Friday, July 30, 2010

Time To Take a Food Storage Inventory

It's time to take a home food storage inventory. This time of year is a great time to prepare for the September Caselot Sales that happen at stores in Utah. I decided to put my inventory on Excel worksheets so I can keep information like what store to buy items at and what season to buy them. However, I am printing them on small pages to put in my Food Storage Organizer to carry with me when I shop.

I'm moving a bit slower this month because I had a Baker's Cyst rupture behind my knee around the 4th of July. I've gone from crutches, to one crutch, to no crutches, but still feel like my leg is walking through mud. The recovery is so slooooow. Age I guess. Family members have to do the grocery shopping for me. Yikes! The free Click-n-Pull service Sam's Club offers has saved the day. I order online, they pull the items off the shelves, and hubby can pick them up. Love that!

Friday, July 23, 2010

7-Day Disaster Menus

Creating your own emergency menus for disasters will help you prepare for power outages, earthquakes, floods, etc. Keeping easy to prepare foods on hand is the key. Remember to also have ready made foods for infants. Include some of the items below in your emergency food storage.

7-Day Disaster Menus.pdf

These simple menus do not require electricity. Most foods can be eaten cold, or heated on an outdoor camp stove or butane burner. Many of these items can easily be replenished as they are foods you regularly purchase. Start with a 7-day supply and then increase to 30-days if possible.

1. Pancakes from mix, Pancake syrup, Canned peaches, Tang
2. Oatmeal w/pwd milk, Brown sugar, Raisins, Hot cocoa
3. Breakfast cereal, 2T powdered milk, Bread w/PB, Tang
4. 2 Breakfast bars, Canned pears, Boxed drink
5. Bagel, Jelly, Raisins, Apple juice
6. Oatmeal w/pwd milk, Brown sugar, Raisins, Hot cocoa
7. Breakfast cereal, 2T powdered milk, Bread w/PB, Tang

1. Cup o’noodle, Fruit snack, Beef jerky, V8 juice
2. Vegetable soup, Saltine crackers, Nuts, Pwd. Milk
3. Stew, canned, Ritz crackers, Pudding cup, Hot cocoa
4. Tomato soup, Saltine crackers, Fruit cocktail, Tang
5. Clam Chowder, can, Ritz crackers, M & M's, Boxed drink
6. Chicken Noodle, Saltine crackers, Almonds, Pwd. Milk
7. Ravioli's/Spaghettios, Banana chips, Fruit cup, Apple juice

1. Canned chili w/beans, Saltine crackers, Sunflower seeds, V8 juice
2. PB & J sandwich, Mandarin oranges, Cookies, Apple juice
3. Spaghetti w/jar sauce, Corn, canned, Dried apricots, Boxed drink
4. Chicken salad sand., Graham crackers, Applesauce cup, Hot cocoa
5. Macaroni & cheese, Carrots, canned, Fruit cocktail, Pwd. Milk
6. Tuna sandwich, Baked beans , Pretzels, Tang
7. PB & J sandwich, Mandarin oranges, Trail mix, Apple juice

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Preparedness Principles" Book Review

A must-have preparedness book is "Preparedness Principles," by Barbara Salsbury. There is so much one can glean from this book, and it would be a great addition to your preparedness library. It covers ideas on food storage, emergency preparedness, and disaster preparedness. Barbara has been through it all, and has been teaching and writing about it for years. With food storage she helps you figure out how and where to store it. I love the chapter "The Pantry System: Finding a Place for Everything."

She emphasizes the uniqueness of each family and that there is not one way of doing food storage. I enjoyed her excellent chapter on vegetable gardening. It helped me understand which vegetables are fast and slow growers, and how to interplant several vegetables. She teaches you how to start from seed and be successful.

Another chapter is called "Staying Warm Without a Furnace." After all of the storms and power outages we've seen across the nation, this chapter is very enlightening. Here she will teach you the difference between blankets, comforters, and quilts and which ones are effective in keeping you warm. She also shares how to move everyone into a small room in the house if need be(including pets) to keep warm. Emergency kits (72-hour) are also covered, but she tells you the pros and cons of what to store them in. Love that! I highly recommend this book.

See Barbara Salsbury's website at Book is $16.99 there.

(This is a repost. If you are looking for one emergency preparedness book, get this one.)

"Your Guide to Emergency Home Storage" Book Review

Alan Briscoe has done a lot of research. He shares various plans for food storage which is helpful since there is not one plan that will work for all people. I was able to look at all of the plans, and create a unique one that works for my family. His lists helped me think of items that I had not considered before. I love how he encourages the gathering of small cannned goods and boxed packaged food items, as well as medical supplies. There is also a great building plan for can rotation food storage shelves on pg. 49. This book is a little bit older than others and has less than 100 pages. But it is still a great book to have as a resource if you are serious about studying food storage.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Red or White Hard Wheat? Which should I put in my food storage?

Letter from reader: "My wife and I recently went to our local LDS Bishop's storehouse and bought/canned hard red and hard white wheat. I want to learn to cook with wheat, and have several LDS related books on "Cooking with Food Storage." The recipes for breads, muffins and cakes say to use "ground wheat", but it does not tell which kind (hard red or white). So my "question" is this. What type of these (two) wheats do you use for the different breads, muffins, cookie recipes when it only says in the recipe "ground wheat?" When you make "wheat bread" is it from Hard red or Hard white? What is the difference?" Bill, New York

Dear Bill:

Though I am not an expert on wheat, Chef Brad is. I've attended one of his cooking demonstration classes at BYU Education Week in Provo, Utah a few years ago, and he is wonderful! He lives in Arizona. He will be doing cooking classes again this year and they fill up quickly. However, if you can't attend a class, then check out his website below.

Chef Brad says "There are four major types of wheat available today: hard red, hard white, soft, and durum.

Hard red wheat is high in protein (10 to 14 percent) and can be sprouted. Although it is great for breadmaking, it is heavy and, as an acid-based grain, causes many people digestion problems.

Hard white wheat is also high in protein. A cross between hard red wheat and soft white wheat, it reatins the good qualities of both. Since it is an alkaline based grain hard white wheat is easier for most people to digest. It makes a very light loaf of bread.

Soft wheat is low in protein and low in gluten (6 to 10 percent). Soft wheat is used in makeing biscuits, cakes, pastries, cookies, and pancakes.

Durum wheat, the hardest wheat, is high in gluten and protein. Its hard starch granules hold pasta together in boiling water. Durum wheat is used for pastas and noodles.

Cracked wheat is whole wheat berries that have been cracked into small pieces between steel rollers, which reduces cooking time. Cracked wheat contains all the nutrients of the whole grain."

Personally I have hard red and white wheat in storage, though I have many friends who prefer hard white wheat for bread. I already had hard red wheat in storage before hard white wheat became popular. I use both for pancakes, waffles and bread and have had no digestion problems. Best wishes!

Check out for grain education, recipes, and cookbooks to purchase.

Chef Brad - Various types of wheat

Chef Brad - Grain Usage Chart

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Suggested Food Storage Items to Buy July 2010

This July I am putting my food storage money aside for purchases this fall. However, if you are looking for ideas of items to purchase, take a look at the list below. Think summer as there are a host of items that go on sale now.

Shelf Stable foods
Bottled water
Gatorade powder
Soda crackers
Canned beef
Canned chicken
Canned ham
Canned corned beef

Shaving cream

Paper & Cleaning
Paper cups
Paper plates
Paper bowls

Freezer Foods
Berry freezer jam
Hamburgers/hot dogs

Medical & First Aid
First Aid Manual
consecrated oil (LDS)
antiseptic spray

Family Emergency Supplies part 1
2 hand towels
plastic safety goggles
heavy rope
bungee cords
pry bar
folding shovel
whet stone
emergency candle
toilet seat for bucket

Equipment & Fuel
Charcoal & lighter fluid
Dutch oven