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No more MSG for me!

Published January 28, 2013 by z24racerchic

Well at least no more MSG for me in seasonings. I was searching through my spice cabinet yesterday searching for ingredients that I had on hand to make my homemade spices that I had listed in a previous post. While I found enough spices to make homemade hamburger spice or what I call “I will use on everything” spice, I found some Memphis seasoning and “season all” in the cupboard. Besides how I find it funny that there is a ingredient in them that is supposed to make them “Free flowing” and not stick together, they always stick together. My homemade taco seasoning I have had for a couple months does not. Go figure. Anyhow, I looked at the ingredients and found yellow #whatever and red #whatever along with MSG.

ICK! I thought. Forget about it…thought he red dye, the yellow dye and stuff to make it non-sticky isn’t enough there is MSG right on the ugly label. Now mind you I can read the ingredient list, pick out the regular spices and put them in my own air tight jar and get my own spices without the extra b.s., which is exactly what I intend to do! I can buy most seasonings at Wal-Mart (GAGS) really cheap that have just the spice and then I go to Aldi’s and get others for cheap. At least I know where another one of my foods come from!

Garden Planning

Published January 21, 2013 by z24racerchic

Along with Christmas joy came the joy of various seed catalogs in my mailbox. I compared catalogs and this year decided with the saving coupons to go with Gurney’s.

Last year we had 16 tomato plants, 10 pepper plants, baby bear pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, corn, cantaloupe, watermelon and lambkin melons. The corn died out cause of the drought. The tomatoes and peppers did wonderful. I watered them throughout the summer. Cucumbers were okay. Zucchini were okay. Pumpkins were great. Lambkin melons and watermelon were also good.

THis year my husband wants to go big or go home to say. OMG!!! He wants everything!!! I told him for the wild pumpkins and melons he will have to dig a separate garden plot. We put them in between our tomato plants last year and they grew all over the place.

I have my Gurney’s order ready for bush green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, potatos, garlic, watermelon, pumpkins, cherry tomatos and strawberry plants. I will buy my tomatos and peppers from a local nursery.

Last year I tried starting things from seeds and didnt know I needed a transition to outside weather. Almost all of my plants ended up dying because they were not used to the sun outside.

I will probably also get green onion bulbs. I plan to plant the garlic around the edges to keep away small animals even though we have a fence. I want a couple rows of onions and potatoes to store. I want to can salsa, spaghetti sauce and green beans. If not can green beans freeze them. The cherry tomato plants last year I put in containers and that worked great. I named them all “Bob” and even shared a plant with my mom and friend. My peppers that I started from seed were just blooming when fall hit so I dug them up and gave them to my dad for his greenhouse and he got peppers from them this winter.

I am so excited about these new growing and preserving experiences. I cant wait to share my new experiences with you all.

Storing/Stockpiling

Published January 20, 2013 by z24racerchic

I started stockpiling items years ago before this “doomsday prepper” thing was in. I started storing extras and multiples that I got cheap in case of a emergency, in case we were low on money, in case of unemployment. That was a good thing because when I was unemployed I could go without going to the grocery store except for the occasional necessities bread, milk, eggs, meat, etc.

I currently have been stockpiling a bit more in closets, etc whenever I can not because I am worried about the next nuclear blast, solar flare, economic collapse, etc…. More for the prices of stuff going up due to inflation.

I get things at stores on sales/clearance with coupons and I store them in closets that I have modified to hold extra stuff and also cabinets that are against the walls of the garage where I park my car. THis helps so much. Here is a list of necessities that I dont have to buy for a long time and how long of a stockpile I have. I will not pay out of pocket for a lot of these now, but free I will take.

-Shampoo and conditioner…probably a years worth for me and my husband. No joke.
-Razors…the same.
-Shave gel/lotion/cram same over a year.
-Makeup for me a good probably 6+ months
– First aid supplies…way over a year.
-Candles…for emergency a ton!
– Lightbulbs since I hate CFL and flourescent that have mercury. Probably a couple years worth.
-Oil lamps and oil a big supply for emergency use.
– Pasta- over six months I am sure.
-Pickles probably a few months worth.
-FLoor clearner- a year.
-Toilet paper..not much…working on it..
-Paper towels probably 4-5 months.
-Hand soap…over a year..
-Dishwashing liquid…over a year.
-Canned veggies 1-2 months.
– Tissues…6 months
– Tylenol, Advil…probably a year
-Body lotion…over a year…
-Body wash.. over a year for me and hubby
-Deoderant…Over a year for me and hubby.

I always try to keep multiples of everything. Storage can get a little hairy and crowded, but am working on making things more organized. It is hard, but it is a good idea to have a small stockpile of stuff in case of hard times with money because you never know when the unexpected can happen.

Homemade spice mixes

Published January 12, 2013 by z24racerchic

I have been looking to go back to using more spice mixes without the weird things that companies that can put in them to not make them stick together, etc. The funny thing is if I haven’t used a spice mix that I got in the store for a while it does get all stuck together. However, a taco seasoning recipe I got off of a website I made a couple months ago, put in a jelly jar labeled it and it is still not sticking together and has an awesome flavor.

I did some research online today looking up different recipes I want to try. I will make up batches of these when I get the jars and label them and add to my collection. Here are the recipes I found.

Creole seasoning

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
5 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons salt

Montreal steak

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons coarse-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon dill seed
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

Hamburger

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon paprika
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Popcorn

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons brewers’ yeast
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons celery salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Blackened seasoning mix

Ingredients:
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon ground dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Ranch mix

Ingredients:
1/4 cup dry buttermilk powder
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried celery flakes
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed

Directions:1.Mix the buttermilk powder, dried onion, parsley, chives, salt, garlic powder, dried celery flakes, white pepper, paprika, and dill together, and store in a cool, dry place. For a finer texture, place ingredients in a blender and pulse several times.

To prepare the mix as salad dressing, whisk together in a mixing bowl with 2 cups of mayonnaise and 2 cups of milk until smooth.

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