Sunday, November 7, 2010

November Goal: Powdered Milk & Eggs + Car Survival Kits




It's a new month and another goal to work on! So far we have focused on water in September, wheat in October and now powdered milk and eggs in November. This month I also encourage you to put together a basic 72 hour kit or car kit in the case of a natural disaster, winter storm or evacuation scenario. Some people choose to store their 72 hour kits in their cars and that could also work as your car kit. Either way, it is important to have some type of survival kit put together in the case you were away from home or had to evacuate quickly.

Food Storage Goal: 3 month supply of powdered milk & eggs for each member of your family.

Powdered Milk: 3 month supply equals approx. 5 lbs. per person
Powdered Eggs: 1 #10 can for every 2-3 people in your family

POWDERED MILK & EGGS HANDOUT

Why is storing powdered milk and eggs so important?
Download the above handout to learn about why storing powdered eggs and milk is so important, and the nutritional benefits. Also, learn how you can save money by using powdered eggs and milk in all of your cooking and baking needs. There are several benefits and reasons why storing these items in your food storage is so important. The most important being if there were ever a situation or emergency where it would be difficult to get fresh eggs or milk (job loss, natural disaster, run on the grocery stores, famine, inflation-too expensive, trucking strikes, gas prices go up along with the prices of food, etc.), you would have your own eggs and milk in storage. During the winter storms last year back east, the three things people had to run to the store for were bread, eggs and milk. Now that we all have our wheat (thanks to Oct. goal) and if we get our powdered eggs and milk this month, we will have the basics of our family's diet stored in our own home. With milk and eggs you can make several meals/recipes from scratch: pancakes, waffles, biscuits, muffins, french toast, desserts, pies, breads, soups, alfredo sauce, etc.

Where should you purchase your powdered milk and powdered eggs?
Here are the least expensive places I could find (if you know of anywhere you can purchase them for less, let me know.

Powdered Non instant Milk:
LDS Dry Pack Cannery (www.providentliving.org) $35.40 for a 25lb. bag (equals $1.12 per gallon)
Powdered eggs:
Honeyville Farms 36 oz. can (says 96 eggs but really it is twice that amount--recently they changed the ratio for powdered eggs to 2 T. instead of 1 T. Stick with the 1 T. of powdered egg and 2 T. water to equal one egg. They just upped the amounts on the cans so that we have to use and buy more)$13.76 to $16.99 + shipping **If you have a Honeyville Farm store near you it is worth driving there to not have to pay the shipping prices. Also, if you live in Utah, watch for the powdered eggs to go on sale at Maceys during their semi-annual case lot sales for less.
Augason Farms Whole Eggs 36 oz. $17.47
Emergency Essentials 36 oz. can $17.50

POWDERED MILK & EGG RECIPES


Sometimes all you need to be able to rotate and use the items you are storing is to have really good recipes that can help you incorporate these items into your diet. Here are some FABULOUS recipes that use powdered milk and eggs. Download all of the recipes from the above link.

Easy Crepes with Cream Cheese Filling

Perfect Creamy Alfredo Sauce w/ French Bread
Peppermint Chocolate Mousse

*Sweetened condensed milk
*Evaporated milk
*Buttermilk Biscuits
*7 Layer Bars
*Easy No Bake Cheesecake
*Vanilla & Chocolate Pudding
And MANY more!
CAR KIT CHECKLIST
Car Survival Kits: Download the above handout to see what items you should store in your car kit/72 hour kit. Don't be overwhelmed by this goal. Put together a simple car kit with items you already have around your house (food from your pantry, old shoes from your closet, a blanket, old sweater or jacket from your closet, etc.). Start with the basics and then build on from there as time and money permits. Something prepared ahead of time will be better than nothing!

6 comments:

stacy said...

There's no difference in the recipe when you change the powdered egg amounts?

Shandra said...

No, the ratio for powdered eggs (no matter what the cans say) is 1 T. dry egg powder + 2 T. water = 1 large egg. I have cans that say 1 T. and some that say 2 T. and when I use it in the recipes it comes out the exact same. If you google this, there are several sites that explain that the amounts were changed just recently but that the ingredients/amounts are the same. If you are concerned about the amounts though you are welcome to use the 2 T. of powder, your can just won't last as long :) The recipes will turn out great either way.

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that 1T egg powder + 2T water is a medium egg. The 2T egg powder + 4T water is a large egg.

I always use the medium egg the 1T egg powder mixture and have had wonderful results.

Shandra said...

Good question. I have always heard a large, but either way it must not matter much since our recipes are turning out. I think the bottom line is that you don't need as much powder as they say you do--medium or large, the recipes will work great :)

Cynthia said...

Could you tell me the shelf life of powdered eggs? Opened and un-opened?

Shandra said...

My can says a date that is two years away, but I am sure (like nearly every other item) it would be just fine much past that date (perhaps 3-4 years). Opened I would guess at least a year or two. I have had the can I am using now open for nearly a year and it is perfectly fine :) Once your can is getting close to expiration, open it up and in all of your baking and cooking it will be gone after a few months and then you can rotate through it.

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