Food Storage Made Easy http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Ten simple babysteps to food storage success! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:24:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 7 Day Challenge 2014 is COMING SOON! http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/08/26/7-day-challenge-2014-coming-soon/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/08/26/7-day-challenge-2014-coming-soon/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:26:18 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18285 Have you ever wanted to test how truly prepared for an emergency you really are? Do you want to find the gaps in your food storage plan? Would you like a way to connect with others who are prepping at the same time? ARE YOU READY to join the Seven Day Challenge? The Seven Day […]

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  • Have you ever wanted to test how truly prepared for an emergency you really are?
  • Do you want to find the gaps in your food storage plan?
  • Would you like a way to connect with others who are prepping at the same time?
  • ARE YOU READY to join the Seven Day Challenge?

    The Seven Day Challenge is our way of celebrating National Preparedness Month in September. The Challenge is a week long series of mock emergencies with daily limitations and tasks to help assess your level of preparedness. On a surprise day in September, all participants are notified that the Challenge has begun. Sign up at the link below if you dare!

    Click here to learn more and to SIGN UP today!

    August "Get It Done" Challenge

    This month we want you to focus on doing some basic things that will help prepare you for the challenge come September. Here’s a list of “hints and tips” to get you started!

    FOOD STORAGE MADE EASY EBOOK BUNDLE

    A great way to make sure you are prepared for real life, AND the challenge, is to use the checklists and over 100 pages of information found in our Food Storage Made Easy eBook Bundle. The eBooks are downloadable files, so you can purchase the bundle today, and get started RIGHT AWAY! Quit worrying about HOW to build your food storage, and just get started- we’ve done the hard work for you.

    DON’T FORGET

    • The more you participate in the challenge, the more you learn. Actually doing each task really helps you learn much more than just going through the thought-exercise
    • You’ll have to modify some of the scenarios for your own family depending on diet, work schedules, marital status, kid status etc… We’ll try to be generic, but just relax and adapt
    • Don’t skip out on work, or neglect important things just because you are doing the challenge, we can’t write “doctor’s notes” and excuse you from stuff. Do the best you can!
    • Make sure to fill out the questionnaires each day as you go through the exercises. You may think you’ll remember everything later but it’s best to do it right away.

    Hopefully we will see you join us in SEPTEMBER!!!

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    Wheat Grinder FAQs http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/08/20/wheat-grinder-faqs/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/08/20/wheat-grinder-faqs/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:28:33 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18270 Wheat grinders are a critical part of your food storage plan if you follow traditional food storage calculators and store large amounts of wheat. Without a way to grind the wheat you will have very limited options on the foods you can make with your wheat. It can also be a large investment to get […]

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    Wheat grinders are a critical part of your food storage plan if you follow traditional food storage calculators and store large amounts of wheat. Without a way to grind the wheat you will have very limited options on the foods you can make with your wheat. It can also be a large investment to get a grinder and you want to make sure you get one that will meet your family’s needs.

    Today we are going to go over all of the questions that beginners tend to have when first researching this and hopefully it can help you make the decision for you and your family!

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    What’s the difference between manual & electric grinders?

    Here is a summary of the pros and cons of manual grinders versus electric grinders:
    MANUAL WHEAT GRINDERS
    Pros:
    -Basic models are inexpensive (good ones are similar in cost to electric mills)
    -Can be used with no power source so they are great for emergency situations
    -Many models are very small thus requiring little storage space
    -Able to grind items such as oily seeds, nuts, herbs, and coffee that would normally ruin an electric mill
    Cons:
    -SLOW to grind (can take 5-20 minutes to grind one cup of flour)
    -Except for the higher-end models, you cannot grind grain into a fine flour
    -Some models are inconvenient (messy and hard to fit a large bowl underneath)

    ELECTRIC WHEAT GRINDERS
    Pros:
    -Grinds VERY quickly thus making it easy to use in your everyday cooking
    -Easy to select how coarse or fine to grind your grains
    -Large capacity for grinding a lot of grains/legumes at a time
    Cons:
    -Fairly expensive, even for the lower-end models
    -Must have a generator or battery pack to use with no electricity (unless you buy a high end model that comes with a manual crank)
    -Large appliance to store in your kitchen

    COMBO UNITS
    Some appliances can also be used to grind wheat either with an attachment or on their own. These are electric appliances but don’t really fall into the same category as an electric grinder.
    KitchenAid Attachment: Less expensive than a full grinder, but can burn out the motor
    BlendTec Blender: Will grind wheat into a coarse flour
    VitaMix Blender: Can grind wheat if you purchase a dry canister
    Bosch Family Grain Mill: Come with a hand crank and an attachment to use with the Bosch Mixer

    What kinds of foods can you grind in a wheat grinder?

    Electric grinder: medium and large grains, smaller grains (with a special attachment), legumes
    Manual grinder: all grains and legumes; most nuts, seeds, and herbs
    Check out the website willitgrind.com produced by Wondermill to find out exactly what can or can’t be ground with videos of each item.

    How do you use a wheat grinder?

    This video showcases how to use the Victorio Hand Grinder, WonderMill Electric Mill, and NutriMill Electric Mill.

    To see the Wonder Junior Deluxe you can watch starting at 2 mins 30 secs into the video below. These are the mills that we have ourselves.

    What recipes can you make using a wheat grinder?

    We have posted TONS of recipes that can be made using a wheat grinder over the years. You’ll definitely want to check out our post 17 Ways to Use a Wheat Grinder which gives a summary of some of the best ones.

    Can you REALLY make flour using NO ELECTRICITY?

    ABSOLUTELY! In this video we use a Victorio Hand Grinder and a cardboard box oven.

    What are the most popular brands of wheat grinders?

    ELECTRIC GRINDERS
    WonderMill Electric Mill: $239.95 + free shipping
    The wondermill is very quiet and clean. It has a small grains attachment to enable you to grind small grains and pastas without clogging the motor. The canister can stack on top of the grinding unit making it tall but a small countertop footprint. There is also a flour bagger attachment that helps you to bag up flour to store in the freezer for later.
    NutriMill Electric Mill: $219.95 + free shipping
    The NutriMill is slightly louder than the wondermill but is another great mill. It’s nice to be able to just pull the canister straight out of the unit ready to use. In our tests it seems to grind slightly faster than the Wondermill. It is not too tall but does have a larger footprint for your countertops. You can purchase a mini seed mill for $10 that can grind smaller items and oily things that will clog your mill.
    Blendtec (K-Tec) Kitchen Mill: $179.95 + free shipping
    The Blendtec Mill is louder, slower, and messier than the other two popular electric mills. It will still get the job done and is an adequate mill at a lower price point than the two listed above. But we generally feel like an extra few dollars is worth the better quality of the other mills.
    Family Grain Mill: $160-180 for manual, $259 to include a motorized base
    The Family Grain Mill can be purchased by itself as a hand grinder, with a Bosch attachment, or with a motorized base. It’s one of the only grinders we’ve seen on the market that can really be both manual and electric.

    MANUAL GRINDERS
    Victorio Hand Grinder: $50-70 depending where you purchase
    This grinder is sometimes called a “Back to Basics” grinder so look for that name too. It doesn’t grind into a very fine flour. It’s nice for emergency use only. We had our facebook readers share how long it takes to grind one cup of flour and it ranged from about 7 minutes to 20 minutes or more. Yikes!
    Wonder Junior Deluxe: $219.95 + free shipping
    The Wonder Junior is our favorite hand grinder. It is as powerful as the more expensive ones but at a reasonable price range. It takes under 5 minutes to grind 1 cup of flour which is reasonable for weekly usage if you can’t afford an electric mill too. We love that you can make nut butters and grind oily seeds in it using the metal burrs. You can grind very fine for a pastry flour or very coarse for cracked wheat or cornmeal. You can purchase a drill bit attachment or motorized pulley to make grinding easier when you have power. Has a double clamp that attaches to your counter or table.
    Country Living Grain Mill: $429
    This is one of the most popular wheat grinders for emergency situations. Many people have figured out ways to power this mill using pulleys, you can even attach a bike to it like my Grandma did. It is pricey but is very high quality and has a lifetime warranty. Needs to be screwed into a table to use.

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    Thrive Life Anniversary Sale http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/08/13/thrive-life-anniversary-sale/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/08/13/thrive-life-anniversary-sale/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:30:08 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18266 Did you know Thrive is celebrating 5 years of parties with an extra big August specials sale! August items are founders’ favorites, so you can grab great THRIVE items from Budge’s faves and Palmer’s picks. To make your life a little easier we’ve compiled the sale items by % of savings. Here is a breakdown […]

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    Did you know Thrive is celebrating 5 years of parties with an extra big August specials sale! August items are founders’ favorites, so you can grab great THRIVE items from Budge’s faves and Palmer’s picks.

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    To make your life a little easier we’ve compiled the sale items by % of savings. Here is a breakdown of the sale:

    30-40% savings
    Blackberries (FD) Sale price $12.60 – You save $12.60 per #10 can 40% discount
    Pineapple Chunks (FD) Sale price $20.99 – You save 13.40 per #10 can 40% discount
    Granny Smith Green Apples (FD) Sale price $15.59 – You save 7.10 per #10 can 31% discount
    Budge’s Pick Package Pantry Cans Only Sale price $82.18 – You save $33.83 30% discount

    20-30% savings
    Pasta, Egg Noodle Sale Price $6.39 – You save $2.60 29% discount
    Cherries, Sweet (FD) Sale price $34.29 – You save 13.20 per #10 can 28% discount
    Peach Slices (FD) Sale price $23.99 – You save $5.30 per #10 can 28% discount
    9 Grain Cracked Cereal Sale Price $5.79 – You save $2.30 per #10 can 28% discount
    Quinoa, Organic Sale Price $37.29 – You save $10.80 on a #10 can 22% discount
    Palmer’s Pick Package Pantry Cans Only Sale Price $82.18 – You save $33.83. 29% discount

    15-20% savings
    Béchamel creamy white sauce Sale Price $9.49 – You save $2.20 per #10 can 19% discount
    Grapes, Red Seedless (FD) Sale price $28.79 – You save 6.00 per #10 can 17% discount
    Strawberries, Sliced (FD) Sale price $20.99 – You save 4.70 per #10 can 18 % discount
    Green Peas (FD) Sale Price $14.39 – You save $3.20 per #10 can 18 % discount
    Sausage Crumbles (FD) Sale Price $39.69 – You save $8.90 18% discount
    Beef, Ground (FD) Sale Price $42.99 – You save 9.50 per can 18 % discount
    Yogurt, Blueberry (FD) Sale Price $34.19 – You save $7.70 per #10 can 18% discount

    Up to 15% savings
    Beans, Instant Black Sale Price $12.39 – You save 1.80 per #10 can 13% discount
    Banana Slices (FD) Sale price $22.79 – You save $3.30 per #10 can 13 % discount
    Chef’s Choice Sale Price $6.79 – You save $1.00 per spice can 13% discount

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    FREE Shelf Stable Recipe Book http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/08/12/free-shelf-stable-recipe-book/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/08/12/free-shelf-stable-recipe-book/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:13:32 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18257 Have you heard the term “Shelf Stable” and wondered exactly what it means? Different people have different opinions on that, but today we are going to give you OUR definition and then we have a great free gift for you to download too! What does shelf stable mean? We consider a shelf stable recipe to […]

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    Have you heard the term “Shelf Stable” and wondered exactly what it means? Different people have different opinions on that, but today we are going to give you OUR definition and then we have a great free gift for you to download too!

    Shelf Stable Cookbook - Over 100 Recipes

    What does shelf stable mean?
    We consider a shelf stable recipe to be one that can be made completely with items that can be found in your pantry (not refrigerated). The purpose is to have meals that you can make should your power go out and you lose the foods that you have in your fridge and freezer.

    Traditional shelf stable recipes
    Most people thing of things like homemade bread, chili, spaghetti, etc. when they think of a shelf stable meal. Items that don’t have meats, dairy, or produce. These should definitely be staples of your diet in an emergency and it is helpful if you have at least practiced making some of the more difficult things.

    Converting a regular recipe to shelf stable
    Our favorite shelf stable recipes are some of our very favorite family recipes that we’ve converted to shelf stable by making a few simple substitutions. If you add canned or freeze-dried meats, cheeses, and produce to your food storage your meal options are drastically increased. See an example of this with Julie’s Enchilada Pie recipe.

    FREE Shelf Stable Recipe Book
    A few years ago we asked all of our readers to help us with a project and submit their favorite shelf stable recipes. We have some of the best readers out there! You should know- you’re one of them! We received over 100 recipes and compiled them all into this AMAZING Shelf Stable Recipe Book. The recipe book has the following categories:

    • INTRODUCTION
    • BREADS & MUFFINS
    • BREAKFAST FOODS
    • SOUPS,CHILIES & STEWS
    • MAIN COURSES
    • SIDES, SALADS & SNACKS
    • COOKIES
    • CAKES
    • DESSERTS
    • MISCELLANEOUS
    • APPENDIX: POWERLESS COOKING
    • APPENDIX: COOKING FUELS
    • APPENDIX: STORING WATER

    (Please note: We made the recipes 4 to a page in order to save paper for you if you print it out. In case you find the font to be too small by doing this, we also made a FULL PAGE VERSION. It’s 172 pages but you can print it front and back or just use it on the computer. Enjoy!)

    Feel free to pin the image below to save for later or share with your friends!

    TALLSHEFL

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    5 Minute Homemade Coleslaw and Dressing http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/29/5-minute-homemade-coleslaw-dressing/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/29/5-minute-homemade-coleslaw-dressing/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:02:18 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18241 One of my favorite kitchen appliances is my Bosch mixer. I talk about it a lot on here because of how AMAZING it is at making bread. Since this is a Food Storage blog and most people store a lot of wheat in their food storage, bread is something that gets brought up a lot. […]

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    One of my favorite kitchen appliances is my Bosch mixer. I talk about it a lot on here because of how AMAZING it is at making bread. Since this is a Food Storage blog and most people store a lot of wheat in their food storage, bread is something that gets brought up a lot.

    Today however I’m going to tell you something I do with my Bosch that has nothing to do with wheat or bread. Did you know the Bosch has a new slicer shredder that is AMAZING? It fits over the top of your mixing bowl and shreds, slices & grates directly into your large bowl. I have used a food processor in the past for these kinds of things but the container is much too small for big batches of things. You can buy your own slicer shredder attachment at our store with FREE SHIPPING.

    Also right now there is a special going on: BOSCH SUMMER SPECIAL
    Through August 26th receive a FREE set of cookie dough paddles (regularly $34.99) and bowl scraper (regularly $22.99) with purchase of a Bosch Universal Mixer. Get $57.98 worth of accessories for FREE!

    This summer I have loved making homemade coleslaw with my Bosch Slicer Shredder. I love it because I can throw in virtually any vegetable along with some cabbage and get a fresh and healthy salad in 5 minutes. It’s awesome! I also found a great recipe online for the dressing. I’m loving this shredder.

    Homemade Coleslaw

    1/2 head of cabbage
    3 carrots
    3 stalks of celery
    6-7 radishes
    Any other vegetables you have on hand:
    Cucumbers
    Zucchini
    etc

    Shred and add dressing. It’s that easy!

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    Homemade Coleslaw Dressing

    1 cup mayo
    2 tablespoons of sugar (I use honey)
    2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon of black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard seed
    1/8 teaspoon of celery seed (I have skipped this)

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    Blogging can be a little bit of a lonely world, even though we have tons of food storage friends online. It’s always nice to meet one of our readers or a fellow blogger face to face. We have connected with Angela from Food Storage and Survival and have enjoyed it every time. So when we were given the chance to review her new book Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival of course we jumped on it! She has very similar ideas about food storage as us and we knew it would be a great read.

    The Basics

    In Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival Angela does a great job at taking hard topics and making them feel approachable. Food storage and preparedness are such in depth concepts that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you get started and have no idea where to even begin. The first four chapters of the book are perfect for anyone who is brand new at food storage. She covers 72 hour kits, short-term food storage, long-term food storage, and water storage. She goes into a lot of depth while not getting so technical and detailed that you get lost. For people who already have a decent food storage established, you will still find useful tidbits in every chapter. A few of the pop out-sections I loved were:

    • Recipe for Homemade Survival Bars
    • Cooking on a Dakota Fire Hole
    • Sample Menu Lists
    • Shelf Life Chart (check out Angela’s Printable Chart for a sneak preview of this)

    Preserving and Packaging

    The next three chapters focus on how to preserve foods, how to dry pack items you’ve bought, and tips for actually buying the food you will be preserving or packaging up for long term storage. Again, Angela makes these topics feel doable for a beginner, and yet still has good tips for a veteran. For in-depth tutorials with visuals it’s usually easier to watch in a video format (we recommend this canning DVD for beginners). But once you’ve got the hang of it, this book provides a vast amount of helpful references and charts that I’m sure I will refer back to frequently. Some of my favorite parts of this section are:

    • Reviews on newer products such as JARbox totes and Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
    • Preparation instructions for canning specific fruits and vegetables
    • Chart with dehydration times for a variety of foods
    • List of seasonal and event sales to know when to buy certain foods at the lowest prices

    Advanced Topics

    After covering the basics, Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival goes into some sections that you don’t always see in traditional “food storage” books. She has a chapter on maintaining balance and variety in your diet which includes fun topics like preserving meats, making your own yogurt, and storing sweets. Angela basically takes a look at each of the basic “categories” of food storage and gives lots of ideas for how to mix things up or add to them to help you avoid flavor fatigue in an emergency.

    The next section is on sustainable food storage. I love how it is introduced in the book:

    Food stored in cans and buckets will eventually run out. Supplementing your stored food with sustainable food sources like gardening, livestock, or hunting will help extend the food supply you have as well as provide food for years to come. Plus it is one of the least expensive and healthiest ways to gather food for your family for everyday eating and storage.

    Angela goes into a lot of detail on gardening, harvesting seeds, raising small AND large livestock, hunting and trapping (including what guns/ammo are best), and even discusses wild edibles. This chapter could be a whole book in itself and was a great read for me as I haven’t dived into most of these topics in depth yet.

    Organizing and Using Your Food Storage

    One of our favorite things is teaching people how to get their food storage OUT of their basements and INTO their kitchens. The last section of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival does just that. It first covers a lot of organizational tips which are critical for rotation and for feeling like you have a place for all of that food to go that is accessible to you. The last chapter is all about USING your food. I love that Angela doesn’t just list a bunch of recipes, she actually TEACHES us how to use what we have stored to make regular meals that our family already loves. I love the shelf stable substitutions chart and how she gives two real examples on how to convert a regular family recipe into a “food storage” recipe.

    The very end of the book has two pages that cover powerless cooking options. My only complaint about the book is that this section wasn’t long enough! There was so much detail on the other topics and I would have loved to see this topic explored in a similar amount of depth. It was a great brief overview, but I would have been interested to see her take on the pros and cons of each tool listed (similar to how she did it for the small camp stoves in the first chapter). Maybe the book was getting too long :)

    Don’t forget to check out the appendix that has tons of charts and worksheets to help you with the concepts discussed throughout the book!

    Overall I would recommend the book to anyone just getting started, and I think it’s a great reference tool to have on hand for those who are more veteran in the world of preparedness. Like I said, the book is full of great advanced tips and tricks while still maintaining a feeling of being doable for a beginner. Great job Angela!

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    Thrive Life Christmas in July Sales http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/19/thrive-life-christmas-july-sales/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/19/thrive-life-christmas-july-sales/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:21:08 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18224 Who doesn’t like a great sale in the middle of the summer? It really does feel like Christmas! Or like getting free Slurpees on 7-11 and a free big gulp the next day. We are excited to share with you 6 HOT packages from Thrive Life that are being sold at such discounted prices they […]

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    Thrive Life Christmas in July Sale

    Who doesn’t like a great sale in the middle of the summer? It really does feel like Christmas! Or like getting free Slurpees on 7-11 and a free big gulp the next day. We are excited to share with you 6 HOT packages from Thrive Life that are being sold at such discounted prices they are not available on the website and can only be purchased through a consultant (that’s us!)

    To make it easy for you you can order the packages using our secure online order form and we will process the order within 1-2 business days. Check out some of the best prices of the summer and enjoy a little Christmas in July with us! (Orders must be placed by July 31st at 10 pm MST)

    Premium Meat Essentials Package
    Retail Price if bought individually: $320.94
    Special Package Price: $181.99
    Just $30.33 per #10 can for each of the following meats:
    - 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Chopped Chicken
    - 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
    - 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Roast Beef
     
     

    Yogurt Variety Package
    Retail Price if bought individually: $260.84
    Special Package Price: $162.99
    Just $27.16 per #10 can for each of the following :
    - 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Vanilla Yogurt
    - 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Pomegranite Yogurt
    - 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Blueberry Yogurt
    - 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Passion Fruit Yogurt
    - 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Cherry Yogurt
    - 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Strawberry Yogurt

    Tropical Fruit Package
    Retail Price if bought individually: $170.45
    Special Package Price: $126.99
    Just $21.16 per #10 can for each of the following fruits:
    - Freeze-Dried Banana Slices
    - Freeze-Dried Mangoes
    - Freeze-Dried Pineapple Chunks
    - Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
    - Freeze-Dried Apricots
    - Freeze-Dried Pears

    Fruit Variety Package

    Retail Price if bought individually: $195.44
    Special Package Price: $126.99
    Just $21.16 per #10 can for each of the following fruits:
    - Freeze-Dried Raspberries
    - Freeze-Dried Blueberries
    - Freeze-Dried Blackberries
    - Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
    - Freeze-Dried Strawberries
    - Dehydrated Apple Slices

    Vegetable Variety Pack
    Retail Price if bought individually: $121.84
    Special Package Price: $70.99
    Just $11.83 per #10 can for each of the following veggies:
    - Freeze-Dried Chopped Onions
    - Freeze-Dried Broccoli
    - Freeze-Dried Green Peas
    - Freeze-Dried Corn
    - Dehydrated Carrots
    - Dehydrated Potato Chunks

    Organic Grains Package
    Retail Price if bought individually: $158.74
    Special Package Price: $87.99
    Just $14.66 per #10 can for each of the following grains:
    - 2 #10 Cans Organic Quinoa
    - 2 #10 Cans Organic Spelt
    - 2 #10 Cans Organic Amaranth

    TO ORDER YOU NEED TO SUBMIT THIS SECURE ORDER FORM
    We will process the order manually within 24-48 hours.

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    Sun Oven Cinnamon Rolls http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/14/sun-oven-cinnamon-rolls/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/14/sun-oven-cinnamon-rolls/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:10:13 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18202 Last month we challenged our readers to do some powerless cooking. Summer is a great time to practice your powerless cooking skills. A couple weeks ago it was seriously hot around here (it still is actually). We were out of bread in the house and I couldn’t face turning on the oven. I decided to […]

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    Last month we challenged our readers to do some powerless cooking. Summer is a great time to practice your powerless cooking skills. A couple weeks ago it was seriously hot around here (it still is actually). We were out of bread in the house and I couldn’t face turning on the oven. I decided to pull out my Sun Oven and skip the heat in the house. Half way through making the bread I decided to take a loaf of the dough and make cinnamon rolls in the oven. Why not? Well they turned out great and it’s probably something I’ll be doing again. My regular oven has been kind of quirky lately and dries things out. The Sun Oven however made these rolls turn out amazing! So moist and delicious.

    Sun Oven Cinnamon Rolls - Perfect treat for a hot day!

    Before starting your dough get your Sun Oven out in the sun and pre-heating. It won’t matter if it keeps heating for longer than it needs because the energy you are using is free and plentiful. If you are lining your Sun Oven up correctly your oven should get to 350 degrees within 20-30 minutes.

    Dough Recipe

    For the dough I use my regular bread recipe. Since this recipe makes 6 loaves I usually make a couple pizzas, some bread, and this time some cinnamon rolls.

    Emilie’s Whole Wheat Bread

    (From Deals to Meals blog, directions are modified for Julie’s methods)

    7 c. whole wheat flour (grind your own with your Wondermill)
    2/3 c. vital wheat gluten (buy at Honeyville)
    2 1/2 T. instant yeast (we like the SAF brand)

    5 c. hot water (120-130 F)

    2 T. salt
    2/3 c. oil
    2/3 c. honey or 1 c. sugar (we like honey the best!)
    2 1/2 T. bottled lemon juice

    5 c. whole wheat flour

    Mix together the first three ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook (we both use and love our Bosch for this). Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let rest for 10 minutes (this is called sponging). Add salt, oil, honey or sugar, and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This makes very soft dough.

    Spray counter with pam and take dough out of the bowl. Do NOT flour your counter, this will add dryness you don’t want in the bread. You basically want your dough to feel a “little” sticky. Separate dough into bread pans, and let rise until double in size. For conventional ovens bake at 350 for 22-30 mins or until browned. This depends on your oven, just watch it a little and cover with foil if it looks like it’s getting brown too fast.

    Cinnamon Roll Modification

    This recipe will make 6 loaves of bread. Take about 1/6 of the dough to make a medium size pan of cinnamon rolls.

    Cinnamon Roll Filling
    1 c. packed brown sugar
    1-2 T. cinnamon
    1/3 c. butter

    Cream ingredients together and spread over rolled out dough.

    ingredients rolled out

    After you have the butter and sugar rolled out on dough, roll dough into a ball. A trick to getting evenly cut (not smashed rolls) is to use dental floss to cut the rolls. Take a long piece of floss and place it under the dough. Pull the floss up and cross it to make the cut.

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    Place in Sun Oven and cook for 30-40 mins if the oven is at 340 degrees or above. If your oven isn’t getting that hot (due to time of day or cloudiness) let them cook a little longer. The beauty of cooking them in the Sun Oven is that they won’t burn and they stay moist!

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    ENJOY!

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    July “Get it Done” Challenge: Car Kit Update http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/10/july-get-done-challenge-car-kit-update/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/10/july-get-done-challenge-car-kit-update/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:38:49 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18176 I don’t know about your family but around here summertime means ROAD TRIPS. As we embarked on a week long-trip to California this summer I thought a lot about what emergency preps I had in my car. We have a basic car kit but I definitely want to make some additions/improvements. So we thought a […]

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    I don’t know about your family but around here summertime means ROAD TRIPS. As we embarked on a week long-trip to California this summer I thought a lot about what emergency preps I had in my car. We have a basic car kit but I definitely want to make some additions/improvements. So we thought a lot of you may be in the same boat and wanted to focus on that for our challenge this month.

    July Get it Done Challenge:  Car Kit Update

    Having an emergency kit in your car is something that can be life-saving in extreme cases, and sanity-saving on a regular basis. If you don’t know what a Car Emergency Kit is or how to go about putting one together, make sure to read our DISASTER KIT / EVACUATION LIST PAGE for full details and LOTS of resources for beginner to advanced kits.

    Car Kit Update

    For our July challenge we are encouraging everyone to do the following THREE things and report back to the group about it via blog comments or on our Facebook page. This makes us all more accountable and will help to make sure we actually GET IT DONE!

    1. Do an inventory: What supplies do you have in each vehicle?

    • Stop what you are doing right now, grab a pen and paper, and run out to your car(s).
    • Write down all of the emergency supplies you currently have in each of your cars.
    • Share your list on this Facebook thread, don’t be shy, we are all working on this!

    2. Do a rotation: Swap out seasonal items, rotate food and water

    • Check your food and water, make sure they are fresh
    • Make sure to include summer items to help you keep cool
    • Consider including good running shoes for all family members
    • Remove winter-specific items if needed for space

    3. Expand your kit: consider additional items you might want to add

    • Look at the links on our Emergency Kit page and make a list of items you’d like to add
    • Plan a time this month to shop for them or shop online (check out Thrive, Emergency Essentials, and Amazon for lots of Emergency Supplies)
    • Re-arrange your kits in appropriate containers in your vehicles
    • Take a picture of your completed kit and share it on this Facebook thread
    • Give yourself a pat on the back at “getting it done” this month!

    ENTER TO WIN: Survival Kit in a Can

    Colghan’s Survival Kit in a Can
    Contains 38 essential items:
    Compass
    Fire starter
    9.8′ multi-use cord
    3′ wire
    Four waterproof matches
    101′ fish line
    Soup packet
    Tea bag
    Sugar packet
    Match book
    Two antiseptic swabs
    Razor blade
    Three twist ties

    12″ duct tape
    Signal mirror
    Zip-lock bag
    Two bandages
    Two nails
    Two safety pins
    Two fish hooks
    Signal whistle
    Chewing gum
    Sewing needle
    Energy candy
    Note paper
    Pencil
    Survival/first aid pamphlet

    How to Enter:
    Simply share in the facebook threads listed above either your current car kit inventory or a picture of your completed kit and we will pick a winner from one of the threads to win a FREE survival kit in a can!

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    50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/08/50-tips-to-keep-cool/ http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2014/07/08/50-tips-to-keep-cool/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:16:27 +0000 http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/?p=18165 My air conditioner was broken for a few days this summer and it was pretty miserable around our house. It got me thinking about what I would do in a long term powerless situation to keep our family cool. We posed the question on our Facebook page and got tons of great ideas from our […]

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    My air conditioner was broken for a few days this summer and it was pretty miserable around our house. It got me thinking about what I would do in a long term powerless situation to keep our family cool. We posed the question on our Facebook page and got tons of great ideas from our readers. Here is a summary of the best ones!

    keepcool

    1. Wear light-colored clothing, dark clothes absorb heat
    2. Use a damp cloth to wet face, arms and legs
    3. Find a cool breeze to sit in (especially after getting wet)
    4. Make a paper fan and fan yourself
    5. Hang out in the basement of your home
    6. Install attic vents to release the hot air that rises
    7. Sleep on the porch between wet sheets
    8. Relax during the hottest hours, do heavy chores/cooking in the morning and evening
    9. Do your canning and cooking outdoors
    10. Take an afternoon nap
    11. Use a buckwheat pillow, it won’t hold on to your body heat
    12. Close all blinds and window coverings (don’t let the sun in)
    13. Open all the windows at night to let cool air in
    14. Lie down on the floor in the lowest level of your house
    15. Keep a window open upstairs to pull hot air up and out
    16. Wet your hair
    17. Put white sheets over furniture, it will reflect heat instead of absorb it
    18. Wrap a wet towel around your neck
    19. Plant or find shade trees
    20. Take cool baths
    21. Make sure your home is well insulated, it will keep the heat out
    22. Drink lots of fluids
    23. Use a spray bottle and spray yourself down
    24. Hang wet sheets in open windows that have a cross breeze
    25. Keep babies in a light onesie (not naked) for when you hold them
    26. Dip feet in cool water
    27. Keep your body covered (in cool clothes) to shade it from the sun
    28. Don’t wear polyester, it makes you sweat
    29. Sit still, moving around makes you hotter
    30. Make recipes using mint/peppermint to cool the body
    31. Brush mint against the skin to cool you down
    32. Wear loose-fitting skirts
    33. Use battery-powered fans (like these ones)
    34. Put wet rags over a batter powered fan to make a “swamp cooler”
    35. Give the kids squirt guns and have a water fight
    36. Buy some evaporative cooling bandanas. These look so neat!
    37. Eat cold meals
    38. Eat spicy foods, they increase perspiration which cools down the body
    39. Buy some cooling towels/cloths
    40. Wear a large-brimmed hat to shade your face
    41. Spray your house down with a water hose for a temporary cool down
    42. Keep ice packs in your freezer and then use them for relief
    43. Go around naked (if appropriate)
    44. Use silk or satin sheets and pillowcases, they feel cooler
    45. Hang up bedding in cool areas of the house or shade during the day
    46. Get a waterbed, it will absorb heat and feel cool on hot nights
    47. Build porch awnings to provide shade
    48. Have a generator to plug in electric fans
    49. Make a homemade air conditioner or swamp cooler if you have a generator
    50. GO SWIMMING!

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    50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT

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