Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

            Welcome to Cast Iron & Dutch Ovens Friday

     I love using my cast iron pieces so thought I would share recipes either that I have made already in my cast iron and dutch ovens or that I want to and just anything that comes to mind about cast iron and dutch ovens indoors or outdoors on Fridays-if there is an interest.  
      Or I just may share anyways lol

      You are most welcome to link up and share a post too with recipes, and your experiences with cooking-baking with cast iron and dutch oven pieces. 
    Some of you may have done or are still participating in reenactments, or you use cast iron in your home, or camping, or just outdoors. Or you participate in dutch oven cook offs-all welcome to share your knowledge.
    I finally have the right code now after several attempts to set up the linky gadget-You can add your url to your Cast Iron & Dutch Oven post at midnight the Thursday before and will work for 6 days.
   I set up a link in my right hand column that will take you back to this information post-

                             Today's Post

All my life (and I am a senior now) I have been around cast iron in my home. My Mom and her Mom always had different sizes of cast iron skillets and griddles that they used on a daily basis. 
    My Mom used a wood cookstove her entire growing up years at home til she left for college. I didn't know this til just a few years ago when she talked about it when she had dementia before she passed. 
    No wonder she was so good at cooking & baking over an open fire during our camping trips and camp fire girls camp outs. I wish I would have realized that years earlier as there was always so much more I wanted to know as I had always dreamed of having a wood cook stove in my home-or in an outdoor kitchen.  
     That will not come about now as our home here in the Ozarks just does not have a big enough kitchen for that-but I do have my commercial 10 burn wolf stove-lol that is perfect for cast iron.

    I love cast iron and is really my utensil of choice in my own home kitchen. My husband and I have been married now over 30 years now (I don't keep track lol) and during those years we have collected allot of pieces of vintage Griswold and Wagner cast iron-that I love to use.

In last week's Friday post,  I shared my little outdoor kitchen that I put together along with my new 12 quart Lodge dutch oven. 
   So far I have only baked 10 inch pies in there but I plan to do more this year.

  This week I wanted to share a recipe that I had posted years and years ago of an upside down cake baked in a cast iron skillet.  The complete post is here posted in 2009 The original upside down cakes were made in a cast iron pan on top of the wood burning cookstove. I did it this way once in a cast iron skillet on top of my gas stove and worked out well-of course you can change up the fruits. See above link for more history of this dish with older and new recipe versions.

d0dd9a9a.jpg Pineapple upside down cake image by soopersuzie

  
Earlier recipes of this cake include making it in skillets, probably cast iron, and cooking it on top of the stove, since ovens had not been invented. They were also known as skillet cakes. The Hawaiian Pineapple Company ran an advertisement in several women's magazines for creative and original recipes using pineapple. This gave the cake widespread publicity.
The oldest recipe for a pineapple upside-down cake was printed in a U.S. government document in 1931. It is:
Pineapple upside down skillet Cake
Pineapple mixture
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
3 slices pineapple
Melt the sugar in a skillet over moderate heat, allow it to brown slightly, and stir constantly. Add the butter and pineapple juice and cook until a fairly thick syrup is formed. Place the sections of pineapple in the syrup and cook a few minutes, or until they are light brown, and turn occasionally. Have ready a well-greased heavy baking pan or dish, place the pineapple on the bottom, and pour the syrup over it. Allow this to cool so it will form a semisolid surface, then pour in the following
Cake batter
1/4 cup butter or other fat
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sifted soft-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
Cream the fat, add the sugar, well-beaten egg, and
vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately with the milk to the first mixture. Pour this over the pineapple. The batter is rather thick and may need to be smoothed on top with a knife. Bake in a very moderate stove (300-325 degrees F.) for 45 minutes. Loosen the sides of the cake, turn it out carefully, upside down. If the fruit sticks to the pan, lift it out and place it on the cake. Serve with whipped cream or hard sauce.
It's a classical all-American dessert. Food History Professor, Burt Gordon, Ph.D. explained that, research shows1870 would be the time when upside-down cakes came about. The term upside-down cake wasn't used much before the late Nineteenth Century, but that style of baking could date as far back as the middle Ages."




Until 1870 the term cakes was hardly used. Pies and tarts were more common then. Some very early cookbooks printed at the turn of the century have recipes for fruit upside down cakes made with other types of fruits - apples and cherries and the like but no mention of pineapple is made. Dr. Gordon explains that Jim Dole who invented canned pineapples might have applied his product to a recipe that already existed. It was traditionally made with apples, cherries and other seasonal fruit upside down cakes in cast-iron skillets on top of the stove. The use of pineapple (and an oven) was just the newest most novel twist by Mr. Dole, an ode to twentieth century technologies and notions of convenience.


Second on the 2nd Goldenrod Yellow on Cotton Clothing

   I am linking up with Elizabeth for Second on the 2nd-at the end of her post are the rules and link up for joining in.



   These were some of the best yellows I had achieved so far using goldenrod-gathered here in our woods, so I thought I would share this post again. 

    One of the valuable lessons for me that I have learned over the years when dyeing with natural dye stuffs is to NOT do that final rinse for at least a week or more (as most books I have tell you to do). 

    When you do that you will see lots of color going down the sink. I usually let my pieces sit for at least a month before I hand rinse in cool water.

    Which reminds me: I have to give these blouses in this post a good rinse and then iron. I forgot about them til now. haha

    My plan was to list these in my Etsy shop if I don't snag them and wear them first lol



Tuesday, September 27, 2016


My Creativity Wednesdays Post Goldenrod Yellow On Cotton Clothing

I am very excited about my dye results on cottons.

Last year when I was going to the resale shops more often I searched on the sale racks for cotton tops-blouses-in hopes to dye them and or eco print them and then post in my Etsy shop. I picked up mostly smaller sizes hoping to attract some younger people. Going through them this week I found two large pieces-one long sleeve knitted cotton, and a pretty cotton blouse.

 I enjoy the surprises achieved with natural dyeing.

Last Saturday I grabbed a big paper bag and my scissors and collected ripe goldenrod flowers, they were at their prime and more of them this time- I collected enough to fill a water bath canner 3/4's full of the flowers.  We had been predicted to get rain over the weekend so I wanted to gather before then.

  Today, was my day to set up the dye pot. 

It is always good to scour your wool or other fibers first to rid them of any oils etc, especially cottons and most especially pre made articles of clothing.

Most cottons if I am dyeing with muslin or quilt fabric I can usually just use synthrapol in a hot wash, but I have found from past cotton natural dyeing that after the synthrapol I also use the scour wash from Earth Hues and follow their instructions. Especially for clothing articles I do this extra step when natural dyeing.

To dye cotton:   
      I go through the scour process, then I set up the mordant (fixative) process used for cellulose fiber alum acetate which I have only found at Earth Hues so far, and when you purchase just ask for their print out of information. I have no affiliation with Earth Hues I just learned about them several years ago from other online dyers-and they are really helpful with answering your questions too.
      Most resources just sell alum but there is an alum for wool and protein fibers and another alum for cellulose fibers.
    As with my wool dyeing when I have the mordant bath set up, then I start heating up my dye bath. I covered the goldenrod with water with a bit above it-heat up slowly and don't let it go to a boil. At least in my experiences dyeing with goldenrod for several years now I get a clearer yellow with this process. This takes just about the same amount of time as the mordant process.
        When the time is up on the mordant bath I used a designated spoon for dyeing and took out the blouses and placed into a designated dye colander in the sink. Squeeze to drain. Again as in wool some instructions say to rinse and some do not-I decided not to.
    For the dye pot strain out the goldenrod flowers. It is too hard for me to handle these big heavy pots now so I have a spoon that I just scoop out all the plant material. I get all of the big stuff but not all of the finer pieces.
    I then placed the cotton blouse in first and kept an eye on til I loved the color and then removed it.
     I then added in the tannish-pink knitted cotton shirt and added that to the dye pot-since it looked like there was lots of dye color left.
   and wow-happy happy dancin with the results. I squeezed out the blouses-not twist-and laid them out on thick towels to dry-I will change those up til they are dry.  and like the wool dye project-I won't rinse these out for around 5 days.

Here are some photos-just click to enlarge












I was really surprised with the pretty color achieved going over a tan-pinkish color knit cotton top. Now to wait and see how they dry and rinse out.

Monday, February 27, 2017

T Stands For Tuesday and Spring is "Springing"

  Welcome to T Stands for Tuesday with our hostess Elizabeth here at Altered Book Lover 
    You are welcome to join in just visti Elizabeth's page and share your link for your post-You can share anything but you must tie in a photo of your beverage and cup-

  This month of February will probably go down in the history books as the warmest ever in my area of the Ozarks. We have been here since the fall of 2003 and have seen warm Februarys before but nothing this warm.
   This week we are definately feeling like spring has arrived as t storms and strong winds maybe hail will be coming in too tonight and tomorrow.  Late this afternoon I grabbed  my camera to share some of the "springing" plants 
                       (click to enlarge photos)

                                            redbud






 
         Shallots from Israel from hubby's grandfather



                                                   Wild onions or garlic


                                                              Tansy



A couple days ago I decided to roast some bulk dandelion root and chicory root-turned out very mellow so made up a little jar full of it.




Happy T Day everyone