Friday, September 27, 2013

Making Sense of Food Storage

Let's talk food storage! I've been trying to get a handle on my food storage since.....forever! One of my favorite speakers I've ever heard talk about food storage is Wendy Dewitt. She has practical food storage suggestions that anyone can do based on what your family likes to eat. I don't know about you, but food storage has always seemed so overwhelming to me. So I would end up just buying stuff from the cannery with no idea what I would ever do with it, but knowing that I could say, I have something in my food storage. When I heard Wendy speak it was like a light bulb finally turned on and I realized that you had to have a plan and you had to store foods that you could make into meals and that your family would actually eat, I know common sense right? Anyway, I am including a link to some you tubes of classes she's done, now be warned they are just someone videoing a class they are not professionally video taped. And I also included a link to her blog post where she talks about her system. I hope it helps make food storage seem more attainable and logical.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Taco Meat

I have been trying to eliminate a lot of the prepackaged mixes etc. I'm doing good in some areas, still lots of work to go in others. Several years ago I decided to make my own taco meat from scratch, it's SO easy and tastes much better than the little seasoning pack + you know exactly what you're family is eating no weird stuff! If you buy a lot of beef on sale and want to cook up several meals worth, you can just portion out the cooked meat and put it in zip top bags and put it in the freezer.

Here's the recipe I use:

2 t Oil ( Whatever you have on hand is fine)
1 Small onion minced
3 medium Garlic cloves minced
2 T Chili Powder
1 t ground cumin
1 t ground coriander
1/2 t dried oregano
1/4t cayenne pepper
1lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth (you can also use beef)
1 t brown sugar
2 t cider vinegar
Black Pepper

Heat oil over medium heat add onion, cook until softened, add garlic and spices cook about 1 minute, add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Add tomato sauce, broth, brown sugar and vinegar bring to a simmer, reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 10 minutes.