Emergency Preparedness – What are you waiting for?

72 Hour Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Getting Started
With hurricane Gustav hitting the coast, emergency preparedness is a hot topic today. Even if not directly affected by the hurricane, we are all reminded of how important it is to have an emergency plan in place. You never know when your area will be the one that is hit with a disaster. If you haven't already completed your "emergency plan", be sure to go through the first component of our Getting Started page where we have outlined the basics of what you need to do. We include this under getting started because we feel it is important to have this done even before you get your food storage plan underway. For convenience sake, we have copied the information for you here. Have a Basic Emergency Plan in Place: Before…
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Food Storage Recipes: Multi-Grain Pancakes

Barley Recipes, Grains, Recipes, Wheat Recipes
Thanks to our cousin Emily for submitting this recipe to us. Multi-Grain Flour--grind the following: 1 part barley 1 part corn (popcorn is great!) 1 part rice (I used brown) 3 parts wheat (I used hard white) Multi-Grain Pancakes In a medium bowl, combine: 1/2 C multi-grain flour mixture 1/2 C white flour 1 T sugar 2 t baking powder 1/4 t salt In a small bowl, combine: 1 egg, beaten (can use powdered eggs) 1 C milk (can use powdered milk) 2 T oil Grind all flour ingredients using a wheat grinder. Combine wet and dry ingredients together and stir, but don't over-mix. Pour onto a 350 degree griddle. Makes about 8-12 pancakes depending on the size you make them. Emily's Comments: I tried this alternate recipe this morning,…
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We are Guest Bloggers!

General
This is a first for us here at Food Storage Made Easy. We are featured on the Totally Ready blog as guest bloggers this week. This blog focuses on all matters relating to emergency preparedness so she covers a lot of things that we aren't planning to delve into. In our guest post we give an overview of the process of baking homemade bread from grinding your own wheat through to a delicious whole wheat bread recipe. Go check it out! We are also featured on the Obsessive Shopper blog this week. She gives some great tips on some food storage sales so you will definitely want to look at the Focus on Food Storage post.
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Added "BabyStep 6: Legumes" to Main Topics

Legumes
We added a BabyStep! Check out the Step 6: Legumes main topic page to learn all about the exciting world of legumes. The category includes basic information on all different types of legumes. We specifically address some common Do's and Don'ts for Beans- the legume you'll store most of! We're still experimenting with lots of different recipes, so stay tuned!
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Wheat Grinder Article

Grains
We posted BabyStep 5 before our research on wheat grinders was officially completed. We have now finished a comprehensive article about wheat grinder types, prices, usages and recommendations that's been published on ezinearticles.com. You may view the link on the BabyStep 5 page or simply click here.
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Everyday Food Storage Lady Needs Our Help!

General
As most of you know, we like to refer you to an awesome blog to find good food storage recipes. Well the author of the blog everydayfoodstorage.net was on TV this week for the Utah's Own Down Home Cook Off competition. Monday was the big day she got to show how to make Twinkie Surprise Cupcakes on air with Chef Bryan on channel 2. She also shared a tip for using dehydrated eggs in between cooking segments. If you want to help vote for Crystal to win the cook off all you need to do is CLICK HERE. The contest finalists are picked by how many times people VIEW the recipe on kutv's website, so please help support Crystal and her Everyday Food Storage Blog by viewing the recipe and…
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How to Use a Wheat Grinder – Video

Appliance Tutorials, Grains, Videos, Wheat
As we mentioned in BabyStep 5, the biggest hang-up people seem to have with starting their long-term food storage is WHEAT! And more specifically, how to actually use a wheat grinder. Well don't worry, as promised we have made a video showing you just how simple it is to grind your own flour from wheat. SPECIAL NOTE - After the cameras stopped rolling and it was clean up time, we found that the WonderMill was WAY cleaner. The Nutrimill blew out more flour and was a little slower in a side by side test. Do you own one of these wheat grinders or a different one? What do you like/dislike about it? Stay tuned for our Wheat Grinder Article coming soon!
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Added "BabyStep 5: Grains" to Main Topics

Grains
We added a BabyStep! Check out the Step 5: Grains main topic page to learn all about the exciting world of grains. The grains category is more than just wheat, we promise! We have covered the basics of each of the grains listed in our long term food storage calculator (see BabyStep 4 if you haven't made your chart yet). Stay tuned for a special wheat grinder article and video which will be added soon!
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Planning Your 3 Month Food Supply (BabyStep 3)

Three Month Supply, Videos
FINALLY - A SOLUTION! How do you decide what to include in your 3 Month Food Supply? How do you determine how MUCH of each item to buy? How do you keep track of your current inventory and what you still need to buy? How do you make sure you are stocking up when items are ON SALE? We couldn't find a solution for these questions, so we created one! We have developed a 3 Month Food Supply Worksheet that will help you outline meal plans, convert them into the number of items you need to buy AUTOMATICALLY, and then track your inventory including current prices for each product. View our instructional video before you get started! Let us know what you think of the 3 Month Food Supply Worksheet…
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Update to “Getting Started”

Emergency Preparedness
We have slightly modified the Getting Started section of the website to include some general emergency information. If you have already begun the BabySteps, you may have missed this information. Before you really delve into your food storage program you should have an emergency plan in place for your family (including a disaster supplies kit and your 72 hour food kit). We wrote an article to help summarize the types of things you should include in your emergency plan. If you would like a quick summary, you should print out the Emergency Checklist that Julie put together. Just follow through the checklist and by the time you reach the end you should have your emergency plan in place. It is very helpful!
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