Five Tips for Equipping Your Real Food Kitchen on a Budget

If you’re at all like me, when you first discovered traditional, nourishing foods, you realized how ill-equipped your kitchen was in helping you prepare these foods!

You don’t have to have all sorts of helpful gadgets in your kitchen, but they really are a timesaver.  That seems to be especially important while on the GAPS diet, which can be even more time-intensive than a the WAPF diet.

It’s taken me a while to convert and add to my kitchen appliances over the years without breaking the bank, but I’ve found some especially helpful resources that I would like to share with you today.  I hope this helps you get your kitchen fitted out with some wonderful tools! [Read more…]

Not as Many Jars in My Kitchen!

Wooden spoon to the rescue!

It’s sad, but true, there are a few less jars in my kitchen these days.  Even worse, they were a couple of my large, half-gallon jars.  It’s such a tragedy, and my other jars are noticing their absence.  Let me share my sad tale with you, in the hope that you can avoid a similar fate for your jars.

I’ve been making a lot of nettle leaf and lemon balm tea lately.  Somehow the first time or two I made it, I didn’t have any issues pouring very hot water into my glass jars with the nettle leaf and lemon balm.  Maybe my water wasn’t completely boiling.  I didn’t notice since nothing traumatic followed. [Read more…]

GAPS Intro Stage 4 and Progress

Carrots ready for the juicer

Earlier this week I moved on to Stage 4 of GAPS intro.  Yahoo!

Some of the things I have now added back in are grilled and roasted meats (so nice to grill during the summer again!), olive oil added to my food (not heated), carrot juice (other juices will soon follow), and fermented cod liver oil.  Soon to come will be intro “bread” made with ground nut flour, a piece of squash, eggs, and fat.  I’m looking forward to trying that soon. [Read more…]

Jars, Jars Everywhere!

I thought some of you might be wondering about the name of my blog.  Well, wonder no more!  Here I will explain all.

For those of you unfamiliar with cooking in a more traditional manner, you may not realize how many jars you seem to accumulate the more you switch over to making everything from scratch.  All of those items that you used to purchase at the store, such as mayo, yogurt, beverages, cooking fats, etc., all need to be stored somehow when you make them yourself.  I generally prefer to store my homemade items in glass containers.  You don’t have to worry about plastic possibly leaching into your food, you can easily see what’s inside, and they last a long time.  The problem I have come to realize, though, is that it seems no matter how many jars you have saved or purchased, you always have too few.  Especially when you’ve just made a big batch of something!  Do any of you have that same problem?

I thought I would give you a short tour of the many jars in my kitchen.  Here we go! [Read more…]