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Some of you are aware that Donnie and I are relocating to the GA mountains this weekend. My first order of business was to have a wood burning stove installed for heating. All outside lighting will be solar and by summer I want a small solar oven. I have decided the electric company gets the very least I can possibly give them every month. Although I will have a conventional oven and stove I want to do 90% of everything on the wood stove. So....what do you all know about it? Got any ideas or recipes to share? I will be using this model but it has the case iron legs not the stand
Cast iron pots, pans, and skillets. Dried beans, corn meal, onions, hamocks, and squirrel meat. Nothing to it.
Might invest in some real good potholder gloves.......just saying.
LOL, yes some good potholder gloves might be a great idea
I keep trying to think of something to say, but all I can think of is beans, fried potatoes and cornbread. Add some onion and tomato on the side and get outta my way.
For the first dozen years of my life I was fed by food cooked on a wood cook stove. It had an oven in it also. I have no recipes because my grandmother never used recipes so she left none!
Slow cooked pintos, crowders, chili, or just good old pig-boat stew on the stove make a day of cutting and splitting wood pretty much worthwhile. And the aroma ..... well, hard to beat, fine as fresh bread.
Cast iron pots for sure, because all the usual store bought ones will just disintegrate. Just make sure to oil them up so stuff does not stick and you can make a whole bunch of stuff. Have to get it pretty hot to fry!
well I have my grandmothers cast iron so that is not a problem, just need to season it. I have seen some great ideas online including baking by turning the dutch oven over on the top of a pan. Thinking I may be able to make that fresh bread right there on the top of the stove also.
When Donnie and I were first married, I made all the breads. He didnt eat store bought bread for the first 5 years. The first house we bought (eons ago) didnt have a stove and I learned to bake it on the grill so this cant be so hard right? (she says remembering the first month of attempts at only cooking on a grill LOL)
When I was growing up my family lived in Grays Knob, Kentucky for a spell. My mom used to occasionally cook on the old pot belly stove that burned coal. Wish I could tell you here secret. It appeared that her ability to cook on such a stove just came naturally. I'm guessing she acquired the skill when she was probably 7 or 8 years old. Such was the ways of hill folks back in the 1920s-1940s
Tobias, my grandmother on the farm cooked on hers so I did spend some early years watching. I know a few basics like use a cast iron trivet under the pot to keep from burning the bottom. timing may be a challenge but i have a theory on that. Start with pots of soups and beans and such (minus carls squirrel meat lol) put them on in the morning, since the stove is downstairs where the shop is i am just going to tell Donnie to bring it up when is ready to eat lol.
I cooked for about 18 months on a wood fired Rayburn , a very old and basic model . It heated the water and had an oven and it was great. I used to get a lot of free venison at the time and it cooked really well on that stove. A picture of the house below and yes it was as basic as it looked but I liked it at the time..
JJ- I want one of those grills!
John, That is exactly what we are going for , basic. For those that have not seen it here is the house. 600 sq ft upstairs and the same down. The wood stove will be in the basement as will Donnies shop, a bathroom, the laundry room and a third bedroom/sitting room http://www.trulia.com/property/45249378-559-Twin-Mountain-Rd-Hiawas...