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  • Comfort Foods

    In American culture, sweets and desserts are associated with good times and celebrations (birthday cakes, holiday pies, sweets, etc.) Studies have proven how our emotions can affect our bodies. Foods high in sugar or food associated with pleasant memories can cause the release of certain chemicals that affect how we feel.

    During hard times such as extended unemployment, food shortages, or during the aftermath of a natural disaster, sweets remind people of better times and give them a sense of normalcy and comfort. Normalcy should be a priority in preparing our families for an emergency.


    We recommend storing some “comfort foods.” Comfort foods include desserts, macaroni and cheese, chicken noodle soup, and peanut butter. A common adage is "store what you eat and eat what you store." Storing food that you eat on a regular basis and having a way of re-creating these meals in an emergency is wise. Food storage options are broadening to provide more of these comfort items in easy "Just add water" and "Ready to east straight from the package" form.

    Some of these "Just add water" and "Ready to eat straight from the package" foods include:


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    • and many more...


    Spices are also a great addition so you can make your own favorite comfort foods.

  • Easy Strawberry Lemonade



    "The Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices are great for making strawberry lemonade. Just drop a big handful into a pitcher of lemonade and give them a little bit of time to soften up. Yummy!"

    Bonnie, OREGON

  • Honey White/Wheat Bread

    We just made some terrific Honey White/Wheat Bread the other day using ingredients from our food storage and wanted to share the recipe with everyone. This recipe calls for 2 cups of white flour and 1 cup of wheat flour, but you can use any combination you want. We used a bread machine, but this recipe also works great without one. It makes a 1½ pound loaf. Enjoy!


    1 cup + 3 Tbsp warm water
    1 cup wheat flour
    2 cups white flour
    1 Tbsp butter or margarine powder
    1 Tbsp powdered milk powder
    1¾ tsp salt
    1 Tbsp wheat gluten
    2 Tbsp honey
    2 tsp SAF instant yeast


    Place all ingredients into bread machine in the order listed. Set machine to 1½ pound loaf and light crust.

    Just out of the bread machine

    Ready to Eat!

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