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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Emergency Preparedness -- Your Pantry, part 3

  Hesitant to buy large amounts of cheese powder to try a recipe, I compromised on getting a generic mac and cheese dinner for 34 cents. The macaroni can go into a different dinner. Cheese powder isn't available at the grocery stores in the largest town nearby (60 miles).
Anyone have a good source for cheese powder in less than a 10# size?

 Taco Rice

In quart jar place:

3 TBS. Taco Seasoning from Your Pantry, part 1
1 c uncooked rice
1 packet dry cheese sauce from Mac and Cheese dinner

To cook:
In medium pan add 3 cups water, rice and Taco Seasoning, bring to boil, and simmer 10 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir in 2 TBS. butter (optional), and contents of cheese packet. Carnivores add meat. Top with crushed corn chips.

Serve as casserole or in tortillas with refried beans.

variations: decrease water to 2 c and add 8 oz. diced tomatoes  
                           decrease water to 2 c and add 8 oz tomato sauce

Creole Rice
In 1-1/2 cup jar or bag
1-1/2 tsp Creole seasoning (Your Pantry, Page 1- add more to
                                              taste later, if needed -- HOT!)
1 c  rice
from your shelves : 8 oz can tomato sauce
Tomato sauce can be sealed in a baggie (more hygenic) and placed with rice/ seasonings in 1 qt. widemouth jar, instead.

To prepare:

In medium saucepan add 2 c water, tomato sauce, and rice/ sesonings. Bring to boil and simmer 15- 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

additions: chopped celery, diced sweet peppers, fresh onions, grated cheese
Carnivores add  cooked sausage, chicken/rabbit, meat, seafood (shrimp is very tasty) after rice is done. Allow to heat through.
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Check it out! Rooster tracks in the last snowstorm!  Antonio is getting stealthier since my post "The Night Before Christmas--Art  vs. The Rooster! Or maybe it's just too cold to go out chasing  Antonio Banty-Deras.

Warm spell due! Huzzah! Next Blog on Preparedness -- Rabbits.


  1. Interesting, useful and resorceful. These post are getting to be a public service.

  2. King arthur flour sells packages of powdered vermont white chedder cheese in a smaller size. Not cost effective for large batches but very tasty (it makes a wonderfull homemade "smart food" cheese popcorn.). If you like to bake watch out though, its very easy to max out the credit card on their online store!

  3. Thanks, Ruth! This product sounds perfect! I'm afraid to look it up with my card in hand, though!

    Visited your blog several times and enjoyed!

  4. thank you!

    If it makes you feel any better. I go place the card on teh other side of the house before I go hit king arthur's site, only once I've whittled my cart down to a reasonable size, and have reached the page where I must enter the numbers do I allow myself to go retrieve the card to pay....