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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort Inc (May 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599553856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599553856
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Storing complete meals in a bag is a great concept.
pandp
This is a great idea because it really simplifies mealtime.
E. Kerby
The idea is a great way to organize your food storage.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Carla Laureano on December 29, 2010
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I really, really wanted to like this book. Before I started cooking from it, I would have given it 4 stars. The complete bag meals idea is a great one, as is premixing baking mixes rather than buying them. The additions of making your own cheeses and canning meats, etc. are also great thoughts, though if you want to do any of the above, you will need more detailed books since they are not quite as simple as this book would lead you to believe. (For example, don't attempt to can meats until you have thorough understanding of the science behind canning and what is needed to can them safely. Botulism is not anything to mess around with.)

However, as soon as I started making the recipes, I realized that the book would be next to useless. The muffins are greasy and brick-like, even making them properly without overmixing, and the supper recipes from canned/boxed/dried ingredients are tasteless and sub-standard. As a matter of fact, this book reminds me of the old 1950's cookbooks that extolled the virtues of pigs-in-a-blanket and desserts made from marshmallow fluff. If your cooking has evolved beyond these types of recipes, you'd be better off adapting your own recipes for food storage.

So, bottom line - by all means check this book out of the library to get some good ideas, but don't depend on the recipes to turn out edible meals your family will eat.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By pandp on August 31, 2010
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Storing complete meals in a bag is a great concept. I enjoyed reading the authors process of determining which meals to store and the 100 recipes they have converted to use in this system. The recipes are quick and easy. The additional instructions for canning etc. are easy to follow. The authors use this system to store food for an entire year. I plan to use this system to store a 3 month supply and will continue to work on storing 1 years worth of wheat and other long term storage items. I think including a dessert of some sort would be a nice addition. Especially if we had to use these meals exclusively. This book has inspired me to look at my own recipes and find ways to convert them for use in this system. As I do not live in Utah, finding the dried ingredients will be more difficult. I plan to dehydrate some myself and purchase through Honeyville Farms which ships any size order for $4.49.
Overall, this is a great book. I highly recommend it for anyone just starting out and those who need some new inspiration.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By B. Horsley on September 14, 2010
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I went to the store to find a book on food storage. I have been storing food for an emergency for many, many years. I was always bothered by the fact that I didn't know how to make my stored food into a complete meal. I had random foods such as evaporated milk, tuna fish, powdered milk, wheat and so forth. If I was to feed my family from this food, how would I concoct a meal? So I went to the store to find a recipe book that would help me find a solution for my random canned goods. I read this book in one night. I couldn't sleep! I was too excited! I wanted to start right then! I am going to share this idea with all my friends! What a great concept!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Teri Rodeman on July 8, 2010
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It's In The Bag: A New, Easy, Affordable, and Doable Approach to Food Storage
by Michelle & Trent Snow

The authors asked if I'd do a review of their book and I said yes and I went through and read about Michelle's new and very smart way of doing food storage. I was going to give this book to my good friend who is our Emergency Preparedness and Canning Specialist in my ward, but I believe I will keep it and have my two caregivers (who are both LDS) to help me prepare a week or two of meals based on this simple and easy way. Since my hubby died last Dec, and since I am living alone now that my daughter and her family are gone, I thought this would be a great way toprepare meals ahead of time for me.

Michelle had been utilizing the old way of food storage by storing mounds of containers of food storage in her basement. This way was very expensive and can cause your food storage to go bad. All you need to do is decide on some recipes you enjoy fixing and go buy some of those bags at Walmart for a dollar and you store a meal in one bag. You put your dry ingredients into a Hefty ziplok bag, you can do the same for pasta or put that in a 2 liter bottle, put in some canned goods and put in your bottled water. You can do pretty much anything you want to make your meal a success. What's even nicer is if you need to go away to visit a relative or go to Girl's Camp, your hubby can prepare any meal he wants and even your kids can choose what they want for dinner. The recipes are set up in categories to make it easier, so this is a combination food storage/cookbook in one. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to cook or that has a very busy schedule and would like the family's input to make it fun and educational and it is more economical in the end.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E. Kerby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 9, 2011
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I suspected the subtitle of this book would not be true--I've read many books on food storage, and there's never anything "new" about them. It was totally true, through! This actually is a new idea, and it may be the idea you've been waiting for.

Basically, what you're doing here is assembling bags of meals that are ready to prepare. So in each bag you have primarily canned ingredients or premixed items (like seasonings or powdered ingredients), and that stuff is "in the bag" with a very short, simple recipe attached.

You must have space to store a lot of these bags, and you need to keep track of when various meal bags expire (the authors use colored stickers on the attached recipe to keep track of expiry easily).

This is a great idea because it really simplifies mealtime. This system would make it easy to share meals with others, even with no advance notice at all. In an emergency (especially if you're used to eating this way) you'll have food and it isn't calorie-ration bars or 15-year bulk ingredients that are difficult to use and you're not used to preparing.

Unfortunately, this idea doesn't really work for us because we feel like the quality of food is severely compromised when it is canned (or otherwise not fresh), and we don't want our diet to become a diet of canned foods. On the contrary! We try to use raw foods whenever possible. My husband is also severely allergic to MSG, so we must avoid all cans with ingredients like "spices" or "natural flavor" and this is actually pretty difficult. (We simply couldn't have all of the recipes that call for bouillon or canned soup, etc.) We also don't have the space for a rotation of this sort.
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