Monday, March 10, 2014

Homestead Cooking With Carol: A Review

Today I am thrilled to share a review of a brand new, hot off the press cookbook.  Now to actually call this book a cookbook or even a recipe book is a bit misleading since this book is not something you would use to to plan a single meal, but rather this is a book you would use to plan all your meals. 
This is an everday book; something you will reference, come back to, and reread again.

Carol Alexander's new book, Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals is a guide to handling fresh food as it comes into your kitchen and preparing and planning meals with simple down to earth cooking.  For those of us on our homesteading journey, we often find the seasons bounty overwhelming and the time needed to prepare fresh meals everyday can start to feel like a drag.  Carol's book is filled with fresh ideas and tips on preserving, processing and simply cooking food that can actually save you time and energy.  As she points out "You do not have to be a foodie to love good food."

The book is written in a clear, easy to follow method and is like having a helpful friend in the kitchen rather than an impersonal list of recipes (a helpful friend who can plan a month of meals from scratch!).  The book includes sections on preserving, processing meat, baking, and making yogurt as well as numerous recipes, meal planning guides and lots of tips on food storage, tools, and other useful tidbits.

To delve a bit deeper into the book we decided to try out a recipe this past weekend and I was instantly drawn to her recipe for making yogurt in a crockpot.  Over the years my family has enjoyed several bouts of my yogurt making.  Suddenly I will get on a kick and make yogurt for a few months and eventually stop as we get busy or life happens.  In the past we've used the oven, a cooler, and even a fancy little store bought yogurt maker, but each method had it's fault.  Using the crockpot to make yogurt was simply an aha moment for me, and is an easy method I can see becoming a solid routine for my family.

Luckily for me we even have our own fresh maple syrup to add to the top, and this lovely bowlful above was eaten by my 5 year old son in just minutes flat!

If you're interested in learning more about Carol and her cookbook, hop over to here to learn more about the book.  You can also purchase your own copy over at Amazon: Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals.  And finally, on Sunday, March 16 at 9:00 p.m. EST, Carol is planning a teleconference on homestead cooking. It will be a time to learn the difference between cooking on the homestead and cooking off the homestead. She will share her thoughts then have a time of questions and answers. She would love for you to join. If you think you might want to, click here to sign up to receive more details. If you're not sure that day and time will work for you, sign up anyway and then you can get the recording to listen to at your convenience.

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  1. Thank you, Gretchen, for your kind review. I hope you enjoyed the yogurt! :)

  2. Thanks for the review and the encouragement to try the crockpot yogurt. I already own the book. We were just given some fresh maple syrup, so I will follow your lead.

  3. I love the book, and your review! Thanks for the encouragement to try making yogurt in the crock pot!!

  4. Great review! I'll have to try the crockpot yogurt. :-)