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Finished MIJ ChiliI am married to a Texan.  A few things I learned to cook when we were married was bbq brisket, bbq beans and chili.  He really is a chili snob.  So I felt really challenged when I set out to make a dry version from the ingredients we have in our food storage.  After all, preparing for hard times is being affected as little as possible.  Having your favorite foods will make the hard times much easier and healthier to face.  It took a few tweaks, but I put a recipe together that he is very happy with and is regularly rotating into my menu.

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Add and adjust your personal preference in spices. Sprinkling a dash of red pepper will add some heat

As with any meal in a jar, they are quite pretty sitting in my glass front, antique cupboard.  But I have to say, these make adorable gifts, too.  I have given away many and always get great reviews.  With a decorative tag where you write or print the cooking instructions on and a mini-bottle of tabasco, they are a fun gift to give and look even more pretty in your cupboards.

For more information on freeze-dried food, I have put information in this document to answer questions you may have.   Meal In A Jar Newsletter.  For safely preparing your jars, I have put together this document  Prepping Jars

Chili Meal In A Jar
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: American/Mexican
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
Layer your ingredients in the order listed. You may have to lightly pound you jar on your countertop to get the ingredients to settle and fit in your 1 quart jar. If you have a vacuum seal system, use the attachment to draw out all the air. If you do not have one, you will need to add a 100cc oxygen absorber which will draw out any air.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Mix
  • 1 Tbsp Beef Bouillon
  • 1 Cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
  • 2/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Sausage Crumbles
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Onions
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Mixed Bell Peppers
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Celery
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Green Chili Peppers
Instructions
  1. Bring 8-10 cups of water to boil. Empty ingredients into the boiling water and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Adjust salt, pepper and preferred spices to taste
  3. If you like chili mac, simply reduce the amount of instant beans and replace with the pasta of our choice. Or you can simply add pasta when you cook this meal.

 

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garden-feb-lgLike me, so many of us are diligently planning our spring gardens.  We start our pen-to-paper plans, gather supplies to start our precious seeds, and wait for the weather to turn so we might start working and preparing our beds.  But in this idle time we have waiting, you really should be considering inventorying your canning supplies and planning your crop based on your families  need.

GETTING YOUR SUPPLIES IN ORDER

 

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It’s a good time to calculate how many jars of pickles, cans of jelly and jam your family typically needs to get you through winter months.  I learned this winter that I hadn’t actually canned enough dills to carry me through.  Same was for our tomatoes.  I’m down to only a few jars of my tomato’s and sauce not having realized how much our family of four would actually go through.  I’m a good canner, but my math needs to be honed.

I am now in the process of figuring out how many canning jars and sizes I have vs. what I will need.  Same for lids.  Since I have to replace dozens of lids, I have opted to invest in reusable Tattler lids after having decided they work beautifully and will save me money in the long run.  Another consideration I made was, as a committed prepper, I believe material may be hard to come by.  Having to replace my lids every time I can and believing there is even a remote possibility that they may be hard to come by would defeat all my seasonal garden planning.

How many quart jars did I use last year and how many more I need this year was a big question.  How much jelly or jam will I put up?  How much applesauce or peaches will I need?  Obviously, I could never lay out a formula for you, but you really should start planning and pre-planning.   And buying your canning supplies now, before the season hits will save you money.  Last season I found myself running around looking and buying jars when the prices were their highest.  Buy them out-of-season to get the best price.

HERBs, SPICEs AND OTHER INGREDIENTS

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Salt, sugar and spices will also be needed.  Will you be planting the herbs you will need to can your harvest?  Dill is one that is vital to me.  Italian herbs are as important.

RESOURCEs AND OTHER EQUIPMENT

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You may, like me, wish to scan all your recipes and determine which ingredients you can grow and what you will need to purchase.  Start planning now, watch for sales on items you will need to purchase and be sure to stock up on it when it’s most feasible.  And your canning books are as important as anything.  A few of the VERY best I could recommend are:

Ball Canning Book

Ball Complete Book Of Home Preserving

Canning is just one aspect to preserving your food.  Dehydrating is another.  Do you have a dehydrator?  You can look on Craigslist or garage sales to find one, but if you are seriously planning on building a food supply, you really need to invest in one.  And because dehydrating is sometimes much more than slicing and drying, you will want a great cookbook.  The best on the market (by many standards and reviews) is Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook.

The same is true for a vacuum seal system.  I use and would recommend the FoodSaver which is a workhorse.  I use it nearly every day and much more in the summer months.   All these appliances which allows you to protect and preserve your food may not pay for themselves this season, but they will pay for themselves over time.

LONG TERM STORAGE

Also, if you plan on putting some of your foods into long-term storage, you will need oxygen absorbers and mylar bags.  Start asking your bakery and deli department for 5 gallon buckets now. You may also wish to purchase moisture absorbers as an added line of protection for your food.  You will need these if you plan to store food.  Many local businesses will give them away or sell them for $1 each.  But, be sure you get food-grade buckets.  You may also wish to invest in high quality gamma lids.

 

 

 

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IMG_0286I recently posted the recipe for the sourdough starter I made.  It turned out very, very good.  So of course, I needed to jump right in and start making sourdough bread.  I searched high and low and happened across a recipe to make it in my Emeril’s bread machine.  I was a bit skeptic, but it obviously turned out really good.  Otherwise, I would not be posting it.

Honing skills for making bread it a very important to overall preparedness.  Self-reliance and saving money is what I am all about.  Learning these skills now, before SHTF, will only serve you and your family well when the time comes that you have no choice but to make your own.

Sourdough Bread Ingredients

These simple ingredients (which you likely have) is all it takes, and the machine does all the work!

Yeast, Sugar, Salt

The quality of ingredients are important.  I used Pink Himalayan Salt, raw sugar and bread maker yeast.

Dry Ingredients

I started by dumping 1 cup of flour, the sugar, salt and yeast into the machine and allowed it to mix up a bit.  Here, I have begun the cycle and the machine paddles are running.

Warm Milk

Slowing adding the sourdough starter, warm milk and soft butter to the dry ingredients.  This looks quite wet, but keep going. Next you will add the rest of the flour (2 1/2 cups).

Kneading

At this stage, I added the remaining flour (2 1/2 cups). The kneading is working and you can see how it is looking quite normal.  It is a dry dough.  There were crumbles separate from the mass.  I just pressed it all together and allowed it to finish.  Close the lid and allow your bread machine to finish the work.

NOTE:  Be sure to remove the paddles as soon as it’s done with kneading.  They are a bugger to get out of baked bread!

Sourdough Loaf

Allow your machine to run the complete cycle being sure to set it on dark crust setting.  You can see here, it turns out a beautiful, golden brown.  Remove it from the machine and cool on a wire rack.  But admittedly, we cut right into it.  Superb!

If you don’t have a bread machine or prefer to bake it in your oven, here is how to do that.

Combine your ingredients using exactly the same method and in the order listed for the machine version.  Once all the ingredients are combined, durn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes.

Place dough in an oiled bowl, making sure to turn it to oil all surfaces.  Allow it to rise for 1 hour.

Punch down and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.  Now shape it into a load and place in a greased 2 pound loaf pan. Allow it to rise again for another hour.

Bake at 375* for 30 minutes.

Sourdough Bread . . . Bread Machine
Recipe Type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Author: PrepperPenny via Unsophisticook
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
This recipe is simple, delicious and works in a bread machine or conventional oven.
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tbps Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp Dry Active Yeast
  • 3/4 Cups Warm Milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Softened Butter
  • 1 Cup Sourdough Starter
Instructions
  1. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast to your bread pan. If your bread machine has a warming cycle, turn it off and start a basic bread cycle to stir these ingredients together. Set your machine for a 2 pound, dark crust loaf.
  2. Slowly add warm milk, softened butter and sourdough starter (in this order)
  3. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups of flour slowly into wet mixture.
  4. Close the top of the machine and allow it to finish out its’ cycle.
  5. When done, remove load and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
Notes
Oven Directions: Add 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast to a mixing bowl SLowly stir in warm milk, butter and sourdough starter. Mix remaining 2 1/2 cups of flour – slowly – into mixture. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 8-10 minutes Place dough into an oiled bowl, being sure all surfaces get oiled. Allow to rise for 1 hour Punch down and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased 2 pound loaf pan. Allow to rise for another hour. Bake at 375* for 30 minutes or until done.

 

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Sourdough in CrockOne of my favorite books for pioneer recipes is Cookin With Home Storage by Peggy Layton.  I keep this book on my desk, compared to most which are on a bookshelf.  I’m starting some sourdough and thought I would share what I learned in Peggy’s book.

Sourdough Starter – It wasn’t until the Danish people immigrated to Utah that years was brought to raise the breads.  Before then, they made a started which they called “Sourdough.”  It was made by combining flour, salt and enough warm water to make a spongy dough.  This was put in a crock with a loose lid and kept warm for several days, during which time it bubbled and formed it own yeast.  These breads weren’t as light as yeast breads but the wonderful flavor made up for it.  Sourdough was a favorite of the sheepherders in Sanpete County and still is.  It was used for breads, biscuits , and pancakes.

Dehydrating Your Sourdough Start

You can dry your start and store it for later use.  Spread a very thin layer on a piece of plastic wrap.  Dry it in a dehydrator or allow it to air dry.  When one side is dry, turn it over to allow it to dry on that side.  When it is completely dry, break it into pieces and grind it into a powder.  Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.  To re-start it, just add water or milk until you get it back to the original consistency.  When using a reactivated starter, allow it to set at room temperature for 8 hours.

Sourdough Starter
Author: PrepperPenny via Peggy Layton
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Almost any recipe can be changed to use sourdough. To make it work you have to control the leavening and keep the thickness or moisture the same. If the recipe calls for baking powder, leave a teaspoon out. If no but your results are too heavy, put a little baking powder in it. You may need to experiment a little.
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 C Warm Water
  • 2 1/2 C. Flour
  • 1 tsp Active, dry yeast
Instructions
  1. Stir together and allow it to set for 3-5 days in a warm place to ferment.
Notes
Save 1 cup from every batch to add more flour and milk to keep your starter going. Use in pancakes, biscuits and breads!

 

 

 

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Spicy Mustard Ranch Mix

Another spice mix that will be a wonderful addition to your home store.  Use as a salad dressing, veggie dip, chip dip and even as a sauce for a yummy baked chicken dish.

Zingy Mustard Ranch Mix
Recipe Type: Condiment
Author: iVillage.com
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk powder
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 1 Tbs dried chives
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 2 tsp dried whole basil leaves
  • 2 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
Instructions
  1. To make ranch dressing or dip, mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk) with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mix, depending on how strong you like it. This seasoning mix is great as a dry rub for fish or chicken, and you can also sprinkle it on hot buttered popcorn or oven fries.
Notes
Combine and store in an airtight container

 

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teriyaki-sauceHow many dishes do you make that calls for teriyaki sauce?  If you don’t already use this delicious, sweet and spicy condiment, you should look at your chicken or beef at a different angle.  This sauce is one of my families favorites.   This is a great addition to your home store.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Recipe Type: Sauce
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce – Make your own with my recipe linked below
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar – Make your own with my recipe linked below
  • 1 -2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
Instructions
  1. Mix everything EXCEPT cornstarch and 1/4 C of your water in a sauce pan and begin heating.
  2. Mix cornstarch and cold water in a cup and dissolve. Add to sauce in pan.
  3. Heat until sauce thickens to desired thickness.
  4. Add water to thin it if you prefer
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 6 months.

Make your own Soy Sauce.  Get the recipe by clicking here.

Make your own Brown Sugar.  Get the recipe by clicking here.

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PrepperPenny's GranolaBuilding up my home store saves me money, time and allows me to control the ingredients my family is exposed to.  With a 3 year old and 5 year old, cereal is a given.  But who really wants to pour unhealthy, refined sugary food out for them?  Not this nana!  Here is a delicious and healthy alternative that my children love.

Homemade Granola Cereal
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 90 mins
Total time: 1 hour 45 mins
Serves: 15
Avoid refined sugar and eat healthier. Not just for adults, children love this sweet alternative to commercial cereals, too.
Ingredients
  • 10 C. Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 3/4 C. Toasted & Chopped Walnuts or Pecans or combination of both
  • 2 C. Almonds
  • 1 C. Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 C. Canola Oil
  • 1 C. Maple Syrup or Honey or combination of both
  • 1 Tbsp. Mollasses
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract *See recipe to make your own
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • Optional: Dried Fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250*
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl, mix all the liquid ingredients.
  4. Pour liquids into dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated well.
  5. Transfer the combined ingredients into a jelly-roll pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (This is a large batch and will likely take several pans) Spread granola evenly on each pan,
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, stir granola and return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Repeat one more time until they have cooked for a total of 90 minutes.
  7. Turn off your oven but allow them to sit inside the oven overnight. They will harden and become very crisp.
  8. Transfer granola into an airtight container where you can add raisins or other dried fruit of your choice. Dehydrated pineapple is delicious with this recipe.
  9. Stores for 4 weeks in your pantry or in the freezer for 6 months.

 

*See my video on how to make your own Vanilla extract here.

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