Book Review: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival

Blogging can be a little bit of a lonely world, even though we have tons of food storage friends online. It’s always nice to meet one of our readers or a fellow blogger face to face. We have connected with Angela from Food Storage and Survival and have enjoyed it every time. So when we were given the chance to review her new book Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival of course we jumped on it! She has very similar ideas about food storage as us and we knew it would be a great read.

The Basics

In Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival Angela does a great job at taking hard topics and making them feel approachable. Food storage and preparedness are such in depth concepts that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you get started and have no idea where to even begin. The first four chapters of the book are perfect for anyone who is brand new at food storage. She covers 72 hour kits, short-term food storage, long-term food storage, and water storage. She goes into a lot of depth while not getting so technical and detailed that you get lost. For people who already have a decent food storage established, you will still find useful tidbits in every chapter. A few of the pop out-sections I loved were:

  • Recipe for Homemade Survival Bars
  • Cooking on a Dakota Fire Hole
  • Sample Menu Lists
  • Shelf Life Chart (check out Angela’s Printable Chart for a sneak preview of this)

Preserving and Packaging

The next three chapters focus on how to preserve foods, how to dry pack items you’ve bought, and tips for actually buying the food you will be preserving or packaging up for long term storage. Again, Angela makes these topics feel doable for a beginner, and yet still has good tips for a veteran. For in-depth tutorials with visuals it’s usually easier to watch in a video format (we recommend this canning DVD for beginners). But once you’ve got the hang of it, this book provides a vast amount of helpful references and charts that I’m sure I will refer back to frequently. Some of my favorite parts of this section are:

  • Reviews on newer products such as JARbox totes and Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
  • Preparation instructions for canning specific fruits and vegetables
  • Chart with dehydration times for a variety of foods
  • List of seasonal and event sales to know when to buy certain foods at the lowest prices

Advanced Topics

After covering the basics, Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival goes into some sections that you don’t always see in traditional “food storage” books. She has a chapter on maintaining balance and variety in your diet which includes fun topics like preserving meats, making your own yogurt, and storing sweets. Angela basically takes a look at each of the basic “categories” of food storage and gives lots of ideas for how to mix things up or add to them to help you avoid flavor fatigue in an emergency.

The next section is on sustainable food storage. I love how it is introduced in the book:

Food stored in cans and buckets will eventually run out. Supplementing your stored food with sustainable food sources like gardening, livestock, or hunting will help extend the food supply you have as well as provide food for years to come. Plus it is one of the least expensive and healthiest ways to gather food for your family for everyday eating and storage.

Angela goes into a lot of detail on gardening, harvesting seeds, raising small AND large livestock, hunting and trapping (including what guns/ammo are best), and even discusses wild edibles. This chapter could be a whole book in itself and was a great read for me as I haven’t dived into most of these topics in depth yet.

Organizing and Using Your Food Storage

One of our favorite things is teaching people how to get their food storage OUT of their basements and INTO their kitchens. The last section of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival does just that. It first covers a lot of organizational tips which are critical for rotation and for feeling like you have a place for all of that food to go that is accessible to you. The last chapter is all about USING your food. I love that Angela doesn’t just list a bunch of recipes, she actually TEACHES us how to use what we have stored to make regular meals that our family already loves. I love the shelf stable substitutions chart and how she gives two real examples on how to convert a regular family recipe into a “food storage” recipe.

The very end of the book has two pages that cover powerless cooking options. My only complaint about the book is that this section wasn’t long enough! There was so much detail on the other topics and I would have loved to see this topic explored in a similar amount of depth. It was a great brief overview, but I would have been interested to see her take on the pros and cons of each tool listed (similar to how she did it for the small camp stoves in the first chapter). Maybe the book was getting too long :)

Don’t forget to check out the appendix that has tons of charts and worksheets to help you with the concepts discussed throughout the book!

Overall I would recommend the book to anyone just getting started, and I think it’s a great reference tool to have on hand for those who are more veteran in the world of preparedness. Like I said, the book is full of great advanced tips and tricks while still maintaining a feeling of being doable for a beginner. Great job Angela!

Thrive Life Christmas in July Sales

Thrive Life Christmas in July Sale

Who doesn’t like a great sale in the middle of the summer? It really does feel like Christmas! Or like getting free Slurpees on 7-11 and a free big gulp the next day. We are excited to share with you 6 HOT packages from Thrive Life that are being sold at such discounted prices they are not available on the website and can only be purchased through a consultant (that’s us!)

To make it easy for you you can order the packages using our secure online order form and we will process the order within 1-2 business days. Check out some of the best prices of the summer and enjoy a little Christmas in July with us! (Orders must be placed by July 31st at 10 pm MST)

Premium Meat Essentials Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $320.94
Special Package Price: $181.99
Just $30.33 per #10 can for each of the following meats:
- 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Chopped Chicken
- 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
- 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Roast Beef

Yogurt Variety Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $260.84
Special Package Price: $162.99
Just $27.16 per #10 can for each of the following :
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Vanilla Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Pomegranite Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Blueberry Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Passion Fruit Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Cherry Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Strawberry Yogurt

Tropical Fruit Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $170.45
Special Package Price: $126.99
Just $21.16 per #10 can for each of the following fruits:
- Freeze-Dried Banana Slices
- Freeze-Dried Mangoes
- Freeze-Dried Pineapple Chunks
- Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
- Freeze-Dried Apricots
- Freeze-Dried Pears

Fruit Variety Package

Retail Price if bought individually: $195.44
Special Package Price: $126.99
Just $21.16 per #10 can for each of the following fruits:
- Freeze-Dried Raspberries
- Freeze-Dried Blueberries
- Freeze-Dried Blackberries
- Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
- Freeze-Dried Strawberries
- Dehydrated Apple Slices

Vegetable Variety Pack
Retail Price if bought individually: $121.84
Special Package Price: $70.99
Just $11.83 per #10 can for each of the following veggies:
- Freeze-Dried Chopped Onions
- Freeze-Dried Broccoli
- Freeze-Dried Green Peas
- Freeze-Dried Corn
- Dehydrated Carrots
- Dehydrated Potato Chunks

Organic Grains Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $158.74
Special Package Price: $87.99
Just $14.66 per #10 can for each of the following grains:
- 2 #10 Cans Organic Quinoa
- 2 #10 Cans Organic Spelt
- 2 #10 Cans Organic Amaranth

We will process the order manually within 24-48 hours.

Sun Oven Cinnamon Rolls

Last month we challenged our readers to do some powerless cooking. Summer is a great time to practice your powerless cooking skills. A couple weeks ago it was seriously hot around here (it still is actually). We were out of bread in the house and I couldn’t face turning on the oven. I decided to pull out my Sun Oven and skip the heat in the house. Half way through making the bread I decided to take a loaf of the dough and make cinnamon rolls in the oven. Why not? Well they turned out great and it’s probably something I’ll be doing again. My regular oven has been kind of quirky lately and dries things out. The Sun Oven however made these rolls turn out amazing! So moist and delicious.

Sun Oven Cinnamon Rolls - Perfect treat for a hot day!

Before starting your dough get your Sun Oven out in the sun and pre-heating. It won’t matter if it keeps heating for longer than it needs because the energy you are using is free and plentiful. If you are lining your Sun Oven up correctly your oven should get to 350 degrees within 20-30 minutes.

Dough Recipe

For the dough I use my regular bread recipe. Since this recipe makes 6 loaves I usually make a couple pizzas, some bread, and this time some cinnamon rolls.

Emilie’s Whole Wheat Bread

(From Deals to Meals blog, directions are modified for Julie’s methods)

7 c. whole wheat flour (grind your own with your Wondermill)
2/3 c. vital wheat gluten (buy at Honeyville)
2 1/2 T. instant yeast (we like the SAF brand)

5 c. hot water (120-130 F)

2 T. salt
2/3 c. oil
2/3 c. honey or 1 c. sugar (we like honey the best!)
2 1/2 T. bottled lemon juice

5 c. whole wheat flour

Mix together the first three ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook (we both use and love our Bosch for this). Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let rest for 10 minutes (this is called sponging). Add salt, oil, honey or sugar, and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This makes very soft dough.

Spray counter with pam and take dough out of the bowl. Do NOT flour your counter, this will add dryness you don’t want in the bread. You basically want your dough to feel a “little” sticky. Separate dough into bread pans, and let rise until double in size. For conventional ovens bake at 350 for 22-30 mins or until browned. This depends on your oven, just watch it a little and cover with foil if it looks like it’s getting brown too fast.

Cinnamon Roll Modification

This recipe will make 6 loaves of bread. Take about 1/6 of the dough to make a medium size pan of cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Roll Filling
1 c. packed brown sugar
1-2 T. cinnamon
1/3 c. butter

Cream ingredients together and spread over rolled out dough.

ingredients rolled out

After you have the butter and sugar rolled out on dough, roll dough into a ball. A trick to getting evenly cut (not smashed rolls) is to use dental floss to cut the rolls. Take a long piece of floss and place it under the dough. Pull the floss up and cross it to make the cut.

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Place in Sun Oven and cook for 30-40 mins if the oven is at 340 degrees or above. If your oven isn’t getting that hot (due to time of day or cloudiness) let them cook a little longer. The beauty of cooking them in the Sun Oven is that they won’t burn and they stay moist!

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July “Get it Done” Challenge: Car Kit Update

I don’t know about your family but around here summertime means ROAD TRIPS. As we embarked on a week long-trip to California this summer I thought a lot about what emergency preps I had in my car. We have a basic car kit but I definitely want to make some additions/improvements. So we thought a lot of you may be in the same boat and wanted to focus on that for our challenge this month.

July Get it Done Challenge:  Car Kit Update

Having an emergency kit in your car is something that can be life-saving in extreme cases, and sanity-saving on a regular basis. If you don’t know what a Car Emergency Kit is or how to go about putting one together, make sure to read our DISASTER KIT / EVACUATION LIST PAGE for full details and LOTS of resources for beginner to advanced kits.

Car Kit Update

For our July challenge we are encouraging everyone to do the following THREE things and report back to the group about it via blog comments or on our Facebook page. This makes us all more accountable and will help to make sure we actually GET IT DONE!

1. Do an inventory: What supplies do you have in each vehicle?

  • Stop what you are doing right now, grab a pen and paper, and run out to your car(s).
  • Write down all of the emergency supplies you currently have in each of your cars.
  • Share your list on this Facebook thread, don’t be shy, we are all working on this!

2. Do a rotation: Swap out seasonal items, rotate food and water

  • Check your food and water, make sure they are fresh
  • Make sure to include summer items to help you keep cool
  • Consider including good running shoes for all family members
  • Remove winter-specific items if needed for space

3. Expand your kit: consider additional items you might want to add

  • Look at the links on our Emergency Kit page and make a list of items you’d like to add
  • Plan a time this month to shop for them or shop online (check out Thrive, Emergency Essentials, and Amazon for lots of Emergency Supplies)
  • Re-arrange your kits in appropriate containers in your vehicles
  • Take a picture of your completed kit and share it on this Facebook thread
  • Give yourself a pat on the back at “getting it done” this month!

ENTER TO WIN: Survival Kit in a Can

Colghan’s Survival Kit in a Can
Contains 38 essential items:
Fire starter
9.8′ multi-use cord
3′ wire
Four waterproof matches
101′ fish line
Soup packet
Tea bag
Sugar packet
Match book
Two antiseptic swabs
Razor blade
Three twist ties

12″ duct tape
Signal mirror
Zip-lock bag
Two bandages
Two nails
Two safety pins
Two fish hooks
Signal whistle
Chewing gum
Sewing needle
Energy candy
Note paper
Survival/first aid pamphlet

How to Enter:
Simply share in the facebook threads listed above either your current car kit inventory or a picture of your completed kit and we will pick a winner from one of the threads to win a FREE survival kit in a can!

50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT

My air conditioner was broken for a few days this summer and it was pretty miserable around our house. It got me thinking about what I would do in a long term powerless situation to keep our family cool. We posed the question on our Facebook page and got tons of great ideas from our readers. Here is a summary of the best ones!


  1. Wear light-colored clothing, dark clothes absorb heat
  2. Use a damp cloth to wet face, arms and legs
  3. Find a cool breeze to sit in (especially after getting wet)
  4. Make a paper fan and fan yourself
  5. Hang out in the basement of your home
  6. Install attic vents to release the hot air that rises
  7. Sleep on the porch between wet sheets
  8. Relax during the hottest hours, do heavy chores/cooking in the morning and evening
  9. Do your canning and cooking outdoors
  10. Take an afternoon nap
  11. Use a buckwheat pillow, it won’t hold on to your body heat
  12. Close all blinds and window coverings (don’t let the sun in)
  13. Open all the windows at night to let cool air in
  14. Lie down on the floor in the lowest level of your house
  15. Keep a window open upstairs to pull hot air up and out
  16. Wet your hair
  17. Put white sheets over furniture, it will reflect heat instead of absorb it
  18. Wrap a wet towel around your neck
  19. Plant or find shade trees
  20. Take cool baths
  21. Make sure your home is well insulated, it will keep the heat out
  22. Drink lots of fluids
  23. Use a spray bottle and spray yourself down
  24. Hang wet sheets in open windows that have a cross breeze
  25. Keep babies in a light onesie (not naked) for when you hold them
  26. Dip feet in cool water
  27. Keep your body covered (in cool clothes) to shade it from the sun
  28. Don’t wear polyester, it makes you sweat
  29. Sit still, moving around makes you hotter
  30. Make recipes using mint/peppermint to cool the body
  31. Brush mint against the skin to cool you down
  32. Wear loose-fitting skirts
  33. Use battery-powered fans (like these ones)
  34. Put wet rags over a batter powered fan to make a “swamp cooler”
  35. Give the kids squirt guns and have a water fight
  36. Buy some evaporative cooling bandanas. These look so neat!
  37. Eat cold meals
  38. Eat spicy foods, they increase perspiration which cools down the body
  39. Buy some cooling towels/cloths
  40. Wear a large-brimmed hat to shade your face
  41. Spray your house down with a water hose for a temporary cool down
  42. Keep ice packs in your freezer and then use them for relief
  43. Go around naked (if appropriate)
  44. Use silk or satin sheets and pillowcases, they feel cooler
  45. Hang up bedding in cool areas of the house or shade during the day
  46. Get a waterbed, it will absorb heat and feel cool on hot nights
  47. Build porch awnings to provide shade
  48. Have a generator to plug in electric fans
  49. Make a homemade air conditioner or swamp cooler if you have a generator

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50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT

How to Create a Mommy Emergency Car Kit (Gift Idea)

I’ve been working on re-arranging my car kits after I saw a #10 Can Car Kit on Pinterest. I thought fitting it into cans made a lot of sense and would be sturdy and a good way to use up old cans. It’s still a work in progress and I’ll post about it when I have them completed. BUT, it also gave me a great idea for a different type of emergency car kit also using an empty #10 can.

How to Create a Mommy EMERGENCY Car Kit.  Perfect baby shower gift idea for a new Mommy!

My two little sisters both got pregnant with their first babies at the same time and I wanted to do something special for them on their first Mother’s Day. After having 4 kids myself, I’ve learned a few things like “always keep a spare diaper and wipes in the car” because your mental capacity decreases over time and you start to forget your diaper bag more often than you remember it when you are herding 4 children out the door. I decided it would be great to give them a MOMMY emergency car kit that contains small sizes of things they will most likely keep in a diaper bag, but can save them in an emergency where they forget it at home.

Contents List:

Here is everything I included. You can feel free to add or subtract items to fit your needs. Some suggestions from readers are a onesie, or nursing pads and snacks for the mommy.


  • Wet wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Diapers
  • Bottle
  • Formula
  • Binkie
  • Nail clippers
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Band-aids
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby powder
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wash
  • It was cheaper for me to buy enough items to make 6 kits since I could buy 3-packs of bottles and binkies, and I could split a whole package of diapers and formula packets into 6 kits. It ended up costing about $16 for each kit including the decorating materials. Now I have 4 more gifts ready to go for future baby showers!



  • Clean out an empty #10 can
  • Stuff it full of the items from the contents list above
  • Use cute scrapbook paper to cover the outside of the can
  • Wrap a strip of ribbon around bottom and top of can
  • Tape a circle of matching scrapbook paper onto the lid
  • Print out labels with a contents list and title for the top
  • Feel free to use my printable downloads below:

    - Printables in Word Format (customizable)
    - Printables in PDF Format

    And here are my cute sisters on Mother’s Day with their new car kits :)

    How to Make a Mommy EMERGENCY Car Kit.  Perfect baby shower gift idea for a new Mommy!

    Brazilian Black Beans

    Well it’s World Cup season and over here we cheer for the American, Canadian and Brazilian teams. To be festive this week I made Brazilian Black Beans. These beans come with a story.


    About 10 years ago my husband served a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Brazil for 2 years. We had been dating before he left and when he got home we were married. He often spoke of some of his favorite foods from Brazil. Of course one of his favorite foods was the beans. For the last few years I took it as a challenge to try and re-create these famous Brazilian beans. I tweaked, and tweaked, and tweaked how I made them. Every time I made them he said they tasted good but weren’t exactly the same. Just an FYI… recreating food you have never tasted is actually quite challenging. He kept saying “They must just have different spices in Brazil”.

    Well about 5 months ago a dear friend from my husband’s mission was in town. She came over and taught me how to make Brazilian beans. Well it turns out it wasn’t spices I was missing. It was sausage and bacon. Ummmmmm DEAR HUSBAND: SPICES CAN’T TAKE THE PLACE OF SAUSAGE AND BACON. Anyways, here’s the recipe for how dear Sueli from Brazil taught me how to make my husband’s favorite mission food.


    Brazilian Beans

    2 cups of dry beans soaked
    5 cups of water (or chicken broth – see notes for how I make my chicken broth)
    A large sausage or 4 small ones of your choice
    4 pieces of bacon diced
    1/2 green pepper
    1/2 onion
    Salt and Pepper


    • Pressure cook beans in water or bouillon for 15 minutes on low. Release pressure. At this point you want them kind of soft but not all the way cooked. In case you are using old beans or didn’t soak them long enough cook again until they are soft on the outside not all the way cooked on the inside.
    • Add 4 sausages or 1 large one cut into 4 pieces into the pressure cooker. Cook on low again for 10 minutes. This will flavor your beans. The sausage I use is pictured above. It is a natural chicken sausage and it works great.
    • While sausage is cooking fry bacon, green pepper, and onion in a frying pan.
    • Once the beans are done their second cook remove sausage and cut into bite size pieces. Each individual piece will be more juicy by leaving them in the larger chunks during the pressure cooking process.
    • Add bacon, green pepper, onions and sausage pieces back to pressure cooker and simmer for about 10 minutes.
    • Add salt and pepper to taste.



    She taught me how to make these with my electric pressure cooker. I absolutely love the electric pressure cooker. Love it. Your kitchen tools may vary so make adjustments as needed.
    Chicken Broth: When I pull out an appliance I like to use it a few times (since it’s out already). I usually cook 4-5 frozen chicken breasts in water, garlic, onion, salt and pepper on high pressure for about 16 minutes. The liquid that this makes is am amazing broth. I then use the broth to make beans, soups or anything that needs broth.

    JUNE “Get it Done” Challenge: Cook that food!

    Summer is a busy time of year, but it’s also a great time to practice preparedness skills since we are often naturally doing things like camping, cooking outdoors, etc. This month’s challenge is going to help you really hash out your powerless cooking plans and start practicing! Remember: It doesn’t do you any good to have a Sun Oven, Volcano Grill, or any other cooking tool in your storage if you don’t know how to use it.



    You’re task this month should you “Accept” the challenge is to do the following:

    1. Inventory all of your powerless cooking tools (stoves, ovens, etc.) – WRITE THEM DOWN
    2. Inventory your fuel supplies – WRITE THEM DOWN
    3. Cook at least one item using each powerless cooking tool you own and using each type of fuel you are storing, practice practice practice!
    4. Post a picture of your cooking adventures on our Facebook page.

    If you don’t have many (or any) powerless cooking options in your emergency supplies yet, don’t worry, we’ll help you get started. For some fun ideas check out our 10 Ways to Practice Powerless Cooking This Summer or keep reading for a summary of the entire powerless cooking class we did to help you learn about fuels, do-it-yourself stoves, and more about the larger ovens/stoves available.

    Powerless Cooking Class

    PART 1: FUEL

    Download our class handout on Emergency Cooking Fuels

    Places to purchase some of the fuels mentioned in the video:
    INSTA-FIRE: Purchase from Food Storage Made Easy
    BUTANE: Purchase at
    CANNED FUEL: Purchase at Emergency Essentials or Thrive Life
    FUEL PELLETS: Purchase at Thrive Life


    These are the kinds of tools that you can make yourself, or purchase for little cost. These are tools that would probably help you get through a short-term powerless emergency, but may not be all that fun to use long term.

    #10 Can Stove or Charcoal Starter

    For a tutorial on how to make a #10 can stove, click here.
    To purchase a charcoal chimney starter, click here

    Cardboard Box Oven

    For a tutorial on how to make a Cardboard Box Oven, click here.

    Other Stove Options




    While these tools will also work for short-term situations, they are useful in situations where you may go without power for longer amounts of times. Some of these tools require more of an investment, however they can be used in everyday cooking, camping, and powerless situations.

    Global Sun Oven

    The global sun oven has now been replaced with the All-American Sun Oven. To learn more about the upgrades and/or buy one now click here

    Volcano Collapsible Grill

    To learn more about the Volcano Collapsible Grill and purchase one online with FREE SHIPPING, click here

    Wonder Box Oven

    For a tutorial on how to make your own Wonder Oven, click here.

    Food Storage Made Easy Birthday Bash

    6 years ago, we were two young moms who started a blog to help us organize our thoughts on building our food storage and being prepared for … something. We didn’t know what, but we knew we needed to do it. We posted a few things but didn’t want to share it with anyone until there were more than just a few posts on there :) We officially launched July 1st, 2008 but wrote for most of June so we want to celebrate out 6 year blogiversary this month with all of you! Make sure to scroll down and see our special eBook sale that only happens twice a year!


    While we have learned a lot over the last 6 years, we still have so much we want to figure out. We never expected how much we would enjoy this adventure, and are thrilled at the many friendships we’ve built, and things we have learned from YOU our readers! So today, we’re celebrating with all the typical things you would celebrate with at a Birthday Party, and hope that you enjoy the party with us :)

    What would a food storage blog be without the FOOD? We each picked a favorite recipe to share:
    Julie: ENCHILADA PIE – I love this because I can make it a variety of ways to practice different food storage skills and using shelf stable ingredients or make it the “easy” way for a quick, delicious, and healthy dinner.
    Jodi: BLACKBERRY PIE – I just planted a bunch of blackberry bushes and love making fresh blackberry pie for special events. I love this recipe because I can use freeze-dried blackberries to make my husband’s favorite pie any time of year.


    We are excited to announce that to celebrate our blogiversary we have consolidated our recipe pages into one Master Recipe Index separated by meal type. You can see all the recipes we’ve posted for 6 years at one glance. It follows similar formatting to our Food Storage Encyclopedia which we launched during last year’s birthday party :) Check it out and try something new this month!


    What would a party be without gifts? Here are two of our favorite gift ideas:
    Julie: Birthday Baggie Surprise – My sister loved my ezekiel bread but didn’t have all of the ingredients to make it herself, so I put this together for her birthday to make it easy for her to make a few batches after she just had her new baby.
    Jodi: Mommy Emergency Car Kits – My two little sisters are expecting their first babies at the same time this year. I made a cute kit for each of them with baby essentials in case they forget their diaper bag.


    We only put our ebooks on sale twice a year so if you’ve been holding off on making a purchase, this is your chance to get them ON SALE. Save $10 on our 3-Part eBook Bundle for the entire month of JUNE! Learn to build your food storage, or see where you need to fill in the cracks. We walk you through the process step by step. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the sale too!


    If you have learned something from our website over the last 6 years, and want to continue to hear from us, we encourage you to “RSVP” to our party by following us on one of our social media channels. You can post about this party, or just see what we are up to with our food storage these days :) We’d love to connect with you and see what you are doing too!

    Facebook: Click to get notifcations or add us to your interest list to make sure and get our updates
    Instagram: Tag us @foodstoragemadeeasy if you post something preparedness related
    Twitter: Do you use twitter? We try to be there for those that do :)
    Pinterest: Let the pinning party begin!
    Google+: We are still trying to figure this one out, if you’re here, give us a shout




    Pizza is a FAVORITE around here. Whether it be take-out, gourmet, or homemade we are always up for pizza. Today we wanted to share with you 3 different ways to make homemade pizza dough. Depending on your time frame and preferences one of these will for sure be a hit!

    The fastest way to make pizza dough is with Thrive’s new Country White Bread Dough. All you have to do is add water and yeast. It’s so easy even Julie’s boys help make it. The dough is great for bread, rolls, scones, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls and PIZZA DOUGH.
    We like this as an option when we really didn’t plan ahead and want a quick meal we know our family will love. Use this dough with any of your favorite pizza toppings and sauces.


    Jodi’s family loves deep-dish pizza and her favorite recipe is this one modified from our friend Crystal at Everyday Food Storage.

    2 1/2 C. Medium Hot Water
    5 tsp. SAF Instant Yeast*
    2 Tbsp. Sugar
    3 Tbsp. Oil
    1 tsp. Salt
    6 C. Flour (you can do half all-purpose and half wheat or 100% fresh ground whole wheat)
    1/2 Cube of Butter

    1. Pour medium hot water in mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top and allow to dissolve.
    2. Add sugar, salt, and oil. Gradually add approximately 6 cups of flour.
    3. Melt 1/2 cube of butter on cookie sheet in oven as it is heating to 400 degrees and melt in oven.
    4. Place dough on cookie sheet and press to fill pan, make sure butter gets on top of the dough.
    5. Add your sauce, cheese, and toppings.
    6. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned and the crust is firm.

    * When using regular yeast change amount to 2 Tbsp. Makes enough dough for two pizzas, or one pizza and some breadsticks.


    Julie loves to use our favorite bread recipe for her pizza dough. It’s 100% whole wheat and it makes a big enough batch she gets bread, pizza, and cinnamon rolls out of HALF a batch. She has also been known to make calzones and freeze them for quick lunches with the dough. This recipe originated on the Deals to Meals blog, directions are modified for Julie’s methods.

    7 c. whole wheat flour (grind your own with your Wondermill)
    2/3 c. vital wheat gluten (buy at Honeyville)
    2 1/2 T. instant yeast (we like the SAF brand)

    5 c. hot water (120-130 F)

    2 T. salt
    2/3 c. oil
    2/3 c. honey or 1 c. sugar (we like honey the best!)
    2 1/2 T. bottled lemon juice

    5 c. whole wheat flour

    Mix together the first three ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook (we both use and love our Bosch for this). Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let rest for 10 minutes (this is called sponging). Add salt, oil, honey or sugar, and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This makes very soft dough.

    Spray counter with pam and take dough out of the bowl. Do NOT flour your counter, this will add dryness you don’t want in the dough. If you are making half the recipe, you can make up to 3 pizzas. Roll out the dough and top with your favorite sauce and toppings. You don’t need to let the dough rise very long but you can if you like a fluffier dough. I also like to make the dough in the morning, stick it in the fridge, then pull it out about 40 minutes before putting it in the oven to allow for it to warm and rise a little. For full instructions on making bread instead of pizza with this recipe, visit this link.

    This is the dough Julie uses in her FAVORITE pizza. Buffalo Chicken Pizza. YUM

    So there you have it. Whether you have 5, 15, or 25 minutes to get your pizza dough ready we think one of these will be a great option for you. Enjoy and share!