Tag Archives: Cooking

Stuck-On Food? How To Easily Clean Cast Iron

by Texas Homesteader ~

The skillets in my kitchen are comprised of a single stainless steel skillet for making my Homemade Chocolate Pudding and such, & several sizes of cast-iron skillets for cooking virtually everything else. Now I love my stainless skillet but let’s be honest, I love cast iron the best. I make spicy Cornbread and Bake Bread in cast iron. And I use those skillets on the stove top too for cooking Potato Cakes or frying potatoes. (or anything savory!) It rocks my world whether I’m using it stove top or oven. It does it all.

But it’s true that Caring For Cast Iron is a little different than typical cookware. And although mine’s virtually non-stick after decades of use, there still comes the time when frying potatoes or cooking scrambled eggs causes a layer of cooked-on food to remain on the bottom of the skillet. Now back in ‘the day‘ I’d scrub-scrub-scrub to get it clean again.

That was then, this is now…

Stuck-on food frustrating you while cleaning your cast-iron skillet? I've found an EASY way to get it clean. Check out my lazy-cook's method! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder

by Texas Homesteader ~

I have a couple of bags of frozen blueberries in my freezer. But right now freezer space is at a premium. So I need to empty some of its contents and one of those bags of frozen blueberries needs to come out.

I’ve got plenty jars of jelly/jam in my pantry so there’s no need right now to make more Blueberry Jam. And a person can only (healthily) eat so many Blueberry Muffins. So my thoughts turned to ways to dehydrate some blueberries for my pantry instead. Turns out it was pretty easy.

Dehydrated Blueberry Powder. Convenient to store in the pantry and stir into yogurt or pancake or muffin batter #TexasHomesteader

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Quick Taco Soup – An Easy Meal For ‘Those Days’…

by Texas Homesteader ~

I typically like to cook from scratch for our meals. But let’s be honest. For all of us, sometimes there are ‘Those Days‘…  Today is just such a day. I’ve been busy all week, I’m just getting over being ill and today I really need to play catch-up. So a hearty meal needs to be on auto-pilot today. Easy ’nuff, I decided to make taco soup.

Quick & Easy Taco Soup. Just brown the meat with chopped onions & then dump in a slow cooker with different cans of food. Heat & eat! #TexasHomesteader

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Favorite Feature In My Homestead Kitchen: Drop-Level Countertop

by Texas Homesteader ~

So if you’ve been following along my path to simplicity, you know I bake bread.

A LOT!

It’s true that handsome RancherMan of mine is a certified bread-a-holic. He loves bread in all its forms that’s for sure. But he loves my homemade bread the most.

Since I’m always making bread, my favorite feature in my homestead kitchen is this little section of countertop. It’s purposely dropped to a lower level to make my bread-making easier.

My favorite feature in my homestead kitchen is my drop-level countertop. It makes the task of kneading bread so much easier! #TexasHomesteader Continue reading

Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2018

by Texas Homesteader ~

At the end of each year I like to share with you, my beloved readers, the top 10 homesteading posts of the year found right here on this little ole blog of mine. This year y’all enjoyed fun recipes, cooking shortcuts, tips, money-saving ideas and much more.

Wonder what the most popular posts of the year were? I’ve shared below the posts that were read most often. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy these top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2018!

Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2018. This year y'all loved fun recipes, cooking shortcuts & tips, money-saving ideas and much more. #TexasHomesteader

Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2018. This year y'all loved fun recipes, cooking shortcuts & tips, money-saving ideas and much more. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Don’t Flush Cooking Fat Down The Drain!

by Texas Homesteader ~

We’ve all probably done it – rinsing out remaining fat and letting it go down the drain. A quick flip of the garbage-disposal switch and the greasy problem is gone. Right?

I’ve written before about how I’ve discovered how the problem Is NOT Gone when we flush things through our kitchen sink pipes. I’m not casting stones here. I spent plenty of my younger years flushing things down the sink, from plate scrapings to burnt-on food. And yes, the fat too. I figured if I used hot water it would simply flush that fat away safely.  But I’ve learned a lot since then.  I now know you should never flush grease or fat down the sink. But how do you dispose of it? Don’t worry, it’s easy – check out this Homestead Hack.

Flushing grease and fat down your kitchen sink drain is a recipe for disaster. But how do you dispose of the fat from a roast or grease from the pan? Check out this homestead hack. #TexasHomesteader

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Need a Quick & Easy Side Dish? Rosemary Rice

by Texas Homesteader ~

We like to invite my parents to join us for supper whenever we can. There’s just something about breaking bread together that bonds people, don’t ya think? And heck, my folks live relatively close so why not?

Typically RancherMan will grill the main entree and I’ll provide the sides and dessert. One of our favorite sides is Roasted Fresh Vegetables because it’s eye-catching, healthy and easy. But I’ve made that side the last 2-3 times that they joined us. Although they loved it, I wanted something different this time. Hey, I have that gorgeous rosemary bush right outside my door. Why not put it to good use? I decided to make rosemary-flavored rice for a quick & easy yet delicious side.

Rosemary Rice - I needed a quick & easy side dish for a dinner party. I used fresh rosemary growing in my garden to make Rosemary Rice. #TexasHomesteader

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Top 10 Best Homesteading Posts – Yearly Roundup Edition

by Texas Homesteader ~

Y’all know I started this little ole blog of mine back in 2013. It was a hard year for us, I’d just been diagnosed with breast cancer. But RancherMan suggested I begin writing about our lives here on our Homestead. So we started a blog, I started writing and even all these years later I’m still here. I love writing about our lives and sharing snippets of our days!

I started doing a feature at the end of each year where I share my post popular homesteading posts of the year. Of course I’ll do that this year as well but I thought it would be fun to share a recap of all the post popular posts by year.  Each year’s top 10 homesteading posts right here in one place!

Here are the Top 10 Homesteading Posts on our page for each year since 2013. This is the yearly roundup version - each year's top 10 in one place!

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Favorite Jelly Recipes on our Blog…

by Texas Homesteader ~

A while back we changed the name of our little ole blog to Texas Homesteader. There were many reasons for this, but mainly so that when I share a recipe or gardening tip, readers know right away what elevation or planting zone I’m referring to.

But whomever previously had the blog name ‘Texas Homesteader‘ before us apparently had some rockin’ jalapeno jelly. I’m constantly getting hits for folks looking for it. But I’m sorry to say it’s not here.

Although we love, love, LOVE jalapenos in almost everything we eat, neither RancherMan nor I enjoy sweet/spicy combinations. But I do share some delicious jelly recipes on this blog. So if you’ve come looking for Jalapeno jelly recipe – sorry I can’t help ya. But I hope you stick around for some of the most delicious jelly (with EASY recipes) you ever hoped to find!

We have lots of great jelly recipes on our site, some don't even require added pectin. Come see how easy it is! #TexasHomesteader

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Holiday Cooking Shortcuts, Tips & Recipes

by Texas Homesteader ~

The holidays are quickly approaching, y’all. This time of year is filled with many gatherings of friends and family, along with lots of good food. In our family we take turns hosting our family celebrations. The host family typically provides the main dish and all the guests bring their favorite side dish or dessert. That means there’s ALWAYS lots to eat during our big gatherings!

So I thought it would be helpful to share some holiday cooking tips & recipes that we typically enjoy during the holidays.

Are you hosting your family's holiday celebration this year? I'm sharing my favorite holiday cooking tips & quick & easy recipes. #TexasHomesteader

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