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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baby Food, Lighting and Honey

L. Tom Perry Nov. 1995

Quote re: Self Reliance and Emergency Preparedness

"Acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life. ... As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year's supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness." L. Tom Perry, "

If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear," Ensign, Nov. 1995.



One pound of honey is about 1-1/3 cups.

Honey can be used in many ways. It makes a good spread for breads, muffins and biscuits and a tasty sandwich filling when mixed with dried fruits, peanut butter or cottage cheese. Honey can be used as a sweetener for fruits and beverages. It also can be used in any food that is sweetened, including frozen desserts, baked products, meat glazes, custards, frostings, pie fillings, cobblers, puddings, candied vegetables and salad dressings.

Honey can be used to replace some of the sugar called for in many recipes.

When making either cakes or cookies, first mix the honey with the fat or the liquid. Then mix it thoroughly with the other ingredients. If this is not done, a soggy layer will form on the top of the baked product.

Honey keeps best in a dry place at a cool temperature between 50 and 70 degrees F. Keep it in a tightly covered container so it does not absorb moisture or odors from the air.

Honey will start to form crystals as it gets older or if it is refrigerated. To make it liquid again, place the honey in an open container in a pan of warm water until it is clear. (You may also warm it up for a few minutes and then place the bottle of warmed honey in the Wonderbox oven).

Do not have the honey in a plastic container when you set it in the warm water.


Honey and products made with honey must not be fed to infants younger than one year, because honey can cause "infant botulism." Spores of the bacteria that cause botulism are present in honey. When these spores get into the intestinal tract of an infant, they grow and produce a toxin that results in serious illness and death.

Remember that these spores in honey are not destroyed by regular cooking or baking methods.

Making Baby Foods from Stored Foods

It is important to remember baby's needs when planning for emergencies. There are a couple of different approaches you may choose to take in order to provide for baby when it is most critical. You may choose to store ready-to-eat baby foods, but you also may want to know how to make your own baby foods from other stored items. The ingredients for these foods generally store longer than the canned baby foods, and of course they are more versatile. Things like rice, wheat, and dehydrated vegetables can be used for making baby foods and in cooking meals for the rest of the family as well.

Food mill For making your regular table foods into pureed baby foods, a baby food mill is a great tool. Keep this item on hand and you will find it useful for everyday use as well as emergency situations when you cannot go to the store to buy jars of baby food.

Baby food recipes: When baby is just starting on solid foods, it is important to follow allergy-conscious guidelines, even in emergency situations. Introduce one new food at a time. For rice cereal, simply grind rice finely in blender.

Use dehydrated foods Reconstitute dehydrated fruits and vegetables by soaking them in water. Blend the fruit, vegetables, and water until desired consistency and add more liquid (such as breast milk, formula, or juice) if needed. If a blender is not available, a hand-powered food mill is a good option.

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This time of year, the power can go off anytime, just like in the middle of a hot summer—PG&E and SMUD are overtaxed at times. If you want lights for your evenings, even without power, a good battery operated lantern is a must, like the Coleman one shown above. Check out the camping supplies at Wal-Mart or REI!

Month of December!


Technically in Sacramento, you can still plant right now in December, although with these frosts we’re having I don’t recommend it. However, if you want to try, you can plant lettuce, broccoli, onion sets, mustard, pea, radish and spinach.

Be prepared to place straw or plastic over soil to help keep warm, and always check a good gardening book for wisdom.


If you want to buy fresh and day-old bread at fantastic prices, check out the Entenmann’s-Oroweat Outlet on Fruitridge Blvd.! I’ve been going there for years, and have found you can’t beat the savings anywhere else. Flour and corn tortillas, hamburger buns, biscuit mix, pretzels, donuts, loaves of wheat bread, English muffins and more, all for fantastic, unbeatable prices that are well worth the trip.

For each $7 you spend you get an item for free. In my case, I bought $14 worth so I got TWO items for free.

Try stopping by when you’re on your way back from the temple or downtown Sacramento. It’s off of Hwy 99 and Fruitridge Blvd. West.

Entenmann’s-Oroweat, 2475 Fruitridge Rd., Sac, CA



• Layered dry beans in a canning jar w/pretty ribbon top

• Child's artwork, framed

• Journal with special inscription

• Mug with chocolate milk packets

• Yard or two of pretty material and a simple pattern

• Home baked bread, and/or home canned jam

• Basket of Dollar Store stuff

• Decorative napkins and napkin rings

• Gardening gloves with seeds

• Photo album or picture frame

• Food storage items, like a can of wheat or nonfat dry milk

• Homemade cookie or brownie mix

• Different pretty yarn skeins

• Popcorn with jar of cheddar topping

• Barbeque sauce with basting brush

• Pancake mix and a bottle of real maple syrup

• Movie theater tickets

• Board games

• Jar of honey with biscuit mix

• Note cards and book of stamps

• Picture frames, buy them on sale!

• Specialty cookbook

• Pretty glass jar filled with candy’

• Muffin mix with muffin pan

• Books (look for sales)

• Set of dish towels and dish cloths

• $10 “credit” cards for restaurants

• Baking pans and supplies

• $15 I-Tunes gift card

• 72 Hour kit supplies

• Christmas ornaments

• Puzzles

• Flashlight

• Solar Oven (CookIt)

• Calendars

• Special soaps and bath puff

(above from the web page with some additions)


As a former fire official, I’d like to caution against turkey fryers. They are extremely dangerous. If you plan on frying your turkey for Christmas this year, please note:

• Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.

• If the cooking pot has too much oil, it may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.

• Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.

• With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

• The lid and handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.

May I suggest that you see this online video. Go to YouTube and type in the search: “Underwriters Laboratories Turkey Fryer Demonstration”

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gardening Winter Style

Winter is still in full force here, without much of a break. We've had continual cold weather (between 32 and 56 degrees for weeks), which is very unusual here. It's also been raining consistently for weeks as well, I haven't had to water the garden at all, which is also very  unusual!  My carrots and lettuce are doing okay, as is my broccoli and cabbage, but not much to harvest.  Still, it's nice to have them in the ground.  I look forward to the Spring for one reason only: planting veggies! :)