Monday, May 7, 2018
"Start now to create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. Watch for best buys that will fit into your year’s supply. We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we’re putting away. The instability in the world today makes it imperative that we take heed of the counsel and prepare for the future." (L. Tom Perry)
I think making a plan is a good way to start. When I first started I did the basic staples - flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, shortening. Then as I learned more, I stored more and kept learning and kept storing. Remember - rotation is essential! If you save food and do not rotate when the time comes and you need it the food will be bad. If you store food and use it everyday like it was a big pantry it just becomes a way of life.
Here are a few ideas on using food storage every day. I so love these gals and all they do:
http://storethisnotthat.com/use-whole-wheat-recipe/ - great ideas for using your wheat.
http://storethisnotthat.com/irresistible-whole-wheat-banana-pancakes/ - I love these pancakes and so will you.
http://storethisnotthat.com/homemade-easy-animal-crackers/ - these look so fun. Can you see making these for family night? Check out your cookie cutters, any shape would work.
http://storethisnotthat.com/circus-animal-popcorn/ - we love popcorn at our house!
Do you store popcorn? Chocolate chips (any flavor)? By the way, my tip here is to store both and to be sure to vacuum seal them.
I just keep my vacuum sealer on the counter ready to go all the time.
Popcorn is a favorite in our storage. I remember reading one of the Little House books. In the books, their friends came to visit, she brought popcorn for them to pop while they were there. It was a surprise. When asked where did she get it out there on the prairie, she said her husband said they did not have room to take it in the wagon and she sat on it all the way there. I thought that was fantastic. So I always keep popcorn in my storage, vacuum sealing extends its life.
http://storethisnotthat.com/no-churn-homemade-cotton-candy-ice-cream/ - yum! Be sure to click the video on storing powdered milk.
Having a well stocked storage makes it possible to do things from scratch.
When we had our kiddos at home still, I did things from scratch and made lots of good yummies. I made cookies so they would come home from school to warm cookies. A friend would come with and she said, "how do you know how to make so many different kinds?"
I remember when I was younger going to my friend's home. Her mom made bread and homemade noodles. I would come home and tell my sister all about these wonderful things. I knew I wanted to do the same and so I have…
I use an electric knife to slice my homemade bread but it's not necessary, any bread knife will work. Then I bag it, freeze it, or gift to someone.
Soon it will be time for rhubarb. I think growing it in your yard is a great thing…
Very frugal to grow your own and sustainable.
This is our favorite recipe and notice it is from one of those church type cookbooks I mentioned last week.
We love this cake, we serve with cool whip but without is great too
I got my rhubarb by asking on freecycle if anyone had a start and this lady said she threw it in her compost but could never get it to die and that I could have it. It is still growing strong today. Ask people you see or know that have a great bunch growing if you could get a clump. More than likely they would love to share with you.
Keep working on your storage, cooking from scratch, learning and working on your skills and being frugal.