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  • Mountain House Cans 25-50% off!

    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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  • Soup: Comfort Food Par Excellence!

    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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  • Food Storage Super Bowl Recipe Roundup

    Throwing a party for the big game?  Still don’t know what to make for snacks?

    Cheer the Seahawks or Broncos on in style this Sunday by making these four food storage recipes that are sure to please a crowd.

    Corn Salsa

    Corn Salsa made from Food Storage for Superbowl Sunday

    1 Cup Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Super Sweet Corn

    1 Cup Provident Pantry Black Beans

    ¼ Cup MyChoice Chopped Onions

    1 Cup Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Tomatoes

    ½ Cup Avocado

    1 ½ tsp MyChoice Tomato Powder

    A pinch MyChoice Minced Garlic

    Fresh Cilantro (to taste)

    Provident Pantry Iodized Salt (to taste)

    MyChoice Mesh Black Pepper (to taste)

    Lime juice to taste

    Word of Advice:

    I’ve found that the best way to cook dried black beans is to soak them over night the day before you cook them.  This method ensures that your beans will be tender after they cook and ready to eat when your guests arrive.  Check out the blog “veggietativestate” to pick up some tips and benefits of cooking with dried beans and ways to reduce their . . . ahem . . . gaseous side effects.

     

    Red Salsa

    1 Cup Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Tomatoes

    ½ tsp MyChoice Minced Garlic

    ½ Cup Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Green Bell Pepper Dices

    Lime Juice (to taste. I put in 1 tsp)

    A Pinch of Provident Pantry Iodized Salt

    A Pinch of MyChoice Mesh Black Pepper

    ¾ tsp Provident Pantry Tomato Powder

    Word of Advice: To give your red salsa a more intense tomato flavor add Tomato Powder. In addition to Tomato Powder, you can also include Tabasco sauce, hot sauce, or Jalapeno peppers (if you have them) for a hot and spicy salsa.

     

    Meatball Sandwich

    Food Storage Meatball Sandwich for Super Bowl Sunday

    Makes four servings:

    1 ½ Cup reconstituted Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Italian Meatballs 2 cups MyChoice Barbeque Sauce Mix

    1/2 Cup Provident Pantry Mozzarella Cheese

    1/2 Cup  Provident Pantry Green Pepper Dices

    Ciabatta Rolls

    Directions

    1. Reconstitute meatballs according to directions on the can (our serving of meatballs took us 30 minutes to make).
    2. Meanwhile reconstitute the BBQ sauce in a saucepan on the stove.
    3. Reconstitute cheese and green peppers.
    4. When meatballs have reconstituted, combine with the BBQ sauce and turn heat to medium to warm the mixture up.
    5. Add a ½ cup of meatball mixture to a Ciabatta roll. Top with green peppers and mozzarella cheese.

    Word of Advice: I know what you’re thinking . . . “30 minutes to reconstitute meatballs, that’s crazy?!”  Instead of trying the traditional “soaking method” for reconstituting meats, boil a pot of water. Once the water is boiling, put your meatballs into the water. Turn off the heat and let the meatballs sit in the pot for 10-15 minutes or until tender.

     

    Semi-Sweet Prepper-Style Muddy Buddies

    Semi-Sweet Prepper-Style Muddy Buddies for Super Bowl Sunday

     

    9 cups Rice Chex, Corn Chex, or Chocolate Chex cereal (or any combination)

    Semi-sweet Chocolate (see recipe below)

    ½ cup reconstituted Provident Pantry Peanut Butter Powder

    ¼ cup reconstituted Provident Pantry Butter powder

    1 tsp Imitation Vanilla Powder

    1 ½ cup Provident Pantry Powdered Sugar

     

    Chocolate Recipe

    ½ cup reconstituted Provident Pantry Butter Powder

    ¾-1 cup MyChoice Baking Cocoa

    ¾ cup Provident Pantry Powdered Sugar

    1/3 cup Provident Pantry Instant Milk

    1. In a medium-sized bowl, gradually mix the cocoa powder into the reconstituted butter. Stir until blended and mix until it becomes a paste.
    2. Microwave paste in 10 second intervals, stirring each time, until it’s smooth and creamy (be careful not to burn it)
    3. Gradually blend in milk and sugar. Mix well until the paste is smooth and creamy. Taste, and adjust with more sugar if necessary.
    4. Put chocolate to the side until ready to use for Muddy Buddies.

    Word of Advice: For a sweeter chocolate, add more powdered sugar (to taste) until you reach the desired flavor. I added ¾ cup gradually and the chocolate was closer to a “dark chocolate” flavor—more bitter than sweet. Once combined with the peanut butter, Chex, and powdered sugar, it all blended into a delicious treat.

     

    Muddy Buddies

    1. Measure cereal into a large bowl; set aside.
    2. Add reconstituted peanut butter powder and reconstituted butter powder to chocolate mixture. Stir until mostly smooth. Microwave in 10 second intervals until you can get it as smooth as possible. (Try mashing up the peanut butter before mixing with the chocolate to get a smoother consistency).
    3. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable plastic bag.
    4. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

    Word of Advice: The vanilla doesn’t need to be reconstituted for this recipe. Simply measure out the powder and add to the mixture. You’ll still get the same delicious flavor.

    Enjoy the game!

    Looking for more party recipes to try? Check out our recipe page for more snacks, treats, and desserts to make.

    What’s your favorite food storage snack to make? Let us know in the comments

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  • Prepper Style New Year's Resolutions: Indoor Gear

    Each Monday in January, we’re sharing our Preparedness New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. If you’d like to make some Prepping Resolutions of your own, but don’t know where to start, borrow some of our resolutions or use this series to get some ideas.

    This week we are talking about Indoor Gear. Click here to check out Last week’s resolutions for Preparedness Skills.

    Prepper Style New Year's Resolutions: Indoor Gear

    Here is what our Emergency Essentials’ bloggers plan on purchasing as Indoor Gear items for 2014:

    New Year’s Resolution Prepper Style: Indoor Gear

    Sharon

    I resolve to get a Kitchen Plus 2000 Hand-Powered Food Processor. Based on its great customer reviews, I’m quite sure I’d use it often—not just on the rare occasion when our power goes out!

    Sarah

    I love the indoors. I really do. Even though I’m committed to learning more skills and spending time in the outdoors this year, climate-controlled spaces with running water and plumbing are really more my cup of tea. However, just because I love the indoors doesn’t mean the plumbing, A/C, furnace, or electricity will always be working—especially following a natural disaster.

    This year I’m buying some gear that will make hunkering down at home easier if some of the utilities or other comforts of home aren’t available… things like, ahem, a Tote-able Toilet, Double Doodie Bags, and packets of enzymes (it’s just reality). Because I’m a wimp when it comes to being cold, a Mr. Heater is in my future, in case the gas and/or power goes out in the winter. I also really love to cook, so I’ve got my eye on a Kitchen Plus 2000 for food processing without electricity and, if I can swing it, a Bosch. Because…who doesn’t want a Bosch? It’s the Rolls Royce of food processing, if you have power.

    Angela

    A couple of summers ago, I went to church with my mom and the speakers talked about the importance of communication in an emergency. One of the speakers learned how to use a HAM radio and was part of the local HAM radio network. He gave a brief overview of how the HAM system works.

    For my New Year’s resolution for indoor gear, I’d like to study up on HAM radios and I’d also like to research and buy different phone apps and radios like the Kaito Voyager that can get access to NOAA and other weather/warning update systems that will help me to stay in communication and know what’s going on during an emergency if I have to shelter in place.

     

    Kim

    This year, my husband and I will be condensing all of our “stuff”, especially in the kitchen. In 2014, I plan to purchase a Bosch Universal Plus Mixer with Blender Attachment and Cookie Paddles  with the Metal Whip Driver. This will help us prepare for when we move into a smaller apartment when my husband goes to grad school. Bosch Mixers do practically everything. Not only can you make bread, cake, and cookies, but, with the blender attachment, you can cream smoothies, malts (my specialty!), sauces, meringues, whipped toppings, and more. With the one mixer that does it all, I can get rid of my bulky stand mixer, toss out my low-power blender, and eventually, as I add on more attachments, get rid of the other bulky items that take up space in my kitchen.

     

    What types of indoor gear items do you want with you if you have to shelter in place? Let us know in the comments. 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food stroage, emergency cooking, emergency preparedness, Sanitation, communication

  • Garden Vegetable Soup with Chicken Gnocchi Recipe

    Garden Vegetable Soup with Chicken Gnocchi

    We’re pretty excited about our new Garden Vegetable Soup with Chicken Gnocchi recipe here at Emergency Essentials. It got rave reviews from the employees who sampled it and it’s the recipe featured on the cover of our January catalog.

    Imagine a rich, savory broth with bites of chicken and spinach, tomatoes, cauliflower, corn, potatoes, and green onion, punctuated with chewy, delicious butter-browned gnocchi (Italian potato dumplings). What could be more delicious for a warm winter’s meal?

    This recipe was made entirely from food storage and draws from our featured MyChoice Freeze-Dried Garden Vegetable Combo, on sale this month for only $23.99—as long as supplies last.] This combo consists of six small cans of Diced Potatoes, Cauliflower, Spinach, Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Corn.

    But what makes this soup hearty and delicious is the White Chicken from our Freeze-Dried Meats Favorites Combo, on sale this month for $189.99.

    Check out the recipe for this yummy soup on our recipes page

    Or you can find it on page 19 of our January Catalog.

    Bon Appétit!

     

    --Sharon

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency cooking, recipe, recipes, food storage

  • January Sale Items are available

    It’s a new year, a whole new stretch of opportunities, and the season for newfound motivation. Whether you’re a gung-ho resolution-keeper or, um, not (be honest, did you go to the gym much after January?), it’s a great time to think about your family’s preparedness goals. And our January sales can make it even easier to meet those goals! Here are just a few of the great deals going on this month, broken down oh-so-helpfully by prepper philosophy.

    For the "Bare Minimum" Prepper
    You’re tough, you fly solo, and you’ve been known to survive for weeks at a time on Ramen and Cocoa Puffs. However, it has occurred to you that Cocoa Puffs might be scarce in a disaster. Get started with the basics this month:

    Stormproof matches and case ($18.00 value, now $5.69)

    • A basic tool, like the High Uinta Gear 13-Function Pocket Knife ($6.95 value, now $2.99);

    • Some duct tape  ($2.50 value, now $1.99), and you’re practically McGyver.

    • Throw in a can of Peanut Butter Powder  for protein ($16.75 value, now $13.39), (and you can last right through the zombie apocalypse.)

    January Sale Item: Peanut Butter Powder

    “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”
    You’ve been building up your stash of food and gear for a while now, and you've decided this is the year to fill in the gaps. For example, all that freeze-dried lasagna looks great, but won’t let you get particularly creative in the kitchen. Stock up on those few items you always seem to forget about, like:

    Shortening Powder ($12.75 value, now $11.49, or $10.99 if you buy 6+)

    SAF-Instant Premium Yeast  ($4.95 value, now $3.99).

    • Don’t forget the Champion Lid Lifter for those big bins ($14.95 value, now $12.99).

    January Sale Item: Champion Lid Lifter

    “Go Big or Go Home”
    This is it. This is the year you finally get prepared. You’re going to do it, and you’re going to do it right. Are you ready? We’re ready.

    MRE One-Year Food Supply  ($7647.00 value, now $4099.99). 750+ lbs of food; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; even vegetarian options, if you get really crazy with your New Year’s resolutions.

    Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Base Camp Combo (MSRP$132.92, now $114.95). Get a kettle and a cook set. Boil water and make meals. Be prepared and be awesome.

    Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Super Pack  ($139.88 value, now $119.99). Never be without power for all those devices you couldn’t live without in an emergency. ‘Cuz, I’m sorry, but not playing Angry Birds is simply not an option.

    January Sale Item: Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Super Pack

     

    Bam. Did you see how we did that? Yeah.

    Whatever your preparedness goals are this year, get started the right way by saving tons of money with our January sale. Happy January!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: resolution, january, emergency cooking, #10 cans, emergency preparedness, sale, food storage

  • Guest Post: Kelly Kettle Customer Review

     

    Kelly Kettle combo - Stainless Steel

    A few weeks ago, we purchased a Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Base Camp.  This purchase was made after many trips to the store to look at it, and some hours spent researching it on the internet.  We purchased the kit, which includes the kettle, pot stand, cooking set and fire starter.

    Our main purpose for the purchase was to use it for camping and hiking.  We take many day trips, and it’s perfect for heating the water for camp meals or coffee.  The first time we used it on our back patio, just to try it out.   We boiled water in about 4 minutes, which I thought was awesome, considering the fact we were using the kettle in a blocked area, with not a lot of airflow.

    After using it just once, you realize just how amazing this product is.  The great thing about it is you don’t have to carry any special type of fuel.  All you have to do is round up some sticks and twigs and you’re ready to go.  We have access to pine cones, so we use small ones.  Not only is it good fuel, but it smells great too.

    After using the Kelly Kettle, and thinking about it a bit, I realized that it has many uses other than just camping.  Earlier this summer, an auto accident caused the power to go out at our home for about 24 hours.  Now, we have electric appliances, so, making meals during this time required some creativity.  If we would have had the kettle, we could have easily made emergency meals since we keep them around for camping and hiking trips.

    When hiking, you can also get your water from a lake or stream, especially if you carry a water filter system as we do.  Not to mention you are boiling the water anyway.  This will save you from packing water around.

    Give the Kelly Kettle a try; it’s an awesome product.

     

    Jeff W, UT

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency cooking, Customer Reviews, Survival, water, guest post, warmth

  • Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

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    This Vegetable Beef Soup recipe comes to us from the family cookbook of Sharon, one of our bloggers. This recipe was passed down to Sharon by her mother, and Sharon has passed it down to us, and now, we’d like to pass it along to you because you are all important members of our Emergency Essentials family.

    This recipe has only been made using fresh ingredients . . . until now. I accepted the challenge of making this vegetable beef soup using ONLY freeze dried veggies and meats. The results? This is probably one of the tastiest vegetable beef soups that I’ve ever had!  Here’s how you make it:

    Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

    ½ C Provident Pantry™ Beef Broth (Vegetarian) reconstituted (or 8 tbsp. broth powder to 8 cups water)

    1/2 C Provident Pantry™ Tomato Powder reconstituted (or 4 tbsp. powder to 1/2 cup hot water)

    1/3 C Provident Pantry™ Chopped Onions

    ¼ C Provident Pantry™ Freeze Dried Celery (if you like celery, go ahead and add more)

    1 C Provident Pantry™ Freeze Dried Roast Beef Steak

    1 C Provident Pantry™ Tomatoes

    3 tbsp Provident Pantry™ Carrot Dices

    1/3 C Provident Pantry™ Potato Dices

    ½ C Provident Pantry™ Freeze Dried Sweet Corn

    ½ C Provident Pantry™ Green Beans

    1 C Provident Pantry™ Egg Noodles

    Also add your choice of the following: 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce; 1 teaspoon Provident Pantry™ Dried Basil Leaves, parsley, or Provident Pantry™ Italian Seasoning; Provident Pantry™  Dasher Seasoning, ½ teaspoon Provident Pantry™  Garlic Salt, a dash of cayenne pepper, or a couple of tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese.

    Directions

    1. Reconstitute 1 cup roast beef steak, 3 tbsp. carrot dices, and 1/3 cup potato dices according to directions on each can.
    2. Cook 1 cup egg noodles according to directions on the can. When tender, set aside.
    3. Fill your soup pot with 4 cups of reconstituted beef broth and ¼ cup reconstituted tomato powder (Save the other 4 cups of beef broth and ¼ cup tomato powder to add if soup gets too thick later)
    4. Add 1/3 cup chopped onions and 1/2 cup water
    5. Add 3 tbsp of  reconstituted carrot dices
    6. Add 1 cup of reconstituted roast beef steak
    7. Add 1/3 cup of reconstituted potato dices
    8. Let simmer for 5 minutes
    9. Add ¼ cup celery (not reconstituted) and ½ cup warm water
    10. Add ½ cup green beans (not reconstituted) and 1 cup warm water
    11. Add ½ cup corn (not reconstituted) and 1 cup warm water
    12. Add 2/3 cup tomatoes (not reconstituted) and 1 cup warm water
    13. Add seasonings (I added Dasher Seasoning, Italian Seasoning, and Garlic Salt)
    14. Simmer uncovered for 10-20 minutes (or until all items are tender)
    15. Add egg noodles and extra broth and tomato powder (to taste) or to thin the soup if it is too thick

    Serve with crusty French bread or Mountain House Pilot Crackers. This soup is also good for leftovers and can be frozen to serve another time.

    Variation: Stew!

    Sharon’s original recipe said to add all the ingredients into the broth mixture without reconstituting them. However, I learned the hard way that some dehydrated foods (like carrots, potatoes, and egg noodles) can suck up a lot of water, making your soup become a stew!

    So if you want to make a stew, simply add all of the ingredients into a pot of 4 cups (or 8 cups if you want a lot of stew) broth mixture and DO NOT reconstitute them before putting them into the mixture.

    We hope you enjoy cooking and eating this Vegetable Beef Soup as much as we did! Have any of you ever tried making soup from food storage? Do you have any recipes for soup that we should test out? If so, please send them our way in the comments section of this post.

    -Angela

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  • November Sale Items

    There are a lot of excellent November sale items at Emergency Essentials. Here are my Top 5 must-have preparedness items on sale this month. I’ll tell you what they are, how they work, and why you should consider getting them.

    #1. Volcano Collapsible Cooking Combo (On sale for $174.99, a $221.78 value)

    If you’re a grill master, you know some foods taste better depending on the type of fuel you use. With the Volcano, you can use your choice of three different fuel sources—charcoal, wood, or propane—in one grill (not at the same time, of course!). You can use it as a grill or you can cook on the griddle (sold separately).  You can even cook food in a Dutch oven (also sold separately) right inside the grill!

    The combo includes the Volcano grill, a propane attachment, an Oven lid, a handy handle (combination lid lifter/holder), and the Volcano Cookbook and Technical manual.

    Volcano Collapsible Cooking Combo

    #2. Roadwise Emergency Kit (On sale for $38.95, a $67.55 value)

    Since winter is coming, you’ll want to have a Roadwise Emergency Kit in your car just in case you get stuck in a winter storm. This kit includes hand warmers, a multifunction tool, a headlamp, food calorie bars, water, toilet paper, a light stick to use as a flare, and much more. This kit can act as a backup grab and go bag if you need to evacuate your home in an emergency. This kit considers a number of needs if you ever get stuck on the side of the road or you just need an emergency kit to survive an unexpected situation.

    Roadwise Emergency Kit

    #3. Katadyn Hiker Microfilter (On sale for $49.99, a $79.99 value)

    If you’re a hiker, backpacker, or emergency preparedness buff, you’re going to want a Katadyn Hiker Microfilter to filter any water sources you find on the trail or to store in your emergency kit. It’s lightweight and compact, taking extra weight off your shoulders as you hike. Its unique, pleated cartridge filter prevents clogging and eliminates bacteria and protozoa in your water. Check out what our customers are saying about this product. They give it 5 stars!

    This November sale item is a great deal because the sale price is the same as the price of a replacement filter. So, for the cost of a backup filter cartridge, you can have an entire additional filter!

    Katadyn Hiker Microfilter

    #4. Holiday Red Emergency Candle Gift Combo (On sale for $49.99, only $4.17 per candle)

    Have you ever been invited to a holiday party at last minute and forgotten to get a gift? You scramble to find a gift in your house and all you have is a journal with a pony on it (not that there’s anything wrong with that if ponies are your thing) . . . If you’re looking for quick and easy small gifts to give to neighbors and friends, the 100 hour Emergency Candle gift combo is perfect. It comes with 12 emergency candles, 12 gift bags, and 12 bows. Insta-gifts!

    Holiday Red Emergency Candle Gift Combo

    #5. Thanksgiving Dinner Combo (On sale for $94.99, a $126.09 value)

    And last, but not least . . . the Thanksgiving Dinner Combo. Have you ever had a craving for a Thanksgiving feast in the middle of . . . July? Well now you can have Thanksgiving dinner all year long with less stress and less work. You can even have all the fixings of a holiday meal if you ever have to celebrate during an emergency. This combo includes the basics of a Thanksgiving feast: Freeze Dried White Turkey, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Gravy mix, Green Beans, Corn muffin mix, and Raspberry crumble (I’m drooling just writing about it . . .).

    All you have to do is just add water and reconstitute everything (a little baking is required for the cornbread) and your feast is ready. As our catalog so eloquently states, “Football and afternoon nap optional.”

     Thanksgiving Dinner Combo

    These are just five November sale items,  but if you look through your catalog you will find over 40 items on sale. If you are thinking about holiday shopping, these sales may be the place to start looking for the perfect gift for your family and friends.

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  • Kelly Kettle Combo Giveaway!

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    Hi, friends!

    We're happy to announce a giveaway today! We're giving away six stainless steel Kelly Kettle combos in celebration of Preptember™ ($132 value, now on sale for $109.99)! We think the Kelly Kettle® is a fantastic product for emergency preparedness, camping, hunting, and other outdoor activities. It's an ultra-fast camping kettle that can boil 54 oz. of water in 3-5 minutes while simultaneously functioning as a stove. Made out of durable stainless steel, it works excellent in any weather condition using naturally available materials as fuel. The Kelly Kettle is a safe-to-use, highly efficient way to heat water during an emergency or while camping. No gas or liquid fuel required. Works with any fuel sources such as small sticks, pine cones, tree bark, charcoal, and many other solid fuels.

    Kelly Kettle combo - Stainless Steel

    If you win, you'll be the proud owner of a Kelly Kettle Combo, which includes:

    Contest ends September 30th 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Enter to win by learning about the Kelly Kettle Combo on BePrepared.com and answering the questions below.

    Good luck! (I hope you win.)

    --Sarah

     

     

     

     

     

    Additional Details and Contest Rules:

    Six winners will be selected (two within Utah, and four within the United States but excluding Utah). The winners will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within 3 business days, you will forfeit your right to the prize and another winner will be chosen.

    All entries will be verified. Contest is open to all customers with a US shipping address; however, free shipping of the Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Weekly Wednesday Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased—whichever you prefer.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway.

    Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: survival gear, emergency stove, Kelly Kettle, emergency cooking, Stove

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