Christmas/New Years Recap

We got so busy with the Fun With Food Storage launch and recovering from the holidays we forgot to tell you what we got for Christmas, and of course our New Years Resolutions.

Remember our All We Want for Christmas Post? Our families must have been spying on our blog because we received several items from the list!

Julie STRUCK GOLD this year! She got a WONDERMILL GRAIN MILL! Her mom got her and 2 of her sisters the best present ever. Needless to say she’s been going to town (remember her all about wheat post). She loves it so much, we became Authorized Dealers for WonderMill to help people buy them at the Minimum Advertised Price allowed (click here for details). By the way, aren’t Julie’s sisters cute?

Jodi received a few books that will definitely help her with her food storage goals this year, Cookin’ with Dried Eggs and the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. She also got some food from The Ready Project which she’s excited to try out!

So now for our “NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS”:

  • I want to save up enough money to buy a wheat grinder so I don’t have to borrow Julie’s any more
  • I want to plan my summer garden specifically with canning in mind
  • I want to create a recipe binder full of meals that use my long term food storage items and cook from it frequently

  • I want to cook more with dry beans and quit being so afraid of the soaking concept
  • I want to plan dinners ahead of time to use more of my long term foods
  • I want to find a way to help people who hate excel do an effective 3 month food supply plan even though the current excel file ROCKS! But I know, I know you don’t all love excel


  • This is my first time on this site and I love it already and will definitely share it with the ladies in our stake. thank you! I wanted to let you know another way to use the dry beans is that I can them. I wash the beans and sort them. The bad ones usually float, and take those out. Then I take one cup of beans and put it in a quart jar. Fill to the top with water and then add one teaspoon of salt. then put the lid on and process it with a pressure cooker for 90 minutes. It is so good because you then have 7 quarts of beans already cooked and ready to make into chili or add to a soup.

  • Diane

    This is my first time on this site and I love it already and will definitely share it with the ladies in our stake. thank you! I wanted to let you know another way to use the dry beans is that I can them. I wash the beans and sort them. The bad ones usually float, and take those out. Then I take one cup of beans and put it in a quart jar. Fill to the top with water and then add one teaspoon of salt. then put the lid on and process it with a pressure cooker for 90 minutes. It is so good because you then have 7 quarts of beans already cooked and ready to make into chili or add to a soup.

  • Shawna

    Seconding Prepper’s comments! Thanks for reminding me of this great budget element I should be using more. I’ve found that one of the best ways to QUICK COOK with beans is to cook a JUMBO batch of beans, drain them and divide them into quart zip-loc bags. Pop them in the freezer and use as needed. If you’re like me and forget when you did it, you’ll want to make sure there is a date written on the front (and maybe the TYPE of bean it is). It’s faster even than opening a CAN…and CHEAPER too! I find that when I have them in the freezer, I use them WAY more.

  • Shawna

    Seconding Prepper’s comments! Thanks for reminding me of this great budget element I should be using more. I’ve found that one of the best ways to QUICK COOK with beans is to cook a JUMBO batch of beans, drain them and divide them into quart zip-loc bags. Pop them in the freezer and use as needed. If you’re like me and forget when you did it, you’ll want to make sure there is a date written on the front (and maybe the TYPE of bean it is). It’s faster even than opening a CAN…and CHEAPER too! I find that when I have them in the freezer, I use them WAY more.

  • Vicki

    I can meats all the time, it is very easy and a great convenience food (no defrosting!). For instructions get a Ball Blue Book, they are around $6 where they sell canning supplies, or look at http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can5_meat.html
    or any extension office website, they all have safe, tested directions and recipes.

  • Vicki

    I can meats all the time, it is very easy and a great convenience food (no defrosting!). For instructions get a Ball Blue Book, they are around $6 where they sell canning supplies, or look at http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can5_meat.html
    or any extension office website, they all have safe, tested directions and recipes.

  • Christie

    Jean,
    I canned meat for the first time this year. I did chicken tenders, sloppy joe sauce, chili and sweet & sour with meatballs. The last three were mainly for my college son. The chicken is so easy and wonderful to have. I can open a jar and have dinner ready so quickly. I also canned beans (pinto, white and black) this year – also easy, way less expensive and really handy to have.
    I just look up information on canning on the internet. I am careful to only use canning info from extension agencies. You can always call your local extension agency to ask advice and get information.

  • Christie

    Jean,
    I canned meat for the first time this year. I did chicken tenders, sloppy joe sauce, chili and sweet & sour with meatballs. The last three were mainly for my college son. The chicken is so easy and wonderful to have. I can open a jar and have dinner ready so quickly. I also canned beans (pinto, white and black) this year – also easy, way less expensive and really handy to have.
    I just look up information on canning on the internet. I am careful to only use canning info from extension agencies. You can always call your local extension agency to ask advice and get information.

  • Jean, I cannot help with canning meats (although that is on my list of things to do/learn this year). But if you have your pressure canner and want to start on some “meat” recipes, start with a homemade stock/broth.
    I have posted a number of times on this at my blogsite:
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/wannabehomesteading/76930/
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/wannabehomesteading/110866/

    you can save chicken carcasses from Roast chicken dinners, or the rotisserie chickens in the freezer. When you have about 6 lbs of bones, make a nice hearty stock with the bones, some seasonings, and a few veggies, then can it. You will NEVER buy chicken broth again.

  • Jean, I cannot help with canning meats (although that is on my list of things to do/learn this year). But if you have your pressure canner and want to start on some “meat” recipes, start with a homemade stock/broth.
    I have posted a number of times on this at my blogsite:
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/wannabehomesteading/76930/
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/wannabehomesteading/110866/

    you can save chicken carcasses from Roast chicken dinners, or the rotisserie chickens in the freezer. When you have about 6 lbs of bones, make a nice hearty stock with the bones, some seasonings, and a few veggies, then can it. You will NEVER buy chicken broth again.

  • Jean

    I bought a large pressure canner- anyone have recipes for canning meats???

  • Jean

    I bought a large pressure canner- anyone have recipes for canning meats???

  • Jodi

    Julie, You’ve been holding out on me!!! Time for me to come play at your house πŸ˜‰

  • Jodi

    Julie, You’ve been holding out on me!!! Time for me to come play at your house πŸ˜‰

  • jweiss08

    OK OK CONFESSION TIME! I have a pressure cooker. My mom got it for me a couple years ago and it’s still in the box. She would love this I told you so moment right now. I’m gonna try it, the pressure cooker is coming out of the box.

  • jweiss08

    OK OK CONFESSION TIME! I have a pressure cooker. My mom got it for me a couple years ago and it’s still in the box. She would love this I told you so moment right now. I’m gonna try it, the pressure cooker is coming out of the box.

  • Kati

    Just wanted to second the comment about the pressure cooker! You REALLY CAN have a big pot of beans in 45 minutes. A PRESSURE COOKER really expanded the use of my food storage items.

  • Kati

    Just wanted to second the comment about the pressure cooker! You REALLY CAN have a big pot of beans in 45 minutes. A PRESSURE COOKER really expanded the use of my food storage items.

  • YAY! I LOVE Those kind of gifts! I just picked up a Kitchen Tech mill a few months ago and I LOVE it! My 40th b-day is in just a few weeks (eeek!) Wanna know what I asked for? A Pressure Canner! How fun is that? I never in a million years thought I’d want something like that – hehe

  • YAY! I LOVE Those kind of gifts! I just picked up a Kitchen Tech mill a few months ago and I LOVE it! My 40th b-day is in just a few weeks (eeek!) Wanna know what I asked for? A Pressure Canner! How fun is that? I never in a million years thought I’d want something like that – hehe

  • I too cook my beans in the crockpot. It’s easy and you don’t have to think about it. Most of the times I’ll cook more than I’ll need and freeze the extras. Makes throwing a meal together so much easier and I don’t resort to opening an expensive can.

  • I too cook my beans in the crockpot. It’s easy and you don’t have to think about it. Most of the times I’ll cook more than I’ll need and freeze the extras. Makes throwing a meal together so much easier and I don’t resort to opening an expensive can.

  • Genius to cook more with dry beans. That’s a big wish of mine too.
    Just scared I suppose. One time I did black eyed peas and it did NOT smell good.
    At all.
    Maybe it’s just them….

  • Genius to cook more with dry beans. That’s a big wish of mine too.
    Just scared I suppose. One time I did black eyed peas and it did NOT smell good.
    At all.
    Maybe it’s just them….

  • LindaW

    BTW You don’t have to soak beans if you have a pressure cooker. πŸ™‚ They cook in like 20 min or less.

  • LindaW

    BTW You don’t have to soak beans if you have a pressure cooker. πŸ™‚ They cook in like 20 min or less.

  • I am SO jealous!! I am asking for a wheat grinder for my birthday this year. Let us know how you like the wonder mill.

    Great goals!

  • I am SO jealous!! I am asking for a wheat grinder for my birthday this year. Let us know how you like the wonder mill.

    Great goals!

  • Grandma Lori

    I read somewhere that if you add 1 Tlb. of vinegar to the water you soak/cook the beans in, the gas effect is lessened. I know the vinegar taste cooks away. Someone should test this out and see if they toot a little less.

  • Grandma Lori

    I read somewhere that if you add 1 Tlb. of vinegar to the water you soak/cook the beans in, the gas effect is lessened. I know the vinegar taste cooks away. Someone should test this out and see if they toot a little less.

  • JODI- I love your goal to have the binder of food storage recipes. I want that too. I hope Crystal can help us with that.
    JULIE- Your spreadsheets are great. I don’t know how to use Excel.. but I’ll learn.

  • JODI- I love your goal to have the binder of food storage recipes. I want that too. I hope Crystal can help us with that.
    JULIE- Your spreadsheets are great. I don’t know how to use Excel.. but I’ll learn.

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  • I love this post! Especially that you guys are going to be cooking with it more! I know this great blog you should check where she cooks with food storage everyday…JK! (well not really the blog is really great, if I do say so myself πŸ™‚ Anyway…super jealous of the wondermill and the gardening. Jodi you’ll have to come help me with mine this year.

    Crystal

  • I love this post! Especially that you guys are going to be cooking with it more! I know this great blog you should check where she cooks with food storage everyday…JK! (well not really the blog is really great, if I do say so myself πŸ™‚ Anyway…super jealous of the wondermill and the gardening. Jodi you’ll have to come help me with mine this year.

    Crystal

  • pam

    About your grinders, do you think the wondermill is one of the best grinders? I have not bought one yet (borrow) and when I do buy one I want to get one that last and can up hold to a lot.

  • pam

    About your grinders, do you think the wondermill is one of the best grinders? I have not bought one yet (borrow) and when I do buy one I want to get one that last and can up hold to a lot.

  • i just wanted to comment on julie’s resolution to cook more with dried beans. i don’t soak my beans i just rinse them and then cook them in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. they are perfect everytime! try it, they’re great. we live at a very high altitude and no matter how long i would soak/cook my beans i could never get them done….that is until my friend told me to just cook them in the crockpot. it’s been wonderful ever since and we have beans every tuesday.

  • i just wanted to comment on julie’s resolution to cook more with dried beans. i don’t soak my beans i just rinse them and then cook them in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. they are perfect everytime! try it, they’re great. we live at a very high altitude and no matter how long i would soak/cook my beans i could never get them done….that is until my friend told me to just cook them in the crockpot. it’s been wonderful ever since and we have beans every tuesday.

  • Shelly

    I LOVE Julie’s third resolution! Too funny!

  • Shelly

    I LOVE Julie’s third resolution! Too funny!