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Homemade Ritz Crackers

21 Mar Homemade Ritz Crackers (13)

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As you can imagine, I’m the type of girl who was pretty excited to discover that someone had gone to the work of testing and coming up with a Ritz cracker recipe.  Ritz crackers are something I’ve wanted to recreate, being a favorite here at our house, though we don’t buy them often.  Making a knock-off at home would be awesome!  I really appreciate  Stef over at Cupcake Project, for her many (many) trial runs in developing the recipe I launched from here.

Still though, the question was, it works with fresh butter…but could it be successfully “food storage-ized”??

I tried out the recipe with my tried and trusty Thrive butter powder and thought the crackers were good.  They tasted like Ritz, although denser, and not flakey.  To determine what people (outside of my family) thought of this version, I decided to try them out on the first 10 adults I found while dropping my kids off to scouts and church youth group.  I needed some feedback if I were going to ask you to trust me on it.  The response I got was that (happily) every person — 10 out of 10 — who tried them said they liked them.  (Woo hoo — success!!)

While the testers noticed the texture is different than Ritz, not flakey, which I knew (some called it “thicker”, others said “heartier”) because the flavor was still good, they didn’t seem to mind.  “I don’t mind the texture being different because the taste makes up for it” said one taster.  “I could eat these all the time!” said another.  So the food storage swap worked.  Here’s to another cracker recipe! Continue reading

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

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So I’ve been posting food storage recipes for a year now and still haven’t posted a granola bar recipe. Seriously, what kind of survivalist blogger am I…no granola bars?? Well, I’ve finally found what I consider to be the ideal food storage granola bar recipe.  It’s perfect (as in “it deserves it’s own parade” perfect) and I’m really excited to share it with you!

I need to explain why I’m so in love with these granola bars.  First (and this is BIG) they don’t fall apart.  Against all odds they’ve achieved the ultimate goal of being actual granola bars instead of granola chunks and pieces, which is what usually happens. Secondly, they’re fabulously nutritious .  They’re also made in just one pot (love love love), are fast to make, taste GREAT and require no baking!   I’m beside myself.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that my kids and husband all loved them.  Which, even if they hadn’t, I’d still have used the recipe because I myself loved them so much.

Before moving onto the recipe, I have to thank the author of it, Jami from “An Oregon Cottage”.  I only changed one ingredient to make it storable long term otherwise it’s entirely hers.  I’m so glad someone finally got it right!  We’re going to be using this recipe a lot!

makes 20 bars

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Homemade Hummus

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Hummus is a tasty and healthy Mediterranean spread made from chickpeas/garbanzo beans. While these commercial Hummus Snack Packs are convenient, hummus is quite easy to make at home (and LOTS cheaper!). Basic hummus is an excellent addition to your FoodStorageCookbook because it is simple to make, requires no fresh ingredients and leftovers can be frozen or canned.

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Dry Veggie Powder Mixes

27 Jul Homemade Dry Veggie Powder Mix

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Condiments and seasonings go a long way towards adding variety and interest to your food storage, but buying commercial jars and mix packets can get really expensive and nibble away at your real food budget. I stumbled on this homemade version when I was figuring out new things to do with our dehydrated vegetables.  The huge bonus is that you can make your own custom dry mixes while using up any dehydrated veggies that aren’t family favorites or that you’ve discovered don’t reconstitute well. Dry mixes like these have a multitude of uses, limited only by your imagination. So far I’ve used them for chowder and soup bases, pesto, casseroles, omelets, salad dressing and dips.

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Homemade “Pringles”

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Switching gears…

Thanks to a very gracious reader, Jennine in Alaska, our food storage journey continues while I’m out of commission July and August!     If you’re a comment reader, you’ve probably noticed her comments along the way here on the blog as Plickety Cat;  she’s got a lot of great first hand knowledge I know we’re all going to benefit from.

So, by way of formal introduction, here’s a little more about her (in her own words) and then we’ll move along to one of her recipes (it’s awesome!) that she offered to let me share with you all …

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Baked BBQ Potato Chips

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Apologies for last week’s recipe hiatus…reality hit with all my kids being home for the summer (combined with the slower pregnancy “waddle” I’m up to these days) and my kitchen play time/blogging just didn’t happen.  I’m adjusting my blog schedule for now to a more manageable single post a week and looking forward to some great recipes and posts coming in July/August from a guest poster I’ve invited to visit while I recover with the new baby. I know you’re going to love her! Introductions (and hopefully a “sooner rather than later” baby announcement) coming soon…

Now the recipe…but first a story and an assignment…

It occured to me while munching on some Lays Baked Potato Chips a while ago (while reading the list of ingredients) that the same process used to make the crispy flaked breakfast cereals would probably also work in making potato chips!  After all, the number one  ingredient in the chips was dehydrated potatoes and I have lots of those stored in my food storage!  So I started playing with the idea. Continue reading

Homemade “Oatmeal Squares” Cereal

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After trials and bumps along the way this cereal recipe is finally ready to share!  Launched from a cold cereal recipe given in “A Bite of Independance Through Self Sufficiency” it uses wheat starch as a binder, an ingredient I’d never known is used in making cereals.  I’m excited to have another option in my breakfast plan as well as something the kids can enjoy nibbling on as a snack!  I hope you enjoy it too!

makes 20 cups (the equivalent of 3 boxes of cereal)

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“Everything” Chinese Noodles

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What a fun recipe!  You’re going to just love this one!  From Lauren Groveman’s Kitchen, these noodles are going to rock your Asian menus in salads, appetizers and main dishes.   Paired with her homemade Duck Sauce (I adapted it here to be pantry friendly) there’s just so many options you can take!

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Homemade Saltine Crackers

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How about some saltine crackers to go with your soup?  This recipe is so simple!  With basic ingredients, including just 4 cups of flour, you can make *a lot* of saltines (dare I say, more than comes in the box from the store?) and, unlike store bought, you get to control what goes into them!  For a healthier version, give it a try using oat flour or rye flour in place of half of the all purpose.  If you’re cutting back on salt, top them before baking with a mixture of half salt/half herbs and spices.

Besides the fact that you’ll love them, save money and have another recipe you can make with your food storage (which you can tweek to your liking), I love that this recipe goes without the partially hydrogenated oils and other shady ingredients found in commercial brands.  Love it, love it, love it!

One last thing (I can’t help myself) and then I’ll get to the recipe.  Please…I’m begging you… get yourself a pasta maker if you don’t have one!  This is another recipe you have to have one for so just do it and get it over with.  You’ll thank me later ;)

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Perfect Stovetop Popped Popcorn

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Just a short little technique tip here.  Most anyone who’s tried popping popcorn on the stove has (at some point) wound up scorching the popcorn on the bottom of the pot while at the same time leaving other kernals unpopped altogether.

Since my electric popcorn popper depends on just that, electricity, I wanted to learn the right way to pop popcorn over a direct heat source minus the {cough} smoke and frustration.  Happily, I found a great way to do it that not only avoids the scorching but also pops every kernal in the pot nearly all at once.

Happy Popping!

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Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos

24 Mar Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos (15)

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There’s a blogger out in cyberspace (link here) who deserves a huge applause for testing and figuring out this chip’s seasoning recipe.  It’s great!  Combined with homemade tortilla chips (made easily w/all food storage ingredients) I can confidently now persuade my kids and husband away from buying the tempting and naughty bag of Doritos at the grocery store.  {Three cheers!}

While still not completely guilt free, these chips are a much better health choice than the store bought ones.  Plus they taste amazingly like the real thing and, let us not forget, can be made 100% from food storage!  {I’m in heaven.}  On with the recipe…

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Whole Wheat Crackers

22 Mar Whole Wheat Crackers (18)

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This recipe is going to get you using up your wheat in a hurry!  You can make these crackers a hundred different ways (depending on how you decide to season them), any way you make them they’ll disappear fast.  My kids just love these crackers!

This recipe comes from Allrecipes, where you’ll find lots of ideas in the comments section of other ways these crackers have been seasoned.   Today I made a cheese cracker variety out of them and (my favorite) rosemary and garlic.  They’re easy to make and yummy to snack on!

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Multi Grain Granola

11 Dec Multi Grain Granola (22)

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This granola is amazing — nutritionally speaking — and everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, loved it.  It’s entertaining too — you’ll giggle every time your little one asks for “more granoli pwease” knowing they have no idea how much good stuff their eating up.  Thanks again to Chef Brad for this recipe and allowing me share it.

Makes 30 cups of granola

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Roasted Garlic Tzatziki

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Tzatziki is a traditional Greek dip made from yogurt, cucumber and mint.  This recipe is a tzatziki wanna be since I subbed in water chestnuts for the cucumber but it’s still good, so why not?  On top of that, I’m taking all kinds of liberties by including real garlic in a recipe here …so here’s my reasoning.  From what I understand freshly harvested garlic can be stored for up to 6 months in a cool dry place, so that atleast puts it in a short term (3 month) storage category. Of course you could always substitute garlic powder in it’s place if needed.

The biggest key to this dip is how long you strain the yogurt ahead of time over cheesecloth.  24 hours is the goal after which you’ll be left with an almost soft cheese consistency.  This dip is wonderful for spreading on crusty bread!

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Graham Crackers

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Are you looking for something 100% whole wheat that your kids will love?  Graham crackers will do it!  This recipe was shared (and loved) by my friend Sherida, if you haven’t swung over to her blog yet you can find it here.  Feel free to half this giant recipe (it’s actually a double recipe anyway) — when I make these I like to make a lot!  They go into our snack cupboard and through the week it’s great hearing my kids request something for snacking that’s 100% whole wheat (shhh…don’t tell!).

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Granola

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This is my good friend Angie’s recipe ~  I love it!  It’s measurements are so easy to remember and it makes a good amount of granola for snacks or breakfast.  Plus, your kids will never suspect the healthy extras you sneak into it … wheat germ, flax seed, seeds or dried fruit of any kind.  It always turns out great!

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Hummus and Crackers snack pack

15 Aug

Just a little something I thought I’d throw out to you all.  I came across these Hummus and Crackers snack packs at Costco today for $3.97 and thought I’d give them a try.  There are 7 packs in each box, each one yielding a small portioned snack that includes crackers and a spoon and a 2.5 oz. can of hummus.  My review? I like that they have a year’s shelf life and the hummus was good but the portion size was too small.  I think these little packs would be better as “a snack” if paired with something else.  Maybe alongside some sprouts and some homemade flat bread?  Mmmm…now that sounds good!

Sherida’s Soft Pretzels

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So I mentioned yesterday that my good friend Sherida was going to be a guest on a preparedness radio show today. If you missed it I’d highly encourage you find time to listen to the archived recording (the link is in yesterday’s post).  There were some valuable insights she shared from her experience that just might change the way you look at your food storage!

With that in mind, today’s recipe is a recipe she talked about on the show, a big winner with her family during her six months of eating only food storage.  My kids go crazy over these, I’m sure you’re going to love them too!

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