Everyone has to have baking powder to bake the really good stuff. Here is a recipe to make your own baking powder just in case you run out and can’t run to the store.
Homemade baking powder
1 lb. soda,
1 ½ lb. cream of tartar
¼ lb. Cornstarch
I’m sure that you could make smaller batches. Everything in this recipe is done in pounds so just change the pounds to tablespoons or even teaspoons. This recipe is supposed to be double the strength of anything on the market, so you might want to experiment with it. Who knows, you might like it even better.
My other suggestion for this posting is to get Tang. This is an excellent way to provide vitamin C into your storage program along with a tasty drink. If you have not-so-good tasting water, Tang (or Country Time Lemonade) will mask the flavor and make it palatable.) Under optimal conditions, Tang will keep for up to 2 years. It will also be comforting to young children to have something that tastes sweet and good during times of stress. To use it, you will need water — which brings me to one of my focal points: water.
Most of the culinary water in where I live comes from wells. If the wells were to dry up or if there were a disruption in the electricity and the powers that be weren’t able to pump the water, we would be in a very difficult situation.
We need to make sure that we have enough water on hand in case of an emergency. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) recommends 14 gallons of water per person for a two-week period. Even though that sounds like a lot , it is only a gallon a day for drinking, washing and cooking. (Don’t forget your pets. They will also need water.) People who have been in an emergency situation were asked what three things they needed most were and they said, “water, water and more WATER!”
There are a lot of different ways to store water. The easiest way to store water is to buy it already bottled. You can also store water in empty 2-liter pop bottles. It is not a good idea to store water in bleach bottles or milk jugs (the milk jugs are engineered to deteriorate). Some people store water in empty bottling jars until they are needed again. This is a good idea as long as the problem that we are going through isn’t an earthquake or tornado. You need to store your main water source in a container that you don’t have to worry about breaking. You also need to take in account whether or not you can move the container when it is full OR if you have a siphon pump for the very large containers.
Also, store some bleach or water purifier tablets. I would also suggest having a whisk on hand to incorporate oxygen into the water to give stale water a fresher taste.
A few years ago, I would have laughed at the thought of buying bottled water, but now it seems somewhat logical. I would suggest that if you are going to buy bottled water that you buy the brands from the larger bottling companies because their water has been shown to be safer and higher quality than some of the lesser known brands. Bottled water goes on sale all of the time so watch for a sale and pick up a case or two each time you go.
You can also store sports and fruit drinks. Soda pop can be stored, but I wouldn’t rely on it to keep you hydrated in a crunch. That and it tastes terrible when it is warm and so unless you know you are going to have refrigeration, buy it to enjoy during good times, but not to keep you hydrated in a crisis.
I hope that you are starting to see how easy it can be to start building your food storage. Last week, I took advantage of a chicken sale. I bought 100 lbs. I bottled 80 lbs. of it and got 28 pints. Twenty-four pints actually made it into my storage room. The rest of it was made into sandwiches and a chicken pie. I also bottled the chicken broth that was left over when the chicken was all gone. My storage shelves are starting to fill up
This week’s suggestion: Red Star Baking Powder. for $4.99, Tang – 20 quart for $5.99 Or Countrytime Lemonade – 32 quart for 5.99. Again, prices may vary according to your location.