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Crushed and Powdered Dehydrated Vegetables for Storage

powdered dehydrated vegetables

Crushed peppers

Many people forget that just storing food is not all it takes to be prepared for an emergency. Having your food taste good is also important.  Many of the foods that you have stored will have to be cooked from scratch.  Spices have a limited shelf life, but there are other ways to improve the taste of your foods.  So start thinking about using crushed and powdered dehydrated vegetables to improve their taste.

Vegetables flakes can be made by crushing dehydrated vegetables in a blender, (If you’re using a blender watch your speed, to fast and you will have powder instead of just bits and pieces) If the power is out you can use a rolling pin (just put   vegetables in a plastic bag and crush them.  …

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12 Spices that You Want in Your Storage

spicesMy wife and I were discussing some problems she has had with the storage of some spice mixtures that she purchased from Costco.  She has been using their Lemon & pepper seasoning and the Montreal Steak season when she noticed that they did not seem to store well.  When we read the labels, we found that one of them contained lemon oil and the other sunflower oil.

In checking some additional mixtures from various stores, she found others that contained oils and some that did not.  Because we purchase our spices in larger containers, we will be sure and check the labels in the future.…

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Making Homemade Spice Mixes and Rubs from Your Garden

My wife is always working on ways to utilize the foods we preserve and making it taste good.  One method that she is currently having good success with as well as saving money is making our own spice mixes and rubs. She takes various dried spices and vegetables that we grow and grind them into various mixes.  She then stores them in shakers of various sizes to add to her cooking.  Because they are made from dried foods they will keep for years.

Because we like hot foods and try to stay on a low salt diet, we use a lot of peppers and very little salt in our mixes. …

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Put Some Spice in Your Life After TEOTWAWKI

After TEOTWAWKI, one of the things that we will miss is the easy availability of spices.  Many of the spices we use regularly come from other parts of the world.  One of the easiest things that we can do to make spices available is to grow chili peppers.  My wife and I use chilies heavily in our cooking on a regular basis.

Chili peppers are great seasonings and can add spice to many dishes.  The following list is a guide to the different types of chili peppers, how hot they are and a bit about them.

Anaheim, this is sometimes known as New Mexico chili or the California chili. …

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About Spices and Gardening

raised-bedLearning about herbs and spices and their use, I am really surprised at how fast they lose their flavor after you pick them.  The one thing that our storage is short of is hard to store spices.  We have quite a variety but it is hard to keep them fresh.  I can’t go into all the types you will need, because people have different taste, but try planting an herb garden that will flourish in your area.

We all know that salt is very important; the maintenance of a proper salt balance is vital to the system.  (I have high blood pressure so don’t use a lot of salt)  With all the packaged foods we have to make life easier for the working mom, sodium is over used so you rarely need to add it.  …

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