Clever Kitchen Gadgets and Outdoor Cooking Gear
The only thing I'm more addicted to than books is
probably clever kitchen gadgets. I have more than I
need and certainly more than I use regularly, so lately
I've been looking for ways to make one gizmo do
Nevertheless, I like to know that if a major event
happened that cut off our electricity or made it
impossible to cook in the normal way, I would still be
be able to fix just about anything, thanks to a
combination of clever tools, many of which do not
require anything other than a little muscle and some
common sense know-how.
For starters, what would camp or survival cooking be
without the dependable, age old, cast iron pot. Try this
8 quart pot for cooking over an open fire.
We're talking about duck eggs, of course. There is a story behind our eggs. Years
ago my husband cleared a few trees and brush to make the water in a swamp a little
deeper and more visible to the occasional wild duck that flew over. He installed wood
duck boxes, hoping to have the colorful birds find a home where we could watch
Alas, the wild ones never seemed to find a permanent interest. One thing led to
another, and one day I got the idea of getting a few domestic ducks. My idea was to
use them in my garden where I try to grow everything as organically as I can. Ducks
are great foragers, so I was hoping to use them to eat all sorts of unwanted bugs
around my vegetable plants. Well, George had a different idea. He offered to
"support" me in my duck venture, but he wanted to see ducks on the pond.
So I bought 24 ducklings, of which 21 survived. Three of those turned out to be
unusually saucy drakes, interested more in fighting than anything else, so I found
them another home. That left me with 12 hens and six drakes, and for the most part
they get along pretty well.
When we learned about ducks, we also learned about duck eggs. They are a bit
larger than a chicken egg, depending on the breed of duck. And they are
delicious--coming from ducks that roam the pond and woods all day long, then come
obediently to their coop at night for fresh food and water and a safe place to spend
the night. In the morning they deposit fresh eggs in their nest boxes--well, mostly.
Sometimes they miss and drop their eggs in the hay on the floor.
We have started selling our duck eggs to area friends and family. Those who are
familiar with ducks eggs are delighted to get them. They taste more like an egg
should taste. By comparison, the store bought chicken eggs are bland and flat. Duck
eggs also make baked goods rise higher than chicken eggs and they have greater
quantities of the nutrients found in eggs. They truly are incredibly edible.
The Incredible, edible egg
Cooking indoors and out