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Tag Archives: freeze dried ground beef

  • Homemade Crockpot Chili

    chiliOn cold days like this, there’s nothin’ better than a hot meal! A delicious and very filling meal is homemade crockpot chili. This mildly spicy soup is great for a one-time big family meal or several meals for those who enjoy leftovers, although I would recommend eating it within 4 days. With a little prepping the day before, this homemade crockpot chili requires little effort to make!

    On the evening before the meal is to be made, soak 3 to 4 cups of pinto beans in water overnight. Then, make sure there is about two pounds of thawed ground beef in the refrigerator.

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    Once you’re ready to make the homemade crockpot chili, start by putting two cups of water in the crockpot. Then, break up the thawed ground beef into small chunks and put in the crockpot. Next, sprinkle 7 to 10 tablespoons of chili powder over the raw meat, then put the crockpot lid on and cook on medium heat for at least two hours. If you find that you don’t have any ground beef, freeze-dried ground beef is a perfect necessity to have in your food storage for just such occasions!


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    After the 2 hour mark, rinse the pre-soaked pinto beans thoroughly with hot water and add to the chili-seasoned hamburger. Don’t worry if you forget to let the beans soak overnight. Just make sure to boil them in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes, let them soak for an hour, then rinse them thoroughly in hot water before adding them into the chili.
    Now’s a great time to add anywhere between ¼ cup to ½ cup of chopped onions if that’s something everyone likes. If the crockpot is left on high, let the ground beef-and-bean mix cook for another two hours to make sure the beans and meat are completely cooked.

    Next, open 2 to 3 cans of diced tomatoes (but do not drain any of the tomato juices out of the cans) and dump into the crockpot. Stir the tomatoes into the chili and let it sit for about 5 minutes and then it’s ready to serve!

    Delicious chili! Delicious chili!

    Contributed by Angelia Kuna


  • Potato Surprise

    potato surpriseAt the end of a long day, all you want to do is sit down and relax…but instead you have hungry tummies that need to be fed. The ultimate question—what to fix for dinner. It seems like that is one of the hardest questions to answer after a stressful day. You know you need to make something that will both satisfy the hunger and be nutritious. On the other hand, you just want to give each person a box of cereal and call it good. Why not pick something that is both filling and nutritious and also simple to prepare! That way you can feel good about what you’re feeding your family for dinner and still have time to relax before bed. Using all the ingredients from Rainy Day Foods you can prepare this Potato Surprise in just minutes!

    Start by getting a deep, glass dish that is safe to bake. Preheat the oven to 350’.
    Take five minutes and mix together in the glass dish:
    • 1 ½ cups of freeze-dried ground beef
    • ½ cup of freeze-dried garden peas
    • ½ cup of freeze-dried green beans
    • 1 cup of dehydrated carrot dices
    • ½ cup of freeze-dried, super-sweet corn
    • 1 ½ cups of elbow macaroni
    • 2 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of Montreal steak seasoning

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    Cover the glass dish with aluminum foil and put into the oven. While it bakes for 30 minutes, go sit down and relax. Once the timer goes off, put ½ cup of freeze-dried, shredded Colby cheese into a cup with ¼ cup of HOT water. Set aside.

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    make a batch of butter mashed potatoes make a batch of butter mashed potatoes

    Prepare a batch of delicious butter mashed potatoes. Put 3 cups of water with 1 cup of the potato flakes. Microwave for 10 minutes, but make sure to stir at the 5 minute mark. Stir again once it is done, then take out the main dish that’s still in the oven. Spread the potatoes evenly on top of the meat/veggie/noodle dish. Top with the shredded cheese, then bake again for 10 minutes.

    A quick and hot meal the whole family will love! A quick and hot meal the whole family will love!

    And just like that you have accomplished making dinner and gave yourself a few minutes to relax before dinner. Now go enjoy your meal with your family!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


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