Food Storage

Green Coffee Beans: Simple Methods to Roast the Best Coffee Ever

When it comes to serious coffee addictions, I think I’ve heard every joke there is. I don’t quite fall into that category myself, but when I was given a 3-pound bag of green coffee beans and asked my coffee-addicted friends to help me out, they jumped to volunteer. I never knew so many of them just had to have that cup of “liquid sanity” every day! The green coffee bean experiment, as one friend called it, was a rousing success. …

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10 Uses For Tomato Powder

  Tomato powder is hands down one of my very favorite products to have in my food storage. I love it because it’s: Inexpensive — especially when compared to things like tomato powder or tomato sauce Pure — just 100% tomatoes with no additives or preservatives Healthy — check out all these health benefits of tomatoes Versatile Tomatoes are a critical ingredient for your food storage pantry and tomato powder gives you even more options for tomato-based recipes. Here are TEN ways you …

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30 Things to do With Peaches

Our kitchen counter is loaded with fresh peaches, and I’ve been searching for the best things to do with peaches. I’m going to be needing a lot of recipes! Jams, jellies, desserts, and even a few savory dishes — peaches go with just about everything. My kids love peaches and a few weeks ago, my daughter created for me an incredible protein shake full of the fresh smell of a ripe peach. This is one versatile fruit that everyone loves. …

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How to Use the LDS Food Storage Calculator

If you haven’t discovered the online LDS Food Storage Calculator, you might want to check it out here.  Plug in the number of people in your family, and you’ll find out how much dried milk, oats, brown sugar, and other staples you’ll need for a one year supply. When you add your family’s data, you end up with some pretty serious numbers. Let’s be honest.  You’re probably thinking, “What the heck am I going to do with 600 pounds of …

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Storing Honey Long Term

Ahh, honey. Sweet, sweet honey. It is such a versatile food staple to have on hand. Not only is it a sweetener, but it’s also great for medicinal purposes; such as calming a sore throat or as a cough suppressant. It’s a natural energy booster and wonderful for the skin, too. The cost of honey versus other sweeteners, like sugar, can seem much higher, but typically you use less honey as a sweetener then you do sugar. Knowing that honey …

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Make Your Own Yeast

If you’ve been prepping for any length of time, you undoubtedly have several pounds of wheat berries stored away.  You may also have experimented with making your own wonderfully delicious bread.  The downside of long-term prepping and bread making is keeping active yeast on hand.  The average “best by” date on yeast is 2 years.  Once opened, it must be kept cool and dry. In a refrigerator, yeast can remain good for up to 4 months; in the freezer for …

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Diatomaceous Earth for Controlling Pests

What is diatomaceous earth? (DE) A multitude of Americans is becoming more and more aware of the chemicals and other potentially dangerous ingredients in the food we eat, in our household cleaners and in the 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 diatomaceous earth (DE) comes in. It’s non-toxic and all-natural, made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, an ancient …

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facts about honey

17 things you probably didn’t know about honey, but definitely should!

One of my favorite uses for honey is as a face cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling baby-soft, and my only complaint is that it almost always gets in my hair, no matter what. We always have at least 1 or 2 large containers of honey in the house, not only for beauty routines but mostly for cooking and eating. As I’ve researched all the facts about honey that I wanted to know, one thing stood out: it’s important to …

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holiday food storage recipes

Need More Mistletoe Time? Try These Food Storage Holiday Recipes

  Hurrah, the holidays are here! Apart from decorating the house, shopping, wrapping, school concerts, cards to send off and caroling to do, dinner still needs to be made. Whether it is just a busy night in the middle of the week or for a holiday meal, food storage can make life a bit easier. Besides, who wouldn’t like a little more time hanging out under the mistletoe? Most families have traditional dishes unique to their family culture. Look for …

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mexican rice recipe

The Survival Mom’s Macho Mexican Rice

I don’t post recipes very often, but I came across this in the ancient, dusty archives and decided to refresh it a little and share it again. It’s the perfect rice and beans recipe. This is a terrific homemade Mexican rice dish that I’ve been making for years. A friend of mine who lived in Korea for a few years told me that a Mexican neighbor there taught her this recipe, and it was passed on to me. Now I’m …

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