Woodstove cooking

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I absolutely love to cook on my woodstove. My husband loves it when I cook on the woodstove too, LOL. There is nothing like a poit of stew simmered all day, to make a cold day a wonderful experience. In addition I find that hot water simmering for tee, coffee, or cocoa, insures that whenever I come in the door from the barn that there is something warm waiting for me. It is not impossible to bake in a woodstove. Bread fresh out of even a heating woodstove is very possible. I allow my stove to get down to the coals, and then I hollow out a spot in the middle of them to set my pan in. My plan this year is to get a small footed cast Iron pan for this purpose. Cooking on the woodstove takes advantage of the energy of the wood twice, and save money on utilities. It makes good financial sense!

Basic Stew:

There are some basics to making good stew. Here they are:

1)Saute onions, and celery together. This seasons your pan, and gives a foundation of flavor. 2)Brown your beef which has been cut into little chunks, this goes a long way in creating flavor, and insuring tenderness of the final product. 3)After the browning, add the water, and stir very well to disperse the flavor throughout. 4)Add the remaining vegetables, Don't forget potatoes, and carrots and salt to taste. Now is the time to season as well. 5)Simmer several hours, on the woodstove. If the woodstove is not hot enough to do the above on the stove, start the cooking on a regular electric or gas appliance, and move the stew to the woodstove at the point the water begins to boil. 6)Toward the end of the cooking time add some flour, dissolved in a litttle water to the stew. This will give an added thickness. If you brown the flour, it will add even more flavor. 7)Last but not least. Nothing should ever leave your kitchen without you personally tasting it. Taste, and adjust seasonings.

Little Bit Farm

-- Little Bit Farm (littlebit@bright.net), October 02, 2004


Little Bit, Are we talking about the big Wood Cooking Stoves like the Oval. I have been wanting one for 10 years but wonder how often one would use it in Ok. I think I would at least for the 3 seasons. Do you know of a comparison guide for cook stoves?

I appreciate any information on them. Debbie at Bountiful

-- Debbie at Bountiful (bwolcott@anect.net), October 02, 2004.

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