Currently I have diced tomatoes in the water bath canner, and am making chicken noodle soup.
It is hard to find information on cooking on a wood stove. It's like it's a forgotten method of cooking or something. I am very much learning as I go. To help anyone like me, I'll post tips and ideas as they come to me. Once I have several posts I'll even give them their own page. Lessons from the Stove Top. Sound like an interesting series?
When we first fired up the stove, we quickly discovered that we were going through wood like crazy. I was getting a little concerned about our wood pile. Sure we weren't done, we have several loads we need to bring home yet, but would we need to cut down more trees and hope they were dry enough by the time we needed them?
I prayed and fretted, and forced myself to be patient. It is a virtue that I am NOT known for. The issue has since resolved itself. Within the last day or so the fires have been lasting longer and burning hotter with less wood. Evidently, you need about an inch of ash on the bottom of your firebox. This helps the fire burn hotter, longer.
I am also starting to learn about how long and hot certain amounts of wood will burn. I felt confidant enough to try water bath canning and it worked out wonderfully. I gauge the fire temperature by looking at the thermostat on the oven door and the piper thermometer.
Tomorrow I have bread making on the to-do list. We'll see how that goes. Right now I am going to go enjoy some soup with homemade noodles. : )