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  • Thanksgiving Made Easy

    In my family, my mom’s usually the one caught up in the kitchen all of Thanksgiving Day making the holiday memorable. And we all know that cooking Thanksgiving dinner takes a lot of hard work. With so much needed preparation, and so little time to pull it all together, we, here at Emergency Essentials, want to help with your holiday feast.

    The Thanksgiving Dinner Combo, only $126.04, gives you all of the delicious flavors of Thanksgiving, but with less work and less stress; making your cooking time shorter, and giving you more time to spend with family and friends.  Succulent, tender turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, crunchy green beans, and a sweet, decadent raspberry crumble—all memories of holidays at home—are included in this new combo.

    Here’s What We Did

    Freeze Dried White Turkey

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo:White Turkey

    A dish that usually takes all day to cook, took me less than 10 minutes—of course, it wasn’t a whole turkey needing to roast.  The freeze dried white turkey is precut into pieces to make your job simpler. This dish tastes great on its own or even in a turkey casserole. Simply follow the instructions on the can to reconstitute and voila!—you have your main dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Spice It Up:

    I added Provident Pantry Iodized Salt and Provident Pantry Black Pepper to my turkey to give it a little more flavor--you’ll also want to add the chicken gravy that comes in the combo so don’t worry too much about the turkey flavoring yet.

     

    Instant Mashed Potatoes

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Mashed Potatoes

    These are the easiest mashed potatoes I've ever made. Simply follow the instructions on the can, adding the right quantity of potatoes for your guests to boiling water.

    When the water begins to boil, pour your instant mashed potatoes into the water, immediately stirring them together. It will foam a bit and then turn into fluffy mashed potatoes. Personally, I’m not a potato type of girl—I can’t ever eat potatoes plain. If you’re like me, or would just like to add a little flavorful kick to your potatoes, try spicing it up some.

    Spice It Up:

    I sprinkled on some Provident Pantry Ground Black Pepper and Provident Pantry Garlic Powder to give my potatoes a flavorful taste. Add as much flavoring as you and your family would like, taste testing it every once in a while to make sure you have your desired blend of seasonings (Hey, there’s always an excuse to taste test . . .)

     

    Chicken Gravy Mix

    Turkey and mashed potatoes are just not the same without gravy. Simply add water to the gravy powder, mix, and you’ve instantly made traditional gravy that adds moisture, flavor, and overall satisfaction to the two most crucial dishes of your Thanksgiving dinner.

     

    Freeze Dried Green Beans

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Green Beans

    Simply reconstitute your beans, and enjoy the familiar taste of this fresh, crunchy vegetable.  These green beans are great to use as a side all by themselves, or to create a fun, tasty dish. These green beans will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal and to your table throughout the year as well.

    Spice It Up:   

    My family’s favorite way to spice up green beans is to add some Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Mushroom Slices.

    While my green beans reconstituted, I sautéed the reconstituted mushroom slices and Provident Pantry Minced Garlic over medium heat. After sautéing them for 3-4 minutes, I added my green beans. I sautéed them for another 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms turned golden brown.

    This dish is unique and flavorful, giving your dinner a tasty surprise. (Be careful, even a little too much garlic can be overwhelming.)

     

    Corn Muffin Mix

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo:Corn Bread

    Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix is great for making individual muffins for every member of the family. I love this food storage item because you can choose exactly how much you want to make.

    I made half of a batch (6 muffins) which was eaten up immediately! Simply follow the instructions on the can for a delicious, fresh out of the oven side dish. After 20 minutes, my batch came out golden brown on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.

    Spice It Up:

    To mix it up a little, try adding Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Red or Green Diced Peppers before baking for a spicy taste. You could also add butter and honey afterwards for something a little more sweet.

     

    Raspberry Crumble

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Raspberry Crumble

    After dinner is all cleaned up, who wants to spend even more time cooking over a hot stove for dessert? This decadent dessert is created by simply adding boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes.

    Spice It Up:

    To make a complete, beautiful dessert, add some vanilla ice cream to the side. Mmm!

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    This is what I did to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner using the Thanksgiving Dinner Combo, but you can also supplement other side dishes to go along with the combo to give you the perfect Thanksgiving for your loved ones.

    For a more complete meal, try adding sweet potatoes, veggies, or rolls.

    So however you celebrate the season, enjoy this time with your family, friends, and loved ones.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Kimberly

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Thanksgiving, holiday, #10 cans, freeze dried, dehydrated, preparedness, food storage

  • Last Week to Get March Sale Items

    We’ve been having our own version of March Madness here at Emergency Essentials. We’ve had a blowout sale on the Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Strawberry Banana Blend and a big discount on all Mountain House #10 cans – that’s on top of our Group Specials and monthly sale items.

    Just in case you haven’t seen this month's sale prices on select food storage items and cool gear you can check them all out on our website. Here are a few of the items that I think you should check out.

    Year Supply of Grains for $314.99! This year supply features four of the most commonly eaten grains; Hard White Wheat, Hard Red Wheat, White Rice, and Rolled Oats. These grains are a basic element of your food storage foundation. Each of the grains in this combo comes in a 6 gallon SuperPail™ with a metallized bag.

     

    We’ve put all the Hot Chocolates mixes on sale! You can choose single MyChoice size and #10 cans, or you can choose the full Hot Cocoa Combo in a My Choice or #10 size. Either way, you’ll save big and provide a little luxury for your family. I am happy to report that the Provident Pantry Hot Cocoas are creamy – just how I like my hot chocolate. Provident Pantry hot chocolate is a just-add-water item and still comes out creamy because of the dehydrated milk included in the mix. In fact, you can adjust the recipe to your taste. If you like it less creamy, just add more water. Hot or cold*, Provident Pantry’s hot chocolate is delicious. The four featured flavors are Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, Raspberry, and Mint Truffle. (I am partial to the Milk Chocolate with a tablespoon of Provident Pantry’s Peanut Butter Powder added in!)

    And now for something completely different… the Wonder Clean Washer. Not many of us think about how we’re going to wash clothes during an extended emergency or disaster recovery period. You can, of course, scrub everything by hand on a rock in the river. Or you can get this 15-quart hand-crank washer and save your skin. Sure, you’ll still have to put in effort, but you won’t rub your knuckles raw! Check out the Wonder Clean Washer, on sale for $42.99.

    We’ve got deals on more cool gear like the Hawker knife, the Basics Emergency Kit, the Sport Solar Oven (a favorite!), and the High Uinta Gear™ Night Sight Head Lamp. Oh, and there’s a great sale on the Katadyn Pocket Water Filter. It’s a very impressive water filter. Click here to peruse all of the March sales on BePrepared.com.

     

     

    Happy shopping!

     

    *The hot chocolates don’t mix as well when you use cold water but they’re still delicious. If you want to drink them cold, consider using warm or hot water and letting the drink cool.

     

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: laundry, Wonder Clean Washer, Year Supply of Grains, French Vanilla, Raspberry, Milk Chocolate, MInt Truffle, Hot Chocolate, March Group Specials, dehydrated, food storage

  • Call Me Little Miss Muffet

    I just tried the Mountain House freeze dried cottage cheese and I'm in love. You heard me correctly. Mountain House freeze dries cottage cheese! It’s pretty impressive. 

    In the past, dehydrated and freeze dried milk products have gotten a bad rap. (Except Emergency Essentials' dehydrated milk products, of course. They get rave reviews.) So I set the bar really low for what I thought would be some freeze dried cottage cheese malarkey. 

    It’s no malarkey folks! Freeze dried cottage cheese is… well, good! 

    It’s easy to get excited about this Mountain House product. When the freeze dried cottage cheese is rehydrated it looks like cottage cheese (not some pulpy mess) and it feels like cottage cheese (not a glop of white stuff). 

    The texture and flavor are both spot on. Individual curds stand on their own and are firm and chewy, just like curds ought to be. The saltiness of cottage cheese comes through, too. I followed the instructions on the can; after 15 minutes I added a little more water because I like a little more liquid in my cottage cheese. 

    You might not have considered adding cottage cheese to your food storage because it seems like such a luxury item, but now you can! Plus, if you buy 6 or more cans of this freeze dried Mountain House food storage you’ll get 25% off your purchase (sale ends today). 

    Little Miss Muffet couldn’t be more pleased than I am. Now, if only I could find a tuffet to sit on… 

    ~ Steph

    Here are 10 ways to eat your freeze dried cottage cheese: 

    1. Plain

    2. With fruit

    3. Add herbs or seasonings and eat with crackers.

    4. Add to salad dressing

    5. Add to an omelet

    6. Mix into smoothies for a protein boost (with fruit!).

    7 & 8. Pair it with Pasta

    • a. Stuff pasta shells – use your long and short term food storage! Mix with tomato powder, pasta shells, and cottage cheese.
    • Toss with spaghetti, onions or garlic, and pepper.

    9. Make a vegetarian taco (thanks for the idea www.Daisy.com) – Mix cottage cheese with pico de gallo, add avocado, and eat in a warm corn or flour tortilla.

    10. Use in a dessert. Layer it with granola and berries to make a parfait.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Little Miss Muffet, cottage cheese, Milk, Emergency Essentials, freeze dried, dehydrated, mountain house, recipes

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