NEW PRODUCT: NutriMill Plus

When we first started our first storage adventures we actually didn’t even know what wheat kernels looked like. The whole idea of storing wheat, grinding it, and cooking it without electricity seemed so foreign and daunting to us that we didn’t even try to tackle it for almost a year.

One day I was visiting a friend and she had a wheat grinder on her counter and I started asking her all about it. She showed me how it worked and sent me home with a little baggie of flour and a bread recipe. All of a sudden I realized that wheat was flour, and I knew how to cook with flour! I borrowed her wheat grinder every few weeks until I could afford my own and when we finally purchased our WonderMills our food storage lives changed forever. In fact, we even did a post titled 17 Ways to Use a Wheat Grinder a little while back. Yes we use them that much!

The two mills we have always recommend are the WonderMill and the NutriMill. You can’t go wrong with either option. We preferred a few of the WonderMill features over the NutriMill when we did a side by side test so that is the model we went with at the time. However, NutriMill just came out with a BRAND NEW mill called the NutriMill Plus that we are excited to try out. Here are some of the details in comparison to the classic Nutrimill:

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The NutriMill Plus boasts 11 new patented improvements. It is 15% quieter than the Classic mill and has 20% more capacity than the classic NutriMill.

The Plus mill is uniquely designed to nest compactly inside its flour canister for a 30% smaller storage footprint than the Classic mill. With its patented 4-stage filtration system and included flour bagger accessory, milling at home is clean and convenient. We are so excited to get our hands on one of these and try it out in another little side-by-side comparison!

DO NOT BUY NOW

The NutriMill Plus is regularly priced at $239.99 but will be substantially discounted on Cyber Monday over in our online store. Make sure you are signed up for our email newsletters where we will be announcing the discounted price on Saturday, November 28th. In the meantime you can visit our online store to view the full details about the NutriMill Plus (but don’t buy it yet!)

How to make: Basic Black Beans

Today’s post is super quick. I just had to share this new discovery with you. I know it’s not a new thing but it’s new for me. I’ve been using my electric pressure cooker to cook black beans (among other things) for years. I absolutely LOVE it. My favorite Brazilian Black Beans are done in my electric pressure cooker. I can get my dry beans cooked in less than an hour and don’t really need to plan ahead with it.

ALL UNTIL my dear husband washed part of the lid in the dishwasher. So while my lid is out of commission and I order a new one I came across this way of doing black beans. I have to admit, for the days I think ahead I may just use this one, a lot! These beans turned out perfectly and were so easy, even my husband can cook them. My husband helps with a lot – but cooking (and apparently dish-washing) isn’t his forte.

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Ingredients:
9 cups of water
3 cups of dry black beans (rinsed)
1 onion halved
6-8 cloves of garlic or minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of salt
Optional:
1 jalapeno pepper diced (I used freeze-dried green chilies)

Directions:
Put all the ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on high for 8 hours. Eat!

This makes a huge batch. With 4 hungry boys in my family I can stuff these in tortillas, serve with rice, add to salsa’s… the options are endless!

Group Book Read: “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel

In our Why Food Storage series we discuss the different reasons you may need food storage. Most people think of being prepared for a natural disaster or maybe for something more personal like a job loss. More and more it is becoming apparent that there are many other potential threats that we may face. Terrorism or acts of war are likely to affect large cities and coastal areas, but some things such as an EMP or cyberattack would drastically impact the entire country.

Ted Koppel, former host of Nightline and author of the new book Lights Out has done extensive research on the possibility of a cyberattack and how prepared (or unprepared) we are as a nation and even within the government. We had an amazing opportunity to spend a little time with Ted at a special event here in Utah this week. We helped to provide refreshments at a speech he gave and featured all foods made using food storage. To see more details about that event you can visit our Thrive Blog (you won’t believe the food spread we brought!)

Here is a video of Ted Koppel discussing Cyberattacks and his new book on CBS This Morning.

GROUP BOOK READ

Five years ago we did a group book read on the book One Second After where we all read it at the same time and then discussed different topics covered in the book as a group. It was an incredible learning experience for everyone who joined in. We want to do the same thing with Lights Out so here is all the information you will need in order to participate with us!

Book Details

lights out Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
by Ted Koppel

In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.
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Group Discussion Details

  1. Purchase or borrow a copy of Lights Out this week and aim to have it read by early December. (Hopefully you can catch a little reading time over Thanksgiving break)
  2. Submit any questions you are specifically interested in discussing to us by January 4th. We will be compiling these and may use some of them as we direct the group discussion. Email them to info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net.
  3. Come back to the blog the week of January 11th and the fun will begin. We will be structuring the discussions to take place in the comments section of the blog and it will most likely span over a few days so you won’t miss out if your schedule doesn’t permit you to be there at a certain date or time. (Please note: we were originally going to do this in December but decided to give everyone more chance to read since this is a busy time of year!)

We are very excited about this event and hope it goes as well this time as last time!

WEBINAR: How to plan a year supply

Recently, we did our very first webinar on how to plan a year supply of food storage. Thank you all for your support in listening in, participating with great questions, and for giving us amazing feedback. Here’s just one comment from one of our readers:

Normally, I don’t critique webinars afterwards. I listen, take notes if inspired, and go on my way. I’m making an exception because that was an incredible, info-packed webinar. Took lots of notes. You really know your stuff and present it in a clear and concise manner. I loved it and am so grateful for your effort. When I have money to invest in product, I’ll be looking for you guys!

A lot of you have been asking for the slides in the presentation. Today we wanted to give you an overview of what was covered along with some of the slides. NOTE: These are just the high level slides. A lot of the slides included are int he webinar you can watch but not in this post.

If you want to watch the replay as though you were there live use this link. The video doesn’t start for about 3-4 minutes, so just hang tight and it will start at that point. It’s the best way to view it so you can see the chat and all the links that pop up.

If you can’t get the replay to work for some reason you can also access the video via our youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=qVeVlgGoKmU

Throughout the webinar we talk about different resources available for you to use. You can find these all on the webinar page here

HOW TO PLAN A YEAR SUPPLY


Just a little overview of what we covered with a portion of the slides in the presentation:

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We started out the webinar by introducing the topics we were going to cover along with some basic questions about how the webinar would work.

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Before getting into the details of actually planning the food for the year supply we spent a number of slides on the basics of an Emergency Preparedness Plan, Posts on Water, Non-Food Items, and Powerless cooking

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Then we jumped into some different ways of building a year supply. We talked about the pro’s and con’s of each of these plans and who may prefer which based on budget, diet, space etc.

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The “Basic” plan featured basic life-sustaining ingredients. We answered a lot of questions and demonstrated how to alter the common calculators.

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In the “Basic Plus” plan we discussed how to enhance the “Basic” plan to better fit your regular more typical diets. We discussed how to go about doing that and where to buy stuff.

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In the “Packages” plan we talked about what kinds of packages are out there, how to know which ones you might want to buy, why some are so much more money than others etc. We also taught how to modify, or customize packages out there to get a better deal.

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These were just some of the recommendations and suggestions we made on purchasing when customizing a package.

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In the “Just-add-water” plan we discussed some things you may want to know before investing in a big purchase. We talked about the different types of meals and variations in prices, servings etc.

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Again here were some of the tips and things we talked about to allow you to know how to figure out when and how much to buy.

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For some, purchasing on a monthly budget rather than all at once is the answer. The Thrive Q is a great way to do this.

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In this portion of the webinar we talked about food storage and allergies.

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Here is where we covered some miscellaneous items that people asked about.

7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. Today is the FINAL DAY! Did you survive? For 7 days, we have been testing 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 entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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You have run into some hard times financially but have felt the need to get better prepared. An anonymous donor has offered to give you a Food Storage and Preparedness Makeover and foot the bill for it. Today your task is to inventory your food storage and emergency preparedness items and come up with a wish list for your makeover. Reorganize your room to fit the new supplies you will be getting and make it better organized.

Goal: Organize your food storage and make a future shopping list for yourself

Today’s Tasks:

  • Revisit your three month supply plan. Are you fully stocked on everything? Are all of your three month supply items stored together? What is your rotation plan?
  • Update your long term food storage calculator with your current inventory levels.
  • Determine if your current food storage plan works with your regular diet. Do you need to make adjustments to what you are storing?
  • Arrange like items with like items on your shelves
  • Make a list of the items you still need to buy to complete your three month and one year supplies
  • Look over your emergency preparedness items and re-arrange them as necessary
  • Make a list of emergency preparedness items you may need to purchase
  • Take a before and after picture of your “makeover”
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or description of your food storage makeover!

Today’s Limitations:

  • Once your makeover is complete the challenge is OVER! Go and buy a donut or a diet coke or whatever it is you’ve been missing this week :)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Go and purchase everything on your shopping list and add it to your newly reorganized food storage area

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 6 (MONDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing 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 entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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Your older children are learning are at the age where they are able to babysit younger siblings or other people. While they are home alone an emergency situation arises. Have your kids go through several scenarios and practice first aid and safety skills. If you have only younger kids or no children at home you can practice this with grandkids, neighbors, etc.

Goal: Help your children understand potential emergencies and be ready for them

Today’s Tasks:

  • Brainstorm medical emergencies that are likely to happen
  • Make a “cheat sheet” for what to do for each medical emergency scenario
  • Practice the first aid skills required for each scenario
  • Make a list of first aid supplies you may need to get
  • Brainstorm other emergencies that may occur (fire, flood, earthquake, burglar)
  • Make a cheat sheet and practice what to do for each of the non-medical emergencies that may occur
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share your experiences with day 6. We’d love to see your cheat sheets or hear how your kids felt about going over these scenarios.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • No other limitations today

Advanced Tasks:

  • Don’t tell your kids and do a trial run with some kind of emergency (maybe set off a fire alarm) and see how well they do under pressure
  • Discuss the test with them afterwards and go over what they did well and what they could do better next time

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 5 (SUNDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing 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 entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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There have been severe shortages of milk and egg products worldwide. You can’t get any at the store and your fresh supplies ran out several weeks ago.

Goal: Cook all of your meals without using fresh milk or eggs

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook breakfast without using any dairy products or eggs
  • Cook lunch without using any dairy products or eggs
  • Cook a fancy Sunday dinner for your family without using any dairy products or eggs
  • Research possible substitutions for cow’s milk and egg products. You never know when a shortage or a possible allergy may arise and it’s good to have substitutions available as opposed to just powdered versions of the products
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture of something you are cooking today!.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use any products containing cow’s milk or eggs today

Advanced Tasks:

  • Someone in your family is allergic to milk and eggs so you can’t use powdered milk or powdered eggs in your cooking
  • Make a meal plan for 7 days using only what is in your storage using no milk or eggs

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check your email first thing in the morning!

7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 4 (SATURDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing 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 entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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A sewage plant leak has caused all of your household water to become contaminated. The city has shut off the water supply to avoid anyone drinking the contaminated water. Go about your regular household business without using running water today.
Goal: Practice carrying on with your daily life with no running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Go and shut off your main water line in case it is not purified when services are restored (review this post if you don’t know how)
  • If you have any empty water containers … you have ONE HOUR from the time you read this to go and fill them all up, then you can use them as a resource for today
  • Prepare all your meals without running water
  • Clean all of your dishes using only stored water (practice water conservation tricks)
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today
  • Find the nearest source of fresh water to your home, bring some home and purify it to conserve some of the water you have stored
  • Do a load of laundry … without running water!
  • Calculate how much water you used today, how long can you live on what you have stored?
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or details of your water adventures today.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use running water at all, make sure to do task #1 to keep from accidentally turning it on.
  • You can’t flush toilets unless you use up your precious stored water.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Assume the water has been contaminated for an extended period of time, you have already used up all of the stored water in your home
  • Your car is in the shop and you must go collect water without a vehicle

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check your email first thing in the morning!

7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 3 (FRIDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing 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 entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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There are widespread riots and much civil unrest in your state. The governor has declared a state of Marshall Law. You are concerned for your family’s safety and individual rights. Make sure you have your defense plans in place first. Things get so bad that you plan to gather with a group of like-minded individuals in a community out in the country. You will stay in your tent for tonight through tomorrow morning.
Goal: Evaluate your “home defense” plans and prepare for a long-term evacuation

Today’s Tasks:

  • Educate yourself on various ways to defend your home. What are your beliefs on self-defense? Have you discussed this with your family? Here is a post we did that covers lots of options.
  • Inventory anything in your home that you may use as a weapon to protect your family from the riots. Is it in good condition? Have you used it recently?
  • If you have guns, inventory all of your ammunition. Do you know where it is? Do you have enough for an extended period of time?
  • Review gun and knife safety with your children.
  • A neighboring community was overrun by a large mob forcing everyone to leave their homes. Your community has learned that the mob is coming to your area next. As a group you decided leaving would be a safer option and have agreed to band together and move to the country and live in tents. Pack up everything you would want to bring for an extended stay there and see how it fits in your vehicles. How much could you bring? How would you prioritize your space?
  • Take your family out and stay in a tent starting after school/work and through tomorrow morning. No running water, no electricity, and eating only items that you brought with you.
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share what you learned about during today’s challenge.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use running water or electricity while you are “camping”, even if you only camp in your backyard.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Go out for some target practice with your guns if you have them.
  • Research concealed weapons permits and sign up for a class (if you don’t already have yours)
  • Stay in your tent long enough to cook at least three complete meals.
  • Pretend you have used up your fuel supply and use only fuel you gather from your campsite.

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check your email first thing in the morning!

7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 2 (THURSDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing 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 entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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Scientists are reporting that a solar flare is going to be erupting in the next few days. You may lose power for an extended period of time. Today your task is to inventory all of your powerless cooking supplies and practice using each one so you are confident in your ability to use it!
Goal: Practice cooking without power and assess your fuel supplies

Today’s Tasks:

  • Pull out every stove/oven option you have for powerless cooking. Make sure you know where they are and have all the accessories located for them.
  • Inventory all of your fuel supplies.
  • Calculate how many meals can you cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
  • Practice cooking at least ONE THING using each of your cooking tools (this can be as simple as boiling water or baking cookies)
  • Don’t forget to add more fuel to your daily worksheet list if you don’t have a big enough supply to meet your needs.
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture of you cooking something without electricity. How prepared do you feel you would be to face this type of emergency?

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use any of your regular kitchen appliances today (no gas or electric stoves). We want to practice practice practice.
  • Do not use electricity to “prep” any meals (no wheat grinders, food processors, etc.) We want to see what it will really be like when the solar flare hits.

Advanced Tasks:

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check your email first thing in the morning!