Saturday, December 22, 2012

Meet Beth of Vine and Branches in Fairview Oklahoma

While there are at least a couple of shopping days left, I'd like to introduce you to Beth of Vine and Branches in Fairview, Oklahoma.  I did an extensive interview with Beth one evening a couple of weeks ago. It was one of those promptings from the Lord, and as always, the Lord blesses when we obey.  What a Spirit filled woman.  As we set in the back room of her quait shop, Beth began the story of her life, her testimony, and how the Lord had forever changed her.  I can't tell you how much I wish I would have just recored her.  I would find myself so captivated by her story, I would forget to even type what she was saying.  I want to share just a sampling of the questions, along with a few photos of her store and save a future day for her testimony.  I need to work with her again on all the specifics and make sure that she approves the manner in which I tell it.  That is to come.  For now,  it's my hope, if you are local,  you pay her a visit for any last minute shopping. 

Who are you?

Beth:  "I am a humble child of the King.  I don't gain value from material
things anymore.  It's not about pleasing people anymore.  It's about
what God wants me to do.  I'm simple and I feel dressing simply has opened
doors to minister that are uniquely for me.  You know we all have ministries that
are uniquely created for who we are and who we touch. 
The only thing I want out of the whole deal is for others to be ministered to.
My rewards are already in heaven."

What's it all about for you?

Beth:  "It's about HIM.  Above all, living is about Jesus.  If HE can take
some one like me, and change their life and cause them to live again,
it's all worth it.   I use to call myself  "Dead Woman Walking".
Living now is different than what living use to be before I knew
Jesus. I want to share that.  I have days in the store where I've had four
different ministries. Then days like I feel like I haven't had a a single direct ministry.
Everyday is different- everyday is new.

What do you love to do?

Beth: "Obviously, I love being creative.  I love to paint, but I haven't'
been able to do a lot of that lately.  It's all a learning process.  He'll
bring me into it again .  I love anything creative.  The girls here talk about how
being creative is therapy.  I find joy using the creative part of my life to minister."

" I don't like poetry, but I write poetry.  I've always loved to sing for the Lord, which is a
mircale in itself.  I had lost 85% of my hearing in both ears and was wearing hearing aids.  I was actually diagnosised as being tone def when the Lord restored this gift in me.  Now, my husband and I sing at Cowboy Church. "  

How do you find balance?

Beth: "Jesus.  Balance is keeping my eyes focused on Jesus and not the storms in life."

 Favorite part of your life/day?
Beth:  "Sitting in the throne room with the Lord in the morning.  My
prayer closet - prayer time.

Where do you get inspiration? 

 Beth: "God's creation is my inspiration. I like to find ways to look deeper
than the surface.  In everything there is a message or a story just
waiting to be heard."

What is your priority?

Beth: "You know, when I think of priority, I think of time and really my time
isn't mine. I just want to be open to God using me in every moment in
what ever way He chooses.  He's first, and you know how that breaks

Where from here?

Beth:  "Maybe write a book.  I will when and if the Lord puts it on my heart.  The title? Dead Woman Walking.

I no longer have the financial wealth I had as a child, but now I have
the spiritual wealth. I'm no longer Dead Woman Walking.  I'm living
I'm alive- really alive"!

Ladies, I really can't wait to share Beth's testimony.  She is one very special woman. 


Kasse D.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Say What You Need To Say...

I love people.  I love getting to know people.   I am so utterly and completely drawn to the human story that I am frequently warned by love ones about engaging with people to readily without caution.  I just can't help it.  It's a gift and a curse.  Curiosity can sneak up on me and draw me over before I rightly know what has hit me.  I love even more when someone's story is so filled with truth that it becomes a living breathing thing.   We learn to love and trust people through their story.   People become real when they share with each other.  Perceptions are shattered, boundaries are stretched, walls broken, and stereotypes fictionalized.  Our stories are our footprints when we tell them, or our ghost if we don't.  Each word, a feeling or sentiment, a winding path to all the why's and where's of our destinations.

I love wild and reckless stories, the one's with care free abandon.  The arms out the window, make you remember you once thought you could fly stories.   I love the methodical and calculated ones.  The stories with mystery and depth.  The life story held together with reason and order.  I love the stories  of victory.  The come to the finish from behind one's.   Not to mention the hope shared in a love story or the bitter sweet union of love and regret in the story's of lost love.  What about the fight or tale of perseverance.  The stories of blood, sweat, and tears.  Ballads or memoirs they are all perfect no matter how they are told.   As long as the story is truth and so far as it is yours alone. 
 How we choose to tell our story gives further testament to who we are.  Our skew, perspective, or twist- the reality as we know it becomes a world all our own.   Is someone out to get us or are we safe?  Are we the hero or the damsel in distress?  Are we the winner or the loser- blessed or cursed?   The decision is ultimately ours'.  If we can recognize our own story, our own voice,  we often change and grow.   If we neglect our story, it will often times turn sour in the end.  Either way, our story is something to give back as inspiration, or possibly lesson, to the generations who follow.

What is your story?  It is my hope your words find their way into a story that is all your own.  A story filled with truth and  bursting at the seams with life.  Go on, write it.  We never know exactally where our story might take us..  Whatever road you choose, your story will ultimately lead you home…
~ Kasse

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Saturday, October 6, 2012


Stay Humble
by Reba Altizer for Rural Women Rock

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I heard a song that really ministered to my heart this week- words are so powerful.  It's amazing how God speaks to us...

Humility is key with the Lord. He truly hates pride. I pray no pride will be in my life. Lord help us understand true humility. God saves the humble. To the pure, God shows himself pure. To the merciful, he is merciful! Make our hands clean- make my heart pure Jesus!

Humility says, " I am sorry", but don't make the mistake of just staying in the place of being sorry and defeated.  Move forward and allow God to help you rise up to do His will.

Philippians 1:6
English Standard Version (ESV)
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

This is my prayer:

"Show me your way.  Teach me your path and lead me in your truth.   Oh Lord, you are the Way, you are the Path, teaching sinners the way.  In humility you guide injustice.  The humble you teach your ways.
Your Paths oh Lord are mercy and truth.  Your secret is in those who fear you.  You will teach me the way I should go.  You will guide me in the fear of the Lord.  In your presence you will give me rest, you will show me the path of life.  In your presence is fullness of joy and at your right hand pleasures forevermore."

 Remember that what we put in our heart through media and books will eventually come out.  Let's choose to put the goodness of God, and His Word, in our hearts- out of this the Lords goodness will flow. My husband taught children's church years ago using a very powerful illustration. He would make brownies using all the good stuff, but before he would put them in the oven, he would add a handful of dirt.  The kids would say, "yuck!".   A little dirt ruines the entire batch of brownies.  What an amazing example.  Pride is like that- it's "yucky".   Adding just a little dirt to the good ingredients renders it "yucky".  We must stay humble before the Lord and continue to read His Word and pray.  He will help us keep the "yuck" out of our lives.

Luke 6:45
English Standard Version (ESV)
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart for out of it flows everything!!

Another good Word.  Thanks Reba!  Just adding a little bit of amazing... Take the time to listen.  Amazing Grace. ~ Kasse D.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012


Contributor: Reba Altizer for Rural Women Rock

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Trust Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
confident expectation of something; hope.
confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit:

I was praying about what to share today, and the Lord put this word in my heart. I know the last time I shared it was on perseverance. I feel the Lord is helping me fortify my relationship with Him. It seems like when life happens, and things are not going our way, we start wondering, "where is God?" .  So many times when I feel stress and anxiety it is because I am not putting my trust in God, but in my own ability to make things happen. I don't want things to work just because I decided to make them work.  I really desire God's will, and  I want to put my trust in His grace to help me do His will for my Life. I decided years ago to surrender myself to Him, and I truly want Him to direct my life.

I. Trust and Faith are very similar.  If we are going to trust in something and have faith in something, why not put it all in the One who knows everything .

Hebrews 11:1
The Message (MSG)
Faith in What We Don’t See

11 1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

II. Trust  in His ways because they are much higher than ours.

Isaiah 55:9
The Message (MSG)
8-11 “I don’t think the way you think.
    The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
        God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
    so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
    and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
    and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
    producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
    not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
    they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

III.Build your house on the Rock

I believe we all want our life to be built on what is secure- not on something that will collapse.  The only sure thing in this life is our Lord Jesus Christ.  Life and circumstances will always disappoint us, but His Word will stand forever. God commands His blessing where there is unity. Be unified with Him and His presence.  Take time to wait on Him.  All I know, in the days we are living, it is essential for all of us who are believers to take the time to hear Him.

 I was feeling so heavy last week thinking of how much I needed to get done on a particular project.  I definitely had talked to the Lord about it, but I just couldn't see how it was going to get done.  On Wednesday night at church I heard a great Word on the rest of God.  How to get out of striving and get into His rest. This word did not change the fact that I still needed to get this stuff done, but my perspective changed. I woke up Thursday morning at 4:30 am, and just felt like I should get up and check my email.  To make a long story short, by 7am I had everything that had been weighing on my mind done. I needed to communicate with colleges who live in two separate countries.  When I got up to check my email, they too were online,  and we were able to get busy on the things that were weighing on my mind. I felt like I lost 10 pounds. God knows the perfect time, and He sees the Big Picture! Let's put all our Trust in Him for ALL the things that come up in life, He cares!

It is my goal to build on the Rock!

Matthew 7:24-27
The Message (MSG)
24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Meet Sharon of Simply Canning...

Ladies, Sharon has a wonderful site filled to the rim with amazing canning recipes and tips.  If you've been inspired to learn something new, go take a peek.  A new skill or two never hurt a soul.  Plus, there has been something of a canning revival going on across the nation- don't miss out!  Perhaps you may want to begin with something a little more simple, but for the brave at heart, lets take this challenge.  Fear not...~Kasse D.

I’m afraid of my Pressure Canner!    

I’ve heard that statement on more than one occasion.   Here are some reasons given.... and my responses that will reassure you.  Don't be afraid, be wise.  

I’d rather boil for hours like my grandmother did than use that pressure canner.  I’m afraid of it    

My response is…. I’m more afraid of BOTULISM!   The conditions where the risk of botulism exists are: 

  • absence of oxygen, 
  • low acidity levels
  • temperatures between 40 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 to 49 degrees Celsius) 

Sounds just like the conditions in canned foods! Both home canned or commercially canned.  Heat is what stops botulism.  A pressure canner is the only way to reach the required heat.  Boiling for hours and hours will not do the job.  

Use that pressure canner and you no longer need to fear poisoning your children.  

It is big and has gauges and blows steam! 

It is the gauges and dials and vents that make that canner a safe way to preserve your foods! 
Let me explain.  Knowledge defeats fear you know.  Here is a picture of the top of one of my pressure canners…. (I have several, none have ever exploded)

It is a dial gauge canner, thus the dial on top.  A weighted gauge canner will look just a bit different, but they have the same safety features. 

Over Pressure Plug.  This rubber plug is the safety net. If the pressure inside ever gets too high because of plugged vents this plug will open and release pressure.
The vent lock allows air to vent or exhaust at the beginning of your processing time. As pressure begins to build the lock comes up and seals the opening.  
Vent Pipe - Weights sit on the vent pipe.  This is the pipe that you should check before each use.  Take a peek and make sure it is clear. You can visually check and/or run a string through the openings to clear out any obstructions.

Finally there is the weight – This image shows the dial and the weight on the vent pipe.  Weights come in different shapes and sizes... so don't be surprised if yours looks different.  These important little pieces makes sure your canner reaches the proper pressure for your altitude.  Oh yes, you will need to know your elevation so you know what pressure to use.    
What about this old canner?
Now I don’t consider myself a “modern gal”  I’m pretty old fashioned in many ways.   Here however is one pressure canner that I’m afraid of!   

This oldie was delivered to my home by my in laws.  They picked it up at an auction.  I’m not familiar enough with it to even attempt to use it!   If you have a pressure canner… It will most likely look more like one of these.
  Get familiar with it.  Read the manual that comes with it.   Most will have step by step guides.   

If you are a visual person…. Visit my site.  I’ve  taken pictures as I’ve been canning for the past several years and placed it all on the web.   

My intent was to build a resource for beginning canners.  I’ve gotten feedback from experienced canners too who have gleaned new ideas and tips.  

I'd also invite you to take a look at my book Simple Steps Canning Guide.

If you are a beginning canner and are not sure where to start, Simple Steps is for you.  Afraid of your canner?   Remember, knowledge will cure your fear and allow you to jump in and join in the fun.  
Overwhelmed at all the canning information out there? Sometimes you don't even know what questions to ask!    

Simple Steps pulls all of the most important canning information from Simply Canning and combines it in a single place. It gives you a logical step by step guide to all the essentials.  

One more place you can usually find me is at facebook.   Try 

Let me know Rural Women sent you!  :0)  

Thanks Sharon!! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Owing No One: Understanding Grandma...

Contributed by Chaya of Pantry Paratus for Rural Women Rock:  Preparedness Series Continued.  Thanks Chaya!  Wonderfully written. 

My grandmother grew up as poor as a church mouse.  She remembers the days of victory gardens and war rations.  She tells of wearing her shoes until the soles were gone. "My mom would cut cardboard and slide it down inside my shoes so I could wear them longer" .  If your feet happened to grow before the soles wore out, and it was summer, they simply cut the toe out of their shoes. "It was a BIG deal if we got new shoes".  My grandma commented on this series as we were preparing- not even knowing what Chaya would contribute.  My grandmother definitely had her two cents worth.  I wanted to give more time to this, perhaps soon. In a nut shell, she didn't know what all the fuss was over.  "We'd been through tough times before, and it made us better people."  She added, "But we knew how to do things to get by."  Something to think about ~ Kasse D.

Owing No One: Understanding Grandma

Paula’s home was the kind of home where picture distances were measured before hung; the floral arrangement was fresh from that morning’s stroll through the meadow. “Excuse our mess” she said while gesturing towards the coffee tables in the foyer, “my husband just scrubbed the carpets.” There was no mess to excuse.

Gracious with my three rambunctious children and calling them words like “adorable” and “well-behaved”—feeding them watermelon on a hot summer day with a lollipop as dessert-- I knew that I was with someone quite elegant in word and deed, someone who developed relationships deeply and with both intellect and actions of kindness. My children are begging to go back.

Paula was the home economics teacher in our small Montana town for over 30 years and she cites the number by months. Do not forget a single month past that 30 year mark. It matters; it matters to her and to the high schoolers who took her quilting class that final year.

She’ll tell you that the kids changed through those 30 years; she had the rare experience of being an intergenerational teacher. She knew the depth of each life sitting before her, because she taught the mama how to balance a checkbook, and the daddy was fascinated by the chemical reactions taking place in the baking process. She knows the history of each child—and she knows her own.

Her family members were late in the baby department. That means that this polished and beautiful woman across the table had a great grandfather that fought in the civil war, a father that fought in the Korean War, and an uncle with stories from WWII. It means that she knows her grandmother came straight from Germany and Grandpa was “Slav”, and that theirs was a love story that crossed religious lines not to be deterred by the Catholicism/Protestant dissentions. No one could make goulash or cottage cheese pie like Grandma—and she should know because she grew up three doors down. It was where her girl scout troop met once a week, and where she and her siblings hid when mom had work to be done. Mom always had work to be done. Married women with children did not commonly work in the fifties, but hers did. It meant a lot of work for the children—and a lot of time with grandma.

“Grandma raised and butchered her own chickens, grew her own food, rendered her own lard. She made her own cheese, even head cheese from the sow. Boy was she mad once when the butcher left the ears on, I remember.”

I asked, “But the fifties were different. The Great Depression was over. Was this just her mindset, or was it necessity to live this way?”

“It was both. It was a way of life, it was the way she cooked, and it was a fixed income. Grandpa was a coal miner and had nothing but a small pension. Grandma was not a fancy cook, but she was a…Good…..Cook.” Paula paused and ate a few grapes from a bowl between us; it was evident to me that she was reliving that cottage cheese pie or that other comforting flavor that resides in memory. Flavors are memories indeed.

Paula talked about how she learned to can and to sew. Part of my childhood was on a Depression-Era farm,” and she quickly added, “The Depression was over everywhere but there.” Her aunt and uncle had very little, but they had “horses and cows, geese, chickens, and pigs.” It was a very stoic place.”

I met with Paula because I wanted to understand. I wanted to know why these women continued these difficult tasks after the depression and the war was over…why not just go to the grocery store now that there was a car in every garage and a chicken in every pot?

“People were different then. You owed nobody and nobody owed you.”

The conversation weaved in and out between teaching lost skills to modern day children, memories of war and economic-collapse survivors. We contrasted manners and social skills of days gone by to the modern era, and we discussed self sufficiency.

“I taught these skills because they are important. What happens when the grocery store runs out? How do you feed your family then? They have maybe a day or three in reserve, you know. I also taught these skills because it was a sense of accomplishment. Even the boys would hold a can of peaches with pride or they would come and quilt in the middle of the school day. You can make all the money in the world, but if your home is unhappy, if you do not know how to manage your resources, you can never be happy. Ever.”  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Life of Perseverance

This Sunday Devotional is shared by:   Reba Altizer for Rural Women Rock. Thanks Reba for sharing.  This wonderful print was gathered from:  Peggy apl  Seeds...

Life of Perseverance
 I was praying about what to write this week and the Lord dropped perseverance  in my heart. Then He took me to a scripture in James.

James 1:2-4  The Message (MSG)  Faith Under Pressure
 2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

 I've been thinking about the times in my own life when I grow the most in my walk with the Lord.   They are times when the pressure is "on" or when I am put in a place where I have to produce. I was reading "The true measure of a women" by Lisa Bevere this week. She said something in her book that really stuck with me.

"It is the truth we live, not the truth we know, that sets us free." ~ Lisa Bevere

 I can know that  "I should" or that "I need to" but unless I decide to do it with Gods help, I will not see the freedom or the blessings He promises for my life.

 When I hear the word perseverance, I think things are getting ready to get harder.  That is because I am looking to my flesh to get through a situation, or I am dealing with circumstances that make me think I am going to have to fix something.

 Definition of : per·se·ver·ance  (pûrs-vîrns) n.

 1. Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose; steadfastness.

 2. Christianity, The Calvinistic doctrine that those who have been chosen by God will continue in a state of grace to the end and will finally be saved.

 I heard a speaker share once on what it takes to stay in the race.  He said three things I have went back to many times in my life.

 A.Have the bite of a bulldog-  when a bulldog bites down on something he can breath from the side of his mouth and keep his hold for a long time.

 B. Have a back like a duck- so that whatever comes at you just slides off -don't get bitter or let unforgiveness in your life.

 C. Have a limp in your step- meaning keep humble and don't let pride take hold in your life.

 The Goal is not to just survive in our life but to Thrive! These are some points personally that have worked in my life. Not just Knowing it, but living it is the challenge we all face.  I encourage you to read each one of the scriptures, and put your name in it to make it more personal.

I. Steadfast in His grace through the rough time2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

 Philippians 4: 12-13
 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . . . I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

 Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

 1 Peter 5: 10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

 II. Trust in His Grace to see you through
 Galatians 6:9
The Message (MSG) 9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

 III. Don't quit! Encourage yourself and stay grateful- stay in the race
 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
 The Message (MSG)
 16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

 1 Peter 1:6-7
 The Message (MSG)
 6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

 There are many excellent scriptures for each one of these points.  The important thing is being hungry enough to find the promises to be claimed in the Word. God is a personal God.  He loves us and wants to see us walk through to the other side of where we are into victory. We have to live it not just know it!

Amen Sister ~ Kasse D.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rural Women Preparedness Series: Featuring Survival Mom

I‘m finally finished telling about myself- I know, I know, it’s not suppose to be about me. I’m done. You‘ll just have to wonder what else I might be up toJ I’m excited to introduce our next RWR Preparedness Series contributor. Rural women meet Lisa- The Survival Mom. I want to mention Lisa offers a "skill of the month" on her site and loads of interesting survival skills.  It's challenging and fun.  Don't forget to check it out.  Thanks Lisa for sharing…  ~Kasse D. 

                                                              6 Tips for a Well-Rounded Food Storage Pantry

By Lisa Bedford, author of Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios and editor of The Survival Mom blog.

  1. As a rule of thumb, plan on approximately 20% of your food storage coming from the grocery store, 10% freeze-dried meals, and 70% bulk ingredients, which would include things like wheat, rice, beans, and freeze-dried produce and meat.

This will cover all bases: familiar, comfort foods, meals that are quickly prepared, and ingredients that can create hundreds of different recipes.

  1. Include sources of healthy fats in your food storage pantry. The human body was never designed to survive for very long without an intake of fats. Store healthy oils, such as olive, coconut, and palm. Their shelf lives can be increased by storing them in the refrigerator or freezer. If your pantry includes freeze-dried entrees, add a couple of tablespoons to those meals when you prepare them to add extra calories and fats, which they often do not contain.
Oils containing polyunsaturated fats contain more free radicals and become rancid more quickly. If you stock up on these oils (corn, vegetable, and canola, for example), buy them in smaller quantities and rotate them in your everyday cooking.

  1. Prioritize your food storage purchases and focus on buying ingredients rather than ready-made or convenient foods. You’ll be able to create dozens if not hundreds of different recipes, which will help keep your family healthy and stave off even a whiff of food fatigue.

  1. Don’t forget to stock up on comfort foods. Although Kraft Macaroni and Cheese or your favorite brownie mix aren’t on any food storage master lists that I know of, a serving of a favorite food can go a long way toward comforting anyone in a crisis.
Foods such as nuts, chocolate chips, and coffee beans can easily be stored long-term with the use of a vacuum sealing machine and a jar sealer. This can preserve your favorite candies and treats that can’t be preserved any other way.

  1. Store a variety of grains, not just wheat. Today’s genetically modified wheat is at the root of numerous health issues. Although most Americans consume it without any ill effects, a diet heavy in wheat can result in allergies, gluten intolerance, and celiac disease.
Wheat can be utilized in other ways, such as sprouting and cooking whole wheat berries that can be eaten as a hot cereal or added to soups and salads.
Add grains such as oats, barley, quinoa, and spelt to your pantry. Experiment with them now, if you’re not sure how to cook and incorporate them into your meals.

  1. Freeze-dried entrees are helpful in a power outage or an evacuation in which quick, easy meals are a necessity. However, they should make up only 10-15% of your entire food storage. Once opened, they don’t have an especially long shelf life and your family may balk after their 5th meal of Turkey Tetrazzini in a row!
If these meals are part of your emergency evacuation plans, store several days worth near your emergency kits/bug out bags so they are within easy reach if you ever have to grab the kids and run. Remember to include a portable cook stove, pot with lid, a can opener, and stored water.

  1. Commercially dehydrated foods contain about 90% of their original nutrients, in spite of reports otherwise. These foods are dried at very low temperatures and take up less space in a container, thus giving you more for your money than freeze-dried foods.
If you have never cooked with dehydrated or freeze-dried foods, give it a try now! They are super simple to use, and will give you an idea of which ones you want included in your food storage plans.

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