The Weekly August Meal Plan and some thoughts on emergency food storage ideas anyone can do.
This weeks meal plan
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Do you like stuffed cabbage but hate having to stand over the stove watching the cabbage rolls simmer? Let the slow cooker do all the work for you instead.
I make my Crock Pot Stuffed Cabbage Rolls just like my mom did only I don't have to stand over the stove.
Stocking the pantry the smart way
Have you been following along on my dehydrating journey this summer? Now more than ever it has become apparent to me that we all need to do what we can to make sure our families are taken care of.
It was so scary a few months ago when the grocery store shelves were empty of many of the basic ingredients and foods that we buy on a regular basis to feed our families.
I started up a new batch of sourdough starter when we couldn't find bread or yeast in the stores.
If they didn't they didn't have these basic food items to feed their family.
One of my favorite sourdough recipes is sourdough focaccia. Man that stuff is addictive.
Meal Planning for emergencies
I've never considered myself a food prepper but these past five months have shown me that everyone needs to have an emergency food storage plan.
I'm not talking about building a bunker and canning 200 jars of food.
I'm saying even if you can only buy one extra food item in bulk a week to stock your pantry that is one item like dried pasta you will not have to worry about buying during a situation like we saw a few months ago and still currently happening around the world.
I have been buying fruits and vegetables and dehydrating them. After dehydrating them I have been vacuum sealing them.
Did you know that dehydrated foods can be stored for a year or more? I just dehydrated potatoes this past week.
I made dehydrated shredded hash brown potatoes. I then vacuum sealed the dehydrated potatoes.
About 10 lbs of dehydrated hash brown potatoes fit in three quart jars. They take up less space and I don't have to worry about them going bad before I can use them.
Vacuum Sealing Foods
Add vacuum sealing to the dehydrating method of food preserving and some foods can be stored for 10 years or longer! My FoodSaver vacuum sealer has been getting a work out.
I don't expect to be eating the dehydrated and vacuum sealed foods ten years from now but I won't have to worry for the next ten years if that turned out to be the case.
My dehydrated vacuum sealed dried shredded potatoes can be stored for literally years. I can, when needed open the jars and take out what I need and reseal them with my foodsaver vacuum sealer.
I also use freezer meals and freeze fresh bulk fruits and vegetables in my meal planning. But a few years ago I learned a hard lesson. An obvious lesson I should have already been planning for but in my day to day life totally ignored.
What was that obvious lesson? Well when the power goes out you don't have a way to keep frozen foods from spoiling.
I lost two freezers full of frozen food and the two appliances when my area was hit by a hurricane.
I'd like to to think about this subject seriously and try to do just one or two things that can help you feed your family.
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August Meal Plan Recipes
- Monday - Serve this Ground Turkey Burrito from Great Peace Living with nacho chips and salsa.
- Tuesday -These Crock Pot Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are just like Mom used to make, except they won’t heat up the house, because they are made in the crock pot. Serve with mashed potatoes.
- Wednesday - Thai Shrimp Salad from The Good Hearted Woman
- Thursday - My Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken is so delicious and it only requires 4 real ingredients. Serve with penne pasta and fresh fruit.
- Friday - Plan to Eat Out
- Saturday - Grilled Beef Kebabs from Two Sleevers. Serve with quinoa.
- Sunday - Serve these Crock Pot BBQ Cranberry Chicken Sliders with my homemade coleslaw and sweet potato fries.
Weekly August Meal Plan Printables
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