You’ve started gathering all sorts of things that are important to have in an emergency (whatever type of emergency it is: persona, natural, etc.). These things should include water, fuel, first aid kit, flashlight, food, and a lot of other things. Today, let’s talk about your food storage.
Hopefully, you’ve bought some food from eFoods Direct. Just a quick look through the catalog will show you that eFoods Direct has meals for every budget and size of family. From large to small, there are kits and individual packets for everyone. These foods are easy to store, easy to prepare, and taste good.
You are probably also storing other food in your pantry or basement, to be able to continue to make the recipes your family enjoys. These would include canned goods (fruits, vegetables, soups, meat, fish, etc.), pasta, rice, or potatoes, and other staples (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.).
Did you know that eFoods Direct has a cookbook to help you know how to use those foods you have stored? The cookbook Grandma’s Modern Inflation Fighters (vol. 2) is great for helping you use the foods you’ve stored.
This book is jam-packed with recipes and lots of other helpful information. The categories the cookbook is divided into are:
- Soups, Salads & Sauces
- Meats & Main Dishes
- Breads, Rolls & Pastries
- Cakes, Cookies & Desserts
- Beverages, Microwave & Miscellaneous
Within each category, there are about 25 pages of recipes. Each category also has some sort of tips and hints that relate to the topic. For example, in the section called Breads, Rolls & Pastries, there is a page of “Baking Tips”, with answers to common problems in biscuits, breads, cakes, cookies, muffins and pies. If you’ve ever been frustrated with your finished baked product, this page can help you solve the problem. There’s also a page of “Helpful Bread and Oven Hints”, which includes information of how to substitute different types of flours in bread, since different flours have different moisture contents, etc., and a section with suggestions for using up leftover bread. These are great ways to avoid wasting bread when it has become too dry or crumbly for your usual sandwiches or toast.
There is also a large section all about various ways of preserving foods – canning various things, drying fruits and vegetables, drying, pickling, and sprouting. There are more ideas in here than you ever wanted to know, and once you start looking at them you’ll get excited and want to try a lot of them.
At the back of the cookbook, there is a large section with other hints, ingredient substitutions, yields & equivalents, herbs & spices, calorie information, and even a few pages on napkin folding and table setting.
To get you started, here are some of the recipes I recommend:
- Pioneer Stew (page 9) – a good, thick stew, guaranteed to fill you up!
- Hawaiian Chicken Salad (page 15) – chicken, celery, pineapple, mayonnaise, almonds…yum.
- Anadama Bread (page 57) – this is a delicious, dark bread (thanks to molasses) with great flavor
- Fritters (page 64) – these are a delicious batter (with-something-in-it) fried bread. When I was a little girl, we had them for dinner with whole corn in them; this recipe also recommends adding various other things: potatoes, onions, meat, apples, etc.
- Fruit Leather (page 164) – just like fruit roll-ups you can buy at the store! I grew up making this with my mother – It’s simple and delicious, and a fun project to do with kids.
This is a great cookbook to try if you’re looking for more recipes that can be easily made in an emergency. Get it and try them out – find your favorites and be sure to stock up on the things those recipes call for!