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  • 15 Food Storage Hacks to Make Cooking Easier

    You may think of food storage as buckets of wheat and beans that are useless in your everyday cooking.

    Not so, my friends. Here are 15 food storage hacks to make your cooking easier and more awesome on a daily basis:

    1. Dehydrated onion flakes = no chopping onions = no tears. Win.

    2. Freeze-dried fruit crushed into powder in a blender makes an awesome addition to frosting and filling for cakes, cookies, and other treats.

    3. Powdered milk is fantastic for baking and everyday use (especially when you unexpectedly run out and your kids are about to stage a mutiny).

    4. Powdered milk is also great for those who use milk infrequently. No sense in letting half of the container go bad—just mix up the amount you want on an as-needed basis. Also, powdered milk has come a long way since your childhood days of “scorched-tasting” milk. Don’t be afraid.

    5. Use the powder or leftover pieces of your favorite freeze-dried fruits or spices to create delicious compound butters to spread on bread and other treats.

    6. Instead of chopping up garlic, Minced Garlic is a super convenient product to store. It will cut your prep time in half, and you can use it in your favorite meals. (And, bonus, your hands won’t smell like garlic.)

    7. Freeze-dried veggies are an easy way to have seasonal vegetables at any time of year. Add them to soups and casseroles without having to chop, slice, or dice.

    8. Add Peanut Butter Powder to smoothies. You’ll get all the flavor with much less fat.

    9. Use Butter Powder to make spreadable butter in a hurry.

    10. If you get home late or forgot to plan dinner, you can use Taco Mix (TVP) to make tacos in a flash!

    11. Freeze-dried fruit is perfect in smoothies. You can also use Freeze-dried fruits to make apple-peach or strawberry-banana bread.

    12. Looking for a great after school snack for the kids? FD fruits are healthy and taste so good, the kids won’t miss candy (well . . . )

    13. Use Freeze-dried meats as toppings for homemade pizza.

    14. Got a “Helper” meal or pre-packaged meal that requires meat? You can use freeze-dried meats as substitutes in your favorite pre-packaged dishes.

    15. Wheat berries don’t just have to be used for flour. You can use wheat berries as a meat extender or a substitute for meat in meals. Check out our post, “All about Wheat” to find out how.

    How do you use food storage to make cooking easier?

    -Angela, Dawn, and Urban Girl

     

     

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  • Preparedness Basics: How to Use a Dehydrator

    Whether you’re using it for food storage, snacks, or camping, using a dehydrator to dry your own food can be a great money saver—plus you know your food was fresh before it was dehydrated! There are a lot of different variables to consider when dehydrating fruits, veggies, and meats, so this is a basic how-to that will work as a jumping off point.

    What you need:

    • A dehydrator (like the Excalibur, L’Equip, or American Harvest)
    • Fruit/Veggies/Meat
    • Cutting board
    • Knife
    • Air-tight containers/freezer bags
    • Optional:
      • Provident Pantry Iodized Salt, Provident Pantry White Sugar, spices
      • Ascorbic acid or citrus juice
      • Pot with boiling water for blanching (a method of partially cooking fruits or vegetables in boiling water before dehydrating them. Blanching makes it easier to peel produce and helps to keep their colors vibrant and bright instead of turning gray in the dehydrator.)

     

    How to Prep Your Foods and Use Your Dehydrator:

    1. Collect your ingredients. If you’re using fruits or vegetables make sure they’re of good quality and not bruised or overripe as this will impact the quality of your dehydrated goods.

    2. Prepare ingredients. This will vary depending on what you are using, but this means cleaning, hulling, and slicing produce or cutting up meat. The important thing is to maintain consistency in the thickness of your slices/pieces to ensure drying at an even rate.

    •  Fruit: If desired, treat fruits prone to oxidation with citrus juice or ascorbic acid to help retain color throughout the process. You may also need to crack the skins of tough fruits (grapes, berries) to allow the moisture to evaporate.
    • Vegetables: For most vegetables, a short blanching in boiling water will help speed the drying process and help maintain color. Three to five minutes should be enough.

    3. Season. This step is optional, but if desired you can add salt, sugar, or spices.

    4. Load. Take all of your pieces and load onto the dehydrator trays without overlapping pieces.

    5. Go! Turn on your dehydrator immediately after loading. Consult your owner’s manual for recommended drying times and other specific instructions. Expect it to take anywhere from 6-12 hours.

    6. Check. As you get close to the end of drying time, you can check to see if your pieces are done! To check, remove a piece from the dehydrator and allow it to cool. Feel it with your fingers. If it feels dry to the touch, then it is probably done. An additional test can be done by cutting open pieces to see if there are any moisture beads. Another option is putting warm pieces into a plastic bag to see if condensation forms. If any moisture is present after trying one of these three tests, you need to dry them out more.

    7. Cool. Allow your pieces to cool for 30-60 minutes before packing (they should be completely cool to the touch).

    • Conditioning Dried Fruits: Because fruits retain a small amount of moisture, it is necessary to condition them before storage. Conditioning is a method of protecting the fruit from spoilage, especially from mold. Place loosely in a jar until about 2/3 full. Lightly cover. Shake once a day for 7-10 days. If condensation appears on the jar, the fruit needs to be returned to the dehydrator for further drying. Repeat conditioning process if more drying is necessary.

    8. Store. Place in air-tight containers or plastic freezer bags (remove all air) and store in a cool, dry place. When properly stored, dehydrated foods usually last about a year.

     

    To learn more tips about how to prepare your foods for a dehydrator, check out our blog post “ Preparedness Skills: Dehydrating Basics.”

    That’s it, a basic how-to for using a dehydrator. Isn’t it easy? Time to go make some tasty snacks!

    --Michelle

    For all those with years of experience using a dehydrator, what other tips would you give beginners for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, and meats?

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  • The Farmer’s Market Vegetable Combo gives you the flavors of ultra-fresh vegetables right in your food storage supply. These staple ingredients, along with others, are great for delicious side dishes or healthy, vegetarian-style meals. Check out what you can do with just a few vegetables.

    Food Storage Pasta Primavera

     This refreshing dish is great to eat for a light lunch or dinner

    This flavorful combination of crisp carrots, green peas, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, and more gives you a light and healthy lunch or dinner selection. Enjoy the refreshing flavor on a summer’s day outdoors or in the office.

    Fresh Farmer’s Salad

    This fresh vegetable salad gives you refreshing flavor using vegetables from the Farmer's Market Combo

    This fresh vegetable salad will brighten up your table using crisp broccoli, green beans, green peas, zucchini, and tomatoes tossed with a tangy oil and vinegar dressing.  This dish gives you a light meal great for lunchtime.

    For a variation, try making this salad into a Cobb Salad by adding Yoder’s Bacon.

    Hearty Strawberry Smoothie

     Try this delicious smoothie for a sweet, hearty way to start your morning

    For the lacto-ovo vegetarians (what most think of as basic vegetarians who avoid all meat but still eat eggs and dairy) out there, this sweet, addicting breakfast smoothie will give you the energy you need with fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains to keep you going all day long. This smoothie combines the unique, hearty texture of oats to complement the sweet flavor of fruits, giving you a one-of-a-kind dish.

    Broccoli and Green Beans

     This broccoli and green bean dish is a fantastic side to eat with practically any meal

    Bring a mouthwatering flavor to your table with this simple, yet tasty, side dish. Savory garlic and red pepper flakes combine with fresh-tasting green vegetables to bring you a crisp, flavorful dish that’s great to eat at home or to share with friends and family at a picnic or barbeque.

    Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

     Cheesy, saucey noodles stuffed with cottage cheese and vegetables give you a remarkable meal you won't forget.

    Make a flavorful gourmet meal for dinner tonight that’s sure to become a family favorite. Again, this is one is for lacto-ovo vegetarians who enjoy dairy. This meal can easily be made with or without meat. Spinach, an abundance of cheese, and a delicious tomato sauce will have you begging for more.

    For a variation, add Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles to the mix.

    Zucchini Corn Fritters

     This sweet and savory dish is a great way to welcome summer

    These fritters will have you rushing the table for the last one. The sweet, delicious flavor combined with fresh-tasting vegetables makes this a dish that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

    Do you have any favorite vegetarian recipes you’d like to share?

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  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Slaw is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal. This year, we decided to pay homage to the beef and cabbage combo, but try it out in some different recipes. Give one of these a try on St. Patty’s Day or any time—believe me, you’ll want to make them more than once a year.

    Cabbage Coleslaw

     This delicious cabbage coleslaw is great alone or as part of a meal using food storage ingredients!

    Beef Brisket Lo Mein

    Beef Brisket Lo Mein gives you the flavorful taste of beef and cabbage in a delicious Oriental-style dish

    Beef Brisket Taco

    The Beef Brisket Taco adds a colorful display of flavor to the table any time of the year.

    Personal BBQ Brisket Pizzas

     Personal BBQ Brisket Pizzas from food storage

    What’s your favorite beef and cabbage meal?

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  • Cajun Chicken and Pasta

    Trying to impress your friends and family with your extraordinary cooking skills? Well, we have a recipe that will blow them away—and the best thing is you can make it anytime, even in an emergency, just using your food storage supplies. (And you don’t have to be a great cook!)

    A few of us here at the office decided to see if we could impress our co-workers with our cooking skills using this Cajun Chicken and Pasta recipe—because really, sometimes yummy food is just the best way to celebrate on an uneventful Tuesday.

    Cajun Chicken and Pasta (4 servings)

    2 cups Provident Pantry Freeze Dried White Chicken, reconstituted

    1 cup Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Red Bell Pepper, reconstituted

    ½ cup Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Celery, reconstituted

    2 TBS MyChoice Freeze Dried Green Onions, reconstituted

    ½ cup MyChoice Freeze Dried Mushroom Slices, reconstituted

    1 cup reconstituted MyChoice Instant Nonfat Dry Milk

    1 TBS Provident Pantry White Flour

    1 tsp Cajun seasoning, divided* (or add more to taste)

    2 TBS Clarified Butter or Red Feather Canned Butter

    ½ tsp MyChoice Basil

    ½ tsp Provident Pantry Iodized Salt

    3 cups cooked Provident Pantry Egg Noodle Pasta

    Parmesan cheese (optional)

    *You can make your own Cajun seasoning by blending ¼ tsp MyChoice Onion Powder, ¼ tsp MyChoice Garlic Powder, ¼ tsp paprika, ½ tsp Provident Pantry Iodized Salt, and ½ tsp cayenne pepper.

    1. Reconstitute first six ingredients. Drain and reserve excess water
    2. Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.
    3. In skillet, sauté vegetables in butter and sprinkle with 1/3 of the Cajun seasoning.
    4. In a separate bowl, sprinkle chicken with a little of the Cajun seasoning as well. Add chicken into skillet with vegetables and toss to coat with butter and seasonings.
    5. Mix in basil.
    6. Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir.
    7. Add milk and stir well until thickened. If there is any Cajun seasoning left, add it to the chicken mixture. Taste for seasoning; if it’s not spicy enough for you, add more Cajun seasoning to taste.
    8. If the sauce in the chicken mixture becomes too thick, thin it with a little of the reserved water.
    9. Fold chicken mixture into the cooked noodles.
    10. Add about ½ tsp of salt and mix well.
    11. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

     

    Here’s What the Emergency Essential’s Team Had to Say

    We tried to impress our co-workers with this savory meal and…it worked! After everyone had a taste, check out what they had to say:

    “This has just the right amount of spice. I never would’ve guessed in a million years that this was from food storage!”    --Scotty

    “Extremely flavorful with a slight kick. I would definitely eat this…”    --David

    “This is a great meal that’s easy and fast to make! It gives you an exotic food storage meal that’s different from the traditional food storage meals.”    --Angela

    “Delicious! It had just a little bit of a kick, but not too spicy. It was just enough to say ‘Mmmm!’ I never thought this would’ve come from food storage.”    --Becca

    “It was good—a little spicy for me—but good.”    --Sairey

    “I love the flavor and the spicy factor wasn’t too high so even though I’m a wuss, I could still handle it—Delicious!”    --Sarah

    Try out this delicious recipe with your food storage to make an impression at any celebration, or just for a flavorful meal at home. Come back and let us know what you think!

    Also check out these other delicious recipes that will have people coming back for more:

    Oriental Chicken Salad

    Food Storage Super Bowl Recipe Roundup

    Spicy Chicken

    Chicken A La King

    Linguini Chicken with Vegetables

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  • 5 Ways to Heat your MRE

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    The MRE Side Dish Combo includes a variety of delicious sides to eat on the go.

    On a campout, on-the-go, or in an emergency, Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) are a great way to get the nutrition and energy you need while you’re away from home. MRE’s are great because you can eat them absolutely any way you want.

    MREs are pre-cooked meals making them safe to eat straight from the package—warm or cold.

    But if you’re just not into eating your food cold (when you’ve got the choice), here are five ways you can heat up your MRE to satisfy your taste buds.

    Five Ways to Heat an MRE

    • Use an MRE Heater. MRE heaters are a great way to safely and quickly warm up your Sloppy Joe, Turkey Chili, or other favorite MRE without fire. This is an ideal method to use when you’re trying to warm up your meal in an area where fires are prohibited and it’s great to have in an emergency.
    • Boil it. If you have gear with you, say, on a camping adventure, you can boil water using your camp stove. Once the water is boiling, insert the MRE (removed from its cardboard casing) into the water.
    • Use the power of the sun. If you don’t have an MRE heater and it’s daytime, a great way to heat your MRE is using the sun. Lay your MRE (outside of the cardboard casing) on a rock facing the sun (the darker the rock, the hotter it will get). This definitely isn't the quickest route to heating your meal, but it doesn't require you to carry any additional gear.
    • Lay it on your car engine. If you’re on an outdoor adventure or have left in an emergency with your vehicle, you can use your car engine to heat up the MRE. Make sure to remove the outer cardboard casing before laying the MRE on your warm engine.
    • Build a fire. Just like you cook other foods on camp outs, MREs can be heated by the blaze of a fire. Set the MRE (after having removed the outer cardboard casing) next to the fire pit on the grate, a rock, or just on the lip of the fire pit. If you’re not an expert on campfires, check out our Insight Article “How to Build a Fire” so you can be.

    Do you typically heat your MREs? What’s your favorite method?

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  • Several of the Mountain House Entrees on sale this month include rice. If, like me, you’re fond of rice-based dishes, you’ll definitely want to try these! Mountain House produces some of the most popular, best-tasting entrees in the business. Most of these meals are fully-cooked before they are freeze-dried, not just made of separately freeze-dried or dehydrated ingredients tossed together during the canning process. Here are a couple of my favorites:

    New Orleans Style Rice with Shrimp and Ham (Sale price $22.12, regularly $39.49)

    Reminiscent of Creole Jambalaya, this spicy entrée includes black beans and flavorful seasonings along with shrimp, ham, rice, and vegetables. This dish is a quick, hot meal to make on a cold winter evening!

    Mountain House Rice Entrees: New Orleans Style Rice with Shrimp and Ham

    Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice  (Sale price $27.75, regularly $39.49)

    Pork, rice, onions, green and red peppers, all in a delicious pineapple sauce—yumm, a taste of the islands! We just sampled this yesterday, and the flavors blend beautifully. The pork is in small-enough pieces that it reconstitutes quickly and completely, and the pineapple and peppers balance each other nicely. The “sour” part is just right—not overwhelming.

    Mountain House Rice Entrees: Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice

    Other rice-based entrees include

    • Rice and Chicken, which combines bites of chicken with perfectly-seasoned rice and bits of pimiento.
    • Mexican Style Rice and Chicken, which features scrumptiously spicy chicken, brown rice, tomato, kidney beans, olives, peppers, and onions, as well as a wealth of spices to warm up your winter.
    • Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, including bamboo shoots, mushroom, bell peppers, peas, and onions in a tangy teriyaki sauce which one reviewer said “passed the picky teenage daughter test.”

    These are just a few of the great Mountain House products we have on sale this month. Check out all the Mountain House cans at beprepared.com. You can buy with confidence, knowing our satisfaction and low-price guarantees are there to back up your purchase.

    I’m planning to stock up this month—how about you?

    --Sharon

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  • Getting tired of eating the same chocolate chip cookies all the time? Are you looking for new desserts to try?

    If you're looking for a way to spice up your dessert menu, you’ve come to the right place. You can make tasty bakery-style treats any time of year using food storage supplies.

    Check out these 4 Sweet Treats to make with (or for) your loved just using ingredients you have stored at home.

    Peanut Butter Blossoms

    If you’re headed to a work or school party, these Peanut Butter Blossoms are sure to please a crowd. This recipe makes 48 cookies using our delicious Provident Pantry Peanut Butter Powder. Click on the picture to get the recipe.

    Peanut Butter Blossoms made from Food Storage

    Strawberry-Banana-Peach Cobbler

    Planning a romantic dinner at home? Whip up this Strawberry Banana Peach Cobbler for dessert and your significant other will be so impressed with your baking skills they’ll love you forever. To make it even simpler, but no less elegant, you can use our Fruit Crisp and Cereal Combo to make your crisp topping quickly and easily. Click on the picture below to get the recipe.

    Valentine's Strawberry-Banana-Peach Cobbler

    Banana Oat Crumb Cake

    If you're looking for a dessert that's healthy... our Banana Oat Crumb Cake is a pretty good choice to help you meet your goals (I mean, it’s got bananas and oats in it, right?). This delicious crumb cake had our employees asking for more and will have your loved ones doing the same.  Click on the picture below to get the recipe.

    Valentine's Banana Oat Crumb Cake

    Food Storage Muddy Buddies

    Any time of year is perfect for a chocolate gorge fest (well, at least that’s what it is for me . . .) Take a seat on the couch, pop in a movie, and treat yourself to a great night with our food storage Muddy Buddies. Click on the picture to get the recipe.

     Valentine's Muddy Buddies

    Bonus Treat!—Pick up a can of our Provident Pantry Brownie Mix and bake two “cakes”: one in a square pan and the other in a circle shaped pan. After baked, cut the circle cake in half. Turn the square cake to look more like a diamond, and place the two circle halves on the two top edges, and voila! A heart-shaped brownie treat you can frost, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or devour straight from the pan.

     

    Do you have a special treat you make from food storage? We would love to hear about it!

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  • Now through the end of February, you have the chance to get your favorite Mountain House cans for 25-50% off!

    Crisp vegetables like Sweet Corn and Garden Green Peas, savory entrees like Chicken a La King, and desserts like sweet Raspberry Crumble will help add a gourmet feel to your meal while camping, at home, or in an emergency. Mountain House’s wide variety of options makes it easy to satisfy even the most selective taste buds.

    Mountain House, a part of Oregon Freeze Dry, pioneered freeze-dried food, making it weigh less and taste better. Mountain House has been trusted to feed U.S. troops in every theater of combat since the 1960s. Their 40-year legacy has provided high quality, fully cooked, nutritious meals for troops and citizens alike.

    Check out some of our favorites:

    Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

    Just add boiling water and enjoy the succulent combination of tender beef, mushrooms, and noodles smothered in a rich sour cream sauce.

    Mountain House Sale: Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

    Breakfast Skillet

    Start your day off right with a big morning breakfast—a delicious blend of eggs, hash browns, pork sausage, onions, and peppers all scrambled into one delightful skillet. Great to eat on the go or as a sit-down meal with the family.

    Mountain House Sale: Breakfast Skillet

    Raspberry Crumble

    For a flavorful dessert to put your sweet tooth to rest, enjoy this premium raspberry sauce topped with chocolate cookie crumbs.

    Granola with Milk and Blueberries

    Hearty granola with milk and tart blueberries— it’s irresistibly delicious! Eat it as a filling breakfast to keep you going all day or as a snack when the “mid-afternoon munchies” hit. Either way, you’re adding flavor and nutrition to your diet for 25% off!

    Mountain House Sale: Granola w/ Milk and Blueberries

    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Spend the evening in the heart of Italy with this traditional entrée that combines tomato sauce, pasta, beef, and cheeses. This family favorite comfort food will leave you satisfied—and your kids will love it, too.

    Chili Mac with Beef

    Make a nutritious meal for your family with this savory combination of macaroni, beans, and ground beef smothered in a delicious tomato based chili sauce. Just add water and voilà—a flavorful meal adults and children will love.

    Mountain House Sale: Chili Mac with Beef

    Don’t miss your chance to get these delicious food storage meals and more at a price that’ll have you running back for more. Check out all the Mountain House sale items here.

    Do you have a favorite Mountain House meal?

     

    -Kim

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  • Nothing tastes better on a rainy or cold day than a savory bowl of hot soup. Homemade soup is simple to make because you can use ingredients you already have in the fridge or pantry. In addition, making your own soup will give you more variety than buying a pre-canned or dried soup mix from the store.

    Although store-bought soups certainly have their place in our diet and in our food storage, why not spice up this familiar comfort food by trying some of recipes listed below? Each recipe gives you a chance to test out cooking with food storage, while helping your family get used to eating food storage products.

     

    BEST-EVER CLAM CHOWDER

    Clam Chowder with Food Storage ingredients

    Yield: Serves 4-6

    1½ cups reconstituted Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Potato Dices

    2/3 cup reconstituted Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Celery Pieces

    ½ cup reconstituted MyChoice Freeze Dried Chopped Onions

    Provident Pantry Iodized Salt (to taste)

    MyChoice Mesh Black Pepper (to taste)

    2 cans minced clams

    2 tablespoons Red Feather Butter

    2 tablespoons Provident Pantry White Flour

    4-5 cups of reconstituted Provident Pantry Instant Nonfat Dry Milk

    Dash of nutmeg

    ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke

    Dash of dried parsley

     

    Directions

    1. Place prepared potatoes, celery, and onion in saucepan.  Drain liquid from both cans of clams onto the veggies and add just enough water to cover them.
    2. Add salt and pepper and allow mixture to simmer until potatoes are tender.  Set aside.
    3. In a heavy saucepan (different from the saucepan used before), melt butter and stir in flour.  Whisk in milk and stir until blended.  Cook, whisking often to avoid scorching, until mixture is thick.
    4. Stir in liquid smoke and nutmeg, then cooked vegetables.  Stir well. Add clams, heat for just a minute more and serve, topping each serving with a dash of dried parsley.  

    Nice to add:  Bits Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Ham or crisp Yoder’s Bacon

     

     

    COCK-A-LEEKIE SOUP

    Chicken and Leek Soup from food storage

    Yield: Serves 6

    This Scottish soup gets its name from chicken broth (the cock-a-doodle-do) and leeks (a delicious, mild-flavored member of the onion family that looks like giant, fat green onions).

    Leeks are very popular throughout the British Isles, but are also beginning to be appreciated in the U.S. They’re even a national symbol of Wales. Leeks are nutritious and very good in soup or stuffing. They are also good braised, creamed, or raw in salads.

    Note:  Clean your leeks well before cooking, as the green leaves tend to trap soil that farmers mound around them as they grow.

    Ingredients

    3 large leeks (or 2 cups reconstituted MyChoice Green Onion if no leeks are available)

    2 tablespoons Red Feather Butter

    2 tablespoons Provident Pantry White Flour

    Salt and pepper (to taste)

    4-5 cups reconstituted Provident Pantry Chicken (Vegetarian) Broth

    ¾ cup Provident Pantry Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, reconstituted

     Directions

    1. Clean and trim leeks and slice thinly. (They won’t make you cry!) You’ll want to include an inch or so of the green part of the leeks if it’s not too tough.
    2. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan and add leeks (or green onions), stirring well.  Cook on medium heat for a few minutes until they begin to be translucent, then add flour and mix well.
    3. Add chicken broth and stir so that flour is mixed into the broth.
    4. Allow to cook on medium-low until leeks are tender and broth has thickened a little. Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper as desired.
    5. Just before serving, stir in milk or cream and heat a little longer, but do not allow to boil.

    Good to add (with the broth):  1 cup reconstituted Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Potato Dices; 1 cup washed, chopped kale; bits of Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Chicken; Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Ham, Yoder’s Bacon, or MyChoice Freeze Dried Broccoli.

     

     

    CREAMY SQUASH SOUP

    Creamy Squah Soup made with food storage

     

    Yield: Serves 6

    Ingredients

    2 ½ cups cooked winter squash (works well with Butternut, Banana, Acorn,  Hubbard squash, or pumpkin)

    ½ cup reconstituted MyChoice Freeze Dried Chopped Onions

    ½ cup reconstituted Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Celery Pieces

    1 tablespoon Red Feather Butter

    3 cups Provident Pantry Vegetarian Chicken Flavored Broth

    1 cup Provident Pantry Instant Nonfat Dry Milk—or 1 small package cream cheese, depending upon how creamy and rich you like it

    Salt and pepper to taste

    2 tablespoons Provident Pantry Sugar—optional, if you like sweeter soup

    ½ teaspoon nutmeg

    ½ teaspoon ground ginger

     Directions

    1. Cook your squash or pumpkin; you can do this in a variety of ways, see methods for cooking your squash below. Scoop squash from any remaining rind and measure out about 2 ½ cups (you don’t have to be exactly accurate on this).
    1. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan and sauté onions and celery until onions are translucent but not browned.  Remove from pan.
    2. Heat broth in pan, and whisk in squash and seasonings.  Remove about half a cup to blender; add onions and celery and blend until smooth.  (If you’re using cream cheese, add this in chunks to blender with a little more broth mixture and continue to blend until smooth.)
    3. Whisk this blended mixture into that in the saucepan. If you’re using milk or half-and-half, add it to saucepan and blender mixture just before serving and whisk well to blend. Heat to warm the soup, but do not boil.
    4. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and an extra sprinkle of ginger, nutmeg, or paprika.

    Methods for cooking Your Squash:

    • Cut squash in half, remove seeds, and scrape any slippery fibers from the seed cavity. Bake the squash, covered with foil, and in a pan with a little water. The water steams it to a nice tenderness in 45-60 minutes.
    • Cut the squash into cubes and boil it in a saucepan until tender. 
    • Cut squash into pieces and cook in the microwave a few at a time.

     

    Do you have a favorite comfort-food soup recipe for winter months?

    --Sharon

     

     

    Sources:

    www.allrecipes.com/butternut-squash-soup

    www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/comfort

    The kitchen of Sharon Jarvis

     

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