Category: Food Preservation
Winter squash is in season right now! They are an important vegetable in the annual fall harvest. This is the time of year to stock up. We just harvested our winter squash and are getting
This week the preparedness challenge is to add apples to your food storage. Apples are nutritious and tasty and are fresh and plentiful this time of year. They are one of the most economical fruits, and almost everyone likes them.
Apples are good for snacks, salads, cakes, muffins, breads, apple pies or crisps, and to enhance meat dishes. Having a supply of apples will increase menu options if you must rely on your stored food.
Add Some Tomatoes to Your Pantry! September is the time of the year when tomatoes are coming on like crazy in our home gardens and can be found at nearly every roadside fruit and vegetable
Drying fruits is an ancient practice and has been perfected by modern techniques. Dried fruits have a portion of the water content removed through dehydration or freeze-drying. Commercially dried fruit range from soft and pliable to crisp and snappish. In freeze-drying food is frozen and then water is removed by turning the frozen ice crystals into vapor. The product retains its shape and is porous, allowing it to be easily reconstituted.
Canned fruit is an easy food to store and convenient 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, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and many varieties of berries. Watch for them when they are on sale and stock up.
The preparedness challenge this week is to add canned meat to your food supply. Meat will make your menus more palatable and much more like the food most people are used to eating. Even the addition of small amounts of animal protein to vegetable proteins raises the protein quality of your diet. Canned meats are familiar to most diets and are a nutritious choice, especially when fresh foods aren’t available. You can choose from a wide variety of canned meat, poultry, and fish.
As people recognize the benefits from living a healthy lifestyle, many are adding whole grains to their diets. So, if healthy grains are important to you, you’ll want to have a short-term supply in your pantry. Whole grains are also the foundation of a basic, long-term food storage. Together, grains and legumes deliver a complete and nourishing high-quality protein and provide more nutrition for the money than any other food.
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!