Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Food Storage Tuesday

Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your 72-hour kit, your 3-month supply, and your longer-term storage. If you are new to our blog, don't worry! You won't be left behind. Just start up where we are and follow along. You will eventually have everything completed! Once the 72-hour kit is complete, we'll be putting together emergency car kits again (week by week). Once those are done, we'll gather the 72-hour kits again. So don't worry, just jump on in and join us where we are today!

I can't believe it's November already!!  I don't know about you but I am so excited for the holidays coming up.  Hopefully everyone has a "healthy" stash of Halloween candy added to your food storage.  Now would be a great time to hit the candy sales and stock up your food storage, if that sort of thing appeals to you. :)  Aren't 'Milk Duds' a category of food storage??

This week for your 72-hour kit, add some mosquito repellent, as well as some candles/candle holders/matches.  If you have crank-powered flashlights, the candles may not be a priority for you, but be sure to add matches either way.  Waterproof matches are best: just dip the tips of the matches in some hot wax to make them waterproof.

How's your three-month supply going?  In all seriousness, you may want to consider adding some candy!  If you were ever in a situation where you were living off your food storage, a piece of candy here or there could really improve your attitude about it (well, mine would be better anyway).  I'm pretty sure your kids would be grateful, too.  And don't forget to store things like brownie mixes, cake mixes, and other fun treats.  Just be sure to get the ones where you only need to add water and/or oil, or invest in some powdered eggs.

Since it's a new month, we're gathering something else now for our longer-term storage.... BEANS!  I love beans.  There are so many varieties and thankfully my kids love them too (they're a great finger food for older babies and toddlers, too!). 

What's your favorite kind of bean, and how do you serve beans?  My favorites would have to be black beans and pinto beans.  I usually serve black beans just as a side dish, and with pinto beans I like to mash them up and make burritos.  I'd love to hear your ideas!


Anonymous said...

Take any rice dish and add a can of beans. Freeze. These are cheap, easy, and good lunches! Sure beats buying the frozen ones!

The well rounded mom said...

Great Northern beans and Canelli beans can be used for creamy sauces.
We like Garbonzo beans on salad and pink beans are great for chilli or mixed with black and smashed for refried beans!

Anonymous said...

I used to buy the bags of mixed beans with the bouillon packet in them. Now I buy bulk bags and mix my own because some beans I liked a lot better than others. They are very pretty in the jars and I have my own favorite seasonings to go with them. Beans are great

stacy said...

We are definitely refried beans sprinkled with cheese and tomatoes wrapped in a tortilla.

vlschenk said...

I love white beans! I use them in salads, dips, soups, etc.

Troy, Courtney, and Max said...

White beans and ham! Winter in a bowl.

Robin Fisher said...

Red Beans and Rice! Come on people! I went to Popeyes Chicken yesterday and couldn't believe they charge 1.49 for a side of BEANS and RICE. You can make a batch to feed 10 people for that much. I use my pressure cooker for beans. Which means that I can have beans ready in less than 2 hours. I have a great recipe for Red Beans and Rice. Let me know if you would like me to share.

Linda said...

Yes, Robin, please share.

We love black beans as a side and in sweet potato burritos. We used lots of mixed beans for taco soup, and lots pintos for refried beans. I am going to try pink and black mixed for refrieds! Yummy!!!

Huffman Family said...

I put a bit of chorizo and then add the refried beans to that. My kids love the beans on burritos for breakfast. They taste really good. Also I like black beans like a soup with a bit of sour cream and Ranchero cheese. Yum!