There is a lot of reminiscing about the good old’ days. For some, that may be looking back to the simpler life of the 1950’s and 60’s. Others, at least partially based on the portrayal of the Old West in Hollywood movies, will romanticize what it would have been like back in the Pioneer days.
Life was certainly much harder back then without all of our modern conveniences. On the other hand, people were much more self-sufficient, especially those that left the relative safety of the cities to take their chances in the great outdoors. They were motivated to build a better life for themselves and their families and obtained the knowledge they needed to survive.
Cooking was one of those areas that people will need to rediscover if a disaster strikes that has us all doing without our microwave or conventional ovens. Those that are able to adapt the best and already have the knowledge from real world experience will be most likely to survive and thrive.
Following are three recipes from our friends over at Urban Survival Site. Pioneer recipes were prepared from scratch using basic ingredients that they carried with them or were able to get on the trail.
“Pioneers relied a great deal on Dutch ovens to cook their meals on the trail. Recipes didn’t involve specific temperatures. Rather, it was just a patter of putting ingredients into the Dutch oven and letting it cook over a fire.”
I did read elsewhere a good tip for Dutch ovens – you can either choose to use parchment paper to line your dutch oven or you can simply grease it with a little bit of butter so your biscuits don’t stick. I highly recommend the parchment paper for easy clean up!
“1. Soda Biscuits
Quick and easy and can be eaten alone or dipped in a little grease for flavor. Dipping the biscuits in syrup is also a way to add a little sweetness to a breakfast meal.
- 3 1/3 cups of flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
Pour the flour in a bowl and slowly add one tablespoon of milk at a time to form a stiff dough. In a small dish, dissolve the baking soda in about a tablespoon of milk. Mix it into the dough. Add salt and mix again. Roll out the dough until it is nice and thin. Cut circles out of the dough. Cook in a Dutch oven or standard oven until the sides are brown and the biscuits are no longer doughy.
2. Corn Dodgers
These are essentially round bits of cornbread that can be eaten on the move or served with stew or chili.
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
Get your Dutch oven nice and hot, and use a saucepan to cook cornmeal, butter, salt, sugar, and milk. Remove from heat and let sit about five minutes. Mix in the baking powder. Use a tablespoon to drop spoonfuls of the mix into the Dutch oven. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges are brown.
3. Spotted Pup
Rice with some sweet flavoring can be served as breakfast, dessert or dinner.
- Cooked rice
The amount of rice you cook will depend on the number of people you are feeding. Put the rice in a Dutch oven and add in the rest of the ingredients to taste. Heat until the eggs are cooked thoroughly.”
Pretty basic right? What colorful names though! Well break out that Dutch oven you have had stored away and get to cooking. Some of the recipes will require some tweaking on your part – both in terms of ingredients, quantities, and cooking times, but isn’t that part of what makes cooking fun?
Best of luck. Good eating!