Welcome to Foodie Friday, snow day edition!
This feature will be chock-full of all things food related: news, preservation, and delicious real food recipes. As always, I really hope you’ll share your links and ideas in the comments below. As well, we’ll have a question of the week on each Foodie Friday post.
How are you going to use the ingredients in your food stockpile? If you are new to preparedness or using the pantry principle to save money, check out The Prepper’s Cookbook. It’s loaded with ways to use up your beans and rice, tuna, and dehydrated foods.
Do you have a grain-free kitchen? More and more people are going lower-carb and reducing their consumption of grains. I got Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple for Christmas and I absolutely love it. Since my family is not Paleo, specifically, I adapt the recipes that use alternative milks to use the raw milk I have at my disposal.
Foodie Friday News
GMO Potatoes will soon be on the market. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll soon have another genetically modified food to dodge. The USDA and the FDA have put their stamps of approval on a new spud, modified so that it doesn’t brown or bruise. The potato was engineered for use in fast food restaurants and potato chips. Thus far, there is no evidence that these taters are in your local supermarket, but I have little doubt they’ll soon appear in a processed food aisle near you.
Imported shrimp raised on pig feces approved for American consumers. Remember the outcry recently when Congress decided we had no right to know the country of origin for meat sold in American grocery stores? Well, here’s another reason you might want to know where your food is coming from. Just approved for our consumption is a special shrimp from Vietnam. The shrimp are fed a diet of pig poop, then tossed into tubs of ice made from water so dirty that the local government advises consumers to boil it before drinking it. Then, the shrimp are packaged and sent here to us. Bon appetit.
Has your favorite food brand sold out? It seems like there are a million different brands at the grocery store, but the sad fact is, many of the brands you find out there are simply different labels from a handful of parent corporations. Check out this article to see if your favorite brand is part of a conglomeration that may lobby against GMO labeling (because they use GMOs) or have otherwise questionable business ethics.
What’s better than a piping hot bowl of stew in the winter? You don’t have to get a grocery store can of soup with questionable ingredients to enjoy stew as quickly as you can heat it up in a pot. Learn to can your own, using healthful ingredients you know you can trust. One of our family favorites is home-canned Hungarian Goulash. Check out the easy instructions here. (This recipe is from my book, The Organic Canner.)
Does a big canning marathon seem overwhelming? I love canning but it can be time-consuming, messy, and a whole lot of work! Here are 15 sneaky tricks to make a canning marathon go a lot more smoothly.
Here’s a quick, thrifty way to add shelf stable veggies to your stockpile. Many preparedness pantries are lacking a sufficient supply of vegetables. The freeze-dried ones can be prohibitively expensive. This time of year, many frozen vegetables go on sale at the grocery store, but in a power outage, those would be at risk within a day. The solution? Dehydrate frozen veggies that you pick up at the store. Here’s how.
What to Eat This Week
What should you eat if the power goes out? With a huge storm bearing down on the Eastern United States, it’s a good bet that some folks will lose power. If you don’t have a back-up cooking method, you’re going to want food that you can eat immediately, without the need for cooking. Here’s a list of some of our favorite no-cook foods.
After playing in the snow, warm up with rich homemade hot cocoa. Don’t touch those little packets. Making hot cocoa from scratch only takes a couple of extra steps. This recipe is positively decadent and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand. (You can substitute whatever mik and sugar that you use in your home.)
Or, make fancy coffee. If you’re like me, coffee is your favorite cold weather beverage. But please, skip the unhealthy grocery store creamers. Instead, be your own barista and make one of these 25 tasty and non-toxic homemade creamers.
Have you made homemade noodles yet? If not, you’re totally missing out. Not only are they absolutely delicious, but when you make them yourself, you’re guaranteed to have food with wholesome ingredients. Here’s an easy 4 ingredient recipe with flour and this one is a gluten free recipe without all of the weird gums.
Do you have a bread recipe that uses only food storage ingredients? In the event you can’t get to the store for a while, it’s important to have recipes that use the shelf-stable ingredients that you have on hand. This incredibly easy, mouthwatering artisan bread uses only 5 common pantry ingredients. For diabetics or others who are avoiding grains, here’s a unique and easy grain-free bread recipe – you’ll want to stock up on the supplies to make this one!
It’s a homemade stew kind of weekend. Wherever you happen to be this weekend, it looks like the weather will range anywhere from chilly to downright BRRRR….this simple real food beef stew will provide a comforting and delicious meal to warm you to your little pink toes. Serve it over homemade noodles or with one of the homemade bread recipes above.
Are you looking for a high quality cocoa for your food storage? Look no further. Check out Frontier’s Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Powder.
Got milk? Unless you have a dairy animal, you may want to store some powdered milk for emergencies. Unfortunately much of the dry milk available is from cows treated with hormones and antibiotics, so it’s important to shop carefully. Food for Liberty offers some very high quality options. They offer a certified hormone-free choice as well as a premium organic one, depending on your budget. Both are offered in larger quantities at better prices, too.
Foodie Friday Sound-off: What is your favorite cold-weather meal?
This week’s Foodie Friday question: When the snow flies and the mercury drops, what is your favorite thing to make to warm up your family?
Somehow, an entire dozen muffins vanished at my house during the night, and I’m not sure if it was teenagers or the dog, so it looks like I’ll be doing some more baking in a few minutes. Are you doing some scratch cooking or food preserving this week?
Dish with me in the comments below!