How To Clean And Maintain Your Cast Iron Cookware

I’m thinking most of us grew up with cast iron cookware. Did your mom or dad cook eggs, or fry sausage in them? My mom used to make biscuits in one of her pans. I never really thought about it until I started cooking outside with my Dutch oven. My friend had just gone to help someone move and they wanted to give her a Dutch Oven because they no longer wanted it. She called me and asked me if I wanted it, she also mentioned it was rusty and dirty. I said, “Kathleen does it have a lid with a lip?” She said “yes,” and I said, “Do not get rid of that!” I told her we may need all the cast iron cookware we can get if we have a disaster. Here’s the reason why: we can cook outside with a few pieces of charcoal on the lid and underneath the pot. I told her not to worry about the rust or dirt, I would show her how to clean and restore it. Cooking chart: Dutch Oven Temperatures

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Four Things That Are Not Safe To Can At Home

There are four things that are not safe to can at home. Period. Lately, I have been concerned with articles on Facebook or blogs with posts stating you can preserve certain foods at home that I knew were not safe to can. Then I started getting emails and Facebook PM’s asking me if this post or that post was accurate. In my gut, I knew some of the foods weren’t safe to can. So I went to the experts to confirm my thoughts. I am not a newbie to canning. I have been safely canning my foods per Utah State Extension service guidelines for over 50 years. I also have my Master Preserver Canning Certificate via the USU through the USDA training courses. This is an updated article whereas I added milk to my list. I am seeing a lot of people canning milk and cream. These are unsafe to can at home because of the fat in them.

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How I Started A Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

Today I’m going to tell you how I started a whole food plant-based diet. I have struggled with my weight for the last 20 years. I have tried every diet known to man. Years ago, I was a manager of a bank, then a private banker for two bank branches, and then I started my own mortgage company. I rarely had time to eat healthy meals. I was grabbing fast food from one place for lunch and then standing in line for take-out for dinner. The pressure of my jobs forced me to eat at my desk in between clients. I did this routine for over 20 years. My doctor told me to quit my job or my arthritis would literally cripple me. I’m a type A person and nothing stops me. The pounds come on slowly and they are even harder to take off. I have high cholesterol. I had been told I was a walking heart attack at the peak of my career. I take the highest statin dose available for heart patients. I am not proud of this fact, by any means.

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11 Things Every Pantry Needs To Cook From Scratch

Here is my list of 11 things every pantry needs to cook from scratch. If you start with this list, the sky is the limit to help us make just about every baked item we would like to bake. Now we can add more foods to our pantry to make even more meals. But today I am going to just talk about what you can make anytime with these baking items below. Yep, you can do it! You do not even need an electric mixer. If you have a large bowl that would really help, depending on what you decide to make.

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