This week before the Thanksgiving holiday, while you are planning your Thanksgiving feast, consider inspecting your your food storage and see if you need to start rotating some of your items. I’ve only been prepping for a couple of years, but have found a few stored foods are starting to approach expiration dates.
So why not include some of your food storage items for Thanksgiving?
A few ideas:
- Canned corn and green beans can be added to casseroles
- Mountain House Noodles and Chicken makes a tasty meal all by itself
- Use rice, chicken bouillon, dehydrated celery and dehydrated onion in your stuffing
- Use your stored vegetable or olive oils before they go rancid. Oils only last about a year in storage before flavor starts to degrade
- Canned pineapple or peaches can be used for pies.
- Flour and yeast can be used for your artisan bread
It’s a good bet that at least 80% of your guests will not be preppers, and may have misconceptions about stored food. A lot of people still think that emergency food is mostly dry nutrition bars that no one likes. While your guests are raving about your dishes, and talk turns to recipes and ingredients, casually mention that some of those tasty foods are actually from your storage pantry. This may change their minds about the benefits of storing foods: convenient, delicious and cost-effective.
Review your Recipes Ahead of Time
As with any meal planning, you need to be familiar with the recipes you are making ahead of time. Making something new that you have no idea how it’ll turn out may cause regrets. I’ve had a few failures trying out new, untested recipes for a big event, so I don’t recommend it. Use tried and true recipes especially if you are using food storage, and leave experimentation for another time. Some good resources for planning meals: The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage by Anne Lang and 100-day Pantry: 100 Quick and Easy Gourmet Meals by Jan Jackson.
Rotate your Stocks
I hate wasting anything, and using some food storage for a nice meal would be worthwhile. Remember to replace what you just used with more recently purchased items.