Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Bread Recipe

So, I tried a new bread recipe for fun that I got from a lady at the cannery. I loved it! Here is the recipe:

Whole Wheat Bread
makes 4 loaves

7 c whole wheat flour
2/3 c wheat gluten
2 1/2 T instant yeast

Mix for 1 minute. Then add 5 cups warm water and mix for 1 minute. Let rest for 10 minutes.

1 T salt
2/3 c oil
2/3 c honey
2 1/2 T lemon juice

Mix for 1 minute. Then add:

5 more cups whole wheat flour mixing after each cup

Knead for 10 minutes (in mixer). Shape into loaves and place in pan. Let rise to top of pan.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

They turned out beautiful and delicious! I actually used half wheat flour and half white flour, just because I only had that much wheat flour and I didn't want to grind more at the time. :) But, I made it again yesteday with all whole wheat flour and it turned out great, again.

Enjoy it!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Have you tried this?

So, after the preparedness fair (see previous post), I had a few leftover wheat nuts and some granola that I wanted to save. I used this vacuum sealing method to vacuum pack my food into quart size canning jars. It is awesome! You can seal and save so many foods that you cannot preserve otherwise (wet pack canning, dry pack canning, etc.). Foods like brown rice, raisins, chocolate, nuts and things that normally go rancid will stay good for years sealed in a jar.

So, me and my little helpers went to work. Kayla (2 years old) was busy filling up my jars.

Lily (4 years old) put on the lid (just the flat lid, not the ring) and then the handy sealing top that you see connected by a tube to my food sealer (it's just a generic version of a Food Saver).

I worked the sealer and here you go-- granola and wheat nuts sealed in jars ready to be stored for a long long time.

The girls and I were having so much fun that we ended up sealing a few jars of chocolate chips and craisins while we were at it. It is addicting! I am excited to start sealing up more food!

Stake Preparedness Fair

On Saturday, our stake had a preparedness fair. I was in charge of the booth for our ward. I chose to focus on food storage. Here is a picture of our booth:

Thanks to Namifiers for the wonderful banner. (my brother-in-law works there) :) I have a year supply for one adult displayed in the back with the buckets and all the extras on the small table to the left. On the front table (from right to left) I have my grinder with samples of different kinds of flours (white bean, pinto bean, white rice, brown rice), a hand grinder with some wheat to grind up, samples of wheat nuts, granola, and cookies made with beans, and then a food sealer with jars of sealed up food (almonds, chocolate chips, dehydrated foods).

I thought we had some great information there and introduced people to some new ideas of how to use their food storage, along with how to plan their year supply of actual meals to make. Thanks to the many many people who helped me make samples and be at the booth during the fair!