How To Use An Electric Pressure Cooker With Printable List

I know sometimes people are afraid to use a pressure cooker, not to be confused with a pressure canner to preserve food. If you can afford an electric pressure cooker I would highly recommend getting one because it will save you time, and I mean a lot of time in the kitchen.

Sometimes I forget I have this wonderful kitchen tool called an electric pressure cooker. Here’s the deal, if you want to save time and money get one of these gems. I prefer the Fagor brand: Fagor 670040230 Stainless-Steel 3-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker. Last night I had some company here for dinner and I had a few too many pots going on the stove I was watching.

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Back To Basics: How To Make A Portable Kitchen

My Back To Basics: How To Make A Portable Kitchen is part of my weekly series to help us all be prepared for the unexpected. I recently visited my daughter and her family for four wonderful fun filled weeks. I tried to give my very ambitious daughter a little break by making a few meals each day for her and the family. You know it’s funny how I assume everyone has a Danish whisk, or a hand mixer, or whatever. You know, like everyone even knows what a Danish whisk is. I had never heard of one until my friend, Melissa Richardson who wrote the book: “The Art of Baking Bread with Natural Yeast” introduced me to one. She has since written another natural yeast book, but she showed me how to use of one of these: Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ or 14″  I prefer the 11-inch one because the metal whisk end will fit inside a wide mouth mason jar to make natural yeast, salad dressings or whatever. The large one is too large for the jar opening. The large one is great for cake batter, pancake batter or muffins, etc.

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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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