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  • The Best Winter Ever!

    If you have friends in the Northeast, your Facebook and Instagram feeds have probably been saturated with images of snow piled disturbingly high on sidewalks and in yards, or buried cars and blocked doorways. And yet, somehow, these images are not complaints. This may be the one of the snowiest winters on record, but New Englanders are no strangers to harsh weather. And while some of us get twitchy just reading about school closures, our friends under several feet of snow seem to be having a pretty good time of it.

    If you’re one of those soft Westerners who cancels park days when it’s cloudy, take a page out of New England’s handbook, and consider the…

    Top 10 Reasons 2015 is the Best Winter Ever

    1. busesSnow days. You’re eleven years old, and you have a book report due tomorrow that you haven’t started. What could possibly give you more joy than to watch heavy, fluffy flakes falling outside your window? While the rest of the country suffers through math quizzes and cafeteria lunches, untethered children all over the Northeast are sledding through a winter wonderland. (Public service message: don’t forget the hand and foot warmers!)
    2. Snow angels are cute. Snowmen are fun. Snow forts are awesome. But full-scale snow castles are epic.
    3. Community spirit. Boston’s mayor Martin Walsh recently noted, “The residents of the city are very special. Just watching everyone help each other, that’s what I love seeing about the snow.” Mayor Walsh was referring Boston, but he could have been talking about any of the dozens of cities covered in snow right now—especially Crewe, Virginia, where Tommy Adam’s good deed got him noticed nationwide.
    4. Glen in Tennessee finally gets to use his generator. A post on Instapundit.com points out that “preparedness pays.” Two days after Valentine’s Day, Glen Reynolds reported that the “power’s out, but the generator kicked in and we have heat, lights, Internet and TV. Here’s to hoping that it comes back on soon, so that other folks aren’t stuck in the dark, but right now Helen, who was slightly dubious, is very pleased.” See, Helen? Haven’t we been saying this for years?
    5. shovelSnowExercise. I mean, real exercise. Like, three straight weeks of full-body cardio.
    6. Florida never looked better. In fact, the good sports over at the Ithaca, NY, tourism board agree. Rather than trying to entice people to head north with promises of igloo rentals and Yeti sightings (like some people in Boston are actually doing!), Ithaca’s tourism website officially—and hilariously—“invites you to visit the Florida keys this week. Please come back when things thaw out.”
    7. Food storage rotation. What better time to eat your way through all that 2014 canned food than several weeks without a clear route to the grocery store?
    8. Slow the pace. Isn’t it kind of nice sometimes to have a break in the routine? Or, at least, to have an excuse to slough off all the errands you keep meaning to do and just sit next to the heater vent and drink hot chocolate all afternoon? A friend of mine from Maine has finished approximately seven full-sized quilts since the snow began to fall. (She’s also predicting a New England baby boom round about September of this year.)fabricPatterns
    9. creaturesRare creatures are stirring. And no, I’m not talking about MIT students whose labs are closed. An anonymous Twitter user has adopted the moniker, “the Boston Yeti” and is posting mysterious photos of him-/her-/itself all over the region. (Another public service message: If you’re going to don a one-piece costume and traipse around town in a blizzard, I’m really serious about those hand and foot warmers!)
    10. And finally, pandas. No kidding, if you haven’t watched the National Zoo’s Bao Bao frolic in the flakes, you haven’t really experienced this winter.

    So, how’s your winter going? What are you loving about the weather in your area? It goes without saying (but I’ll say it again anyway…), if you’re sufficiently prepared, you can enjoy any kind of weather. So, what kinds of preparations are you making so that you can enjoy the extremes in your local weather including the odd whiteout?

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  • 7 Reasons Why You Need Freeze-Dried Chicken

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    Want to spice up your daily meals, but don’t have the time to make anything “fancy?”

    Here are 7 reasons why freeze-dried chicken will not only make cooking easier, but will also add variety and freshness to your cooking repertoire. You’ll become a gourmet chef in no time using this versatile freeze-dried ingredient.

    7 Reasons Why you Need Freeze-Dried Chicken

    1. Already sliced, diced, and chopped. The best thing about using freeze-dried chicken is you don’t have to spend time slicing and cutting meat. It makes cooking much easier.

    2. Tastes Just like chicken. That’s because it is real chicken! Before freeze-drying, our chicken is cooked and seasoned using fresh ingredients. Once it’s reconstituted, it has the same flavor, texture, and taste as chicken cooked over the stovetop or baked in the oven at home.

    3. Don’t have a lot of time to cook dinner? For a quick meal, simply reconstitute chicken in water for 5 minutes, drain, and add to a salad, casserole, quesadilla, or pot pie to spice up your last-minute meals.

    4. If you hate touching raw meat, go freeze-dried. Using freeze-dried chicken eliminates the spread of bacteria from raw meat. Freeze-dried chicken is pre-cooked, so you can get your meal on the table with less mess and less hassle.

    5. Quicker clean-up. Whenever you  cook with raw chicken, you probably spend a lot of time using anti-bacterial sprays and cleaners to make sure any residue is gone. But when you use freeze-dried meat, the only thing you’ll have to clean up is the bowl you use to reconstitute the meat in and the pan you use to cook with.

    6. Have a home cooked meal anywhere. Having a supply of freeze-dried chicken on hand adds variety and a home-cooked taste to meals during an emergency or on a camping trip.

    7. Spice up your Daily Meals. If you’re tired of eating spaghetti (again),you can make a variety of dishes and new family favorites using freeze-dried chicken. I’ve been amazed at some of the gourmet creations we’ve made here in our test kitchen using freeze-dried chicken as one of the main ingredients.

    For instance, check out this pic of a gourmet chicken gnocchi soup we made—from scratch! It looks so good; you’d think it came from a restaurant. You can make delicious meals like this in your home any time, using freeze-dried chicken.

    7 Reasons Why you Need Freeze-Dried Chicken

     

    These are just 7 reasons why freeze-dried chicken is great to use for cooking. But don’t just take our word for it. Try out some of our Freeze-Dried Chicken Crumbles in one of the four amazing chicken dishes listed below, and tell us what you think.

     

    Want more recipes? Give these a try:

    linguini chicken with vegetables

    Linguini Chicken with Vegetables

    Oriental Chicken Salad

    Oriental Chicken Salad

     

    Food Storage Meal: Chicken A La King

    Chicken ALA King

    Cajun Creamy Chicken and Pasta

    Cajun Chicken and Pasta

     

    What’s your favorite way to use freeze-dried chicken or other freeze-dried meat?

    -Angela

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  • 15 Food Storage Hacks to Make Cooking Easier

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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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