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Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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Cooking Without Electricity

July 5, 2011
You never know when a disaster may happen
This is my Son's house.  An unexpected close call, fortunately the house was mostly spared.
But what if this had been worse and days without electricity.
You never know when a disaster will happen and we all need to be prepared to be as self sufficient as possible during an emergency.
We live in an area where we could possibly lose power for days due to storms.  At times our power goes out for unknown reasons, thankfully not often, but still inconvenient.
We added a cook pit to our back yard.  We recently added gravel to our cook pit.  Seems to work good.
This is our cook pit, we have been buying emergency supplies over the
years so we could be as comfortable as possible during a power outages. We took out a flower bed and made a fire pit close to the house but still at a safe distance.
We started our pit fire, todays plans to make biscuits, sausage, eggs, homemade raisin bread, sandwich bread and a boston butt.  We did this to take pictures so you can see cooking without electricity is not that hard to do. 
Getting ready for biscuits
Spooning out a biscuit into the flour
Pan of uncooked biscuits in our iron skillet
This is our big green egg wood oven.  It can grill, bake or smoke and keeps a great steady temperature.  It was a gift from our Son and we use it often. Biscuits can be made in the dutch oven with coals on top of the lid if you do not have an outdoor over or green egg.
We baked the biscuits at about 490 degrees.
The biscuits were just right.
They did not burn and the bottom was soft because we took the biscuits out of the skillet right away.
While the biscuits were cooking the sausage was cooking as well.
Your entire meal can be cooked at the cook pit.  You can make a stew, beans, biscuits, cornbread, most anything you want to cook.
Closing the lid so the sausage will be tender
So we have the Big Green egg going and the fire pit cooking sausage
The sausage is getting done
Time to remove the sausage and get ready for the eggs
Yumm, now the eggs
The eggs did not stick in the skillet
Just right
This is a pretty good breakfast considering no electricity
Now time to eat and make bread
Getting ready for bread, this is unbleached bread flour
Adding 115 degree water into sugar and yeast
Salt into the bread flour
Mixing the salt into the flour
After adding the yeast, sugar, water and salt
Pouring out onto the bread board
I split the dough in half and added cinnamon and raisins to one half
Pushed down dough for the second rise
Dough has risen and now ready to go in the wood fired egg
Placed the pans in the egg
After baking in the egg
The tops sunk down a bit after putting in the egg but this did not affect the taste.
Taking the bread out of the pan to cool
Cooling the kinda flat top bread but think about this it is made without electricity, completely by hand.
This has a good texture
This will do fine during an emergency or anytime you are living without electricity.
Ummmmm cinnamon raisin bread, wish you could smell this.......

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