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    Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:19 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi! What would you recommend for freeze dried food storage? It needs to taste good, but at the same time be economical. Thanks.
    Chubby Cook
    Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:04 am Groupie
    Freeze dried food is not economical, but you might go to the Camping forum since they are experts on that kind of light weight food.
    Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:45 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Some people have called me nuts, but I tell them when the lights go out, then they can call me nuts while I feed my family. I strongly believe that there is coming a time when we are going to have to be self sufficient, and not just for 72 hours. However, even with that in mind, if you will preserve food in glass jars using a pressure canner, you can preserve any thing that you are able to think of. I preserve chicken with the stock in quart jars, also beef with stock, or gravy. Spaghetti sauce with meatballs, chili, All of my vegetables, bacon, sausage, pork, berries with juice, jellies and jams, and the list goes on and on. Canned food in jars will last for years and years. I rotate mine, using the oldest first and storing the freshest. I have storage containers that I keep my dry goods, such as rice, pasta, instant potatoes, dry milk, grits, cornmeal and flour, dry beans, sugar and salt and other spices. I also have a stock of heirloom, open pollinated vegetable seeds that I freshen every year. I use the ones I have in storage, and replace with seeds that I order online each year, and the seeds I save from the current year's garden. This way, I will always be able to plant and grow my own vegetables if something happens. I also
    try to have plenty of canned milk on hand along with other canned items my family likes. I shop at "salvage stores" and buy items on sale.
    Chubby Cook
    Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:16 pm Groupie
    Actually it will be the "nuts" that have not prepared that will be seeking you out because they know you have what they want/need. Of course nobody should be worrying as long as you don't see a surprising increase in food and fuel costs or rioting in numerous parts of the country/world.
    Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:59 am Groupie
    Chubby Cook wrote:
    Actually it will be the "nuts" that have not prepared that will be seeking you out because they know you have what they want/need. Of course nobody should be worrying as long as you don't see a surprising increase in food and fuel costs or rioting in numerous parts of the country/world.

    As the price of Oil goes up-soe does everything else. We have a load of dry goods we keep-I'm a gardener and canner, my husband has and will again hunt as needed. I'm also a seed saver & buy open p. seeds which I rotate out-I always buy double just in case.

    As for the "nuts", don't advertise.
    Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:26 pm Groupie
    I don't think you should wait until you see an increase in cost...plan ahead, prepare for it and you won't be taken by surprise when there isn't anything to put away because everyone is hoarding. It is much easier and cheaper to build your storage over time and not on the eve of disaster. No matter how prepared we are, I don't feel like it is enough.
    Secret Agent
    Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:40 am Groupie
    I'm with Morningfeather. We can and dehydrate (love my Black Beauty) and buy a little extra when we shop to extend the pantry.

    SA icon_cool.gif
    Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:56 pm Groupie
    Every little bit that you can do every day helps. We have some quarts of baked beans in the canner now. SA,I have given your Back Beauty's sister the day off today as it is really humid here with a big ol' rainstorm that went thru last night and this morning. Actually it was the baby sister, the 5 tray that was in use last time icon_biggrin.gif Thinking I might drag the turkey out of the freezer in a day or two to get that ready to can. I don't like having too much meat in the freezer in case of power outages...doesn't' hurt my feeling quite as much to lose fruits and veggies! We have the gas grill with the side burner, extra tanks but also stacks of wood to cook with. Our landscape for the most part is edible and quite pretty to boot. I'm not so much a doomsayer but am just so cheap I am beyond frugal in most areas icon_lol.gif
    We have been lucky and haven't had horrible weather since the 4 hurricanes smacked us back to back but we do live in one of the highest unemployment counties in Florida, over 14% in January they reported today. My honeybunch has been out of work this time since October, and for 6 months the year before. Very big blessing to only have to spend a few dollars at the grocery store each month because of our food storage. BTW... really love your volcano!
    Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:18 pm Groupie
    Every other paycheck, I have bought something for the pantry.

    Of late, dried buttermilk, dried milk, dried eggs and now dried peanut butter. Next is more eggs, milk and oatmeal that will last yrs. I still have MRE's from 2001 - btw, they are super gross TO ME!

    I am going for the staples really till Summer when prices 'should' ????? be lower so I can make jams, sauces, can meats/soups/stews and non acidic foods.

    When peanut butter is $1, I go buy at least a doz cans and supplement w/my home made jam. Blueberries were cheap this past wk, so I cooked w/some and will be making sauces w/the rest.

    I buy 50 lb bags of flour (it's like $6 at membership stores) and bags of sugar there too. Sugar has gone up SOOO MUCH! No wonder the pioneers rarely had sweets and sugar!!!

    Think of what your family eats and watch like a hound for sales and do use coupons!!!!!
    Secret Agent
    Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:47 pm Groupie
    I love Black Beauty but I have given her the day off (well, since 10AM.) I think I have dehydrated well over 50 pounds of veggies this week plus that honkin' big bag of carrots. I HWB can and pressure can too. I am just wondering if anyone has ideas for doing meats in the dehydrator other than jerky. I have a good helper with DH. He cans too and has helped me out many times.

    Everyone should have water and basic staples like beans, flour, sugar, seasonings, potatoes, canned meats etc.

    Something I learned last week - you don't need a cell signal to text. I don't even have a cell phone, I am so technically challenged.....

    Hope this helps.
    Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:16 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Um, Secret Agent. I don't know how to put this politely, but you do need a cell signal to send a text message. You may be able to type the message in and press the send button, but the message won't actually go out until there is some sort of connection. However, text does need less air space (bandwidth) and less clarity than voice, so text can probably be sent with a very weak and noisy signal. With voice, you have to be able to hear well enough to understand but with text it just needs to get from point A to point B. Plus with text the message can be sent very quickly, so you don't need a long connection, just a few seconds.

    But the text, in physicall fact, cannot travel from point A to point B without some sort of connection. It is science, not magic! icon_smile.gif Though I understand that some technology can seem more like magic than science. icon_smile.gif
    Amanda Beth
    Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:45 pm Groupie
    It does in fact take less signal for a text to go through than to maintain a call. I worked for years in the wireless world, and texts are more likely to go thru despite network challenges. It requires a stronger, longer, connection with the tower to maintain a call.

    BTW...I'm jumping into this emergency preparedness thing. Too much going on in the world now not to. I'm loving reading all the posts and gathering all the info!
    Annie H
    Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:29 pm
    Forum Host
    I don't often buy freeze dried food storage because, without fail, it reconstitutes with a diminished texture. I've tried several fruits (mango, strawberry, pineapple, apple) and all of them disintegrate when soaked and stick in the teeth dreadfully when eaten as is. The only fruit I could possible recommend is freeze dried strawberry, as it's the kind that is put into commercial cereal.

    That said, there are several websites with freeze dried options as follows:

    Food Storage Depot

    The Ready Store

    Food Insurance


    Walton Feed

    I have never personally freeze dried anything.
    Chef #1872776
    Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:35 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    goooooood oneeee
    Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:23 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Not to forget all sorts of herbs. When there is only rice or pasta left, then herbs can contribute greatly to flavour and variety.
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