Food Storage Basics: Salt

One of the things you’ll need to have in your long term storage is salt. This might not make sense, considering how we’ve all heard over and over again that salt is bad for us, and it’s true that too much salt can cause all sorts of bad things to happen to your body. Too little salt, however, can be just as bad. Salt is so important that, of the only four basic tastes your tongue can recognize, one of them is salt. Fortunately, it is very unlikely that you will ever need to worry about getting too little salt. … Continue reading

Incorporating Freezer Cooking into Your Life

I greatly admire anyone who can do once a month cooking for freezer meals. I just can’t do that, nor do I want to make the effort of spending an entire day cooking, even it if means that I won’t have to cook for the rest of the month. In spite of my aversion to freezer cooking sessions, I still have a relatively full upright freezer full of meals for busy nights. How is this possible? I’ll tell you. I fill the freezer with meals by incorporating freezer cooking into my normal routine. First, I don’t plan out elaborate meals … Continue reading

Reducing Sodium Around the World

A high sodium diet isn’t just a problem in the United States — it is a problem around the world! Too much salt can contribute to serious health issues like high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. Technological advancements have helped reduce sodium levels in foods. In the 1960s, salt was used generously in frozen vegetables. Better freezing techniques have reduced the amount of sodium in frozen vegetables by more than seventy-five percent. That doesn’t mean all frozen veggies are safe and healthy — check the sodium content in sauces. Around the world, governments are making an effort … Continue reading

Storing Staples: Eggs

Do you buy in bulk and stock up on sales to get the best prices and save money? Knowing how to properly store your stuff will keep it from spoiling, and that is very frugal. With our move, I am low on the basics and must begin stockpiling again. Staples are important to have on hand; those items such as flour, eggs, bread, milk, etc. In an earlier article, Storing Staples: Flour, I covered the ways to store your flour to keep it safe and bug free, and to keep it from spoiling (yes flour does have a limited shelf … Continue reading

Top Ten Staples to have on hand with recipes

I have always thought that if you have staples on hand, you can make anything. Staples are basics that you can keep in your cupboard to use to prepare a dish. I think that everyone’s list of staples are different. It all depends on the diet that you are on, or your health issues. If you have the right staples, you should be able to prepare a dish even if it’s not on your menu. This is a list of common staples to have on hand: Sugar, flour, salt, pepper, milk (dried or fresh), oil, butter, bread and canned vegetables. … Continue reading