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It's in the Bag a New Approach to Food Storage Paperback – May 8, 2010
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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.
Overall, this is a great book. I highly recommend it for anyone just starting out and those who need some new inspiration.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Glad I paid less that 5 dollars for this. If you are preparing for the Apocalypse, this is just up your alley.Published 2 months ago by Lisa W
This book is great and I love the idea! Started a month ago and it has saved me a few times when I didn't have a lot of time to think about WHAT to fix and needed to get to it! Read morePublished 4 months ago by MissWings 92
This is very a good storage book. My neighbor and I are meeting to test recipes once a week and have been pleased with all the recipes we've tried. Very delicious. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Tuel
Have not tried the recipes yet, just got it. Read through the intro and flipped through pages of recipes. I am sure this will be a hit with my family.Published 12 months ago by Debra S. Dinger