Friday, March 25, 2011

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

Well, spring came and now it’s gone again. We had the biggest snow and wind storm we have had all winter long on Monday night and into Tuesday. We are now back into a snowy/rainy pattern again. I was just thinking about all kinds of warm weather things and now I’m back to thinking about keeping warm again.

This week’s tip is about matches. Do you have matches in your long term storage? Make sure to store plenty and store them where they will be safe and dry. I like a metal box, possibly with a lock if you have young children, because I feel safer that they won’t be disturbed or get wet.

When we first decided to put matches in our storage, we had a terrible time finding them. We could find book matches everywhere, but no regular match stick matches. Every store we’d go in and ask, we were told that the matches sold out as fast as they could get them in. (Who knows why?) We ended up buying a box here and there until we finally got what we needed. When Y2K came around in 2000, there were no matches to be found anywhere. Interesting.

Remember you will need matches for your stove or fireplace to keep warm, matches for candles and lanterns, matches for campfires or fire-pits to cook with and who knows how many you’ll need. Have plenty on hand and store them well.

The recipe of the week is sent in from our friend Jeri B. in Arizona. She has been so good to send food storage recipes and loves to experiment with different types of food storage and try making different dishes from her food storage, being careful not to use any fresh ingredients that would not be available if she were forced to live on her storage of any length of time.

Her recipe for homemade pizza is something that I’d love to be able to make if I were living on my food storage. She mentions dehydrated cheese in her recipe. Do you have dried cheese in your storage? We’ll talk more about the different “cheese” options in another post – storing cheese as well as making homemade cheese.

Think also as you read her recipe, about your favorite pizza toppings; have you tried pepperoni or bacon TVP? They taste pretty good and I think that using them on a pizza would be my favorite use, especially the pepperoni. Also remember that any dried veggies that you like on your pizza can be reconstituted and added to your homemade pizza. Thanks for the recipe, Jeri. Keep them coming!

Homemade Pizza - Jeri B. – Arizona
Make a batch of white bread dough
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (don't use the whole jar)
Dehydrated cheese (if you have it – or homemade cheese)
1 pint of sausage or hamburger (TVP works well too)
Olive oil
Make a batch of white bread dough and let it rise. Make a crust on a pizza pan and put sauce, and toppings as desired. Bake at 400º or 425º until done. Sometimes I bake the crust halfway without the toppings on it, then put the toppings on it and continue for another 6-10 minutes.
For a White pizza:
1 jar of alfredo sauce
Canned artichoke hearts
1 pint of chicken chunks
For a BBQ pizza:
Combine equal parts pizza or spaghetti sauce & BBQ sauce and spread on crust. Top with canned chicken, rehydrated onions, peppers or any toppings of your choice. (Chicken TVP would work well here also.)
Note: If desired, brush edge of pizza crust with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic bread sprinkle (homemade) for an extra special tasty crust.

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