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.
>> Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Food, food storage, Heat, Preparedness Tip Wednesday, Water
>> Friday, October 24, 2014 – Country Cream Milk, Food, food storage, Food Storage Food Friday, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Tips
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
>> Posted by Lauralee Altice at 7:25 AM |
>> Friday, October 17, 2014 – Country Cream Milk, food storage, Food Storage Food Friday, Foodie Friday, Tips
My Family Prepared did a post a few years back that I found where she gives a review of Country Cream Milk that I wanted to share with our readers. You can find the whole article here. Don't forget we are doing orders for Country Cream Milk in the month of November!
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.
And by 'ready to be used' I don't mean that we drink it. Powdered milk can be substituted for regular milk in any recipe, which is a good way to rotate slowly through your powdered milk supply, without having to actually drink powdered milk.
Which in turn means you aren't wasting anything!
To substitue powdered milk for regular milk in recipes, simply add the powder to the dry ingredients. When adding the wet ingredients, include the water.
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...
>> Posted by Lauralee Altice at 7:40 AM |
>> Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – Country Cream Milk, Emergency Preparedness, Food, food storage, Prep, prepared, Preparedness Tip Wednesday, Sun Oven, supplies, weather, Winter
Unless you are new to the DFW area or the United States you are sure to remember "Icemageddon 2013" last winter. It was
pretty bad a nightmare!! Amazon and other businesses couldn't get their packages shipped on time and the semi-trucks couldn't get into the cities to deliver there supplies to stores.
Well, guess what?! They are predicting that this winter is going to be WORSE!
"The National Weather Service models are predicting a 99% chance that this coming winter will start sooner and be harsher than any we have seen, possibly in this century. Weather science experts are saying the amount of snow we can expect could be many times what we normally get, in most areas. The northeast and midwest states will probably be hardest hit, but the expected harsh winter weather could affect the entire continental United States."
If you know of a local farm you can buy eggs from them and keep them unwashed and they will stay shelf stable for most of the winter. When you can afford it, take advantage of bulk buying or buying extra of your favorite items to add to a food storage so you can have the supplies you need if you are unable to get to outside food sources (which by that time they won't have anything available anyways).
We also recommend buying a solar oven. We like the SUN OVENs the best! We will be doing orders next month for freeze dried food in mylar bags which taste great and are a great addition to your food storage. Also stock up on water and fuel!
Here are a few other tips:
>> Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Disasters, Emergency Preparedness, Families, National Preparedness Month, Preparedness Tip Wednesday, Tips
How will you reconnect with each other? Where will you meet? What if your neighborhood is being evacuated? It's important to make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.Check out these tools to start your family emergency plan today:www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan
>> Friday, September 19, 2014 – Country Cream Milk, Emergency Preparedness, food storage, Food Storage Food Friday, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Sun Oven
Using Country Cream Milk in Sauces and Soups
The following recipes are just examples of the milk-based sauces and soups that you can make with powdered milk instead of milk, half and half or cream. You can adapt your favorite recipes by blending the powdered milk and other ingredients with some of the liquid (either broth or water) and then adding this mixture to the rest of the liquid in a sauce pan when it is boiling. You can modify the thickness of the sauce by adding more or less flour. For creamier sauces add more milk powder.
This versatile sauce is great in chicken dishes such as chicken a la king, chicken cordon bleu, chicken and broccoli casserole, etc.
1 cup chicken broth or bouillon and water, divided
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup Country Cream Milk
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
In a small pot, bring 1/2 cup of the broth or water to a boil. In a separate bowl, blend the remaining broth, flour, salt, milk, and egg. Reduce heat and stir blended ingredients into the boiling broth. Bring to boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in butter and lemon juice.
Use a substitute for commercial cream of chicken soup by making a chicken broth slightly more concentrated by adding 1 1/2-2 bouillon cubes per cup of water and adding 1 Tbsp. more flour.
1/2 lb. bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 cups water, divided
2 cups diced or shredded potatoes
3/4 cup Country Cream Milk
2 Tbls. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 can cream-style corn or blended whole-kernel corn
Fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and discard all but 2 Tbsp bacon grease. Sauté onion and celery in reserved bacon grease. Add 3 cups water and potatoes. Simmer until tender. Blend 1 cup water, Country Cream Milk, flour, salt, and pepper. Add mixture to pan of simmering potatoes. Add corn. Heat and sprinkle with reserved bacon.
This is a great thing to make in your Sun Oven too, a perfect meal for a cool fall night!
>> Posted by Lauralee Altice at 7:10 AM |
>> Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – Emergency Preparedness, National Preparedness Month, Preparedness Tip Wednesday, Safety, Tornado safety, weather
The city of Frisco Fire Department shared this on their Facebook last week:
Football. Kids returning to school. The crunch of leaves underfoot. Fall means shorter days and cooler temperatures, and for many, it is their favorite season for all these reasons and more.
But this colorful season also contains significant weather hazards - ones that you can prepare for. Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risks, taking action and being an example in your community.
Follow these five simple steps to be ready for the hazards of fall:
- Prepare for Hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs until November 30. As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, significant storms can strike well beyond the summer months. Make sure you’re ready with an Emergency Supplies Kit that includes three days of food and water, batteries, flashlights, vital medications and other items.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Floods aren’t just a spring phenomenon - they can happen any time after a major rainfall. Never drive into standing water - just two feet of rushing water is enough to carry away most vehicles. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
- Tornadoes: Know Where to Go. Tornadoes are still a danger in the fall, particularly in the South. Know where to go in case of a tornado. Find an underground shelter, safe room or windowless interior room or hallway to shelter in. At home and at work, take a few minutes to practice getting to shelter. Walk the route. When it comes to tornadoes, know where to go.
- Practice Wildfire Safety. If you live in an area prone to wildfires, prepare your home by cleaning out gutters, inspecting chimneys, clearing brush and other foliage from around your home and by taking other defensive measures. Create a Family Communications Plan so that you’ll be able to get in touch with loved ones in case a wildfire separates you.
- Prepare for Winter. Winter storms can knock out power for days at a time. Make sure that your family is ready with the supplies that they’ll need to survive. This means creating an Emergency Supplies Kit that should include a NOAA Weather Radio, shovels, blankets and clothing to stay warm. If you have a generator, be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning – do not use indoors!
Now that you’re weather-ready, spread the word. Tell your friends on Facebook and Twitterthat you’re prepared for fall weather hazards such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.
Your actions will inspire others to be prepared. Be a Force of Nature to help make all of us safer.
Want to help your hometown become weather-ready? Be smart, take part and prepare during America’s PrepareAthon! in September.
America’s PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30.
Visit the America’s PrepareAthon web site to get helpful guides, playbooks for events and free promotional materials including banners, posters, logos, e-invites and more.
>> Posted by Lauralee Altice at 7:30 AM |