I probably spend more time in the kitchen than the average 21st century woman. And I spend much of that time in ignorance…as a 21st century woman. I’m working on correcting that.
You see, part of our farmhouse rehab goal is the farm, and getting to the point where we are growing much of our own food. When you’re growing and making your own food–rather than running to the grocery store–you have to know how to cut up a whole chicken, make stock, sour cream, can tomatoes, brine pickles and all kinds of other things I didn’t grow up learning how to do.
As we work to rebuild the house, I am also taking a self taught course in kitchen basics, so I’ll be ready when the farm is real.
I have to teach them to myself because I didn’t learn these skills growing up, and I’m guessing you didn’t either. Isn’t it strange to think that for centuries, people knew how to raise and prepare their own food and now we know nothing? We lost a lot of knowledge in a very short span of time, comparatively speaking!
Thank God for the Internet. The wonderful resource that is the web has taught me everything so far, all of the long-forgotten skills of past generations. No, I didn’t learn at my grandmother’s side, but I can learn from experts just the same as a grownup, right?
I’m not learning sophisticated cooking techniques, mind you. This is not any kind of gourmet gone DIY. This is kitchen basics 101, and it’s essential to our plans.
I’m telling you this for two reasons:
- To give you a context for posts I write about food: I’ve been asked more than once to write about what I’m doing and learning in the kitchen. I want to be clear that any writing about kitchen lessons will be far from gourmet. They’ll be quite the opposite. And they will quite often be stories of trial and error!
- To encourage you to learn some of these long-forgotten skills yourself: If–heaven forbid–something should go horribly awry in our world, will you be able to feed your family? Maybe mastering a few cooking basics of our ancestors can provide some insurance against just such a scenario. I’m not saying go renovate a 130-year-old house like we’re doing. Just know what to do and how to do it. Just in case. :-)
That said, time to get back to it myself!