Friday, May 4, 2012

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of May 6th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

Congratulations to the Saunders Family! They won the April FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing. They won a one burner Butane Stove with two cans of Butane fuel.


"How blessed we are, ..., to have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives and in our hearts. It provides answers to life's greatest questions. It provides meaning and purpose and hope to our lives. We live in troubled times. I assure you that Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face. He loves each of us and desires to bless us and to help us. May we call upon Him in prayer, as He admonished when He said, 'Pray always, and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessings---yea, even more than if you should obtain treasures of earth.' (Doctrine and Covenants 19:38)" President Thomas S. Monson, April 2012 General Conference.

Brothers and Sisters, Family and Friends, stay close to the Spirit through prayer. Listen for guidance through the still small voice, the Holy Ghost. Our paths will be directed and we will know what we need to do to protect ourselves, our families and our homes.

May Goals: Emergency Cooking and Add Fats and Oils to your Food Storage

Emergency Cooking: What will you do if you cannot cook your conventional way, there is no gas or electricity? Do you have resources for emergency cooking? This month we are adding emergency cooking equipment and supplies. I feel each household should have several different ways to cook.

Types of Emergency Cooking equipment and fuel: Gas BBQ, charcoal BBQ, Butane Stove (one or two burners), Coleman Propane Stove, Fire Pit, Solar Oven, Dutch Oven, Pressure Cooker and a Single Burner Folding Stove. Of course, you will need the right type of fuel for your equipment; propane, charcoal, Butane fuel (cans), wood, kindling, matches, firestarter, and/or heat cells (Sterno cans). You should have enough fuel on hand for at least 3 months, more if possible, for the size of your family and cooking needs. Important: I would also have a fire extinguisher on hand. Make sure you keep it filled and charged.

Warnings: It is against California Law to store propane tanks in your garage or home, or near you home. If you do store your propane tanks in your garage, make sure they are the furthest from the house wall. All fuel must be stored in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight. If you store wood, make sure you do not stack it near your house, garage or any structure, will cause termites!

Never, never, never use charcoal inside your home, any structure or your car/van. It will KILL YOU!!!

Emergency Cooking Weekly Assignment:

1) Gather all your emergency cooking equipment and supplies together. Assess what you have and what is needed to provide a way for you and your family to cook if you cannot use your indoor stove. Put all those items in one place in your garage or a storage shed (may be too hot for the fuel). Inventory them every 3 months, replace items that you have used. The best rule is "ROTATE", replace the item before you will use it up.
2) This week add some type of emergency cooking equipment and fuel for that equipment. If you already have one of these types listed, then add another type and its fuel. The most inexpensive one I have found is the Butane One Burner Stove and Butane Fuel. You can purchase them at Muraki Market in Gardena on Artesia and Western or in Torrance on Sepulveda and Hawthorne. The one on Artesia requires a $1 membership fee you can pay as you enter. They are around $15 and the Butane fuel is about $1.25 a can.
3) Check out under "Postings" on the right side, "Cooking and Heating and Lighting in an Emergency Situation", for more information about types of emergency cooking equipment and fuel, great ideas.

Great New Product: This stuff is amazing! It is called "Fired Up!, Emergency Fuel and Fire Starter". It has as 30+ year shelf life, ideal for lighting a campfire and charcoal, no kindling required and is water repellent, two cups burn for approximately 1/2 hour, it is safe and can be used inside, a reliable fuel source for cooking or heating in an emergency situation, one cup will boil two cups of water in approximately ten minutes, no harmful chemicals. You can even burn this on top of water or snow. It burns from the top down. You can purchase it from It is expensive but worth it! A 4 gallon bucket cost $47.95 and a #10 can cost $11.95. Best price I have found so far and hard to find. Food for Health International sells a 4 gallon bucket (InstaFire) for $69.95. This product was created by two LDS fellows.

Add Fats and Oils to our Food Storage:

Amount per person (combination of both):
20 pounds per person per year
10 pounds per person for 6 months
5 pounds per person for 3 months
2 pounds per person for 1 month

Types of Fats and Oils: Any type of cooking oil (extra virgin olive oil, vegetable, corn, sunflower, sesame, canola, etc.). Fats are butter, margarine, shortening, salad dressings or salad oils, and mayonnaise.

How and where to store Fats and Oils: Store in a cool dry, dark location. Most oils will store 2-3 years if properly stored. Check the expiration dates on the bottles and containers. Butter and margarine can be stored in the freezer for one year. #10 cans of dehydrated powdered butter, margarine and shortening can be stored up to 25 years if stored properly.

Adding Fats and Oils Weekly Assignment:

1) This week add 2-3, or more, bottles of the type of cooking oil you use.

Vegetable Garden Update:

How is your vegetable garden doing? Have you planted it yet? There is still time to plant! See the March postings for ideas and under "Postings" on right side, "Vegetable Gardening", for more great ideas.

This week I visited a sister in our Ward who is doing Container Vegetable Gardening. I was so happy to see it and hear the excitement in her voice. Check out the photo of her container tomatoes. You can do this too!

Food Storage Ideas:

Learn how to use your food storage so when the time comes you'll be even better prepared to use it. Enjoy the food you've stored while it tastes best. Then replace those foods as you use them.

Dehydrated powdered butter, margarine and shortening: This is a great way to store those fat items for long storage, usually 25 years if stored properly. They are easy to use in recipes. When using in baking it is not necessary to reconstitute. Simple add to your dry ingredients and increase the liquid. If rehydrating, add a little oil to the powdered butter or margarine for better flavor. Add slowly until the consistency of creamy butter or margarine.

FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing: I am thinking about changing the way I do the FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing. I will have one more drawing for the month of May, then I will change the format starting in June.

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