Thanksgiving Green Bean Food Storage Sneak (slight fail)

Recipes
Last week we did a Thanksgiving recap post. This year for Thanksgiving, Julie was at Jodi's house, but Jodi was at her in-laws so she wasn't there. Yes we're TRYING to confuse you. Today's post is brought to you by Julie (who married Jodi's brother) My assignment was a green bean casserole and rolls. Easy enough. I decided I would just make the recipe according to instructions and not try any healthy, food storage alterations. I didn't want to offend any of my in-laws. Well I made the recipe, according to instructions, but then I got worried there wouldn't be enough so I made a second batch the way I wanted to... It wouldn't have been a fail, if I hadn't broken the number 1 rule to sneaking food storage.…
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The Potluck Problem

Pasta Recipes, Recipes
We had a fun pot luck in my neighborhood today, and of course, I forgot it was even going to happen. About 25 minutes before it was going to start, my friend called me up and asked if I was coming. FOOD STORAGE to the rescue. I decided to do the whole, "sneak" food storage into a dish trick. Remember I did this a long time ago with a dessert? I still feel sneaky about that one. The theme of the pot luck was salads, so I decided to make a pasta salad. I've been using my freeze-dried chicken a lot lately. I admit, it's a little bit due to how busy I've been. Having chicken cooked, and cut all ready to go, has saved my eating out budget a…
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“Our Best Tips” for Using your Food Storage

“Our Best Tips” for Using your Food Storage

Recipes
Today we're talking about using your Food Storage in your every day cooking and recipes. This is important so you know how to use them, and it's actually surprising how convenient some food storage items can be in everyday cooking. Do you have a favorite food blog you love to go to and drool over all their recipes? Lately we've been trying tons of recipes from the blog Our Best Bites. Have you been there? You're MISSING OUT if you haven't. Anyways, since we've found ourselves cooking a lot of their recipes, and since we tend to rely heavily on our food storage, it's been very natural for us to substitute typical food storage items all over the place in their recipes. We thought it would be fun to share…
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Food Storage To The Rescue!

Baking Ingredients, Julie's Progress, Recipes
A few weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, I was watching an episode of Good Eats on my DVR with my family (random I know!). It's this show where the host Alton Brown dissects the science behind making foods like pizza, fried chicken, cookies and all sorts of other GOOD things. It kind of reminds me of a science show for kids, but the tricks and science behind it all is awesome. On this particular episode, he was sharing how to master fried chicken.... You know the kind where the crust around it is super good - JUST like the crust on Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan - A delicious piece of friend chicken breast covered in marinara sauce, cheese, and placed on top of noodles (are you drooling yet?). I…
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Food Storage Substitutions, Measurements, and Yields

Cooking, General, Helpful Tools
We recently posted about a few food storage substitutions we found to be helpful. Well after that post, one of our great readers (Nola) shared with us a document she put together that had TONS of common substitutions, measurements and yields.   She suggested we share it with our readers, and let us tell you, the document is AWESOME. Since it has so much information, we're breaking it up into multiple posts to share. Knowing what foods you can use as substitutes is a great food storage planning tool that allows you to really focus in on WHAT to store. Understanding yields can also be very helpful as you progress towards cooking more whole foods from scratch. Today we'll be covering some common measurement conversions, and over the next few…
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Food Storage Substitutions

Baking Ingredients, Recipes
When considering which items to store in your long term food storage, it's beneficial to consider what bulk items you could store that would serve multiple purposes. This can help save space as you avoid storing unnecessary items, and many times you can extend the shelf life of items by making them out of ingredients with longer shelf lives. Food Storage Substitutions: Brown Sugar = 1 c. white sugar + 1-2 T. molasses White sugar and molasses are already on our list of storage items, so if you plan to store brown sugar as well, just store a little extra of these items. Molasses has a longer shelf life than brown sugar, and you don't have the problem of it getting clumpy and hardened since you will be making it…
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