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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Using Your Food Storage reserves


By Joseph Parish


Nothing can be more discouraging than to store up on hundreds of pounds of food and when it is time to use it the prepper has no idea how to prepare it. If you are going to store up supplies for an emergency than its important that you understand ways for which you can incorporate those supplies into your food menus.


Know what products you have in your storage pantry and how you can use them within your daily meal planning. When the time arrives for you to use these supplies it is too late than for you to learn how to use them. During an emergency you have enough on your mind without being overly concerned with how you can use the stored up food supplies. 


In addition, moving from your usual menu to that of emergency supplies needs to be practiced before the time arrives. To properly use your supplies amounts to a trick in itself, you might even say that this is an acquired taste. Each member of your family will need some time to get used to eating these foods. Watch the various survival web sites for recipes that use your supplies. Make notes of the recipes themselves and use them for an evening meal. Gather the member’s feedback and proceed accordingly. It is much better to discover errors in your storage thinking now than at some later date.


To start you out in the right direction let me provide you with a recipe that will use only those items which are generally stored in an emergency food pantry. This particular meal is called Chicken Ramen. As the name suggests you should start out with a package of inexpensive ramen noodles. 


Ingredients

1 package of chicken flavor Ramen noodles

1 bullion cube

1 teaspoon of dried onion flakes

1 Tablespoon of Parsley Flakes

1 1/2 Tablespoons of olive oil

1 can of chunk chicken

1 can of mixed vegetables

Parmesan cheese


To prepare this survivalist feast cook your Ramen noodles according to the instructions on the package. Don’t add the flavor packet at this time but use the bullion cube instead. Drain the noodles and set them aside for now. 


In a skillet sauté the onion flakes in the olive oil. Open and drain the can of chicken chunks and place in the skillet with the oil and onions. Add the Parsley flakes at this time. Now you can stir the Ramen noodle seasoning into the skillet mixture and stir until well mixed. Now add the noodles along with the can of drained and rinsed mixed vegetables. Cook for another ten minutes and serve hot.


When you serve the meal add a little of the grated Parmesan cheese atop the food. For some added variety you could substitute beef Ramen noodles in place of the chicken or even use tuna or shrimp instead of chicken. Use your imagination and what supplies you have on hand.


Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish
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