Monday, September 11, 2017
"Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program. We could refer to all the components of personal and family preparedness, not in relation to holocaust or disaster, but in cultivating a life-style that is on a day-to-day basis its own reward.” (President Spencer W. Kimball)
A way of life… if you have always eaten what you stored and stored what you have always eaten, you would be able to handle life’s down-turns a little better.
As we look all around us, hard things are happening. We need to be prepared so we can help others. And there is no shortage of need.
How many weeks could you go without going to the store if you have not had to do this? You are blessed but you should take a little survey of what you have and how long can you go. I want you to do it this way rather than actually test it because I want you to keep building your storage.
Ask yourself what would you do after you used up your milk and could not get any, what would you do? Do you have cans of milk? Do you have shelf stable milk? Most of all, do you have powdered milk? What would you do?
I make my yogurt with powdered milk.
What about no eggs?? It happens. I had a friend who emailed me that she was sad she could not make her husband a cake for his birthday as she had no eggs. I wrote back and said that I could help even though we were states apart. I am sure she thought, how?? I told her how to make cake using an egg substitute. There are several out there. I gave her the info and she was able to make her cake. What would you do? Did you even know you could do that?
http://www.wikihow.com/Replace-Eggs-in-Your-Cooking - I encourage you to print this info and put it in your binder because you can’t always trust that you can get on your computer. And on that note, if you use all your recipes by getting on the computer you need to have hard copies. Always have a hard copy.
So take a measure of what you have and how long will it last your family.
The disasters that happen affects us all.
How are you doing on your storage building?
The reason I press you into cooking from scratch isn’t only because it is healthy for you but that storing the ingredients is easier. Like I can store the ingredients to make hamburger helper type meals easily but once I stored the packages they were on sale but a year later they all tasted so salty we had to toss them. So it is not cheaper to go that route.
http://chickensintheroad.com/cooking/homemade-hamburger-helper/ - if I give you any helpful info, this is huge. I have this copied off and use it. So much easier, cheaper, and healthier… a side note, there is that powdered milk thing again, perhaps it is important after all.
http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1114&context=extension_curall - this is soooo helpful, I put this in several times. I have it printed and keep it with the hamburger helper site above. I keep this mix made up. Goodness me, again with the powdered milk! If you don’t have it in storage, work on getting it. If you have it but do not use it, get it out and start using it. How many times do you reach for milk for a recipe? What if you used powdered milk and saved your milk for drinking and the other for baking? I think that would save you money. If you say eeeeww, I am telling you that I can make homemade puddings, custards, tapioca, and more! Yes, we use our powdered milk. Your family will not notice a difference. You can try it the next time you make pancakes and I bet they will not notice the difference. If you say you are going to and make it sound awful then they won’t try. So see for yourself.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/10/monday-message_12.html - making your own mixes is cheaper plus so handy to have on hand.
These are simply regular recipes that I put dry ingredients together in a jar for convenience if I am making the recipe anyway it is easy to do a few ahead like this.
I try to keep bread mixes ahead for easy fixes.
Please heed the words of those who know and get your storage built up.
Do the best you can!