Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Using Old Food Storage
Shelf Life of Dehydrated, semi-perishable food stored in cans below 70 degrees: Approximately 5 years.
Shelf Life of Perishable Foods (not dehydrated such as bottled fruits): Best if eaten within 2 years.
Ideas for Using Old Food Storage:
Old Flour: Make pumpkin bread. The loaves may be shriveled, shrunken & crumble more easily but the taste is far better than plain white bread.
Old Powdered Milk: Can be mixed into a pudding recipe.
Old Brown Rice: Can be made into Spanish Rice.
The best thing to do is just experiment. Be creative in cooking to disguise the taste, smell and flatness of old food storage.
USE EXTREME CAUTION. Don't use bloated cans or cans that have been exposed to extreme temperatures.
Recipes Using Old Canned Fruit:
DRIED FRUIT LEATHER
Drain the juice from the bottle, put the fruit in a blender, puree thoroughly. If fruit is dark, add 1/4 C of crushed pineapple. This restores the color right before your eyes. Line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap. Anchor edges with masking tape so plastic will not flop over puree. Pour puree evenly over plastic (about 2 C per cookie sheet) and set in the sun to dry, or in a hot car, or in a dehydrator. The fruit leather is finished when you can pull if off the plastic leaving no residue. Fruit that is five or six years old may be used and the resulting product is still delicious.
2 C Fruit (pureed old fruit) or applesauce, pineapple, cherries
2 Tbsp Margarine
1/2 to 3/4 box of cake mix (yellow or white is best)
Put fruit in a bowl, add margarine and stir. Add the cake mix and gently stir (lumps in the mixture are fine). Pour into a lightly greased 10X10 inch glass pan. Microwave at full power for 5 minutes. Turn, then microwave for 2 more minutes. Best when served with ice cream.
3 1/2 C pureed fruit
1 10-oz. package moist flaked coconut
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c sugar
4 C Flour
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Soda
Combine all ingredients in order given. Bake one hour at 325 degrees in two greased loaf pans.
2 C canned fruit with juice
3/4 C Non-instant milk or 1 1/3 C instant milk
1 to 2 drops almost flavoring or 1 Tbsp lemon juice
Blend in the blender until smooth. Add 1/2 tray of ice cups and blend until thick.
Variations: Use 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream in place of the ice.
1/2 C White Sugar
1/2 C Brown Sugar
2 C Sifted Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Soda
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1 C Vegetable Oil
2 C Drained Old Fruit, Blended
1/2 C Each Raisins and Nuts
Combine sugar, flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and spices together and set aside. Beat eggs and salad oil until creamy. Add drained fruit and dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Add nuts and raisins. Bake in 11X7 oblong cake pan or 10X10 square pan at 350 degrees for 30 minuets. Cake is rich enough without frosting.
2/3 C Sugar
1/3 C Shortening
1/4 C Honey
1 C Milk
2 C Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1/2 C Drained Canned Fruit, Chopped
Cream sugar and shortening together. Add egg and mix well. Add honey and milk, taking care to scrape the bowl often. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix at low speed just until blended. Fold in drained fruit. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
1/2 Cube Soft Margarine
1/2 C Sugar
1 C Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 C Milk
Combine and place in the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Spoon 1 quart of your choice of fruit. Sprinkle with sugar then pour juice over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
1 quart bottle of any canned fruit (juice and fruit)
4 tsp baking soda
1 C oil
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
Set aside 1/4 c fruit juice for glaze. Partially blend the fruit and juice, leaving some pieces of fruit. Add the baking soda to the blended fruit. This mixture will bubble. Stir 1 cup oil and 1 1/2 c sugar into the bubbling fruit mixture. Mix in cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add the flour (nuts and raisins may be add if desired) Pour batter into a well greased and floured cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-35 minutes or until done. (Inserted toothpick will come out clean.) Top with glaze made from 1/4 c fruit juice, powdered sugar and margarine.
Source: Emergency Essentials, "Don't Dump Old Food Storage-Be Creative" www.beprepared.com/Articles/dont.html
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“We have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster. But the real storehouse is the family storeroom. In words of revelation the Lord has said, ‘Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing’ (D&C 109:8.)”
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"We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming. And the preparation most likely to be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult--the spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value.
"We are living in the prophesied time 'when peace shall be taken from the earth' (D&C 1:35,) when 'all things shall be in commotion' and 'men's hearts shall fail them' (D&C 88:91.) There are many temporal causes of commotion, including wars and natural disasters, but an even greater cause of current 'commotion' is spiritual." Elder Dallin H. Oaks
“Every father and mother are the family’s store keepers. They should store whatever their family would like to have in case of an emergency…(and) God will sustain us through our trials.” President James E. Faust
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"Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food. . . and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year's supply of debt and are food free." President Thomas S. Monson
"Just as it is important to prepare ourselves spiritually, we must also prepare ourselves for our temporal needs. … We have been instructed for years to follow at least four requirements in preparing for that which is to come.
“First, gain an adequate education. Learn a trade or a profession to enable you to obtain steady employment that will provide remuneration sufficient to care for yourself and your family. …
“Second, live strictly within your income and save something for a rainy day. Incorporate in your lives the discipline of budgeting that which the Lord has blessed you with. As regularly as you pay your tithing, set aside an amount needed for future family requirements. …
“Third, avoid excessive debt. Necessary debt should be incurred only after careful, thoughtful prayer and after obtaining the best possible advice. We need the discipline to stay well within our ability to pay. …
“Fourth, acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life [if local laws permit such storage]. Obtain clothing and build a savings account on a sensible, well-planned basis that can serve well in times of emergency. As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness.” - Elder L. Tom Perry, October 1995 General Conference
“Maintain a year's supply. The Lord has urged that his people save for the rainy days, prepare for the difficult times, and put away for emergencies, a year's supply or more of bare necessities so that when comes the flood, the earthquake, the famine, the hurricane, the storms of life, our families can be sustained through the dark days. How many of us have complied with this? We strive with the Lord, finding many excuses: We do not have room for storage. The food spoils. We do not have the funds to do it. We do not like these common foods. It is not needed -- there will always be someone to help in trouble. The government will come to the rescue. And some intend to obey but procrastinate.” - The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.375
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"The foolish asked the others to share their oil, but spiritual preparedness cannot be shared in an instant. . . . This was not selfishness or unkindness. The kind of oil that is needed to illuminate the way and light up the darkness is not shareable. . . . In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living." - President Spencer W. Kimball
“We encourage families to have on hand this year’s supply; we say it over and over and over and repeat over and over the scripture of the Lord where he says, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” How empty it is as they put their spirituality, so-called, into action and call him by his important names, but fail to do the things which he says." - President Spencer W. Kimball