Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Book Review – “I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage”

I received the book “I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage” written by Crystal Godfrey, for Christmas last year. This book takes a basic approach to food storage and using what you store. Her subtitle reads, “A simple step by step plan for using food storage to create delicious meals.”

In this book she takes a chapter to talk about getting your family involved. This is a series of several Family Home Evening Lessons on food storage. This was my least favorite part of the book. I wish she had dedicated these pages to food storage rather than FHE lessons. However, if you have a young family and want to help them become enthusiastic about food storage, this may be just the approach you want to take.

However, after these pages she presents the rest of the topics very well. The other sections of the book include;
Creating your three-Month Supply
Building your One-year supply
Using powdered milk
Using powdered eggs
Using whole wheat
Using dried Beans
Using Dried Vegetables and Fruits

All of the material in these sections is very well presented. At the end of each section is an action plan where you are to choose some steps to take to implement the various items into your meal plans and to become more familiar with them. She also includes over 100 recipes using the various storage items listed above that are very helpful in learning how to use your storage.

She also breaks down each section a little more by giving recipes and tips for using specific fruits, vegetables and beans, etc. She includes a variety of recipe types using various cooking methods. I like how she talks about each different storage item, the nutritional benefits, how to store it and various ways to use it. To me this is kind of a summary of a lot of different food storage information in a more concise format.

I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for good, basic storage information and simple recipes that are easily incorporated into your meal plans. She does a very good job of choosing recipes that are very appetizing and I believe would be very child friendly as well. Not all of her recipes are made totally from food storage, many of the recipes call for fresh or frozen ingredients, but it is certainly a great guide to incorporating food storage into your daily life. I would consider this book a great tool in implementing food storage cooking into your daily regimen and introducing your family to food storage in a pleasant and tasty way.

Crystal also has a great website that is very popular and well used. Check out her site at www.everydayfoodstorage.net for additional ideas, many more recipes and fun tips. She does an excellent job with her website as well.

The following recipe is taken from Crystal’s book and is only one of lots and lots of great ways to use your food storage. If you really want to improve your food storage and the meals made with your food storage maybe Santa should bring you this book for Christmas this year.

Chocolate Lover’s Easy Mousse
Crystal Godfrey in “I can’t believe it’s food storage”
1 ½ c. cold milk divided (4 ½ T. dry powdered milk + 1 ½ c. water, chilled
2 squares semisweet baking chocolate
1 pkg. (4 serving size) instant chocolate pudding
2 c. whipped topping, divided
Microwave 1 c milk and chocolate squares in large microwaveable bowl for 2 minute; stir until chocolate is melted. Add remaining milk and dry pudding mix, and then beat for 2 minutes. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Whisk in 1 ½ cups whipped topping; spoon into 6 dessert dishes. Place dollops of whipped topping on top of mousse.

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