Saturday, July 2, 2011

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of July 10th)

Hi Carson Ward, Family and Friends,

Last week I took a break from the Ward blog. My family has been in town this past weekend and week. Hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July!

As you can see I have changed the title of the weekly blog posting. I have changed it to "Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas". Each week I will give you the usual weekly assignment/challenge and also some great hints about Food Storage and how to use it. Rotating our Food Storage is the key to successful Food Storage.


"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;...." (Hebrews 11:7)

In a 1998 Semi-annual Conference, President Hinckley gave a talk on the story about Joseph's interpretation of the Pharaoh's dream. Joseph explained to the Pharaoh that throughout all the land of Egypt they will have "7 years of great plenty", and then "7 years of famine". Joseph suggested they prepare and store as much as they could during the "great years of plenty" in preparation for the "years of famine". The people were greatly blessed because they followed his counsel.(Genesis 41).

President Hinckley in his talk stated, "Now, brethren, I want to make it very clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order."

We need to get our houses in order, not just temporally but spiritually too!

Weekly Temporal Assignment:

Add the following to your Family Emergency Preparedness Medical supplies:

1) irrigation syringe--this item helps wash out a wound with saline solution
2) tweezers (one regular size, one small)
3) Petroleum jelly

Weekly Spiritual Assignment:

Take a walk on the beach at sunset with your family, with a friend or by yourself and discuss, or mediate, the creation. Read the scriptures where it talks about the creation. Thank Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for this beautiful world he has given us to live on.

Food Storage Hint:

Did you know you can use cooked smashed beans as a substitute for butter, margarine or oil?

You can use substitute cooked beans for butter, margarine or oil in baking goods. Just use the same amount of cooked beans for the type of fat used in your recipe. Also, gives you fiber, which we all need, especially if in an emergency situation.

A good way to rotate your dry beans or canned beans. Either cook your dry beans, drain (reserving the cooking water) or use canned beans (reserving the water).

Hint: How to avoid gas in your tummy from your dry cooked beans. Either cover the beans with water and let set over night, drain and rinse, cover with water and cook, or, cover with water (about 2 inches above the beans), bring to a boil, boil about 2 minutes, turn off the heat, let set for two hours, drain, add water and cook as usual. Takes out most of the gases.

If the recipe calls for butter or margarine do the following:

1. Cook the beans or use canned beans, drain and smash.
2. If the recipe requires you to cream together butter or margarine with sugar, place whole cooked beans in a food processor or mixer and blend the beans and sugar together until creamy.
3. If using powdered eggs in your recipe, do not add water, the water in the beans will rehydrate the eggs.
4. If the recipe is for cookies, grease the cookie sheet before using.

If the recipe calls for oil, do the following:

Make a bean puree--place the cooked beans in a blender or food processor, then add just enough water, a little at a time, until the beans are blended into a smooth, thick paste with no chunks.

Hint: Match the beans with the color of recipe you are making. Example: Brownies or chocolate cake, use black beans, light cookies or white or yellow cake, use white or navy bean.

It is amazing! You do not taste the beans or even notice they are in there. It is also a great substitute if you are trying to cut down on fats and get more fiber. Brownies will not rise a much as the traditional recipes with fats but still just as good.

Remember: Post your name and comment after this blog positing to have your name entered into the July Monthly FREE Giveaway Drawing to be held July 31st. It is something no household wants to be without in an emergency situation. You will be grateful you have it!


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  2. Great information! Thanks for all the time you put into this. We actually made brownies with black beans a couple weeks ago to try it out and they were surprisingly good.

  3. Looking forward to your spiritual assignment by taking a walk on the beach 2 more weeks. Thanks
    Jack & Pat

  4. Who would know beans for butter. Linda Guyan