The Survival Mom » Food Storage http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:08:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Try it Today! Diatomaceous earth for controlling pests http://thesurvivalmom.com/try-today-diatomaceous-earth-controlling-pests/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=try-today-diatomaceous-earth-controlling-pests http://thesurvivalmom.com/try-today-diatomaceous-earth-controlling-pests/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:53:57 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13601 Well, it’s Sunday again, and chances are you have a bit of free time on your hands. Why not learn about food-grade diatomaceous earth and head over to the local garden center or shop online at Earth Easy to pick Read More

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Well, it’s Sunday again, and chances are you have a bit of free time on your hands. Why not learn about food-grade diatomaceous earth and head over to the local garden center or shop online at Earth Easy to pick up a bag?

Why diatomaceous earth? (DE)

image of diatom by Derek Keats

image of diatom by Derek Keats

A multitude of Americans is becoming more and more aware of the chemicals and other potentially dangerous ingredients in the food we eat, household cleaners and products we use to maintain our gardens and control pests. We’re trying to eliminate these products from our lives with more natural, less toxic products.

That’s where DE comes in. It’s non-toxic and all-natural, made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, an ancient algae.

For insect control, when bugs of all types wander through DE, it clings to their bodies and acts like a sort of dehydrator, drying up the insect’s body until it falls over dead. This usually takes around 48 hours.

DE can be used both indoors and outdoors. Does your dog have fleas? Then rub a bit of diatomaceous earth into her fur. If she has a case of parasites, mix a small amount of DE into her food for 3 or 4 days until the worms are eliminated.

For use inside your home, place shallow containers of DE in crawl spaces, in the attic, on windowsills, behind the refrigerator, or anywhere else you find insects. In just a matter of days, those insects will disappear.

Sprinkle DE around the outside of your home, especially where plants grow close to your foundation. If ants are a problem, and this includes the infamous fire ant, sprinkle DE directly on the ant hills where it will be tracked into the colony. Suddenly, ants will no longer be an issue without the use of toxic insecticides.

Keep in mind that DE will kill beneficial insects as well as the ones you want to be rid of. That would include friendly ladybugs and earthworms that you want in your garden.

Ridding pests in your food storage

Want to keep pests out of those bags and buckets of food? Simply mix it in with your wheat, rice, oats, etc., using about a cup of food-grade diatomaceous earth for a 5 or 6-gallon bucket of food. Leave enough head room at the top of the bucket or bag so you can shake the container, making sure the DE is thoroughly dispersed.

At the same time, lightly sprinkle DE around the baseboards of your pantry room and at the base of any outdoor windows. Pests aren’t welcome anywhere near our food, right?

DE for human consumption?

Some people ingest DE as a de-toxifer and claim that it’s beneficial to bones, skin, nails, and hair because it contains silica. A teaspoon added to juice, water, or a smoothie makes it more palatable. Since DE isn’t regulated by the FDA, there aren’t any official claims of its health benefits to humans, but there are plenty of positive testimonials you can read online.

All in all, DE is worth having around the house as a non-toxic, multi-purpose product that I recommend.

WARNING: Do not use the DE intended for use in a swimming pool filter. Buy the food-grade DE, even if you aren’t planning on using it in food that is stored.

 

*Earth Easy provided a bag of diatomaceous earth as a sample. I’ve linked to their DE product, Insect Dust, since it’s the brand that I’ve used and because everything I’ve purchased from Earth Easy has consistently been high quality.

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Try it Today! 5-Minute Strawberry Jam http://thesurvivalmom.com/try-today-5-minute-strawberry-jam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=try-today-5-minute-strawberry-jam http://thesurvivalmom.com/try-today-5-minute-strawberry-jam/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:53:25 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13392 If you and your family rely on jellies and jams, I’ve found that store-bought versions definitely have a shelf life when it comes to long-term storage. I’ve found that over time, these become discolored and unappetizing to use. It’s a Read More

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If you and your family rely on jellies and jams, I’ve found that store-bought versions definitely have a shelf life when it comes to long-term storage. I’ve found that over time, these become discolored and unappetizing to use. It’s a much smarter strategy to have the ingredients on hand to make homemade versions of your favorite flavors, but even then, fresh fruit might be hard to come by at times.

strawberry jamIf you’re storing sugar, long-term, you’re almost ready to make this super-quick homemade jam/fruit spread and with this recipe, you can serve up a sweet and fruity treat in a matter of minutes.

You’ll need:

1/3 c. sugar, or to taste

2 T. Augason Farms Ultimate Gel

1 1/2 c. freeze-dried fruit. I used Augason Farms Sliced Freeze-Dried Strawberries

Cover the fruit with cool water and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Drain half the water, and then slowly add the sugar, stirring until it’s dissolved. Add the Ultimate Gel, a little at a time, stirring to avoid any lumps.

If you want your jam to be thinner, add a bit more water. Store in a canning jar in the refrigerator.

TIPS

  • You can use other types of fruit and more or less sugar, depending on your personal preference.
  • Try adding a bit of lemon or orange zest for more flavor.
  • A little Ultimate Gel goes a long way and can also be used as a thickener with fruit pies.
  • If the finished product isn’t fruity enough for you, soften another 1/3 to 1/2 cup of fruit for a few minutes, drain most of the water, and then add to the jam.
  • Freeze-dried fruit can be found at Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Winco, among others. They’re also available on Amazon and directly through food storage companies, such as Augason Farms.
  • If you want a smaller amount, say just for tonight’s dessert over ice cream, use these amounts: 3/4 c. freeze dried fruit, 1/4 c. sugar (you can always add more), 1 T. Ultimate Gel
  • Freeze dried fruit can become chewy once the can is open and there’s humidity in the air. That doesn’t affect the flavor, but you can avoid that by pouring the fruit into canning jars with tightly fitted lids. There’s no need to add an oxygen absorber unless you’ll be storing the fruit for six months or more. You can also store the leftover fruit in vacuum packed bags or jars using a Food Saver. Watch this video demonstration to see how easy this is:

 

 

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March Madness Thrive Life sale! Up to 50% off! http://thesurvivalmom.com/march-madness-thrive-life-sale-50/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=march-madness-thrive-life-sale-50 http://thesurvivalmom.com/march-madness-thrive-life-sale-50/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13242 I’ve been an independent consultant with Thrive Life ever since I discovered from various taste tests, that their foods are among the very best in the “survival food” industry. The fact is, their foods are designed not just for food Read More

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SurvivalMom_ThriveWebAd_rev1I’ve been an independent consultant with Thrive Life ever since I discovered from various taste tests, that their foods are among the very best in the “survival food” industry.

The fact is, their foods are designed not just for food storage but for everyday cooking. I regularly use their freeze dried mushrooms (they look fresher than fresh), strawberries, and multiple veggies in my cooking. I just started using their herbs and sauce mixes.

Freeze dried and commercially dehydrated foods hold most all their nutrients but have the advantage of remaining fresh, even months after a can being opened. (I’ve found that humidity is the biggest issue with some of these foods, so be sure to store opened cans in a dry area.)

From March 18-25, cases of their foods are discounted up to 50% off while supplies last. This discount applies to all #10 can 6-packs and pantry-sized 10-packs. Click here for a better graphic of the sale flyer and here to start shopping.

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How to plan your food storage so you can make your favorite recipes years from now http://thesurvivalmom.com/plan-food-storage-can-make-favorite-recipes-years-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=plan-food-storage-can-make-favorite-recipes-years-now http://thesurvivalmom.com/plan-food-storage-can-make-favorite-recipes-years-now/#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:35:35 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12669 When many people begin storing food, they start amassing cans, boxes, and plastic packages from the grocery store. Ultimately what ends up on their shelves is a miscellany of canned beans, fruit cocktail, Tang drink mix, and pasta. Lots of Read More

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When many people begin storing food, they start amassing cans, boxes, and plastic packages from the grocery store. Ultimately what ends up on their shelves is a miscellany of canned beans, fruit cocktail, Tang drink mix, and pasta. Lots of pasta.

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image by Elana’s Pantry

If you’ve ever stood in front of your fridge or pantry, viewing the foods available and none of them easily combine to make a decent recipe, you can understand the downside to this herky-jerky approach to food storage.

Well, I suppose if you’re in a scene from World War Z, that approach is fine, but on this side of a worst case scenario, why not take a more sane approach? One that will insure you and your family continue to enjoy favorite recipes, no matter what.

I call this approach, “survivalizing” your recipes. In very simple terms, and frankly, it’s a pretty simple concept, you collect the recipes you enjoy most, analyze their ingredients to determine if the recipe is food-storage friendly, and then begin stocking up on those ingredients.

How to “Survivalize”

I go into much greater detail for utilizing this type of food storage in my book, see Chapter 4, but for now, just begin thinking about the recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, side dishes) that are your favorites.

Make a list of those dishes and if necessary, track down the recipes.

Take a look at the ingredients for each recipe, and if every ingredient comes in a form (dry, dehydrated, canned, or freeze-dried) that has a long shelf-life and doesn’t require refrigeration, you have a winner.

From my book:

What types of recipes are the easiest to survivalize? Soups, stews, chili recipes, casseroles, and skillet meals are usually the best choices. Meals that feature a large amount of meat, poultry, fish, or other seafood are more difficult because usually the protein isn’t easy to store long-term.

Recipe websites are extremely helpful in coming up with recipes that fit this category. I recommend gathering together at least a dozen soup recipes, since those generally call for ingredients that are TSM_RadioNetwork_webbanner_081413_finalnaturally shelf-stable.

If a recipe calls for a fresh ingredient, consider if a shelf-stable version will make a suitable substitute. In most cases, it can. For example, canned chicken easily replaces fresh, cooked chicken.

Start stocking up!

When you’ve identified not only a number of delicious recipes and you’ve established that their ingredients are all food-storage friendly with long shelf lives, you’re finished with the hardest part! Now it’s just a matter of stocking up on those recipes and insuring you have enough of each ingredient.

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Plan on storing enough ingredients so that you can make each recipe at least a dozen times. That means that if a recipe calls for 1 can of corn, you purchase 12 cans. If it calls for 1 chopped onion, you have stored enough freeze-dried or dehydrated onion to equal 12 fresh onions. (If you have a thriving veggie garden, make sure to start planting onions!)

During this stage it’s important to stay organized. The best way to do this is to multiply each ingredient times 12 and then using those amounts on a master shopping list.

Here’s a somewhat tricky example

I selected this recipe from AllRecipes.com because it’s generally easy to survivalize, but as you’ll see, with a couple of ingredients I have to make a decision about substitutions or leaving them out altogether. It calls for a total of 19 ingredients. For recipes you’ll be making during some sort of emergency or worst case scenario, the simpler the recipe, the better.

Catherine’s Spicy Chicken Soup (makes 8 servings)

  • 2 quarts water

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 5 cubes chicken bouillon

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar chunky salsa

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans chili beans, undrained

  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

Let’s survivalize this recipe!

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First, all seasonings, herbs, and spices are very easy to store in large quantities. Keep them in a cool, dark, and dry area. If possible, grow fresh herbs to replenish the dry herbs that you use. For each of these in this recipe, multiply the quantity by 12 to insure you have enough on hand, not just for this recipe but for others as well.

By the way, you can make your own onion and garlic powders by thoroughly dehydrating onions and garlic, and then processing them in a food processor. If you’re ever without power, plan on using a mortar and pestle.

Eight chicken breast halves is quite a bit of chicken for just one recipe, 8 servings. You can buy canned chicken, can your own, use a much smaller amount of chicken flavored TVP (a little goes a long way), or use freeze-dried chicken.  Using less chicken is also an option.

Please don’t stock up on bouillon cubes! Purchase large cans of either bouillon or stock base, available from Thrive Life or other online food storage companies. It’s a much more economical purchase than the cubes.

There are only 2 fresh vegetables in this particular recipe, onions and garlic. Both can be grown in your garden and home dehydrated. You can also buy freeze-dried and dehydrated versions in large amounts. I suggest that when possible, you do both: grow fresh produce as your primary supply but also have a back-up with the dried versions.

Every canned ingredient can be home canned and, in some cases, freeze-dried can be used.

  • Thick and chunky salsa. You can make your own, adding tomato powder to make it thicker and more suitable for some recipes. Salsa is also very easy to home can.
  • Peeled and diced tomatoes. Again, very, very easy to home can. If you purchased commercially canned tomatoes, be sure to rotate through them.
  • Tomato soup. Recipes for home canned tomato soup are delicious and fresh tasting, but the store-bought version is very inexpensive and can be purchased in larger quantities without breaking the budget.
  • Canned corn. Freeze-dried corn is so delicious that I stopped buying canned corn a long time ago. If you find canned corn on sale, by all means, stock up. Otherwise, both Thrive Life and Augason Farms sell freeze-dried.
  • Chili beans. For maximum versatility, I’d pass on the “chili” beans and just stock up on plenty of dried beans and canned beans. You can always add more chili powder or other seasonings to taste.
  • Olive oil. This oil has a longer shelf life and is healthier than vegetable or canola oil. It doesn’t have an unlimited shelf life, however. You can refrigerate or even freeze the oil to extend the shelf life. It’s not a pivotal ingredient, so if I didn’t have any oil at all, I’d just saute the onion and garlic in a bit of water or melted shortening.
  • Sour cream. If you can make homemade sour cream, go for it. Otherwise, it’s just an optional topping, and I’d omit it.

This is the process you’ll go through for each recipe and once you are familiar with the various “food storage” foods available, it’s a pretty quick process.

Now for the math

To make a dozen batches of this soup or any other recipe, this Recipe Converter makes it easy to figure out how much of each ingredient you’ll need. Don’t be scared by the large quantities! You’re going to tackle this one can, one jar at a time!

Here are the ingredients for Catherine’s Spicy Chicken Soup, multiplied by 12:

  • 24 quarts water
  • 96 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (Approximately 3 breast halves per pound.)
  • 6 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 24 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 12 tablespoon onion powder
  • 60 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 36 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 onion, chopped
  • 36 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 (16 ounce) jar chunky salsa
  • 24 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 12 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 12 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 36 tablespoons chili powder
  • 12 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 24 (16 ounce) cans chili beans, undrained

When you end up with amounts like 36 tablespoons or 12 teaspoons, you can use this online tool to calculate those amounts in cups.

I buy my spices and other seasonings in bulk, often at Costco.

The master shopping list

Don’t expect to have every ingredient for every recipe purchased and stored in a few days time! Create a master shopping list to keep track of your purchases.

When you’ve purchased enough ingredients to make one recipe 12 times, cross that recipe off your list. You’ll notice that many ingredients overlap from one recipe to the next. That makes your job even easier.

To preserve your budget, I suggest seeking out recipes that call for a few, economical ingredients. Catherine’s Spicy Chicken Soup served as a good example for this article, but personally, I’d find a recipe that called for fewer ingredients and less chicken per batch.

Familiar recipes are comfort foods

During difficult times, we want to provide comfort to our families, and serving hot, delicious, and familiar foods is one way to do that. Survivalizing recipes takes a bit of time, but once you have your grocery list in hand, it’s just a matter of adding a few extra items to your grocery cart each time you’re at the store.

Keep the recipes printed and on hand (don’t rely on recipes stored on your computer!) and you and your loved ones will be enjoying nourishing meals, no matter what.

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5 Reasons why you should include freeze-dried meat/chicken in your food storage http://thesurvivalmom.com/5-reasons-include-freeze-dried-meatchicken-food-storage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-reasons-include-freeze-dried-meatchicken-food-storage http://thesurvivalmom.com/5-reasons-include-freeze-dried-meatchicken-food-storage/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:24:32 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12575 One of the first purchases my husband and I ever made toward storing food was 3 cases of freeze-dried meat and chicken. I remember going to a gun show with him, looking at the products, practically fainting at the prices, Read More

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One of the first purchases my husband and I ever made toward storing food was 3 cases of freeze-dried meat and chicken. I remember going to a gun show with him, looking at the products, practically fainting at the prices, and then going outside together for a long talk about spending so much money.

We ended up paying around $800 for those 3 cases, a hefty price tag, to be sure.

Now that I’ve purchased all kinds of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, I think it’s important to include meat and chicken, in spite of their prices, for these reasons:

  1. Protein. I know you can get protein from legumes and most veggies, but let’s face it, for maximum protein, it’s hard to beat meat and chicken. Proteins are the body’s building blocks, and in a true worst case scenario, our bodies are going to be stressed far more than they are today, making nutrients more important than ever.
  2. When the S hits the fan, we might be lucky if we have access to canned goods, much less fresh meat and chicken. Freeze-dried versions have long shelf lives
  3. Few of us have the space, resources, or experience to raise our own beef, pork, and chicken. Backyard chickens are great, but can you imagine how many you would have to raise in order to have just 2 or 3 chicken meals per week? Even experienced hunters may, eventually, find it difficult to locate game, especially if that’s every other hunter’s plan for survival!
  4. A little goes a long way. This brings up an ongoing “discussion” between my chickenhusband and me. He is a true carnivore and likes a large serving of animal flesh on his dinner plate every night. I could easily go vegetarian. As a compromise, we sometimes do have steak or pork chops, but more likely, dinner will be a dish with meat as just one ingredient among many, like a soup or lasagna. If you buy freeze-dried meat/chicken, you aren’t going to be serving large piles of stuff on a plate! You’ll be utilizing it as an ingredient, making one #10 can go a long way.
  5. Price out the meat by serving or recipe if the prices scare you. For example, if I’m making lasagna, I might only need 2 cups of freeze-dried ground beef. Or even better, 1 cup of the ground beef and 1 cup of sausage crumbles. On a pizza, I’d just use maybe 1/2 c. of sausage crumbles. (HIGHLY recommend those, by the way!) If you can get 10 meals from a single #10 can of meat or chicken, that makes the purchase very budget-friendly.

DO check the ingredients on these products. Some, as in this cooked chicken, contain only the meat or chicken and nothing else. This roast beef contains only beef and salt. Others will contain flavorings and perhaps preservatives you might not want.

On the other hand, in a true worst case scenario where food, any food, is hard to come by, sodium nitrate or maltodextrin will be the least of your problems, but it’s your call.

In addition to stocking up on freeze-dried meat and chicken, I also recommend compiling recipes that use ingredients that can all be stored long-term and, when they include meat or chicken, call for smaller amounts. This will give you a bank of reliable, family-tested recipes that will also help your supply of meat and chicken last longer.

If you have my book, Survival Mom, I go into greater detail on the subject of which recipes are best for food storage on pp. 51-57.

A well-prepared food storage pantry is also a well-balanced food storage pantry. Be sure to include at least a few cans of freeze-dried meat and chicken when fresh, or even canned, isn’t available.

*I’ve included links to products from Thrive Life because I own all of these meat/chicken products and am a consultant with them. Other brands I recommend are Mountain House and

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Augason Farms Dinner Pack review & a great recipe! http://thesurvivalmom.com/augason-farms-dinner-pack-review-great-recipe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=augason-farms-dinner-pack-review-great-recipe http://thesurvivalmom.com/augason-farms-dinner-pack-review-great-recipe/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:15:59 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12561 Long before Augason Farms became a sponsor here at Survival Mom, I was using their products. I had purchased a case of freeze-dried food at Costco in the first several weeks of my venture into preparedness. It was their Dinner Read More

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Augason-Farms-Logo-RGB-Color-150Long before Augason Farms became a sponsor here at Survival Mom, I was using their products. I had purchased a case of freeze-dried food at Costco in the first several weeks of my venture into preparedness.

It was their Dinner Pack, and my family quickly learned how much we love freeze-dried corn! In fact, that was the first can we emptied!

The Dinner Pack contains #10 cans of:

  • Creamy Potato Soup Mix
  • Beef Flavored Vegetarian Meat Substitute
  • Potato Gems
  • Honey White Bread & Roll Mix
  • Freeze Dried Sweet Corn
  • Vegetable Stew Blend

Here is how I’ve used each of these in my everyday cooking.

Creamy Potato Soup Mix

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with this and have come up with several different versions that we enjoy. By adding some chopped chicken and a handful of the FD corn, you end up with a delicious Chicken and Corn Chowder. It’s very hearty and is a meal in a bowl. Add some chopped, cooked bacon, green onions, and grated cheddar cheese for a Baked Potato Soup, and with some salsa, grated cheese, and crumbled Fritos or tortilla chips, you get Southwest Potato Soup!

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I found that I needed to add a bit more milk or water to thin out the soup to my liking but when I’ve had a busy day, any version of this soup cooks up in just minutes.

Beef Flavored Vegetarian Meat Substitute

This is TVP, textured vegetable protein, and I’ve learned that a little goes a long way. If you’ve never tasted TVP, it tends to be salty, but in recipes, it’s hard to tell that it’s not the real thing.

I’ve used this product in my homemade Shepherd’s Pie, Beef and Barley Soup, and Beef Stew. I usually don’t use a lot of TVP in a recipe, usually no more than 1/3 cup or so. The TVP I’ve purchased over the years lasts a long time.

Potato Gems

Well, these are just as versatile as the soup. They make great mashed potatoes, but if you use about half the amount of liquid, you can make a delicious version of Claim Jumper’s Potato Cakes. I add some chopped green onion (dehydrated or freeze-dried is fine) and sometimes a quarter cup of grated cheese.

Shape the thickened potato mixture into patties, dip them in a bowl of whisked eggs, and then dredge them in very fine cracker crumbs or Panko crumbs. I fry them in some oil, and they are delicious! My kids love them, and they’re quite easy to make.

Honey White Bread and Roll Mix

chrystalyn bread 1What dinner would be complete without homemade rolls or a loaf of homemade bread? This mixture requires only oil, water, and yeast. Use it for pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, raisin bread…whatever you and your family love!

With this mix, you’ll be able to quickly throw a loaf together on busy days when starting from scratch means no homemade bread!

Freeze-dried Sweet Corn

I already mentioned how much we love FD corn. In fact, last year my son gave a can to one of his best friends as a Christmas gift! We use this corn in soups, stew, Shepherd’s Pie, corn bread, and eat it right out of the can.

Probably out of all the various dehydrated and freeze-dried veggies we own, we use FD corn the most.

Vegetable Stew Blend

This is an interesting concept. The most frequently used veggies in your typical stew or soup recipe are combined in one mixture: potato dices, cabbage flakes, chopped onions, red and green peppers, carrot dices and celery slices. Rather than stocking up on each individually, you can just scoop out the desired amount, add it to your recipe, and you’re good to go.

I’ve used this in homemade soups and have been waiting for the opportunity to try out this recipe that calls for this blend:

Veggie Cheese Ball

2 – 8 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup Augason Farms Vegetable Stew Blend (rehydrated)

1 teaspoon garlic salt

2 cups chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together with hand mixer. Shape into ball and roll in pecans. Serve with crackers or chips.

Most of us wouldn’t think to use this product so creatively, but I’ve found that once I was familiar with the foods, their tastes, and preparation, it was very easy to think of additional uses.

That’s the power of stocking up on individual ingredients versus only or mostly the “just add water” meals. Those can be useful, but they just don’t provide the versatility I believe is needed when it comes to food storage.

The Augason Farms Dinner Pack is priced at $89.99, and is a great way to either get started with food storage or insure that you have essential ingredients for numerous meals. I was very pleased to find that my kit came with a nice selection of recipes using the products in the Pack. Considering how many dishes can be made with this selection of products, it  is very fairly priced.

To learn more about the importance of stocking up on ingredients, watch this:


 

 

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Food Storage Cooking: Homemade pound cake! http://thesurvivalmom.com/food-storage-cooking-homemade-pound-cake/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=food-storage-cooking-homemade-pound-cake http://thesurvivalmom.com/food-storage-cooking-homemade-pound-cake/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:20:17 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12493 When one things of food storage/survival food cooking, Pound Cake doesn’t exactly come to mind! However, a sweet treat is welcome at any time and if it’s also a comfort food, then having the ingredients on hand is important. Here Read More

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When one things of food storage/survival food cooking, Pound Cake doesn’t exactly come to mind! However, a sweet treat is welcome at any time and if it’s also a comfort food, then having the ingredients on hand is important.

Here is a recipe from the kitchens of Augason Farms for Pound Cake, showing how you can use food storage ingredients in your everyday cooking.

Pound Cake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Augason Farms Butter Powder mixed with 1 cup water

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese

3 cups Augason Farms White Granulated Sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

3 cups cake flour

6 eggs

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 10” tube pan or two small loaf pans.

2. Cream together the butter mixture, cream cheese, and sugar until light. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Add the flour and the eggs alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

3. Bake at 325°F for one hour and 15 minutes for tube pan, 55 minutes for loaf pans, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 

 

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Freeze-Dried Dinner Idea: Creamy Potato Quiche http://thesurvivalmom.com/freeze-dried-dinner-idea-creamy-potato-quiche/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=freeze-dried-dinner-idea-creamy-potato-quiche http://thesurvivalmom.com/freeze-dried-dinner-idea-creamy-potato-quiche/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:17:23 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12441 I just had a bowl of Augason Farm’s Creamy Potato Soup, and it’s delicious. It’s also versatile, as you’ll see in this recipe for quiche. When buying “emergency food”, knowing how to put all the ingredients together to make delicious Read More

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I just had a bowl of Augason Farm’s Creamy Potato Soup, and it’s delicious. It’s also versatile, as you’ll see in this recipe for quiche.

When buying “emergency food”, knowing how to put all the ingredients together to make delicious meals is just as important as stocking up.

Ingredients:

1 cup Augason Farms Creamy Potato Soup Mix – dry

1 2/3 cup water

3 tablespoons Augason Farms Dried Whole Eggs

2 tablespoons Augason Farms Bacon Flavored Bits Vegetarian Meat Substitute

1/4 cup Augason Farms Freeze Dried Broccoli Florets & Stems

1/4 cup Augason Farms Dehydrated Sliced Mushrooms

1 tablespoon Augason Farms Dehydrated Diced Red & Green Bell Peppers

1 to 2 cups grated or cubed Swiss cheese

1 unbaked pie crust

Directions:

Whisk together Creamy Potato Soup Mix, egg powder and water. Add the remaining ingredients to egg mixture and let stand for 15 minutes. Pour into unbaked pie crust and bake for 35-45 minutes at 350˚F.

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A quick back-to-school dinner with freeze-dried foods http://thesurvivalmom.com/quick-back-school-dinner-freeze-dried-foods/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=quick-back-school-dinner-freeze-dried-foods http://thesurvivalmom.com/quick-back-school-dinner-freeze-dried-foods/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:36:44 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12418 I’ve been using freeze-dried and dehydrated foods in my everyday cooking for several years. Buying these foods isn’t the tricky part, but knowing how to use them is. I asked Augason Farms to share a few of their recipes, specifically Read More

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I’ve been using freeze-dried and dehydrated foods in my everyday cooking for several years. Buying these foods isn’t the tricky part, but knowing how to use them is.

I asked Augason Farms to share a few of their recipes, specifically foods that can be made quickly on busy school nights. I wanted you to see how these ingredients can be used and how economical they are per serving.

I’ll be featuring a different recipe from Augason Farms each Monday through the month of September.

Smooth Tomato Soup

5 cups water

1 cup Augason Farms Tomato Powder*

1/2 cup Augason Farms Country Fresh Instant Nonfat Dry Milk

1 tablespoon Augason Farms Dehydrated Chopped Onions

3 tablespoons Augason Farms Dehydrated Cross Cut Celery

1 tablespoon Augason Farms Dehydrated Carrot Dices

1/4 teaspoon Augason Farms Iodized Salt

1 teaspoon basil

1 tablespoon Augason Farms White Granulated Sugar

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low heat; simmer for 10-15 minutes. Blend in a food processor and serve.

 

Tomato powder is simply powder made from dehydrated tomatoes. You can use it to make your own tomato paste, tomato sauce, add it to salsa for a thicker consistency, and for making homemade enchilada and marinara sauces. It’s a very, very useful ingredient to have on hand.

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Are you a victim of Craft Show Delusion Disorder? http://thesurvivalmom.com/are-you-a-victim-of-craft-show-delusion-disorder/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-you-a-victim-of-craft-show-delusion-disorder http://thesurvivalmom.com/are-you-a-victim-of-craft-show-delusion-disorder/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:03:41 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12366 I love the idea of people selling handmade wares and reaping the benefits of their creativity and hard work, but invariably what happens is that I’ll see something I absolutely love and then say to myself, “I could make that Read More

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I love the idea of people selling handmade wares and reaping the benefits of their creativity and hard work, but invariably what happens is that I’ll see something I absolutely love and then say to myself, “I could make that for five bucks!”

I call this Craft Show Delusion Disorder, or CSDD.

Does that ring a bell?

The fact is, I will never make those hand-knitted ear muffs or the tablecloth made from my children’s old onesies, but for a moment, I allow myself to become deluded into thinking that I will, and thus, pass up an opportunity to just buy the darn thing and be done with it!

Yesterday I had a delightful lunch with Dory Harrington, founder of Mombies bags. I was so impressed with her complete Mombies emergency backpack that I bought it on the spot.

As we spoke, she told me that numerous women visit her table at various expos and events and comment, “Oh, I could make one of those for just a few dollars. Why, I could use my coupons to buy soap, toothpaste, hand sanitizer…” blah, blah, blah.

Yes, anyone can pack their own emergency kit, but will they? Will you?

We get all starry eyed with these big plans and then go home, just to be swallowed up by making dinner, helping the kids with homework, squeezing in a hot shower before bedtime, and then collapsing.

Craft show tchotchkes aside, there are some pretty important things we really should do, in order to be prepared for the curve balls life throws.

Overcoming CSDD

If you’ve been planning on making your own emergency kit, evacuation plans, or getting ready for hurricane or blizzard season, you have to conquer CSDD. That is, telling yourself that you will make your own first aid kit, vehicle emergency kit, etc., but then never actually doing it.

First, evaluate the materials you’ll need to be prepared for whatever event(s) that is likely to come your way. Do you need a complete emergency kit? A medical bag/first aid kit? Do you need to gather supplies for your pets, in case of an evacuation or fill a bin with items necessary during a power outage?

If you truly lack the time to do all of these yourself, then identify what you can purchase. I highly recommend the medical kits sold by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on their Doom and Bloom website. Dory’s Mombies bags, in all their different varieties, can’t be beat.

From my personal experience, I assure you that money spent on high quality emergency supplies is money well spent. The very last thing you need in a crisis is to discover that the cheap “survival backpack” you purchased has a lousy zipper that comes undone or that the plastic whistle has a crack in it. So if you do make a purchase, be careful about the quality you’re buying.TSM_RadioNetwork_webbanner_081413_final

Make a list of what you need and start saving money toward these purchases and then start “saving” time.

Is there an hour during your week in which you could scour the house or make a run to Walmart or a thrift store to find items you need for your emergency supplies? Is there an hour somewhere in your week for tracking down insurance policies, car titles, immunization records and other documents for your Grab and Go Binder?

It’s amazing how much can be accomplished in a single hour when we write that hour on our schedule and have an assigned task.

Set a goal to have your basic emergency kit finished within a deadline of 30 or 60 days. Then, set another goal to have your Lights Out Emergency Kit taken care of within another 30 days. If need be, leave a comment here following this article, telling us what your goal is and your deadline.

No one has to suffer from a lifetime of Craft Show Delusion Disorder. When it’s just a matter of a handmade snow globe, well, no one really suffers when it never becomes a reality. However, CSDD can become a real problem when the safety and well-being of your family is affected.

 

 

 

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