Ready or Not #143: Take Advantage of Sales

Christmas is over and a new year is coming.  You won’t be starting your New Year’s resolutions for a few more days and so you can make more goodies for your New Year’s celebration. (It has been scientifically proven by me – sort of – that any calories that you ingest on New Year’s Eve won’t follow you into the new year…really.)

The one thing that I like about all of the candy recipes and goody recipes, that are posted on my web site www.apreparedhome.com is that everything can be taken right from your food storage.  Nothing calls for fresh food – all of it can be stored for extensive amounts of time, even the butter.  I try to buy my butter and margarine when it is on sale for a really good price and then keep it in the freezer.  If I forget to take the butter and/or margarine out ahead of time to thaw for a recipe, I have found a really easy way to make it useable without having to use a microwave.  Just use a grater.  And you thought that graters were only for grating cheese.

Another good thing about making candy and goodies this time of year is that the grocery stores have caught on and generally have what you need on sale so that you can buy a year’s worth to build up your food storage and save money at the same time.  Sugar is a really good example of this and so is butter.  I found butter on sale for on $1.49 a pound the other day!  Yes, I bought a bunch because all of the other butter was for $3.00 and $4.00 a pound!  Do the math – I saved a lot of money and I have butter for a whole year. (You could purchase margarine if you prefer or if you find it on sale.)

Soda pop is also a terrific buy right now.  I bought 20 2-liter bottles for only .69 cents each!  Compared to the usual $1.29 price, I saved over $12.00!  Translated into food storage talk, that would be enough money to purchase a 25lb. bag of  sugar and 50lbs. of salt!  Have you noticed that I have been using a lot of exclamation points?  Get prepared and SAVE MONEY!!!

I know that money is tight right now, with the bad economy and with Christmas just getting over, but that is an even a better reason to take advantage of bulk buying sale items to get prepared.  Santa brought me two cases of tuna fish and my husband two cases of Minestrone soup. But you don’t have to wait until next year for Santa to start helping you with your food storage – you can do that on your own starting right now.

With all of your resolutions this year, please make building your food storage and getting prepared right at the top of your list and then work on it on a daily, or at least a weekly basis.  If you do, you will truly have a happy and prepared New Year.

In the meantime, try this food storage friendly recipe and go to www.apreparedhome.com for more food storage tips and more wonderful candy recipes given to me by a wonderful friend Judy (and not one of them uses beans!)

LICORICE CARAMELS

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1½ c. light corn syrup
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
¼ t. salt
2 t. (or less) anise (licorice) oil
1 t. (or less) black food color

Lightly spray or butter a 9” square (or 9″ x ll”) baking pan – glass is best. (Update: can line with sprayed foil, then lift it out after the caramels have set up.)

In a heavy 4-quart saucepan, combine condensed milk, corn syrup, butter, sugar and salt.  Place over medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed.

Cook, stirring constantly to 235º or 236º.  Remove from heat and stir in flavoring and food color and blend well.  Without scraping, pour into prepared pan.  Allow to stand at room temperature several hours.  Cut and wrap.  Be prepared for black teeth when you eat them!

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