Deseret Book contacted us several weeks ago about reviewing a new food storage book, and we jumped at the chance! We love keeping track of what others in the "food storage world" are up to and we were happy to have the opportunity to read a new book (and give away two copies, too!). This new book is called "Not Your Mother's Food Storage" by Kathy Bray and Jan Barker.
I have to admit that while I was reading "Not Your Mother's Food Storage", I felt like I was reading our own blog! The book focuses solely on your three-month supply, and they talk about planning your entire three month supply ahead of time by planning out meals, making a master grocery list, etc, just like we have been talking about on this blog for the last 2 years. I'll give you a rundown of all the chapters so you can get a good idea about what's in the book:
1. Why this plan?
2. Planning your breakfast meals
3. Planning your lunch meals
4. Planning your dinner meals
5. Planning for desserts and treats
6. Storing staples and condiments
7. Storing nonfood items
8. Adapting your favorite recipes
9. How to store it now that you have it
10. Where to store it now that you have it
So you see, it's pretty in-depth and the authors do a great job laying out all the instructions for gathering and storing your three-month supply. There are charts throughout the chapters so you can easily visualize the concepts they are talking about, and then at the end of the book there are several blank food storage charts for your own use. They also briefly give some great tips for storing frozen meats, storing and preserving fresh produce, and storing other staples like cheese, flour, wheat, and water.
And I have to say, I was really impressed with the recipe section, which takes up 40 pages of the book (there are just over 100 pages in the book). Most of the recipes are not pantry-only meals (they include cheese, butter, etc), but many of them can be adapted if you prefer pantry-only recipes for your three-month supply plan.
This book would make a great Christmas gift, too! Whether you are giving gifts to the most seasoned food storage person, or to someone just starting out, I can almost guarantee that they will learn something from this book.
Want to win a copy of "Not Your Mother's Food Storage"? Deseret Book has given us TWO copies to give away to two lucky readers. Just leave a comment on this post answering the following question:
What is your most immediate food storage goal?
One comment per person, please. The giveaway closes on Friday night (August 20) at midnight PST.
For more information about "Not Your Mother's Food Storage", check out their website NotYourMothersFoodStorage.com.
Special thanks to Deseret Book for providing the review book to us, and for providing the giveaway books!