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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Foods in Your Pantry

This post is about having fruits in your food storage. I am not going to go into the dietary charts of what you need to maintain your health, as I am sure that we all know it fairly well by now. Below is a photo of the fruit section of my pantry.

The top shelf has store bought fruits, and the bottom shelf has a variety of home canned apples. Some are dried apples, some chunky applesauce, applesauce, cinnamon applesauce, apple butter, and apple pie filling. I have a few box dinners and crackers and jello too.

In the event of a situation where I am unable to get into town to buy groceries I am comforted by the fact that I have a good variety of fruits to compliment any meal- breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The dried apples I add to a homemade granola that I make for the kids to add milk(much like cold cereal without all the preservatives.)

With fruit in your food storage you are able to make so many things besides having a fruit serving on the plate. Here are some other ideas to use the food storage of fruit:
~apple pie
~peach pie
~pumpkin pie
~apple cookies or muffins or pancakes
~take peaches and slice a fresh banana into it and serve this as dessert as it is YUMMY.
~serve the fruit over pancakes
~save the juice from the fruits- freeze it in ice cube trays with a toothpick for a cool afternoon snack
~blend and make fruit leather
~make fruit smoothies

You get the idea. Often we are not comfortable with canned goods, as fresh is best. That is true, but a well stocked pantry will ensure your family will eat during any crisis. By the way as to the fruits I buy, I try to purchase fruits that are unsweetened if possible, because if I make any of the above recipes, I then can add sugar and not worry. The other reason is that most fruits use corn syrup in them, and some studies have shown that corn syrup has too high of levels of mercury in it.

Now is the time to assess your pantry and stock up. It is time to prepare for any situation.
(c) double nickel farm


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