food every couple of days in the form of an egg. Once the chicken has matured and stopped laying, the chicken can be butchered and eaten.

One of the problems that people will experience after SHTF will be food fatigue. Even though the chickens may be laying eggs everyday, once food fatigue kicks in people will be sick of eggs.

To help ward off food fatigue, here is a list of various egg recipes.

OMELETTE

3 fresh eggs.
1 cup sweet milk.
3 level tablespoonfuls of flour.

Place a small pan on the range, containing one tablespoonful of butter.

Place 3 tablespoonfuls of flour in a bowl, mixed smoothly with a portion of the cup of milk, then added the three yolks of eggs which had been lightly beaten and the balance of the milk and a pinch of salt.

Stir in lightly the stiffly-beaten whites of eggs.

Pour all into the warmed fry-pan and placed it in a moderately hot oven until lightly browned on top.

The omelette when cooked should be light and puffy, and remain so while being served.

Double the omelette together on a hot platter and sprinkle finely chopped parsley over the top.

Serve immediately. […]

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Homesteading

FISH AS A MEAT SUBSTITUTE

As the main course at a meal, fish may be served accompanied by vegetables or it may be prepared as a “one-meal dish” requiring only bread and butter and a simple dessert to complete a nutritious and well balanced diet. A lack of proper knowledge of selection of fish for the different methods of cooking, and the improper cooking of fish once it is acquired, are responsible to a large extent for the prejudice so frequently to be found against the use of fish.

The kinds of fish obtainable in different markets vary somewhat, but the greatest difficulty for many housekeepers seems to be, to know what fish may best be selected for baking, broiling, etc., and the tests for fish when cooked. An invariable rule for cooking fish is to apply high heat at first, until the flesh is well seared so as to retain the juices; then a lower temperature until the flesh is cooked throughout.
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Homesteading

BEEF STEW

1 lb. of meat from the neck, cross ribs, shin or knuckles

1 sliced onion

¾ cup carrots

½ cup turnips

1 cup potatoes

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ cup flour

1 quart water

Soak one-half of the meat, cut in small pieces, in the quart of water for one hour. Heat slowly to boiling point.

Season the other half of the meat with salt and pepper. Roll in flour. Brown in three tablespoons of fat with the onion. Add to the soaked meat, which has been brought to the boiling point. Cook one hour or until tender.

Add the vegetables, and flour mixed with half cup of cold water. Cook until vegetables are tender. […]

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Homesteading

OATMEAL PANCAKES

2 cups oatmeal

1 tablespoon melted fat

⅛ teaspoon salt

Add:

1 egg beaten into a cupful of milk

1 cupful flour into which has been sifted 1 teaspoonful baking powder.

Beat well. Cook on a griddle. This is an excellent way to use left-over oatmeal. […]

Boiled crawfish
Random Ramblings

May 5 2012 Crawfish Boil

Man oh man, what a great time we had on May 5, 2012. My wife and I stated the day off early Saturday morning with an egg, mayo and cheese sandwich, with sausage on the side and a low carb monster drink. After breakfast we loaded up the ice chest and made a trip to Jasper Quality Meats in Jasper Texas where we bought 2 bags of crawfish.

Then is was to the Exxon at the corner of HWY 190 and HWY 96 to get a couple of bags of ice.

After my wife and I got home the two bags of crawfish were opened, poured into a 120 quart ice chest and put on to purge.

By the time the crawfish were put on to purge, it was around 10am.

Around 1:45 the cooker was fired up and the water was brought to a rolling boil. […]

Smoker on wheels
Random Ramblings

Smoked Briskets for Memorial Day

Memorial day is next weekend, so lets talk about smoking / cooking briskets. Brisket is a tough cut of meat, but if you cook it on a low heat, and for several hours, the meat becomes tender, and the brisket turns into a great appetite pleaser. Briskets can usually be bought for about $20, and will feed maybe a dozen people depending on how big the brisket is.

Marinate the Briskets

I like to marinate my brisket for at least 12 hours before cooking. For the rub, I am currently using a liquid marinate out of the mexican food section called Goya Mojo criollo Marinade for chicken, pork and beef. While at the deer lease on opening weekend of 2010, a buddy of mine told me about Goya mojo, so I thought I would give it a try. Other ingredients of the rub are a cajun spice and steak seasoning.

The brisket is marinated overnight, put it on the smoker for about 4 – 5 hours, then wrap in foil with the fat layer up. I like to put the fat layer up so that the good meat is in the juice. This helps keep the brisket moist. A lot of people put the fat layer down, which makes the best cuts of meat dry out. […]

Eating crawfish sausage and boudain
Random Ramblings

Crawfish Boil for My Wifes Birthday Party

My wifes birthday is next week, and my step daughters birthday was a week ago, so we held a happy birthday party together for both of them this weekend.

The plans started Tuesday of last week when my wife and I reserved 70 pounds of crawfish at the local meat market.

Thursday my wife and I went to the local grocery store to pick up some supplies for the weekend, and for a mylar bag project I am working on. We bought of crawfish boil spice, AAA energizer lithium batteries, powered pancake mix, sausage links, potato salad (red skin), boudain,,,, and a few other supplies

Friday night we had a friend of the family and her 2 kids spend the night with us. Her husband is serving in Afghanistan. It was nice to visit with her and just talk about life, kids, and just life in general. Our friend was passing through, and does not get to eat crawfish very often. So my wife and I invited her to spend the night and to join the celebrations Saturday. […]