2015 Black Friday – Cyber Monday Deals

Baking Ingredients, Food Storage Sales
We're excited to announce the 2015 Black Friday specials! We've heard from a lot of you who are looking to make this Christmas a "Preparedness Christmas". What a great idea! There are really some amazing deals happening this year. Much better than we have seen in recent years. We have rounded up all the best deals on our favorite products and summarized them for you in one simple sale flyer. Make sure to check each individual item as different things are on sale on different days. SHARING IS CARING: Help your family and friends be more prepared by sharing these deals with them and be entered to win one of 25 bags of snackies we are giving away! Details found on this email we sent out.
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 10: Baking Ingredients

Baking Ingredients, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
We are excited to be starting week 10 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about legumes and meats you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! In BabyStep 7: Baking Ingredients we discuss storing baking ingredients. These are the ingredients that will allow you to…
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How to Make Ricotta Cheese from Powdered Milk

Baking Ingredients, Powdered Milk Recipes, Recipes
Julie and I often say if there were an emergency and we could eat PIZZA then everything would be ok. I've come to realize that cheese is a pretty major comfort food for me and is something I would miss significantly in an emergency situation. I've decided to try to have different cheeses on hand in several forms (shredded in the freezer, freeze-dried cheeses in my food storage, parmesan cheese in the pantry, etc.) One thing I couldn't store well was ricotta cheese which is a favorite in some of our lasagna recipes. I decided to try a completely shelf stable lasagna one day and ventured out to see if I could MAKE ricotta cheese using powdered milk. I googled a few recipes and experimented a little bit and found…
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All About Freeze-Dried Cheese

Baking Ingredients
One of the most critical aspects of building a food storage is to store foods that can be used in meals that your family will eat. We always like to say "If I could just eat PIZZA in an emergency, everything will be ok". The bread part of the pizza is easy with food storage ingredients, and when we discovered that freeze-dried cheese actually works we knew it would become a staple in our storage. What is Freeze Dried Cheese? Freeze dried cheese goes through the same flash freezing process that freeze dried fruits and vegetables go through. First the cheese is frozen, then it is placed under vacuum. This enables the frozen liquid in the product to vaporize without passing through the liquid phase, a process known as sublimation.…
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All About Yeast and Vital Wheat Gluten

Baking Ingredients
Since wheat is such a common staple of most people's food storage, it is critical to learn how to use it. The easiest thing to make (without storing a lot of ingredients) is bread. Our FAVORITE bread recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients and it turns out great every time. Two of the items common in bread recipes (and included in our favorite recipe) are yeast and vital wheat gluten. We get asked a lot of questions about these items so we wanted to give you a quick overview and address some of the concerns people tend to have when using these for the first time. All About Yeast What is yeast? Yeast is a microscopic fungus that is used in baking for leavening purposes. The kind most…
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All About Powdered Sour Cream

Baking Ingredients
Most traditional long term food storage calculators do not cover items such as powdered butter, powdered sour cream, etc. These are not considered "life-sustaining" foods but we definitely consider them to be useful additions to any food storage plan. Today we want to cover powdered sour cream to help you decide if it's something that you would like to add into your supplies and give you a few ideas on how to use it. What is Powdered Sour Cream? Sour cream powder is a cream that has had the fat removed and is dehydrated in order to preserve it. It has a shelf life of about 10 years if stored in a sealed can at moderate temperatures. How Do I Use Powdered Sour Cream? Powdered sour cream is wonderful for…
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All About Powdered Butter

Baking Ingredients
Most traditional long term food storage calculators do not cover items such as powdered butter, powdered sour cream, etc. These are not considered "life-sustaining" foods but we definitely consider them to be useful additions to any food storage plan. Today we want to cover powdered butter to help you decide if it's something that you would like to add into your supplies and give you a few ideas on how to use it. What is Powdered Butter? Powdered butter is a light powder that can be used to replace butter in a 1-1 substitution in most baking recipes. It generally has a 5 year shelf life in an unopened can. How Do I Use Powdered Butter? If you have a recipe that calls for 1 cup of butter, you would…
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Food Storage To The Rescue!

Baking Ingredients, Julie's Progress, Recipes
A few weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, I was watching an episode of Good Eats on my DVR with my family (random I know!). It's this show where the host Alton Brown dissects the science behind making foods like pizza, fried chicken, cookies and all sorts of other GOOD things. It kind of reminds me of a science show for kids, but the tricks and science behind it all is awesome. On this particular episode, he was sharing how to master fried chicken.... You know the kind where the crust around it is super good - JUST like the crust on Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan - A delicious piece of friend chicken breast covered in marinara sauce, cheese, and placed on top of noodles (are you drooling yet?). I…
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Food Storage Recipes: Honey Granola

Baking Ingredients, Oats Recipes, Recipes
After I wrote up our All About Honey post last week Julie mocked me saying "I don't think I know anyone who loves honey as much as you do!" Well I'm afraid it is probably the truth. So I may be a bit over-enthused but I was TOTALLY excited to try this recipe! I meant for this to be a Sunday night treat for the family but the night got too busy and I ended up cooking it at midnight after the kids were in bed and my hubby was off to work an overnight shift. Needless to say I'm not TOO sad that I get to sit and enjoy eating it myself while I type up this post :) So here is the infamous Honey Granola recipe I got…
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All About Honey … Yummy!

Baking Ingredients
By now you all have probably figured out that Julie is the "healthy" one and I like treats. So whatever your style is you should be able to resonate with one or the other of us ;) Well storing honey in our food storage gives Julie a healthy option as a replacement for white sugar, and gives Jodi a delicious option for making yummy treats! It's a win-win for us on the food storage front. How much honey should I store According to most food storage calculators it is recommended to store 60 pounds total of sugars/sweeteners per year per adult. Our calculator uses the common recommendation of just 3 pounds of honey per person. However, we both use honey in our basic bread recipes so we have chosen to…
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