May 8, 2012

Participate in My Food Storage Poll

For the next several months, you will see a food storage poll on the side of my blog. Do you see it? I want to know the challenges you're having with food storage. You may select multiple answers. Your answers will help me with my book. My readers are an important part of the process.

As I typed up this poll a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. I definitively don't have it all together like all of you think I do, but I no longer feel a food storage burden. It's my life. Now don't think I'm bragging. Just reflecting. I don't always cook from scratch. And yes, we do eat out more than we should, because we're getting old. However, I love knowing I use food storage every day!

I think some of you get hung up on long-term foods (wheat, rice, beans, etc.) rather than focusing on how you do use food storage every day. Give yourself some brownie points for the days you use a shelf-stable food.

Since seeing is believing, below are our dinner menus for this week. Believe me, I don't make menus every week. But I want to help you see food storage at work. So I highlighted food storage items in red.

MONDAY (Busy Night - piano lessons, FHE)
Pork chops (Definitely not shelf-stable!)
Pasta salad (Bow-tie pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, shredded cheese, olives)
Corn bread muffins with honey (Corn bread mix; just add water and honey)

TUESDAY (Busy Night - tumbling, senior pics)
Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce (AM Prep - canned tomatoes, tomato paste, ground beef, dehydrated onion, spices)
Corn on the cob (yum!)
Cantaloupe
Wheat rolls

WEDNESDAY (Busy Night - track meet, Mutual)
Chicken-Tortilla casserole (AM prep - tortillas, canned chicken, low-fat cream of chicken and mushroom soups, milk, jar salsa, dehydrated onion, shredded cheese)
Fresh salsa and tortilla chips (Quick in my food processor)
Fruit salad (AM prep - Cool Whip, banana, mandarin oranges, canned peaches, apple, shredded coconut)

THURSDAY (Busy Night - cub scouts, piano recital, track meet)
Chicken stew (AM crock-pot prep - potatoes, canned chicken or fresh chicken, canned green beans, canned carrots, low-fat cream of mushroom soup, dehydrated onion, spices)
Bread and butter

FRIDAY
Going out with friends to the temple and eating in the cafeteria. Kids are on their own.

SATURDAY
Have no idea! :-) I'm already tired from this busy week.

SUNDAY
Mother's Day!
Roast w/gravy (AM crock-pot prep - Roast, potatoes, carrots, fresh onions, spices)
Whole wheat rolls (AM prep in bread machine and rise - wheat flour, yeast, butter, powdered eggs or fresh, sugar, dry milk, salt)
I will request something yummy and chocolate. :-)

Look at what's in the pantry:

Short-Term Foods (3 months to 19 years)
Tortilla chips
Bow-tie pasta
Chicken, canned
Olives, can
Green beans, canned
Carrots, canned
Tomatoes, canned
Tomato paste
Salsa, jar
Cream of chicken soup
Cream of mushroom soup
Mandarin oranges, canned
Peaches, canned
Cornbread mix
Dehydrated onions
Powdered eggs
Dry milk
Spices
Salt
Yeast

Long-Term Foods (shelf-life 20+ years)
Honey
Wheat flour
Sugar

P.S. Don't forget to take the poll. Thanks!

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