Category: Food Storage

Review: Saratoga Farms Butter Powder

sarpic

We’ve had a #10 can of Saratoga Farms Butter Powder in our house for a few years now. I was able to pick it up on sale from The Ready Store, but it’s also available through Amazon for a little less (at the time of this writing) if you prefer. I was both intrigued and a bit frightened at the idea of powdered butter, but decided it would be nice to have some sort of butter substitute in food storage even if just for cooking. But I also know that you need to taste test items before you decide to rely on them for food storage.

I found myself making mashed potatoes with no butter in the house and decided it was time to be brave. First, no one noticed a difference with the mashed potatoes. So I have no doubt that this product would work well in most cooking.

After I made my mashed potatoes, I decided to also make up a batch of butter for other uses. Namely, I wanted to know if it would taste good spread on bread. Bread is a great filler and easy to make, but we don’t necessarily enjoy it dry. We can dip it in soups or spread jam on it, but there’s something about buttered bread with a meal that would make the hard times seem a little less rustic.

This butter does not solidify. It stays in a porridge-like state, even when chilled. I also wasn’t able to get it completely smooth and creamy. It still retained a little bit of its gritty appearance, though it didn’t taste gritty. My initial taste test, spread on bread, wasn’t great. It didn’t quite taste like butter. Yet, after a couple bites, the taste grew on me. It tasted like butter the way Chef Boyardee tastes like spaghetti. You like it or you don’t, but for many, there’s a strange appeal. I feel this is the case with Saratoga Farms Butter Powder.

cookieAnd the big test? Will this work as butter in baked good. Yes! But the best use I’ve found for it since my initial taste tests: cookies. Every so often, I cheat and whip up a batch of cookie mix for the kids. The package mix calls for softened butter. Reconstituted butter powder is so perfect that cookie mix is now part of my food storage. Sure, I store the individual ingredients as well, but for ease and speed, these packages will make for great mood boosters. Just add some egg powder to your food storage too if you don’t have chickens and you’re all set. The dough is decent as raw cookie dough or as baked cookies.

The Verdict: This is definitely something I plan to keep in my food storage. As a butter spread on bread, it’s decent and even somewhat addictive, though it doesn’t taste like butter. But when you have dry homemade bread, it will make a welcome change to sweet jams as a spread. It also works in stovetop foods like mashed potatoes and makes a decent butter substitute in baked goods. It’s a winner in my book.

 

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Add to favorites
  • RSS
  • Email
  • Print

Couponing For Preps

(written by Jackie)

IMG_2076You’ve probably caught an episode of Extreme Couponers and seen the beautiful stockpiles some of these couponers accrue and wondered if you could do the same.

I’ve been couponing for a while, and while it’s becoming more and more difficult (especially thanks to this show), you can still get something for nothing…or nearly nothing. But it’ll be more difficult than Extreme Couponers portrays.

Why? Well, from what I’ve read online, the show is at least partially fake. The show calls stores ahead of time and makes sure that they’ll be allowed to tweak store policy to allow for bigger, grander purchases. You won’t have this advantage. This couponing style also doesn’t work in every store in every town. Some stores double coupons, some don’t. Some stores have a 4 coupon per item limit, some don’t. And now, some coupons themselves are setting limits. The rules list grows with each passing season, so couponers have to keep on top of these rules.

So then the question is: Is it worth it? That’s up to you. I coupon, but not to an extreme, and still manage to get free items every now and then. I’ll share the easiest ways to do it that don’t require the full-time hours some devoted couponers claim to spend on research and prep. But, of course, you can then extend these methods to more intensive couponing if you choose. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Add to favorites
  • RSS
  • Email
  • Print

Chia Seeds For Your Bug Out Bag?

Salvia-columbariae-seedspublicdomainOne of the realizations I made during my bug out exercise is that I am not in the proper physical shape that I need to be in. I had the necessary will and desire but that will only take you so far. The stresses and challenges indicative of a bug out cannot be met unless you have a decent level of physical fitness. Sure, you can compensate for a lower level of physical fitness by the utilization of technologies, vehicles, animals, etc. However, reality and Murphy’s Law have proven time and again that vehicles break down or run out of fuel, pack animals may not be usable, and any alternate form of transportation may not be available. Inevitably it comes down to the fact that your boots are your wheels, food is your fuel, and your body is your engine. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Add to favorites
  • RSS
  • Email
  • Print

The Truth About Expiration Dates

IMG_1935Let’s clear up the confusion over expiration dates, “best by” dates, and “sell by” dates. We all know that cereal doesn’t suddenly go stale the day after the date on the top of the box. Canned goods don’t go rancid the day after either, right? So when do these foods go bad? When are they still safe to consume? Is it wise to buy foods nearing their expiration dates when the store puts them in the discount bin? If we’re in a survival situation, can we safely consume pears 3 years past the date on the can? Continue reading

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Add to favorites
  • RSS
  • Email
  • Print

Prepping For Injury?

(written by Jackie)

IMG_1657When you first start storing food as a new prepper, it can be overwhelming. Goals differ, but it seems that most aim for around a year’s worth of food for their entire family. That’s a lot of food, a lot of space, and a lot of money to devote to something you may wonder if you’ll ever need.

You’ll hear about how storing food can save you money, even if you never use it. You’ll hear about beating inflation by buying basic staples before food prices increase. You’ll hear that it’s an investment. Continue reading

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Add to favorites
  • RSS
  • Email
  • Print