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Clarified butter has a shelf life of greater that 5 years at room temperature.  Use it for any purpose where regular butter is used.



Grain Mills

A Grain Mill is needed to produce wheat flour or corn meal  The basic grain mill used in many third world countries is the Corona Grain Mill.  Mother Earth news reviewed the Corona here.  If electricity is available consider a new or used (eBay) Vita-Mix.  I’ve used the Vita-Mix to produce both wheat flour and corn meal.  More grain mill reviews are here.

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Food On A Small Budget

The Hillbilly Housewife  shows how to feed a family of 4 to 6 on an emergency budget of $45 per week.  If you have more to spend try the $70 per week menu.  A free email subscription provides frugal news and recipie updates every other week.

Corn, Beans and Squash

Corn, beans and squash were staples of the Native American.  Not only do they combine to provide a healthy meal, they complement each other in the garden.

Corn Recipes from 1830

Cornmeal Mush (from 1830)*

½ cup Cornmeal
2-3/4 cups Water
¾ teaspoon Salt

Sprinkle cornmeal into boiling water, stirring constantly. Add salt and cook for about half an hour. Serve with sugar and cream.

Indian Cornmeal Cake (from 1830)*

1-½ cups Yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon Salt
½ cup Flour
3 teaspoons Rosewater (Vanilla)
1-2/3 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Butter
8 Eggs

Mix the sugar, butter and eggs. Mix the cornmeal and salt together, and combine with the sugar, butter and egg mixture. Add vanilla and cinnamon and mix well. Pour into a floured cake pan and bake in a moderate oven.