Cooking with all natural ingredients.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by M118LR, Jun 21, 2017.


  1. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    I was just wondering where the section was to describe preparing and cooking with all natural ingredients, recipes?
    Or is this a lost art?
     
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  2. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    @ M118LR "recipes" are at "back to basics" as a sub section. Feel free to lead the charge. You might want to look the thread over a bit first though.
     
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  3. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

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  4. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

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  5. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Get your fresh GMO's right here..... going make you feel right happy and healthy....yes, you betcha sir. :whistle:
     
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  6. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Cooking natural is a journey of many steps, it starts with a recipe that doesn't use a cake mix and canned ingredients, and ends up with one that tells you if making rabbit stew,first to catch a rabbit and butcher it. Please start the journey, there are many excellent hints on the forum, find someone who does cook that way and learn from them, and try. The journey is much more important than the steps, and the goal more important than the menu. Real question isn't the food you prepare, it is the goal you are aiming at. For some here it is low carbs, or paleo, or organic, or gluten free, or using preps in cooking, or one of 100 other things. Easy part is the recipe, hard part is choosing and trying to live some life style to reach a desired goal, and sometimes it changes from cooking to live to living to cook, and it becomes a lot more fun.
     
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  7. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    lol, okay MM34 started asking the questions that came to mind with me. ALL NATURAL. hmmm okay certain words come to mind. Heirloom seed home grown Organic vegetables. Wild Game. Native Species. Free range. No antibiotics.
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    I could go on, but my point is, while we might like to venture into these areas occasionally, realistically most of us do not have the time or independent wealth to thrive while acting as a hunter gatherer or trying to supply all our food needs in an organic heirloom method. We can and often do glean natural abundance as provided by mother nature as a cyclic benefit, and put up same by various means to use in the future. However most of us have to use commercially grown livestock and commercially grown plant products to sustain life as best we can.
     
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  8. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    I think the first place to start is by removing as many processed and "heat to eat" foods. Don't use foods with ingredients you wouldn't use yourself including preservatives. I'm still going to eat my spam and bacon, but minimizing non essential ingredients and sticking to whole foods and cooking it yourself will get you the most bang for the buck.
     
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  9. M118LR

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    Here is the kicker, when I say all natural I mean only things your growing: picking wild in your area: hunting/raising & slaughtering. So if the recipe calls for a spice from a continent other than your location, it's out. If it requires McCormick's, it out. If the recipe calls for flour and you don't stone grind any, it's out. So I guess all natural and all self sufficient?
    Example: Trail drive chili. Ingredients: Cubed beef,(or whatever meat is available) wild onion, wild garlic, and 2 of every local pepper found along the trail. (the Original Recipe called for yesterdays coffee as you broke camp) but water to cover shall suffice.
     
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  10. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Sooooo...... Pop Tarts are out then........

    This is along the lines I'd eventually like to go. Carbs are essentially a poison to me, so not worried so much about bread. Roots and bulbs (garlic and onion) we can store over winter, summer and winter squash,tomatoes, etc. The first year after we move will likely be getting ready for the things we will start to grow and raise the following spring.
     
  11. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Going back into the middle ages, it would be cabbage, turnips, beans, barley, oats, etc. No tomatoes, potatoes, very few spices, not much wheat, no corn, no pumpkins, no chocolate,etc, we really have a head start in our survival, both in foods that store and in the foods that came from the new world or were improved since then, peas for example..
     
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  12. M118LR

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    It would be where you are located during the Middle Ages that could determine your Natural Diet! ?
     
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  13. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Makes sense. And it is a good way to eat if you have a protein source. One has to learn to eat what is available when available. Example is dandelion greens. They are a spring harvest and you have to eat while fresh. I have never heard of anyone drying them. The roots are very nutritious and medicinal but when eating off the lands, sometimes a crop comes in and you have to eat that crop everyday, day after day. Learning to prepare wild edibles in a variety of ways is a very smart thing.

    Dandelions- How do you prepare yours? | Survival Monkey Forums
     
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  14. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I believe Dandelion wine keeps reasonably well.

    Dandelion Wine Recipe - And the Mistake You Don't Want to Make
     
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  15. M118LR

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  16. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I think the cooking with all natural is more work then people realize. Yeah shoot a deer, process and you have venison but what about the other dishes? Timing is one thing that comes to mind. Example is grains. All natural homemade cornmeal. Grow the corn, dry it then grind it. Times is something that has to be factored in when eating 100% natural, produced by your efforts/hand.
     
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  17. M118LR

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    Wouldn't believe the look I got from the Grandchildren first time I handed them a ear of popcorn to shuck. Priceless.
     
  18. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    you can pop it right on the cob.
    But it does store better shucked [winkthumb]

    This is a weird question for me. with many answers but I see you mean eating and living closer to nature. Quite frankly I'm not interested in that. Nature is brutal and being a Hunter gather is even more brutal n if your survival depends on it.

    I like my garden and my butcher and the store I buy butter at. We did the milk and butcher thing as a kid because we lived in a remote area. Been there done that not going back unless I have too. I do try to eat out of my garden but I'm not raising beef lamb or goat so I love the local butcher.

    Just my 2 cents everyone has different goals. Mine is to not make my life any harder than it has to be
     
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  19. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    I am Old and I take advantage of every modern convenience I can as part of my daily life. Being Old it is my self appointed responsibility to at least ensure that my Grandchildren have at least rudimentary hands on training as hunter gathers and hard scrabble farmers. The lessons can be as simple as purchasing a whole chicken and allowing them to cut it up into Colonel Sanders look alike pieces, but at least they have hands on experience should it ever be needed. Letting them gather on nature walks and utilizing what nature gives to make recipes won't make them Head Chefs, but at least they have a head start if nothing else is available. While rubbing to sticks together to make a fire is common knowledge, it might take a few hours to actually get your first friction fire started. The second time you try, you shall have the memories of the first experience to draw from. That's Grandpa's task. JMHO.
     
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  20. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    oh I see, you are talking about training your grandchildren. I applaud you for that. Everyone needs to know where there food comes from and how to prepare it.
     
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