Improvised cooking was part of everyday life during the time of the pioneers. Most families were lacking even the most basic cooking utensils. In order to prepare a hot meal, they had to improvise and look for alternative cooking methods. Cooking with mud was one of the most basic methods of cooking their food.
You may think that cooking with mud is dirty, but it’s actually clean. It provides a good survival cooking method that anyone can use. My great-grandmother was the one who taught me about this cooking method and I’m grateful for it. She lived to be 96 years old and I was fortunate to stay by her side during my childhood years. Through her stories, I was able to understand how difficult life was for her and her family. I learned to appreciate my legacy and be thankful for the things I had.
She and her family came to America when she was only a child and they managed to obtain a 100 acre homestead. They built their log home and they furnished it with the few items they brought with them. Times were tough back then and they had to get by with what Mother Nature had to offer. There were times when cooking with mud was the only alternative to prepare a hot meal for her children and husband.
She had to be extremely resourceful to feed her family. Parsnips and fish were common foods of their menu for the day. Cooking with mud was the only method of cooking these ingredients. She used to clean the fish, but leave the skin on. Once she reached the creek on their property, she laid down and started digging up the rick black earth.
Read the article below for a step by step guide on how to cook with mud: