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Freeze Dried / Dehydrated Foods

  • Southwest Quinoa Chili

    Southwest Quinoa Chili Southwest Quinoa Chili

    This is an amazing simple and delicious chili.   Try using freeze dried corn, peppers and freeze dried turkey from your pantry.  Quinoa is available in can, bucket or bag-get it here.   Natural Quinoa

    Yield: 8 servings
    Prep time: 20 minutes
    Total time: 75 minutes



    2 lbs. ground turkey
    1 medium onion chopped
    1 bell pepper chopped
    2 cloves garlic minced
    2 15 oz. cans black beans
    1 28 oz. can Mexican style dice tomatoes
    1 chipotle pepper with adobo sauce chopped
    1 1/2 cups quinoa (rinsed)
    2 tbs. chili seasoning
    1 tbs. ground cumin
    1 tsp. cinnamon powder
    1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth
    Salt and pepper to taste
    In a sauce pan bring to boil 3 cups water and quinoa. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Meanwhile in large sauce pan brown onions, garlic and pepper for 10 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook 10 more minutes until fully cooked. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and other seasonings. Stir several minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with cilantro, sour cream, grated cheese, diced avocado, and chopped green onions.

  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti

    I have to admit something. I have always been afraid to try whole wheat foods. So when my husband brought home some whole wheat spaghetti from Rainy Day Foods, I was not very interested in cooking it. After a lot of discussion, I finally gave in and let our family try it. First of all, it has a darker color to it, which didn’t surprise me because whole wheat is darker.

    whole wheat spaghetti whole wheat spaghetti

    The second thing I was afraid of was cooking time. For some reason, I had it in my mind that it would take a lot longer. Surprise! It cooks up in the same amount of time as the regular spaghetti I am used to. I just followed the cooking time on the directions and it turned out okay.

    cooking whole wheat spaghetti cooking whole wheat spaghetti

    Another thing I was really worried about was the taste. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by it. It has a little different taste (more nutty) but was actually very good. My daughter totally loved it and the rest of the family enjoyed it as well.

    cooked whole wheat spaghetti cooked whole wheat spaghetti

    The last thing I was concerned about was the price and how long it would store. The cost of whole wheat versus traditional is about the same as is the storage life of both kinds of spaghetti.
    The one thing I couldn’t dispute was the health benefits. Whole wheat contains 3 parts of the grain—the bran (the grain’s outer layer), the germ (the sprouting section of the seed), and the endosperm (the large, starchy center). When it is refined, the heat forces the bran and the germ out leaving just the endosperm. So the bottom line is that whole grain spaghetti provides about 3 times as much fiber and 25 percent more protein than traditional spaghetti and has fewer calories.
    So if you want to try something new or even if you have already been eating whole wheat foods for a considerable amount of time, I would recommend whole wheat spaghetti.

    Contributed by Pam Higley


  • Celebrate Banana Day with Frosted Banana Cake!

    frosted banana cake

    Happy Banana Day! Happy Banana Day!

    Today is banana day! A terrific fruit that is excellent anytime! Bananas offer so many health benefits for everyone to enjoy! A banana is loaded with potassium, which can help increase alertness1. Bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.1 Eating bananas have a see-to-believe effect on us, too. They can help with cramping and reduce swelling.1

    Who uses a banana peel? Maybe you should! Why you ask?? Besides the creative reasons like polishing silverware and leather shoes, scientists have recently added purification of drinking water contaminated with potentially toxic metals2 to the list of uses. With summer time coming, this little tick is one to keep on hand—if you get bit by a bug or develop hives1, rub the inside of a banana peel on the irritation for relief! Who knew?!
    With all the vitamins and nutrients found in bananas, they are one food you should try and consume daily. But what happens if there comes a day when we get a shortage of bananas? With so many benefits from bananas, freeze-dried sliced bananas and dehydrated banana slices are both must-haves in everyone’s food storage for just in case!

    To help celebrate banana day, enjoy making this delicious frosted banana cake!

    Blend the ingredients Blend the ingredients

    Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees. Blend together 2/3 cup shortening, 1 1/3 cup sugar, 4 eggs, and 3-4 bananas. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 ½ cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.



    Banana cake batter Banana cake batter

    Once the banana mixture is smooth, gently add the flour mix into it and stir well. A wonderful additive to this banana cake is chopped walnuts or chopped almonds, but that is completely optional!




    pour into a pan and bake pour into a pan and bake

    Once the batter has been prepared, grease a cake pan and pour in the batter. Bake for 48-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.




    boil the butter boil the butter

    Right after the banana cake is baked, bring ¼ cup of butter to a boil in a pot on the stovetop.

    Once the butter starts to boil, add 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 cup butterscotch chips, and ½ cup brown sugar. Stir continuously until the brown sugar is completely dissolved. Once it’s dissolved pour immediately onto the banana cake and smooth it out evenly. Best when eaten within 4 days.

    Delicious banana cake! Delicious banana cake!

    Another great article discussing the benefits of bananas can be found at


    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Warm Up From the Inside

    broccoli cheeseWe usually have snow here at home this time of year, but it has decided to warm up enough to turn the snow to rain. Even though it’s a little warmer than usual, the weather still puts a chill on the bones, especially in the evenings. The quickest way to warm up is to start from the inside, and what better way of doing that than to eat a hot bowl of soup! With so many different choices, there’s at least one soup for everyone!

    We have classical soups such as tomato basil soup or chicken noodle soup.

    cream of mushroomcreamy potatoWe have many “cream of” soups, including cream of mushroom soup and creamy potato soup.



    We even have some brand new flavors— broccoli cheese soup and baked potato cheese soup!

    broccoli cheeseCan’t decide which ones to try? They’re all delicious!! But right now we are having a sale on our two newest additions—CHECK IT OUT HERE!!


    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Tomato Soup - A Timeless Classic

    Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    I’m sure one childhood memory we all share is the joy of eating a hot bowl of tomato soup after a fun day playing in the cold. It’s a heart-warming flavorful soup that has been around for many years. Tomato soup made its first documented appearance in America in 1872 by our 1st “celebrity cook”, Maria Parloa. It later gained popularity in 1897 by becoming one of the top three soup flavors produced by Joseph A. Campbell, whom you may recognize as one of the founders of the Campbell Soup Company. Today, there are hundreds of different soup flavors around, but tomato soup still remains a timeless classic.

    We at Rainy Day Foods offer our version of tomato soup for our consumers to be able to enjoy not only on cold days but also for your home storage needs. This tomato basil soup is very versatile. It can be eaten as a flavorful soup or mixed into a delicious pasta sauce. As a thick soup, boil 2 parts of water and then add 1 part of soup. For more of a thinner soup, try using 3 parts of water instead of 2. We enjoy our tomato soup with the ever-so-simple grilled cheese sandwich.

    Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    Delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwich Delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    We’ve learned the trick to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich is to butter both sides of each piece of bread. Lightly brown one side of each slice of the bread, then flip one of the slices over, quickly topping it with the shredded cheese, then sandwiching it with the other slice of bread, browned side down. Then flip the sandwich as a whole to brown the final side.

    A hot quick lunch favorite! A hot quick lunch favorite!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Soup's On!

    soupWhen the weather is snowing like crazy or has below-freezing temperatures, there’s no better food to warm up with than soup! Here at Rainy Day Foods, we have many delicious choices for you to choose from—including gluten-free! To finish off the winter season, we are going to be highlighting some of our favorite soups and help you warm up ‘til spring. Our first highlight is our newest addition, Broccoli Cheese Soup. This creamy, flavorful soup pairs wonderfully with hot, fresh cornbread drizzled with honey.

    Start by making the cornbread. Whether you’re making a single serving or several loaves for a big family get together, this mouth-watering cornbread is very easy to make! It requires 1 part water and 2 parts of our corn muffin mix .

    Mix up a batch of corn muffin mix. Mix up a batch of corn muffin mix.
    Pour into pan and bake Pour into pan and bake

    Here, we made a 4 serving batch in an 8 inch square glass pan, so we whipped together 2 cups of cornbread powder and 1 cup of water. Once all the clumps are broken up and the mixture is now smooth, pour into a greased pan.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

    Fresh baked cornbread! Fresh baked cornbread!
    Broccoli Cheese Soup Broccoli Cheese Soup

    While that bakes, make your soup. This broccoli cheese soup is also easy to adjust to make however many servings you need. All you need to do is bring 3 parts of water to a boil, then add 1 part of the soup powder into the boiling water and whisk ‘til smooth. Once all the soup has been blended together, remove the soup from the heat.

    Slice up the fresh cornbread and spread some creamy honey on it and serve with the soup.

    Broccoli Cheese Soup and cornbread Broccoli Cheese Soup and cornbread

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • It's Strawberry Day!

    Strawberry Gelatin Strawberry Gelatin

    This strawberry dessert is very simple to make and makes for a sweet treat for anyone. For the gelatin, I followed the written instructions on the product, which equaled 2-3 servings, but it’s easy to adjust for however many servings you want to make. This strawberry gelatin is a 1-to-3-to-3 ratio, calling for 1 part gelatin mix, 3 parts hot water, and 3 parts cold water. The whip topping is a 1-to-1 ratio, calling for 1 part whip topping mix and 1 part ice cold water.

    mix the gelatin mix the gelatin

    For this dessert, make the gelatin according to however many people you intend on serving it to. Here, I used 1/3 cup of gelatin mix, 1 cup of hot water, and 1 cup of cold water. Start by boiling the hot water. I just cooked the water in the microwave for about 10 minutes. Next, add your gelatin mix. Whisk by hand until all the mix is dissolved.



    add freeze dried strawberries add freeze dried strawberries

    If you want, you can add some freeze-dried sliced strawberries into your dessert for some added fun! If you choose to, this is the time to add them in.

    The next step is to add the cold water. Whisk again for about a minute, then refrigerate until it sets up. A fun trick to do for a single serving is to fill a clear glass half full of the gelatin before refrigerating, but store the half-full glass at an angle, so the gelatin sets up as shown here. That way, there’s more room to evenly add some whip topping.

    pour into glass or dish pour into glass or dish
    refrigerate and chill until set refrigerate and chill until set






    make the whipped topping make the whipped topping

    While the gelatin sets up, make the whip topping equivalent to the same amount of servings as the gelatin. For me, I filled the ½ cup measuring cup up with crushed ice, then filled it with cold water—enough to add some liquid to the ice chunks, but not enough to overflow the measuring cup. My madness behind this is that the ice will melt as you whip it together with the water and powder, giving you about one cup of water required, but minimizing the chill time. Pour the ice-water into a mixing bowl, and add about 1 cup of the whip topping powder. Whisk by hand gently until all the powder is dissolved, then whisk continuously for 5 minutes, or until a nice “whipped” texture.

    Place the whip topping into the fridge until chilled. If you do the ice, it seems to take anywhere from half an hour to an hour off the chill time; depending on how much you make.

    Once everything is set up and chilled, take your gelatin out of the fridge, and top with the whip topping. For a fun decoration, you can top it all off with a sliced strawberry that resembles a heart. The freeze-dried strawberries are nice and soft, so you can use your fingers or a butter knife to enhance the shape of the strawberry to be a heart.

    A delicious and pretty dessert!! A delicious and pretty dessert!!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Potato Cakes

    potato cakesPotatoes are a definite must-have when it comes to your food storage. They are a terrific addition to any breakfast in the form of hashbrowns, or in the form of potato dices they can be mixed in with other breakfast meals. You can eat potatoes for lunch and dinner as a side dish such as mashed potatoes or French fries, or you can serve up a baked potato or a potato cake as your main dish.

    A potato cake is pretty simple to make and very filling! They taste pretty good, and if you use our butter mashed potatoes it adds a delicious buttery taste to the potato cakes! To make these potato cakes, mix together in a bowl 1 cup of butter mashed potato flakes, ½ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of sour cream*, one egg*, and some pepper.

    Combine potato flakes with other ingredients Combine potato flakes with other ingredients
    potato cake mixture potato cake mixture

    Roll a handful of the potato mix into a ball and gently flatten into an even patty. Grease a frying pan—either with a little butter or just some Pam Cooking Spray, and cook the patties on a medium-low heat until they start to brown. Then flip the patties and brown the other side.


    make pancake style patties from the potato mixture make pancake style patties from the potato mixture
    Brown and serve delicious Potato Cakes Brown and serve delicious Potato Cakes






    *If you would like to use our whole eggs powder and our sour cream powder , add 2 ½ tablespoons of the whole egg powder, use only 1 tablespoon of the sour cream powder, and pour in a whole cup of water instead of just ½ a cup.

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Butter Mashed Potatoes

    Butter mashed potatoes make a delicious side dish! Butter mashed potatoes make a delicious side dish!

    Here at Rainy Day Foods, we package all of our products with our customers in mind. We strive to distribute delicious and nutritious meals that will come in handy not only in emergency situations, but also for everyday use. We like to pride ourselves on giving our costumers’ their money’s worth when it comes to buying our products. We fill our cans with as much product as possible*. A perfect example is our butter mashed potatoes.

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    reconstituted butter mashed potatoes reconstituted butter mashed potatoes

    These are a great addition to any meal and take but a few minutes to make. Simply heat 3 parts water and 1 part of the butter mashed potato flakes and just like that you’ve got a scrumptious side dish! They pair great with any meal, especially meat! Easy to make and delicious to taste!



    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Eat a Healthy Breakfast

    Start Your Day Off Right!

    breakfastBreakfast is the most important meal of the day! It gives you that boost of energy to start your day off right and can determine a lot of how the rest of your day will continue. If you’re the kind of person that skips breakfast or eats doughnuts and other sweets first thing in the morning, you may often find yourself eating other junk foods throughout the day, and may experience things such as mood swings4, fatigue1, overeating3, and even weight gain2. None of that sounds good to me! So why not take a few minutes in the morning to feed yourself something that will in the long run help you with your physical and mental health? When you eat a nutritional breakfast in the morning, you’re very likely to find yourself feeling less hungry all day2 and less tired throughout the day because your body will have the nutrients and vitamins it needs to refuel your energy and strength.1 When you eat a healthy breakfast, you’re more apt to continue your day making healthy choices for snacks and other meals, leading to an overall healthy you. With that chain reaction of eating healthy, it will lend a helping hand in keeping your weight maintainable and healthy.3 Eating a nutritional breakfast every morning can also improve your concentration and performance in your daily activities.2

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    There are so many benefits to eating a good breakfast, and Rainy Day Foods is here to give you many nutritional meals today as a start for a better tomorrow! With such a variety of foods to offer, you could buy several and have a different breakfast all week long! Some examples of our great breakfast foods include having an omelet or French toast using our eggs, a bowl of cereal topped with our monthly special of strawberry-flavored apple flakes or any of our delicious and real freeze-dried fruits, or some nutritious muffins if you have time to bake. My family’s favorite and “fast” food breakfast is fruit-filled waffles with some fresh orange juice! If you don't have time to make fresh orange juice, try Rainy Day Foods vitamin enriched Orange Drink. It's delicious!

    mix up some waffle batter mix up some waffle batter


    Simply mix together a cup of buttermilk pancake mix and about a half a cup of water, and you will have two delicious and nutritious waffles in 5 minutes!



    add freeze dried raspberries add freeze dried raspberries


    Here, we added two handfuls of freeze-dried whole raspberries and let them soak in the batter for a few minutes before pouring it into our waffle iron.



    Eating Rainy Day Foods for your breakfast can help you start your day off right and prepare you to take on your day! So eat up! And enjoy a healthy breakfast!

    A fast and delicious breakfast!! A fast and delicious breakfast!!



    Contributed by Angelia Kunz

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