Monday, October 15, 2012

General Information about Food storage and Items to keep on hand

10 Surprising Foods You Can Freeze

You already know that the freezer is a good place to stow steak and chicken. But it works equally well for some far less obvious items.
Try freezing the following (you’ll find more detailed instructions by clicking on each item). You'll save money, waste less — and make cooking a lot more convenient.
OPENED WINE: 6 months
Can't finish the whole bottle? Freeze leftover wine in ice cube trays and transfer to freezer bags. Great for cooking, in sauces, stews and the like.
EGGS: 1 year
Crack open and mix in a touch of salt (if using for savory dishes) or sugar (for baking or desserts); place in freezer bags or airtight containers.
Brown rice has a higher oil content than white rice, so its shelf life isn’t nearly as long. But it’ll keep for several months longer if you freeze it.
BUTTER: 6 months
Butter freezes well, so stash a stick or two in the freezer (leave in the original wrapping and place in a freezer bag) and you’ll always have some on hand when you need it.
MILK: 3 months
If you’re constantly running out, freeze a backup supply in an airtight container. Thaw in the fridge and stir well before using — the texture may be a little grainy, but it's fine for cooking and usually okay for drinking.
NUTS - INCLUDING PECANS, ALMONDS, WALNUTS: 1 -2 years (depending on the type)
Thanks to their high oil content, nuts are especially prone to going rancid. Freeze them and they’ll stay fresher longer.
FRESH HERBS - INCLUDING BASIL, CILANTRO, PARSLEY: 6 months
Most recipes call for only a sprig of herbs, but you have to buy the whole bunch. Freeze what you don’t use in ice cube trays, covered with a bit of water, and then transfer to freezer bags.
TOMATO PASTE: 3 months
Rarely do you need to use the whole can at once. Freeze dollops of leftover tomato paste on a cookie sheet or in ice cube trays and transfer to freezer bags for use in future recipes.
BREAD: 3 months
If you can never seem to finish a whole loaf before it gets rock-hard or moldy, freeze it. Bread toasts just fine, straight out of the freezer.
MAPLE SYRUP (100% PURE): keeps indefinitely
Sure, it’s more expensive than the imitation stuff. But pure maple syrup keeps forever in the freezer — so you’ll never have to waste a delicious drop.


Sturdy Staples: 9 Foods That Can Outlast You

You've just gotten halfway through a recipe, only to discover that a key ingredient is missing because you tossed it during your last cleaning spree.

It’s a predicament you shouldn't have to face again — at least when it comes to the nine kitchen staples we've listed here.

When stored properly, these everyday items will last for years — sometimes decades — even after they’ve been opened. And they’ll lose very little, if any, of their original quality as time passes. So think twice before tossing one of these items. If you've been handling it correctly, chances are it's just fine.
1. HONEY
Pure honey is as durable as it is delicious; it keeps safe indefinitely. Honey may change color or crystallize over time, but that won't make it unsafe.
Keep it fresh: Store in a cool area and keep tightly closed. Revive crystallized honey by placing the opened jar in warm water and stirring until dissolved.
2. RICE
White, wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice all have an indefinite shelf life, when kept free from contaminants. The exception: brown rice. Thanks to its higher oil content, it won’t keep nearly as long.

Keep it fresh: Store in a cool, dry area.
Once opened, place rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag. For added protection, store rice in the refrigerator or freezer.
3. SUGAR
White, brown or powdered sugar never spoils because it doesn’t support bacterial growth. The real challenge is to prevent it from becoming rock-hard.
Keep it fresh: Keep sugar in a cool, dry area. To prevent sugar from hardening after opening, place it in an airtight container or cover the original package in a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal tightly.
Whipping up some penne alla vodka and a pitcher of cocktails? Distilled spirits vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, tequila and the like don’t spoil, even after opening. The taste and aroma may fade gradually, but it’ll take ages before you notice.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark area, away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Pure maple syrup not only makes your pancakes special, it adds tremendous flavor to a whole range of dishes. Best of all, it keeps forever in the freezer.
Keep it fresh: Refrigerate after opening. For long-term storage, freeze maple syrup in airtight plastic containers.
Yes, it’s more expensive than its imitation counterpart. But pure vanilla extract keeps forever, so you’ll never have to waste a drop.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dark cupboard and keep tightly closed when not in use.
A reliable standby in everything from marinades to salad dressings, distilled white vinegar will remain virtually unchanged as the years pass by.
Keep it fresh: Store vinegar a cool, dark area and keep tightly capped after each use.
A must-have for thickening sauces, gravies, and puddings. Cornstarch will keep indefinitely if it's kept dry and free from contaminants.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area; keep package tightly closed between uses.
9. SALT
From the basic table variety to fancier versions like kosher and sea, salt is a flavor enhancer that never spoils or goes stale.
Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area.


 



1. Generators Powermate PM0101207 Vx Power Series 1,500 Watt 99cc Gas Powered Portable Generator2. Fly strips
3. Reading glasses
4.Lamplight 110 Chamber Lamp, LAMPLIGHT FARMS 6045 "ULTRA-PURE" LAMP OIL 32OZ-CLEAR, Lamplight Farms 3/4-Inch Cotton Oil Lame Wicks, 3-Pack
5. Ice Chests
6. Coleman Fuel 1 Gal
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Asp Law Enforcement F21FA Foam Airweight Fricton Loc Baton (21-Inch)8. Hand-can openers
9. Birth control
10. Survival, Wild Food Foraging, Herbal Medicine books Homestead Survival Suggested Book List
11. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges
12. Charcoal and lighter fluid
13. Water storage containers 55-Gallon Barrel Combo
14. Emergency Fire Starter and matches
16. Propane Cylinders Worthington Cylinders Propane Tank - 20-Lb., OPD Valve shortages will occur
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Flannel flat sheets to cut up and use for toilet paper after paper toilet paper runs out
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula, ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Columbus Washboard 2133 Pail Size Washboard, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cook Stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Socks more the better
23.Texsport Heavy Duty Camp Grill (24" x 16")
24. Feminine hygiene - menstrual products
25. Thermal underwear
26. Vitamins
27. Aluminum Foil heavy duty 8-10 rolls
28. Gasoline Containers Eagle UI-50-FS Red Galvanized Steel Type I Gasoline Safety Can with Funnel, 5 gallon Capacity, 13.5" Height, 12.5" Diameter29. Garbage Bags so many uses
30. Toilet Paper
31. Powered Milk
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
33. Clothes pins and Rope King PCL-316100 Plastic Clothesline 3/16 inch x 100 feet
34. Pre measured and cut plywood squares to cover windows
35. Tuna Fish cans canned in water and oil
36. Fire Extinguishers Kidde - Kitchen/Garage Fire Extinguishers 3 Lb. 10Bc Kitchen/Garage Fire Extinguisher: 408-466141 - 3 lb. 10bc kitchen/garage fire extinguisher37. Extensive First Aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes…rotate your stockpile)
39. Wine/Liquors for trade, medicinal use
40. Dogs for alarm & protection
41. Cigarettes great barter item even if you do not smoke
42. Coghlans Waterproof Matches43. Water Filters and Purifiers
44. Seasoned firewood
45. Work clothes and boots
46. Flashlights/ Glow Sticks Light Stick - Green - 12 Hour - Pack of 50 - For Camping and for Automobiles47. Chapin 20000 1-Gallon Lawn and Garden Sprayer for cooling and bathing (Never put chemicals in it)
48. Garbage cans Plastic great for storage, collecting water, transporting – if it has wheels
49. Hygiene items
50. Cast iron cookware Lodge L5HS3 Lodge Logic Cast Iron 5-Piece Cookware Set can be used indoors or over camp fire
51. Fishing supplies and tools
52. Mosquito coils, repellent, sprays
53. Duct Tape 2" X 35 Yard Black Double Thick Adhesive Gorilla Tape54. Tarps, stakes, tents
55. Long burning candles 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candle Clear Mist56. Laundry Detergent
57. Backpacks, you may have to BUG OUT
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, Stews - Food Storage
61. Bleach - plain 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite
62. Granite Ware 0707-1 21-1/2-Quart Steel/Porcelain Water-Bath Canner with Rack, jars and lids
63. Knives & Sharpening tools stones, steel
64. Bicycles…Tires, tubes, pumps, chains
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag66. Battery Powered Carbon Monoxide Alarm
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. Roach and Rat poison
69. Mouse traps
70. Paper plates, cups,utensils
71. Baby wipes
72. Rain gear, ponchos, rubberized boots
73. Shaving supplies razors & creams
74. Hand pumps & siphons Triple Seven Safety Siphon Self Priming Pump for water and for fuels
75. Dry soup base mixes
76. Portable Toilets
77. Coffee, Teas
78. Mres MRE (Meals, Ready to Eat) Premium case of 12 Fresh MRE with Heaters. 5 Year Shelf Life.79. Woolen clothing
80. Wagons & carts Tricam FR110-2 Farm & Ranch 400-Pound Capacity Steel Utility Cart, Green(for transport to and from)
81. Sugar
82. Gloves
83. TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Cot (85"x 40")
84. WATER
85.Common sense
86. Pool Shock Doheny's Super Pool Shock 24 x 1 Lb Bags87. Band Aids 10 times the amount you think you will need
88. Ham Radio
89. Prescriptions Medications
90. EMT EMS Surgical Skin Stapler w/35 {wide} Staples and Remover Kit, Sterile
91. Vinegar

92. Salt
93. Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge ,Stop Bleeding Fast, 50 Gram Package
94. Bic Lighters
95. Portable Solar Panel
96. Police Scanner
97. Machete
98. Folding Shovel


 

 

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