Let’s Talk About Legumes

Legumes
In BabyStep 6 we cover legumes and recommend that you store 60 pounds per person. Most people think that legumes are just a fancy word for dried beans, but there are quite a few other types of legumes that you may want to consider storing for variety and for different health benefits. Let's go over a review of dried beans and then go into some detail about some of the other legumes. Dried Beans Overview Dried beans are a great source of protein, especially when combined with a whole grain. They have a long 30 year shelf life and can be used for many things. You can grind them into bean flour to use as a thickener or base for cream of chicken soup. You can mash them up and…
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6 Ways to Use Freeze-Dried Meats

Long Term Food Storage
A while back we did a big post all about how you can incorporate meats into your food storage, ranging from canning your own to purchasing freeze-dried and everything in between. Today we want to focus specifically on Freeze-Dried Meats since people tend to be unfamiliar with them and don't really know how to use them. They are one of our FAVORITE storage foods since they can really add a lot to any meal. Below we've listed 6 ways you can use freeze-dried meats, as well as 4 of our favorite recipes to try them in. Enjoy! 6 Ways to Use Freeze Dried Meats Toss it In Any type of soup, stew, or sauce is liquid enough to reconstitute your meats within a few minutes. No need to hydrate them…
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Food Storage and Allergies – Let’s give this a try

Allergies and Food Storage
If you follow us on facebook, you may have seen the post I did last weekend stating: We have some good friends from home visiting us this weekend. Just found out my the wife can't eat gluten. I had a pretty good menu planned, now I feel like I'm handcuffed. We practiced this in our 7 day challenge, but this feels harder. Now before you all get after my friend's wife... her allergy isn't super severe, and she didn't want to inconvenience me, so her plan was to just work around any gluten I was going to be serving, not make a fuss and deal with the ramifications. Well her husband let the secret out, and even though she kept assuring me not to change the menu, I couldn't help…
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What to Know When Buying “Just Add Water” Meals

Long Term Food Storage
We used to consider storing Just-add-Water meals to be "cheating". However, over the years we have come to realize that there is a time and place for this type of food storage. If you go through a short term disaster or need to grab some food and go, having a bucket or two of this kind of food will be invaluable to you. We learned this in our 7 Day Challenges over the years. Also, for people who will not rotate traditional food storage (for whatever reason), or do not know how (or want) to cook with traditional foods, these type of meals can be a great option. If you choose to store "Just Add Water" meals there are several things to consider as you determine what you need to…
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Best Ways to Purchase Traditional Food Storage

Long Term Food Storage, Tax Return Week
When referring to traditional food storage, the food items typically include grains, legumes, sugars, oils, etc. These foods provide a life-sustaining diet and at the very least these should be the ones you store. These items also have a long shelf life thus they are ideal for long term food storage. We recommend including additional foods such as fruits, veggies, meats and powdered dairy products in your traditional food storage to add a variety to your diet, and to allow you more flexibility to make your regular recipes using foods you have stored. A lot of people like to shoot for a goal of storing a one year supply of long term food storage, so buying a big chunk of that at one time when you come across some "extra"…
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Food Storage Tax Refund Week: Make the most of your “extra” money!

Tax Return Week
Welcome to Tax Refund Week! We often get asked the question "I got some gift money, or I inherited some money - what would you recommend I purchase?". Talk about a LOADED question. The answer always ends up being: "Well.... it depends". This week, we are going to answer that question. There isn't a universal answer for this, but by the end of the week, we're confident you will have a good idea about what may be right for you - should you get a nice tax refund or other unexpected "extra" money! Back to the answer always ends up being: "Well...it depends". The reason it depends is because not everyone has the same diets, lifestyles, monthly budgets for Food Storage, and ability or desire to rotate their Food Storage.…
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20/20 WonderMill Promotion and Giveaway

Giveaways, Grain Mills
If you have been following our blog for long, you will know that we LOVE our WonderMills. They really changed our whole perspective on long term food storage. The Wonder Junior Deluxe is an incredibly powerful and fast hand grinder for a mid-range price. You can use it for powerless emergencies, for daily use, or just when you need to grind something that won't work in an electric mill like oily nuts and seeds or cracked grains. The WonderMill Electric is the quietest, fastest, and cleanest of all the mills we tested and we have been recommending them to family, friends, and blog readers for 3 years now. We love these mills and so many of our readers do too. We have a fun 20/20 promotion and giveaway we are…
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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:  Dutch Oven Bisquick Cobbler

Shelf Stable Recipes: Dutch Oven Bisquick Cobbler

Recipes, Shelf Stable Recipes
Submitted by: Chris Snyder From: Basin, WYDutch Oven Bisquick Cobbler Ingredients: 2 T. butter (use canned butter or shortening) 1 cup Bisquick 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup powdered milk 1/2 cup water 1 pint canned fruit Directions: 1. Heat 16 or 21 briquettes, depending on Dutch Oven size (16 for 8", 21 for 10"). 2. Melt butter or shortening in dutch oven. 3. Mix Bisquick, sugar, milk powder, and water in a bowl. Pour over melted butter. 4. Pour canned fruit over Bisquick mixture. 5. Cover with Dutch Oven lid. 6. Set over 5 or 7 hot charcoal briquettes. 7. Put 11 or 14 hot briquettes on the lid. 8. Let cook for 20 - 30 minutes You may now download ALL the Shelf Stable Saturday recipes for free. Click…
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Shelf Stable Recipes: Curried Lentils & Rice

Legume Recipes, Recipes, Rice Recipes, Shelf Stable Recipes
Submitted by: Tamra A. From: Washington Curried Lentils & Rice Ingredients: 2 c. long-grain white rice 1 T. vegetable or canola oil 1 T. curry powder 1/2 tsp. onion powder 4 c. water 1 c. lentils (red or brown) 1 tsp. honey 1 T. Balsalmic vinegar 1 tsp. salt Directions: In one saucepan, cook rice according to package directions. In second large saucepan, heat oil & stir in curry powder & powdered onion over medium to medium-high heat. Heat the spiced oil mixture for appx. 2 minutes while stirring. Quickly add the 4 cups of water and lentils, stir & bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Remove from heat and stir in the honey, balsalmic vinegar & salt. Serve…
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