Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Cooking with Basic Food Storage: Dried Apple Recipes
Dried apples are an excellent snack right out of the can. To reconstitute, use equal parts of dried apples to boiling water. For example: 2 cups dried apples, 2 cups boiling water. Let stand at least 5 minutes and voila! You have apples!
If you put this mixture through the blender, you will have applesauce. For variety add 3 tbsp. cinnamon heart candy to the mixture before you let it set or try some cinnamon and sugar mixture in it.
Stewed Apples and Raisins
1 c dried apples
Cover with 4 c boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes in a sauce pan.
Add 1 c raisins and simmer until tender. You may wish to sweeten this with brown sugar. This could also be thickened with flour or tapioca and placed in a pie shell.
Dutch Apple Pie
One pie crust
2 c dried appples firmly packed
2 c boiling water
Pour over apples and let set for 5 minutes
1/3 c sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. four
Add to the apple mix and continue cooking until thick. Stir constantly to prevent scorching. Pour mixture into pie shell and dot with 1 tbsp. butter.
1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 c flour
1/4 c butter
Cut in till crumbly. Sprinkle over the apple mixture and place in 350 degree oven for 55 minutes.
2 1/4 c dried apples, break into small pieces approximately 1/3 inch by 1/3 inch. Do not grate as you don't want to look like applesauce when cooked.
Pour 2 c boiling water over apples and let sit at least 5 minutes in a 2 qt. saucepan.
Add 2 c sugar to this mixture and bring to a boil over medium heat. Make sure you are stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Boil for 1 minute.
Turn the heat to simmer and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. While this mixture simmer, put 5 tbsp. cold water into a small bwol and add 3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin. Chop a cup of walnuts and grease a square pan. At the end of the 30 minutes, turn off the heat and add the gelatin to the apple mixture and stir until it is dissolved. Add 1 tbsp. vanilla and the cup of chopped walnuts, stir well and pour into the greased pan. Let cool for 2 hours. Cut into squares, roll in powdered sugar to coat and let set a while before wrapping in plastic wrap. These will store up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
Apple Filled Cookies
Chop or break 2 c dried apples into small pieces. DO NOT RECONSTITUTE as in previous recipes. Place in a saucepan then add:
3/4 c water
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c chopped nuts
1 tbsp flour
Cook together slowly, stir constantly to prevent scorching until thick. Cool dough.
1 c butter
1 3/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp soda
Blend in :
3 1/2 c flour (wheat or white)
Drop by by teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Make a depression in the middle of each drop and place filling in the depression and then place 1/2 tsp. dough on top of filling. Bake at 350 degrees about 12 minutes.
Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies
1 c shortening
2 c sugar
2 c applesauce (2 c dried apples, 2 c boiling water, let stand for 5 minutes)
Add and mix well:
2 tsp soda
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
3 1/2 c flour
2 c oatmeal
1 c chopped nuts (optional)
1 c chocolate chips (optional)
1 c raisins (optional)
Mix well and drop by spoonfuls on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees 10-12 minutes.
Apple Brown Betty
Pour 2 c boiling water over 4 cups dried apples. Let stand at least 5 minutes.
Topping: Mix the following ingredients well:
1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c oatmeal
1/4 c brown sugar
Then cut in 1/4 c butter
Place the apples and liquid remaining in a greased 9 x 9 pan. Sprinkle the topping over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
Apple Pie Filling
1 2/3 c dry apple slices
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 c water
2/3 c sugar
2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Mix all dry ingredients together, then add water and mix well. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. If baking a pie, preheat oven to 425 degrees, place in oven and bake 40 minutes or until golden brwon in pastry shell. (May use peeled and sliced fresh apples--enough to fill pie crust.)
Apple Crisp (with Pie Filling)
Put pie filling in a greased square pan. Mix together:
1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 c butter
1/4 c rolled oats or oatmeal
Mix together thoroughly and spread over pie filling. Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.
"Many areas of the world have experienced difficult economic times. Businesses have failed, jobs have been lost, and investments have been jeopardized. We must make certain that those for whom we share responsibility do not go hungry or unclothed or unsheltered. When the priesthood of this Church works together as one in meeting these vexing conditions, near miracles take place.
"We urge all Latter-day Saints to be prudent in their planning, to be conservative in their living, and to avoid excessive or unnecessary debt."
- President Thomas S. Monson, October 2008 Priesthood Session, General Conference
"Avoid the philosophy that yesterday's luxuries have become today's necessities. They aren't necessities until we make them so. Many enter into long-term debt only to find that changes occur; people become ill or incapacitated, companies fail or downsize, jobs are lost, natural disasters befall us. For many reasons, payments on large amounts of debt can no longer be made. Our debt becomes as a Damocles sword hanging over our heads and threatening to destroy us."
- President Thomas S. Monson, April 2006 General Conference
“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.)”
President Gordon B. Hinckley
"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
“We live in a most exciting and challenging period in human history. As technology sweeps through every facet of our lives, changes are occurring so rapidly that it can be difficult for us to keep our lives in balance. To maintain some semblance of stability in our lives, it is essential that we plan for our future. I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received in dealing with our personal and family preparedness. We want to be found with oil in our lamps sufficient to endure to the end.”- Elder L. Tom Perry, Ensign, Nov. 1995
"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
“All too often a family's spending is governed more by their yearning than by their earning. They somehow believe that their life will be better if they surround themselves with an abundance of things. All too often all they are left with is avoidable anxiety and distress” - Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
"Be prepared in all things against the day when tribulations and desolations are sent forth upon the wicked." D&C 29:8
"Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not aquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them." President Ezra Taft Benson
"Fear not little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. . .Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." D&C 6:34, 36
"I believe that the Ten Virgins represent the people of the Church of Jesus Christ. . . They (five foolish) had the saving, exalting gospel, but it had not been made the center of their lives. They knew the way but gave only a small measure of loyalty and devotion.
"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