Food Storage Do-Over Week 9: Legumes and Meats

Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Legumes, Long Term Food Storage
We are excited to be starting week 9 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn't catch last week's post which included an index of recipe for using grains 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 6: Legumes we discuss storing and using legumes. We also briefly touch on meats…
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Julie’s Long Term Food Storage Planning Check Up

Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Long Term Food Storage
In case you haven't been following along, this year Jodi and I have decided to do a complete Food Storage Do-Over and go step-by-step re-evaluating our entire food storage plan. We are working on one topic each week and this week is our long term food storage planning week. When we started our food storage journey, I had one little guy who was 18 months. Now I'm about to have my fourth son and I can certainly tell you my family eats more NOW than they did 6 years ago. It was nice to have a chance to really take a look at my plan again and make sure it's meeting my current needs. When you are making your long term food storage plan, PLAN on it changing. So here…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 7: Long Term Supply Planning

Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Long Term Food Storage
We are excited to be starting week 6 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! Last week we saw more great progress from all those participating in the water do-over and we are excited to keep going. If you didn't catch last week's post on revisiting your 3 month supply you can see it here. Also Jodi did a post on how she revisited her 3 month plan 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…
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Food Storage Substitutions

Long Term Food Storage
Fall is in the air. It's getting colder. You know what that means... It's time to BAKE. Have you seen this on the internet? I love it because it's true. Who doesn't love baking, and especially baking with pumpkin this time of year. Anyways, don't you hate it when you feel like a treat... but you don't have all the ingredients? Well here is a chart that may save you a trip to the store in the near future. It uses some basic food storage ingredients to make other ingredients you may not have on hand. One of our favorite reasons WHY FOOD STORAGE, is the Everyday Emergency! Notice, you can use powdered milk to make a lot of things! Learn more about powdered milk on our Let's talk About…
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What can you do with YOUR food storage?

Long Term Food Storage
One of the biggest issues people have with their food storage is the concept of knowing WHAT they are going to cook using the foods they have stored. If you don't have accompanying ingredients, it's hard to make real foods that your family will actually want to eat. One of the first food storage books I got 5 years ago was Marlene's Magic with Food Storage and she had a really interesting concept where you add just a few more ingredients and you open up a whole new world of foods you can make. We have built on her ideas here and added to them to give you a great list of different food items you can cook depending on what items you currently have in your food storage. This…
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6 Ways to Use Freeze-Dried Meats

Long Term Food Storage
A while back we did a big post all about how you can incorporate meats into your food storage, ranging from canning your own to purchasing freeze-dried and everything in between. Today we want to focus specifically on Freeze-Dried Meats since people tend to be unfamiliar with them and don't really know how to use them. They are one of our FAVORITE storage foods since they can really add a lot to any meal. Below we've listed 6 ways you can use freeze-dried meats, as well as 4 of our favorite recipes to try them in. Enjoy! 6 Ways to Use Freeze Dried Meats Toss it In Any type of soup, stew, or sauce is liquid enough to reconstitute your meats within a few minutes. No need to hydrate them…
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Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork Review

Long Term Food Storage
We get asked about "just add water" meals a lot. Our normal philosophy is to teach a more traditional food storage approach of storing the basics and supplementing with fruits/veggies/meats/etc. However, we do recognize that there is a time and place for having quick easy meal options in your storage as well so we have done a lot of research on the options available. We did a whole post in our "Tax Refund Week" talking about things to consider when buying just add water meals. People always try to pin us down on which company tastes the best because, hey, who wouldn't want their food storage to be delicious if you had to live on it for a whole year? The truth is we've both tasted a lot of foods…
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All About Oxygen Absorbers

Long Term Food Storage
When it comes to packaging foods for VERY long periods of time we've had some, but admittedly not THAT much experience. We've only been working on our food storage for 4 years. Since it's only been 4 years, a lot of foods we store wouldn't or couldn't have gone bad by now anyways. We also believe in such regular rotation, that our long term food storage food items don't sit long enough to spoil. We also live in very dry weather, so humidity and moisture haven't been something we've had to deal with. So yes, we've had it easy. That's why when it comes to words like Oxygen Absorbers, we get a little shy, because we don't feel that we're that expert on the subject. Still however, we get asked…
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What to Know When Buying “Just Add Water” Meals

Long Term Food Storage
We used to consider storing Just-add-Water meals to be "cheating". However, over the years we have come to realize that there is a time and place for this type of food storage. If you go through a short term disaster or need to grab some food and go, having a bucket or two of this kind of food will be invaluable to you. We learned this in our 7 Day Challenges over the years. Also, for people who will not rotate traditional food storage (for whatever reason), or do not know how (or want) to cook with traditional foods, these type of meals can be a great option. If you choose to store "Just Add Water" meals there are several things to consider as you determine what you need to…
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Best Ways to Purchase Traditional Food Storage

Long Term Food Storage, Tax Return Week
When referring to traditional food storage, the food items typically include grains, legumes, sugars, oils, etc. These foods provide a life-sustaining diet and at the very least these should be the ones you store. These items also have a long shelf life thus they are ideal for long term food storage. We recommend including additional foods such as fruits, veggies, meats and powdered dairy products in your traditional food storage to add a variety to your diet, and to allow you more flexibility to make your regular recipes using foods you have stored. A lot of people like to shoot for a goal of storing a one year supply of long term food storage, so buying a big chunk of that at one time when you come across some "extra"…
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