Spice Up Your Comfort Foods

Beyond the Babysteps, Comfort Foods
Step 9: Comfort Foods is one of our favorite steps. When we participated in our 7 Day Challenge we came to realize just how important these foods really are in making your life feel somewhat normal in an emergency, and also in adding variety to your long term storage foods. We recommend getting a few spare bottles of spices/herbs that you commonly use. This will ensure you have enough for your long term cooking needs, and also give you the convenience and cost-savings in the short term. Don't go overboard on buying too many bottles though, as spices can lose their flavor over time. Here are a list of common spices/herbs to get you started: Herbs* Basil Bay Leaves Chives Cilantro Dill Mint Oregano Parsley Rosemary Sage Tarragon Thyme Spices*…
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Let’s Talk About Split Peas

Beyond the Babysteps, Legumes
In BabyStep 6: Legumes we give you a list of possible legumes to store with a recommended amount of each one. One of the things we decided early on in our food storage adventures was that we would only store foods that we knew how to cook with and that our family would eat. While we both quickly learned to enjoy many types of dry beans, split peas were one variety of legume which we were a little unsure of ... until Julie discovered an amazing split pea soup recipe. She will be sharing this recipe soon so make sure to check back! In the meantime, here is a little more information about split peas if you are interested in learning more about them. What are split peas? Split peas…
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Alternatives to Wheat for Food Storage

Beyond the Babysteps, Grains
In our series featuring Why People Do Food Storage we touched briefly on allergies as one of the "health benefits" of doing food storage. (Please note: Our final article in that series will be posted later this week!) We wanted to go into a little more detail about that since we get quite a few readers asking us what to do if they have wheat allergies since wheat is one of the items we are supposed to store the most of according to traditional food storage calculators. We have two basic recommendations or suggestions for you: 1. Store extra of the other grains According to food storage calculators, one adult should store 300 lbs of grains for a one year supply of food. Of this 300, half of it is…
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Food Storage Recipes: Enchilada Pie

Bean Recipes, Beyond the Babysteps, General, Julie's Progress, Recipes, Wheat, Wheat Recipes
So this is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE "food storage" recipe! I learned it at a class I went to about a year ago and couldn't believe how delicious it was. What I love about it is how many "advanced" food storage concepts it has that I have tackled slowly. At first I made this recipe with store bought tortillas, canned beans, and canned cream of chicken/mushroom soup - but I promised myself bit by bit I would make it using all the "advanced" techniques. Now that I have had a lot more experience using my food storage, I make it the real way and it tastes so much better - I wont make it any other way. So here's to sharing it with you and to giving you a special cooking…
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Food Storage Made Easy eBook Binder Updates!

Beyond the Babysteps, food storage books, Helpful Tools
We have just published our first batch of updates for our Food Storage Made Easy eBook Binders! This update includes all of the revised BabyStep Main Pages as well as 9 handouts put together from some of our best blog posts we've done since the binder was created. If you haven't purchased your Food Storage Made Easy eBook Binder yet, we are currently offering a $5 off promotion if you do an educational "assignment" related to the Seven Day Challenge. Click here for more details on how to get the discount! Just think for only $12 (or $17) you get our full binder download plus great updates like these for free FOR LIFE! If you have already purchased a binder but haven't signed up for Free Binder Updates For Life…
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Beyond The BabySteps: Non-Food Items: Inventory List

Beyond the Babysteps, General, Non-Food Items
For our Summer Crash Course we have been revamping all of the BabyStep pages and last week we updated the Step 10: Non-Food Items. On that page we give a great list of ideas for non-food items to have, but we wanted to give you this bonus handout. You can store this handout in your linen closet or wherever you store your non-food items to remind you to stay on track with what you have purchased, and what you still need to purchase. Please note: This list is also on our our 3 month supply excel sheet found on BabyStep 3, but in case you're an excel hater- we wanted you to have it in an easy to print form!
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Beyond the BabySteps: Water: Evaporation Still

Beyond the Babysteps
If you are new to food storage and following along with the BabySteps Summer Crash Course, please refer to the recently updated Step 2: Water page before you read this post and get overwhelmed. Our recommendation for beginners is to simply get a 2 week supply of water for your family (1 gallon per day per person). How to Make an Evaporation Still An evaporation still will extract water from the soil even if it appears to be quite dry. These instructions will help you create a still that will provide half the amount of water needed for one person per day. It's definitely more convenient to simply store water, but for a longer term emergency you may find it necessary to find alternate means of accessing water. Materials: A…
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Types of Wheat

Beyond the Babysteps, Grains, Wheat
We have had a few questions lately about the difference between types of wheat. While we have touched on it before we thought it would be helpful to explain it in full detail for you in an individual post. There are three general classifications of wheat: Red vs. White, Hard vs. Soft, and Spring vs. Winter. Red vs. White Red wheat tends to have a stronger wheat flavor and produces a heavier denser bread than white wheat. Red wheats are typically the hard varieties and whites are typically soft. However if you prefer the flavor of one over the other you can find soft red and hard white. Experiment with different varieties in your recipes to find out what works best for you and your family. Hard vs. Soft Hard…
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Beyond the BabySteps: Emergency Chemical Toilet

Beyond the Babysteps, Sanitation
Sanitation can be one of the biggest concerns in a long-term emergency situation. Lack of proper waste disposal can lead to the spread of sickness and disease. Having an emergency chemical toilet can help with this whether you are sheltering in place or if you need grab it and evacuate. Here is a little tutorial we got from a church hand-out several years ago. Emergency Chemical Toilet Contents 5 gallon plastic bucket (with tight fitting lid) 2 large boxes of garbage can liners (8-10 gallon size) 1 gallon of liquid chlorine bleach Pinesol 6-8 rolls of toilet paper Feminine hygiene products 2 boxes of baking soda Paper towels Wet wipes 1 bar of hand soap Emergency Chemical Toilet Instructions To use the toilet, simply remove the contents from the bucket,…
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Water Storage: Alternate Water Sources

Beyond the Babysteps, Water
In our BabyStep 2: Water Storage page we recommend to store a 2-week supply of water for your family. This should be enough to sustain you through the majority of shorter-term emergencies. But what if water is unavailable for a longer period of time? Do you know where the closest source of water to your house is? Are you sure the water is drinkable? Some people like to have several months to a year worth of water stored (check out these options discussed on the Utah Preppers website), but for a lot of us that just isn't practical. This post will discuss some other means of finding drinking water in case you are not as amazing as the "Preppers" folks are yet ;) Alternate Water Sources Water in your home…
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