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As I said in my last blog, a few weeks ago I attended a very interesting preparedness meeting that had a lot of great ideas. They gave some top ten lists that I thought were really good. The first list was the top 10 non-food items to store that I wrote about last time. This time I wanted to share the top 10 food items to store. Here they are:
1. Salt. Salt has many important attributes for food preservation as well as being a flavor enhancer.
2. Seasonings, spices, bouillon. These will store a lot longer than the labels may say and food prepared from storage will taste much better.
3. Honey. Honey has a long shelf life, is a great sweetener and has health benefits. It is an antimicrobial which means it fights infection.
4. Dry bulk items. These are your staples such as rice, beans, pasta, grains and sugar. They are inexpensive and long lasting.
5. Oil. For short term storage you should store vegetable oil and shortening. Olive oil and coconut oil are better for long term storage.
6. Freeze dried foods. These are the most expensive food storage, but they provide variety and great flavor.
7. Flour. If you aren’t used to grinding your own, you will need to transition or you will send your body into shock. Having some on hand will help with that transition.
8. Kitchen staples. This would include baking soda, baking powder, yeast, vinegar, whatever you use for everyday cooking.
9. Nonfat dried milk. Milk is one of the basic necessities and it has been proven that people can survive on just powdered milk for quite some time. It also has a very long shelf life.
10. Pet food, animal feed. If you have a pet, he or she is going to need to eat as well. If you rely on animals, such as chickens for eggs, they will need to be fed to keep up their laying.
Well there you have it. I hope you will check it over and see what you need to work on. I know that it made me think of some things that I hadn’t considered. Don’t be afraid to research the best way to store items and other uses for them. Next time I will post the last list they gave to us: 10 other items to be prepared.
Contributed by Pam Higley
Whenever my family celebrates a holiday we love to eat some of our favorite foods. One food that we always want to have is Grandma June’s Rolls. They take a little bit of time, but my kids always want to help me roll them out so it’s a fun way to spend the day with them. This recipe comes from my sister in-law’s mother who is known as Grandma June to a lot of people. Here it is:
1. Put 1 heaping Tablespoon of Yeast into 1 cup warm water and add 1 teaspoon of Sugar. Stir and let sit.
2. Warm 2 cups of milk or (approximately 1 cup powdered milk mixed with 2 cups water) on the stove. Do not boil, just warm.
3. Cream together in a large mixing bowl: ½ cup shortening or (½ cup shortening powder and 1/3 cup water)*
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs or (5 T. powdered eggs and 5 T. water)
* If using shortening powder you may have to add a little vegetable oil.
4. Add yeast to mixture then add milk.
5. Add 3 cups flour and beat for 3 minutes. Add 3 to 4 more cups of flour so the dough is easy to handle. Let it raise until double.
6. Punch down and divide into 3 equal portions. Roll out one portion into a circle. Melt ½ cup butter and pour 1/3 of the melted butter onto the circle. Cut each circle into 12 -15 triangles then roll them up into a crescent shape. Roll out the other two portions.
7. Put the crescents onto a greased pan and let raise until double in size.
8. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes so they are golden brown.
I hope you love these as much as my family does!
Contributed by Pam Higley
I have been a Real Salt fan for years. I use it to season nearly everything I eat. What is Real Salt? It is a brand name and a registered trademark of a rock salt mined near the town of Redmond in central Utah. In 1959, Milo and Lamar Bosshardt discovered this salt deposit. They began selling the salt to local farmers for their animals. After their customers demanded the salt be used for everyday use, the company Real Salt was born. A quick glance at the ingredients label on most salts might surprise you. Many contain anti-caking ingredients such as dextrose which is a sugar. These same salts have been heat processed and stripped of their natural minerals. Real Salt is unrefined and is full of natural minerals. It has more than 60 minerals, like iron oxide, that gives it its unique color, flavor, and healthiness. Dr. Robert Young even recommends Real Salt by name in his book on treating Diabetes, “The pH Miracle for Diabetes.” Christina Avaness said this about Real Salt: “An excellent source of organic sodium, Real Salt is key to alkalizing, detoxifying and rejuvenating your whole body.” I originally tried Real Salt in the 9 oz. shaker. I now purchase it in larger sizes and refill my shaker for table use. Rainy Day Foods sells Real Salt in several sizes: a 25 lb. bag, 6 gallon bucket, #2.5 can, #10 can or a case of 12 26 oz. bags. Since trying it I can’t make myself go back to the processed salts.