SMITTY wrote:I took the easy way out & just picked up a vacuum sealer. I guess that counts as food preservation ... http://www.foodsaver.com/Index.aspx
lowfog01 wrote:SMITTY wrote:I took the easy way out & just picked up a vacuum sealer. I guess that counts as food preservation ... http://www.foodsaver.com/Index.aspx
Those food sealers do an ok job for the short term but if you want to store anything long term you need to use the food sealer to seal Mylar bags (dry foods). I have white flour, oatmeal, pasta, sugar, and rice stored that way. My foodsaver will seal the mylar bags but not vacuum the air out so I use air eaters. Drop an air eater in the bag and you are set for 5 or even 10 years depending on the product you are storing. If you do this be aware the mice will get in them so store the bags in metal trash cans. Both the air eaters and the mylar bags can be gotten off line.
http://providentliving.org/channel/0,11 ... -1,00.html will get you started. There are several companies that sell food in bulk for food storage. http://www.dutchvalleyfoods.com/ is one of them. Costco often has a better price. While picking up stuff on sale is nice, remember the reason it's on sale is that it's old product already. You many not want to store it long term; garbage in, garbage out. Remember, store what you eat and eat what you store. Rotation is everything in food storage. One thing I do is every time I go to the store is pick up something for food storage - if I am making spaghetti for dinner one night, I pick up enough for two meals and put one in storage. If I buy a can of chicken I get two. You'll be surprised at how fast your supply will grow. Go for it, Lisa
RAYJAY wrote:what do you cook with the canned chicken ? we do make great hot wing hoagies with them but trying to find other stuff i can make ????
I saw this article this morning about the food situation in Japan. That's as good a reason to start thinking about starting a food storage program as any but hopefully, that scenario won't happen in the United States. However, there are some situations that are more likely to cause a disruption in our food supply and cause the cost of food to skyrocket. First, the cost of producing the food will only go up with the cost of gas. Food storage can help you mitigate the increased cost. It's always better to buy low rather then high. On top of that what happens if the transportation industries - truckers and trains - refuse to ship product due to the cost of fuel. They can't run if they can't make a profit. Only the government runs that way. Everyone else goes out of business. Most of our city hubs only have a few days supply of food and other products we use daily. Think about what happens with the forecast of snow. Around here the store shelves empty in hours. Would there be a real possibility of riots in the cities; who knows but the possibility exists. in I'm not trying to scare anyone but rather getting you to think about it. Doing something is always better then doing nothing. Lisa
http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2011 ... ears-japan
RAYJAY wrote: we keep a supply of food on hand, we may can a lot of stuff this year, with all of the farms in our area it not worth it to grow a garden, plus were keep some of our money right here in the town where we live, I even buy all of my milk from a local dairy, the milk taste so much better
lowfog01 wrote:RAYJAY wrote: we keep a supply of food on hand, we may can a lot of stuff this year, with all of the farms in our area it not worth it to grow a garden, plus were keep some of our money right here in the town where we live, I even buy all of my milk from a local dairy, the milk taste so much better
We are going to try the farmer's market this year and freeze things after packaging them with the food saver. I started yesterday, not with the farmer's market but got a huge bag of broccoli at Costco that I split into 3 family sized portions and frozen them. The problem with our local farmer's market is the price; they charge an arm and a leg and act like they are doing you a favor. It maybe time for a day trip. I did the same thing with some Brussel sprouts. We'll see how that goes. I may have to get a new boxer freezer but I hope not since my kids are aging out of the house. It will be interesting. Lisa
RAYJAY wrote:Lisa you did blanch the broccoli and the Brussels??
good link on freezing
freetown fred wrote:Yes,any veggies that you freeze need to be blanched what do you mean,THE DEPTHS, Lisa? All of a sudden I feel real old.
RAYJAY wrote:freetown fred wrote:Yes,any veggies that you freeze need to be blanched what do you mean,THE DEPTHS, Lisa? All of a sudden I feel real old.
LOL we are really old ..................