Even if you normally try to maintain a low-fat diet, oil is important in a survival diet. Fats and oils contain a high ratio of calories to weight and are especially important in a crisis because extra exertion and stress will increase the demand for calories. Oil is also necessary ingredient in many baked goods, sauces, and dressings. It is important for sautéing and frying and most of all, it can make ordinary foods delicious—the deep-fried Bloomin’ Onion makes even the lowly onion into a favorite appetizer!
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Dehydrated potatoes are tasty, versatile, filling, inexpensive, and easy-to-store. They can be prepared in a long list of satisfying side dishes and are surprisingly healthy—lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They provide healthy calories along with a dose of comfort—both needed in an emergency. Potatoes are a smart choice for your preparedness plan!
Dry milk is convenient, easy to store, and can be used to replace liquid milk when it is in short supply or unavailable. Nonfat dry milk is the most common form of dry milk used for food storage. Today’s dry milk is much more palatable and more like fresh milk.
Peanut butter is the perfect survival food. A typical serving of peanut butter is two tablespoons, and a 28-ounce jar contains about 25 servings. On average, Americans eat about six jars of peanut butter per year.
This week I experimented with different brands of pectin. I made three batches of strawberry freezer jam using three different pectin brands: MCP, Certo, and Sure-Jell
Canned fruit is an easy food to have and eat in an emergency. It requires no more than a can opener to have ready-to-eat food. Typical canned fruits include applesauce, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, plums, rhubarb, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and all varieties of berries.