Category: Beef

Dehydrating Food at Home: How to Get Started

It’s easy to see why food preservation would have been critical to our ancestors’ survival. Being able to store food to eat later meant they were protected against unsuccessful hunts and less-than-fruitful gathering. Moreover, they could migrate into regions where access to fresh food varied by season.

Drying was probably one of the earliest methods of food preservation paleolithic humans discovered, no doubt quite by accident. There’s evidence that our ancestors were drying food to preserve it as early as 10,000 to 12,000 BCE. Along the way, they also learned how to ferment, smoke, and use ash, salt, fat, and even peat bogs to keep food from spoiling. Each of these methods works in its own way by discouraging the growth of microorganisms that cause food to go bad. In the case of dehydrating, microbes require water to proliferate. No water, no rotting.

As food preservation methods go, drying, or dehydrating, has several advantages. Dehydrated food is shelf-stable and lightweight, making it a space-efficient and energy-efficient option—no refrigeration required. It’s perfect for homesteaders, parents, hikers, and backpackers who want to make portable, healthy snacks and meals to reconstitute later.

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Tomato Soup with Gluten-free Spicy Mini Meatballs Recipe

Homemade tomato soup is always a crowd-pleaser, but when you add gluten-free meatballs to the recipe, you get a dish that kids and adults alike will clamor for. This tomato soup has a rich, pure tomato flavor plus a spicy kick that turns up the heat. This recipe will make you forget canned tomato soup altogether!

Gluten-free mini-meatballs are the surprise star of the show. Most meatballs are made with breadcrumbs as a binding agent. Instead, these Primal and paleo meatballs hold together with the help of a small amount of almond flour and their petite size, perfect for eating with a spoon.

Bonus: The recipe makes plenty of meatballs to freeze and enjoy later!

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Philly Cheesesteak (with Optional Primal Cheddar Cheese Sauce)

Savory, smokey, and dripping with creamy cheese, the Philly cheesesteak is an iconic loaded sandwich made traditionally with beefsteak, a hoagie roll, and oodles of melted cheese. We skipped the roll and redid the cheese sauce recipe for a Primal take on this Pennsylvania local favorite! Not totally authentic, granted, but delicious nonetheless.

You really can’t go wrong with thinly sliced steak topped with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and peppers. Sear the thinly sliced steak for only a minute, sauté the mushrooms and peppers until tender, and cook the onions until brown and sweet.

Pile it all high on plate—Philly cheesesteak isn’t about dainty serving sizes—and enjoy!

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Primal, Paleo, and Gluten-free Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs can be a main course, but their small size is ideal for an appetizer, ready to be poked with a toothpick or picked up by hungry fingers. But if you’re not planning a festive smorgasbord in the near future, then just stash these meaty morsels in the fridge for middle of the week snacking.

The allspice and nutmeg seasoning in these Swedish meatballs is subtle, but enough to be noticed, and makes the dish taste different from your average meatball. Swedish meatballs are usually made with a blend of beef and pork, which you could certainly do, but here, we’re using grass-fed beef.

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Scotch Egg Style Mini Breakfast Meatloaf Recipe

These amazing egg-stuffed mini meatloaves aren’t only for breakfast. They’re great for lunch or dinner, too. But when served in the morning, they really start the day off right.

First, a mixture of pork and beef is seasoned to taste like breakfast sausage. Next, it only takes a minute to form the meat around a hardboiled egg. When baked together, the meat and egg turn into a rather stunning little loaf.

Cook these mini breakfast meatloaves on a lazy weekend morning, or better yet, on Sunday night so they’re waiting in the refrigerator Monday morning.

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Instant Pot Beef Enchiladas – Primal, Paleo, Keto, Grain-free and Gluten-free!

Enchiladas are often a mess of ingredients in a casserole pan, the two main ingredients being tortillas and a heavy blanket of cheese. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this Primal enchilada recipe, it’s all about the meat.

Chuck roast is slow-cooked and tender with a thick, mildly spicy sauce, and the possibilities for toppings are endless.

Here’s the recipe.

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