Friday, January 14, 2011

Food Storage Friendly Friday – Meal Idea and Tip of the week

Thanks to all who have submitted their favorite food storage friendly meals. Each Friday I’ll be posting a meal that is shelf stable and has food storage friendly ingredients. I’d also like to post a tip each week to either help save money on your food storage or to give an idea that might help in your preparation. Keep sending your recipes to me at and I’ll post one each Friday. If you have a tip that has helped you save money or prepare better or more efficiently, send those in too. We’ll keep posting recipes as long as you keep sending them. From time to time I may make a request for a certain type of recipe. The more we send in the more we can help each other prepare and have a variety of meals at our fingertips. I appreciate your participation.

Tip of the week: One of the things I have included in my preparedness that I feel very strongly about is Thermal Underwear. We live in a very cold climate and have a long, cold winter (this winter being one of the coldest in a long time). I’ve found some thermals that I really like. The best time of the year to buy them is about right now as they are being cleared out of the stores for other items. I bought some tops last year in January for $3.00 and under. Check it out. My favorite brands are Cuddle Duds for women and Terramar Polypropylene for men. I’ve found the Cuddle Duds at JC Penney and Sam’s Club and a cheaper brand by the makers of Cuddle Duds at several other places. The “real” Cuddle Duds brand are the best and warmest I’ve found so far. The Terramar brands are also found at Sportsman’s Warehouse as well as some other sporting good stores that carry warm weather clothing. They also make thermals for women and children which are awesome. They are a little more expensive than the cheap brands you find in Wal-mart but well worth the investment. Here is their website:

One thing I think I have mentioned before but is worth repeating is this cold weather tip. If you are ever outside or have been outside and are preparing for bed or just to warm up, change your clothes, all of them right down to the skin. Your body temperature will go up more quickly because your skin warms up faster if you remove the clothes that trap your body oils against your skin and keep you from getting warm. This is a great tip and it really works! It is especially important for sleeping outside and staying warm.

Food Storage Friendly Friday Recipe of the Week submitted by: Jeri B. – Arizona

Burritos in a bowl

Cooked rice
1 can of black beans. I heat them in the juice, then strain them with a slotted spoon or (you can use cooked dried black or pinto beans as well)
1 pint of canned ground beef or taco meat (Beef TVP is a great substitute)
Ranch dressing to replace sour cream if you'd like
Dehydrated cheese if you have it or fresh grated cheese if you have it
Layer ingredients in a bowl.
Optional: Use Homemade Flour tortillas and make your burritos in a tortilla.

Speaking of Ranch Dressing: here is a recipe for a Buttermilk dressing that is similar to Ranch. It is not totally shelf stable (it has mayo and buttermilk) but you can make your own buttermilk and if you have mayo on your shelf you are good to go!

Buttermilk Dressing
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 t. parsley flakes
1/2 t. dried minced onion
1/2 t. salt
dash of freshly ground pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed or dried minced garlic
Mix all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours to blend flavors. Cover and refrigerate and remaining dressing.

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