From Storage to Stovetop:  Freeze-Dried Chicken

From Storage to Stovetop: Freeze-Dried Chicken

From Storage to Stovetop
Today we are featuring Freeze-Dried Chicken (in two varieties) and showing you exactly how WE use them in our kitchens. Being able to avoid thawing, chopping, and cooking chicken is the difference in being able to get dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes versus getting desperate and having to hit a fast food restaurant. While we have had freeze-dried meats as part of our food storage for a long time, it was only recently that we really began to see the beauty of using it as part of our regular dinner planning. Chopped Chicken vs Seasoned Chicken Slices Seasoned Chicken Slices are large chunks of chicken great for soups, Hawaiian haystacks, or any chicken marinade-type recipe where you want large chunks over rice, noodles, etc. These bigger…
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From Storage to Stovetop:  Freeze-Dried Bell Peppers

From Storage to Stovetop: Freeze-Dried Bell Peppers

From Storage to Stovetop
In this installment of From Food Storage to Stovetop Jodi shares about how she likes to use Freeze-Dried Green Bell Peppers and how they have helped her enjoy eating vegetables more. Freeze dried bell peppers a long shelf life and are so easy to use. We love that you don't have to buy a whole pepper if you only need a half for a recipe, or a few slices to throw in an omelet. No more throwing away half-eaten rotten produce! Freeze-Dried to Fresh Conversion 1/3 cup dry = about 1 bell pepper Refreshing Instructions Add 1/3 cup of water to 1 cup peppers; let sit covered for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Favorite Recipes Using Green or Red Peppers Vegetarian White Bean Soup Breakfast Egg Scramble Pizza Casserole Southwester…
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From Storage to Stovetop:  GREEN CHILI PEPPERS

From Storage to Stovetop: GREEN CHILI PEPPERS

From Storage to Stovetop
In this installment of From Food Storage to Stovetop Julie shares about her love of Freeze-Dried Green Chili Peppers and how easy they are to use in your everyday cooking. With a long shelf life and the ease of not having to chop fresh or the flexibility of not having to use a whole can for a few pieces ... these have become a staple in our kitchens. Freeze-Dried to Fresh Conversion 1/4 cup freeze-dried green chili peppers = 1- 4 oz can of green chili peppers 1/3 cup freeze-dried green chili peppers = 2 fresh green chili peppers Favorite Recipes Using Green Chili Peppers Vegetarian White Bean Soup Bacon and Green Chili Cornbread Cilantro-Lime Rice White Bean Chicken Chili Chicken Tortilla Soup Spicy Green Chili and Pinto Bean Soup…
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From Storage to Stovetop:  BLACK BEANS

From Storage to Stovetop: BLACK BEANS

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Today Jodi goes over a few different options you may have for black beans in your food storage. If you store canned beans you probably don't have a hard time with rotating them or knowing how to use them in your everyday cooking. However, for long term storage canned beans are not an ideal solution. They have a short shelf life so are more appropriate for keeping in your 3 month supply as opposed to being your entire supply of beans for a year. Even though we are specifically covering black beans here most of this would apply to pinto beans and navy beans as well. Bean Conversions 1 can of beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans 1/2 cup of dried beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked…
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From Storage to Stovetop

From Storage to Stovetop

From Storage to Stovetop
We're excited to introduce our new From Storage to Stovetop series where we will be highlighting one item from our storage and showing you exactly how we use it in our kitchens. We will be updating this post with an index of each item as we highlight it. So bookmark this page and check back often to see the features as they are posted. From Storage to Stovetop Introduction Facebook Group We'd love to have you join our Storage to Stovetop facebook group to share your own experiences as you use the products we are highlighting each week. It will be a fun place for us all to learn and practice using our food storage together! Click here to join the Facebook Group From Storage to Stovetop Index Instant Pot…
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7 Day Challenge 2016 RECAP

7 Day Challenge
We hope you all had a great experience participating in this year's 7 Day Challenge, whether you actively did each day's tasks or just read and followed along with the group. Here is a summary of the links to each part of the challenge following the Preparedness Cycle we introduced this year. DAYS 1-2: PREPARE These two days were spent preparing for an upcoming "emergency". Last minute preparations included filling water containers, updating 72 hour kits, and other similar tasks. DAY 3: PRACTICE - Natural Disaster Earthquake strikes! An intense earthquake struck your area and knocked out the power lines, gas lines, and city water pipes. DAY 4: PRACTICE - Family Emergency Times are tough! Due to some unexpected and rather large medical bills your family has run into financial…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 7: PROCEED

7 Day Challenge
Monday, September 26 Welcome to the LAST day of the 7 Day Challenge! We hope you have enjoyed the new format this year and really learned a lot by following the steps of the Preparedness Cycle. We have prepared, practiced, and prioritized ... and now we are ready to PROCEED. We've come up with resources you can use as you start to do, learn, and buy the items on your priority lists you worked on yesterday. Feel free to share your experiences in the Facebook event or follow us on Instagram to view our personal journeys. TO DO Fill out or update emergency preparedness plan Make or rotate 72 hour kits Fill or refill water containers Make or update emergency binder Update/Inventory your three month supply plan Update/Inventory your long…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 6: PRIORITIZE

7 Day Challenge
Sunday September 25 Well aren't you glad THAT'S over with? It really is amazing how much you can learn when you "practice" preparedness. Now is a good time to reflect with your family, answer some questions, and prioritize what your plan of attack will be to go forward and improve on your preparedness plans. To help you with prioritizing we have some checklists for you. Print 2 copies of these lists off. COPY 1: BRAINSTORM- The first time through list ANYTHING you can think of from the last few days that your family needed to learn, to do, and to buy. Don't worry about the order. COPY 2: PRIORITY LIST- After you have listed all the things you needed to learn, to do, and to buy, re-write them on the…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 4: PRACTICE

7 Day Challenge
Friday September 23 Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are "PRACTICING" our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons "WHY" we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. Times are tough! Due to some unexpected and rather large medical bills your family has run into financial troubles and you have worked through the majority of your savings. You have to live on a tight budget eating through your three month supply foods to save money on groceries. Your water has…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 3: PRACTICE

7 Day Challenge
Thursday, September 22 Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For the next 3 days, we are "PRACTICING" our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons "WHY" we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. Earthquake strikes! An intense earthquake struck your area and knocked out the power lines, gas lines, and city water pipes. Your fridge food was lost due to the earthquake shattering the glass shelves in your appliances. Your home is safe to stay in but you must survive and stay fed…
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