Pressure Cooker Rib-Eye Steak!

Hi Everyone!

If your new to my show/blog/channel you will learn quickly that I am a huge fan of the pressure cooker and pressure canning.

Before microwaves were around this was the quick cook method of choice. In, fact, new brides often expected ‘as the norm’ a pressure cooker in their wedding gifts!

It is interesting to me how such an awesome and healthy way of cooking lost so much popularity! For me, it is a lost art that I have become very proficient at. I think you should too.

In this short video I show how to cook a rib-eye steak to absolute perfection using your pressure cooker. I hope you enjoy!

Resources:

1) My favorite pressure cooker. –>> Pressure cooker

2) If you have a presto pressure cooker/canner you need this –> Presto adjustable weight rocker

3) One of my favorite books on pressure cooking –> Cooking Under Pressure

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Easy Dinner Roll Lesson!

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I have been in the process of perfecting this recipe for months now and I am finally thrilled with it.

My daughter Lexi has one everyday as her ‘snack’ for lunch! That makes me feel so good! Even my wife likes them and she is just not a bread person.

This recipe is mildly sweet but you can certainly reduce the sugar if you wish.

The written recipe is below, so print it out if ya like! I hope you enjoy the video!

Recipe:

Awesome dinner rolls from NewAndLostCrafts.com

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons active dry yest
1 egg
3.5 cups all purpose flour (not self-rising)
1/3 cup butter

Directions

Place water, milk, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl (we will use the bowl for the whole recipe). Microwave for 45 seconds to warm and help sugar start to dissolve.

Test mixture, it should be warm NOT hot (if it is to hot it will kill the yeast, let things cool down a bit). Add yeast and stir gently. Cover with clean dish towel and let rest (this is called proofing) for 15 to 20 min (it will look nice and frothy when ready).

Mix in flour, egg and then the softened butter (make sure you have a strong spoon)! Mix until you start to get everything melding together. You don’t have to go crazy here (working the dough in later steps will take care of fine mixing) but get it mixed up decently. Cover let sit and rise for an hour or two.

Take dough out of the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Work with your hands and and small amounts of additional flour (a little bit at a time!) until the it is just barely not sticky all of the way through. This step serves as the critical mixing and initial stretching of the dough. Place dough back in bowl, cover, and let rise again for 20 to 30 minutes.

I know, I know, it takes some time but you are almost there (and none of this is hard right?)!

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Divide the dough into 16 equally sized pieces (this makes 16 rolls, make as many pieces as you want, just realized the baking time may change a little). Roll each into a ball on place on cookie sheets (no grease or spray needed).

I usually do one cookie sheet at a time and bake them for 10 minutes. Start there and adjust a you see fit. I like doing the sheets separately so I can adjust the second on if I need to (I’ve never had a roll not eaten though 🙂 ).

Enjoy!

Resources:

I love my copy of Making the Best of Basics. You can learn a lot about the art of baking and a TON of other valuable skills. To get a copy click –> Here

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Did Your Freezer Thaw While You Were Gone? How To Tell!

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Have your ever gone away for a few days and come back to discover your power had gone out? It’s back on now, but there are tell-tale signs like blinking clocks, thermostats running the wrong program, light timers completely wrong etc..

Then your mind starts creeping and you think,, how long was it out? I mean, it’s back on now, but do I need to worry about the food in my fridge/freezer?

Here is a great little trick to help you with that question!

I hope this helps folks out there! As always, if you enjoyed this post please share with others!

Resources:

No resources today, I may add some later!

Cheers!
Willie

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Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades

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I found myself replacing a bunch of wiper blades the other day in our preparations for winter.

Over the years I have either done this for or taught many folks how to do this, so I thought ‘make a video’!

Here ya go, hopefully this is helpful!


Resources:

1) Previous ‘getting ready’ maintenance type videos:

Replace a kerosene heater wick

Replace a toilet tank valve

2) Also, I did not show this in the video but I have found a product called Rain-x to be a god-send in the winter. It helps rain bead up and makes scraping your windows much easier. Give it a shot.

 

Cheers!

Willie

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How to carve a Pumpkin, or Jack O’Lantern!

Hi everyone,

Well hopefully this is just in time for Halloween!

I have carved many a pumpkin in my past and now another three this year! I have been asked many times how I do it,,, so,, here it is!

I hope you enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

The little tools are key to your success, either make them, or buy a basic kit (see link below):

Resources:

Pumpkin carving kit –> Basic Carving Kit

 

Cheers!

Willie

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Four bull moose play fight In the front yard!

Hi Everyone,

Kind of a different post today, no new skills, but I though my audience would like this!

I came home to this scene tonight! Enjoy!

We commonly see moose around our home. We are lucky to live near some ‘wet-lands’ where they like to hang out. I think it is pretty rare to see four males hanging our together!

These guys stayed around for several hours and had many admirers! They caused a traffic-jam on our small mountain road!

Very, very cool scene.

Cheers! Please Share!

Willie

How to Replace a Toilet Tank Valve

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been doing quite a few ‘pre-winter’ projects around the house  so you can expect a short stint of DIY, maintenance , repair type posts.

In this video I show you how to replace a worn out toilet tank valve, not the flapper valve, but rather the valve which controls the flow of incoming water.

You will know it is time to replace this hardware when the water either fails to turn ‘on’ when the toilet is flushed, or if the water fails to turn off (even worse). It just means the valve mechanism is sticking and needs to be replaced.

While you are doing this work, it is a good time to do some general toilet tank clean-up also. I do not cover the replacement of the flapper valve in this video (its pretty easy if it needs to happen).

This new valve is actually pretty neat! It is very quiet and I am expecting that it will last quite a while as there are very few moving parts.

Resources:

The replacment valve I used in the video –>Korky Toilet Valve

 

Cheers!

Willie

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How To Replace a Kerosene Heater Wick

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Just in time for winter!

In this video I show you how to replace the wick on a standard barrel type convection kerosene heater. I actually own three of these now and love them, they are easy to care for and are great for backup!

Enjoy!

Common brands include; Kero Sun, Kero Heat, Porta-Heat,  Dyna-glow etc. But there are many, many of them out there! For my favorite see the link in ‘Resources’ below.

 

Resources:

Here is the place to get your wicks! –> The Wick Shop 

If you need a heater here is my current favorite –> Kero Heat

There are many options, here is my video discussing them –> Backup Heating Options

CO detector (get these even if you don’t use this type of heater, they can save your life!) –> CO Detector

Don’t forget about Oil Lamps!–>  How to use an oil lamp. Using an oil lamp is a rewarding and valuable skill!

 

I hope this helps to get those heaters out there ready for winter!

Cheers!

Willie

 

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How to Pressure Can Green Beans!

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Another video on how to store food for long term! I hope you enjoyed the last post on making your own apple spice cake in a jar!

In this one I show you how to pressure can green beans in mason jars. Every veggie is a little different on the canning requirements so make sure you have a good reference to go by! I have included a link to my favorite book in the ‘resources’ section below.

It is almost time to make a giant batch of chili and can some of that so stay tuned! Canning is a fun skill, a great way to store food long term,  and it really does not take long to learn. Follow safe guidelines and it is really pretty hard to go wrong.

Canning green beans, Enjoy!:

Resources:

My favorite resource on canning, this book is awesome! Stocking Up III

Canning tools, if you don’t have these get them, they are inexpensive and worth every penny! Canning tools

If you don’t have a pressure canner, this is the one I have, I love it. Pressure Canner

Check out my previous posts on ‘How to store food long term’

 

I welcome your comments and experiences! Please share!

Cheers!

Willie

 

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Canned Apple Spice Cake (Cake in a Jar)

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As we are going into fall and cooler weather is coming our way I decided to whip up some of these delecious treats for the pantry. They also make great gifts for the holidays. They have become a very popular item to send the troops in care packages!

In my experience these will last for several months if stored propery. We have never really had them around for much longer than that as they are very yummy!

This is another example of how to store food long term (at least to make it through the winter)!

Enjoy!


Resources:

Here is where I got the original recipe (credit where credit is due), lots of great info, some is a little over the top for me! -> End Times Report

If you don’t have the tools I show in the video they are really helpful you can get them here –> Canning tools

 

The Recipe:

Spiced Apple Cake in a Jar

Ingredients:

  • (24 oz) of apple sauce, or 3 cups of peeled, chopped apples.
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Pre-heat oven to 325 F.

Combine all ingredients and stir until consistancy is ‘oatmealish’. With each jar, use your caning funnel to protect the sealing surface and spray some cooking oil into the jar to prevent the loaf from sticking. Fill each jar about half full (remember if you fill them to full, once baked, you will not be able to close them!). Bake at 325F for 30 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and have it come out clean. When done, turn the oven off and remove one jar at a time, wipe the sealing surface, apply a simmered lid, and secure with a ring just finger tight. As the jars cool you will hear them ‘ping’. Store in a cool dry place.    

When you go to eat one of these you may need to use a butter knife to loosen the sides. Cut in slices to desired thickness (1/2 is a good size) then either eat or lightly sprinkle with you favorite sweetner!

I hope you enjoy this post! Please feel free to make comments and share your own tips and tricks!

Cheers!

Willie

 

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