- Indefinite shelf life if stored properly
- There are no trans fats
- It contains a medium chain fatty acids that are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
- It has a high smoke point so it is great for frying
- It can be used in any recipe that calls for oil, butter, margarine
- Palm shorting is tasteless so it does not change the flavor of the food
Palm shortening is derived from palm oil (read about Virgin Palm Oil here). Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed, giving it a very firm texture, and high melting point. The melting point of our Organic Palm Shortening is 97 degrees F., making it very shelf stable. It is NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats! It is great for deep-fat frying and baking, and is not prone to rancidity. Since it has been separated from some of the unsaturated portion of the oil, it is colorless and odorless, and will not affect the taste of foods.
Coconut oil is also sometimes hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated. This happens mostly in tropical climates, since the natural melting point of coconut oil is about 76 degrees F, and already naturally a solid in most colder climates. Since coconut oil is mostly saturated, there is little unsaturated oil left to hydrogenate. Hydrogenated oils contain trans fatty acids. Has a slight coconut taste. Use as a moisturizer for skin and hair, use to treat rashes and burns, make-up remover, mild sunscreen, and much more (read about Coconut oil here).
Do you have certain items that you bring with you every day "just in case" you might need them? Most people have an emergency car kit they keep in there car all the time "just in case" but I never thought of the importance of keeping certain items with me at all times when I leave the house.
I found this awesome blog post that shares a list of Every Day Carry items that you should have. Lots of the things I already have in my purse without thinking about it (like chapstick, hand sanitizer and permanent marker) but there was also some things I hadn't thought of. I like how they said to weave things into your homemade paracord bracelets. I showed that to my husband because he loves making them and each of our boys have there own.
1. My Pocket Pistol – A small 9mm handgun because a good fight is one that never gets started.
4. Paracord Wristband – Fish hook, cash, and a silver coin are woven into my homemade wristband.
5. Lighter – to lite the chapstick! Plus, you just never know when you might need a lite.
9. Permanent Marker – Notes to loved ones and part of my .
10. Hand Sanitizer – Cleanliness is next to godliness & hand sanitizer serves as lighter fluid.
14. Allergy & Pain Killer Medicine – Makes the day-to-day more enjoyable.
For a complete list and other EDC lists go here
Let us know what you have on your Every Day Carry list and why.
This engineer shows you how to build a water heater out of used parts and used a Stovetec Rocket stove (similar to a Kelly Kettle) to start the thermo siphoning process. Remember you need to have enough water stored to have excess water aside from drinking.
What do you have in your emergency preparedness supplies for heating water?
The Sun Oven is a great source for boiling smaller amounts of water for cooking and cleaning and personal use.
In this post I wanted to share how to use powdered milk in your recipes.
Can I substitute powdered milk for regular?
In any recipe calling for milk, simply add the powdered milk to the other dry ingredients. Sift to blend, then add water for the milk called for in the recipe.
Whipped Evaporated Milk
1 cup water
2/3 cup Country Cream Milk
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Thoroughly chill evaporated milk. Add lemon juice and whip until staff. Sweeten and flavor as desired.
Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup Country Cream Milk
1 cup sugar
Blend thoroughly in blender. Can be stored in refrigerator or frozen.
Buttermilk or Sour Milk
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice
1/3 cup Country Cream Milk
Country Cream Powdered Milk is my brand of choice
It uses the least amount of powder,
which results in easier mixing (less foam),
and in my opinion tastes better than the other brand.
So how about Nutrition Comparison:
Country Cream Powdered Milk to Skim Milk:
1 c. Country Cream Powdered Milk: 1 c. Skim Milk:
Total Fat: 0g Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5 mg Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 110 mg Sodium: 130 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 12g Total Carbohydrates: 13g
Dietary Fiber: 0g Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 12g Sugars: 12g
Protein: 8g Protein: 8g
They are almost identical - excpet that Skim Milk contains potassium, and powdered milk does not.
So... lets go over some of the basics:
(Following text taken directly from can):
DIRECTIONS: Mixes instantly with a spoon. Just add the desired amount of water and stir. 2 2/3 c. powder + 1 gallon of water = 1 gallon liquid. 2/3 c. powder + 1 quart water = 1 quart liquid.
For cream like consistency, mix one part powder to two parts water. Best when chilled over night.
INGREDIENTS: 100% real instant nonfat milk, Vitamins A& D.
How about a Quality Check:
Smell: powder and liquid hardly have any smell at all
Taste: Taste is similar to skim milk, but you can tell a difference (depending on the person). My nefew thinks it is 'sweeter' than regular milk
Texture: Just like water - no powdery residue
Looks: Just like skim milk
How long does it last once made?: I wouldn't go longer than 5-7 days
What about Shelf Life?
There is nothing written on the actual milk container.
The following information was retrieved from my own personal research regarding nonfat milk (regular or instant) - I belive I found it at the UofU food extension site, but I can't remember.
Temperature Stored At:
50 degrees F or below = 52 months
70 degrees F = 24-36 months
90 degrees F = 3 months
Is it worth it?
In my mind, absolutely. It would be awful to be without milk in an emergency.
However, it has a shelf life of just over 4 years (at best), so as always, I recommend that you start using it if you are going to store it.
I always have a can opened in my pantry, ready to be used, so I can rotate through my supply.
This was a comment left on My Family Prepared Blog:
I bought a lot of this milk in Y2K Dec. 1999 and have it stored in an unheated room in my basement under my front porch. I was wondering if it was still good, so I called Country Cream. They said if you store it in a cool dry place, that it will keep for 20 yrs., so I opened a can of my 13 year old Country Cream dry milk and tried it. Tasted great! Country Cream said that the milk won't make you sick regardless of how old it is, it just won't taste very good and may have lost some of it's nutrients. They recommend keeping it in at least 70 degrees or below temperatures, not in your garage where it gets hot in summers. This milk does have one of those stay fresh packets in it when you open it up. We store Nestle's Quik for those in our family who don't like the dry milk taste. You cannot tell it's dry milk at all with the Nestle's Quik in it. Just thought you'd like to know...