I want to share an example of how to be prepared with food for your 72 hour kit. There are many ways to do this, but I like to put items I can just add water to or eat right out of the can or a bag. I bought smaller size pantry cans with foods that I like and will eat if I have to evacuate and go down to a school gymnasium or church facility. I have to be honest here….I have tried many “pouches” with meals where you just add water. Okay, I realize I might be a little different but if I can’t stand the smell of it I won’t eat it. If I was starving of course I would have to down the stuff. I remember teaching a class about food storage and I had prepared a package that contained TVP (textured vegetable protein). Okay, here’s the deal….I can still smell that stuff and its been a year…LOL! I gag even thinking about it. No, I really can’t still smell it, but you know what I am saying. I could easily be a vegetarian. I would eat vegetables and several different kinds of beans. Add a few fruits and I would be good to go. My husband on the other hand loves meat…any kind of meat.
Here is the list I put together for my husband and myself: (more…)
We have all heard the benefits of coconut oil…..please pick up an extra container of coconut oil this week. It can be used in so many ways. You can replace coconut oil for butter in most recipes. You can sauté your veggies in it. Some people use it instead of butter on their toast in the morning. I am still in LOVE with butter…someday maybe I will give up my butter. Not today……LOL! Here is a post I wrote about coconut oil: http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/its-all-about-coconut-oil/ (more…)
Today we are suggesting Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, Canola Oil or whatever oils you might like to store. Please remember not to store more than you might use in a year or less…some oils will go rancid very quickly once they are open. Please check those expiration dates. I had a friend open some olive oil that had gone rancid after 20 years, she thought it lasted forever….no it doesn’t.
We can always use more water…if you have any type of water container you have purchased or saved for storing water…please fill them TODAY….you might need them tomorrow. I use these Barrel Bags on my 55 gallon containers I have stored along the side of my house in Southern Utah. They have a UV content incorporated into the fabric and therefore should help protect the plastic barrels from excessive heat we have when the temperatures hit over 110+ degrees. Here is our link to order the barrel bags if you can use them: http://www.thrivelife.com/the-barrel-bag-1.html
Here is a can of powdered peanut butter that is a great item for food storage from Honeyville Grain. You basically mix 1/2 cup of the powdered peanut butter with 4 tablespoons of water. Stir until a smooth paste is formed. If you want it thicker you just add more powder. You must refrigerate the unused peanut butter mixture within one week. The shelf life for this product in the unopened can is 5 to 10 years in a cool and dry area with temperatures of 55 to 70 degrees. I could not see online or on the can how long the product would last if opened. I am thinking it is a great product that would be desired for food storage because we would for sure eat a lot of peanut butter in any disaster or emergency. This is why learning to make bread is critical to save on grocery bills and for survival. Please add a few extra jars of peanut butter to your grocery cart this week. (more…)
Here are some soup base flavors I purchased at Walmart. They have a ten year shelf life if stored at 55 to 70 degrees…..well that’s not going to happen in my house, so I would say 5 years. Here’s the deal, you can add potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans, cauliflower or broccoli to both of these soups and you have a hearty meal in minutes! Add leftover meat and my husband is a happy camper. They cost approximately $11.00 and have 32 servings of 1/3 cup each. I don’t know about you, but I would need more than 1/3 cup if this was my main dish for dinner, so I would say 16 servings per can. You basically add 2/3 cup soup mix to 2-1/4 cups of water. Whisk and bring to a boil. Simmer about 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently.
Here is my coin counter I use to count and wrap our loose coin. It is very important to have coins, one dollar bills, five dollar bills and even ten dollar bills. (more…)