There’s lots of products and brands to choose from as you navigate the food storage market. I decided to gather up all my favorites — and ask around to others — in order to compile an unbiased list as to what’s been opened, tasted and passed off as being of good quality you can depend on. If you’re storing foods that are not on this list, please be sure to open them up yourself and TRY them! If they’re good, let us know in the comments!
Most people want to save these foods for an emergency rather than open them to try. I understand, they’re pricey and you don’t want to open the can. However, please don’t do that! You might find out at the worst time (when it’s a crisis) that you’ve stored an inedible product and worse yet, that you don’t have the ingredients you were depending on after all.
As far as what’s out there, I can speak from personal experience that some of the things I’ve bought and opened have been awful. I don’t care how hungry my kids found themselves, there would be *no way* they would eat some of the things I’ve been forced to throw away. The good news though is that there are some very good products out there along side the bad ones. Continue reading
Sharon in Spanish Fork, UT was kind enough to send me the recipes of two of her family’s favorite soups that just happen to work as food storage, even fast pantry meal options. Both were (as promised) wonderful soups — I know you’re going to enjoy them! Btw, I’m feeling envious of you out there who are able to include beans in your plans, as the Creamy Chicken Taco soup was especially easy and delicious. (Although I’m happy to be able to keep the second one!)
Thanks for sharing these great recipes with us, Sharon!
Well, my wonder oven sets have all been sent off to their new owners and we’re settled into September after having had a nice summer break! It’s time to jump back into learning! One of the things I’ve been wanting to learn myself is how to can meats SAFELY. I’ve seen various instructions online and haven’t found any that make me feel comfortable to do it myself. Either they’re intimidating (assuming I already know all the parts and pieces of a canner) or I find myself questioning whether I’d accidentally kill my family with my experimental canning concoction. I wanted a pictured tutorial from someone who really knows.
I turned to preparedness author and expert Cheryl Driggs to offer guidance. Cheryl’s formal education is in Food Science and she’s taught home storage and preparedness classes since 1977. She’s the author of Simply Prepared: A Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage as well as Pantry Cooking: Unlocking Your Pantry’s Potential. In addition, you can find more of her work over at her website www.simplyprepared.com. She’s extremely knowledgeable when it comes to canning — what works and what doesn’t –and I’m so grateful she took on my challenge! I know you’ll appreciate it too. Continue reading
I know for myself how critical owning a Wonder Oven is to being able to cook with your food storage. There’s no tool out there to compare it to. From the fuel conserved by using a wonder oven — worst case scenerio — it could be what literally saves your family from running out of fuel (and starving) before running out of the food you have stored.
Because having a wonder oven is so important, and because there aren’t nearly enough who have access to one, I took on a bigger than normal project this summer. You see, the problem I believe isn’t that people don’t want to try it, it’s that the pillows themselves are hard to come by. From their specialized beads to their abnormally angled pattern they’re admittedly a hassle for the average person to make. On the other hand, buying them pre-made costs between $50-$60 dollars, money that many are skeptical to spend on a couple of bean bag pillows that are somehow supposed to cook your food (something they’ve never actually seen work before). Knowing first hand all the AMAZING things you can make with a wonder oven , I realized something had to be done to get more of these marvelous tools out there!!
So … I decided to give you an opportunity you’ll never see again. I have 58 wonder oven sets that now need good homes.
*** THIS DEAL IS SOLD OUT. Do email me (address: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested in receiving a pattern to make one yourself.*** Continue reading
Heads up! Save the date and be sure to get here on time.
The post will go up @10 am CT!
So what do you do in the summer time? Get busy making Wonder Ovens!!
As those of you who’ve tried know, the hardest part of making a Wonder Oven is finding the beads
. This week I heard back from someone having trouble finding the beads for a reasonable price (esp. shipping) for where they live, using the ideas I shared here
. I’m so glad she reached out because thanks to her another option was discovered. If it’s successful for you — or on the other hand, if there are any troubles that arise — leave a comment so we’ll know for the future. Continue reading