Food Storage Rotation
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We've had a lot of questions and comments about how to rotate your food storage over the years, and we've been very impressed with the great ideas we have heard from you. For example, one of our customers uses sour cream powder when making bread. Another uses cheese blend on top of casseroles while another uses tomato powder in place of tomato paste in everyday cooking.
Here are a few more excellent tips you've shared about food storage rotation:
"I mix the freeze dried fruits (berries, bananas, etc.) with nuts and seeds in sandwich bags to carry as trail mix for hiking." --Amy
"I “inherited” lots of powdered eggs. I use them in all my baking needs. They work wonders. I’ve even used them for French toast when I was out of “real” eggs. You have to beat the mixture smooth, but they tasted really good. I’ve also used sausage TVP and my kids love it! I make pizza with it and stick it in eggs or sauce for noodles. It has a great flavor and is really good for you." --Lisa "I like to use our potato pearls and mashed potato flakes to thicken soups, since using flour or cornstarch generally doesn't work for me. The extra flavor is nice, especially for potato or vegetable soups. I have also used it in tuna corn chowder and thought it tasted pretty good." --VeronicaCreamy soup We would like to give everyone the opportunity to share their own personal tips, ideas, and experiences relating to food storage rotation. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!
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vegaslopez

vegaslopez

Can someone give me a step by step receipe to make yogurt out of milk that is about to date expire?

jennyor

jennyor

Every time I cook I use at least one food storage item and once a week I make a food storage meal. One of our favorites has become.
1 box Vermicelli
2 cups rice
1/4 c freeze dried Bell Peppers
4 cups Hot Water with 4 chicken or beef bouillon cubes disolved.
1/4 dried onion flakes

In frying pan with 1/4 cup olive oil, brown vermicelli and rice. Dump in the rest of the ingrediants. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Even better if you cook up some pinto beans and place on top at serving time.
Janine
SA, TX

Michele Bentley

Michele Bentley

I wish I would have seen this earlier! I would have loved to enter. I like using the various freeze dries for camping since they are easy to go ahead and put in to ziplock bags and you can actually have 3 weeks worth of food in a back pack for 4 people. this is great for if you need to vacate an area when a disater hits. you can be ready for anything! ziplock baggies are the way to go! sharpies mark what's inside and when it was put in there. when rotating, you can even have a great backyard camping dinner as a treat and to get your family used to the freeze dried foods.

Glory

Glory

I believe we are going to be prepared not only for us but for others thanks to your company.

allenstacey97

allenstacey97

I'm new when it comes to food storage. But I have always kept a supply of dried onion and bell pepper on hand to use in spaghetti sauce. And I use dried potato flakes as a side and for thickening soups and stews.

rachel

rachel

I'm new to food storage, but have long used dried onion and other veggies in soups and stews.

dried strawberry and banana are great in jello molds, too!

mitchsmom

mitchsmom

I'm semi-new to food storage, too but I use powdered milk for hot chocolate mix.

I have some basics, and some grain but I need to & would love to expand what I have.

Aunt Bea

Aunt Bea

I love the shredded cheddar cheese; hydrate it and it makes a great mac and cheese, and goes well in homemade breads and yeast rolls. They dehydrated onions go in everything; eggs, breads, gravies, barbq sauces. Not too sharp and no tears from shredding my fingers on the grater for the cheese or onions! The dehydrated fruits make great pancakes and breads – if I can keep hubby out of them; he likes them for snacks straight from the can!

Haven't found anything yet from beprepared.com that DOESN'T taste good, have high quality, real value – and longevity. I use a permanent magic marker to ID the bottoms of the cans when they arrive, as to date and contents, just to keep records and usage straight.

Rachael

Rachael

I like to use the fruits in cereals and some of the veggies in soups.

Kathleen Bagy

Kathleen Bagy

I love Emergency Essentials. I have ordered several different freeze dried veggies. I use them for everything. They taste great and are much easier to store than canned or frozen.

Kestrel

Kestrel

If I'm making something with chicken, I use a small can of chicken and then lots of chicken TVP. It helps to keep the chickeny flavor in the TVP. I also really like using the TVP to make soups with and it's way cheaper than buying chicken from the store!

Anonymous

Anonymous

I love all of the products I have tried from Emergency Essentials so far, although my husband and I have not known about your site for very long.

Tom H.

Tom H.

I've bought preparedness goods from many companies. Emergency Essentials is head and shoulders above the rest.

The Silvia Family

The Silvia Family

The MRE's from our 72 hour kits make great camping/hiking food, especially lunch. Quick and easy to prepare and everyone can choose what they want.

Peter

Peter

We have used powered milk in the past when out of rice milk. This was when we were doing a yeast free diet but our coop order hadnt come in yet. Now we are getting trained for disaster relief and all this preparedness stuff is taking us back to the coop days!

Jan

Jan

I am new to food storage; however, I plan to use my Instant Fat Free Powdered Milk as a back-up whenever we run out of milk (power outages, storms & blizzards, waiting for payday), as well as in baking and in casseroles.

Cheryl

Cheryl

I've been trying to use my food storage more and more in my every day cooking and find the powdered eggs and powdered milk are 2 great ways to start.

tery

tery

best mountaineering food. we really like the freeze dried powdered milk for granola – MUCH lighter to carry on long expeditions and less risk of spillage. good stuff

Anonymous

Anonymous

I love this website. It is helping our family prepare for the troubled times ahead. Not all disasters and natural— some are manmade. :)

Stephen

Stephen

I have only just found this site and I am amazed and the product I can get.

Kathy

Kathy

I like to dehydrate my own food from the Farmer's Market. If you go at the end of the market, many venders will give you a discount on the food they have left. Dehydrated vegatatbles can then be added to any soup. I love to use dehydrated tomatoes. I run them through a coffee grinder that I only use for spices and foods and use as tomatoe paste or as a thickener. Great way to make things last.

Kathy H

Kathy H

I make homemade soup every Sunday for dinner. I use a mixture of some fresh and some freeze-dried and/or dehydrated vegetables.

iamstill39

iamstill39

Fruit dices in oatmeal gives my kids a great flavor without extra sugar.

Bear

Bear

I increased my Food Storage Today by 6 super pails and added an Emergency Radio. What have you done to prepare today?

Bobbi

Bobbi

A few of us from church have started a group using different dried essentials along with the Mix a Meal cookbook. The hot roll mix with powdered butter and powdered milk made an excellent pizza crust. It was so easy to make.

Jerry

Jerry

When putting away groceries, I write the month and year "best by" date with a Sharpie. If it's within 1 year, I mark with a red Sharpie. Takes a little time, but makes "first in – first out" rotation easier.

EYOWYN

EYOWYN

I love using my powdered eggs and powdered buttermilk and powdered sour cream when I bake. And I couldnt live without my dried onions. They are so easy to add to my casseroles and they rehydrate wonderfully. And I now love dried refried beans instead of the canned ones. They mix up so easily and are a fabulous dip for a quick snack!

Dawnelle Anderson

Dawnelle Anderson

I use my powdered milk when I make rolls

Jonathan

Jonathan

My storage is increasing and like minded friends are jealous.

Heidi

Heidi

Powdered milk can be added to bread machine recipes. :)

We, the Wells

We, the Wells

Riboflavin and Vitamins A and D are almost entirely depleted by light in milk, so I buy our milk in opaque or paperboard cartons. I mix a half-gallon of our store-bought whole milk with a half gallon of mixed powdered milk to make 2% that tastes almost entirely like the store-bought. I had a hard time finding an opaque container in which to keep my own mixed milk, so I bought orange juice that came in a white plastic gallon-size jug and reuse that. I also use a funnel when I pour the milks into the jug…just easier. Thanks!!

Justin Ferrell

Justin Ferrell

I use common ingredients when I cook whenever possible

Melanie

Melanie

My kids take emergency kits to school to have on hand – just in case. I pack it full of freeze-dried fruits and veggies. They love to eat them dry and actually hope there IS an emergency.
I also use powdered milk in all my baking.

momothevine

momothevine

A couple years ago for Christmas I bought everyone in our family their own personal insulated thermos. (Our family has a lot of allergies.) Because the thermos retain heat and moisture so well, we've used them to "prepare" dinner for us on the road. Toss some freshly cooked noodles, freeze-dried chicken, some freeze-dried veggies (like broccoli), maybe some freeze-dried cheese, spices, and maybe a little extra hot water – let it rehydrate a bit. And you have dinner! Guess you could do the same with quick oats and freeze-dried fruit for breakfast….

lrm

lrm

We eat granola in a bowl with mill for breakfast, mixed with dried fruit for snacks, and sprinkled over fruit for dessert. That is our favorite!

pop3k

pop3k

Count me in
Gave my powered milk to my Daughter when her husband was laid off, good to be able to share.
Need to restock

jleblanc71@sbcglobal.net

jleblanc71@sbcglobal.net

Food Storage Rotation

My plan to keep food storage fresh is to incorporate the freeze dried meals into our regular routine so in the event of an emergency the kids(and my husband) are not stressed additionally by eating foods that are different than they are used to. This will also help with my busy schedule since prep is a snap and I am a working mom.

Sagir

Sagir

well I use powdered milk , powdered eggs, powdered buttermilk, powder shortening, powder butter to make A LOT of my mixes like: sweet condensed milk, waffle mix, bisuit mix and more I love it because we can eat healthier and cheaper doing it and it is very quick to do it.

Yennigirl

Yennigirl

I use the whole powdered eggs in baking. You can't tell a difference.

Altered Route

Altered Route

Powdered, dried eggs provide a convenient alternative to fresh eggs and add quality and consistent performance to the list of attributes….plus, with like 90 eggs to a can, you just can't beat that!

Pat

Pat

"norriscal said…
I am getting ready to open a can of milk from 25 years ago. We will see how it is."

I'll be looking forward to your report!

Penny

Penny

I add a little peanut butter powder to my homemade instant oatmeal mix before cooking. Makes it taste like a peanut butter cookie only healthier.

norriscal

norriscal

I am getting ready to open a can of milk from 25 years ago. We will see how it is.

Ariana

Ariana

PICK ME, PICK ME!
This is how we rotate.
I have an emergency supply of meals I make less often and a large supply of regular food we eat on a regular basis. When I get to about half the amount of a food, I replenish. For example, I have 12 boxes of speghetti, when I get down to 6, I buy 6-12 at the store.

arianamock at hotmail dot com

Dale

Dale

Store what you use, use what you store. In addition to dry pack and freeze dried foods, many wet pack and dry goods at the grocery store have a shelf life of a year or more. Take a look at the label of things you buy regularly and purchase a supply of how long it will store for.

Pat

Pat

Try Yoder's bacon and stored beans to make bean and bacon soup.

As for beans, I'd like to suggest that EE start carrying Anasazi beans. They're a little pricier, but cook up faster than most beans and don't require pre-soaking, so can save on water and fuel resources under emergency conditions.

Sarah

Sarah

I like to mix some freeze dried strawberries in my homemade yogurt. Let it sit for a few minutes to plump up the fruit, and voila – strawberry yogurt! This is really good with any of the freeze dried fruits. Peaches, mangoes, etc.

Regina Ivie

Regina Ivie

I always love using dried onions from my food storage in spaghetti and chili and other places where I would normally have to cry cutting a fresh onion. :)

AJones

AJones

I use the egg powder in all our baking. Woek great.

Andrea

Andrea

I used powdered milk to make my own homemade cocoa mixes. Who knows what chemicals they use in the premade stuff??? Homemade is the best!

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