Sunday, May 21, 2023

You Tube Secret Giveaway Winner's!


Thank you all who came to visit my channel and participated in the Giveaway. If your a winner please leave me a comment with your name and mailing address on my video (link below). Please know your information will remain private all comments have to be approved by me before they are released to the world. This will verify it's you and your information. I will delete it after I write it down and it will never be released to the community/world no worries. Thank you again!

Drum Roll Please.....

The Winner's are 1. Jessamyn Sheridan 

                             2. Betty Sears

Congratulations go to this video

and leave a comment with your name/mailing address. I will write it down and delete it.


Saturday, May 20, 2023

Real Facts Dry Foods vs Canned in a Emergency


Real Facts Dry Foods vs Canned in a Emergency

Dry Goods vs Canned Friend or Foe

When looking at emergency situations and events there are several things to consider. This is are-post as we see more food shortages, inflation/recession and possible Depression in the future.

 #1 You need Water!!!!! You cannot survive without water.
Now, that water is out of the way. Lets dive in.

                                         Dry Goods
-They can last a long time if properly stored                    
-They can give you energy and nutrition you will need                  
-You can store alot without to much for spoilage
-You can buy them now at a reasonable price.  
-You can trade for other goods              
-You need water hydrate 
-They need time to hydrate
-They need time to cook
-They may need Spices
-You will use more of your cooking heat source to cook
wood,propane, or gas
-You may suffer food fatigue 
-You can't eat it raw

                                      Canned Goods

Cons: Canned goods have a shorter life span compared to dry goods. If not used within a reasonable amount of time they can be comprised (look below Can Safety). You need a can opener.

 Most canned goods need no water. If your stressed out and can't get yourself together. Canned goods will be your friend. They can provide a quick way to eat and not use alot of your heat sources. Some canned foods can be consumed with no heat. Canned goods provide a different flavors that may help in a high stress situation and provide a form or normalcy. 

Having a variety of canned goods is important. Now, remember canned goods with high acidity have a shorter shelf life (tomato sauce, canned fruits, pasta sauces).

You will need to consider your families likes and needs. We have canned soups (various), beans, chicken, spam, corned beef hash etc.. 
I like to have foods that are pre-seasoned (canned) so that's less step to think about. 

                                          Can Food Safety!
All cans have a best by date here in the USA. These are a date provided by the food manufacturer to guarantee taste and nutritional value. Canned foods last well past their best by dates. I have consumed canned goods 2 years past the best by date. They were just fine. Remember to rotate your supply of food using the oldest first.

If your can is Bulging               Throw it Away!
If your can doesn't sit evenly   Throw it Away!
If your can is rusting                Throw it Away!
If the can is leaking                  Throw it Away!
If the air tight seal is gone        Throw it Away!

If your can has none of these possible issues open it look at it and smell it does it pass your visual, smell and taste test. Then your good to go.

Tip: in a Emergency situation use and keep all fluids that maybe normally drained from your cans to use for preparation of meals to lesson the use of your limited water.

My Personal Opinion: I feel its important to have both dry and canned goods as they both serve a purpose in different situations and life needs.

Friday, May 19, 2023

New U.S. Food Shortage List


It's been a while since I wrote here on my Blog. Many events have taken place that has prompted me to jump back in. There are shortages currently that have me concerned. I will only mention a few here but the list is long if you take a deep dive to research.

1. Wheat: Wheat is milled into flour which is then used to make a wide range of foods including bread, crumpets, muffins, noodles, pasta, biscuits, cakes, pastries, cereal bars, sweet and savory snack foods, crackers, crisp-breads, sauces and confectionery. The list goes on and on. 

The wheat harvest in the U.S.A was lack luster at best and only 27% of it was classified as human grade (consumption).  This worried me as a mother and wife of a family of 9. I remember clearly during Covid the inability to find many staples which included flour, sugar and pasta. These simple pantry staples which we may reach for often. 

News/Media here is the U.S.A keep us blind to many of the important things that keep our households running smoothly. While other countries alert their citizens of shortages and provide instruction on preparedness. 

Our's does not...they keep us in the dark and we all have to scramble to make ends meet. 

2. Sugar: reports from around the world are sharing there is a Sugar Shortage and Scarcity. I know I use sugar to make bread, bake, cook, and drinks. 

I recommend to have figure out your monthly usage. Then begin to buy large bags to store away safely for later use. Sugar needs only to be stored in a tight container/food grade bucket in a cool dark dry place. Do not use oxygen absorbers with sugar as it will turn it to a brick.