Homestead cooking made simple is for busy people, such as anyone living this lifestyle. It is the number one thing you need to do. If your cooking time is limited you do not want it to be complicated too. Simple foods combined with simple recipes or methods of cooking is the key. Don’t waste too much time on recipes that have a zillion steps to follow or ingredients to buy. If you have the time and really want to try a complicated recipe or one with many steps, then go for it. Make sure, first of all that you have all the ingredients and utensils needed to make it. The very first thing I do when I am considering a new recipe, even a simple one, is to read through the recipe several times first. Then make a list of all the ingredients and the amount of each one you will need. Make sure you have all the utensils or tools needed, such as a mixer or a blender, food processor or whatever. Since I do not have a blender or a food processor, I must make sure my electric hand mixer will handle the recipe instead. Sometimes you really need the blender and a mixer will not do. If that is the case, I skip that recipe and find a different one. Often I can look online and find a similar recipe that doesn’t need a blender or food processor.
My husband often says that if you can read, then you can cook. I realize that is a broad statement. It is not that you can or cannot read, but you need the experience of following a written recipe. In baking, a recipe is a science and if you skip a step or an ingredient, there is a good chance your dish may not turn out the way you intended. A new cook has to learn these things by doing. Yes, you will make mistakes, but they are your lessons. You definitely learn by your mistakes in homestead cooking. Some you may not remember the next time, but if you keep making the same mistakes over and over, eventually you will catch on. It is so worth it as you gain more experience and time in the kitchen. Nothing warms my heart more than to go out to eat somewhere and have my husband say to me, “You can make this so much better. We should have stayed home.” I often think that myself, but would never say it out loud.
Instead of being overwhelmed about making meals, make simple meals with simple ingredients. It is easy now to find recipes online and you can specify just a few ingredients. If you have a garden, and you should have if you are into homesteading, make those foods the center of your meals. What could be easier than meat and salad with some fruit for dessert? In summer you can grill the meat while you are picking your fresh salad vegetables. Whip up a fresh salad dressing and supper is ready when you take the meat off the grill. Or cook the meat on your stove in a pressure cooker. I love mine and use it constantly. A crock pot or slow cooker would also work. I don’t have one at this point but am planning on getting the Instant Pot as soon as I am sure I can produce enough power to use it. Check out some southern recipes as they made the best use of one dish stove top cooking. Super simple and very tasty too! Like cooking some type of greens with ham or pork on the stove for a one dish meal. I loved those when I was growing up down south. It is still homestead cooking, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can elaborate on it as you gain the experience and have more time.
I know when we first started learning about homestead cooking the main food everyone started with was homemade bread. Even the old Mother Earth News magazines had tons of recipes for baking bread. We did that too. Now we do not eat any bread at all, in any form. No grains, sugar or high carbs. Not because of the gluten, but because I like eating Ketogenic food for better health. It just makes you feel better and is much healthier. Diabetes runs in my family and my father had high blood pressure his whole life. So I am always looking to ward those off, as well as fighting Candida. Whatever foods you choose to eat, just develop simple meals that are not a big deal to prepare. Can some meats so that you have your own fast foods for the times you are running late. Instead of running to the local fast food restaurant, make something out of what you have in your cupboards. I know everyone loves their freezers, but having to defrost a pound of ground meat when you are 20 minutes to putting supper on the table is not a good option. Even when I finally do get a freezer here, it will not be for most of my meat. I will still can it and keep it in my pantry. Fast meals in jars, along with the fact that unless an earthquake hits my house, those jars of food will last indefinitely.
When I post articles about Ketogenic food on my Facebook page, I feel a lot of hostility from others who do not eat that way. That is not why I post them. I post them for myself. What I write here on this blog, is what I experienced in my own life. If you are the picture of health eating vegetarian, then keep doing what you are doing. I find it quite sad indeed to see that the vegetarians are always attacking meat eaters. There really is no need for that. Eat your vegetables and grains and leave me the heck alone. I do not try to change people. We are all different and have our own likes and dislikes. Vegetarians should stop being so angry and just skip my posts about eating meat. I mean I do not dwell on it. Protein is not the biggest part of my food intake……..that is fat. Low carbs, high fat is what we eat here, so that makes my meals even simpler. Whatever you eat on a regular basis should be quick to put together and not take hours in the kitchen and then hours to clean up. That is where the saying, “Keep it simple stupid!” came from, also known as KISS.
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