2012’s Top 12

Happy New Year!!  Today I thought I’d share the 12 most visited recipes of 2012, according to you— my wonderful preparedness minded readers.  Some that made the cut surprised me while others didn’t.  I decided to follow it up with a list of my own favorites, not including the recipes that already made “your” list.  It wasn’t easy narrowing it to twelve, it was pretty hard actually, but in my list are my “Tip – top  12” recipes from last year’s postings, ones that my own family loves and uses a lot. Read more

Merry Christmas!

I had good intentions of getting one more recipe posted before breaking for Christmas but didn’t quite make it with how busy our week has been;  we’ll save it for a couple weeks from now.  Until then, THANK YOU for reading!!

And from myself and my ever devoted team of Food Storage Cookbook “taste-testers”… Read more

Radio Show Oct. 2nd

Tune in tomorrow at 1 pm (Central time), to hear me guesting on the Preparedness Radio Network talking about the subject I’m especially passionate about!

As I’m sure you’ve gathered, I’ve got a lot to say about cooking with food storage and organizing a family plan, so it should be fun!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/doctorprepper/2012/10/02/all-you-need-to-know-show-1

(BTW, if you have to miss it but want to catch it later this same link should take you to the archived show.)

Lessons learned

Recently I was asked by a group trying to collect a “best of” preparedness ideas to submit the top 3 things I’ve learned from cooking with food storage.  It got me thinking, as I wrote it up, that it might be helpful information to those here visiting too.  So today, instead of a recipe, I’m offering instead some “food for thought” from someone who, I assure you, has had plenty of mishaps along the way in cooking with food storage. And it’s no wonder… trying to cook with ingredients and methods that are totally different from what we’re used to equates to a steep learning curve, one that costs money (from thrown away food) and time.  Been there and done that.  Thank goodness it’s been during a time when my family hasn’t depended on the food we store to survive, as I’ve many times ended up calling out for pizza to save dinner the nights recipes have bombed (which explains my family’s support of me in this project :)).  Anyway, for what it’s worth, here’s my top 3 tips when trying to store food that your family will eat:

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Wonder oven links

I’ve been getting questions about wonder ovens.  How to make them yourself, where to go to buy them, what in the world they are, etc.  My apologies for the confusion, in the future I’ll be redesigning things to make that information easier to find.  In the meantime anyone with questions can hop over to this post and this youtube for a quick run down.  Of course, feel free to email me (myfoodstoragecookbook@hotmail.com) if you have other questions that still aren’t answered and I’ll do my best to answer 🙂 !

 

shall we cook?

Life is finally back to normal again!  Yay for that!  I’ve got some great recipes to post this week but before I do I just wanted to ask you food storage minds out there for your feedback.  Our family is expecting a new addition in a few months (it’s a girl and we’re so excited!!), so with that in mind I’m anxious to get as many recipes as I can up the next two months before I have to slow things down in preparation for our new baby.

So…what type of recipes are you most interested in seeing?  Quick fix pantry meals — meals using grains — homemade pastas — wonder oven ideas — gluten free — snacks & breakfasts — international styled varieties ??  What kinds of recipes do you wish you had more of in your food storage arsenal?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

Oh and thanks to all of you who left comments and sent emails wishing me well while I was away…you’re great!  I’m officially afraid of my knives now, which is probably a good thing 😉

How this all started

Looking at my stacked up boxes of food storage a few years ago I thought I was doing great and that I was prepared. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know specifically *how* I would pair up the various cans of food when it came time to use it — “we would figure it out” I told myself. “If we get hungry enough and as long as I have a basic cook book with food storage recipes in it, we’ll survive and we’ll be grateful to have it.”

Then something happened.  Sherida, a close friend of mine, decided to put her food storage to the test to see if she could feed her family with six kids on only food storage items for 6 months ( you can read more on her blog *or* listen to Sherida on this radio interview).  It was then that I realized how naive my previous plan had been.

She relayed to me her day by day report of meals she prepared that her children simply refused to eat.  I stepped back and re-thought my original opinion of  “if we’re hungry enough we’ll eat it”.  Watching it happen first hand woke me up to the fact that I’d been completely wrong.

Another awakening I hadn’t thought of, my friend spent practically all her time in the kitchen cooking and preparing food for the next meal!  Cooking with food storage was nearly 100% “from scratch”,  a never ending job with hardly a break in between the next meal.  There was no such thing as a “fast food” food storage meal.  I wondered how I would ever be able to manage that!  Later on I’d  discover “pantry meals” or meals where I’d pre-measure the ingredients ahead of time and store “ready-to-make”.  These would become my food storage convenience meals.

Beyond all of this, my friend discovered there were some key foods that she wished she’d stored but hadn’t. With it being a trial run she  went out and bought these things but if it had happened with no stores to turn to her family would have gone without.   “What had I forgotten to store for my family?”  I thought.

Oppositely, there were some foods she’d already stored (and invested a lot of money in) that she found out the family didn’t like and wouldn’t eat!  She ended up having to throw these foods away.

There was one more big eye opener. I realized by watching this that I hadn’t planned well enough to provide for our son’s severe allergy to nuts and beans.  She used beans all the time!  It was her primary source of protein and I realized that I had another problem to deal with.  I’d later find that there was a whole world of storable grains that contained amazing amounts of protein while also contributing new tastes my family would love.

With all of this in front of me, I had a serious “what was I thinking?!” moment.  I had my food storage, or so I thought, but the problem was that I was *not* organized and I didn’t know how I was going to use my various ingredients. The task of getting it right seemed overwhelming to say the least, so then and there I prayed  a very desperate prayer for help.  I firmly believe it’s only been with God’s help that I’ve been able to find a way to feed my family using food storage if I ever had to.

Two years later, I know how difficult it is to put a solid (and edible) food storage plan together. In the same breath I adamantly see how essential it is for a family to have one –specialized to their own family’s needs and tastes–and I want to help in any way I can.   Thanks in part to the many authors who have given permission to share their recipes here, I’m hoping the process will be made significantly less difficult for others since finding good recipes was definitely my biggest challenge!

My hope is that this blog will become a valuable resource to those who are struggling to plan a way to feed their family in times of need.