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Everyday Food Storage Blogger at Utah State Fair

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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!

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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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Everyday Food Storage Lady Needs Our Help!

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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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Food Storage Recipes: Corn Cakes

Cornmeal Recipes, Grains, Long Term Food Storage, Recipes, Wheat Recipes
Do you ever have a favorite meal at a restaurant that gets discontinued? I spend a summer being a waitress at IHOP and ate their corn pancakes almost every night that I worked. I seriously was a little obsessed. Well after I stopped working there, we went to eat there one time and I was so excited to get my corn cakes. Well I was soooo sad to find out that they were no longer in the menu. It was one of those cases where I wanted to yell at the server but I knew it wasn't their fault so I just quietly moped to myself. I made a goal to recreate the recipe and when I got one of those restaurant copycat books that had an IHOP Country Griddle…
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