Monday, December 8, 2008

Weekly Storage Items Trip 12/06

Here's what I bought this week at Walmart:
4 cans 98% Fat Free Cream Of Chicken Soup $0.98 each
Final Price $3.92
2 cans evaporated milk on sale $0.98 each
Used $.50 off 2 coupon from Sunday Insert
Final Price $1.46 for 2
4 2 packs AA Rayovac Batteries $0.94
Used 2 $1/2 Rayovac Alkaline or Hearing Aid Batteries, exp. 2-28-09 (SS 11/23/08)
Final Price $1.76 for 4 packs
2 Tide Trial size Detergents $0.97 each
Used 2 $1/1 Tide, any size, exp. 12-31-08 (P&G 11/30/08)
Final Price Free and $0.06 overage
These are meant to be used in the sink so those make a great storage item!
3 Johnson and Johnson Trial Size First Aid Kits- $0.97 each
Final Price Free after coupon and $0.09 overage (Was able to get 3 with coupon)
Total Spent for Weekly Storage Items: $6.99
I went over my $5.00 a week budget but I bought some things that were a good deal with sales and coupons so I don't feel bad about goin over $1.99.
Note: Remember that Walmart prices are not Nationwide, but they should be similar in your area.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Making Pancake Syrup From Food Storage

The other day I ran out of pancake syrup. I had all of the ingredients on hand to whip this up. Everyone of these items can be found in my food storage. I just refilled the old pancake syrup container. Easy!

Homemade Maple Syrup
4 cups white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 cups water
2 teaspoons maple flavoring (or vanilla)
Mix the water and sugars in a pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the flavoring. Cool and pour into container. You do not need to refrigerate the syrup.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Recipes Using Powdered Milk

It is really hard for me to buy powdered milk because I just don't think I will ever use it. Now with these recipes, I can feel a little easier about buying it and storing it.

Evaporated Milk
To make evaporated milk, mix 1 C water with 2/3 C powdered milk.

Sweetened Condensed Milk
To make sweetened condensed milk, mix
½ C very hot water
1 C powdered milk
1 C sugar
1 T butter
Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar & powdered milk.

For a decadent treat, make sweetened condensed milk (above) and stir in a 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips. Chill, then shape into balls (a melon baller works nicely).

Chocolate Milk (1/2 gallon):
Mix together
8 C water
2½ C powdered milk
1/8 C cocoa
1/4 to ½ C sugar
pinch of salt (optional)
a few drops of vanilla (optional)
I like to mix this in a half-gallon jug, which is small enough for kids to handle. If you want, you can mix together just the dry ingredients and use as hot chocolate mix (about 1/3 C mix to 1 C water).

Purple Cow
Mix reconstituted powdered milk and grape juice half and half. A good way to give kids grape juice, since when it's mixed with the milk, it doesn't stain like regular grape juice does.

Peanut Butter Balls (from the TightWad Gazette)
Mix together
½ C honey
½ C peanut butter
1 C powdered milk
Form into balls (a melon baller works well).

Home-made Yogurt
One of the very best ways to use powdered milk is to make yogurt. This is fast, easy, and inexpensive. (It takes 5-10 minutes to start a batch of yogurt. A pint of plain yogurt runs about $1.39; a pint of homemade yogurt costs about 30 cents). There are lots of ways to make yogurt. Here is one basic method (makes one quart). You'll need some plain yogurt with active cultures for the "starter;" a thermometer; and a way to incubate the yogurt.
Mix together 4 C water and 2 C powdered milk.
Heat in the microwave about 2 minutes. Take out and let sit until the temperature reaches about 120 degrees. Mix in 1 heaping T of plain yogurt (mix thoroughly). Pour into a container and cover. Now let the yogurt incubate until it sets up. You can use a commercial yogurt maker; a heating pad set to low, with a large pot inverted over top your yogurt; or even the pilot light on an oven. The important thing is to keep the yogurt at a constant temperature of 100-120 degrees for from 4-8 hrs.
When you use the yogurt, reserve a little to start the next batch.
Note: You can freeze yogurt starter. Just spoon into ice-cube trays, then store the yogurt ice-cubes in the freezer. Thaw 1 cube (don't microwave) for a batch of yogurt, and use as usual.

Time to Start!

This blog was created to help me with my goal for 2009 of building up our family food storage. (I'll be writing out my goal on this blog as it gets closer to the first of the year.) I have had a lot of personal lately that we need to be more prepared. Last year my goal was to lose weight and I started a blog and that really seemed to help me reach my goals. This coming year, I plan to do the same. I want to use this blog to help others, who may be like me without a lot of money, to create a food storage and disaster kit to be prepared. Come along with me on my journey this year and let's help each other.