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  • Transform Your Food Storage Staples Into Gourmet Goodness (Plus Recipes)

    Whipped topping from beans. Tortillas and egg roll wrappers from flour. Yogurt and “Hamburger Helping Mix” from powdered milk.

    I love to stock food storage staples this time of year. Thanks to the holidays, and holiday bakers, stores everywhere have sales on beans, flour, milk and other baking staples.

    These staples are incredibly versatile, and they’ve saved me hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the years. The internet is awash in do-it-yourself recipes to turn these basic ingredients into other pantry items, meals, and mixes. Some of my favorite sites are allrecipes.com, food.com, budget101.com and the Utah State University extension service.


    black-beans-large-can Food Storage StaplesBeans

    Beans are undergoing a renaissance in the food substitution world. They add protein and fiber, and replace some of the fat. I’ve found recipes for black beans in brownies, and I recently ran across this recipe for making whipped topping out of bean liquid. Seriously.

    To grow some quick veggies, try sprouting dry beans.

    I’ve enjoyed this recipe for black bean veggie burgers that uses food storage ingredients, adapted from a recipe at allrecipes.com.


    Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers


    1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained, rinsed and dried

    1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2-inch pieces, or equivalent dried green bell peppers

    1 1/2 tablespoons dried minced onion

    ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

    1 egg

    1 tablespoon chili powder

    1 tablespoon cumin

    1 teaspoon hot sauce

    ¾ cup rolled oats


    If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and spray cooking spray on a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), put aluminum foil on a cookie sheet, and spray foil with cooking spray. Put waxed paper on a cookie sheet and spray it with cooking spray.

    In a food processor, mix together bell peppers, dried minced onion and garlic powder. Add rolled oats and process.

    In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce. Add to mix in food processor and process.  Add black beans and puree. The mixture should be sticky and hold together.

    Divide mixture into four to five patties on the waxed paper cookie sheet. Freeze for at least a half hour.

    Put the frozen patties on foil if grilling, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on foil-lined baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.



    wheat-grinder-and-wheat Food Storage StaplesFlour’s not just for bread and desserts. (Though, offhand, I can’t think of a better use for it.)

    I’ve made homemade biscuit mix for biscuits, pancakes, waffles and anything else that calls for store-bought biscuit mix. I don’t buy boxes of brownie mix. My favorite homemade brownie mix recipe is in the Make-A-Mix cookbook, but many others are online.

    For healthier recipes, substitute whole wheat flour for part of the white flour. You can even grind your own.

    I’ve made noodles, egg roll wrappers, and my favorite, tortillas.

    You know the frozen rolls that you thaw and cook? They’re surprisingly easy to make.


    Homemade Frozen Rolls


    Ingredients for any bread or roll recipe


    Spray a large baking dish and enough plastic wrap to cover it with cooking spray.

    Follow the directions for your bread or roll recipe through the first rising. Make sure you don’t let it over-rise. Punch down the dough, then divide it into balls – larger for larger rolls, small for smaller ones.

    Put the balls into the baking dish, cover with greased plastic wrap and freeze. When they’re frozen, remove and store in a plastic bag in the freezer.

    To use, thaw on a baking dish covered with greased plastic wrap or on the defrost setting in the microwave, then bake or cook them just like frozen rolls. I use them for rolls, pizzas, flatbread, calzones, etc.


    Powdered milk

    fortified-dry-milk-superpail Food Storage StaplesI grew up drinking powdered milk. I loathe the stuff with an unmitigated passion. However, I keep it around because it’s quite useful in cooking. The Utah State University extension service has a pamphlet that teaches, among other things, how to substitute dry milk for regular milk in recipes.

    I also use it to make evaporated milk, and even crock pot yogurt.

    It’s useful in mixes, too. I make and keep a jar of this “Hamburger Helping Mix” for quick meals.

    The main disadvantage to storing and using pantry staples is time: making food from scratch takes longer.  If you can find the time to make mixes beforehand, though, and get kids involved, it doesn’t take that much longer. And the versatility and cost savings of the staples make them well worth buying.



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  • Follow-up Review from Kevin in Oklahoma

     Pinto Beans with Scoop

    Here's a quick update from Kevin in Oklahoma. Thanks for spreading the word and helping people prepare, Kevin!



    "I wanted to let you know that I brought my extra catalog to the machine shop where I work as there are at least a dozen people either using the other brand or looking for a good storage food company. As I type this there are four customers of the other brand making up orders (some for several hundred dollars’ worth) to make purchase from you! As one person put it, "I can buy a super pail of pinto beans for less than two number 10 cans of the other brand would cost me." I will probably have at least three orders put in this week not counting my own!

    I had the president of the company asking about it also—may see about doing a taste test for the whole plant! Most will take my word for it that it tastes great, and when the others get their orders and start raving about it you should get several more customers. I have been pushing the idea of re-purposing part of their monthly food budget into daily usable food storage. By the way, the person who commented on being able to buy the super pail of beans cheaper is a brand new [competitor] consultant! He has dropped his consultancy as of today and is now buying from Emergency Essentials! How's that for an endorsement!"

    --Kevin, Oklahoma

  • Keep Those SB47 Bellies Filled

    It is possible to run out of tasty treats, especially on Super Bowl Sunday. Your food storage might save the day in this kind of "emergency".

    We've selected some game-day favorites from our recipe archives.

    Navajo Taco 

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