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Are you storing ?
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We are all in a tough time in America so it seems a good idea to share tips, ideas, for economical living, how do we afford new 'stuff' and where can we get good 'used stuff '..be interested in any ideas to cope .what may be a long haul.When the going gets tough the tough get going '

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Are you storing ?

With all this talk about inflation I wondered if any folks here are storing food, I have been buying extra cans and dried goods, on another website I do they are taking it seriously and buying seeds to plant and plenty of water .I do think that food prices will rocket this next year, have you any plans how you will cope especially if you have a family to feed .
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I most definitely am doing just that.  I would plant more stuff, but I have a coat closet sized patio and nothing else for outside plants.  Plenty of rice and beans and extra water.
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thats good so many folks have their heads in the sand ,but the signs are all in place food is going to rocket and all consumer items,many folks are buying seeds to plant.we have never had to do it so its going to be tough for some .everytime I go to the store I get a couple of extra cans or rice, pasta ...one thing about being on MH we can give each other tips when the .....does hit the fan .
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The only thing of it is, I find it is harder to store stuff when one is gluten intolerant.  I'm fortunate that I can eat beans, though.  And, rice isn't usually a big deal.  I always buy the biggest bag of brown rice I can afford, so I don't run out.  I just don't want to store too much ahead of time, though, since regardless of what one is storing, microscopic insects do still manage to hatch their eggs in the stuff.  When the evidence of this becomes obvious, it's time to throw stuff out.  I hate throwing stuff out, so I'm still careful about how much I store.  Still, extra stuff is a good idea and I always do that anyway.  I learned the hard way, though, that if it's something I don't use a lot of, don't buy much of it at once or I will end up tossing it out.

One thing people can do, if they don't can stuff themselves, that really does help for people cooking for a family is to cook a whole crockpot of beans without seasoning them.  Then, freeze half of it for later and go ahead and prepare what ever it was you were going to make with the beans you just cooked.  If you're one who likes these beans on your salad--you've got them.  You just have to remember to take them out of the freezer.
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I have often wondered if I am also gluten intollerant, and was looking this morning at the shelf with the gluten intolerant foods, there were'nt that many but there was flour, pretzels, chips.I like brown rice the dh says it too chewy would you know if its the way he cooks it as I would prefer brown . I do like beans , I especially like butter beans and kidney beans the dh likes baked beans from the can ...
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Sure, you can make brown rice so soft that DH would never know it is brown rice.  One great way to do that is to go ahead and cook it like you normally would, then add the brown rice to something like chicken or turkey soup, instead of noodles.  I just did that recently and I think it worked great.  I even served some to a friend who had no idea I used brown rice.  You see, all it takes is additional liquid to soften the brown rice the way DH will prefer.  I even have seen some short grain brown rice in the bulk foods section that is called sweet rice for a reason.  It naturally sticks together as a sticky rice and is used in all kinds of sweet desserts, but I see that it has potential for being used in a healthier version of sushi or sashimi, if that's your thing.  Not my thing, but I can see that the stuff has this potential, since it sticks together so well that it should work very well for sushi or sashimi.  I never could even try sushi, like California Rolls, which is vegetarian, because I'm allergic to the Nori seaweed wrap, onions and avocados.  I don't care much for the rice vinegar used either.  However, like I said, the rice I found that is specifically called sweet brown rice is a sticky rice.  If you buy it and cook with it and it sticks together on you, you didn't do anything wrong, because that kind is supposed to do that.  Actually, I'm kind of like DH and don't much care for my brown rice being too chewy either.  The good thing about starting your brown rice cooking in this manner is that when the rice grains break up a little, as they will when doing this, the soup is thickened without your having to resort to adding a thickener to the soup.  This last batch--I ended up having to still add more water to it, because the rice still absorbed so much of the water that I already used that it was unbelievable.  Still, it didn't ruin the flavor of the soup at all to do it this way.  I'm pretty sure DH will like his brown rice cooked in this fashion, and you'll both get what you want this way.

All I do, instead of worrying about measuring the rice and the water is eyeball it in the pan I normally use, because I'm used to how much water I need rationed to the rice.  Generally speaking, though, just add an extra cup or two of water compared to what you normally use and the rice will cook up a bit softer.  The grains will sometimes break apart a little bit, depending on the variety of rice you use.  You'll get used to how much water to add to a specific variety of rice you cook to get it to be the texture you like.  Oh, and it's actually okay to do this, because your body will like the extra water in the rice.  Rice can be constipating if it's the only gluten free grain you use.  So, the extra water is actually a very good thing to do with this grain.

Of course, I don't have to worry about too many food critics in my household, so I am freer than other people are to experiment with cooking new or different foods.  But, this is how I discovered how to cook the brown rice in a manner that I am certain your DH will prefer.
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Gosh you are wonderful, I have written all this down ,I am fortunate to have a super store called 'Sprouts near me I get all supplements ,herbs from them they even have technicians available to use their internet to help. they have all the Natural Grains,                             one can also sit and have lunch from a great food bar ,I am going to make brown rice this weekend with chili I will let you know how it turns out and the dh had better like it.....lol
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I've been buying extra food too. Especially when an item is on sale. I purchased an extra freezer to freeze flour in to. I buy in bulk now as well. Remember to rotate your can goods, meat, etc.. That's the part I dislike the most. Water will keep only for so long, so be sure to rotate that too. I've been told that a person should add one drop of bleach to a gallon of water to keep any bacteria from forming. I haven't done that though as I'm not sure if the information is correct. Does anyone know if that is true?
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He still didnt like brown rice so I will make white for him .lol I dint hear about adding bleach to water I have to admit I have got stores in but not that much water yet ..theres no doubt that all goods will rocket in price so we are no doubt saving money  I need another store cupboard LOl
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You are correct about the bleach.  It takes very little, like you said.  However, if I were you, I would make sure to have an extra water filter for a filtration pitcher on hand, just in case of emergency.  Be sure to store a bit of extra water to make up for the difference, though, because you're not supposed to drink that half pitcher or so that is used to condition the water filter for the first time use.  If you have house plants, use this water for the plants.  Naturally, this will only work if you are able to stay within your own household, but it doesn't hurt to have it on hand, in case you do get to stay in your own home.  One time years ago, there was some gov't sponsered woman I remember who had given a speech at some community meeting where I lived at the time.  What you said is the same information she mentioned at the time.

The only thing I wonder about is where one is supposed to keep this said emergency kit when one has such a small apartment for living quarters.  This apartment is not much bigger than some people's walk-in closets.  Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but only a slight one.  I guess I will have to come up with a more creative idea, so one of those large storage bins that has wheels under it will fit in this dinky apartment somehow without being an eyesore.
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Rats, he still didn't like the brown rice.  Well, one can only lead a horse to water...  I guess the only thing you can do is let him have his way about the white rice.  My old man was the same way.  He was so picky that he would ONLY eat that cheap Minute Rice that has absolutely no nutritional value--or taste--whatsoever.  That instant rice stuff just isn't fit for human consumption in my opinion.  I know of near whole cultures who insist that only white Jasmine is any good for their traditional cultural dishes, in spite of the clear evidence that the brown Jasmine rice is far better nutritionally.  Ever notice how Chinese food tends to leave you getting hungry rather quickly after you've finished eating a substantial meal?  You will notice the difference if you spend the extra dollar or two they charge in Asian restaurants that offer brown rice if you ever go to such a restaurant that offers brown rice.  I don't think that's the only reason that Chinese food doesn't stick with me, but I do believe that this has a great deal to do with it.  Fiber really does make a significant difference with this.  There isn't much you can do if your husband won't eat it, though, except to cook a portion of brown rice for yourself.  Once I got used to brown rice, I got to where I don't like white rice myself.  White rice is nothing but empty carbohydrate calories.  Well, you probably know this, but I know that if one insists that brown rice is vile food, there isn't anything you can do to get that one to eat brown rice.

Maybe you can try some of the other healthy grain options that are also gluten free.  Use a larger pan than you expect to use when cooking amaranth.  He might like amaranth, too.  The portions are about 1/2 cup of amaranth to 1 cup boiling water.  Purt the amaranth in the pan with the water, bring to boil, once to a boil, turn down to a slow boil.  It only takes about 20 minutes to cook.  The last time I bought amaranth, which was just recently, it actually wasn't any more expensive than the healthier whole grain rices that are in the bulk foods section.  You will have to go to a Whole Foods or other such store.  The Kroger owned stores don't have amaranth in their natural and bulk foods section.  They only have about half of what you find in a fully stocked natural bulk foods section of a more health oriented type of grocery store.  Kroger usually has plenty of the bulk foods that contain gluten, but very little of the stuff that is actually good for you.  Cooked amaranth has a natural creamy texture, so it might be worth a shot, so you can provide variety in your home cooked meals.  You might even mix it in with your husband's white rice just to see if he likes it.  If not, I guess that's all the more of the healthy stuff for you.  This is one time you can't cook these two grains in the same pot.  They require very different cooking.  You can only mix them together after they've been cooked.  Co-op type of stores also have very good natural bulk foods sections.
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well prices where I live are rocketing up, I managed to get some good stores in I have a lot of Rice, that flaked Potato , cans .I am still not good at it, storing I mean, I have black belt in shopping but domesticity has not been my thing..ell it is now I guess LOl
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I would still make the brown rice--just for you.  The benefits are too great to miss.  Actually, I find myself unsatisfied eating white rice and end up still hungry, so the fiber truly is needed.  But, if DH won't eat it, I guess you could still say that there is all the more for yourself and his loss.

Grocery Outlet often has dried beans at reasonable prices.  Not all of the varieties, but often many of the most commonly used dried beans.  Definitely worth investigating.  They often have too many of the things I don't and can't eat, but this is one thing worthwhile.  Thankfully, the culture the one in my area seems to cater to the most uses a lot of the same dried beans I really like myself.  Beans are an essential protein and meat stretcher for me.  And, I'm really glad I can eat them.  Some people can't.  Still others will only buy the ones in cans.  If I only did that, it wouldn't help my budget.  With a little forethought and planning, the crockpot gets put to use for cooking dried beans.  About half of what gets cooked gets put in the freezer for later use, which is another way of storing.  Just not the longest term storage.  I don't rely on the freezer for more than the essentials anyway, since it's too small to amount to anything for long term use.  My grandparents used to use a deep freezer even for just the two of them.  They were semi self sufficient and had to be where they lived, because they lived in a very rural area.  The closest town was where I grew up, and most people in the area I grew up in who have families they have to budget for go still further to the next biggest city over for the big shopping trips.  So, you can see why I say my grandparents had to be semi self sufficient where they lived.  They really were that far away from everything.  Still, since they were retired and didn't have to do a lot of driving, that wasn't really so bad.  They had enough room to grow as much in their garden as they wanted--and then some.  Most of us in this area, though, don't have that luxury, so that's not an option.

But, if you have any room to garden--even in pots on the patio, that will help out some.  Growing as much by seed as possible will save money later in the season when it's harvest time.  If you can grow zucchinis, you will also have the option of harvesting their blossoms, since this is one of those crops that people always have so much more than what they know what to do with, especially if they let the fruits get as large as possible.  Those big ones are useful for making zucchini bread in the fall.  But, you will have blossoms and fruit the whole season, as soon as the plants are big enough to start producing flowers.
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hah just read this one and I put in my post below that I was thinking a veg garden may be a good thing and the DH is interested in that .Never thought of Zuchini. I love them ...
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