Food Storage Enchilada Pie! FOR REAL!

Cooking From Scratch, Recipes
This is a recipe I have been making for a couple years. I first introduced you to it in a blog post with some fun challenges to help you use your food storage items more often. The post came with challenges such as cooking your dry beans instead of using canned, making bean flour cream of chicken instead of using canned, and making whole wheat tortillas from scratch. The challenges and post can be found here. Well, then I found a homemade enchilada sauce and posted about that here. Well last week I brought it to the NEXT FOOD STORAGE LEVEL! I tried it using freeze dried chicken and freeze dried cheese. I always justified the chicken and cheese in there by saying I keep a 3 month supply in…
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Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas (Using a tortilla press and cooker)

Cooking From Scratch, Recipes, Wheat, Wheat Recipes
I've been making homemade whole wheat tortillas for awhile now by hand. A friend of mine called me a couple weeks ago and said she wanted to make a lot of them for lunches and snacks and wanted to know some of my tricks for making and storing them in bulk. When she asked me this, I had to confess I only really make them for this one recipe because rolling them out is actually kind of annoying. It's totally doable, and I did a post about it awhile back, but making them by hand takes enough time that I shy away from it. Well then, we were asked to come to a food storage fair where we needed to bring samples for 150+ people. The recipe we made called…
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Kitchen Organization and Cleaning Tips

Cooking From Scratch, Non-Food Items, Organization
If you're REALLY using your Food Storage, then you're probably cooking a lot and getting your kitchen dirty. Cooking from scratch requires so many ingredients and steps, that it can really turn your kitchen upside down. When I think about days where I don't feel like cooking, more often than not its more that I don't feel like cleaning up after. Here is a picture I texted Jodi awhile back and the caption was: "THIS is why I hate cooking today". This was the less embarrassing then the other side of the counter. Here are some tips to keeping your kitchen organized, and clean to make cooking more enjoyable: Keep your kitchen sink clean (and empty): While you're cooking, if you quickly wash dishes as you use them, you'll end…
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Shelf Stable Recipes: Soft Pretzels

Cooking From Scratch, Recipes, Shelf Stable Recipes, White Flour Recipes
Submitted by: Sherida Raddigan From: Sacramento, CASoft Pretzels Ingredients: 1 1/8 c . warm water 1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast 3 T. corn syrup 3 c. bread flour 1 1/2 tsp. salt 2 quarts water 1/2 cup baking soda garlic salt Directions: Mix 1 1/8 cup water with yeast and allow to sit. Put in mixing bowl and add corn syrup. Mix in flour and salt. Knead for about 5 minutes in mixer. Now place in a large greased bowl and let it rise until double (about one hour). Punch dough down and divide dough into eight balls. Roll each ball into a 20 inch rope; form into pretzel shape and place on cookie sheet. Let rise about 5 minutes. In a saucepan, bring the 2 quarts of water…
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Making Pizza in a BLENDER???

Cooking From Scratch, Recommended Products, Wheat Recipes
For those of you who follow or blog or our Facebook page, you will know that Julie is very into the whole "healthy food storage" thing and I tend to have a weakness for yummy treats. (Julie does admit her addiction to cadbury mini eggs though). Well I have been trying to make small steps to healthier eating and one thing I'm doing pretty well at is making my green smoothies almost every day. They are yummy and easy and it makes me feel good that I'm getting tons of fruits and veggies into my diet. If this is something that is important to you, you may have already bought (or are planning to buy) a heavy duty super blender. If this is the case, this is some exciting news.…
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Saving Money: How To Make Baby Food

Saving Money: How To Make Baby Food

Budgeting, Cooking From Scratch, Freezing, Fruits and Vegetables, Self Reliance, Videos
In our Why Food Storage Series, one of the main reasons to have a good Food Storage is for times of Economic Crisis. This could be in your own family or a more widespread situation. It's wise to store food, know how to use it, and save money at the same time. A few months ago when Julie's baby started on baby food, she had a "WELL DUH!" moment in the grocery check out line as the cashier was ringing up jar after jar of expensive baby food. She realized it was ridiculous to pay so much for squash and bananas filled with tons of water. She asked some of our facebook readers how they made their own baby foods and got TONS of suggestions. Now that Jodi has a…
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