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  • 3 Easy Food Storage Dinner Parties

     

    Hi, friends. Urban Girl, here.

    We’ve been experimenting with food storage more and more here in the Emergency Essentials Test Kitchen, and we hope you’ve been enjoying the recipes coming through in our emails (if you aren’t signed up for those, click on the blue button near the top of the blog to sign up!).

    I’ve been thinking about having a dinner party in the next couple of weeks, and I decided I want to kill two birds with one stone and have a food storage dinner party. So I’ve been looking through the recipes on BePrepared.com and I’ve come up with three dinner parties I could pull together. Here’s what I’m thinking (click each image to see the recipe):

     

    Mexican

    Appetizer: 7-layer Dip 

    Food storage 7 Layer Bean Dip

     

    Entrée: Beef Brisket Taco

    Mexican Food storage Dinner Party: Beef Brisket Taco

     

    Dessert: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps

     Food Storage Dinner Party Dessert: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps

     

    Italian

    Appetizer: Creamy Tuscan Tomato Soup

    Creamy Tuscan Tomato Soup

     

    Entrée: Linguini Chicken with Vegetables

    Linguini Chicken and Vegetables

     

    Dessert: Peach "Shortcake" with Strawberry Basil Sauce 

    Peach Shortcake with Strawberry Basil Sauce

     

     

     

    Southern-inspired

    Appetizer: Zucchini Corn Fritters

    Zucchini Corn Fritters

     

    Entrée: Cajun Chicken and Pasta

    Cajun Chicken and Pasta

     

    Dessert: Strawberry-Banana-Peach Cobbler

    Strawberry-Banana-Peach Cobbler

     

     

    And for drinks, I’ll make one of the delicious food storage mocktails we whipped up in the Test Kitchen. Yum!

     

    I’ve tried all these recipes, and I love every single one. So now I just have to decide which menu to use. I’m leaning toward the Southern-inspired dinner, but man… I really love 7-Layer Dip.

    Which of these dinner parties would you throw? Or would you go a different route for a food storage dinner party?

     

    Bon appetit!

     

    P.S. Need to get more familiar with food storage? Try some of these recipes out, or check out our Recipes page for other options. (We’ve also got a photo contest going on with our recipes… we’ve got a lot of recipes that need photos and we’d love to see what you come up with…Winning pictures will be featured and credited on our site, and if your photo is chosen you get to pick a free MyChoice can of food storage! Click here for the contest details.)

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  • Do you feel like you’ve run out of room to store all your food storage?

    If so, we’ve got another Do It Yourself solution for you. For your next DIY project, consider making a canned food organizer. Now, I know you’ve probably seen a lot b of different DIY shelf organizers on the web that range from flipping wire shelves upside down in a closet to putting Lazy Susan shelves into a traditional pantry.

    So what makes this canned food organizer different than all the rest? It’s a shelf that slides out from the space between your fridge and the wall. It makes great use of wasted space.

    Instead of taking up extra space in your cabinets and cupboards, this shelf creates a totally new space to store your food and other supplies in. We found a tutorial from Mallory at classyclutter.net that shows you a step-by-step process for making a canned food organizer.

    DIY Food Storage Organizer

    Photo courtesy of ClassyClutter.net

     

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    9 – 1×4s cut to 29 1/2″ (top board, shelves, bottom board)

    2 – 1×4s, cut to 64″ (Side boards)

    1 – Thin board, cut to 31 1/2 x 64″ (Mallory used bead board/wainscoting board from Home Depot)

    4 – 1 ½-2″ Metal Casters that hold 50+ lbs (Mallory used 2″, 80lbs)

    7 – 7/16 dowels cut to 30″ long (lumber section of Home Depot)

    Handle or knob

    Paint and Brush, Roller, or Sprayer (if needed)

     

    Tools and Supplies:

    Drill

    7/16″ drill bit for drilling dowel holes

    Several wood screws (purchase a bulk-size bag or box to make sure you have enough)

    Several 2″ nails (purchase a bulk-size bag or box to make sure you have enough)

    Several finishing nails (purchase a bulk-size bag or box to make sure you have enough)

    Hammer

     

    Directions:

    Essentially you’re going to build a ladder-like structure and then put a back panel onto it so that all your food stays in place. Put the completed structure on wheels and put a handle on the side so that you can easily roll the shelving unit out.

    For step-by-step instructions and pictures, check out the article, “DIY Canned Food Organizer Tutorial—Build Your Own.” Or check out this “imgr” food storage shelf tutorial as an alternative technique for building this awesome shelf.

     

    Want more DIYs?

    Check out this list of 60+ DIY Kitchen Shelf projects from diyncrafts.com that can help you organize your cabinets, pots and pans, spices, and much more.

    If you’re looking for more “unconventional” places to store your emergency supplies, check out our “No Room for Supplies?” Pinterest Board and read our article, “Baby Steps: Make Room for your Food and Supply Storage.”

     

    Where do you store your store your food storage and emergency supplies?

     

    Sources

    http://www.classyclutter.net/2012/05/build-your-own-extra-storage-diy-canned-food-organizer.html (Tutorial)

    http://imgur.com/a/nqKrk (Tutorial)

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  • As you sit beside your pool, take a break from weeding your flourishing garden, or set the table for a BBQ this summer, put your feet up and enjoy a refreshing breeze of flavor with these fruity mocktails—(non-alcoholic cocktails) every one of which can be made with food storage. Just click the name of the drink to get to the recipe. Enjoy!

    Mocktails--a Better Way to use Your Freeze-Dried Fruit

    Strawberry Peach Mocktail

    With only two ingredients, it’s easy to enjoy the refreshing, sweet flavor of peaches and strawberries combined into one delicious drink.

    Strawberry Mango Mocktail

    This delicious combination of mango, strawberry, orange, honey, and lime will give you a unique burst of flavor with every sip. Perfect for warm summer days.

    Berry-Lime Water

    A subtle blend of berries and lime add a sweet flavor to your average glass of water—refreshing and great for a quick-to-make, cool drink.

    Lemonade & Berry Blend

    This tart drink combines the revitalizing flavor of lemons with a variety of berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries) and sparkling water to give your drink a little extra kick.

    Summer Fruit Daiquiri

    Refreshingly tart and sweet, the summer fruit daiquiri is a great way to add some favorite fruits into your day. Peaches, strawberries, mangos, and the flavors of orange and lemons come together to give you a taste you’ll crave all summer.

    Pina Colada Smoothie

    A delicious combination of pineapple, banana, honey, and vanilla will sweep you away to a tropical island. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this sweet treat.

     

    What’s your favorite refreshing summer drink?

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  • 5 Kid-Friendly Food Storage Favorites

    If you have kids, don’t wait for an emergency to break out your food storage supply. Try rotating freeze-dried and dehydrated foods into your regular family meals. That way when you use your food storage in an emergency there won’t be as many complaints about a change in diet or a new variety of food choices.

    The last thing you want to deal with in an emergency is a meltdown because your children refuse to eat that strange food you’ve been storing in the basement…

    Here are 5 kid-friendly food storage favorites that have been tried and tested by our customers and their kids. These foods have gotten thumbs-up approval from 10-month-olds all the way up to teenagers.

     

    5 Kid-Friendly Food Storage Favorites

    1. Mountain House (Just-Add-Water) Meals-The great thing about Mountain House meals is that they start out as a home cooked meal before going through the freeze drying process. They’re using fresh ingredients your kids will love. Here are a couple of kid favorites:

    • Mountain House Noodles and Chicken-“Out of all the Mountain House entrees, this is the one my 5-year-old will eat any time we make it. We use the pouches when we go out backpacking or snowshoeing, and this is one of the better dishes. Sort of like chicken noodle soup. I recommend it!” – Fred
    • Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork-“This is amazing! The flavors blend perfectly and have a wonderful taste. My super picky teenage son had three helpings with our first taste test! Great dinner and purchased numerous cans”- Cynthia
    • Mountain House Beef Stew-“My 10-month-old and I think this stuff is fantastic. We have reduced the amount of waste materials with traditional baby food (no more jars, foil, or plastic containers). The size and texture of the beef and vegetables are perfect for her. And the broth adds just the right balance of flavor for her palate. I strongly recommend this to all my friends.”- Connie

      5 Kid Friendly Food Storage Meals: Mountain House Beef Stew

    2. Provident Pantry Instant NonFat Dry Milk-Dry This is not your traditional dry milk. It has a rich, creamy taste. One customer even said she ran out of milk and put this into her kid’s breakfast cereal instead; they couldn’t tell the difference. Here’s what another mom had to say:

    • We were absolutely amazed at how delicious this milk is! We are BIG milk drinkers in our home, so we were a little reluctant to order powdered milk, but I ordered the “MyChoice” size for a trial, and was ecstatic at the taste! I gave some to my husband (who is extremely picky) to try, and he loved it! My kids,who are also very picky, loved it as well! This is a definite must-have for your food storage”-Darcy

      5 Kid Friendly Food Storage Favorites: Instant Nonfat Dry Milk

    3. MRE Stuffed French Toast-Great for a quick meal on the go, this MRE has been praised by our employees and customers alike. Check out what these customers thought of them:

    • “I loved this and so did my children. They loved it so much they have asked if I can order some for breakfast on the go. We had these while camping and they will definitely go on the "to buy" list again!”- Suzanne
    • “My daughter and I loved these. They’re very filling, and the syrup is good to be artificial. I recommend these to anyone with kids” - Travis

      5 Kid Friendly Food Storage Favorites: MRE Stuffed French Toast

    4. Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Strawberries -Great to eat straight out of the can or rehydrated, these strawberries are sweet and tangy. They’re excellent additions to desserts and cakes. Here’s how this grandma got her grandkids to try them:

    • “Purchased one #10 can to try. I put them in smaller containers for my grandchildren to snack on and I put them in their oatmeal. My little food critics loved them! I immediately ordered 12 more cans for my food storage. I rehydrated them in fruit juice, thickened it, and made fruit syrup for the pancakes. Lots of possibilities, want to try strawberry bread next.” - Linda

      5 Kid Friendly Food Storage Favorites: Freeze-Dried Strawberries

    5. Provident Pantry Scrambled Egg MixThis mom’s rendition of breakfast tortillas made her kids crazy about eating these scrambled eggs:

    • “Okay, so it’s not real scrambled eggs but my kids really like them. I bought it to try out and see if we could survive off of this and I think we will have no problem. My kids’ favorite way to eat these eggs is to combine it with freeze dried sausage and roll it up in a tortilla. I even served it to some friends this way to see if they could tell the difference and not one noticed. In fact, all the breakfast burritos were gone!” - Tammie

      5 Kid Friendly Food Storage Favorites: Scrambled Egg Mix

    Of course, not all kids will love every type of freeze-dried food, but check them out and find the ones perfect for your family. For more kid-friendly foods and snacks, check out our baking mixes, desserts and drinks, and meat, eggs, and dairy items.

    What types of food storage items do your kids love?

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  • Often times, after you’ve devoured the contents of your favorite food storage cans, all that’s left in the bottom are small pieces and powder that comes from jostling the can over time. Compound butters are an easy way to add extra flavor to your favorite dishes and use up the little bit of extra powder you have left in your mostly-eaten food storage supply. Typically, compound butter is made from a mixture of butter with additional ingredients such as oils and herbs to give it a unique, tasty flavor.

    Check out these delicious, tried-and-tested, compound butters using your extra food storage (or come up with your own combinations):

    Blackberry Butter

    Food Storage Blackberry Butter Recipe

    Using Red Feather Butter, this sweet spread combines raspberries, blackberries, and honey into a delicious blend you’ll love. This butter is great on toast, cornbread, pancakes, waffles, or other dishes that need a hint of sweetness.

    Honey Cinnamon Butter

    Food Storage Honey Cinnamon Butter

    Honey and cinnamon come together to give you a sweet, mouthwatering flavor. Honey Cinnamon Butter is delicious on muffins, toast, bagels, cornbread, French toast, and more.

     

    Strawberry Honey Butter

    Food Storage Strawberry Honey Butter

    Using Provident Pantry Butter Powder, the flavors in this strawberry and honey butter will give you a sweet, refreshing taste of summertime and will add flair to your breakfasts, brunches, and desserts. It’s great to use on cornbread, toast, scones, biscuits, popovers, pancakes, and French toast.

     

    Basil Garlic Butter

    Food Storage Basil Garlic Butter

    Unlike the sweet butters above, this savory Basil Garlic Butter is perfect to eat for lunch or dinner. This appetizing blend of herbs and green onions helps you create a variety of unforgettable sides to go with any meal. Use it on French bread or homemade bread using Provident Pantry White Bread Roll and Scone Mix and serve with a salad or pasta.

     

    Do you use flavored butters? What other ways do you use the little bit of powder from the bottom of your food storage cans?

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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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  • Your Drought-Year Garden

    If you’re like me, a sunny afternoon in March finds you tearing through your Territorial seed catalogue and poring over cryptic drawings of garden plots. It’s like I can hear my backyard’s biological clock ticking and I can’t wait another minute to get outside!

    As part of your preparations for your 2014 garden, you’re probably checking out seed calendars and companion planting charts. Here’s one more graphic you might want to consider from the U.S. Drought Monitor:

    How will your garden do in your area during this drought?

    Experts are calling the current western dry spell one of the “worst droughts in 500 years”, severely affecting the supply of drinking water, as well as that for crop irrigation. In fact, one of the most far-reaching effects of even a localized drought in an agricultural state like California is rising produce prices across the country (read about food storage and drought here).

    In that light, gardening may seem like a smart way to beat the heat. However, if you live in any of the highlighted areas on the map above, there are some serious considerations for the home gardener. Some Californians have already been required to restrict water use. Your neighborhood may not be in quite such dire straights, but there are ways all of us can garden a little more conservatively in a dry year.

    Check out these tips and tricks for gardening in lean times:

    Water conservation is a good idea any time, but this year seems to be providing us a compelling reason to conserve. Read about California’s challenges and some solutions you can implement at home and in the garden. Then get outside and get those peas in the ground!

    Sources:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/severe-drought-has-us-west-fearing-worst.html

    Photo Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor

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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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