I’m so excited to share with you how to use canned ground beef! You may remember I took classes to receive my Master Preserver Canning Certificate from USU (Utah State University) extension service using the USDA canning guidelines. I have canned everything possible now after taking that class. Well, I better clarify that I have not pressure canned any wild meat. By the way, I talked Mark into taking the class with me and we both passed the test with flying colors, thank goodness! We pressure canned cooked ground beef and cooked ground beef patties. We also pressure canned raw chicken. Here’s the deal, it was great pressure canning meat in the class. I must admit I will not do it at home. Mark and I eat very little meat, but I loved the experience and it’s really easy to do.

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This is my favorite kind of food storage, when you can stretch a meal from one can of meat, for instance, for an entire family. When my girls were growing up we always had taco Fridays. I bet you can picture what I’m about to say, I would add rice to stretch the cooked 1/2 pound hamburger for six people. Sometimes, I would add leftover hash browns. Right? Well, Pleasant Hill Grain asked me if I would do a review on some of the new food storage items they carry. You may remember that company because I mention them when I’m doing a post on my colored 5-gallon buckets with matching Gamma lids. Yep, that’s the company. These opinions today are my own, I will never agree to do a review on items I will not use or eat myself, so let’s get started. P.S. I can tell you I love everything they sell on their website. I’ve been using them to purchase so many products over the years.

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Have you sometimes wondered “how can I store food storage in a small home?” Well, I have a fairly small home, it’s only 1900 square feet. I am going to show you my home in small doses because otherwise, the post would take too long to load. I have a three car garage, if you can call it a three car garage with the narrow one car section. You can barely fit two very small cars in the double garage and one car in the third stall. Mark and I use the third garage section for our emergency preparedness items that can withstand the heat in the summer. Everything else is stored inside my home. The temperatures here in Southern Utah can get up to 120 degrees in the summer, so all food items we keep inside where the temperature is controlled. The ideal temperature for food storage would be 50-70 degrees. I can’t afford to keep the temperatures this low, so my food storage will not last the full 25 years (per some cans), just giving you the heads-up here.

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It’s really very easy to get started with my easy one-month food storage supply for your pantry. I have this nifty food storage chart. If you haven’t seen it before, here it is again. Where Do I Start by Food Storage Moms  You basically print the sheet out and start filling in the blanks on the page(s). All you have to do is just start thinking of what you would like to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would have to add some snacks because I’m a snacker. While you look at the sheet, gather your family around and write down some items you have in the pantry NOW, or could slowly add to your food storage stash for emergencies. The list is for seven days, Sunday through Saturday. One section is for breakfasts, one for lunches, and one section for dinners. It would be great to make a trip to the local grocery store and have each family member choose the items they would like to eat. Remember, if your family won’t eat, don’t buy it.

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This is the best organic food storage I recommend. I promise. I get asked so many times “Linda, where do buy YOUR food storage?” Here’s the deal, I don’t buy long-term organic food storage. Now, if you buy only organic long-term food storage that’s awesome. I think it’s too expensive because when I have to cook my food storage, I can guarantee you I will be cooking for my neighborhood who may or may not have planned for any emergency or disaster. I do buy high-quality, long-term food storage that’s for sure. The first thing I do is call the different food storage companies. I check where the food was grown or if it was imported from different countries BEFORE I buy it. Sometimes, I have to get a supervisor if the person answering the phone does not know how to answer my questions. Sometimes, I’m lucky and the company posts online where they buy the food. For instance, some foods we don’t grow here in the US so those foods must be purchased from outside the USA.

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Oatmeal can literally keep the doctor away. I have a few tidbits today that I updated from a few years ago. Today I’ll be showing you fourteen reasons why I buy and store cheap oatmeal. Here’s the deal with oatmeal…it’s fairly inexpensive. We can make breakfast with it and add just about every spice in the pantry to make a different flavor of oatmeal. It’s a great product for cookies, granola, and many desserts. Today I am talking about the benefits of steel cut oatmeal and regular rolled oats. Instant oatmeal packages are not as healthy because they do not have as much fiber, and typically are full of sugar and sodium. I would read the contents of the packages of instant oatmeal before you buy them.

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