I love cute printables! This adorable meal planning sheet is vintage chic…and FREE!
Hop over to Crystal & Co. (crystalandcomp.com) and print one…or seven. Planning meals is the best way to incorporate food storage ingredients into your day-to-day menus. When you cook with pantry staples, and food storage basics, you learn a lot of versatility in the kitchen. Your family will enjoy the flavor of whole grains, and things like “freeze-dried meat” will no longer seem like foreign food.
I had the good fortune of picking up 8 lb. flats of strawberries for just $5.00 each (I know! Can you believe it?!), so I tried a new product for easy freezer jam. It was SO EASY, you’d almost have to call it “Freezer Jam for Dummies.” I’m not opposed to dumbing down kitchen tasks if the results don’t disappoint! Cornaby’s Jam in a Jiffy is well-named, and delivers great results! Simply mash and measure your choice of fruit, and combine with one bag of Jam in a Jiffy. Stir. Then pour into jars. I told you it was easy! Freezer jam is a snap with a box of MCP too, but I may never go back to measuring sugar for freezer jam again. I love the speed of this product, so I had to post about it.
Here are a few more details on Cornaby’s Jam in a Jiffy:
Just add dry mix to 2 lbs. of crushed fruit and stir.
Let sit for 1 minute, stir again, and it’s ready to freeze.
Jam in a Jiffy is a low-sugar mix and works well with any variety of fresh or frozen soft fruit.
18 oz. bag Yield: approx. 6 cups of jam.
You may also be interested in Cornaby’s Ultra Gel, which instantly thickens hot or cold liquids, and remains stable when refrigerated, frozen or canned. I love this product compared to “clear jel” because recipes, conversions, and usage instructions are right on the bags (see below).
Guest post from Jacob of survivalbased.com…
Disasters happen, but the most important thing you can do is prepare a supply of food storage, to be used in case of an emergency situation. When looking for food to store away, you want to choose items that are easy to prepare, to store, don’t require a lot of water, and last being in storage until use. Many ready to eat meal solutions can be found in packages, cans, buckets or boxes.
Next time you are at your local grocery store, peruse the aisles for food that you can purchase for your family in case of emergency. Consider placing your food in boxes or containers marked for emergency use only. Make sure the food is easy to find by family members in the storage area, designated for a disaster in your home.
Canned goods, such as ready to eat soups, vegetables and fruits in water, are great choices. People need water to survive, and in the event that there is little to no safe drinking water available, you can intake the water that is within the stored canned food. Canned meats like tuna and spam, as well as freeze dried foods like jerky provide essential energy in a tiny area.
Select food such as trail mix, energy bars, and dried fruits and nuts. This type of food choice is convenient because it preserves well, provides a good amount of energy, and has health benefits. You can purchase freeze dried ready to eat meals in cans or pouches. They tend to be more expensive but are easy to store and are easy to prepare.
Spices and grains are another thing to have on hand, such as wheat, sugar, salt, and pepper for their addition of flavor and preserving qualities for foods. Choose storage containers for your food in glass or plastic. Make sure the storage containers are air tight, so that moisture and bacteria don’t get in. Self-sealing Mylar bags make great containers for small amounts of any of these items. Make sure your supplies are placed in storage areas that are not easily accessed by pets, or small children. Consider hidden storage in a backpack or bags, in case you need to grab your supplies quickly.
Choose storage for your food that is inexpensive, and easy to pack or carry. Ideal storage will contain daily amounts of needed food per person in your household for at least a few days or months with economic hardship. Storage that is cool and dry is best. Consider utilizing a closet, basement and attic space, or even under your bed.
Food is a necessity for individuals to live. Food brings people together and provides comfort. Storing your food provisions for your family in case of a disaster situation is critical. We live in an age where there are threats of war, disease, famine, and other natural and man-made problems in our world. Preparedness is not about fear, it is about being ready to face oncoming challenges seen and unseen. Protection for your family is about survival, and having stores on hand is one less thing to worry about when looking for stability in an unstable situation. Choose food that lasts long, offers as many health benefits as possible, and fits into your allocated budget.
Whole wheat is considered by many, myself included, to be an ideal emergency food storage item because of its nutritional content and long shelf life (30+ years). But eating nothing but whole wheat for a whole year doesn’t sound appealing or healthy, for that matter. You need some variety – something to spice up the mundane.
Luckily, it’s actually quite easy to turn ordinary wheat into a feast. Just add a few additional ingredients that are easy to find and store. Here are a few examples:
• Baking powder (usually lasts for many years, but its effectiveness declines over time, so be sure to switch it out every two years or so)
• Powdered milk (as long as it is stored in a cool, dry environment, it can be stored for many years)
• Molasses (depending on how well it’s sealed in a container, it should be good for at least two years)
• Honey (can be stored indefinitely if it has some water and sugar in it, but pure honey crystalizes and loses some flavor over time)
• Peanut butter powder (can last up to five years and provides a great spread for wheat bread)
• Dried fruit (most fruits start to go bad after five years, so keep an eye on them)
• Salt and sugar (common items like these are easy to take for granted, but it’s important to have them on hand. They can last 30+ years)
With various combinations of these ingredients, you can make muffins, biscuits, cereal, bread (of course), pancakes and waffles (provided you have access to fresh eggs), and many other healthy foods.
When it comes to food storage, a little creativity goes a long way. Take a look at your regular diet and personal tastes, and find the ingredients that will best suit your needs. There are plenty of food options with long shelf lives. You don’t have to face the prospect of boring meals when you have access to the right ingredients.
–Guest post from Derek Smith of Acorn Supplies