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  • Thanksgiving Made Easy

    In my family, my mom’s usually the one caught up in the kitchen all of Thanksgiving Day making the holiday memorable. And we all know that cooking Thanksgiving dinner takes a lot of hard work. With so much needed preparation, and so little time to pull it all together, we, here at Emergency Essentials, want to help with your holiday feast.

    The Thanksgiving Dinner Combo, only $126.04, gives you all of the delicious flavors of Thanksgiving, but with less work and less stress; making your cooking time shorter, and giving you more time to spend with family and friends.  Succulent, tender turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, crunchy green beans, and a sweet, decadent raspberry crumble—all memories of holidays at home—are included in this new combo.

    Here’s What We Did

    Freeze Dried White Turkey

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo:White Turkey

    A dish that usually takes all day to cook, took me less than 10 minutes—of course, it wasn’t a whole turkey needing to roast.  The freeze dried white turkey is precut into pieces to make your job simpler. This dish tastes great on its own or even in a turkey casserole. Simply follow the instructions on the can to reconstitute and voila!—you have your main dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Spice It Up:

    I added Provident Pantry Iodized Salt and Provident Pantry Black Pepper to my turkey to give it a little more flavor--you’ll also want to add the chicken gravy that comes in the combo so don’t worry too much about the turkey flavoring yet.

     

    Instant Mashed Potatoes

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Mashed Potatoes

    These are the easiest mashed potatoes I've ever made. Simply follow the instructions on the can, adding the right quantity of potatoes for your guests to boiling water.

    When the water begins to boil, pour your instant mashed potatoes into the water, immediately stirring them together. It will foam a bit and then turn into fluffy mashed potatoes. Personally, I’m not a potato type of girl—I can’t ever eat potatoes plain. If you’re like me, or would just like to add a little flavorful kick to your potatoes, try spicing it up some.

    Spice It Up:

    I sprinkled on some Provident Pantry Ground Black Pepper and Provident Pantry Garlic Powder to give my potatoes a flavorful taste. Add as much flavoring as you and your family would like, taste testing it every once in a while to make sure you have your desired blend of seasonings (Hey, there’s always an excuse to taste test . . .)

     

    Chicken Gravy Mix

    Turkey and mashed potatoes are just not the same without gravy. Simply add water to the gravy powder, mix, and you’ve instantly made traditional gravy that adds moisture, flavor, and overall satisfaction to the two most crucial dishes of your Thanksgiving dinner.

     

    Freeze Dried Green Beans

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Green Beans

    Simply reconstitute your beans, and enjoy the familiar taste of this fresh, crunchy vegetable.  These green beans are great to use as a side all by themselves, or to create a fun, tasty dish. These green beans will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal and to your table throughout the year as well.

    Spice It Up:   

    My family’s favorite way to spice up green beans is to add some Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Mushroom Slices.

    While my green beans reconstituted, I sautéed the reconstituted mushroom slices and Provident Pantry Minced Garlic over medium heat. After sautéing them for 3-4 minutes, I added my green beans. I sautéed them for another 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms turned golden brown.

    This dish is unique and flavorful, giving your dinner a tasty surprise. (Be careful, even a little too much garlic can be overwhelming.)

     

    Corn Muffin Mix

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo:Corn Bread

    Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix is great for making individual muffins for every member of the family. I love this food storage item because you can choose exactly how much you want to make.

    I made half of a batch (6 muffins) which was eaten up immediately! Simply follow the instructions on the can for a delicious, fresh out of the oven side dish. After 20 minutes, my batch came out golden brown on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.

    Spice It Up:

    To mix it up a little, try adding Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Red or Green Diced Peppers before baking for a spicy taste. You could also add butter and honey afterwards for something a little more sweet.

     

    Raspberry Crumble

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Raspberry Crumble

    After dinner is all cleaned up, who wants to spend even more time cooking over a hot stove for dessert? This decadent dessert is created by simply adding boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes.

    Spice It Up:

    To make a complete, beautiful dessert, add some vanilla ice cream to the side. Mmm!

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    This is what I did to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner using the Thanksgiving Dinner Combo, but you can also supplement other side dishes to go along with the combo to give you the perfect Thanksgiving for your loved ones.

    For a more complete meal, try adding sweet potatoes, veggies, or rolls.

    So however you celebrate the season, enjoy this time with your family, friends, and loved ones.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Kimberly

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, preparedness, dehydrated, freeze dried, #10 cans, holiday, Thanksgiving

  • We’ve been having our own version of March Madness here at Emergency Essentials. We’ve had a blowout sale on the Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Strawberry Banana Blend and a big discount on all Mountain House #10 cans – that’s on top of our Group Specials and monthly sale items.

    Just in case you haven’t seen this month's sale prices on select food storage items and cool gear you can check them all out on our website. Here are a few of the items that I think you should check out.

    Year Supply of Grains for $314.99! This year supply features four of the most commonly eaten grains; Hard White Wheat, Hard Red Wheat, White Rice, and Rolled Oats. These grains are a basic element of your food storage foundation. Each of the grains in this combo comes in a 6 gallon SuperPail™ with a metallized bag.

     

    We’ve put all the Hot Chocolates mixes on sale! You can choose single MyChoice size and #10 cans, or you can choose the full Hot Cocoa Combo in a My Choice or #10 size. Either way, you’ll save big and provide a little luxury for your family. I am happy to report that the Provident Pantry Hot Cocoas are creamy – just how I like my hot chocolate. Provident Pantry hot chocolate is a just-add-water item and still comes out creamy because of the dehydrated milk included in the mix. In fact, you can adjust the recipe to your taste. If you like it less creamy, just add more water. Hot or cold*, Provident Pantry’s hot chocolate is delicious. The four featured flavors are Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, Raspberry, and Mint Truffle. (I am partial to the Milk Chocolate with a tablespoon of Provident Pantry’s Peanut Butter Powder added in!)

    And now for something completely different… the Wonder Clean Washer. Not many of us think about how we’re going to wash clothes during an extended emergency or disaster recovery period. You can, of course, scrub everything by hand on a rock in the river. Or you can get this 15-quart hand-crank washer and save your skin. Sure, you’ll still have to put in effort, but you won’t rub your knuckles raw! Check out the Wonder Clean Washer, on sale for $42.99.

    We’ve got deals on more cool gear like the Hawker knife, the Basics Emergency Kit, the Sport Solar Oven (a favorite!), and the High Uinta Gear™ Night Sight Head Lamp. Oh, and there’s a great sale on the Katadyn Pocket Water Filter. It’s a very impressive water filter. Click here to peruse all of the March sales on BePrepared.com.

     

     

    Happy shopping!

     

    *The hot chocolates don’t mix as well when you use cold water but they’re still delicious. If you want to drink them cold, consider using warm or hot water and letting the drink cool.

     

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, dehydrated, March Group Specials, Hot Chocolate, MInt Truffle, Milk Chocolate, Raspberry, French Vanilla, Year Supply of Grains, Wonder Clean Washer, laundry

  • I just tried the Mountain House freeze dried cottage cheese and I'm in love. You heard me correctly. Mountain House freeze dries cottage cheese! It’s pretty impressive. 

    In the past, dehydrated and freeze dried milk products have gotten a bad rap. (Except Emergency Essentials' dehydrated milk products, of course. They get rave reviews.) So I set the bar really low for what I thought would be some freeze dried cottage cheese malarkey. 

    It’s no malarkey folks! Freeze dried cottage cheese is… well, good! 

    It’s easy to get excited about this Mountain House product. When the freeze dried cottage cheese is rehydrated it looks like cottage cheese (not some pulpy mess) and it feels like cottage cheese (not a glop of white stuff). 

    The texture and flavor are both spot on. Individual curds stand on their own and are firm and chewy, just like curds ought to be. The saltiness of cottage cheese comes through, too. I followed the instructions on the can; after 15 minutes I added a little more water because I like a little more liquid in my cottage cheese. 

    You might not have considered adding cottage cheese to your food storage because it seems like such a luxury item, but now you can! Plus, if you buy 6 or more cans of this freeze dried Mountain House food storage you’ll get 25% off your purchase (sale ends today). 

    Little Miss Muffet couldn’t be more pleased than I am. Now, if only I could find a tuffet to sit on… 

    ~ Steph

    Here are 10 ways to eat your freeze dried cottage cheese: 

    1. Plain

    2. With fruit

    3. Add herbs or seasonings and eat with crackers.

    4. Add to salad dressing

    5. Add to an omelet

    6. Mix into smoothies for a protein boost (with fruit!).

    7 & 8. Pair it with Pasta

    • a. Stuff pasta shells – use your long and short term food storage! Mix with tomato powder, pasta shells, and cottage cheese.
    • Toss with spaghetti, onions or garlic, and pepper.

    9. Make a vegetarian taco (thanks for the idea www.Daisy.com) – Mix cottage cheese with pico de gallo, add avocado, and eat in a warm corn or flour tortilla.

    10. Use in a dessert. Layer it with granola and berries to make a parfait.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: recipes, mountain house, dehydrated, freeze dried, Emergency Essentials, Milk, cottage cheese, Little Miss Muffet

  • “I've recently begun some serious RV camping and decided to include FD (freeze dried) foods for emergencies.  I have had experience with MREs and have never been overly impressed with their flavor.  These crackers may not be Ritz or Keebler but they definitely beat out any generic brand I've ever tasted.  And compared to the baked pumice passed off as bread in an MRE kit, it's like a piece of heaven.  They are about twice the size of a normal Ritz and hold together very well.” – Jon, Virginia

     

    Thanks for the feedback Jon! We want to let you know that you can get Pilot Crackers as part of the Mountain House sale on #10 cans. All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off, so the Pilot Crackers cost $16.23. If you buy six or more cans of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    Pilot Crackers descend from hardtack, that infamous staple of adventurers on land and sea. The modern pilot cracker is a great deal tastier (and easier to bite into) but still has its ancestor’s characteristics. It’s hearty, sturdy, and versatile. We’ve used Pilot Crackers to highlight our Super Bowl dips, as the crust for our Peanut Butter Pie, and as a side with our Pearled Barley and Ground Beef Soup.

    Each #10 can contains approximately 70 crackers and one cracker is one serving.

    Pick up a few cans of Pilot Crackers during our current sale. You’ll be glad you did!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, mountain house, sale, dehydrated, freeze dried, Emergency Essentials, pilot crackers, hardtack

  • Emergency Essentials is holding another great sale, but it ends on March 21. All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off. If you buy six or more of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    To kick off our sale, here’s a featurette of a Mountain House product you may not have previously considered: Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf.

    The Mountain House® Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf is a delicately seasoned blend of white, brown, and wild rice; mushrooms; broccoli; green beans; sweet red peppers; and parmesan cheese.

    First of all, who knew you could get gourmet sides into your food storage? Doesn’t it sound delicious? Secondly, this is great food storage option for vegetarians. And thirdly, considering that you’ll get approximately ten 1-cup servings per can for for $24.39 , I’d say that it’s a great deal.

    Here’s what one Emergency Essentials customer had to say:

    “Yummy! A friend recommended freeze dried food as the ER food that tastes the most "real." She was right. The long grain rice & wild rice pilaf is very good. I will know to keep it on hand for quick dinners at home.” – Terry, California

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, mountain house, sale, dehydrated, freeze dried, wild rice, long grain rice, pilaf, long grain and wild rice pilaf, Emergency Essentials

  • Emergency Essentials is rolling out another great sale starting today, March 15th, and ending March 21st. All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off. If you buy six or more cans, of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    As long as it comes in a #10 can, you can pick from any Mountain House product. You can mix-and-match your favorites, or try out a few new entrees. If you’re totally new to freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, read about them here, and check out our best-sellers:

     Beef Stew

    Beef Stroganoff

    Turkey Tetrazzini

    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Chicken a la King with Noodles

    Mountain House entrees could be a pillar in your food storage supply. They have a 25-year shelf life and provide life-sustaining nutritional value for even longer.  Here are some ways to use the Mountain House entrées even when it’s not an emergency:

    -          Put individual portions in zip-top bags (or other compact containers) and take them with you on your next backpacking trip.

    -          Make a quick meal at home when you’re busy or have surprise visitors.

    -          Consider stocking up if you’re taking a family vacation and want to save money and time on meals.

    We’ll be highlighting a different Mountain House #10 canned item every day until the sale ends. You’ll get more information on popular entrees and on some surprising additions to the freeze-dried food line up. I can’t let the cat out of the bag but you’re not gonna believe what they’re freeze-drying at Mountain House…

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, dehydrated, freeze dried, lasagna with meat sauce, turkey tetrazzini, chicken a la king with noodles, beef stew, beef stroganoff, #10 cans, mix-and-match

  • It’s February and before we kick off this month of falling in love here are three super simple, super small baby steps for you to breeze through this weekend.
     
    1. Learn the difference between dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods.
       Dehydrated= most of food’s water is removed naturally or via heat
     
       Freeze-Dried = food is flash frozen, placed in a vacuum chamber and sublimated


       (Sublimation= ice is changed directly from a solid to a gas and removed)
     
       What's the difference? Dehydration is the best way to get rid of moisture for grains, legumes,

       baking mixes, and some fruits and vegetables (like carrots). Freeze-drying retains much of 

       the foods' appearance, flavor, nutritional value, and it stores longer.   
     
       Read up on the difference in our 15 Tips for Food Storage Shopping.
     
       Bonus points for someone who tries either a dehydrated or freeze-dried food for the first time!   

       Click here for recipes suggestions then tell us about your experience in the comments below.

     

    2. Add one month’s worth of these non-perishable items to your supply:

    Toilet paper



    Personal toiletries like diapers, baby wipes, adult 

    briefs, sanitary napkins, tampons 



    ReadyBath Wipes (These are pre-moistened 

                antibacterial washcloths for bathing.) 





    3. Learn how to shut off the gas and water to your home.

    DON’T actually turn off the gas though, ‘cause no one wants to wake up to a cold shower. Plus in your area you might have to pay the gas company to come turn it back on. (Might be good practice for using some of your other prepper gear though...)



    Click here for instruction from The Family Handyman
    Make sure you have these tools and hang them where they’ll be used.
                    Bung wrench

                    Emergency Gas Shut Off Wrench




    Easy, right?
     
    Which one are you going to do? 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: baby steps, 15 Tips, bung wrench, dehydrated, freeze-dried foods, gas, water