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What the heck is a prepper food?

(Prepper) the term sounds funny like a cartoon character or something but it’s not. I guess my husband Joel and I are becoming mini preppers! We have the property in the woods to head to (once we build our house) we have a garden, we have a pantry filled with self-canned foods and store bought foods, we have some water purification preps, we have the ability to protect ourselves, and we have the “prepper foods”. My husband bought some last year and we have bought some more little by little.

Here is the definition of Prepper:

noun

chiefly North American

A person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies:there’s no agreement among preppers about what disaster is most imminentwhether you’re a doomsday prepper or simply like to be prepared, emergency foods should be kept on hand

Prepper food is food to have on hand in case of emergency when the stores will not be a viable option. The food is more shelf stable than most foods you buy at the store it is said to last about 20-25 years if stored correctly, and will more than likely have less calories per serving than we are used to because it is meant to help us survive a bad situation but not meant to help us thrive. Most of the food is freeze dried or dehydrated so it is easy to transport and usually just requires some warm water to make it meal ready.
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Closeup of Travelers Stew

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Sample of some of our foods

I have never tried any of these meals as of yet but that will change tonight. We will be cooking at least on of these meals for dinner so the three of us can see what we could be in for. We are letting our 13 year old choose our meal tonight so she can feel more connected to the whole prepper thing! Also we want her buy in because she is so picky about food that if she chooses it maybe she will have to like it! My only fear about the prepper foods is that they are not very high in protein, this is ok for lunch and dinner but the breakfast they provide are strictly carb, carbs, carbs. I can’t eat a carb filled breakfast in regular life without falling apart. (I am diabetic) If I eat carbs for breakfast I feel weak and sweaty in just a couple hours, its really awful. I have been know to have to leave church services to find a place to lay down while my husband finds me something to eat. I have been talking to the hubby about the need to supplement our stores with protein bars and such but the problem is that they do not last long. I wonder if I press and seal them if they would last a lot longer? More research to do!

Soooo wish us luck as we dive into our first trial run of eating or “prepper” foods. I just hope it doesn’t suck! loll

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Canning Cranberry Sauce

I love Cranberry sauce… I am the only one in my house who loves is but thats ok… I will eat it all!

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Yummy Yummy Cranberry Sauce

I do A LOT of canning (for a beginner) This is my first year canning but it won’t be my last for sure. My husband who won’t eat half of what I canned was still really proud of our canning stockpile! He even took pictures and showed his friends, he even took pickles to the office for friends. I have over 400 cans of produce, meat, and beans canned and have plans to can more this winter!

There are many reasons to preserve your own food and here are a few of my reasons. We built 9 4×10 raised bed gardens this Spring so I better not waste anything. I know whats in my food, its organic, non GMO and does not create extra waste by throwing away/recycling them. We save money in the long run, yes it cost us much money to get started with canning between jar buying and pressure cooker buying and everything else we did lay out a bit of money. In the long run everything except the seals are reusable! I have just loved learning how to do it and its not that hard!

AND Cranberries. I bought some bags to make sauce for Thanksgiving and then we changed plans and did not have dinner in our home. SOOO because I was not going to throw them away and I will eat Cranberry sauce anytime of the year the canning equipment came out to play. I looked up a few different recipes and they all seemed the same.

It comes down to the following recipe:

Per 12oz Bag of Cranberries you will need

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

zest of 1/2 orange

1/4tsp of vanilla

Makes 2 pints or 4 –  1/2pints

Thats it! Boil the water and sugar for 5 minutes add cranberries cook at a low boil for 15 minutes stirring occasionally until all the berries burst. Add the vanilla and orange zest stir and then pour into prepared jars. wipe rim of jars and put the prepared seals on and screw on lids. Place in water canner and boil with cover on for 10 minutes. Place on rack or towel until cool and then move to storage.

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First collect all of your canning equipment.

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Pretty Cranberries!

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I used 4 bags of Cranberries

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Zesting oranges is a tedious task! lol

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Zested 2 oranges for this recipe.

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Cranberries are all popped so I added the zest and vanilla.

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Prepared jars all ready to be filled! 

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Filled and cleaned jars.

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Lids heated and ready for use.

 

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Jars ready for the canner and then ready to be enjoyed for many meals to come!

 

Happy Canning everyone!

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Baking Bread – White Sandwich Bread – It was a good day for some YUM!

I have tried to bake bread a few times and have had minimal success. Ive made some tasty sour dough once and have made some awful sour dough recently. I made some Amish white bread recently that was really good but just a little sweat for my families taste. So I tend to let my family choose what type of bread they want for their daily sandwich and that is that. Well that was until now! I have found my good for everything, yummy bread. My family loved it both as a dinner bread and a sandwich bread. I have made it a few times now and it is very easy to make and does not take a lifetime of kneading.

I found the recipe on Pinterest through another blog. http://scratchthiswithsandy.com (I’m not sure the best way to credit another blog!) The recipe looked good and it was touted as being less sweet than other white sandwich breads, so I thought this would be a perfect recipe to try.

MY VERSION OF JULIA CHILDS WHITE BREAD (scratchthiswithsandy.com)
PREP TIME
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME
Author: Scratch This With Sandy
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 loaves
INGREDIENTS
  • 2½ cups warm water 110-120 degrees
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 7 cups bread flour (All Purpose works as well)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup softened butter
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add sugar to bowl then water and sprinkle with yeast. Let set 5-10 minutes or until nice and foamy
  2. add 3 cups of flour and mix with whisk
  3. Add the salt
  4. Add the softened butter and mix with whisk
  5. Change out to a dough hook and add remaining flour… Mix until the bowl is getting swiped clean.
  6. if its not cleaning the sides add a little bit more flour until it does
  7. Plop onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two
  8. Place in a greased bowl and flip so both sides are covered
  9. Cover with greased saran wrap and let rise till double in size (about an hour) You can also use a damp warm towel to cover if you don’t have saran wrap
  10. Grease two 9×5 bread pans and pre heat your oven to 375 degrees
  11. After it rises punch the dough down
  12. Plop it on to the counter and slice in half. Flatten out to a rectangle shape
  13. “Jelly Roll” it up gently pinching the ends and seam together
  14. Place in your greased bread pans
  15. Cover with greased saran wrap… I reused my original piece!
  16. Let rise about 30-60 minutes
  17. Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until top is golden.
  18. I blessed my tops with some butter… optional
  19. Let set for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack

I can’t post my pictures because they have run away from home! I can’t find them anywhere! grrrr.

I only have two pictures and here they are

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Fresh from the oven with a nice coating of butter!

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Ready to be devoured with some Amish creamed honey!

OH it was so good!

As you can see the loaves come out beautiful and once you brush them with salted butter you just have to each a huge piece with even more butter or honey! If you have store bread snobs in your house this is a good bread to make for them for sure.

This was going to be my first cooking demo post but I have no demo pictures to post. So much frustration! LOL I love to cook when I am cooking for people who appreciate it and this recipe was appreciated! I am going to have to make sure I post right after taking the pictures to be sure they won’t walk away from now on!

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