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Case Lot Sale and Julie’s Update

General, Julie's Progress
So if you remember from my beginnings post, THIS is what my food storage looked like 2 months ago. If you are new to the site, you may not have been around when Jodi and I declared to the world we were going to figure out this food storage stuff and share our research. Well since this humble beginning, my food storage has come a long way. I have a LONG WAY to go still, but I'm not going to be intimidated and I'm going to keep adding bit by bit. Here is what my food storage looks like after stocking up on a couple things each time I went grocery shopping, and after taking advantage of the case lot sales that are going on in local grocery stores around…
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Food Storage 101 Author at Utah State Fair

Book Reviews, General
I was at the Utah State Fair this week and happened to come across a booth that had a wheat grinder displayed. Of course I got excited and headed over to check it out. Turns out it was the author of Food Storage 101 which is a book we have been recommending since we started our food storage adventures. I got to have a nice chat with Peggy and learned a bit about wheat grinders, food dehydrators, and about several of her other books. Peggy's book gave us the inspiration for establishing our BabySteps. She was the first one we found who just laid out a food storage plan in a series of steps that you can follow. Our intention was to complete her steps but we soon realized that…
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Everyday Food Storage Blogger at Utah State Fair

General
Thanks to everyone who helped to support Crystal from the Everyday Food Storage blog by voting on her recipe for the Utah’s Own Down Home Cook Off competition. She was one of the top two finalists and was part of a cook-off at the Utah State Fair today. We weren't able to hit the state fair today to view the contest in person but we watched her on KUTV during the 12:00 news. Crystal was fantastic on t.v. and it was really fun to get to see her share her talent with a large audience. Even though she ended up not winning 1st place we just wanted to congratulate her on making it so far and helping to spread the word about the importance of food storage and learning how…
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Recipe: Chicken Barley Chili

Barley Recipes, Bean Recipes, Recipes
Chicken Barley Chili Serving Size: 10 (1 cup) servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 (14.5 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes (I used home canned) 1 (16 oz) jar/can Salsa or tomato sauce (use salsa for spicier version) 1 (14.5 oz) chicken broth 1 cup Quaker Quick Barley 3 cups water 1 T. chili powder 1 tsp. cumin 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces and boiled (can use canned chicken) cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips (optional) Directions: In a large pot, combine the first 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile boil the chicken in…
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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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Using My Grocery List Sale Sheet

Budgeting, Julie's Progress, Three Month Supply
So I have ALWAYS wondered - IS COSTCO REALLY CHEAPER THAN WALMART? Well tonight- I put my sale comparison sheet from our 3 month food storage spreadsheet to use. I have been a member at Costco for years, but I only buy my chicken there. Mostly because I'm too lazy to cut off fat, and this chicken is always perfect with no fat. Anyways, every time I go, I look at prices and think, it's probably cheaper at Walmart, grab my chicken and leave. SO- I printed out my little sheet that tells me how much I usually spend for things at Walmart. Since I had the sizes and price per oz, it was so easy for me to decide which items to buy at COSTCO vs. WALMART. Anyways, I…
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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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