The latest posts from A Matter Of Preparedness
Why you might want to cook your Turkey early!
Pumpkin-shaped Rolls for Thanksgiving! So easy..
Preserving your 'Candy Bounty' from Halloween...
- It think it is important to have known comfort foods in your storage. Not only is it fun, but it really can be comforting in times of stress
- I do this when candies are on sale and save money.
- I have treats for when little ones come to visit.
- I hopefully can keep the little ones from raiding Grandpa's stash without permission....because this secret stash really is not so secret!
Trick-or-Treat Bags made with Machine Embroidery....Perfect for little Goblins this Halloween!
I really need to plan ahead a bit, don't I?
Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Jars....from Canning jars and Vinyl Cut-outs.
Take Home Message:
- I had all the materials to do this project. I had the Vinyl from another project. The cost for me today was just my time.
- The Canning Jars are from my storage...again I had these items on hand.
- I used flame-less candles for safety. I had used these candles in my Christmas decorating. They are perfect for this little project.
Simple, Easy, Cute, and Fun! Who can ask for anything more?
I have a number of sweet little Grandchildren....sprinkled all over the United States. Yes, I really mean all over. I kind of want to agree with my neighbor Vicki who says that "It should be against the law for Grandchildren to move far away from their Grandparents". If only it could be like that....
Our little Grandchildren love music in many forms. I love to hear their sweet voices when they talk and when they sing. Being a Speech-Language Pathologist, little voices are very intriguing to me.
Family Home Evening, spending time together as a Family.
Singing Songs and Hymns for Family Home Evening
Making Pumpkin Pancakes from Food Storage items:
Take home message:
- All the items were in my pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. I did not have to purchase anything special for this.
- Although I am not sure how I would calculate the cost of this meal, the most expensive ingredient would have been the pumpkin puree. Well, last year I canned a large pumpkin that cost me $2.00 and another that was free. I calculated that I canned an equivalent of the canned pumpkin (15 oz can) for $.28 versus the cost of a commercially priced can of over $3.00. You can save money by preserving your own foods as well as know what had been added to the food.
- This is a filling and warm breakfast on a cool fall morning.
- Time together with my family.....priceless!
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 large egg
3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (I used whole milk)
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1 to 2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
maple syrup for serving, or your favorite topping (try Vanilla Maple Syrup or Ginger Molasses Maple Syrup)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine the first 9 dry ingredients (through optional salt); set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk to combine all remaining wet ingredients (except maple syrup for serving).
Pour wet mixture over dry, and stir gently until just combined; don't overmix.
Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Using a 1/4-cup measure or large cookie scoop, scoop batter onto warm skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until small bubbles form on the surface and pancakes are set enough to flip. I cook covered for better results, but cook the way you normally cook your pancakes.
Carefully flip over and cook for about 2 to 3 more minutes, or until done and cooked through.
Add more cooking spray to wiped skillet before starting next batch.
Embroidering Hand Towels:
What is the cost break-down:
- A set of 4 towels with 2 washcloths from the "Ross" store was $6.00. A second pack of 4 towels and one washcloth was $4.00.
- The Thread I had, but the cost would have been minuscule
- Stabilizer I calculate cost about $.75
- Wonder-under ~$.50
- Cotton Fabric $6.50 for a yard (I used 3/4 of a yard for 6 towels)
- The look in the eyes of my Mother and Mother-in-law...Priceless!
So, I will be venturing out more and trying to make other projects using this new tool..... More to come!
The Benefits of setting up an Outdoor Kitchen...
Take Home Message:
- I was blessed enough to have a lovely gift from my neighbor who was stressing about what to do with all her apples. As she was just moving in, she didn't want to deal with them. She also didn't want any of the juice etc as she said she cannot think of bringing another thing into her new house. I have been there and done that. I can relate.
- I was able to can inside my house while I had apples processing in my 'outside kitchen'.
- Clean up was a breeze. I just used my garden hose and sprayed down all the surfaces. It took minutes!
- I was able to add golden apple juice and fruit leathers to our Pantry.
What to do with Old Bottled Fruit....
Take home message:
- What I like about this system is that you can take out one jar at a time and eat the leather.
- Or, you can take out a piece of different leathers from their respective jars and vacuum-seal them again.
- Also, you are using your old fruit in a new way. Around here, leather does not last too long.
- You can also embellish your fruit with seeds, flavor, and things like granola to make it more appealing.
- This leather was essentially free to me as I had everything already.
- Rethinking your bottle fruit and making it into something new is a frugal choice for your family.
- The Apple-Pie-Filling was very scrumptious. The added crunch of the seeds is a pleasant surprise as well.
- I can take pureed fruit and add Jello to it to add new flavor to the leather and increase the variety of the leathers I have.
72 hour kit:
Other items that you will need for Sanitation are a collapsable shovel to bury waste, toilet paper or baby wipes, bleach, Feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, and possibly paper towels.
- 1 7" x 8" size zip lock bag to place emergency items in
- 1 emergency (Mylar) blanket
- 1 emergency poncho (one size fits all and children's sizes also available at any stores with a camping section)
- 1 or more hand/body warmer (usually comes 2 per packet at any stores in the camping section)
- Trial size tooth paste and toot brush (great to use if you are checking them out of school and going to the dentist!)
- Trial size hand/body moisture lotions.
- 4 moist hand wipes/small package of baby wipes
- 4 sterile alcohol swabs to clean wounds or cuts
- variety size band aids
- 2 pocket size facial tissues
- Various sized safety pins (in case you pop a button or a broken zipper)
- 1 blow whistle with lanyard to hand on Backpack).
The time to prepare....is now! Good Luck!
Thanks for joining the Prepared Bloggers as we work our way through 30 Days of Preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month so you will find everything you need to get your preparedness knowledge and skills into shape. Take one post each day, learn as much as you can about the topic and make it a part of your preparedness plan.
Day 1 - Ready, Set, Get Prepared! Welcome to 30 Days of Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 2 - The Family Meeting Place and Escape from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 3 - I'm Safe! How to Communicate with Family in an Emergency from PreparednessMama
Day 4 - Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan? from Home Ready Home
Day 5 - Preparedness For Pets from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 6 - The Escape Exercise from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 7 - It all Falls Apart Without Mental Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 8 - It's a Matter of Emergency Kits from A Matter of Preparedness
Day 9 - Nine Great Emergency Light Sources Other Than Flashlights from Food Storage & Survival
Day 10 - Cooking Without Power from Mama Kautz
Day 11 - The Importance of a Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry from Trayer Wilderness
Day 12 - The Importance of Having The Right Tools In Your Pack from Trayer Wilderness
Day 13 - Practice Living Without Electricity from Food Storage Made Easy
Day 14 - How We Choose The Right Gear - (including the MultiFlame Tool) from Trayer Wilderness
Day 15 - Water Storage & Purification from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 16 - Food and Water for a 72 Hour "Go Bag" from Homestead Dreamer
Day 17 - 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How from Melissa K Norris
Day 18 - Planning Your Pantry from The Organic Prepper
Day 19 - Stocking Up on Non-Food Items from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 20 - Dutch Oven Cooking: Off-Grid Before Off-Grid Was Cool from The Backyard Pioneer
Day 21 - Pressure Canning the Harvest from Timber Creek Farm
Day 22 - Personal Protection & Awareness from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 23 - KISS First Aid from Herbal Prepper
Day 24 - Mommy, I have to go Potty! from Mom With a Prep
Day 25 - Fire Starting 101: The Why and How of Lighting a Fire for Survival from Food Storage & Survival
Day 26 - How to Filter and Purify Water from Prepared Housewives
Day 27 - How To Make A Shelter from Trayer Wilderness
Day 28 - Put Your Preps to the Test with 24 Hours Unplugged from The Organic Prepper
Day 29 - What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire from Trayer Wilderness
Day 30 - How To Utilize Bushcraft Skills and Forage From The Wild from Trayer Wilderness
- The DVD's and Blue-Ray's come in protective cases. However, these cases take up a lot of valuable space.
- Placing the disks into sleeves also protects them and takes up a fraction of the space.
- You can easily see what you have rather than scavenging through shelf after shelf looking for the movie you wish to watch.
- When you go traveling, these sleeves will take very little space in your vehicle or bag.
- For me, this was all free because I already had the supplies already. However, if you wish to do this, I guesstimate that purchasing the supplies may be similar to the purchase price of your next movie!
I got a bit adventurous today. I actually (all by myself), made.....Ravioli!
- This device costs less than going out to dinner to a sit-down restaurant. It is called a Grandpa Dante's Ravioli Form. This one costs just under $15.00.
- I literally made this entire dish out of food storage (with the exception being the Mozzarella Cheese. However, I often have this type of cheese in my freezer, so it could have been totally made from food storage staples).
- I need to practice this again. I know I can get faster each time I do this.
- I can put in a variety of fillings. If you have meat left over from a meal, dice it into small pieces and combine it with cheese or sauce. That way, one meal help make a second meal.
- It gives my family a variety. I can make pasta noodles, but the Ravioli is a nice change.
- It costs very little to make this pasta.
Try it !
Start with 1 Cup of flour.
Add 1/2 Cup of Salt.
Add 2 Tablespoons of Oil and Cream of Tarter. Then add 1 Cup of Water.
Add a 3 ounce package of Jello. I decided to try Watermelon today....it smelled so good!
Heat over Medium Heat.
Until it begins to come together and pull away from the sides of the pan.
The instructions recommend you kneed the dough. I decided to put it into a bag and kneed it in this way. I didn't want a 'mess' on my counter.
Let it cool...then make fun things!
Jello Play Dough comes from this recipe.
What is the Take Home Message?
- Flour: $.72
- Salt: $.84
- Cream of Tarter: $1.44
- Vegetable Oil: $0.7
- Water: Free!
- Jello: $1.45
How much does it cost?
- 2 Cups Soy Sauce: $2.14
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar: $.99
- 1 Cup White Vinegar: $.14
- 2 Tablespoons of Ground Ginger: $.32
- 2 Tablespoons of bottled Lemon Juice: $.12
- 2 Tablespoons of Clear Jel: $.62
You can purchase these bags (individually, or an entire box) from your local LDS Home Storage Center (i.e. Cannery). You can also order a box from the LDS Distribution center. The box contains 250 bags, so you will have plenty on hand. There are also other distributors that you can find by doing an Internet search.
Begin by folding your bag in half and to make a crease. You can fold it again to make quarter-sized bags, or can fold again to make them 1/8th the size of the full-sized bag. We will discuss reasons why you might want to do this later in the post.
How do you seal them?
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Why Re-size bags?
There are many 'methods' of sealing a Mylar Bucket liner. You can find many videos on-line that show how to use a flat iron, a clothes iron, a Food Saver, and an Impulse Sealer. Here is one video, although a bit rough, that shows a good method and the way to check to see if the seal is holding before closing up the bucket. You can find that video here.
Please know that you will get a better seal with an Impulse Sealer instead of the Food Saver. Oxygen Absorbers will activate when they encounter air. Even with multiple sealing lines with the Food Saver in a small area, over time the seal did not hold as well and at times failed. Knowing this fact, you can still use Mylar to preserve your food stuffs at home. Primarily, you can still use this method with very, very dry foods such as mixes for short term storage. Pliable dehydrated fruits would not be a good option using the Food Saver only. Use the Impulse Sealer or make a very good seal (up to 1/2 inch) with one of the other methods mentioned to ensure the food is protected.
Beware, try methods of sealing with Mylar before counting on them.
Take Home Message...
- Mylar is an inexpensive method that can be used for Long and Short-term storage. There are many sources to purchase Mylar. It comes in different thicknesses, so be sure to get a good quality Mylar when you purchase it.
- To get a good seal, test you equipment before you seal a large amount of food stuffs. The best sealer is an Impulse sealer, all the other methods that you can find require practice.
- Using your Food Saver can help you re size bags for things like mixes. However, after putting in the Oxygen Absorbers and using double seals, not all of the seals were air tight. This is a concern for Long-Term storage. However, for Short-Term storage such as mixes or camping trips, this is a great option.
- Mylar liners are a great option for your buckets. I would recommend a seal of at least 1/2 Inch in width and then waiting to ensure your bag is sealed and the Oxygen Absorbers have worked well. Waiting 12-24 hours should allow you to observe to see if the seal is holding.
- Mylar keeps light out, which is necessary for food storage.
- Foods in Mylar bags need to be stored in a sturdy container (preferably metal or really thick plastic) to protect your food from vermin.
- Mylar is readily available to purchase.
- Mylar can be re-used if the food is not protein based. Cutting the sealed edge to have access to the food will make the bag smaller, but it can be re-used knowing that a smaller amount of food will be stored in this re-purposed bag.
Mom with a PREP - How to Dehydrate Ginger and Make Ginger Powder Preparedness Mama - Make Jam Without Pectin
Mama Kautz - Dehydrating
Busy B Homemaker - Freezer Jam
Ed That Matters - Anyone Can Do It: Fool Proof Food Storage
The Apartment Prepper - Easy Marinated Mushrooms
The Homesteading Hippy - How to Use Your Pressure Canner
Montana Homesteader - Making and Preserving Cherry Pit Syrup
Are We Crazy or What - How to Dehydrate Cherries
Your Thrive Life - How I Preserve Food: Meals in a Jar
Melissa K Norris - Re-Usable Canning Tattler Lids-Do They Really Work?
Real Food Living - Preserve and Store Grains wiith Dry Ice
Cooke's Frontier - Smoking
Homestead Dreamer - Water Bath Canning
Evergrowing Farm - How to Preserve Red Chile
Survival Sherpa - Modern Mountain Man MRE's
The Backyard Pioneer - Fermentation
Trayer Wilderness - How We Preserve Food
Living Life in Rural Iowa - Vegetable Soup
The Organic Prepper - How to Make Jam without using added Pectin Homesteading Mom - How I Preserve Broccoli and Goat Cheese Soup
A Matter of Preparedness - How I Preserve Using Mylar Bags
Now, you can do that can't you? It is easy enough to do isn't it?
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- Although the price point was low, I do not feel this little device lived up to the hype. If I watch the heat/flame, I can achieve the same results.
- However, I will try it again to see if it performs better during my next attempt.
A couple of years ago, I took this photo at one of Nathan's concerts. He was singing in the state capitol, and this soldier had been standing at attention throughout the whole show. When Nathan Osmond sang "21 Guns," this soldier's composure melted and gave way to heartfelt tears. We tracked him down later and discovered that he'd lost two of his buddies (they were being honored that day) and this song really meant a lot to him. We seriously need to remember that freedom comes with a hefty price tag... real lives of real people. Thank you, Chris North, for your service to our country.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
John F Kennedy.
Now, lets talk about the marinade....you do not have to purchase a commercial marinade! I have used a variety of recipes over the years to make Jerky. Did you know that you do not have to use "Liquid Smoke" in your recipe? You certainly can, but it is not necessary. You can use a variety of marinades to flavor your jerky?
Take Home Message:
- This is very simple to make.
- I made just under 2 lb. of Jerky for under $8.00. Commercially prepared Beef Jerky costs about $.90/ounce. I calculate that this Jerky cost $.25/ounce. This costs varies up to about $.50/ounce depending on the roast I purchase.
- You can make any flavor you choose, which gives you tremendous variety.
- If I had the chance to store any (not likely around here), I would have sealed it either in jars or bags with my Food Saver.
- I have purchased Roasts, had them sliced and frozen them in our Freezer. You can also leave the Roasts slightly frozen and slice them yourself.
- Items like this show just how convenient and delicious your Food Storage really can be!
Try it and let us know what you think!
What is the take-home message?
- Food Storage staples do not need to be .....boring!!!!
- I had all the ingredients for the Focaccia Bread in my Pantry of in my Freezer (yeast).
- I made the process easy on myself by using the Bread machine.
- You can make this bread for sandwiches or as a bread for any meal.
- Cost comparison: The flour cost just under a quarter, yeast is $1.28, Sugar is $.12, Honey is $.07, Olive Oil is $.23, Salt $.11 for the basic bread. Total cost is $1.81. I had Cut enough squares for 15 Sandwiches which works out to $.12 per sandwich for the bread only.
- You can use white flour or have white and half wheat which allows you to use your whole grains.
- This is just for fun. I hosted a shower with a "Princess theme". Look at how fun this was! I cut the bread into Castle shapes!
I encourage you to try it soon! Let us know how it worked for you!
For those in the Greenville/Edwardsville area, a little more info on the water situation, and some tips on how to deal with it. Some routine samples were taken on Monday, and results on those samples came back Wednesday as positive for E Coli. They are taking more samples and waiting for the results on those. They are also looking for a source of the contamination. Officials are anticipating 6 days of being on boil order.She also shared this additional comment with me:
All water for drinking, cooking, and washing dishes with should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 full minute. You're dishwasher will sanitize dishes on it's own (it heats the water hot enough to sanitize), but all hand washed dishes should be washed with boiled water. It's safe to bathe in (don't get it in your mouth) and wash your clothes in. Make sure to use clean/boiled water to brush your teeth with.
In our house, we are putting signs on all the faucets saying not to use them. I'm having the kids bring their toothbrushes down to the kitchen so that it's different enough that they won't accidentally use the sink out of habit (lesson learned from last time). If a toothbrush does make it under the tap, just put it in boiling water for one minute to sanitize it again. Hand washing should be done with boiled water as well. It also doesn't hurt to have some hand sanitizer hanging around for use before eating and drinking, because sometimes contamination can make it through you're precautions;)
After the ban is lifted:
1. Flush your hot water tank twice
2. Run treated water through all your faucets for 15 minutes
3. Throw out the ice from your ice maker and sanitize the bin
4. Run a couple gallons of treated water through your refrigerator after you replace the water filter
5. Bleach the aerators in all your faucets
6. Scrub down all your sinks and bathtubs with a germ killing bath cleaner
I've got to go check on my elderly neighbor. She didn't have much water last night and we thought this was going to be short term.. I learned from you and mom to help myself, and then help those around me:)
Take Home Message:
- Would you know what to do in this situation? Would you know how to find out if the water in your area was compromised. For that matter, do you know how to find out about any possible emergency in your town or neighborhood? Many cities have a website with wonderful information. Check out the resources in your area today so that you are not wasting valuable time if and when a compromised situation arises.
- Do you have the necessary supplies on hand? Not only do you need to boil water in this situation, but you need other things as well. You should have water filters, bleach, containers to boil in, stored water, and fuel just in case you are without power as well.
- Knowing that your water is compromised, if you had to dispose of waste.....what would you plan be? What are the requirements/codes in your are to deal with waste? Are you allowed to bury it? Do you know which of your plants you can safely put liquid waste on? As a general rule, you should never put human waste on plants/trees that provide food for consumption. It is often fine for ornamental plants.
- How would you keep your family members from habitually going to the faucet and getting a drink or brushing your teeth? How would you alert little ones that cannot read?
- What about your neighbors? Do you have any neighbors or extended family members who may need your assistance during times like these? Do you have a plan in place for them?
Food for thought, don't you think?
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