Friday, February 18, 2011

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

This week’s tip is probably one you have already heard. I have heard it just twice this week alone. It’s about the increasing prices of everything this year. So here is the tip: If you need to buy anything that is primarily made of cotton, try and do it before March. Supposedly, the price of cotton has gone up 10% already and is expected to rise another 80% by the end of this year with a big price hike coming in March.

You may be wanting to buy clothes, or bed linens or (a preparedness tip coming up) White cotton flannel to store for diapers if you have infants. Storing Diaper Flannel (unless you have flannel diapers in your storage already) is a great preparedness idea. If there were an emergency of almost any kind, one thing that would immediately hard to get would be disposable diapers. If trucks can’t get to the stores for any reason, diapers would clear off the shelves in a hurry.

Storing diaper flannel allows you the option to make up some diapers to have ready just in case (along with storing diaper pins, etc.) and if you don’t use the flannel to make diapers you can use it for any number of other uses. If you use other cotton fabrics you may want to buy some of them now. This is just a heads up here in case you see any major cotton purchases in your future.

It is time for another reader submitted recipe again. If you have a favorite recipe that uses mainly food storage items or would easily be adapted to use items from your food storage, send it in. Email it to me at It is amazing to find that many of the favorite things we make all the time could easily be adapted to be food storage recipes. So look in your cookbooks and find recipes you love that you would like to share with the rest of us to help us make good food as part of our preparation.

This week’s recipe is for a quick meal. It is sent in by Jeri B. from Arizona.

BBQ Pork, Chicken or Beef Sandwiches
1 pint or quart of canned pork or chicken or beef
BBQ sauce
Homemade hamburger buns from roll mix or roll recipe or thick slices of homemade bread
If you don't have BBQ sauce stored, then make your own with ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, garlic powder and if you want, some molasses

*Note: as Jeri mentioned, you can make your own barbecue sauce but I’ve found that if you have a favorite barbecue sauce, it will store a very long time in the proper storage conditions. It’s a great idea to have a few extra bottles on hand. Thanks, Jeri!

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