Challenge To The Reader - Clean Your Storage Room
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Challenge To The Reader - Clean Your Storage Room
Changes - Main Storage Room
All of these rooms are at the end of the basement hall so the doors all touch. If there weren't walls the rooms would be all connected.
I took out all of the stuff from our main storage area that wasn't long term. WOW! Everything in there is in buckets and cannery cans, these are things that are 40 years + storage items. We can walk around it andfind things.
Changes - Bathroom
I put 2 sets of shelves in to hold all the non food things, vitamins, paper goods etc. (I can find things!)
Changes - Old Storage Area
(Also used to be a bedroom for one of the kids)
Grocery store type items in here. These are all the canned things, pacakges, bottles etc. I can easily rotate and organized these items.
Friday, September 25, 2009
59° F 30° F
Chance of T-storms
40% chance of precipitation
Then it is supposed to freeze everynight after that - I guess it will be October and really supposed to be getting colder.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here are a few of the recipes:
Frozen Corn- This is from our youngest daughters mother in law - Elaine
$ 6 c. corn sliced from cob
$ ½ c. water
$ 2 tbsp sugar
$ ½ tsp. canning salt - Plain salt
$ ½ cube butter
Bring to boil 2 - 3 minutes
Put in pan to cool. Put desired amounts into zip lock bags. Freeze.
6 small red dried peppers
6 thick onion slices
1 qt. vinegar
2 quates water
1 cup uniodized salt
1. wash cuc's
2. pack in quart jars
3. add 1 each of dill, garlic, pepper, and onion
4. combine vinegar,water, salt - boil
5. pour in jars
6. seal as regular pickles
FOR QUARTS WATER BATH 20 MINUTES
Apple Pie Filling - Also from Elaine
$ 6 quarts apples peeled and sliced
$ 4 ½ c. sugar
$ 1 c. corn starch
$ 4 tsp. cinnamon
$ 1 tsp. nutmeg
$ 10 c. water - Cook above ingredients til thick
$ 3 tbsp. lemon jr
$ 1 tsp. salt - Add to the sauce
You can make sauce ahead of time. Fill jars with sliced apples the cover with sauce. Cold pack in canner for 20 minutes. Use one quart of apple pie filling per pie
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Cut it up and clean out the seeds, then cook it for 40 min. at 375 with the skins on. Let it cook and then put it in freezer bags and freeze it, I usually put four pieces in a gallon size freezer bag.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Could you right now live in your house for 3 months without going out to purchase products, to be entertained or to get some exercise, diversion etc.? What would it take for you to do this?
Please take some time to start thinking about this right now.
Our summers are so short - when the sun shines we are all outside.
Click here to jion me in my garden!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Some people try to rationalize that we "really" don't need to store everything that we have been asked to store. The thought came to actually create a display to show 1) what does that one year basic survival food for one person look like (the amounts the First Presidency has recommended), and 2) how much does that really work out to be per day?
Don't FORGET water!!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Great Crock Pot Yogurt
Great Crock Pot Yogurt RecipeThis is Very Awesome!Homemade Yogurt in a Crock Pot--8 cups (half-gallon) of whole milk--pasteurized and homogenized is fine, butdo NOT use ultra-pasteurized. (Debbie recommends starting with whole milk until you get the hang of yogurt-making)--1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (you need tohave a starter. Once you have made your own, you can use that as a starter)--frozen/fresh fruit for flavoring--thick bath towelThe DirectionsThis takes a while. Make your yogurt on a weekend day when you are home tomonitor. I used a 4 quart crockpot. This is so exciting. My fingers are shaking! Plug in your crockpot and turn to low. Add an entire half gallon of milk. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours. Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in abowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation.Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened--- it's not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt.Blend in batches with your favorite fruit. I did mango, strawberry, and blueberry. When you blend in the fruit, bubbles will form and might bother you. They aren't a big deal, and will settle eventually.Chill in a plastic container(s) in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days. Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.The Verdict.Wowsers! This is awesome! I was completely astonished the next morning that the yogurt thickened. I was so excited to feel the drag on my spoon. You can add honey for sweetening. This is so much more cost-effective than the little things of yo-baby I was buying.To thicken the best, add one packet of unflavored gelatin to the mix after stirring in the yogurt with active cultures. Some have had good success mixing non-fat milk powder in as well. The way I created fruit-flavored yogurt was by taking a cup or so of the plain and blending it in the stand blender (vitamix) with frozen fruit. Although this tastes great, the yogurt never thickened back up the way the plain did. I think maybe keeping the plain separate and adding fruit daily is your best bet. Or you can try the gelatin trick.I was able to achieve a Greek-style yogurt this afternoon by lining a colander with a coffee liner and letting the liquid drip out of the leftover plain I made. The remaining yogurt was as thick as sour cream. I do not know how this will work with soy milk and soy yogurt or rice milk and rice yogurt. I'd imagine it would work similarly, but I haven not tested this out.Article found at: Crockpot365. blogspot. com/2008/ 10/you-can- make-yogurt- in-your-crockpot .html
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I bought seeds this week.
I received a newsletter from a local nursery that stated for the first time in 27 years gardening is making a huge comeback and they can't keep in their garden seeds. I decided I better to and get mine. I usually do it in March anyway because I have spring fever by then and it is fun to be in a nursery. I tried to find some herilom seeds because I plan to harvest seeds this fall.
The things that will be planted first (sometime in April are:Peas, lettuce, beets, radish, carrots, onions, etc.
I like to dry some of these things so I get extra to do that. I also get an extra bag for next year and tuck it in my basement. I also have a can of heirloom seeds that are canned in case of survival situations.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
As Victoria burnt on Saturday, a raging inferno raced through the state's central highlands, killing at least 12 in Kinglake itself and 10 in Kinglake West, leaving the once-idyllic community a charred ghost town.
Among the tragic stories to emerge from Kinglake were of a young boy and a girl burnt alive inside their home.
"The kids perished, their mother got out but she couldn't get the kids out," Kinglake resident Mary-Anne Mercuri told AAP.
Ms Mercuri also spoke of sisters in their 20s whose bodies were found in the front of their rented house.
"Two young girls around the corner from me were found in the front of their house. There's no way they could have got out. They would have tried to escape but there was nowhere to go."
The mother-of-three said that when the fire arrived it felt like exploding red burning bullets were being shot horizontally at them.
"These big burning chunks started falling from the sky, there was a lot of power behind them. I guess they were exploding parts of trees," Ms Mercuri said.
"We are lucky to be alive."
Her friend, Mandy Darkin, described the terrifying moment the fire arrived at Kinglake without warning.
"I was working at the local restaurant and we were all carrying on like nothing was going on but then word came that we should go home," the mother of five said.
"Soon after, I looked outside the window and said: `Whoa we are out of here, this is going to be bad'.
"I could see it coming. I just remember the blackness and you could hear it, it sounded like a train.
"I raced home in my car, straight into the driveway, placed all the kids in the house and within two minutes it was here and it was as dark as midnight at 4.30pm."
The 25km journey by road from Whittlesea to Kinglake is a cross between a trip into a war zone and a natural disaster zone.
The typical sunburnt landscape of southeast Australia gives way to a fire-burnt one with black scorched trees and earth.
Property after property is destroyed, burnt out cars line the side of the road, some sit stranded in the middle of the street, while a dead horse, carcass still smouldering, blocks the sporadic traffic.
The remains of two cars which collided head-on in their frantic bid to escape the blaze lie mangled on the road, and a five-car pile-up reveals the desperation of residents fleeing for their lives when the fire arrived.
It is believed six bodies were found in one car.
A media convoy being escorted to Kinglake was delayed at one stage as emergency crews removed another body from one of the burnt-out cars.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Pink Sugar Popcorn
6 quarts popped popcorn
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp red food coloring
Mix sugar, water, butter and salt in heavy saucepan. Bring to boil and cook for 4 minutes, Remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring. Stir and pour over popcorn. Mix.
Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn
6 quarts popped popcorn
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 Tbls butter
1 tsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
several drops red food coloring
Cook to soft ball stage, add vanilla and coloring. Pour over popcorn and spread on wax paper to set.
Red Hot Popcorn
4 quarts popped Pop Corn
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup red cinnamon candies or cinnamon flavor
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Melt butter in medium saucepan; stir in sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon candy. Heat to a boil; continue boiling, stirring constantly, until candy is dissolved completely. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda.Pour over popcorn, mixing well. Allow to cool completely on foil or buttered wax paper. Break apart and store in tightly-covered container. Makes about 4 quarts.
For a dramatic evvect, make 2 batches in contrasting colors.
4 quarts popped pocorn 1 2 cup sugar
2 cup light corn syrup 2 Tbs. butter
2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3-4 Tbls. Jell-o 1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 250* Place popcorn in a large 4 inch deep buttered baking pan. Keep warm in oven. Cut 2 large pieces of wax paper to fit 2 cookie sheets and butter them.
In large saucepan combined sugar,m corn syrup, butter, salt, cream of tartar. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 250*. Stir in jello and cook until reaches 260*. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Stir in quickly. Remove popcorn from oven and pour mixture over popcorn. Reduce oven to 200* and bake for about an hour, stirring 2-3 times. Turn onto buttered wax paper
1-3 oz. pkg. Jello
1 cup sugar
1 cup karo syrup
Bring to full boil, remove from heat and pour over popcorn.
2 cup melted butter
2 cup honey
Blend and pour over
3 quarts popped corn
3 quarts popped popcorn 1 cup sugar 2 cup molasses
2 cup dark corn syrup 1 tbs butter
1 tbs vinegar
Mix popcorn and peanuts in large bowl. Combined remaining ingredients in large saucepan, cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add popcorn and peanuts, return to heat and cook, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Mixture should be sticky. Spread out on buttered baking sheet and cool enough to handle. Shape into bite size clusters. Wrap individually and store in loosely covered container.
2 quarts popcorn 1 cup butter 1 2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup 2 tsp soda 2 tsp salt
Spread popped corn and nuts in shallow pan. Place in preheated oven of 250*. Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt in saucepan over medium heat, stirring only till dissolved. Boil till mixture reaches 248* (firm ball). Remove fro heat and stir in soda. Pour mixture over corn and gently stir to coat. Return to oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to coat all the corn evenly.
Candy Popcorn - Sweet and gooey! Kids love it!
4 quarts popped popcorn
1 2 cups candy (jelly beans, gumdrops, candy corn, candy canes)
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/3 cup sugar 2 cup butter
3/4 cup light corn syrup 1 tsp vanilla
Stir together popcorn, candy marshmallows and peanuts and set aside. Combine sugar, butter and corn syrup, bring to a boil and book for 3 minutes. Add vanilla and a few drops of food coloring if desired, pour over popcorn mixture, mix well. Set out on wax paer and break into pieces when hardened or make balls.
Popcorn with Peanut Butter
2 quarts popped popcorn
1 tbs peanut butter
2 tbs butter
Salt to taste
Melt together. Pour over popcorn & mix well.
8 quarts popped popcorn 1 c light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
Use favorite recipe for Butterschotch syrup (Uses brown sugar and canned milk)
Combine syrups, peanut butter, heavy saucepan. Cook over med heat to 225* or soft ball. Pour over popcorn, mix well.
Yummy and Chewy Peanut Butter Popcorn
3 quarts popped popcorn 1 cup sugar 2 cup honey
2 cup light corn syrup
In heavy saucepan, combined sugar, honey and corn syrup. Boil hard for 2 mins. stirring constantly. Remove fro heat, add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir well and pour over popcorn. Spread on wax paper to set.
Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars
12 cups popcorn 1 cup corn syrup1 cup sugar 1 cup Peanut Butter Butter 13"x 9" baking pan. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add popcorn; tossing gently to evenly coat. Press into pan; cool. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.
Marshmallow Peanut Butter Popcorn
4 qts popped corn
2 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter 20 large marshmallows
Pour popcorn into a large bowl. Combine butter, sugar and marshmallows. Cook for 1 min at a time in microwave until the mixture is melted. May take several times.
Stir in peanut butter until well blended. Pour the mixture over popcorn and stir to coat the corn before it cools
Gooey Caramel Corn
1 cup brown sugar 1 cube butter
30 large marshmallows 2 quarts popcorn
Mix and cook until marshmallows are melted, pour over popped corn.
Yummy Caramel Corn
1 cube butter 3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup 2 quarts popcorn
Melt Butter, add sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Pour over popcorn. If you want more of a candied corn, use 2 sugar and 2 corn syrup.
The Best Caramel Corn!
2 1/4 cup bown sugar 6-8 qts popped corn
1 cube butter 1 cup white karo syrup
1 can Condensed Milk 1 tsp vanilla
Bring just to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour over unsalted popped corn. Enough for a canning kettle full. Stays soft and chewy and is yummy
Butter Molasses Caramel Corn
2 cups sugar 2 cup molasses
1 tsp .salt 1/4 cup water
1 cube butter
Mix and cook to 230* or soft ball stage. Add 1 tsp baking soda. Stir in, pour over popcorn
Divine! Chewy not Sticky Caramel Popcorn
4 quarts popped popcorn 2 cup sugar
2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup condensed milk 3/4 cup corn syrup
optB1 cup pecans and 1 cup almonds
Baked Caramel Corn
6 quarts popped corn 2 cups brown sugar
2 cup karo syrup 1 cup butter
1 tsp salt 1 tsp soda
Boil over low heat for 5 mins. then add baking soda. Stir well. Pour over popped corn. Put on 2 cookie sheets. Bake 200* for 1 hour. Stir every 15 mins.
Worlds Easiest Popcorn Balls
3 quarts popped corn 1 pkg marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
In a large saucepan, cook marshmallows and butter or margarine over low heat until melted and smooth*. Pour over popcorn, tossing gently to mix well. Cool five minutes. Butter hands well and form 2 1/2 inch balls. Makes about 14 balls. *Add coloring if desired. Mix well
Holiday Popcorn Balls
6 tbs. butter 3 cups mini marshmallows
2 of 3 oz pkg of Jell o 3 quarts popped corn
In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Blend in dry Jell o. Pour over popcorn and mix well. Make into balls.
Use red Jell o for one batch and green Jell o for another for festive popcorn balls.
Jell-o Popcorn Balls
1 c. sugar
1 c. white syrup
1 (3 oz.) pkg. Jell-O
6 quarts popcorn
Cook until Jell-O dissolves (not to soft ball stage). Pour over popcorn and make into balls. Very good
Chile Cheese Popcorn
2 quarts popped corn 1/4 cup butter melted
1/3 cup powdered 1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic salt
In a large bowl, toss all ingredients until well mixed.
3 tbs butter
2 tbs dry taco seasoning mix
2 tbs chopped dried onions
2 quarts popped corn
Salt to taste
Pour melted butter and seasonings over popcorn.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
The heat is pretty intense so it must be pre heated and then tuirned down. I put my bread on a cookie sheet on the grill part. I closed the lid so the heat would be maintained and cooked it. It took about 8 mins longer than my oven, but it worked! I did burn my first 2 batches until I got it adjusted. The problem is the direct heat coming from the bottom. The flames must be kept at a minimum while the bread is baking.
When it was done, you could smell cooking bread all over the neighborhood and soon there were people knocking at my door!
I would suggest practicing this to get a feel for it. This is a fun project!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Looking at my inventory, it is time to buy more yeast.
Yeast can be kept in your deep freeze and is viable 5-7 years frozen.
There are 12 containers in each case and each package of yeast has 32 oz.
32 oz will give me 48 batches of 2 loaves of bread or 96 loaves of bread.
My recipe uses 1 tbsp. of yeast for every 2 loaves of bread.
Each person on average on our current diet eats about one full loaf of bread per week.
However if we were in a survival situation , that would increase to at least double.
It is time to order more yeast. I give a few to our children, so a case works great for me.
It is much more economical to buy it in large bags than to buy it in packets or smaller bottles.
You will have to check around your area to find the best prices.
Without yeast you can still make bread, but it would be flat bread. You could obviously survive, but normal bread would help morale and is more of what most of us are used to.
I will share later on various ways to cook bread, should you not have electricity.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I have read that after 18 months it looses it's strength. I have personally opened bottle s up that are 3 years old that have been sealed and in a dark room, that is still just great!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This is a recipe for Pedialyte:
one-half teaspoon table salt
one-half teaspoon potassium chloride (lite salt)
one-half teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons sugar dissolved in 1 liter (a little over a quart) of water
The above is the recipe for homemade Pedialyte, taken from Web M.D.
Unsweetened (NO SUGAR!!) Kool-Aid can also be added to this, to making it a tad more palatable to children.
Do NOT add sweetened Kool-Aid, this adds too much sugar, and makes the very exact balance of salts and sugar off.
This recipe is a really good thing to have on hand. You can measure all the dry ingredients and store them all in a one liter bottle (dry). Then if you need it, in an emergency, just add clean water, shake the bottle well, and use. Great thing for 72 hour kits. You can also mix up several batches of it, put in zip lock baggies, and store in a one liter bottle (dry). That way, it's all ready for emergency use.This recipe works to re hydrate animals as well...just don't add Kool-Aid to theirs.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
5 - HOW OLD CN A BEAN BE?The following comes from a newsletter putout by the Wooden Spoon, December 2006.“In a recent cooking class at The Wooden Spoon we were discussing the shelf life of legumes, which is recommended as 6-8 plus years. True confessions were coming from our students, some of whom inherited their mother's food storage . . .“We determined on an experiment.“Charleen Clark told us that she knew she had beans that were at least 40 years old, and accepted the assignment to go home and see what she could do with them.[She] added 1/8 tsp. baking soda and 1 tbsp. cooking oil to a cup of beans while soaking them in three times as much water. She put the beans to soak on a Saturday morning and left them for thirty-two hours, until she observed that the forty year old beans were beginning to sprout! Charleen drained the rinse water, cooked the beans, and brought them to class.“Christine Van Wagenen, teacher and cook extra ordinaire, put her discriminating palate to the test and sampled a bean and declared the results to be a marvel.~~~~~~General Information About Beans:Nutritious, filling, versatile, economical, and tasty - sounds like the perfect food!SortingSorting means picking over the dried beans before cooking them. Remove small rocks, pieces of dirt, beans with holes, badly misshapen or wrinkled beans and those greatly undersized or discolored.RinsingWashing is not part of the packing process because water would rehydrate the beans. Do not rinse beans until you are ready to soak or cook them. Even then you do not have to rinse beans if you're going to soak them. Any field dust will be removed and discarded with the soak water. If you cook the beans without soaking, rinse them after sorting.SoakingSoaking is not essential in bean preparation. Beans are soaked to begin rehydration and reduce cooking time..During soaking, beans increase two to three times their dried size. Enough water must be used to keep the beans covered while soaking. Once rehydrated, beans cook in 1 to 3 hours, depending on the type of bean.Cooking Without SoakingTo cook beans without soaking, use twice the amount of cooking water specified in the recipe. Combine the water and rinsed beans in the pot and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. The beans rehydrate while cooking so you will have to watch them carefully and add more water whenever necessary to keep them covered.Things to avoid when cooking dry beansAdd only after beans are softThe following items will toughen uncooked beans and noticeably increase cooking time. * salt / unrefined sea salt * miso, tamari and soy sauce * sugars * acidic ingredients, including tomatoes, vinegar, and lemon.Baking soda?Many recipes call for baking soda to speed cooking and soften beans by increasing alkalinity. Use it only if you have extremely hard water. Baking soda will produce mushy beans, and deplete minerals.~~~~BEAN NUTRITIONPROTEIN:Dry beans are the richest source of vegetable protein (21-27% when cooked). Combining beans with a small amount of animal protein such as meat, cheese, or egg or small amounts of grain (corn, wheat, or rice) will create a complete protein equal to that of meat and other animal sources. Protein is important for human health because it supplies the materials for building and repairing body tissues – muscles, bones, glands, skin, and teeth. Beans consistently rank lowest of all foods in cost per gram of protein, according to the USDA.ENERGY: Beans have long been valued as an energy source. Complex carbohydrates in dry beans digest more slowly than simple carbohydrate foods thereby satisfying hunger longer. One half cup of cooked beans contains 118 calories or less.VITAMINS: A normal serving of cooked dry beans supplies as much as 40% of the minimum daily requirement of the B-vitamins, thiamine and pyridoxine, and significant amounts of other B-vitamins. The B-vitamins are important in contributing to healthy digestive and nervous systems, skin, and eyes.MINERALS: Iron to build red blood cells, calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth, and potassium, which is important in regulating body fluid balance, all plentiful in dry beans. Beans are high in fiber, contain no cholesterol, and are low in sodium. Sodium content is low so, when cooked without salt, they are good in low-salt diets.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
So far I have moved the water, redone the non food storage room - items like TP, personal care, etc., cleaned up the holiday room, dejunked a bedroom downstairs, redone my Christmas storage, now I am working on the family room. Then the storage area and our food storage room. The basement needs it the most so that is where I have started and where I will be for the next few weeks.