Back in the early sixteen hundreds and late fifteen hundreds the Dutch oven emerged as the paramount gourmet cooking tool. Only the Dutch could cast iron pots with smooth enough surfaces and the tight fitting lids that were needed to bake complex pastries, breads, and other dishes that required precise temperature management. The heavy cast iron pots had thermal momentum. That is they could keep food cooking at a constant temperature which allowed chefs precise control. It took years of training for a novice to learn the skills needed to be a gourmet cook with a Dutch oven.
Then in the late eighteen hundreds ovens with thermometers were invented and the Dutch oven as a gourmet cooking implement went by the wayside. The skills needed to manage a Dutch oven on a wood fire were mostly lost.
NOW we have infrared laser thermometers. Now it is relatively easy to monitor the temperature of a Dutch oven. We here at Fawnskin University have gone on Kindle and downloaded old public domain cookbooks from as far back at the fifteen hundreds. We have collected old cookbooks from used book stores, garage sales, and Salvation Army stores.
The old recipes were modified to use ingredients that are likely to be around in a survival situation. It was a long time consuming process.
Food well prepared will help bring families together in hard times. Sharing food is a great way to bond. Sharing good food will go a long way to improving life during a crisis. We are trying to help people not simply survive, but survive with a touch of class. If you are going to take the time to prepare, then why not take a few extra steps to survive well. Gourmet survival, if you will.
This is a work in progress. Please help us. If you have a food dish that you would like us to try, please let us know. Use the email form below to contact us.
Short term survival food strategy
Two months or less
Start today. Include some canned food and long shelf life dry food in your diet. Include foods in your family's diet that do not require refrigeration or freezing. As you purchase this food date the packages with a felt marker and store the newest food toward the back of your shelf. Use the oldest first.
Long term food survival
More than two months.
Loose your job and income?
Have a sudden huge unexpected expense (like a medical bill)
Watch your income gradually decline while your expenses gradually rise
Most survival advise is for catastrophic events like an economic collapse, or war, or famine. These things may or may not happen.
What does happen often, is families are squeezed by expenses and lowering incomes down to personal hardships where they can't afford food.
Prepare for hard times now while you can still afford food. Rather than putting money in the bank store food. If you don't fall on hard times you can still eat the food.
If you are taking action now, why not take a few extra steps to survive in style with a touch of class. Why not take a few extra steps now while you can to set yourself to thrive not simply survive.