Long-Term Food Storage Equipment & Tools - Keep An Edible Supply Of Food Ready
Whether you want tools and equipment for short or long-term food storage, canning, freeze drying, or pickling, it is very important that you make it a point to buy quality equipment from a reputable source. Storeitfoods is a company that has been delivering food storage solutions for a number of years. The advantages are obvious - a company that has been in this business for such a long time, would be better positioned to know the exact needs of consumers as well as what products would help in fulfilling those needs to a T.
For instance, if you want long-term food storage products, you will have to make sure that you are aware of all the factors that you need to look for in equipment and tools for this specific purpose. Every piece of equipment and tool has different features and functionality. You can’t expect a product that is made for a particular application to be perfectly suitable for use in another application, if it has not been designed for use in that application as well. For long-term food storage, you need to look for equipment that can keep your food items not only edible but appetizing for a more extended period. Whether you are facing an unexpected shortage of food supplies in your area or are preparing for a possible or even imminent emergency - long-term food storage equipment and tools will help keep that food available with the goodness intact - keeping you supplied with necessary food items in the hour of need.
Be Emergency-Prepared With Emergency Food Storage Equipment
If for some reason, and there could be many, vehicles supplying food to your area were to be stopped, you can expect your food store shelves to be empty in just a few days. Are you, however, like the wise old squirrel, already prepared for such an emergency by having stored food for unforeseeable hard times like those just described? Ask yourself as well, how long can your emergency food last - a few days, a few weeks or even several years?
One way to be emergency prepared is to increase the quantity of food that you usually buy and start consuming that which is the oldest. Another way is to buy survival/emergency preparedness food items that come with a shelf life of more than 10 years. Yes, when you buy so much food so much in advance, finding the right storage space can become tough even with space saving freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. And the case we have just discussed isn’t likely to happen often. On the other hand, why not prepare for anything? You can certainly start small and then expand your efforts later. Consider what you can afford to do. Take into account your space limitations. If you are not ready to make long-term preparations, it is better to find a solution for shorter-term emergencies rather than to make no emergency preparations at all.
Emergency food storage equipment is the right choice whichever way you look at it. It keeps your food “fresh” and you healthy during a short-term or even during a long-term emergency, allowing your family to be ready for the challenge. With this storage equipment, you can rest easy knowing that the food is there if you and your family need it. Let’s face it, a pile of food is worth a lot more than a pile of money in these situations.
Cabbage - It's Good For You
Cabbage is a low-cost vegetable, that tends to be under utilized in many homes. For many it is just not a popular vegetable. Yet, perhaps it should be. There are a lot of health benefits to cabbage. As one reasearcher elaborates:
Cancer prevention tops all other areas of health research with regard to cabbage and its outstanding benefits. More than 475 studies have examined the role of this cruciferous vegetable in cancer prevention (and in some cases, cancer treatment). The uniqueness of cabbage in cancer prevention is due to the three different types of nutrient richness found in this widely enjoyed food. The three types are (1) antioxidant richness, (2) anti-inflammatory richness, and (3) richness in glucosinolates. (http://www.whfoods.com/index.php)
Depression era cooks loved its low cost, keeping qualities, and recipe versatility. Many a home garden would feature cabbage as one of its most important vegetables. The modern kitchen chef, too, can benefit from the advantages of using this under-appreciated vegetable. After all, it really is a nutritious option, seems to last forever in the fridge, is probably one of the most frugal ways to make a meal, and can result in some incredibly delicious dishes.
Stuffed Cabbage Leaves (Cabbage Rolls)
Cook cabbage and separate leaves, being careful not to tear the leaves. Mix equal quantities of cooked minced pork and cooked rice together and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Roll in a cabbage leaf like suasages. Place one by one in baking dish, adding a little water when the dish is ready for the oven. Cook in a slow oven about one hour. (Recipients of Emergency Relief - Montreal)
- Minced pork
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
- Paprika (to taste)
Meat Doves (Cabbage Rolls)
Prepare filling of equal parts of well seasoned cooked meat and cooked rice (an egg may be used for the binding). Wash cabbage leaves, one for each serving, let stand in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and roll around 2 to 4 tbsp. of filling. In a deep saucepan fry 1 onion sliced in 1 tbsp fat. Place Doves on this. Cook with 1/2 tin tomoatoes. Cook slowly for one hour. (Manitoba Agricultural College)
- Cooked meat (seasoned to taste)
- Cooked rice
- 1 egg
- 1 onion
- 1 tbsp. fat
- 1/2 tin tomatoes
Make a white sauce of shortening, flour and milk. Then add mustard and cheese. Pour over the cooked cabbage. Reheat, place in a baking dish, cover with bread crumbs and brown in oven. (Manitoba Agricultural College)
- 2 c. cooked cabbage
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 1/3 c. cheese
- 2 tbsp. shortening
- 1 c. milk
- 1/4 tsp. mustard
- Bread crumbs
1/3 cup rice
4 cups water
2 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
Soak rice in water and cook until tender. Drain. Add milk, sugar and one well-beaten egg. Turn into baking dish and finish in oven. (Recipients of Emergency Relief - Montreal)
Easy-to-Make Rice Desserts
Rice is one of those wonderful foods that, if a made a part of your food storage, with even a minimum of care can be stored for thirty years or more and still be found to be a usable food after that time. As the folks at Provident Living put it, "While there is a decline in nutritional quality and taste over time, depending on the orginal quality of food and how it was processed, packaged and stored, studies show that even after being stored long-term, the food will help sustain life in an emergency."
Its high caloric value and versatility in use help to make rice a valuable part of just about any home storage program. Use it as in a main dish, use it in a side dish, or even use it as a dessert. As these recipes which follow show, rice can be a simple-to-use, inexpensive and healthy dessert ingredient.
- 1 cup cooked rice (with or without raisins)
- 1 pt milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 eggs
Scald milk and pour over lightly beaten eggs. Add sugar, salt, vanilla and cooked rice. Place pudding dish in a pan of hot water and bake until custard is set. (Manitoba Agricultural College)
- 1/4 cup milk
- sugar or syrup to taste
Pour into buttered pudding dish, place in a pan of hot water and bake 3 or 4 hours in a slow oven. Stir frequently until pudding is nearly cooked then brown slightly. (Macdonald Institute, Guelph, Ontario)
- 1/2 cup rice
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups milk
Pick over and wash rice, add slowly to boiling salted water. Boil uncovered 5 minutes, cover, place over boiling water and cook without disturbing until soft. All water should be absorbed and the kernels quite separate. Serve with milk and brown suugar, (Macdonald Institute, Guelph)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 tsp salt - scant
- 1/4 cup rice - scant
The Economical Kitchen
Having food storage is one thing. Using it is another. The same can be said of emergency preparedness. Being prepared is good. Knowing how to use what you have set aside in preparation is equally important.
"The Economical Kitchen" will, however, at least to begin with, concetrate on the food storage side of things.
In fact, we at Storeitfoods.com are turning to the Great Depression for resource material. Why the Great Depression? Well, this was a time when, for a great many people, dollars were extremely hard to come by. Purchasing even the most basic of kitchen commodities might be considered a major expenditure for many families. Buying table salt or a bag of flour was not done on a whim. Pennies were saved, budgets were made, and such purchases were made only after careful consideration.
Consequently, householders, when planning meals, attempted to provide nourishing, tasty dishes that could be made with a minimum amout of waste and using a minimum amount of ingredients. Exotic spices, even if they might be available at the nearby "Piggly Wiggly"* or some other local grocery store, were passed over in favor of the more common. Your own garden produce, carefully grown, was used fresh or stored for future use. Home preserves were common. Store bought canned goods, if you had funds enough to afford them, inexpensive though they were, were also basic in many recipes. If the time comes when we have to place a great dependance upon our own food storage, then such simple, nourishing meals might be "just what the doctor ordered."
It should be noted, though, that these recipes originated in a time when stoves themselves were often very basic. Wood or coal burners were still common, with gas and electric ranges, not unknown, but more of a rarity. It would not be unusual for temperature regulators or timers to be lacking. That meant recipe providers did not bother much with cooking times, heat settings or other such guidelines. You were expected to know what a "hot oven" meant and act accordingly. Thus, today's home chef might have to resort to some experimenting, and may wish to make reference to past experience or more modern recipes that requited more elabourate preparations but were for similar dishes., and do include instructions for cooking times and oven temperatures.
* Piggly Wiggly has been bringing home the bacon for millions of American families since 1916.
To begin with, let us share with you a couple of rice based main courses:
Wash rice and boil in salted water. Drain and add to the tomatoes. Cook 10 minutes. Add grated cheese and heat till it melts. Serve at once. (Manitoba Agricultural College)
- 1 cup rice
- 1/2 tin tomatoes
- 1/2 cup cheese
- 1 tsp salt
Wash rice and boil in salted water. Drain and add all of the other ingredients. Cook about 10 minutes and serve at once. (Manitoba Agricultural College)
Note: These two recipes and many of the others which may follow in future blog entries originated with a small publication, Menus and Budgets for Economy Buying and Cooking, published by the Canadian Welfare Council.
- 1 c. rice
- 1 small onion (chopped)
- 1/2 tin tomatoes
- 2 tbsp shortening
- 1 c. left over meat
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