Rainy Day Foods
“Spring Ahead, Fall Behind”—that’s the old saying to help us remember what to do with our clocks on Daylight Savings. Although Daylight Savings gave us an extra hour yesterday, it had its negative side, too, such as it now gets dark sooner and the cold winter air starts to settle in. If you’re not quite ready to build a fire in your fireplace or crank up the thermostats to your heaters or furnace, a good way of adding some extra heat in your home is to cook or bake in the oven. It puts off some heat to help take the chill off while also preparing your meal or snack. Here’s a special treat you can make with the help of Rainy Day Foods. Just add some fall colored sprinkles like brown and orange, and these cream-filled cookie sandwiches become a perfect snack for the fall season.
Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees. Then in a small bowl, gently stir together 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon salt.
In another bowl, blend together 1 ¾ cups of sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 cup of softened butter, 1 large egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Once blended into a smooth mixture, slowly add in the flour mix a little bit at a time. Fold in desired amount of fall sprinkles.
On a clean countertop, lay out a sheet of wax paper, taping down the edges. Then ball up your cookie dough and put it on the wax paper. Lay out a second sheet of wax paper on top of the cookie dough. Roll out dough with a rolling pin.
Use a cookie cutter to get the cookies the same size. On a greased cookie sheet, drop cookie dough into place. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Set aside to cool.
While the cookies cool, make the cream filling.
Blend together 6 tablespoons of softened butter, 2 ounces of cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar , and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can also add just a hint of dutch baking cocoa if you have a chocolate craving to satisfy.
Once the filling is smooth and fluffy, lightly frost one side of one cookie, then top with another cookie that’s about the same size.
If you don’t plan on eating them all at once, I would recommend refrigerating the frosting and putting the cookies into an airtight container to keep them soft.
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
Are you looking for a Halloween treat that’s a little healthier than chocolate? Well here’s a perfect alternative that’s also sweet! It’s also very simple to put together. All you need is some orange colored fruit, such as Oranges, Peaches or Mangos, some yellow colored fruit, like Bananas or Pineapple, and some Whip Topping.
For my orange and yellow fruits, I’m using Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Mangos and Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Pineapple Chunks along with some Peaches. Simply reconstitute* the desired amount of fruit in boiling hot water. Let sit for about 5 minutes or until the fruit is back to its natural state.
*For this particular recipe, I recommend reconstituting the fruits in separate bowls.
Next drain any extra water out of each bowl.
Then scoop into a clear glass or container 1/3 pineapple
1/3 mangos in one cup and 1/3 peaches in the other cup
Then refrigerate. Once chilled, top it off with the whip topping.
You can even add some real candy corn candies on top of the whip topping for a little decoration.
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
When it comes to Halloween, there are many different monsters that come to mind—ghosts, witches, vampires, zombies…but the one that seems to stick out the most in my mind is Frankenstein. So for this special treat, we’ll use Rainy Day Foods Brownie Mix to make brownies and dress them up with frosting to make them look like Frankenstein’s head.
Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees. Then take 4 ½ cups brownie mix in a medium-sized bowl and gently stir in 3/4 cups HOT water until well mixed.
Grease an 8” x 8” glass pan and pour in the brownie batter.
Cook for 25-30 minutes—you’ll know when it’s done by sticking a toothpick in the brownies and the toothpick will come out clean.
Let the brownies cool COMPLETELY before trying to cut them. Once cooled, cut them up and set them out on a platter, giving yourself room to decorate them.
Take some white frosting and add green food coloring.
Use chocolate frosting in a Ziplock bag to give them Frankenstein face!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz.
October is one of my favorite months! It’s filled with all the beauty that fall has to bring! It’s when all the leaves on the trees change color, almost as if they’re giving an encore before they leave for the winter. It’s harvest time—the final pat on the back for all the farmers’ hard work. It’s the month that hunting season starts in my household, so we look forward to that and the delicious meat it brings to our freezer. It’s also the first month of the final three holidays that all kids get most excited about—starting with Halloween! They always look forward to letting their imaginations run wild and dressing up as one of their favorite characters…and all the candy they get from trick or treating!! As parents, we enjoy our candy here and there, too, but it’s also nice to have a dessert that’s not just a candy bar. So, with the help of Rainy Day Foods, I’ll show you how to make some fun Halloween desserts.
This first one is called “Halloween Dirt Cups,” using Rainy Day Foods Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix. It’s a pretty simple dessert to make, but you can dress it up and get pretty wild with it! You can make a couple for your family, or make several dozen for a fun Halloween party treat! This time around, I’m only making two, so keep that in mind as you read on.
Start by putting 4 Oreo cookies (minus their frosting) into a plastic Ziplock bag, making sure to get all the air out.
Then using a coffee cup, crush the Oreos into a dirt-like powder.
Pour the “dirt” powder into two clear cups. Set the coffee cup and Ziplock bag aside for later.
Next step is to whip up some chocolate pudding in a separate bowl.
Take 2 cups of cold water and gradually stir in 1 cup of pudding mix. Whip it by hand for about 5 minutes or until there are no clumps and the pudding starts to thicken up.
Pour the pudding into the clear cups on top of the crushed Oreos. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
Once the pudding has set up, put 5 more Oreos without their frosting in your Ziplock back and crush them up into small chunks. Pour the chunks on top of the pudding, and now you’ve got “Halloween Dirt Cups”.
You can put a couple Sour Patch Kids on top to make “Zombie Kid Cups”
You can add gummy worms on top to make “Worm Dirt Cups”.
You can take one half of an Oreo with the frosting still on, write on the frosting with a chocolate frosting or sprinkles and make it into a headstone for “Graveyard Plot Cups”.
You can even make a zombie hand reaching up out of the dirt!
The possibilities are endless!! Lots of neat tricks you can do with this simple treat.
For our last “Hot Meals for Hunters” blog, we’re letting our mighty hunter prepare his own meal while he’s out. Rainy Day Foods offers a variety of Quick and Easy Meals in a Mylar bag that has either a pasta or a rice entree, or there’s also the option of Tomato Basil Soup. The nice thing about these meals is everything is dry and doesn’t require being chilled, but the best thing is the Mylar bag actually doubles as your disposable serving bowl. As long as the hunter has a lighter or matches to make a fire, some kind of little cooking pot to boil water in, an eating utensil, and one of these meals in his pack, then he can have the option of eating dinner while he’s hunting and working up an appetite. Each meal simply requires the boiling of water to cook the pasta or rice, and that can be done safely in the Mylar bag. After removing the oxygen absorber from the Mylar bag meal, add the boiled water, reseal, and leave in the upright position for about 10 minutes, or until the pasta or rice is tender. Please remember to use caution as the Mylar bag will be hot! Stir up the contents, and eat up!
For the Pasta Quick and Easy Meals, Rainy Day Foods has the following options available:
*Mac and Cheese
*For those who love meat, feel free to add some Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Ground Beef or Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Diced Chicken to these pasta meals! If you do add the meat, you may want to add a little extra water
For the Rice Quick and Easy Meals, Rainy Day Foods has the following options available:
*Teriyaki Oriental Rice with Imitation Chicken
*Ala King Rice with Imitation Chicken
We made the Lasagna, adding one cup of the freeze dried ground beef:
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
I think we all have those very hectic days when all you’ve done is run run run and the next thing you know it is way past dinner time and you realize that you and your family haven’t eaten yet. That’s when you and the kids end up eating a bowl of cereal for dinner just so you can try and catch up from the day. But what about your hunter who’s been out in the cold all day—is he really going to want a cold bowl of cereal for dinner, too? Lucky for him, though, you’ve got some Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Ground Beef stashed away, so he can make himself whatever snack he wants! I know my husband would use the freeze dried ground beef and the Rainy Day Foods Nacho Cheese Sauce Mix to whip up a batch of Nachos!!
Start by whip up some nacho cheese sauce. Put 1 part of nacho cheese sauce and 2 parts HOT water into a bowl and mix. For a single serving, I used 1/8th of a cup of nacho cheese sauce and ¼ cup HOT water, but it’s all a matter of preference. Microwave on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until thickened, then whip with a fork.
In a separate bowl, put desired amount of freeze dried ground beef and some HOT water. Sprinkle just a little bit of taco seasoning for flavor, then stir the meat, water, and taco seasoning. For a single serving, I used ½ cup freeze dried ground beef and 1/8th cup HOT water, but again, it’s all a matter of preference. Warm up in the microwave for about a minute, stir, then drain the excess water.
Dump out some chips on a plate, add the meat and cheese sauce and whatever else sounds good on nachos, and eat up!!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
Continuing on with our Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Meats, we’ll take our Hot Meals for Hunters away from the tin foil dinners and into the quick and easy meals. For this meal, we’ll use Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles along with Rainy Day Foods Buttermilk Biscuit Mix to make Sausage, Biscuits, and Gravy. Very fast, very filling, and very delicious! Works great for any meal!
Start by putting the desired amount of Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles into a bowl with HOT water. Set aside until the end.
Next preheat the oven to 425 Degrees. Then make the biscuits using the Rainy Day Foods Buttermilk Biscuit Mix. Put 2 cups of the biscuit mix in a bowl and add 2/3 cups of milk. Mix thoroughly until the dough forms.
Drop the biscuit dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 9 minutes.
While the biscuits bake, make the gravy. Stir 2 cups of milk and ½ cup of flour along with some pepper and a tiny bit of garlic powder with parsley into a frying pan. Stir continuously until all the flour is mixed in.
Once the gravy starts to thicken, add the reconstituted sausage crumbles. Drain any remaining water from the sausage before adding to the gravy.
Now the timer for the biscuits should be going off just as the gravy is hot and ready to serve. Enjoy!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
National Preparedness Month is almost over and we have made a great start in getting more prepared by storing the basics: grains, beans & legumes, pasta, rice and vegetables. Now that we have some basic foods, we need to add items that enhance the flavor and make these basic foods a delicious meal. Cooking aids (such as baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch), spices, and seasonings and gravy mixes will add flavor and variety to basic foods to make delicious meals from food storage supplies.
Most cooking aids and seasonings will store at least ten years – many will store up to twenty years. Gravy and sauce mixes add great flavor to pastas and rice dishes. Spices such as cinnamon, garlic, and other seasoning mixes add that extra boost of flavor to main entrée recipes and even some desserts. Don’t forget to include the basic seasonings: salt and black pepper. Even when there are no other spices or seasonings on the shelf, salt and pepper will add flavor and enhance the flavor of your food. Check out our special this week on cooking aids and spices – this is a great time to add these important items to your food storage supply.
Try this delicious recipe using some of your food storage ingredients:
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (recipe & photo retrieved from AllRecipes.com)
• 3 eggs, beaten (or you can substitute whole egg powder - see directions on can label)
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup butter (or substitute butter powder according to directions on label)
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 cup white sugar
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 2 cups rolled oats
• 1 cup chopped pecans
1. Combine eggs, vanilla and raisins in a small bowl; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda; stir into the creamed mixture. Then stir in the raisin mixture, rolled oats, and nuts.
4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
No meal is complete without vegetables – whether as a side dish or as an ingredient in the main entrée. Likewise, no food storage supply is complete without a variety of vegetables.
Dehydrated and/or freeze dried vegetables are a great way to include vegetables in your food storage supply. When stored properly in air-tight containers, vegetables will store 20 to 25 years. You may ask yourself whether it is better to store dehydrated vegetables or freeze dried vegetables and what is the difference between the two. When it comes to nutrition there is very little, if any, difference between dehydrated and freeze dried vegetables. Freeze dried vegetables will reconstitute quicker than dehydrated and are very easy to use. Other than the time it takes to reconstitute, the biggest difference is density. Freeze dried vegetables are very light in weight so when comparing ounces you get fewer dry ounces in a can of freeze dried than you would in dehydrated. If space is an issue in your storage, you will be able to store more dry ounces of dehydrated product in a smaller area than freeze dried.
There is a wide variety of vegetables available for storage from onions and celery for flavoring to carrots and peas as a side dish. Almost all are available in freeze dried and dehydrated. This is a great way to add potatoes (sliced, diced, shredded or mashed), green vegetables (peas, green beans, broccoli), carrots, onions, celery, and even mushrooms and other less common vegetables such as cauliflower and asparagus. Tomato powder is a versatile and great addition to your food storage. You can use it to thicken sauces or make delicious spaghetti or pizza sauce.
Check out our wide variety of dehydrated and freeze dried vegetables that are on special this week and add this important item to your food storage supply.
Try this quick and easy, delicious Broccoli Cheese Soup!
Rainy Day Foods Creamy Potato Soup mix
Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Broccoli
Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Optional: add your favorite meat or other ingredients for variety
Mix soup mix according to directions on the can. Add ¼ to ½ cup freeze dried broccoli and 1 cup shredded cheese. Ingredients may be adjusted according to personal preference. Cook until thick and vegetables are tender or combine ingredients in a slow cooker and let simmer for about an hour or until soup is thick and vegetables are tender.
Delicious and Easy!!
Continuing with our Hot Meals for Hunters segment, we’ll be using Rainy Day Foods Signature Meats Beef Chunks. I like to refer to this as, “A Hunter’s Soup”. It’s everything you would find in a soup minus the noodles.
We start with a little prepping. You can either use fresh veggies if you have the time to cut them up or you can use Rainy Day Foods dehydrated or freeze dried veggies. If using the Rainy Day Foods, I would recommend for this particular recipe to use their Mixed Veggies and Potato Slices. If you use the dehydrated or freeze dried veggies, you simply take the proportion you would like to use, put it in a bowl or cup and reconstitute it with HOT water. Add a bit of HOT water at a time, stir gently, and let it sit a minute. Repeat as needed until they’re back to their natural physical state. Discard water before adding to meal.
Once the veggies are ready, cut a fairly good sized sheet of aluminum foil and lay it out flat. This is where all the food will go, so make it big enough to hold as much food as desired and still be able to fold and stay closed. I used roughly a foot and a half of aluminum foil for this meal. It works best to do one serving per sheet of aluminum foil. After you lay out your sheet of foil, open a can of soup—preferably a “Cream of” soup; we used a can of “Cream of Mushroom”. You can also use the Rainy Day Foods White Cream Sauce/Soup Mix. Scoop out 2-3 spoonfuls of the soup mix and smear it on half of the aluminum foil.
Next, open the can of Rainy Day Foods Signature Meats Beef Chunks and drain out the natural liquids. You may want to pick out the chunks of fat, and then lightly stir the meat chunks so they become shreds. Remember, any leftover beef needs to be refrigerated and treated like any other meat once opened.
Layer the veggies on top of the soup mix,
followed by the desired amount of beef, and top with a little more soup mix.
Fold all of the seams of the foil so they are all on top and then none of the soup will leak out. If desired, you can always double wrap it.
Then put the foiled meal into your ice cooler or fridge until the hunter is ready for his meal. Once he’s ready, just place the foil meal into the fire on top of the coals, on a pan in the oven at 350 Degrees, or on the grill with a lid on top at medium heat. Depending on how much food is in the packet, let it warm up for 15 to 20 minutes. Once everything is warmed up, it’s ready to eat!
One can of Rainy Day Foods Signature Meats Beef Chunks will make 4 to 6 meals.
Make sure to watch for our next meal idea! We’ll have a new Hot Meals for Hunters blog featuring a different meat each Tuesday and Friday all September long!!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz