February 7, 2020

Fats and Oils in Food Storage

(Author’s note:  Whoops, I accidentally published this article earlier before it was ready.  I have edited it and now restoring the correct version.) When first getting into food storage, the main things that come to mind are canned goods, staples such as flour, sugar and salt, meats etc.  Most of the time, fats and oils are left out of the initial food storage effort.  However, fat is an essential part of our diet, and a great source of calories at […]

More Fun with Freeze Dried Food

Yesterday I posted about pan frying the Thrive Dehydrated Roast Beef.  This was the “if I am out in the wilderness and have no other ingredients” part of the test. In today’s post I wanted to see if this is a product that I would stock on a normal basis, as a possible ingredient for a quick dinner, or as an emergency meal when the power is out. I started out the same way:  rehydrate the beef in some hot […]

Taste Test: THRIVE Freeze Dried Roast Beef

Today I got to test out something I have been curious about for quite some time:  freeze dried roast beef.  Misty McBride who runs Your Own Home Store blog sent me a sample of Thrive Freeze Dried Roast Beef and I am pleased to offer an objective taste test. For anyone like me who as never seen freeze dried roast beef, I took lots of pictures so you know what it looks like before and after cooking. Here is what […]

How our Drought will Affect your Food Budget

It has been a long and miserable summer, as the Texas drought drags on.  We thought we might get some relief this past weekend, but it did not materialize, as the rainfall from the expected tropical storm went east to Louisiana.  Instead, we got high winds.  Driving down the freeway I spotted a sign that said “EXTREME WILDFIRE DANGER.”   A couple of exits later, I actually witnessed a ranging wildfire a few miles away.  Black smoke was billowing, and the […]

Storage Food Taste Test: Tuna Steaks in a Pouch

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I found this item that stores fairly well and does not take up a lot of room:  tuna steaks in a pouch. It did not sound very appetizing at first.  Before buying more, we opened up a couple of pouches and found they contained a solid piece of tuna steak with a small amount of liquid.  The tuna steak comes fully cooked, but it’s best to lightly brown it in a pan. We […]

Coffee Prices are about to Rise Again

We have seen coffee along with overall food prices increase over the past year and I had mentioned it last fall (See Food Prices are Going Up http://wp.me/p1dmhM-80).  It looks like there is no relief in sight.   Due to a couple of years of bad crops in coffee growing countries such as Columbia and Indonesia, along with the rising demand for coffee in a growing population like China, prices are sure to increase.  Major brands such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts […]

Taste Test: Backpacker’s Pantry Chili Mac with Beef

Time for another taste test.  This time, we picked up Chili Mac with Beef by Backpackers Pantry.  We like to try out prepared freeze dried food from time to time to see if it would be a good addition to our emergency food stash. The Chili Mac was super easy to prepare:  after you remove the oxygen absorber, add the specified amount of boiling water and let stand for a few minutes. It looked too soupy for a macaroni dish […]

Expiration Date Experiment

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was looking for something to make for dinner and found this Rice A Roni in my pantry.   I’d had it for a while and it was well past the “Best By” date, in this case, 10/2009.   How did this get past me?  I thought, “Hmmm.  Should I or shouldn’t I?”  So I did some research on the internet about “Best by” dates. Technically, the item was not expired, it was past its […]

Media Now Recommending Stockpiling Food

Last week, one of our local channels had a segment on stockpiling food by using coupons.  A local coupon expert was featured; the interviewer followed her around the grocery store as she picked up sale items and combined coupons for impressive savings.  The segment concluded that we should all use coupons and store sales to stockpile food as a hedge against inflation. Today Fox News featured Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition.  The report recommended that anyone can start their emergency […]

Taste Test: Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai

It’s been a while since I reviewed a prepackaged freeze dried food so I decided to be adventurous and try Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai.  It is a vegetarian noodle dish, and the family elected to eat other foods so I was the only one who tried it.  I was a little “iffy” about the dish at first, but since it was so easy to prepare I figured, “Why not?” The first step is to take out the peanut butter packet […]

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