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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

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency cooking, freeze dried food, freeze dried, freeze-dried foods, recipe, recipes, food storage

  • Preptember™ Food Storage Recipes

    Since food storage is an essential part of any emergency preparedness plan, it’s important to help your family feel comfortable with eating items from your food storage—before an emergency hits. If you “eat what you store, and store what you eat,” your family will have a sense of security and normalcy if a disaster strikes.

    Making food storage recipes for your weekly meals now will help your family to get familiar with food storage and will also help them understand that food storage doesn’t just mean MREs, wheat, and dry alphabet soup mix. You can make many of your family favorites from food storage.

    Here are some food storage recipes that you can add into your weekly meal rotations. These recipes are quick, easy, and tasty!

    In honor of Preptember™ we cooked up some Prepper’s Pie

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    Prepper’s Pie

    1 Tbsp. Clarified Butter or Olive Oil

    ½ C Freeze Dried Onion

    ½ C Dehydrated or Freeze Dried Carrot

    1 ½ C Provident Pantry Super Sweet Freeze-Dried Corn

    1 C Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Green Beans (or black beans, pinto beans, or peas; whatever sort of legume you want to throw in there)

    1 ½ C Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Roast Beef Steak Dices (or freeze-dried ground beef, Beef Crumbles, Beef TVP, or Freeze-Dried Cooked Roast Beef)

    4 C Instant Mashed Potatoes (or more if you like a thicker layer of potatoes)

    1-1  ½ C Provident Pantry Beef Gravy

     

    Directions

    Rehydrate onion, carrot, corn, beans, beef, and mashed potatoes according to directions on the can. Sauté onion in melted clarified butter until golden and clear or slightly browned (don’t have to sauté them too long or else they will become soggy). Add all ingredients BUT the mashed potatoes in a rectangle shallow glass pan. Mix ingredients together by hand so that the distribution of items is even. Bake covered at 300°F for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and spread the potatoes evenly over top. Return to bake uncovered for about 20 minutes. If potatoes are not golden on the peaks, top broil for a minute or two.

    Variation: Keep the gravy out of the casserole until everything has cooked, then spoon it over the top of the potatoes, or right onto the plate and place the serving of casserole on top.

     

    Like the Prepper’s Pie and want some more food storage recipes to try? Check out some more food storage breakfast, dinner, sides, and dessert recipes below.

    Breakfast

    Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bars

    Ham and Cheese Pop-Ups

     

    Dinner

    Easy Hearty Beef Stew

    Pecan Chicken Casserole

     

    Sides

    Food Storage Pasta Primavera

    Bake Beans Western Style Recipe

     

    Dessert

    Raspberry Crisp

    Banana Oat Crumb Cake

     

     

    These are just a few recipes to get you started. Check out the rest of our food storage recipes on our Recipes page.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: freeze-dried foods, wheat, recipes, food storage

  • Mountain House Entree Review

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    In light of the jaw-dropping sale all this month on all Mountain House number 10 cans (you have seen that, right?), I’ve been asked to taste test and review a number of the entrees. It’s a rough job, but…

    Actually, to be completely forthright, my expectations were not high. I spent enough years as a single college student to develop a serious aversion to pre-prepared, pre-packaged, conveniently shelf-stable, preservative-laden meals. And when I was tipped off that Mountain House brand had been tested as edible after 20+ years, I was convinced something must be wrong.

    So imagine my delight when my week of experimental, freeze-dried lunches turned out to be some of the most enjoyable and satisfying meals I’d had all month (note: this is in no way an aspersion on my admittedly dismal culinary skills).

    What was so great about the Mountain House entrees I tried? Let me break it down for you.

    Taste – Bland? Salty? Chemical-y? None of the above. The first shock was how real it all tasted. The Mexican Style Rice and Chicken had a spicy little kick. The Beef Stroganoff with Noodles had the unmistakable tang of sour cream. And there’s an easy explanation: the ingredient list is full of real ingredients. Cream, spices, beef, vegetables, rice, pasta—all the stuff you’d use if you were actually making this stuff in your own kitchen. In fact, the first step in the production process of Mountain House’s freeze dried entrees looks a lot like what goes on in your kitchen. According to Outside Magazine’s Steven Rinella, “The company prides itself on the fact that its food is first prepared as a ready-to-eat dish before it is freeze-dried, which leads to what it calls the ‘homemade taste’ of its offerings.”

    Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Texture – For my money, there’s nothing worse than the rubbery meat of a ready-made meal. So it was with some hesitation that I dug into the Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce. But whether it was ground beef in the lasagna, shredded chicken in the Mexican rice, or Sweet and Sour Pork, it all felt like meat. And no mushy pasta or cardboard veggies, either. Something about the magical process of freeze-drying, which Mountain House (part of Oregon Freeze Dry) has been perfecting since the 1960s, preserves food at the moment it’s frozen. That means, when reconstituted, your meal looks, tastes, and feels almost identical to how it did when it was first prepared. (Want your mind blown? Read about the freeze drying process.)

    Variety – Here’s some fun history: during the Vietnam War, Oregon Freeze Dry was approached by the Department of Defense to develop portable meals that “tasted better, weighed less, and were easier to prepare” than the bulky canned rations servicemen had been toting around since WWI. The Mountain House line was the result, which means that the company has been experimenting, refining, and expanding their repertoire for more than four decades.

    Mountain House Pasta Primavera

    At any given time, Mountain House offers 20-25 different entrees, ranging from pasta dishes like Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Turkey Tetrazzini, and Pasta Primavera to down-home favorites like Chili Mac with Beef and Chicken Stew. The four I tried were all winners, which makes me think I could really brighten up a protracted emergency situation if I were to fill my shelves with all 20.

    And, of course, as icing on an already super palatable cake, the Mountain House meals are extremely light, store easily, require only boiling water, and (did I mention?) last for 30 years! This is one reformed skeptic who will be stocking up.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: long term food storage, survival food, freeze dried, Food Storage Entrees, freeze-dried foods, mountain house

  • Food Storage Personal Pizzas on the Volcano Grill

    Closeup shot of Pizzas on a Volcano Grill

    We've been craving pizza around here at Emergency Essentials, so we grilled up a few personal pizzas on a Volcano Grill last week. 100% food storage. 100% Awesome.

    Here’s our recipe—I hope you love it as much as I do.

    --Sarah

     

    Food Storage Personal Pizzas

    Ingredients:

    Adjust any of these ingredients to taste

    You know what to do…

    1. Make the bread dough according to the directions on the can. Divide the dough into as many parts as you want for your pizzas.
    2. Mix up and spoon on the sauce.
    3. Sprinkle on some cheese.
    4. Add your preferred toppings.
    5. Toss on a little more cheese to keep everything in place.
    6. Grill.
    7. Relish the awesome flavors that you combined with your own hands.

     

    _MG_9980Volcano Grill with Heat Deflector Plate

    Here are a few things we learned during this process:

    • If you are using a Volcano Grill to cook your pizza(s), open the vents slightly. It needs to "breathe" when the propane burner is running.
    • To avoid a fuel smell with the propane, adjust the burner air-to-fuel ratio by adjusting the air shutter valve.
    • Cover the Heat Deflector Plate (which goes over the flame inside the Volcano) with aluminum foil, then punch some holes in it to let the heat through—that will direct the flames farther outward so the pizza cooks more evenly.
    • It doesn't take very long to cook these pizzas—especially if they’re personal pizzas. So keep an eye on them, and if they look like they’re cooking unevenly, rotate them in 5 minute increments until done
    • Covering the grill rack with aluminum foil makes cleanup quick and painless.
    • You can make a REALLY great deep dish pizza in the regular oven if you use a whole (or most of a whole) batch of dough in a 9x13” pan and load it up with toppings. (Uhhhh. Yum. See the photo of that pizza below.)

     

    Deep Dish Pizza from Food Storage

    Hungry yet? Dig in!

    Do you have a favorite pizza recipe? Maybe a magical sauce? Let us know in the comments.

    --Sarah

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Main Dish, freeze-dried foods, recipes, food storage

  • All Mountain House Cans on Sale - 25% off!

    Emergency Essentials Mountain House sale - all #10 cans 25% off!

    It’s time for a Mountain House #10 can sale! Every Mountain House can is 25% off in July. So if you've never tried Mountain House freeze-dried entrees, sides, fruits, or veggies, now is a great time. If you’re already a fan, now is a great time to stock up on your favorites.

    Here are a few varieties I especially recommend:

    Pilot crackers: You might think this is a strange pick, but I love these crackers. They’re similar to Saltines, but they’re not salted, and they’re a little thicker and more substantial. They’re great for anything from making mini pizzas, to bruschetta, to dipping in soup, or making quick home-made “croutons” in a pinch. They’re also divine with cottage cheese and peaches on top (I like a tiny pinch of cayenne, too).

    Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf: all I can say is YUM. This pilaf features mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, sweet red peppers, and parmesan cheese. Tons of flavor, great texture, and pretty, too! That’s what I call a food storage “triple threat.”

    I mentioned cottage cheese above as a topping for my Pilot Crackers. This is one of the best ingredients we carry, as far as I’m concerned. It’s delicious alone, with fruit or herbs (and sometimes both!), and in salads. But it’s also delightful reconstituted, drained, squeezed out and treated as ricotta cheese for recipes like stuffed shells, lasagna, pizza, dips, etc. Try it—you will love it. One of my favorite things about Mountain House Cottage Cheese is the fact that use as much or as little as I want, then seal the rest back up in a bag and stick it back in the can. That way I don’t worry about half the container going bad before I’m ready to use it again. Cottage cheese is also a great source of protein for those who don't eat meat, but still eat dairy.

    Beef Stroganoff: I tend to eat more seafood and chicken than beef, but when I do eat beef, stroganoff is one of my absolute favorites. Mushrooms + pasta + creamy sauce + beef? It simply doesn't get better than that.

     

    25% off all #10 cans of Mountain House at Emergency Essentials - July 2013

     

    Not a fan of my picks? I've listed a few customer favorites below, along with actual reviews submitted to our website.

    Mountain House Beef Stew

    Yummy! (5 Stars)
    My husband and I were surprised at how yummy this is! It tastes just as good as many of the homemade stews I've eaten over the years. Of course, the beef bits are smaller than what you might have in homemade, but the flavor is very good. I would definitely recommend this one be in your pantry.
    Posted on 11/19/10 by Tiffany

    Makes great leftovers (5 Stars)
    This stew makes great leftovers. It tastes homemade. We ladled this over egg noodles and feasted for days.

    Posted on 8/7/08 by Richard

    Mountain House Beef Stew - 25% off at Emergency Essentials July 2013

     

    Granola with Milk and Blueberries

    Healthy and a Treat! (5 stars)
    Not a big cereal or granola fan, but bought the packet first intending to use for camping. It is great and I have moved to the #10 cans. Easy to fix, add water, great flavor and crunch. Highly recommend as you don't even need hot water for this. Have put some in snack bags and leave at work for those hurried mornings when I run out the door without eating.
    Posted on 9/23/11 by Jacqui

    A must if you buy any long term foods (5 Stars)
    MH Granola with Blueberries and Milk is incredibly tasty. It has the perfect amount of "crunch" and flavour. This stuff is also very dense calorie-wise and only requires cold water to eat if you prefer. I highly recommend this as one of the top foods to buy because it is morale-lifting and tasty, easy to prepare and has good nutrient content. The trifecta of emergency foods!
    Posted on 5/9/11 by Mark

    Buy it! Trust me... (5 Stars)
    This isn't just good, it's GREAT. We eat this instead of regular cereal now as a treat. My 2 year old loves it as does my wife. The speed and convenience is awesome, but the best part is the flavor. It is genuinely delicious and it is packed with tons of blueberries. There were so many when I first opened the can that I thought it needed to be mixed, only to find out that it was like that throughout the #10 can. The shelf life is 25 years, so you can keep this in reserve for a LONG time.
    Posted on 4/4/10 by Carlos

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries from Emergency Essentials. 25% off July 2013

     

    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Must buy more! (5 stars)
    I thought this dish was quite good, was definitely surprised at how melty the cheese was! I threw in some of the dehydrated chopped spinach for color. Wasn't too salty and didn't leave that fake, chemically after taste that some of the frozen meals have. I love how quick and easy these meals are. The leftovers stood up well for lunch the next day, an added plus.
    Posted on 7/15/11 by Ashly

    Home Made Taste (5 stars)
    The aroma when opening the pkg is like taking a fresh home made lasagna out of the oven. Some of us have been taste-testing for lunch at work, and this is the unanimous favorite for flavor. Use a little less boiling water than instructed, then add a little more at the end if you need it. Don't make it too loose.
    Posted on 6/3/12 by Dave T

    Mountain House Lasagna 25% off in July 2013 - Emergency Essentials

     

    Have you tried Mountain House foods before? If not, what do you want to try? If so, what are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

     

    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: vegetarian option, Side Dish, Main Dish, freeze dried food, freeze-dried foods, monthly sales, mountain house

  • May 2013 Sale Items

    Oh, boy… have we got some great stuff for you in May.

    First things first. Remember the 160-gallon Water Reserve we introduced you to a couple of weeks ago? Well, we’ve bundled two Water Reserves together with a 50-foot drinking-water-safe hose and 6 Aquamira Water Treatments (three sets) to make the Ultimate Water Reserve Combo. And for this month only we’re selling it at an introductory price of $779.99. (It’s a $1099.99 value, and will regularly sell for $849.95.)

    So, if your water storage situation isn't in order, now would be a great time to make it happen.

    Ultimate Water Reserve Combo (320 Gallons) 320-Gallon Ultimate Water Reserve Combo

    Whole Egg Powder is 27% off

    $15.99 for a #10 can (reg. $21.95)

    $5.99 for MyChoice™ can (reg. $6.95)

    Who says you can’t have a wonderful brunch in a disaster? Keep powdered whole eggs on hand for baked items like cakes, cookies, and casseroles; or whip up delicious breakfast foods like quiche, scrambled eggs, or pancakes.

    Dried Whole Egg Powder - #10 Can Dried Whole Egg Powder - #10 Can

     

    Save 31% on the Fruit and Vegetable Favorites Combo

    $99.99 for 6 #10 cans

    Get a nice assortment of fruits and veggies in one fell swoop. This combo includes freeze dried strawberries, peaches, bananas, green peas, tomatoes, and super sweet corn. They’re favorites for a reason—they are delicious and really easy to use. Snack on them straight from the can, or add them into your favorite dishes. Rehydrate with water for a few minutes, and then treat them like fresh produce that’s pre-chopped and ready to go!

    Fruit and Vegetable Favorites Combo Fruit and Vegetable Favorites Combo

    All Mountain House Pouches are on Sale

    If you’re planning some backpacking, camping, or other outdoorsy fun this summer, stock up now on Mountain House pouches, and take some delicious entrées, wrap fillings, side dishes, and desserts with you!

    Road trip? Pack some pouches and fill a Thermos with hot water at home or along the way; you’ll have great meals without settling for whatever fast food joint or questionable diner you can find on the road.

    These pouches are also a great option for emergency kits—just be sure to pack extra water for reconstituting them.

     

    This is just a lil’ sampling of what we’ve got on sale this month. Check out the rest of our May sale items here.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: dehydrated food, water storage, freeze-dried foods, monthly sales, mountain house, food storage

  • Baby Steps February 1, 2013

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    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: water, freeze-dried foods, 15 Tips, gas, bung wrench, dehydrated, baby steps

  • Freeze Dried Strawberry Slices

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    Our Freeze Dried Strawberry Slices are a tangy and delicious addition to your food storage. Keep them handy for a quick snack or for using in your favorite recipes. Here are some suggestions taken from customer reviews:

     

    "...We use the strawberries often on cereal or just straight out of the can. There are an amazing amount of strawberries in the can and they are large whole slices."

    Jill, WASHINGTON

     

    "These have become a favorite snack for my 3 year old. She'll eat them right out of the can. They are truly delicious. They also rehydrate quickly for use in smoothies and desserts. HIGHLY recommend them!!"

    Haylee, ARIZONA

    Cereal with dried strawberry slices

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: snacks, fruit, Food Storage Tips, freeze-dried foods, food storage