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Prepper's Plan, Issue #001 -Making Food Storage Easy
April 05, 2014

It is all about easy emergency food storage

I had a rude awakening this month. I went to the doctor for heartburn and came home without an appendix. I thought to myself, “O.K. so this is what it is all about. Right? Preparing for the unexpected.” This month I put my food storage to the test and it passed with flying colors.

Beefing up your food storage with convenience meals

Not all disasters are worldwide or cataclysmic…. Most hit a lot closer to home. Your Home.

There is comforting news! Preparing for personal disasters can be as easy as having quick and easy meals around.

When I had my emergency surgery, there was no warning. I couldn’t just run to the store and pick up what I need for the next two weeks beforehand. Being the sole caretaker in the house, deciding what to feed the two us was scarier than the surgery itself. Now that I am home I have my limitations, so I need something quick and easy. Good thing I have my emergency food storage.

As I grow my food storage I add a convenience meal here and there. Convenience meals are meals that are all ready to cook. I have collected all the dried ingredients, placed them in a jar or vacuum bag and added all the instructions on the package and sealed them up for future use.

These little convenience meals have been great to have around on more than one occasion.

These quick meals are:

  • Easy - they are all in one place there is no hunting for all the ingredients

  • Convenient -There when you are too tired to cook

  • Comforting - When you need rescuing from a disastrous day

  • Quick - already put together for you

  • Economical - Cheaper and healthier than fast food

  • Tasty - Much tastier then MREs, because you make what you like

  • Space Saving - no big cans or jars to deal with
  • When I build my convenience meals I like to take my lead from backpackers. These guys and gals have great ideas for quick dehydrated and freeze dried meals. Chef Glen MCallister has a great book out called “Recipes for Adventure: Healthy, Hearty and Homemade Backpacking Recipes.” He has detailed instructions and tons of great pictures. You don’t have to be a backpacker to appreciate his detailed dehydrating instructions.

    To get a variety of convenience meals stock up on:

  • Home canned favorites like: beef stew, chili and spaghetti sauce

  • Homemade dehydrated meals like: instant refried bean burritos, Taco rice, backpacking meals

  • Freeze dried meals using recipes from Stephanie Peterson’s book “The Gourmet Food Storage Handbook.”

  • Freezer meals that can be just pulled out of the freezer and zapped in the microwave.
  • I like to package my dry meals in Jars or with a vacuum sealer. I write out the instructions on a piece of paper and insert it into the jar or bag facing out so I know exactly what is in there, but there is no chance of it wearing off the outside of the package.

    A quick note: If you are combining freeze dried foods with dehydrated foods, it is best to separate them so you can rehydrate the dehydrated foods before cooking it all together.

    I prefer to make my own meals but if that is not your thing, you can purchase premade meals or even just make sure your freezer has a stock of quick and easy meals or leftovers.

    Just remember everyone has hard times and most disasters are personal. So “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

    Good Things to Have

    I wanted to share my very favorite food storage cook book with you this month.
    Stephanie Peterson’s (AKA Chef Tess) “the Gourmet Food Storage Handbook" is the best. Stephanie has a lot of great recipes for meals in a jar using a combination of freeze dried ingredients to create great meal all in one jar. Just add water and you are ready to cook and eat. You can expand on these recipes by adding or substituting foods with in the recipes. Every recipe I have tried out of this book has turned out really Yummy. Click on the picture below to check it out for yourself.

    This Month’s Recipe

    My family really likes refried beans so in the theme of convenience I thought I would share my instant refried bean mix recipe. These are made with real dried beans and cook up in about 5 minutes.

    DIY Instant Refried Bean Mix

    To make the mix:

  • 3C Dried Pinto Beans
  • 1TBL Ground Cumin
  • 1 TBL Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 TBL Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 tsp Dried Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TBL Chicken or Beef Bullion
  • Directions for mix:

  • In a coffee grinder, grain mill or blender, grind beans until they are the consistency of flour.
  • Mix the bean flour with all the other ingredients and store in a jar with a tight fitting lid.

  • To make refried beans:

  • 3/4C instant bean mix (above)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 ½ C Water
  • Directions for refried beans:

  • Mix bean mix and water in a pan. It is OK if it is lumpy.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • The mixture will thicken as it cools.

  • Thanks for Reading Our Prepper's Plan Newsletter
    Until next month
    Laurie Simons

    "Store What You Eat and Eat What You Store"

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