Happy 5th Birthday to Food Storage Made Easy!

Events, Just For Fun
We passed our 5th blogiversary this summer and still kind of can't believe we have been at this for 5 YEARS! It's amazing how much changes in 5 years (like adding 4 more kids between the two of us), and how much we still have to learn. To celebrate this event, we wanted to say thank you to your our devoted and faithful readers with 3 PRETTY AWESOME surprises that we put together. Has Food Storage Made Easy helped you? We would really appreciate if you shared some of these things with your friends and family who may be interested. Pin them, share links on facebook, or forward our monthly newsletter on. It helps us get new readers and be able to teach even more people about getting prepared, which…
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Food Storage Calculator FAQ

Food Storage Calculator FAQ

Long Term Food Storage
We have been getting a lot of questions lately about our food storage calculators so we wanted to answer them in a post rather than just in individual emails and comments. Hopefully this is helpful to everyone! Why do you have two food storage calculators? In BabyStep 3 we have a 3 month supply spreadsheet which allows you to enter in specific meals/snack items to get an exact amount of food to store for exactly 3 months worth of meals that your family normally eats. This is a great way to get started if you are worried about starting to build a food storage full of weird things like wheat, dried beans, and powdered milk that your family never eats. In BabyStep 4 we have a long term food storage…
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Shelf Stable Recipes: Chili With Chocolate

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Submitted by: Keri, F From:Ogden, UT CHILI WITH CHOCOLATE Ingredients: 1 can great northern beans 1 can kidney beans 1 can black beans 1 1/4 c. chicken or vegetable broth 1 c. favorite salsa or a can of Mexican stewed tomatoes 3 TBSP chocolate syrup 1 TBSP southwest seasoning 1 TBSP chili powder Directions: Rinse and drain beans. Combine all ingredients in a slow-cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Special Notes: The great thing about this chili is it has enough flavor to skip all the refrigerated toppings like cheese and sour cream.
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Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Links

Networking
Our Why Food Storage? series post is going to be delayed just a little bit as we spent the whole weekend working on a HUGE project that we are very excited about. If you have ever clicked on our Links Page you may have noticed it was sort of pathetic. We always had big dreams of making it into a very useful, one-stop-shop for all your food storage and emergency preparedness needs. However, it was always one of those projects that got pushed to the wayside for other more pressing projects. Well this weekend we finally snapped and decided to make the page into what we always wanted it to be. We hope you find it helpful in your search for food storage information. Check out our new Useful Links…
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My New Food Storage Containers

Julie's Progress, Long Term Food Storage
If you remember from our New Years Resolutions post, I wanted to start using more legumes in my cooking. I have been sticking with it, however I discovered that having these legumes around in my lazy susan pantry was messing with my normal flow! I had to figure out a way to store them in a usable and tidy way - otherwise using them wouldn't be all that fun anymore. Just ask Jodi how crazy I get around clutter. (Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui is my new favorite book- Jodi mocks me for it, but I don't LOSE THINGS ahem). Anyways, I was on a mission to tidy my lazy susan. This is how I did it: 1. I took an inventory of all the grains and legumes I…
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Long Term Food Storage Calculator

Long Term Food Storage
We're so excited to be giving you, your very own Long Term Food Storage Calculator. By simply inputting the number of adults (including children over 7) and children under 7 into the spreadsheet, you will automatically have a printout that tells you the quantities of Long Term Food Storage you will need to store. From there you can also put in prices and use it as an inventory tracker of what you have versus and what you still need ... all in one place! This is a very simple yet handy food storage calculator to help you easily determine how much food you need to store, and keep track of how your Long Term Food Storage is coming along. Download it today and enjoy! Remember to read our post from…
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LIES about LONG TERM Food Storage Debunked!!!

Long Term Food Storage
As we began to think about building our LONG TERM food storage we started to come across some ideas that kept holding us back from really becoming serious about it. As we've been researching for our blog, and actually building our own storage, we discovered that a lot of things were not true for US. We've summarized them here into seven food storage lies that we have debunked. Don't be afraid to replace certain foods with foods you use more often. For example, the typical calculator may tell you to store way more, or less, of a certain ingredient then you would ever use. For example, Jodi likes to use her grain mill to grind corn for cornbread, so she's not taking the cornmeal recommendation literally and is storing corn…
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Recipe: Mexican Casserole – Food Storage Style

Bean Recipes, Fruit and Vegetable Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Powdered Cheese Recipes
This recipe is a family favorite of my husbands- they call it Cowboy Delight. He asked me to make it one day, but I had no Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. A few weeks ago, I had bought some powdered cheese blend in a #10 can to give a try one day and had forgotten about it. Well - I figured this would definitely be a good recipe to try the cheese in since it was mixed with so many other things. It turned out fabulously. Cowboy Delight - Mexican Casserole Ingredients: 1 family size package Kraft macaroni and cheese (I used 3 C macaroni, 1/2 C powdered cheese, 6 tsp butter, 6 tsp of powdered milk) ½ lb. lean hamburger browned (use freeze-dried ground beef) ½ onion, chopped (can use…
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Food Storage Forum

Networking
Do any of these scenarios sound like you? Do you have questions about your food storage? Want to chat with other people who are working on their food storage? Are you an expert who likes helping others with food storage questions? Do you always forget to check back for your answer in the comments section? We have a solution -- a Food Storage Forum!!! Ok it's not exactly a forum but our facebook fan page is such a great place to interact with us and with other readers. You can post questions on the wall, or visit the discussions tab for more detailed conversations. We share our day to day experiences with our food storage and encourage readers/fans to do the same. You can even upload your own pictures to…
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Small Spaces Storage Solutions – RESULTS

Organization, Shelves
At Food Storage Made Easy, we asked our readers to come together and share their ideas for storing food in small spaces. The results were incredible! Continue reading for all the ideas we received. As promised, we created a way cute PDF for you to share with all your friends. To get the handout, click here! We broke the house up into several different areas and will be covering each one individually. Some of these ideas will be perfect for your situation whether or not you have space. Thanks again to ALL our contributors, you're AWESOME! Store cans on their sides under a twin bed. Line them up in rows of their category (fruit, veggies, tuna etc...). When you purchase cans place under the left side of the bed. When…
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