Dutch Oven Pizza

dutch oven pizza Dutch Oven Pizza

In the house or at the campsite, making pizza in a Dutch oven is great for summer cooking.

This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, GAPS or modified paleo diet.

If I have a chance, I always try new camping equipment at home before taking the new item into the bush. Sometimes the new item never even makes it through the home trial. I have no tolerance for poorly made equipment that doesn’t deliver on its promises.

This week I’ve been testing a new camping Dutch oven called the Lodge 6 Quart Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven. Keep in mind the Dutch oven is very heavy and would only be suitable for car camping, base camps, boating or canoeing.

Dutch ovens are not new to me. I’ve been using a Dutch oven my mother got at her wedding. That should be a testament to how robust a Dutch oven can be. This new Dutch oven is made for camping with a three legs on the bottom and the top of the lid. The lid is also extra thick and could be used as a fry pan or grill. These legs might not work on some stove tops but it worked well on my gas stove.

I seasoned the new Dutch oven with coconut oil before I started. This requires melting and letting the coconut oil just come to the smoke point and then to completely cool the Dutch oven. After the Dutch oven has cooled completely it is ready for cooking. This seasoning can be redone anytime the Dutch oven starts to stick.

I made an easy, paleo-pizza recipe for the test. This pizza is based on the recipe called  Upsidedown Pizza:

  1. I chopped and prepared the cheese, feta, pineapple, meat and vegetables.
  2. I precooked the meat topping. I browned the salted and finely sliced pork steak first, then added and browned the sliced onions. I set this aside for later.
  3. I took about a pound of meat and mixed it very well with some spices and one egg. After mixing, I made it into a ball which I pressed out to cover the bottom of the newly seasoned Dutch oven. This will be the meat crust of the pizza.
  4. On a medium flame, I cooked the meat crust. I spread evenly about 1/2 can of organic tomato paste while the meat crust was cooking. I did have to be careful not to burn myself on the hot sides of the Dutch oven.
  5. When the meat crust was mostly cooked through I topped the pizza with the cooked meat and onions. Then I added a layer of feta and two other kinds of cheese. I put the lid on and reduced the heat to low and simmered for 10 minutes. I removed the lid a few times to remove any steam (water) that would make the pizza soggy. The water collects on the lid. I dumped this water into the sink.
  6. The pizza was done very quickly and the house was not heated up by using the oven. I added some garden parsley and chives.
  7. This 9″ pizza was very filling. It fed two people to the overfull point. With a side dish the pizza could feed four people.

Healthy Household: Simple Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo

“Rosemary improves memory and naturally thickens hair, which makes this essential oil a welcome addition to homemade shampoo.”
Eat Dirt by Dr Josh Axe

rosemary peppermint shampoo 1 Healthy Household: Simple Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo

Try this shampoo without adding liquid soap and see how well it works on your hair.

I have been researching and making shampoo recipes for many years. Sometimes it feels like I’ll never find a good, homemade shampoo. This shampoo recipe works well and can be made without soap. I found the original recipe in the book Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems by Dr Josh Axe. The original shampoo recipe doesn’t use soap.

If you have never used Dr Brunner’s Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap you’re in for a treat. I started using this liquid soap years ago during camping trips. This liquid soap can be used for washing anything including clothes, dishes, hair and body. Personally, I like the peppermint liquid soap the best. The soap is made with organic peppermint essential oil. If you add it to the base recipe, it will make your shampoo even more pepperminty.

“Peppermint supports digestion, improves focus, boosts energy, reduces fevers and headaches, and offers muscle pain relief.”

If you find washing your hair without lather too strange you can add the optional liquid soap to the recipe later.

1c organic aloe vera gel
4T organic olive oil
1/3c baking soda
25 drops organic rosemary essential oil
10 drops organic peppermint essential oil
1/2c-1c Dr Brunner’s Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap (optional)
Combine all the ingredients except the liquid soap in a plastic container. An old shampoo bottle will work well. Don’t worry if the contents doesn’t fill the bottle. The extra space will making shaking the shampoo before use easier. Try the shampoo without the liquid soap first and see if you like the results. If you find shampooing without a lather too weird, add 1/2c of liquid soap and try again. If that’s not enough lather add another 1/2c of liquid soap until the shampoo lathers to your personal needs. Remember to always shake the shampoo before using.

rosemary peppermint shampoo 2 Healthy Household: Simple Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo

This shampoo recipe is easy to make. You may have many of the ingredients already in your kitchen.

For more recipes please see Healthy Household: Staying Clean Safely.

Healthy Household: Self Heal Essence

“Seal-heal has gained recent respect for its antiviral qualities. Effective for feverish colds and flu, it has also been proposed for treating herpes and AIDS, and is an underrated liver, gallbladder, and thyroid remedy.”
Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies by Julie Bruton-Seal

self heal essence 1 Healthy Household: Self Heal Essence

Self Heal Essence is very easy to make. Self Heal reminds us that “all healing is self-healing”.

This weekend in the backcountry, I was lucky enough to find a meadow full of Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris). I decided to make an essence of Self Heal. If you have ever used Rescue Remedy or the Bach Flower Remedies you have used plant essences. I first learned about Rescue Remedy from my sister Christine who used it on her anxious dog. I have since used it for years on anxious or upset children… and adults.

Self Heal Essence
I’ve never made an essence before and the process is a bit woo woo. According to instructions you need a bright sunny day and a positive, peaceful state of mind to make a good essence.

1/2c wildcrafted Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris), flower heads
1c spring water
1/2c organic vodka
The Self Heal flowers are put into some spring water and let sit in the warmth of the sun to infuse for 3-4 hours. The plant material is strained out and one part organic vodka is added to two parts infused water. I reused a Rescue Remedy bottle which was perfect for my homemade Self Heal Essence!

While you are waiting for your essence to infuse, collect the tops of the Self Heal flowers. Dry the flower heads completely before storage. The flower tops can be used to make hot or cold infusions.

self heal essence 2 Healthy Household: Self Heal Essence

Self Heal is a very common plant with a very long history of use. The plant likes wet areas in the woods or meadows.

self heal essence 3 Healthy Household: Self Heal Essence

Put the Self Heal flowers into spring water and let sit in the warmth of the sun to infuse for 3-4 hours.

self heal essence 4 Healthy Household: Self Heal Essence

While you are waiting for your essence to infuse, collect the tops of the Self Heal flowers. Dry the flower heads completely before storage. Julie Bruton-Seal uses one or two flower head in iced infusion to help with hot flashes.

“Self-heal essence reminds us that all healing is self-healing, and is useful if you are ill and don’t know where to turn for help.”

For more recipes please see Healthy Household: Staying Clean Safely.

GO BOX Storage FREE U-PICK

gobox free upick 2016 3 GO BOX Storage FREE U PICK

The GO BOX Permaculture Project has had a bumper crop of raspberries!

It’s time for the GO BOX Storage FREE U-PICK!

PLEASE check into the office first and we will show you where to pick. We have TONS of cherries, some currants, and TONS of raspberries. We are located at 2853 Bowers Pl, Kamloops.

The FREE U-PICK is open from 9am to noon on Monday to Friday, July 11-15th, 2016. PLEASE come ONLY during these times. Thanks.

To find GO BOX Storage see this Google Map.

gobox free upick 2016 1 GO BOX Storage FREE U PICK

We also have lots of cherries to share!

gobox free upick 2016 2 GO BOX Storage FREE U PICK

And there’s still some currents and gooseberries available!

Ghee Coconut Creamer for Camping

ghee coffee creamer Ghee Coconut Creamer for Camping

Ghee Coffee Creamer is a good cream substitute for camping season. If you like butter, ghee is stable without refrigeration making it a great camping or emergency food.

It’s camping season. While traveling it can be difficult to find sources of nourishing traditional foods. Usually, I like organic cream in my morning coffee but organic cream can be difficult (or impossible) to find outside of cities. In the past when I couldn’t get quality cream or raw milk I made a coconut-based substitute. This is an updated version of Coconut Coffee Creamer using ghee rather than butter.

Ghee travels and stores much better than butter. If you are going into the backcountry and want buttery trout or wildcrafted greens, ghee is the answer. You can buy commercial organic ghee but making your own will save you about half the cost.

Ghee will also store well as emergency food in your car or camper. If you would like more information about emergency rations please see Emergency Preparation: Fasting or Ketogenic Rations. There’s a link to the whole series about household emergency preparation too.

Homemade Ghee

1 pound unsalted, organic butter
Ghee is very easy to make. Take one pound of unsalted, organic butter and slowly heat in a sauce pan. Simmer the butter for 15-20 minutes skimming off the lactose that bubble to the top. Strain the golden ghee through some cheese cloth to get out the remaining lactose. Some people cook the ghee to a nut brown color for Indian cooking but I prefer using golden ghee.

Ghee Coconut Creamer

1/3c organic coconut oil
1/3c organic creamed coconut
1/3c ghee made from unsalted, organic butter
In a food processor, blend the coconut oil and creamed coconut together with the warm ghee. The Ghee Coconut Creamer should last 1-2 months without refrigeration. 2-3 tablespoons for each liter of coffee is about right.

For more information about the benefits of using coconut products in your daily coffee please see: Coconut Coffee Creamer.

For more tips about nourishing traditional food preparation while traveling please see: Eating Nourishing Traditional Foods While Traveling.