Sunday, July 31, 2011

I Must Be Crazy!

So I bit the bullet and decided to agree to be a guest on a blog radio show for preparedness. It's called the "Doctor Prepper Show" - so cute right?! Anyway, it's a live show so I'm pretty nervous but I figure I'm only talking about what I know so it should be fine. Plus, I usually jump at any chance to help people become more prepared.
If you want to listen in, the show will be at 11am PST on Tuesday August 2nd. You can listen in at this link. If you listen live you can call in with questions. If you can't make it for the live show you can listen to the recorded version later.
Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My Food Storage Cookbook

Anyone that has followed my blog at all knows that my whole adventure had just one purpose - figure out how to actually live off food storage. The hardest part of that was finding recipes that call for just food storage.

Well, that job just got a whole lot easier! My good friend just started a blog called MyFoodStorageCookbook where she lists hundreds of food storage only recipes that she has tried. She also introduces her recipe system that she uses to keep it all rotated and to ensure that her family has something different to eat every single day for a whole year if they had to live off their storage. AMAZING!

I encourage you to take a look.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Powdered Peanut Butter

Did you know that peanut butter does not have a long shelf life? I didn't. Duh. You would think the fact that it's practically swimming in oils would have clued me in but no. I bought a whole years worth before I realized I had a problem.

It really is a tragedy. Peanut butter is beautiful on so many levels. First it's a good protein source, it's also a great thickener, it's delicious, and in a pinch it really will satisfy a sweet tooth if you have nothing else. But alas, I have to move on to peanut butter plan B.

So I purchase some powdered peanut butter. Not my idea of fun, but then neither is living without peanut butter. I found a company that seemed very excited about their product AND they would let me purchase just a small trial package - BONUS! I love that some companies are doing that now. No more buying a #10 can of something just to try it and find you hate it.
However, if you are ready to take the plunge and get a whole jar of it, you can also find it at Amazon, which is very convenient because I pretty much shop there weekly......

Anyway, they actually have different flavors of peanut butter, one of which is CHOCOLATE peanut butter. Seriously. I would never kid about chocolate for food storage. Of course I bought a trial package of that too.

So here is the run down. Instructions say it is 2 parts PB powder to one part water. I tried that and the flavor was actually really good, however the consistency was a bit off. So next I tried half/half water and oil with the PB powder. That made the consistency better, but now the flavor was off.

In the end I decided that it is better with just the water. I can live with a slightly different consistency. Plus I'm imagining 1,000 beautiful uses for chocolate peanut butter in food storage :)

The shelf life of powdered peanut butter is not fabulous, just 12 months, but that is probably because there are no preservatives in it. The only ingredients are roasted peanuts, sugar, and salt. It's a solid alternative to regular peanut butter but it will have to be rotated regularly.