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This weeks message from Marti Monson Calder Shelley
* Remember the Stake really wants more Ham Operators. If you will study for the test, the Emergency Preparedness Committee is working on a way to provide the test locally. Go to: HamTestOnline - Ham Radio Exam Courses and Practice Tests You can practice at your convenience. They GIVE you the test questions, answers, and explanations. Makes learning easy.
* Lorraine Hernandez has an excellent entry on the Murrieta Stake Emergency Preparedness page in Facebook with good information about Ham Radio preparedness.
* Honey is now available at the Home Storage Center. If you have not visited there EVER, you should go and check it out.
* Here is another great link. I signed up to be on their mailing list. They have really good information.
Farmington UT West Stake Provident Living
* No Stake class this month.
THIS WEEK'S PURCHASE: Spices
It IS true you can live on wheat, rice, and beans. But you will be SO MUCH happier if you have something to season it with. Just think about the spices you use the most. Look through some recipes that use the basic ingredients and then get a supply of the spices they use. You can get bulk spices at Winco. I buy ALL my spices this way. It is much more cost effective than getting a little jar for several dollars. BUT, spices lose their flavor with air and light. So, if you buy in bulk, store by vacuum sealing (bags or jars), or in jars with oxygen packets. OR put several baggies of spices in a mylar bag with an oxygen packet and seal. If you want to grow rosemary or thyme, I have an endless supply that you are welcome to come and snip from. Both these plants LOVE the sun and don't need much water. I got some oregano/marjoram snips from Sister Linda Olsen, but they haven't taken root well yet. I have NEVER had a lot of luck with basil. It does well until the heat sets in and then just dies on me. But my daughter who lived in Tucson had a HUGE basil plant in her yard that was watered on a drip system. Go figure. lace fabric evening wears
Spices and condiments I suggest:
Cinnamon. Super cheap in bulk.
Italian Seasoning, oregano, basil, cumin (goes well with dried beans), nutmeg, parsley, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper. Oh, and while you in the bulk section, add some cocoa powder. You probably don't need much. 1/2 c. of each is a lot! Maybe you'd like to add some dried onions (at Winco)? Your palate will thank you if you have to LIVE off your storage. Just sayin'. IF you get small jars for your spices, you are welcome to come over and borrow the vacuum sealer to seal them. Oxygen packets will seal them as well.
OTHER GREAT BUYS:
* Bulk pinto beans 2 pounds for $.99. I JUST bought a bag of pinto beans at Winco and it was $.89. So this is even cheaper than that! Next week I am going to talk a lot about storing and cooking beans. I'm going to try out several recipes this week just so I can add my two cents.
* Boneless, skinless chicken breast $1.99 a pound.
* Cardena tomato sauce 5 cans for $1. There is a limit of 20. I've bought 20 the last two times they had the sale, so I'm now at 40 cans. That is less than 1 a week, right??
* Cardena water, pack of 24 bottles $2.00 when you buy 5. Why not. Get 5 and then use them. So easy to take with you in the car (DON'T keep them in the car). Sat and Sun only.
* Bleach Cardena's brand 1 gallon for $.99. You will pay over $3 for name brand, and why???
* 10 pounds of baking potatoes $1.67 a bag.
* Italian squash $.69 a pound. Make some zucchini bread this week. Yum.
* Bartlett pears TODAY only $.50 a pound. They are usually NOT quite ripe, so you have a few days to let them get yellow. If you don't know how to can them up, I can help. SOOOO easy. No dangerous pressure cooking involved. LOL
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* Vegetable Oil $.99 for a 2 quart bottle. I am NOT a vegetable oil connoisseur. It's one thing if I'm making a dressing for a salad, but another thing if I'm frying taco shells.
* Large eggs $.75 a dozen. I bought 18 count eggs at Winco today for about $2.30? Something like that. This is SUPER cheap. Get some and make deviled eggs. Or egg salad. YUM
* Pinto beans also bulk for $.50 a pound.
* They have Bartlett pears 3 pounds for $1. Oh My Gosh. I have never seen pears this cheap. And they are available at that price all week. Now THIS is where I'm going. They are usually NOT quite ripe, so you have a few days to let them get yellow. If you don't know how to can them up, I can help. SOOOO easy. No dangerous pressure cooking involved. LOL
* They also have boneless, skinless chicken $1.99 a pound.
* Best Foods Mayonnaise $2.88 REALLY good price for Best Foods, so-so price for mayonnaise in general.
* Post Cereal $1.88 a box. (Winco has the same price)
* Sun Vista pinto beans 29 oz. $.69 This is a good price. But I have most of my beans stored dry. If you never intend on cooking dried beans, stock up.
* Coconut oil 14 oz. $4.99 If you have never cooked with coconut oil and would like to try it, this is a good price for trying it.
Albertson's is starting "digital deals". I'm not really sure how this works. But they have a 24-pack of water for $1.49. Limit 1, so you don't have to buy 5. They also will let you get 1 pound of American Beauty pasta for FREE and 1 pack of Grands biscuits for FREE.
* General Mills cereal 3 for $5 when you buy 3, on $5 Friday
* Skippy Peanut butter 40 oz. $5, on Friday
* Nissin cup of noodles 20 for $5. I actually have one of these in my 72 hour kit.
* Orange County Fair Tickets $9. Fair runs through August 13. Child ticket and Senior ticket available for $7.
Aldi (The new Temecula store is not open yet. You have to go out to Newport Road off the 215)
* Boneless, skinless chicken breasts $1.49 a pound for a family pack.
* Strawberries $.89 for a 1 pound pack.
* Duncan Hines Cake Mixes $.84 Mix and match 4
* Stater Brothers cans of fruit $1.19. If you are not going to CAN fruit, this is a good price. A BIG difference from $.33 a pound. But without all the work.
FOOD STORAGE RECIPE:
Crock Pot Honey Chicken
Place 2 pounds of chicken in crockpot. You can use boneless, bone-in, breasts, thighs, whatever.
3/4 c. honey
1/2 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. diced onion
1/4 c. catsup
Pour sauce over chicken. Cook 4 hours on high. Stir occasionally so it doesn't stick to bottom or get too brown. Then REMOVE the chicken.
Mix 4 tsp. cornstarch in 6 TB water. Add to the sauce and cook 10 min more to thicken. Serve chicken over rice, and sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions.
I like this recipe because it is easily adaptable. I used canned chicken; and because the meat is already cooked, I just used a saucepan and simmer to blend the ingredients. I added the thickening directly to the pot without worrying about the chicken. Still was delicious and didn't take 4 hours. I served it to the missionaries, and they continue to ask for it again and again.
"The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat." Brigham Young