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Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals

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Jan 20, 2014


Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals shows you, the busy homesteading homemaker, how to prepare your food at harvest time so you spend less time making supper the rest of the year. It shows you how to prepare simple, healthy foods that do not require a culinary degree for those nights when you lack the energy to chop, braise, caramelize, or glaze.
Jan 20, 2014

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Homestead Cooking with Carol - Carol J. Alexander

Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals

© 2014 by Carol J. Alexander

Cover by Melissa Jones

© 2014 by Melissa Jones

Headshot photo by Sarah Ann Layne

©2013 by Sarah Ann Layne Photography

All rights reserved. This publication may not be shared, reproduced in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical, including information storage and retrieval systems, without prior written consent from the author. The purchaser of this book may print one copy of the text.

ISBN: 9781483518954

From one homesteading homemaker to all of you who do the same, this book is for all those times when you just cannot seem to feed hungry bellies and get all of your chores done at the same time. I hope you enjoy it.

Table of Contents


I. To Can or to Freeze? That is the Question

Vegetables in the Mix

From Dried Beans to Perfection

Potatoes on the Ready

II. From Big Game to Chicken: Processing Meat

Butchering Large Animals


A Tip for Tastier Wild Game

Processing Poultry

III. Creating Healthy Stock: Feet and All

How to Make Stock

Cleaning Chicken Feet

IV. Mix and Match Meals

V. Complete Meals in Jars

VI. Eighteen Meals from One Ham: The Fine Art of Stretching Meat

VII. The Essentials

Our Daily Bread and More

Great Crockpot Granola

Yummy Yogurt in the Crockpot or Cooler

Carol’s Favorite Hummus

VIII. An Apple a Day

How to Can Apples

How to Make Applesauce

How to Can Applesauce

How to Make and Can Apple Butter

IX. The Sweet Stuff: Unbelievable Make-ahead Desserts

X. Meal Planning Made Simple: The Necessary First Step

XI. Additional Recipes

Appendix A: Carol’s General Canning Tips

Appendix B: Carol’s General Freezing Tips

Appendix C: Food Storage Safety

Appendix D: Equipment for the Homestead Kitchen

Appendix E: Specialty Supplies for the Homestead Kitchen

Appendix F: A Well-stocked Homestead Kitchen

Appendix G: Resources for the Homestead Kitchen

About Carol J. Alexander


As a homesteading homemaker, producing your own food is important to you. After all the energy spent in the production process (e.g. weeding, spreading manure, milking, butchering), I bet I know how you feel about coming in and cooking the evening meal. You are exhausted, right? When you have gallons of milk in the fridge, with more coming at the next milking, bushels of tomatoes and peppers sitting too long on the kitchen floor, and rows of green beans that must be picked and put up, just getting something simple on the table makes the local drive-through look inviting. But, I bet the drive-through would not even be on your radar if you had meals prepared in advance for those hectic days.

In the next few pages I will show you how, with a little extra effort now, to create a simple menu plan so that you can put up or preserve meals for an entire year. I will show you how you can have healthy staples for quick and easy breakfasts and lunches that kids and husbands can make themselves—with just a little forethought every few weeks.

Even though I have a few recipes here to give you ideas, this is not a recipe book. This book will show you how to take the meals you already know and love and prepare, or partially prepare, them in advance. Likewise, this is not a book to teach you how to can or freeze your food. If you do not already have a basic knowledge of food preservation, see the books I’ve listed in the Resources section.

If you enjoy cooking, trying new recipes, or just hanging out in the kitchen baking, that’s wonderful. What you will learn in here will be for those days when you do not have the time or luxury to spend hours in the kitchen. You do not have to be a foodie to love good food. Homesteading families enjoy tasty meals too. After you read, Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals, you’ll learn how to eat like foodies without exhausting all of your time, money, and energy each day.

I. To Can or to Freeze? That is the Question

Having meal plans in order before harvest and butchering time helps the homesteading homemaker make decisions on how to preserve her meat and produce. We will discuss creating those meal plans in Section X. First I want to show you how you will use those plans in the preservation process.

Some folks fear the pressure canner and prefer to throw everything into the freezer. But freezing doesn’t produce the instant meals that I like to have on hand. Canning as much of our food as possible helps me avoid being stuck at 4 p.m. with nothing thawed for supper. However, for some items, freezing is the best choice.

Take stir-fry for example. You do not stir-fry canned meat and vegetables. So if your family likes stir-fried meals, freeze meat and vegetables for that purpose. Freeze the vegetables separately, as each one will require a different blanching time. When assembling the

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