Thursday, November 17, 2011
Can You Cook Without Eggs, Milk, or Butter?
Having a well stocked pantry can save you in more ways than one. If you are like us and you are totally busy all day, everyday, then running out to the store for one or two missing ingredients is just a pain. Many of you have young children and know quite well how inconvenient it is to load the kids up and drive to the store for one or two things, so much so that you would almost rather do without! What if you could find a happy medium like something that would save you when you realize that you are missing one essential ingredient, like milk, eggs, or butter?
I have the answer for you! It's dehydrated or powdered substitutes. I know many of you are turning up your nose at the word 'powdered', but please remember we are using it to cook with, not eat as is. In stocking my pantry for the unexpected, whether it be the loss of a job, an extra high utility bill, or an unforeseen major car repair, etc., these items are worth their weight in gold when I call them into use.
In my personal research and preparation I came across a company, Shelf Reliance, that sells all the essentials in a long term, shelf stable form which will hold for up to 25 years in most cases! These items can be costly if you try and use them as everyday essentials, but if they are part of your stockpile or 'back-up' pantry then they are well worth it. Tonight one of my grown kids turned their nose up at the idea of using powdered milk for their cereal until I told on myself and let them know that I've refilled the milk jug more than once with powdered milk and they didn't even notice! This is really not my normal MO, but sometimes you just do what you gotta do. My challenge for you is to look at the staples you use. If you can find them in a shelf stable version then buy just one of each to begin your stockpile pantry in order to save yourself not only an inconvenient trip to the store, but buy just a little insurance as well.
Sidenote: We've mentioned this site on one previous occasion on this blog. In case you missed it, let us know in advance if you intend to actually purchase something from them. We have a way to get you a discount on the items beyond the normal prices listed on the site. And, for full disclosure, we have no affiliation or involvement with this site or anything like that, we just happen to think they have wonderful products that are tough to find elsewhere.