Thursday, December 18, 2008

Taste testing MRE's & a GIVEAWAY!

A little while back we had an emergency FHE. I told the fam that they had 3 minutes to grab everything they would need for a long trip because we had to leave our house immediately. I set the timer and we all went to work. After the buzzer went off, we rushed into the car and took off to our designated family meeting place. It was interesting to see what the kids brought (a bucket, a stuffed animal, a pair of shorts and underwear). It was more interesting to see what we had in our 72 hour kits to survive on. What an eye opener! While I had done a really great job on packing clothes, food, blankets, tents, etc. I had failed to pack many other things that would help our family in an emergency. For instance, we had no water (I managed to find only 1 bottle in the diaper bag) and I forgot to pack any formula for the baby. We were also missing a shovel, matches, a water purifier and the list goes on. We were able to cook a decent meal from what I packed and we had a fun time testing the MRE's. It was so helpful to us to see how our 72 kits would work and better yet what wouldn't work. We made a list then and there of things that we would need and added them to our kits.

I added this information for two reasons. First as a reminder to try out your kits and secondly to do a little plug for MRE's. Now MRE's aren't glamorous and all, but they're very lightweight, last a looooooong time and most of them are really good (some of the meals already come with heating elements-how great is that?). I also like them because they're ready to eat. If you're in an emergency, the last thing you want to do is think about what to make. You need something fast and nutritious. Now, I wouldn't go all crazy and only have MRE's in your food storage, but it's a nice add on.

Now for the fun part-test tasting. I purchased 3 MRE desserts from Emergency essentials (I think they were $1 each).

The first was a Chocolate Chunk Brownie-very good, definitely a keeper.
The second was a Filled French Toast- Like a little cake, kind of dry, has a syrup in the middle, pretty good. Nice for a snack.
The third was the Almond Poppy Seed Pound Cake-Really great lemon & poppy seed favor. A little dry and crumbly. But probably a close tie with the Chocolate Chunk for yummy goodness. I wonder if it might be too crumbly for a kit though. Our kits are always squished in the back of the car.

And a little F.Y.I. On my Yardsalemonkey site I'm doing a giveaway. You can enter up until midnight tonight. Click HERE to go directly there.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Get your food storage on! Thursday, January 8th.

I've got another class in the works at Macey's. I'll be teaching you how to start the day and New Year's on the right foot. I've got recipes for granola, power muffins (also known as peanut butter and jelly muffins), blender wheat pancakes and breakfast cookies. The class will be on Thursday, January 8th at 6:30, so mark your calendars.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Goldfish and raisins and candy-OH MY!

One of the many reasons I think lots of people don't get into food storage is it's lack of variety. The food storage basics are wonderful for many reasons, but they're meant to be the backbone of your storage; not the whole enchilada. What if you could have more than just wheat, milk, beans and rice? What if you could add cookies, raisins, chocolate chips, crackers, etc.. and the list goes on and on? And I'm talking about storing these items for as long as your wheat does. And I'm talking about storing these items inexpensively. Wanna know the trick? It's easy.

Did you know that by using a vacuum sealer, you can seal pretty much anything in an air-tight Mason jar and have it last for years and years to come? Basically, you use a vacuum sealer (you need one with an attachment port), sterilize some jars and lids and plop your items into a jar (one note, jar usage is for dry, shelf stable items, never perishable or powdery). Cover your jar with just a lid and pop your jar attachment over the top. Instructions may vary according to which type you have, but you'll need to vacuum seal until you hear the "plink" (or the lid being sucked in; you've pretty much heard the same thing when you've opened a jar before). And voila, you're done! If you want to know the nitty-gritty on the process, then you'll need to visit Wendy DeWitt's blog, scroll down half-way to the bottom and under Food Storage tips you can get the details of what to do. Fabulous, fabulous ideas!

Also, my friend Mrs. 101 listed a deal on her site for a vacuum sealer, it looks like a good one too. You can click HERE for the link. Please email me at if you have any questions.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dear Food Storage Peeps:

I've added yet another site to the blog-o-sphere, Yardsalemonkey, you can check it out HERE. It's a site filled with ideas for pinching your pennies, local deals, this and that, you got the picture. Email me at with any questions or good deals that come your way and I'll post them. Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Chicken and Beans

I know this post is starting to sound a little "Hicksville", but the truth is, I've been bragging about pressure canning for eons. It saves money, it saves time and it is easier than easy (can you even say that?). And it's very, very safe. The whole "blowing your head off thing" is the thing of the past. My suggestion is to purchase a new (or newer canner). My favorite is a weighted canner because you never have to get it tested (Oh, yes, you can get a canner with a pressure gauge, but the prob. is that you have to get it tested all they time because they're, well, "testy"). I have a Mirro and I got it on Ebay for around $60. I could go on and on about how to use one, but your best bet is to read the manual (not rocket science at all) and check out the USU Extension website or email me at with any questions. I frequently bottle chicken, ground beef, spaghetti sauce and the other day I came across someone who also bottles up beans, so they're ready to go when you need em'. I got this great info. on pressure canning and the loverly picture from one of my favorite sites, One More Moore.

The chicken in the pictures is pre-processed. Each quart jar holds approximately 2 lbs. of raw chicken.

After putting in the bottles, it goes into the pressure canner for 90 minutes of processing.

When it's done, it's fully cooked and ready for soups, stir-fry, salads, casseroles, sandwiches and nibbling. Makes whipping up a meal easy-breezy.

Dried beans from your storage can also be bottled. After soaking overnight, stick 'em in the jars, add dried onions and salt, fill with hot water and process for 45 minutes. Beans. Ready to pour into soups etc. And SO inexpensive.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

****UPDATE**** Snapfish books

The deadline for putting your Snapfish books in has been extended to Saturday, November 22nd. I just did mine and it turned out really well. I'm going to give it to Mr Manly (the husband formerly known as Fabulous) for a Christmas present. Don't tell him, okay?

Friday, November 14, 2008

What's the Deal-ee-o?

Okay, so the title is a little corny, but the truth is, Food Storage Diva is a little bit of a cheapskate and finds it hard to pass up a good deal. So, when I see a good deal or a freebie, I'm going to go ahead and post it. Oprah had a segment on "Cleaning Up Your Messy House" and part of the organizing and cleaning is an offer for a *FREE Snapfish book (it does say that you'll need to pay shipping). Take a look at the picture. Isn't that a sweet deal? I'm making one for a Christmas present. You do need to apply for a coupon by midnight tonight and have the book finished online by this Sunday, but it's well worth the time and effort. Aren't these books like $30 or $40 bucks anyways? Here's the linkage to the site. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Awesome food storage class & more taste testing

Okay, so the food storage lady that I worship, Wendy DeWitt, is going to be doing a food storage class here in Salem, Utah! She's that taught me how to put virtually anything in a jar (cookies, raisins, chocolate chips, candy, crackers, coconut, etc, etc, etc) and make it last for years. She also taught me about 52week meal planning, bottling butter, pressure canning and lots more. Here is the info if you want to attend:

November 13th, 2008 7-9 p.m.
Salem Community Center
Call 423-2770 ext. o (to put your name on the list)
$2 at the door
Take the Spanish Fork Exit

I'll take notes and post the info later. I have a link on the side if you want to check out what she already has on the web.

And now for the taste testing (that's the best part right?).......
Here's an alternative to powdered milk: Parmalat. This is shelf-stable milk that has a 6 month shelf life (you likely can use it after that, but you'll lose some nutrients). It's pretty darn good too. When it's nice and chilled, you might not notice any difference from the fresh stuff. Now, don't just take my word for it, you can buy a box (quart size?) for about $1.50 at Wallymart and try it yourself.

And yet another favorite food storage item to report on, Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Mountain House has oodles of freeze dried foods and I HAD to try this one and it was sooooo good. Even though they were crispy (well, for heaven's sake, they are freeze dried) they are worth having some around. Throw some in your 72 hour kit, or keep a small box around for when you're stuck in a bomb shelter and have nothing better to do. Whatever. But you can try one out at Emergency Essentials in Orem for about $2 each.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Home made tortilla chips and ideas for using your powdered milk.

Before I get to the tortilla chips, I wanted to answer a question about canning milk, and the question came about because of children not liking to drink powdered milk (me too!). So I'll offer some kid-friendly tips for drinkable powdered milk and a link to an interesting article on canning up milk in a pressure canner. First off, here are some suggestions for using the powdered milk.

*Use Nestle's strawberry quick or chocolate syrup to the milk or even a little vanilla. I've never had any complaints after that.

*Make use of your milk in french toast, pudding, shakes and smoothies, etc. My family doesn't seem to notice the taste there either.

*For adults, try using a whey based "powdered milk" like Morning Moos, it has a creamier taste. (I say adults because the whey based milks don't contain all nutrients of regular powdered milk-who knows, check the content and perhaps you can mix the whey product with reg. powdered milk and still get enough of what the itty-bittys need).

*Try a boxed milk. My oldest is lactose intolerant so we store Costco's Vanilla Soy and the kids like that too. The shelf life is 1 year. There is also a real milk called Parmalat and it has the same shelf life as the soy. The Parmalat has peaked my interest, so as soon as I get my hands on one I'll give you the 411.

*I've read that evaporated milk in a can can be diluted and used as regular milk. Not sure on that haven't tried it yet. Maybe if it's really chilled....

*Lastly, I've found an interesting article on canning your own milk in a pressure canner. From what I've read you can use store bought too. I'm going to try some next time I use my canner. I'll give a full report after. Till then, you can read all about it HERE.

Now, for the tortilla chips. I've added the recipe for Cinna Strips, but for plain, simply omit the shaking of all things sugary. I used the recipe for tortillas that I posted HERE. You can use store bought, but the homemade are unbelievable and worth at least a try. The wheat tortillas were great in this recipe too, kids loooooved them.

Fried Cinna Strips (use plain for regular tortilla chips)

1 C. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

10 flour tortillas (8")

vegetable oil

In a large resealable plastic bag combine sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg, set aside. Cut tortillas into 3"x2" strips. Heat 1 inch of oil in a skillet or electric fry pan to 375ยบ. Fry 4-5 strips at a time for 30 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. While still warm place strips in plastic bag w/ sugar mixture; shake until gently coated. Store in airtight container. Yield: 5 dozen

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I can't believe it's not butter! Oh, but it is and it's dang good!

When I think of food storage, I think about a lot of things. First I think about what I have in storage and whether or not I'll like using it when disaster strikes (this is a major motivation factor for me, the reason I'm always trying new recipes, learning new cooking methods etc.). The second thing I think about are things that I have in my food storage that would be a comfort to me and my family. For instance, I've been canning up lots and lots of chocolate chips, M&M's, granola bars, goldfish crackers (all in vacuum sealed jars-more on that later) and butter because I know that at one point in time these will come as a great relief in times of stress. These items will also add just a little something to the everyday routine of wheat, wheat and more wheat. And so I introduce you to another one of my favorites: Butter In A Can. Yes, Butter In A Can, sweet, beloved and yummy butter in a can. I've tested it, tried it in recipes and it is fabulous. BTW, it's spreadable and gorgeous, not powdered, although the powdered kind can be very handy. It can be pricey, but I feel it's always worth it to carry a few cans to round out your storage. You can link HERE to purchase, but as I am affilated with no company if you find it cheaper somewhere else, by all means. I think it's also on sale at Macey's in Provo.

Did you know that you can also can up butter and margarine in jars? Here's a recipe that I've tried and it works well too. Please email me with any questions (I have found that butter works much better than margarine in this recipe):

1. Use any butter that is on sale. Lesser quality butter requires more shaking (see #5 below), but the results are the same as with the expensive brands.

2. Heat pint jars in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes, without rings or seals. One pound of butter slightly more than fills one pint jar, so if you melt 11 pounds of butter, heat 12 pint jars. A roasting pan works well for holding the pint jars while in the oven.

3. While the jars are heating, melt butter slowly until it comes to a slow boil. Using a large spatula, stir the bottom of the pot often to keep the butter from scorching. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes at least: a good simmer time will lessen the amount of shaking required (see #5 below). Place the lids in a small pot and bring to a boil, leaving the lids in simmering water until needed.

4. Stir the melted butter from the bottom to the top with a soup ladle or small pot with a handle; pour the melted butter carefully into heated jars through a canning jar funnel. Leave ½” of head space in the jar, which allows room for the shaking process.

5. Carefully wipe off the top of the jars, then get a hot lid from the simmering water, add the lid and ring and tighten securely. Lids will seal as they cool. Once a few lids “ping” shake while the jars are still warm, but cool enough to handle easily, because the butter will separate and become foamy on top and white on the bottom. In a few minutes, shake again, and repeat until the butter retains the same consistency throughout the jar.

6. At this point, while still slightly warm, put the jars into a refrigerator. While cooling and hardening, shake again, and the melted butter will then look like butter and become firm. This final shaking is very important! Check every 15 minutes and give the jars a little shake until they are hardened in the jar! Leave in the refrigerator for an hour.

7. Canned butter should store 3-5 years or longer on a cool, dark shelf. It does last a long time. Canner butter does not “melt” again when opened, so it does not need to be refrigerated upon opening, provided it is used within a reasonable length of time.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Here's the dessert that I made for the food storage class; it was even better with the homemade tortillas! All the ingredients were made from food storage items, including the butter (Did you know that you can bottle butter or buy it in a can? It's soooo good. More on that later). Also I added instructions for how to make powdered sugar out of regular sugar. This is a really great idea to help you expand your food storage more and to help you out in your everyday cooking if you're in a pinch for powdered sugar.

Apple Enchiladas

1 (21-ounce) can apple fruit filling

6 (8-inch) flour (or wheat) tortillas

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

powdered sugar and milk for icing (pass around bag for texture)

Spoon fruit filling evenly down center of each tortilla; sprinkle evenly with cinnamon. Roll up, and place, seam side down, in a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish.

Bring butter and next 3 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Pour over enchiladas; let stand 30 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Homemade powdered Sugar (you can mix this with a little milk and drizzle over the enchiladas if you're like me and could use a little sugar overkill)

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Combine the two ingredients and process in blender until powder forms.

Monday, September 15, 2008

New class on this Thursday, 18th at 7:00, Maceys in Provo!

Hey food storage fans, I've gotta another class coming up this week on Thursday. You can sign up at Macey's or I believe you can call the store directly to do so. I'm doing an entire Mexican meal from food storage. Enchiladas made with Red Feather cheese and homemade flour and wheat tortillas, Spanish rice in a rice cooker, refried beans from dehydrated flakes, a dessert enchilada and tortilla chips (these are so thin and crispy from scratch and well worth the effort!). I'm posting the recipe for the tortillas here with the tutorial, and I'll post the rest of the recipes after the class. Here goes:

Homemade Flour Tortillas (can be altered for wheat tortillas)

2 cups flour (use 1 cup white flour & 1 cup wheat for wheat tortillas)

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons shortening (I used Crisco butter flavored)(Use one extra tablespoon for wheat tortillas)

1/2-1 ½ cups water

Mix well, rest dough 10 minutes. Knead 5 minutes. Rest dough 10 minutes. Make into 8 balls, let rest 10 minutes. Roll balls until the tortillas are paper thin. Cook on a high skillet without any oil (at about 425 degrees or lower). Turn tortillas until lightly browned and freckled. Store in plastic bag.

First up we've got the flour, baking powder, salt and shortening all mixed up here. The process is similar to making a pastry crust. Work in the shortening with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture has little clumps the size of peas. Then add your water slowly until the mixture is moist and starts to form a little ball. And you want it moist enough to be pliable, but not as moist as a bread dough would be (Now the recipe calls for 1/2 -1 1/2 cups water so you need add your water a little at a time and stop when it is workable). Let the dough rest for 10 minutes and then knead for 5 minutes. Then the dough needs to rest for another 10 minutes (Whew! This dough sounds like me!). It should look like this when peacefully tucked away in a container to keep from getting dry.

Then here we are after we have divided the dough in to little balls, and as you guessed it, let it rest again for another blessed 10 minutes.
Are we there yet? Why yes. Now we get to roll the dough out. Now, in order to get a nice circular shaped tortilla instead of the square, misshapen tortillas that I first made, you need to remember two very important things...Here goes: 1. You need to work from the center out and turn the dough before each roll (or you can work your rolling pin around the dough in a circle-my preference because it seems like too much work to take your hands off the pin and turn it, then roll it) and 2. You need to keep your surface lightly dusted at all times so the dough will actually keep a circular shape and not keep snapping back everytime you roll it out. This guy is about half-way there.

But, you really want the tortillas to be paper-thin. So keep rolling until you can easily see through it (can you see the grain of the table underneath?). Now your'e ready for fryin'.

You need to pre-heat your pan (and it should be super hot, about 425 degrees). Place the dough on your pan, wait a few seconds and flip. Keep flipping until the dough is nice and freckled. And, drum roll please, here is the finished product:


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cheese in a can...Are you sure?

Oh yeah, I'm sure, and it is good. It's shredable, meltable and has a really nice, mild flavor. It is a bit on the pricey side ($3.99/can), but for me, it's worth getting a few cans for the long run. I mean, what good is food storage without all the ingredients to make a decent pizza? Seriously, we've had this cheese many times and it works well in recipes and the kids like it too. I may be doing a demo on it in one of my food storage classes. I know they carry this Read Feather cheese at Macey's, but I think you can get a single can from MRE Depot too if you're not a local and you just want to try it out. Check out the Macey's ad on Wednesday as well, I think they're either having a case lot sale or food storage sale; good deals either way.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Email me!

I don't yet have an email link on this site but, you can email me at if you have any questions. Also, I'll be teaching another food storage class on September 18th. I'd like to do more in depth on pressure cooking, maybe some cheese and yogurt from powdered milk, do more on the meal planning and perhaps try the canned cheese (really yum by the way). The content is not set in stone, but I'll post with more info later. Thanks for all who attended the class, I really appreciated your input and ideas, I learned something too!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I'm teaching a class this Thursday at 7:00 in the Macey's little theatre (Provo). If you want to attend, you can go in and sign up or I believe that you can call the service desk and have them add you to the list. The class is all about making fun foods with your food storage (like fudge and tootsie rolls) and also about different ways to add items like nuts, candy, raisins to your inventory by vacuum sealing them in jars. I'm also teaching how to bottle butter. Post if you have any questions.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Awww Honey!

Here are some awesome facts about honey and why you should be using yours:

* In an archaeological dig in 1905, vessels that were uncorked by the archaeologists still contained honey that was almost liquid but still preserved it's scent after thousands of years. That means that honey lasts a long, long time making it a SUPER item for your food storage.

*Honey is antimicrobial. Sweet!

*Honey contains less calories than refined sugar and can be easily substituted for sugar in almost any recipe!

*Even if your sugar has crystallized, you can heat it and it'll be as good as new.

So...If you have lots of honey stashed and you haven't used it, now is the time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A quick tip for getting the kids to drink powdered milk

I can't remember where I got this tip, but it's mine now-ha! I regularly use my powdered milk in any recipe that calls for milk and none is the wiser. However, drinking it straight can be a little bit tricky for the kids and adults-me included. It has come to my attention that Morning Moo's is very drinkable, and others may have come across some that are very easy on the palate. That being said, what do you do with year's supply you already have in storage? The answer is easy my dears, simply store syrup, chocolate or strawberry and add it to the mix before serving. The transformation is amazing and your kidlets will eagerly gulp it down. I have chocolate syrup in my food storage cache for that reason alone, and I assure you, the shelf life is very long.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Here's a food storage recipe for fudge that I tried out last week. It turned out really well, despite the fact that the secret ingredient was----pinto beans! Yup, good old refried beans. No bean taste or weird texture at all-I swear. Next time, I think I'm going to add some other ingredients, maybe some peanut butter to the mix with some Reese's peanut butter cups sprinkled on top. Here's the recipe:


1 cup cooked, soft & mashed pinto beans (can also used canned or reconstituted)

¼ cup milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 lbs powdered sugar

6 oz unsweetened chocolate

6 tablespoons of butter or margarine

Stir beans and milk together, adding enough milk to resemble mashed potatoes in consistency: stir in vanilla. Melt chocolate and butter and stir into bean mixture. Add nuts. Gradually stir in powdered sugar to get it well blended. Spread onto lightly buttered baking dish or form into two 1 ½ inch rolls. Chill 1-2 hours. Cut into pieces and refrigerate.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bread Making 101-V The last and final chapter

Depending on the temperature, humidity et cetera, et cetera, you're loaves should have doubled in size after about 1 1/2 hours:

After you are done baking they should look like this, all toasty and warm:

And now they are ready for the tummy (to get a better handle on your slices refrigerate or partially freeze for a cleaner cut) :

You should realize now that bread making is largely experimental. There are "good bread" days and "bad bread" days, but mostly the bread turns out well with just a few idiosyncrasies. For instance, I think that my batch of yeast is not as fresh as needs be, but the bread will be fine. It just won't be as fluffy as I like. Also, I should have just made one decent size loaf and maybe a few rolls because the loaf was so tiny, but is it going to kill me? Nah, it's just a preference. What ever you do, don't give up and email me for heaven's sake if you have a question.

Bread Making 101-IIII

After 15 min. (you are letting the dough rest after the trauma), gently knead the dough again and make a little ball as before, then take the dough ball and divide it in two:
Then rollllllll it! And mark it with a "B". Just kidding, just roll it out flat:

Then roll again:

Tuck the little rolls into the pans and they are ready to go. Let 'em rise, let 'em rise for about an hour or two. Spray 'em down, cover 'em up, what a tasty treat for you (I promise no more rhyming on the rest of the blog)!

Bread Making 101-Part III

Next you get to knead your little dough on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth and soft like a baby's bum; if you don't have anything to reference that to, sorry for you. But it looks like this:

You need to spray the bowl and the dough baby with Pam or brush with oil, whatever your fancy is. Then you cover him up with a blankie (dish towel) and let him rise until double in size:

When you poke him in the middle, he should be airy and soft, oooooh...

Sadly, you must punch it down and prepare for the next step:

Bread Making 101-Part II

Next, add all of your remaining ingredients with the exception of the water. You can dump it all in, but I think the more gingerly you do it, the better. You can do this by hand, but I prefer to use the Kitchen Aid to do my bidding (that's the dough hook on there if you're not already familiar).

Start your engines now and add your water slowly (note: I rarely use all of the alloted amount). Scrape the sides as you go along; you should start to see the dough pulling away from the sides and making a ball (it doesn't need to be a perfect ball, but somewhat of a ball shape):

You should be ready to take your little bread baby out when it looks like this:

It may look a little wetter than usual, wetter dough means that your bread will be a little bit lighter and moist; and I like it that way darling! If your dough is still really sticky and is plastered to everything when you try to take it out, it's way too wet.

Bread Making 101-Part I

Never made bread before? My friend it is as easy as cake-uh I mean bread; well, you get the idea. Start out by putting the yeast in your bowl, add the gluten, about a 1/3 of the sugar and a little bit of warm, warm water to get it all nice and bubbly (the post for the recipe is at the end if you've missed it). It should look like this:

It should be all bubbly and have a nice yeasty fragrance. This is a good test for your yeast too. If there's no action with your yeast after a while, you know it's time to say adios and get some fresh stuff. Actually, I think my stuff is a little old, it's usually a little more puffy, but it will still work.

Basic Bread Recipe

There are tons of great recipes out there so if you've got your own go ahead and try it out. The process is pretty much the same:

For 2 loaves:

4 teaspoons gluten

1 tablespoon yeast

2 teaspoons salt

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup oil

2 cups water (start with only a little, you will probably not use it all)

3-4 cups of flour

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

If you want more to eat than whole wheat kernels when disaster strikes, you should start here...

Your food storage should be part of your pantry. Here's a fancy illustration to make my point:

You need to haul your food storage up from your icky crawl space and use it. This means opening up a can, setting it on your shelf and using it everyday. A very easy way to start is to grind some of your wheat (a hand grinder will do the trick, but unless you prefer cakes and pastries to be the consistency of bricks, you better start saving now for a good one) and start throwing it into everything that requires flour and none will be the wiser. Experiment with bread, pancakes, muffins, etc., and voila, not only will you start making a dent into your massive wheat supply, but it won't go to waste-and-the added nutrition will make your eyes sparkle! Periodically, add other food storage items into your diet such as powdered, milk, beans, and honey (did you know that you can substitute honey for any sugar in a recipe and it has only 1/3 of the calories of the leading refined white stuff?) . Besides, you really don't want to rely on a food that you have never before used during a disaster (Did you know that if you're not used to eating a lot of wheat, you can develop an allergy to it- and- a study showed that many people under stressful situations would rather starve than eat food that is unfamiliar?). Yikes! Lets get it together already. So lets start at the very begining, a very good place to start.....