Sunday, January 15, 2012

Where and How to Start Using My Food Storage

Using food storage on a daily basis is simple, convenient and economical. (And every meal doesn't have to include wheat or beans!) Here are some easy ways to incorporate food storage into your family's diet and convert any recipe into a food storage recipe.

1. Use Whole Grains
-Use whole wheat flours, oats and other grains in your cooking.They add more flavor and nutrition to your recipes. If this is new to your family, start slow. Begin by replacing part of the white flour with whole wheat flour and work up to using more. Flour made from whole wheat flour is great for this and it is hardly noticed. Oats add nutrition and work well in place of bread crumbs in meatloaf. Cooked wheat can be added to ground beef to be stretched for tacos. The wheat takes on the taco flavoring and goes without detection while making the meal that much healthier.
2. Use Powdered Milk-The Pricey smoothey shops do it all the time! Powdered milk is lower in calories and has less cholesterol than whole milk products and adds protein!Try it in soups, casseroles, bread recipes and smoothies or any recipes calling for milk.
3.Convert powdered eggs. I love having powdered eggs on hand. They are convenient and easy to use. They are even easy for camping! Just add the dry egg powder and water to your liquid ingredients.
4. Use Dry Beans instead of canned. The savings are significant. To make them more convenient in your cooking, make a large batch of beans and freeze in can size portions. 1 2/3 cup is equivalent to a 15 oz. can of beans.
5. Throw in dehydrated vegetables and fruit. Dehydrated or freeze dried vegetables and fruit retain much more of their nutrients than canned ones. Once you start using them the convenience will win you over. No washing, peeling or chopping. Dehydrated onions, potatoes, carrots, corn and peppers are ready to go in soups and casseroles. Dehydrated apples, raspberries and strawberries are great to quickly throw into a warm bowl of oatmeal, or reconstituted to add to a baked recipe such as sweet rolls. They are great even right out of the can as a nutritious snack.

There are many wonderful benefits to using your long term food storage in your every day cooking.
*Rotate your storage    *No waste - with dehydrated you will only reconstitute what you use
*Learn to use these food staples in a way your family will enjoy them even in times of crisis
*You will have a healthier family, whole grains and fruits and vegetables are great and more satisfying.

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