Monday, April 27, 2009

Food Storage...

The food posts are getting out of hand. I know. And I haven't even updated you on Easter..LAZY blogger over here. But I have to share something important so bear with me.

For years The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which I belong to)have counseled members to have a year's supply of food and other essentials...I'll tell you why briefly.

We have been commanded to be "self -reliant and independent,"

Emergencies and Natural gives us peace so as to not live in fear of what if...(you should see the supermarket shelves here in FL when hurricane season comes..can you say panic?!)

and Lastly, hopefully it teaches us basic food preparation (knowing how to cook with basic ingredients as opposed to canned, frozen...not that I don't)


So if you have no idea where to begin let me give you the best resource I know out there. Our friends developed this faboulous website. and I think the basic membership is free. Basically you can put in your family's demographics and it will tell you how much water, flour, sugar....everything you need. It also allows you to electronically catalog your food storage and emails you updates of when things will be expiring so you can begin to use them. The whole thing is genius, super helpful and takes the guess work out of it all.


Lauren, a fellow blogger with an adorable little family will be blogging about recipes using food storage. This week alone she's sharing her Tomato Basil Soup, Southwest Chicken Chopped Salad, and Chocolate Mousse recipes..yummm.

(actually my friends) assuming you have the space, instead of going through the canning process for dehydrated foods, flour, sugar, rice,wheat and such, you can store food in these special bags (she recommends the ziplock kind) to store massive amounts of food. Just throw in an oxygen absorber. Then place the bags in the 5 gallon buckets they sell at home depot (for easy storage) the bags alone are great and will keep for like 20-30 years but the buckets help to keep the bags from getting damaged, riped. The buckets may not be food safe because of the dye (they're orange) used to color them so don't put your food in them alone.


For now here are two recipes using food storage supply that are so so good.
Crepes Carrot Cake muffins and more-Great for Mother's day Brunch...
and this one just looked good. Dandee's Carrot Cake Muffins.

Oh and if you want to be super resourceful and make your own sweetened condensed's easy here's how:
"Eagle Brand" Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 oz. can

1/2 C. hot water
1 C. Powdered Milk
1 C. Sugar
1 T. Butter

Blend in blender very well. Can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen.

Any tips or ideas? Please share.


1 comment:

C Mommy said...

alright Haydee you have got to check out this site.... you are going to love it. And as far as the buckets go... I've collected like 40 for FREE from Publix bakeries near my home. Got it FREE! They use them to put frosting it for cakes etc. So, they are food grade and can be washed and sterilized to store our food! It's AWESOME! Any q's send me a note!