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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mountain House Rice Entrees: Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice

    Other rice-based entrees include

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

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

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

    --Sharon

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mountain House Sale 2013

    As Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over!” The same principle applies to the Mountain House sale—it’s not over until December 5th, 2013 (while supplies still last). There are still plenty of great Mountain House products to choose from at great prices. You can get up to 25 to 50% off of these excellent products! So even if you missed out on our Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, you can still get a great deal for these Mountain House products.

    The best part: unlike Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can order many of these sale items online, by phone, or by mail! (Those labeled “Special Buys” are only available online.) But in order to get these special prices, make sure you meet the following deadlines before the sale ends:

    Your phone call must be placed by 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Remember 6 p.m. MST is—8 p.m Eastern Time,; 7 p.m. Central Time, and 5 p.m. Pacific Time); The phone lines tend to be very busy at times like this, so skip the wait and place your order online if you can.

    • Your online order must be placed by11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on Dec. 5th.
    • Your mail order must be postmarked by December 5th. Please note that some items may be sold out before we receive your mail order.

     

    Click here to see all our Mountain House items on sale, or check out some of the most popular Mountain House Items on sale below: http://bit.ly/1eMBs3A

    Beef Stroganoff for $20.25 (regularly $28.49)

    Beef Stroganoff

    Granola with Milk and Freeze Dried Blueberries for $28.12 (regularly $39.99)

    Granola w/ Milk & Blueberries

    Freeze Dried Chicken Dices for $34.50 (regularly $48.99)

    Chicken Dices

    Creamed Beef for $36.75 (regularly $51.99)

    Creamed Beef

    Raspberry Crumble for $19.50 (regularly $27.49)

     Raspberry Crumble

    Special Buys--online only. (These items were produced in 2011 and 2012 and therefore have a slightly shorter [shelf life].)

    Sliced Bananas for $18.80 (regularly $34.49)

    Sliced Bananas

    Green Peas for $10.49 (regularly $20.99)

    Garden Green Peas

    Granola with Milk and Blueberries for $25.99 (regularly $39.99)

    Granola w/ Milk & Blueberries

    Green Beans for $11.99 (regularly $23.99, a saving of 50.02%)

     Green Beans

    Remember, when these and the other sale items sell out, they will no longer be available to order at the special price, so keep in mind these other old sayings: “The early bird gets the worm,” and “He who hesitates is lost.” These bargains will be flying off the shelves, and this is an excellent opportunity to add to (or begin) your food storage at great prices!

     

     

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  • With Halloween over and Thanksgiving soon to arrive, before we know it Christmas will be here and those who start prepping for it now will have an easier, less stressful holiday season.

    The Christmas season is a time of parties, a stream of festivities, a never-ending row of colorful lights, and a lot of fun.  Start preparing now so that you can enjoy the winter wonderland that surrounds Christmastime without being overloaded and overstressed. One huge stressor during the holidays is trying to get gifts at the last minute—this is never a fun way to spend the few weeks before Christmas. Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out what gift you’re giving all of your friends, neighbors, and family members this year.

    Usually for Christmas we all seem to get the cookie platters, baked goods, or holiday decorations. Although these standard go-to gifts are fun (and for some of us, allow us to indulge in our weakness of candy!), why not step away from the crowd and give an inexpensive, unique gift to those you love most?

    My sister actually gave me a fantastic, delicious recipe that will both sweeten and spice up your friends’ holiday—Pepper Jelly.

    Small colorful sweet peppers isolated on white background

    Mmmm! Pepper jelly matches sweet with spicy in a delicious blend of flavors using bell peppers, jalapenos, and a few other ingredients. This recipe is easy to make in large batches, and only uses a few ingredients per batch, making it perfect for a holiday gift.

    Pepper Jelly

    Yield: 8 ½-pint jars

    *You could even do both colors (in separate jars) to create a Christmas season feel

    1. Combine peppers, vinegar, sugar, and cayenne in a large pot
    2. Cook on medium until it boils
    3. Add the Certo, boil 5 minutes (let it boil for the full 5 minutes, or it won’t set.)
    4. Remove from heat
    5. Add food color
    6. Pour into jars

    Pepper jelly is a unique recipe that a lot of people haven’t tasted before, but is savory nonetheless. If sweet and spicy aren’t quite your taste, other traditional jams and jellies make great holiday gifts as well. For a variety of delicious recipes see our Jams and Jellies that please post.

     

    Storing your Jam/Jelly

    Short-term storage is a great way to seal your jelly, protecting it from bacteria until you are ready to dive into it. There are three ways to package your jelly for short-term storage: Traditional Canning, Freezing, and Storing to eat.

    Traditional Canning

    Traditional canning involves cooking your ingredients before sealing them in their individual jars by processing your batch in a boiling water bath. This process takes longer to do because of the cooking time, but ensures that all of your ingredients are clean and ready to eat.  As soon as the jelly is poured into their individual jars, cap them and place in a boiling water bath for ten minutes.  Remove jars and set aside to cool. Soon after removing from the boiling water, you should hear a ‘pop!’ indicating that the jar has sealed itself. If you are unsure as to whether or not it sealed, just poke the lid. If it concaves and then bounces back at your touch, then it did not seal properly. In that case, store it in your fridge and eat within the next few weeks.  You can store traditionally canned jelly for up to a year.

    Freezing

    Freezing is another way to package your jelly for storage. This process takes much less time than the traditional canning method.  After the jelly has been poured into its individual freezer-safe containers, let it cool before capping it, and then place it in the freezer until you are ready to use it. Freezer jams can last up to a year in the freezer or a few weeks in the fridge.

    Store to Eat

    The last way to store your jelly is to store it to eat. Once you have poured the jelly into its individual jar and have let it cool, cap it and place it in the fridge. The recommended storage life is about a month, but I have had my Pepper Jelly in the fridge for two and it still tastes delicious. This type of storage is perfect if you plan to eat your scrumptious jelly right up.

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    Jams and jellies are fantastic gifts to give anytime of the year because they’ll last. When you give jam as a gift, your friends can either break into the bottle immediately or save it for a time when their own sugary supply of holiday goodies gets low.  Jams and jellies are able to store for up to a year depending on how you seal it.

    Jams and jellies give you an inexpensive option when you want a unique, desirable gift for your loved ones. Freeze dried and dehydrated fruits and vegetables are perfect for adding into your jams/jellies without having to break your bank, just use a little here and a little there and still have plenty for later.

    -Kim

    Sources:

    http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_07/storing_jams.html

    http://www.betterrecipes.com/blogs/daily-dish/2011/07/27/how-to-make-homemade-jelly/

     

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  • Group Specials for November

    We’re offering four great products for group specials this month. Alert your group members to get their orders in early since these items will go fast, and you simply can’t afford to pass them by!

    What luxury to have delicious, real butter stored without refrigeration on your shelves, ready at any time to open and enjoy! Red Feather™ Canned Butter is guaranteed to last for at least two years in cool and constant temperatures. This limited supply was manufactured between November of 2012 and February of 2013, so each can has a guaranteed shelf life of at least 12 to 15 months. Determine how much butter your family would use during that period, and order accordingly. Each 12-ounce can is selling for only $5.00, a saving of 35% over the regular price of $7.50 per can. Your group must order at least 24 cans in order to get this price.

    Red Feather Butter

     

    We’re continuing our sale on Provident Pantry® Freeze Dried Green Peas. These peas are crunchy and fun to snack on right from the can. They’re also an excellent side dish or addition to soups, casseroles, salads, or stir-fry. If you’re looking to add more vitamins and nutrients to your diet, these peas are a good source of Vitamins A and C, protein, fiber, and iron. This month, they’re on sale for $12.00 each, 35% off the regular price of $18.50 per can. An order of only 12 cans per group gets you this terrific bargain, so if you missed them last month or want more, here’s your chance!

    Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Green Peas

     

    Another popular holdover from October is our brand-new product, the Small (gallon-size) Metalized Bags. These bags are perfect for preserving freeze dried or dehydrated foods once the can has been opened. The convenient zip-lock top means no re-sealing is necessary. A package of 10 bags is only $5.00 each, 41% off the regular price of $8.50 per package of 10 bags. It’s a great time to stock up on these! At least ten packs must be ordered per group to get this excellent discount.

    Small Metallized bags

     

    Back by popular demand, and in limited quantities, our lightweight breakfast packets of Granola with Milk and Bananas LRP or Granola with Milk and Blueberries LRP are on sale fro $1.25 each (a huge saving of 57% from the original price of $2.97 per pack)! “LRP” stands for “Long Range Patrol.” Like MREs, LRPs are developed for military use. This means they are lightweight and easy to pack for camping, hiking, or backpacking trips. They also are a great addition to your grab-and-go bag, car emergency kit, or home storage. Simply add water and enjoy. A total of 30 pouches must be purchased per group to get this whopping discount. Feel free to mix and match flavors to meet the 30-pouch quota.

     Granola and Banana LRP

    Don’t delay! Group orders should be placed by November 21. Since some of these items have limited quantities, the earlier you place your order, the better!

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  •  Homemade Baby food from food storage

    Here’s a unique way to use your food storage: make baby food! If you’ve got little ones, having a supply of homemade baby food on hand could help you save money and assure you that the food you’re feeding your baby isn’t full of preservatives. Since many freeze dried foods come chopped, sliced, and peeled, cooking baby food with food storage will cut the prep time at least in half.

    The best part is that you can use this pre-made baby food every day or store it for an emergency. If you make and can your own baby food, you can have supplies ready to toss in a grab and go bag if you need to evacuate, or ready at home if you have to shelter in place.

    Here are some recipes and tips for making baby food from food storage.   

    Mango Blueberry Puree (ages 6 months +)

    1 ½ C Provident Pantry® Freeze Dried Mango Chunks

    1 C MyChoice™ Freeze Dried Blueberries

    1 C Provident Pantry®  Freeze Dried Banana Dices

    Reconstitute ingredients following the directions on the can. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend to desired consistency. Serve.

    Variation for adults: Put all reconstituted ingredients into a blender with 1- 1 1/2 C reconstituted Provident Pantry Non-fat Dry milk for a smoothie. Add milk until smoothie reaches your desired consistency. (The smoothie is rather tasty! I HIGHLY recommend making it for yourself as a treat.)

    Blueberry, Spinach, and Apple Puree (ages 6 months +)

    1 C MyChoice™  Freeze Dried Blueberries

    2 C Mountain House®  Freeze Dried Apple Slices

    A Handful MyChoice™ Freeze Dried Spinach

    Reconstitute ingredients following directions on the can. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend to desired consistency. Serve.

    Spinach, Apple, and Blackberry (ages 6 months +)

    1 C MyChoice™  Freeze Dried Spinach

    2 C Mountain House®  Freeze Dried Apple Slices

    1 C MyChoice™  Freeze Dried Blackberries

    Reconstitute ingredients following directions on the can. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend to desired consistency. Serve.

    Tip: Make sure that the Blackberry seeds are blended well. Also, be aware that the Spinach has a strong taste. Consider adding more apples if needed.

    Tips for Cooking Baby Food from Food Storage

    • Many baby food recipes for fresh produce suggest boiling the food before you puree it, and using the water it was boiled in to preserve nutrients.
    • Once you rehydrate the fruits and veggies, they’ll already be soft, so you can skip the boiling step (unless boiling is called for in the directions to rehydrate the food) to preserve nutrients.
    • Use a little bit of the water that you drain from the fruits and veggies after re-hydrating to put into your puree to add nutrients.
    • You can make baby food in a blender or food processor. You may want to also consider getting a hand-operated food processor like this Food Strainer or the Kitchen Plus 2000 so you can puree baby food quickly and easily—with or without electricity.
    • Be adventurous and try new combinations—add or subtract ingredients to your taste.

     

    How to Store Baby Food from Food Storage

    • If you store your baby food in an ice tray, it will last in the freezer for up to three months! You can also use Ziploc bags, breast milk bags, or Tupperware to freeze your baby food in and to take with you on the go.
    • According to the USDA, it is safe to can homemade baby foods made from fruits that are highly acidic. The [USDA website] provides a chart for canning pint size and half pint size jars using a boiling water bath.
    • Do NOT can pureed veggies, low-acid fruits, or red meats or poultry meats using a boiling water bath (even tomatoes that are high in acid and considered a fruit). You will have to use a pressure canner like the All American Pressure Canner to preserve baby food recipes with these ingredients.

     

    Other Baby and Toddler Friendly Food Storage Items to check out: Food storage items are also great for toddlers because they’re great finger foods  and snacks that are soft and easy to eat. Here are some other food storage items that are good for babies and toddlers.

    Provident Pantry®  Yogurt Bites

    Provident Pantry®  Fruits and Veggies

    Provident Pantry®  Pudding

    Provident Pantry®  Dairy, Eggs, and Meat (depending on your baby’s age, items like white chicken meat dices could go over well)

    Have you ever made baby food from food storage? What’s your favorite recipe?

     

    Recipe Sources:

    http://weelicious.com/2012/03/21/mango-blueberry-puree/

    http://tinypaintedfingers.blogspot.com/2013/02/blueberry-spinach-and-apple-puree-baby.html?m=1

    http://lacewineanddrool.blogspot.com/2013/10/baby-food-smorgasbord-homemade.html

    Sources for Making Homemade Baby Food

    http://mychicbump.com/2013/05/the-baby-food-breakdown-by-hello-little-scout/

    http://prepared-housewives.com/2013/10/06/make-baby-food/?preview=true

    Sources about Canning Homemade Baby food Safely

    http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/general/baby_food.html

    http://nchfp.uga.edu//publications/publications_usda.html

    http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/tipcanning.htm#.UmaWTNJDsuc

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