Friday, July 27, 2012

Food Storage 101 - Can's #5 & #6 - Meat and Veggies

With our Food Storage 101 week coming to an end, we thought that the best way to finish would be to feature the two most common foods found in a meal – meat and veggies! The final two cans featured in our 6-can food storage discussion is the Honeyville Freeze Dried Vegetable Mix and Honeyville Freeze Dried White Chicken.

Can #5 - Honeyville Freeze Dried Vegetable Mix

One thing I’ve learned from my daughter is that vegetables are a very personal choice. While my palette is more suited towards a broccoli and green beans taste, she leans more towards the carrots and corn side of things. There are many FreezeDried Vegetable options at Honeyville that you can pick and choose from, but if you have a family like mine with so many different preferences, you'll find the Vegetable Mix the best choice.
Vegetables are rich with all the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy diet. They also help to fight off heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. When it comes to basic food storage staples, this is a big one. Not only do most vegetables store for a long period of time (5 to 10 year shelf life for our Freeze Dried Vegetable Mix), you can easily find a way to continually rotate them into your daily use.

Can #6 - Honeyville Freeze Dried White Chicken

What great way to end our 6 can discussion than with my favorite part of meal time – the meat! There are so many options in Freeze Dried Meats to choose from here at Honeyville, but for our example we chose the Freeze Dried White Chicken. This product brings in an impressive 120 calories and 21 grams of protein per serving. It also has a shelf life of 10-15 years. By far this may be the best overall meat to sustain you and your family in any situation. But remember, this choice is yours. The opportunities are endless and, if you prefer your chicken mixed with a little starch, the Honeyville Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken might be a better choice for you.
Now, let's put our Vegetable Mix and Chicken to work in a great recipe provided by Chef Tess!

Directions: In a casserole, combine the entire contents of the jar with 4 cups hot water. Let sit 5 minutes. Cover and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or microwave in covered deep dish casserole for 15 minutes.
Bonus: Bread Crumb Topping: Use any bread of your choice. Put a few pieces in a food processor or finely grind in a hand-powered processor. Add 2 Tbsp. olive oil ½ cup of the crumbs and ½ tsp of my Romantic Italian Seasoning. Put the crumbs in a hot skillet and stir until toasted.
Remember that food storage is all about what you and your family want to eat, so make your food storage fit your needs. Come in to any of our four stores and our workers can help you find the perfect mix that is just right for you. Or check out for more options in your own six #10 can starter kit.
As you may realize by now, all of these foods require a supply of water to use them properly, which is a topic we will explore in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for more Food Storage 101 tips!


Sara Patton said...

Thanks so much for all the tips of the week. I honestly have learned a lot and can't wait to see the other tips soon.

lfhpueblo said...

Read like another yummy recipe.

Linda Fredrick said...

I am so glad I found your site, I have been looking into food storage for about a week and the information on your site is wonderful, happy you started this series looking forward to each Friday.

Elaine Smith said...

After listing the ingredients in your recipe, you start the directions with "In a casserole, combine the entire contents of the jar...." What jar are you refering to? Am I missing something?

I'm just learning about food storage and have ordered almond flour in the IS excellent.

Cookin' Cousins said...

Hi Elaine,

The recipe is actually originally a Meal in a Jar recipe, so we must have missed the "contents of the jar" part. Substitute "add all ingredients" to this part.

Thanks for the catch!

Anonymous said...

It would be really helpful if you would post recipes specifically for the freeze dried vegetable mix. I'm trying to figure it out on my own, but it may take me awhile to use up the whole can.

I think this would be a good one to focus on to give everyone a reason to try the concept of using freeze dried vegetables in everyday cooking.

Thanks for your help!

Cookin' Cousins said...

Thanks for the idea! We've got a lot of recipes, including the one attached to this blog, that uses the freeze dried vegetable mix in them, but we can always include more. One of the best ways to use them is also to simply rehydrate and heat up in warm water for a delicious side dish!

Thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming!