Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - August Week 2

This month, our second Preparedness Challenge is to gather canned or dried vegetables and popcorn. This could include short-term shelf life vegetables or long-term dehydrated vegetables.

1. Gather Short-Term Shelf Life Vegetables
You may can your own or purchase them. Try to store a variety. A few ideas are corn, green beans, chilis, potatoes, mushrooms and carrots. You may also dehydrate vegetables and herbs. Next month we'll focus on gathering fruits, but of course if you have some ready for canning, go for it. Pin several new recipes that use shelf-stable vegetables and make something.

Popcorn kernels
  • Can be ground into cornmeal with your wheat grinder.
  • Can be air popped or popped over an outdoor fire.
  • Buy at your grocery or warehouse store and store it in jars or plastic containers. If no oils or butter were added to it, it should be fine to store for 2 years or many more.
Heads up. Several stores in Utah will have discounted canned vegetables at their case lot sales this September.

2. Gather Long-Term Shelf Life Vegetables

Dehydrated Carrot Dices
  • 10-year shelf life.
  • Excellent source of vitamin A.
  • Add to soups, stews and slow cooking roast.
  • They rehydrate best in double the amount of liquid overnight in the refrigerator
  • TIP: transfer some of the carrots into a pint-sized jar for kitchen use.
  • LDS Home Storage Center8.1 lb. can, $8.50. Hands down, the best price on the market since the LDS Church does not pay marketing fees.
Potato Flakes
  • 30-year shelf life.
  • Good source of vitamins.
  • Once opened, use within 1-2 years.
  • TIP: Write the date you opened the can on it.
  • Make mashed potatoes. Thicken gravies, sauces, and soups. A crispy coating for fried meats and vegetables. Make lighter, fluffier bread and other baked goods. For meatballs, replace your breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs with potato flakes.
  • LDS Home Storage Center1.8 lb. can, $5.00.
Good luck gathering vegetables this week.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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