Sunny Boy wrote:Here's a meal I forgot to post pix of, . . and it's one of my favorites.
Like my girl friend does, Carole makes mac & cheese from scratch. Since I know they have a milk cow I assume the milk is home-grown ? And I know they make cheese, so that might be what was used in this too ?
As I told Carole she and my Melissa are sisters from different mothers. They both like cooking either over an open wood fire, or antique stoves, and making meals from scratch. Their passion for it comes through with great meals.
The last picture is the indoor swing Carole mentioned. A nice modern version of the old high-backed bench for sitting in front of a kitchen cooking fireplace.
And that tea kettle looks very familiar. . . .
Thank you to Carole and family for letting us see these pictures of more cooking being done on an antique wood/coal range.
Sunny Boy wrote:Yes, indeed - heaven !
My stove covers over the firebox stay off-white on the undersides from the very slight coal ash that coats them.
What you may be seeing is "rust glaze" forming. It's a kind of rust that is very hard and smooth - unlike the lighter, coarser orangey-red rust seen caused by being left out in the weather. It forms on cast iron that is exposed to high heat for a long time. The longer the exposer, the tougher it gets.
The color of that rust glaze can be affected by the alloy mix in the cast iron and where the cast iron came from and how it was processed. Most people think that all cast iron is the same, but it varies alot. The covers on the Rathbone and Sard Acorn range that the girl friend grew up with were orange - top and bottoms. For a long time, I thought that odd color was done intentionally, but after talking with her father about it, it was just the type of cast iron used by R&S.
Rust on cast iron that's left outdoors comes off easily with sandblasting, wire brushes sanding, etc.. However, the rust glaze formed by heat is VERY tough to blast through. And forget about getting it off with a wire brush. Your hand will fall off first !
Yeah, these coal ranges are nice for keeping warm, but bad for the waist line !
Sunny Boy wrote:Thanks Wilson.
Small club is right ! I should have been hit with one. It took me almost eight years to figure out why those holes are in the back of the oven.