I wanted this weeks blog to be one that provokes thought on your part. We hear about the folks that have cases of freeze dried food and MRE’s in storage, but I wonder how those folks are going to deal in an emergency, where panic and fearabound and your life style is totally changed. When that happens, tummys are uneasy! In other words, a change in diet will make you and your family have digestive issues.
I suggest that you practice “storing what you eat”. It’s more like just expanding your pantry and your family won’t have major changes. This helps mentally and emotionally in a serious situation. My tip today is for all of you to try to find recipes that you can make in an emergency. Many people are starting a prepper recipe book. In this book, you put recipes using your supplies and cooking with methods that you have access to if the power is out. This requires some experimentation on your part.
We had a talk on cast iron ware and cooking in a dutch oven this past weekend, and I saw things in a whole different light! I don’t have a method to cook, except for my grill and my stove top, so I’m going to try and find some cast iron ware and learn to cook on my wood stove. In order to do that, I need to learn how to use the ingredients that I have in a different way. I can boil water and boil ingredients, but that will be a whole different diet for my family. I want them to also like some of my longer term food storage items. We aren’t big rice eaters at our house, but rice is a staple of long term food storage (cheap and available and lasts for 20 years). I’m incorporating rice into our diets now…adding it to soups, making casseroles with rice in it etc.. We also don’t eat a lot of dried beans except as baked beans, so that too, will be something I start using more.
One meal a week from now on, will be using a different cooking method and a different long term food storage item. It makes financial sense and will make us healthier. I’ll be looking for recipes using these items and different cooking methods and as I find them, I will be putting them into my “food prep cookbook”. One good thing about this type of meal planning and cookbook will bethat holes in my preps will be more apparent. I notice that meat is a hard thing for people to store in amounts and ways that are good for you to count on in an emergency. I know now, that I am going to start canning meats. My family are all carnivores and beans and rice are going to be a hard diet for them to live on.
One new thing that we talked about during the food prep portion of our get together was condiments. Apparently, there are a lot of mayonaise lovers out there. While they can live on tuna or canned chicken sandwiches, they don’t want to without mayo! So, somethought that getting those small packets that restraunts give out would be a good idea. So we checked my jars of mayo and found that they only had a one year “use by” date. Very dissapointing for some. However, hubby went on line and found out that the company states that the packets have a 10 year “use by” date! Not only that, but they are not much more expensive that buying a jar of mayo. I will be picking up several boxes on my next trip to the big box store. These are things you can all investigate with each item you pick up to put in your pantry. Will it last without refridgeration? Is it financially an option? Will your family be happier if you have it?
Food is an important factor in our life. We think about our childhood memories and we don’t think of the yummy lima beans that mother boiled, we think of the delicious chocolate cake or grandma’s cookies. So as you plan your food preps, learn how to cook these items without electricity (something I found can be done in a dutch oven!). Baking supplies have a long shelf life before they are mixed together, so stock up on these. It will give your family a mental and emotional boost and make them feel less deprived when there is an emergency.
I hope that this came accross in a sensible way, but if not, feel free to ask questions. I also welcome suggestions on food prep topics, so give me ideas!