Here’s my thought on food storage this week: There may be huge disasters where we need food storage, but we all have reasons for food storage that don’t involve major disasters- all it takes is the breadwinner getting hurt, losing a job, having a major hospital bill, all kinds of things. Something happens to everyone, sometime. Here’s a question to ask yourself. Is your food storage a higher priority than owning a TV or a second car? “Wait,” you say, “WHAT?” Read on:
A really excellent talk is “Prepare for the Days of Tribulation” by President Benson. Here’s a little piece from it: “Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel also, for at least a year ahead. You of small means put your money in foodstuffs and wearing apparel, not in stocks and bonds; you of large means will think you know how to care for yourselves, but I may venture to suggest that you do not speculate. Let every head of every household aim to own his own home, free from mortgage. Let every man who has a garden spot, garden it; every man who owns a farm, farm it.” (President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., in Conference Report, Apr. 1937, p. 26.)
You do not need to go into debt, may I add, to obtain a year’s supply. Plan to build up your food supply just as you would a savings account. Save a little for storage each pay-check. Make your storage a part of your budget. Store seeds and have sufficient tools on hand to do the job. If you are saving and planning for a second car or a TV set or some item which merely adds to your comfort or pleasure, you may need to change your priorities. We urge you to do this prayerfully and do it now.” http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=90cdfc3157a6b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD (the whole talk- I highly recommend spending the 5-10 minutes to read it. This is also the talk where we find his famous quote about food storage being maybe like Noah’s ark for us.)
Is your food storage a higher priority than owning a TV or a second car?!
And now the recipe:
Homemade Granola and “Honey Clusters of Oats”
10 cups quick oats (rolled oats are OK too, just crunchier when baked) P.S.- a full #10 can is about 13 cups- take out 3 cups and the rest is the right amount.
1 (7 oz.) bag of coconut (leave out if you don’t like coconut)
1 (18 oz) box of cornflakes
1-2 c. chopped nuts, optional
1 cup honey, corn syrup, or maple syrup (pancake syrup)
1 cup brown sugar
¼ c. water
1-2 cups raisins, dates, or other dried fruit
In a really big bowl, stir together oats, coconut, cornflakes, and nuts. Combine honey, brown sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring just until the sugar is all dissolved. Pour over the stuff in the big bowl, stirring well to coat. Spread about ½” deep onto ungreased cookie sheets, then bake at 300 degrees until lightly browned (I think about 30 minutes) You can put 2 trays in at once, on different racks. When cool, stir in 1-2 cups dried fruit bits if you want to. Store in an airtight container (like your now-empty #10 can, or an ice cream bucket). It will keep for several months, especially if in a cool and dark area. It won’t ever “spoil” unless it gets wet. The only problem I’ve had is for it to get stale after a long time. It’s still nutritious, though. The nuts could go rancid too, but I’ve never kept it long enough for that.