The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (WEDNESDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

A natural disaster occurred quite some time ago. You have been without power for a very long time. You’ve eaten all the easy-to-make meals, canned foods and all that. Today your task is to make bread, from scratch, without power. Once you are done making your bread you are officially done the challenge, and we encourage you to compile all your report cards from the week and put them on the master list of things to do and to buy.
Today’s Goal: To practice making bread (the hard way) and a game plan.


Today’s Tasks:

  • Make bread- from start to finish with no power
  • Compile all your report cards from the week into a master list of things to do, learn, and buy (use our master plan outline to help guide you)

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.

Advanced Tasks:

  • You have to HAND GRIND WHEAT for the bread, no all-purpose flour
  • Do a full inventory of your current food storage and make a list of things that are missing


Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.

  • Hand2heart4u

    1st, I didn’t receive DAY 7′s challenge in my email box :( so I had to go searching today(TH). 2nd, we are very new to emergency preparedness so unfortunately, we don’t have any wheat to grind or a grinder…yet. Guess that goes at the top of ”the list”. I do however have plenty of flour so I planned to try the applebox oven. Well, it turns out I couldn’t make the oven because I only had 2″ of tinfoil left. That will also go on “the list”!!! Don’t think I passed today’s challenge but really do want to try and make the bread w/o power so I am planning on doing this challenge with the kids over the weekend.

  • Bri

    WOW We are STILL Grinding  Wheat!! We bought the Wondermill Jr. hand grinder several years ago…it just came out of the box yesterday (thanks to you) and we JUST started grinding the wheat and beans up for the Ezekiel Bread…oh boy….Thank goodness the internet is still running bc we were grinding the wrong direction for a while :P (needed to watch a few videos of the simplest thing..ever remembering the FSME video with the ELECTRIC one…fabulous!))…only AFTER a half an hour of trying to attatch it to all the counters and tables in the house (ALL the lips were toooo narrow!!UGH!) Finally settled on the cutting board which is loose and slides around…we tried to shim it with coloring books…too thick…then cardstock…that was ok untill the pages fell out! The kids dressed up in bonnets (teehehee! Sooo cute! I LOVE their enthusiasm!) and so finally I had to go out to get hamburgers for energy….while gone they teamed up..one held the cutting board…one grinded…Avery developed an entire grinding “stance” that she felt was most efficient and the best work out….you Push, Squat and TURN! Turn WELL longer than it takes for the cows to come home…but in return sometime in a couple of hours or so we will have enough flour!! We are too tired and actually have muscle failure and life to attend to…so when the sun rises we will return to the nutty smelling kitchen and complete the recipie! And hopefully have bread by the evening!   We have had a GREAT time trying to learn on a very very steep learning curve…and realize how very valuable these activities are and have been! THINKING about doing these things and actually DOING them are very different!! We love the grinder but now I do fantasize about that amazing electric one!! OR the drill bit attatchment to this one!! What a GREAT appreciation the kids and I have for flour! Oh WOW!

  • Nancy-kitchen

    Well, it wasn’t that hard to make the bread dough fro scratch. THe hardest part is grinding the flour without electricity, as I like my whole wheat flour ground fresh. But I thought that baking it on the Bar B Q was expensive (charcole) for 35 minutes, so decided to make scones next time. sometimes if I let the dough rise for a while when I make the scones they open up when I slice them and then I can put tuna salad filling inside for a sandwich. And I mix reconstituted plain TVP so the tuna goes further.
    Thanks for all the help.
    Nancy K

  • http://www.kingsessentials.com Jackie

    Thank you for a week of learning!
    Saw the bean bread recipe…..never heard of it …..I will give it a try!

    • OutdoorsMom

      I posted the pizza bread recipe below where you asked about it, hope you like the bean bread :)

    • OutdoorsMom

      I posted the pizza bread recipe below where you asked about it, hope you like the bean bread :)

  • Debbie S

    Living in Florida lately has been a good example of what can and sometimes does happen. We had lost power for several hours due to some strong winds and rain in the middle of the challenge week, we survived and had no problems with anything.
    I have been storeing food for so long and I really have played out different senerios.

    One thing I did not think about was on Monday my cat litter box finally broke or split so I did have to go to the store to purchase one and also extra litter (this was something I hadn’t taken into account)  so even being prepared for anything I still have to prepare for that extra something…I had plenty of pet food but no litter and of coarse the box was a big problem.

    Thank you for the challenge I really did enjoy and had a lot of fun doing and preparing for the make believe challenges  It keeps us humble and on our toes. Debbie    

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Manning/1271892136 Jay Manning

    made bread like grandma did. made a well of flour then added the yeast and the other stuff and mixed ti by hand. it was some work out but very cool when the bread was cooked and covered with home made butter and freezer jam. yummy.

  • Rhonnie

    This was pretty cool.  I didn’t do a lot of it, but we had great family discussions, and got a lot accomplished.  I like that you added some of those things that people don’t normally think about – like what to do with allergies, and other extenuating circumstances.  
    Cool.  I’m looking forward to the next one.
    Thank you.  And God bless.
    ~Rhonnie

  • EncyWncySpidey

    This was fun. I’m afraid I cheated a lot because I was not as well prepared as I thought. I will do better!!  Especially liked the suggestion of using a pump sprayer for showering and I wonder if I can make the kids use that to save on hot water … LOL

  • Grandma S

    Baking bread from scrratch is the only way I know to bake bread. have done it for 50 years now and don’t see any good reason to change. lol   I don’t grind my wheat by hand now unless I have to but sure can if thats what the challenge says to do. We just got our 50# propane tank and got it filled so I now have a propane oven in my camp trailer to bake the bread in. I want to thank you for putting that challenge in this time.  It is something I have been pushing in my ward because most of our young sisters only bake bread with a machine and that won’t work when they need it most.

    I liked your challenges this time and a great big Thank You for all your hard work and encouragement.  We just love you gals.

  • Jendhammond

    Do gas ovens work when the electricity is off?

  • Jendhammond

    Do gas ovens work when the electricity is off?

    • Rhonnie

      The one I had before did.  Does it say in the owner’s manual?

    • Rhonnie

      The one I had before did.  Does it say in the owner’s manual?

    • OutdoorsMom

      They do if you can manually light them :)

  • Jendhammond

    Do gas ovens work when the electricity is off?

  • Mrndr67

    Thanks for the challenge – I am dead in the water – or shall I say – lack thereof! LOL.  I’ve learned a lot and see that I have SO far to go.  Thanks for the motivation!  Some of these comments have been so informative and some very touching.  Thanks again!

  • April

    well that sucked. not shopping for almost 3 weeks I didnt have everything I needed(no grinder here so I have to use AP)

    I think the dogs are enjoying it. at least as a toy :P

  • misti

    I have been waiting for “make bread” day because I have zucchini bread to make, but I guess I can make some flat bread too.

    I read through the past 2 years challenges and I think we got off easy this year!

  • Rhonnie

    Well, I don’t have a grinder yet (would like to make those finer flours).  But I have the coffee grinder that I use to make my flours.  If we can’t use the all-purpose flour (I make my own, depending on what I want to make), then I think I’ll go paleo on this one.  And either the cast iron skillet, or do some sort of muffin or flat bread thing for smaller batches on the grill…
    Now I’m hungry again…
    But I’m thinking of making one of those solar ovens again.  That just looks like a trip.

  • Beachy1mom

    Making bread from scratch is what I do all the time.  I usually make a honey/oat/whole wheat bread but have started making Ezekiel’s Bread now too.  Adds protein to bread.  I do not have have a hand crank grinder yet though.  It’s on my Christmas list.  I also have a propane oven on my Christmas list, so for today, I’ll be using my bbq to bake bread to see how it works as an oven.  According to the instruction booklet that came with the bbq, it can be used as an oven.  Gonna try it right now!  Had a great week, ladies.  Perhaps because I have pay attention to your website and am preparing things per your suggestions, I was ready for this challenge.  Love what you do.  Keep it up.  Really helps.

    • OutdoorsMom

      Ooh, the bbq!  I didn’t even think of that.  I should try that as well, I’ve used the bbq for pizza and pizza bread before, it should work for loaves!  Thanks for the reminder :)

  • OutdoorsMom

    So I typed a huge long reply, and it disappeared?

    No problem for us baking bread from scratch (we have a Family Grain Mill as listed in your Binder) except that we don’t have a Solar Oven (and it’s pouring down rain today).

    I guess I could make it into rolls and bake them in the camp stove oven, but a full loaf would bump the sides in there and I don’t think it would bake evenly.

    So I’ll use my electric stove oven and dream of a Volcano Grill for my camping Dutch Oven (have baked bread in there while camping, just don’t have anywhere in our yard suitable for a fire pit).

    • OutdoorsMom

      Ah, this time it went through.  I guess you can’t post links?  Even to items that are listed in the Binder?

      • OutdoorsMom

        So ok, I made Bean Bread Focaccia in the bbq instead of real bread, so that I could stay on topic.  It worked just like the pizza bread I’ve done on the bbq in the past.

        *Bean Bread Focaccia*

        1 tbsp sugar
        1 cup warm water
        1 tsp yeast
        1 cup cooked or canned white beans, drained and rinsed
        2 tbsp olive oil
        3 1/4 cups flour
        1 tsp salt

        -Stir sugar into warm water, add yeast to soften.
        -Puree beans and oil in food processor (I have a Starfrit hand-crank one, this took some time!)
        -Add bean mixture, salt, and flour to yeast mixture, mixing the last cupful by hand.
        -Knead until smooth, elastic, and stiff.
        -Let rise covered, in oiled bowl placed in warm spot for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
        -Punch down, cut into 4 pieces, and form flat rounds.
        -Let rise covered on baking pan for 30 minutes, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
        -Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until lightly golden and bottoms sound hollow when tapped.

        • http://www.kingsessentials.com Jackie

          I would like the recipe for the pizza bread!

          • OutdoorsMom

            *Pizza Bread*

            1 1/2 cups warm water
            1 tbsp yeast
            1 tsp sugar
            1 tsp salt
            3 cups whole wheat flour
            (or I’m sure it would be fine with 50/50 with white if you prefer)
            olive oil
            salt
            1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
            1 small tin pizza sauce (4 oz) divided

            -Soften yeast in warm water for 5 minutes
            -Add sugar, salt, and 2 tbsp oil and mix in the flour, mixing in the last cup by hand
            -Knead dough till smooth, elastic, and stiff
            -Oil your rising bowl really well with olive oil, place dough in bowl, turning over to oil well
            -Cover your dough (I use a plate to keep my kitchen towels clean from the oil) and let rise for 45 minutes or until double in bulk
            -Oil two pizza pans/stones or cookie sheets, sprinkle pan with cornmeal if desired
            -Punch dough down, cut in half, and make each half into a ball
            -Use your hands to press dough flat and outward on pan to make 10″ circle
            -Sprinkle salt over dough
            -Sprinkle Parmesan over dough and dot with pizza sauce
            -Bake at 450F until golden, cut in wedges and enjoy

            (marinara sauce makes a great dipping sauce for wedges)

      • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

        We just have it set to let us manually approve comments with links. You wouldn’t believe the amount of spam links we get on our site. It protects our readers from accidentally clicking on virus links or inappropriate links. It’s nothing personal. Just a safety measure we have built in.

        • OutdoorsMom

          Thanks for the explanation :)

    • OutdoorsMom

      Oh, and a big THANK YOU to Jodi and Julie for this site and all their work in ensuring that their readers have all the tools necessary to be prepared for the unknown. :)

  • Paul

    Making bread from scratch is something we do all the time so that part is easy. We do grind all our own wheat by hand on our country living grain mill. Part we can’t do though is bake without electricity. A solar oven has been on the make/buy list for quite some time. We tried to make one  out of a box and some foil but there is always some kind of breeze up here on the mountain and it just doesn’t work. The high altitude has it’s own challenge all by itself for cooking and we havn’t found a recipe yet that works up here well. The bread is dense enough to make hardtack jealous and usually gets turned into croutans.