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Outdoor Kitchen: Farm Style


Wherever I go, I always look for two things: those which are familiar to me or the unique ones.

The picture above was taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona.

The arboretum is located in the Sonoran Desert. It has 392 acres of beautiful landscapes, 3,900 different species of plants and three miles of trails. It is 2,431 feet above sea level.

I celebrated my birthday there last year.

In one part of the arboretum I saw this old homestead.

At the backyard was this:

It brought back memories of my childhood days on weekends at the farm.

It was the same style used by my mother and my eldest sister in cooking food.

It saved time and effort in hauling all cooking stuff from home.

They cooked food for the family and for some neighbors helping us at the farm during planting and harvesting seasons.

They used pots with handles and covers instead of the cans.

Checklist: What to Do, How

1. Dig two holes apart on the ground.

1.1 The distance maybe the length of your arm.

1.2 The holes must be deep enough for the posts not to sway.

2. Use two small branches of wood for posts.

2.1 The wood must be V shaped on top.

3. Put a small clean log on top of your V shaped posts.

4. Hang your pot with rice or whatever you want to cook on the log.

4.1 A cover for the pot is a must.

5. Build fire at the middle of your posts. Just below your pot.

6. You can use dry woods or bamboos.

7. Adjust the height of your post as you see fit.

7.1 It must not be too high or too low.

8. If it is windy put temporary block around your cooking spot.

A free, first-rate farm cook spot!


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