Monday, April 5, 2010

More on Convenient Food!

Now that Easter school holidays are here, I will have a little bit of spare time to spend on my FoodMuster projects. I am working on some great recipes that anyone can make and are a great addition to your convenient food store, so stay tuned for that!

If you have started collecting empty bottles for your water storage good on you! I forgot to mention, by all means, if you prefer to purchase water there is no harm in this. Just make sure you check the used by dates.

If you want to keep working on your convenient food then here are few things you can do to start planning your convenient store. Before you start purchasing, go through your pantry/cupboards, and see what you already have. If you are like me, I purchase things and don't end up using them, or purchase a few of something that goes on sale and forget I have it! Going through the cupboards is also a good time to chuck anything out of date and also anything you know you won't eat. Try not to throw out unused food, give it away to neighbours, friends or family.  Check your best before dates on items. Store your longer lasting food items at the back and the ones you need to use next at the front. It might be a good idea, if you can to jot down what you have and when you need to use it by so you can rotate these goods.  When you use something, replace it as soon as you can, so you know you have it.  If any food as weevils or moths, it has to be thrown away. See my post on pantry moths. The traps are best and do your best to make sure your cupboards are as clean as possible. When you purchase any kind of grain or pasta, you can put it in the freezer for up to 6 hours to kill anything that might be still living in it! It sounds grose, but is unfortunately true! Most flours and other grains may have organisims living in the grain while it is sitting waiting being packed and while it is in storage or on the shelf waiting to be purchased. The freezing process will kill the organisims.

Here is a list of items you can start purchasing and putting away in your convenient store:

Cereals - weetbix, nutrigrain, museli
Flour - if you purchase flour alone, you can make up Self Raising Flour from flour, so it will save you space.
Tinned Fruit
Tinned tomatos
pasta sauce or passata
tinned tuna
baked beans
maggi noodles - any dried noodles of choice
Oats - for porridge and baking
Sugar - white, brown, etc
Salt - this is a good one to have as is it lasts for 30years plus.
Honey - honey doesn't have a used by date, its last forever! It will crystalise but you just have to heat it to get it back to a runny conistency.

Its just a start to get you thinking about things. I will always be posting recipes that incorpoarate convenient food, things that you may not even think about. So stay posted and I will also post a list of items that you can add to your store as well on a monthly basis.  If you have any questions or suggestions just leave me a comment:)

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