Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Helpful Sites

Wheat conversions (cups to lbs)

This will vary on your flour and grinding, but here's an estimate:

1 lb of wheat kernels = 2 cups of wheat
2 cups of wheat = 3.2-4 cups of flour (or 3.5 cup average)

Red vs White Wheat

The terms “red” and “white” are used to identify the color of the kernel and not of the flour that is eventually milled from those kernels. Hard white wheat was actually originally developed from hard red wheat. The idea was to create a new type of wheat with the same overall nutritional value, but with some different characteristics for baking.


Red wheat has a slightly higher amount of protein which makes it better for more rustic, artisan and generally harder bread loaves. In contrast, hard white wheat’s more moderate level of protein makes for softer loaves such as your typical pan loaves and dinner rolls. 

The other major difference between the two types of wheat is in flavor. Red wheat has a certain genetic makeup that gives the bran its darker color and a more bitter taste, whereas white wheat has been cultivated to be free of these certain genes.  Health conscious bakers often prefer white wheat because this genetically reduced bitterness requires less additional sweeteners in the final product. You can substitute 2 T orange juice for 2 T water in a recipe with red wheat to reduce the bitter taste.

from:  http://blog.bobsredmill.com/recipes/hard-red-wheat-vs-hard-white-wheat/

Friday, February 15, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soup

What you need:

-1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle
-1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle
-1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
-3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)
-2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store. They are all in the same area at Walmart.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load.
 
Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha soap just like cheese. I used a regular cheese grater. Don't worry the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water like me. Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. This part makes your whole house smell great. Once everything is mixed store soap however you like.
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

72 hour Kit FOOD Supplies

Generic List

  • MRE s - Meals Ready to Eat
  • Emergency Food packs
  • Freeze dried foods
  • Nutriton/Power bars
  • Canned Foods
  • Protein/Granola Bar
  • Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
  • Crackers/Cereal
Specific Food List Per Person Adult
  1. Day 1
    • Breakfast- Oatmeal packet(s) and pop-tart pack
    • Lunch- Chili
    • Dinner- Beef Stew
    • Snack- nuts/trail mix, beef jerky/beef stick, candy (smarty suckers), fruit cup, juice box, gum, cliff bars, fruit leathers, nature valley green bar, dried fruit, fruit snack
  2. Day 2
    • Breakfast-Oatmeal packet(s) and pop-tart pack
    • Lunch- Chili
    • Dinner- Beef Stew
    • Snack-
  3. Day 3
    • Breakfast-Oatmeal packet(s) and pop-tart pack
    • Lunch- Chili
    • Dinner- Beef Stew
    • Snack-
Water 1-2 gallons (4-8 water bottles)
Wet Wipes
Plastic utensils
Can opener
Bowl

Specific Food List Per Person Child
  1. Day 1
    • Breakfast- Oatmeal packet(s) and pop-tart pack
    • Lunch- Ramen, tuna or beef ravioli
    • Dinner- Spaghettios
    • Snack-nuts/trail mix, beef jerky, candy, fruit cup, juice box, gum, cliff bars, fruit leathers, nature valley green bar, dried fruit, fruit snack
  2. Day 2
    • Breakfast-Oatmeal packet(s) and pop-tart pack
    • Lunch- Ramen, tuna or beef ravioli
    • Dinner-Spaghettios
    • Snack-
  3. Day 3
    • Breakfast-Oatmeal packet(s) and pop-tart pack
    • Lunch- Ramen, tuna or beef ravioli
    • Dinner- Spaghettios
    • Snack-
Water 1-2 gallons
Wet Wipes
Plastic utensils
Can opener
Bowl


Tips
  • Ziplock meals/items together
  • Keep a list on each bag with the food items in bag and daily food plans

First Aid Kit Supplies



Important Supplies
  • Alcohol pads
  • Bandages, different sizes (Triangel Bandages, Strip bandages)
  • Bandades, different sizes
  • Gauze pads
  • Neosporin
  • Tweezers
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Splints (for broken bones)
  • Ace wrap
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • First Aid Manuel
  • Medications - Allergy, pain, antacid, anti-diarrhea, hydrocortisone, burn gel

Semi-Important Supplies
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Nail Clippers
  • Hand santizier
  • Cold Pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet Wipes
  • Face Mask

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Storage Containers

Recommended storage containers for dry long term storage. Should be stored with oxygen absorber packets (not suggested for moist products as it can lead to botulism).