TICKS – Everything you will read about avoiding or repelling ticks will have the word DEET in it. From the CDC to the EPA, they all recommend using DEET to protect yourself and those you love from blood-sucking ticks. Instead, I'd like to discuss Natural Tick Repellents, tick control, and tips to avoid getting bit. We also include recipes for tick repellent for humans and dogs made with essential oils, and how to remove a tick safely. [Read more…]
It takes a little effort to restore cast iron cookware, but it's worth it. This post covers cleaning and restoring cast iron with step by step photos. We'll help you strip and reseason damaged and rusted cast iron cookware so it looks and cooks the way it should. (Plus you'll see why vintage cast iron is best!)
I'd like to tell you a quick story about one of my early experiences with cleaning cast iron, and why restoring cast iron means so much to me. [Read more…]
Cast iron cooking was one of the first back to basics moves I made. I wish I could say it was intentional, but the truth is I fell into it out of circumstance. When my sons were younger, my husband and I led their Cub Scout pack. Over the years of endless camp outs, I learned how to cook in cast iron camping cookware because I wanted my boys to have healthier food than traditional pre-packaged “camp food”. [Read more…]
I'm going to show you how to season your cast iron cookware so that it will have a non-stick surface. The more you cook with cast iron the more non-stick it becomes. It's a process. You would also use this method if you found some old cast iron at a yard sale and it needed to be stripped and re-seasoned. (For detailed instructions on stripping cast iron, see “How to Restore Cast Iron Cookware – Cleaning and Restoring Cast Iron“.) For this post will assume you've cleaned and stripped your cast iron if needed, and now you have “naked” cast iron and you want to season your piece. [Read more…]
I love cooking with cast iron – especially Dutch oven cooking. Dutch ovens are durable and versatile. They allow you to cook a wide variety of foods under many different conditions. In this post, we'll talk about different types of Dutch ovens and how they are used, plus I share a couple of our favorite Dutch oven recipes.