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Untitled. I don’t know about you but it took me a long time before I would even considered purchasing powdered milk for food storage. First, I do NOT enjoy milk. It’s just not something you’ll find in my fridge. Second, my parents introduced me to powdered milk as a child, YUCK! My dad had a seasonal job at a cannery when I was growing up, so my mother would store what food she could for when he got laid-off during the off season. Unfortunately, she stored powdered milk and, bless her heart, when there was no money for milk she would make a gallon of powdered milk then add it to the empty store bought milk container.

Its hard to get over childhood traumas but time has a way of helping us to overcome and heal. The taste powdered milk has improved since I was a kid. There is a big difference between Regular Nonfat Dry Milk and Instant Nonfat Dry Milk. Recipes by Terry Clark Ingredients 2 cups warm water (110°)1 cup non-instant milk powder2 TBS plain yogurt* (unflavored) Directions. Untitled. This post is cross posted from my blog. Ever wanted to find a powdered milk that tastes good? You’re not alone. So just in case you don’t want to go through the expense and hassle of trying out every kind of powdered milk you can find, read on. I did it for you. After a comment about the flavor of powdered milk on another post, I hatched a plan to have folks try a bunch of different kinds of powdered milks to maybe find one that tasted good so this reader and anyone else who wants to know (including me) will know which brands would be best to buy because you know powdered milk is not cheap.

So here’s the basic setup. Milk “F” was Great Value brand fat free milk from Wal-Mart. Milk “A”: Honeyville Milk Alternative. Honeyville’s milk alternative is not 100% milk. Milk “B”: Morning Moos Milk Alternative. Morning Moos is the second in our milk alternative group. Milk “C”: Western Family (Store Brand) Powdered Milk. This is an instant powdered milk and mixed up the easiest of all. Like this: 20+ Foods that must be re-packaged for long-term storage and how to repackage them. As a follow-up to my blog post about which foods you shouldn’t plan on storing long-term, here’s a list of foods typically found at grocery stores that can be stored but must be repackaged.

Keep in mind, that by repackaging these foods you will also be protecting them from oxygen, pests, and humidity, three of the five enemies of food storage. (The other 2 are heat and light.) Raisins and other dried fruitOatmealBreakfast cerealsAny type of cookie or crackerBeansRicePastaBread crumbsCornmealCandyPancake mix (Sometimes these are packaged directly inside the cardboard box without any type of inner plastic bag.)Pasta, rice, and potato convenience mixes, such as Rice-a-Roni, Pasta-Roni, instant potatoes, scalloped potato mixes, etc. Repackaging with a vacuum packing machine A vacuum packing machine, such as the Food Saver is my own preferred method of repackaging small to moderate amounts of food.

These machines can be found on eBay and Craigslist at very affordable prices. Forever foods and your food storage pantry. The original list, “10 cooking staples that can outlast you“, was written by Laura Moss. It’s great info for anyone stocking up on food and would make a good addition to your Survival Mom Binder. The original list follows with my comments in italics. Sugar – Regardless of whether your sugar is white, brown or powdered, it will never spoil because it doesn’t support bacterial image by afilergrowth. The challenge with sugar is to keep it from hardening into chunks. To keep sugar fresh, store it in an airtight container or seal it in a plastic bag. If you don’t use sugar very often, store it in canning jars and even sealed, small mylar bags. Pure vanilla extract – If you have pure vanilla extract in the back of the cupboard, there’s no need to throw it out because it lasts forever.

If you buy extracts for storage purposes, they should all last at least four years if stored in a dark, cool place. Love that rice! You simply can’t go wrong by stocking up on plenty of rice. Oxygen Absorber Recommended Amounts. Home Storage - MASON JAR, and OXY ABSORBER CANNING SESSION - Page 2. Packing Your Food Using Oxygen Absorbers. View larger image Food Storage Oxygen Absorbers D100 (100cc) 100 count (18-06-008) Food Storage Oxygen Absorbers D300 (300cc) 60 count (18-06-007) Food Storage Oxygen Absorbers D500 (500cc) 100 count (18-06-002) Food Storage Oxygen Absorbers D1000 (1000cc) 20 count (18-06-004) Food Storage Oxygen Absorbers D2000 (2000cc) 20 count (18-06-005) Oxygen Absorber Bag Clip - CLIP-it® Multipurpose Tool (18-06-003) View our complete line of Oxygen Absorbers Recommended amounts to use First, don't open the oxygen absorber bag until you are ready to preserve your food. You could also iron the oxygen absorber bag shut with the unused oxygen absorbers inside.

Pull the bag over the top of a 1 inch board and then... Iron it closed. Now pack the bag down inside the bucket and seal the lid. The absorbers you are about to use should be laid out side by side so they are not touching each other. The operation:Open up the mylar bag and put it into the plastic bucket. Storing Dehydrated Food for Long-term Storage. Here are some Q U I C K L I N K S to get you going! Start your journey here: SIX SIMPLE STEPS ARTICLES | FAQ | SAFE FOOD STORAGE | EASY TASTY RECIPES | THE eBOOK <-- check out MORE links down the left-hand side!

When you're ready for storing dehydrated food,it's important to pay attention to how youhandle it before it's safely packed away. Wear Latex Gloves so that you don't transfer germs from your hands to the food. We're almost ready for storing your dehydrated food! After a day or overnight of conditioning it's time to vacuum seal your fruits and vegetables! Save Money by Food Vacuum Sealing and Storing Dehydrated Food for the Long-Term It's important when food vacuum-sealing your fruit and vegetables that you have an 'oxypack' tucked inside your food vacuum-sealer bag or jar. The little oxygen packs absorb oxygen and are readily available in different sizes, such as the 100cc, 300cc, and up. Storing Dehydrated Foodin Mylar Bags afterVacuum SealingIndividual Packages. Helpful Tips. Note: The following are claimed applications and affects of various herbs as explained via “herbalism” or “herbal medicine.” Herbs are considered a “supplement” and not a “medication.”

As such, many of the effects and remedies listed below have been documented and observed by many people, but are (for the most part) not acknowledged by the FDA.What does that mean? That means that you may or may not experience the same remedying effects of these supplements. Also, it means that there are no agreed or constrained “doses” for these supplements. keep in mind, it is always possible to have “too much of a good thing.”

So, if you choose to embrace these wonderful potential benefits of herbs, please do so in moderation and with safety in mind. Don’t overdo it, and keep track of how your body reacts! I personally love herbal teas; both for their taste and their benefits. Reported Benefits of Various Herbs, as Consumed in Herbal Teas Cat Nip is a mild sedative. Passionflower calms nervous tension. Cooking Dry Beans. How To Build Your One Year Supply Of Food - SHTF & Prepping Central. Every storage plan should include bulk food storage items. These basics are needed in everyone’s home storage. Long-term food storage is cheap, and healthy. These provisions are your survival foods. At the bottom of this page, I’ll show you a simple six-step plan to enhance your bulk food storage.

You’ll want to add in the extras; it will make all the difference in your emergency food supply. See the full article below. How To Build Your One Year Supply Of Food. The Nitty Gritty of Commerical Food Storage Packaging: Oxygen vs. Nitrogen in Food Storage. It’s easy to pin this for later! Click here. Over the years, I’ve tried out dehydrated and freeze dried foods from many different companies. Nearly all of the packages I opened, whether cans, buckets, or pouches, had an oxygen absorber inserted inside. When I’ve packed my own foods in 2-liter soda bottles, buckets, or canning jars, I’ve also used oxy absorbers because they are the easiest technique in food storage packaging for removing oxygen, one of the main enemies of food storage.

However, there is actually a much better system for preserving food for the longest shelf life possible, and that is a system that removes the oxygen and replaces it with nitrogen. Nitrogen vs. Because we typically use up the food in our kitchen pantries and refrigerators rather quickly, we don’t often see the results that oxygen has on food.

Nitrogen, on the other hand, is actually beneficial to food. So, when it comes to food storage, oxygen = bad! Buying food for the long haul. 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and HowMelissa K. Norris. Everyone knows we should be storing some kind of food in our home pantries for both emergencies and preparedness. But how do you know where to start or which foods to store? I see lots of lists on foods folks think you should be storing for your long term food storage. Some of them I agree with, but a lot of them, they’re not practical. I don’t believe in storing food you don’t use in your regular life. Why would you invest money and storage on something you’re not using? That makes no sense to me. Plus, if an emergency does hit, you don’t want to be adding to the stress of the situation by trying to figure out how to cook and use something you’ve never used before.

Our goal is to have close to a year’s supply of our staples on hand. These are the 8 foods I believe you should be storing and how to store them. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Bonus food #9. Day 1 – Ready, Set, Get Prepared! Day 3 – I’m Safe! Related posts: My Favorite Dehydrated Potatoes | Food Storage Moms. Posted by Linda Loosli on 05 Sep 2014 / 2 Comments These are my favorite dehydrated potatoes. Period! I have tried several brands and this bucket of dehydrated potatoes wins the prize for me. I decided about two years ago I would quit buying fresh potatoes, unless maybe for holidays.

National Emergency Preparedness Month Please remember that September is National Emergency Preparedness Month so I decided to share as many ways to be prepared as I can in the 30 days in September. The reason I like these potatoes is because the texture is just like potatoes…I mean like real ones. Favorite Ways To Use Potatoes Here is one of my favorite potato casseroles I make with them: Funeral Potatoes or cheesy potatoes, whatever you want to call them.

Plant Potatoes When my family was young we would plant seed potatoes and watch these beautiful potato plants grow. I hope you try my favorite dehydrated potatoes! 472 Meals In A Jar! - Save Big, Live Better. Vinegar Works.Wonders. Follow the many easy cleaning tips in this web site and you will be amazed at how well vinegar works! Visit us often for seasonal cleaning tips. How Effective is Cleaning with Vinegar? Vinegar is an effective cleaner in removing soils and mineral deposits such as hard water films, from almost every surface of your home leaving behind a fresh scent. It is also well known for its antimicrobial properties. Microorganisms are present everywhere - hair, skin, countertops, food surfaces etc. and are easily transferred from one source to another. How Does Cleaning with Vinegar Save Consumers Money? If you have an average of 10 different cleaning products in your home - think window cleaners, deodorizers, mildew removers, kitchen cleaners and more - that's approximately $40 worth of cleaners, whereas a 4 L bottle of white vinegar costs between $1.79 and $2.39 and works just as well!

Is Cleaning with Vinegar as Convenient as Cleaning with Other Household Cleaning Products? Will Vinegar Harm My Eyes? Vinegar FAQs: From Balsamic to Apple Cider to Red Wine to Distilled. Frequently Asked Questions What is Vinegar? The dictionary defines vinegar as “sour wine” or “a sour liquid obtained by acetic fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids and used as a condiment or preservative.” How is Vinegar Made?

Vinegar is made by two distinct biological processes, both the result of the action of harmless microorganisms (yeast and “Acetobacter”) that turn sugars (carbohydrates) into acetic acid. Many of our favorite foods involve some type of bacteria in their production – from cheese and yogurt to wine, pickles and chocolate. The first process is called alcoholic fermentation and occurs when yeasts change natural sugars to alcohol under controlled conditions. In the second process, a group of bacteria (called “Acetobacter”) converts the alcohol portion to acid. Although acetic acid is the primary constituent of vinegar aside from water, acetic acid is not vinegar.

What is Vinegar Made From? Vinegar can be made from any fruit, or from any material containing sugar. No. How To Store Food With A Vacuum SealerGranny Miller. A few years ago I inherited a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer from my mother-in-law. It came complete with lots of plastic bags, a couple of canisters and a funny looking cap thing called a “jar sealer”. I figured it was just another kitchen gadget that she saw on the TV and it looked like a big waste of money to me.

I was wrong. The plastic bags and canisters that came with it I really didn’t have too much use for. Walnuts, chocolate chips, baking chocolate, prunes, raisins, crackers, shortbread cookies and candy are just some of the food items that I like to keep on the shelves of my long-term food storage pantry now that have a vacuum sealer. While most of the above foods may be frozen, I have found that the vacuum storage of those foods makes for a better use of the space that I have and frees up freezer space for other foods. The use of a vacuum sealer in no way replaces the proper processing of food for long-term storage such as home canning. I have 2 Food Saver jar sealer attachments. Dehydrating Butternut Squash. Hit the 'Print these Instructions' button below.Don't worry, the gold background doesn't print! Phew! From your friends at Easy Food Dehydrating www.easy-food-dehydrating.comCopyright © 2010-2014 ~ find us on Dehydrating butternut squash takes a little prep work but is loaded with vitamin A, followed by vitamin C, folate, vitamin E, vitamin K, Niacin, and trace amounts of Pantothenic Acid and Thiamin, so it's well worth your time and energy.

In the butternut squash's mineral department potassium ranks high, followed by calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, with trace amounts of selenium,manganese, and zinc. Butternut squash also contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids too. Although butternut squash can be difficult to peel, it's well worth the effort! This vegetable needs to be steamed lightly first, to aid in the dehydrating process. If using frozen butternut squash, ignore steps 1 and 2. Dollar Store Preps - Survival at Home. Emergency Preparedness: Do your Research Become a PrepperSomething 2 Offer. Beans, Rice, Flour, Salt and Sugar Long term Storage? How And Why To Store Different Beans | Food Storage Moms. 14 Beautiful Flowers that You Can Eat.

Edible Flowers: 42 Varieties to Add to Your Garden. 52 jar method. Dri-Harvest Foods - Dairy. Food Storage Without Electricity - Top 10 Foods to Stockpile. Best Survival Foods: Non-Perishables That Can Outlive You. Guest Post: What are the Gaps in Your Stockpile? Storing Sugar Long Term (white & brown) Types of Flour - Understanding Different Wheat Flours. Why You Should Have Cream of Tartar Lying Around Your Kitchen - PreparednessMama. Rapadura? Panela? Sucanat? Muscavado? Turbinado? Organic Raw Sugar? Prudent Food Storage FAQ ver 4.0 Section 3-2.