FOOD Stock up advice

nomifyle

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Yuck factor has been mentioned. To that I say you need to store foods that don't give you the yuck factor or adjust your yuck factor to accept the foods available. Its better to slowly introduce canned veggies and start adjusting your yuck factor than to be in a SHTF situation with no food at the grocery store (never happen right?) and not having any veggies. I really don't care for canned peas and usually use frozen, but I store canned peas because better canned than none. I open a can every once in awhile and eat them. I guess I'm lucky but my yuck factor is pretty limited to hominy and grits.
What kind of peas are you talking about. If its green peas I agree, but other legume peas are a different story. I love them and could, if necessary eat them straight from the can.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

WalknTrot

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I was surprised to see a new canned meat product on the shelf at our local Walmart the other day. I should have bought a can just to try. If they still have them when I go next, I'll do that. It was canned country sausage patties. I think there were 4 patties per can. I forget who it's made by. Anyone else seen those?
If it's the stuff I'm thinking of, I tried it last winter. They aren't "patties" though they show patties on the label.
The meat is about the consistency of medium grade mud, it's closest cousin to finely ground SPAM with extra water, and when cooked up, tastes like it.

I was able to get patties made ('cuz I'm stubborn and love a challenge) but you have to drain/spoon off the water/liquid fat that settles to the top of the can, mix the remaining meat-mud with flour enough to make something that will hold a semblance of a ball-shape, then fry the loose ball in butter so it immediately makes a crunchy crust. Then you can turn your "patties". (Mush-balls). I'd much rather deal with good old SPAM..a lot less hassle and better result.

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cyberiot

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If it's the stuff I'm thinking of, I tried it last winter. They aren't "patties" though they show patties on the label.
The meat is about the consistency of medium grade mud, it's closest cousin to finely ground SPAM with extra water, and when cooked up, tastes like it.

I was able to get patties made ('cuz I'm stubborn and love a challenge) but you have to drain/spoon off the water/liquid fat that settles to the top of the can, mix the remaining meat-mud with flour enough to make something that will hold a semblance of a ball-shape, then fry the loose ball in butter so it immediately makes a crunchy crust. Then you can turn your "patties". (Mush-balls). I'd much rather deal with good old SPAM..a lot less hassle and better result.

Here: It was this...or same, but different brand name -

I've got some Yoder's canned hamburger that looks like cheap dog food coming out of the can. But the crumbles fry up nicely. You were brave to attempt making patties!
 

WalknTrot

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I've got some Yoder's canned hamburger that looks like cheap dog food coming out of the can. But the crumbles fry up nicely. You were brave to attempt making patties!
This stuff was MUCH finer and wetter than Yoder's canned burger. You could push it through a tea sieve.
Yoders burger is almost identical to home-canned burger, and is useful as a burger substitute in any recipe.
 

Marseydoats

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I was surprised to see a new canned meat product on the shelf at our local Walmart the other day. I should have bought a can just to try. If they still have them when I go next, I'll do that. It was canned country sausage patties. I think there were 4 patties per can. I forget who it's made by. Anyone else seen those?
Mom used to buy those when I was a kid. I think the brand name is Beverly? Anyway, she and dad must have liked them because they were always in the pantry. I can't eat sausage, so I don't know if I ever tasted it.
 
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etdeb

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I need to find the list of recalled canned beef. I am pretty sure some of my inventory added in the past months might be on the list.
 

Martinhouse

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etdeb, I have some canned beef in gravy from Dollar General that is on that list but I don't know how to read the code on the can...it doesn't have the normal "best by..." date stamped on it. I think it's a Cover Valley brand and it says on the can that it comes from Brazil.

I can't remember where I saw the list, either, and I'd sure like to know if they are any good, since I have eight or ten cans of the stuff.
 

etdeb

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etdeb, I have some canned beef in gravy from Dollar General that is on that list but I don't know how to read the code on the can...it doesn't have the normal "best by..." date stamped on it. I think it's a Cover Valley brand and it says on the can that it comes from Brazil.

I can't remember where I saw the list, either, and I'd sure like to know if they are any good, since I have eight or ten cans of the stuff.
The recall was announced by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which says the recalled cans were made from October 22, 2020, through March 15, 2020. Multiple brands are impacted by the recall, including Clover Valley, Hargis House, Kroger, Laura Lynn, Hostess, Harvest Creek, and Armour.
All of the products are sold as “Roast Beef with Gravy,” however, with Best By dates of October 22, 2022; the Harvest Creek and Hargis House products also have Best By dates of March 15, 2023. The cans were shipped to stores across the US and they can all be identified by looking for the establishment number “EST. 31812.”
The USDA says a “state partner” discovered the lead issue as part of its regular sample testing. Fortunately, there had been no reports of issues resulting from eating these products as of the time of the recall publication.
 

etdeb

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There maybe another recall because the brand I have is not listed and when I first saw the recall I thought I saw the Kirkland Brand.
 
I'd get those frozen veggies out of the freezer to provide more room for meat products. I dehydrate all my frozen veggies now, in a dehydrator; 14 hours at 125 degrees. Then, I vacuum seal them in one cup amounts and put in a plastic tub. I've been freezing carrots and peas packages to mix into rice. I've also been buying packets of fried rice seasonings for the rice as well; otherwise it will be boring.

If you don't have canned tomato sauce; you can always buy the packets of spaghetti seasonings. They will be disappearing in a hurry. I am vacuum sealing elbow macaroni in 2-cup amounts and including one of the spaghetti seasoning packets along with it. All I need is a can of tomato paste. The newest thing on Youtube is 'powdering' your dehydrated tomatoes. With a little water, you can make it thick like paste, or add more water and have a sauce.. I think it is a great way to use up all the excess tomatoes.

I just pressure canned some butter, that will last up to 5 years too!!!
Once we grated some cheese, then vacuum sealed it in bags.
Oops.
 

bracketquant

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I love peas but nothing tastes worse than canned peas.
There are canned peas and then there are sh#t-canned peas. The best that I've found are Le Sueur Very Young Small Sweet Peas. They are the only canned peas that I would consider buying.

The worst I've ever tried were given to me by a neighbor. She gets a monthly food basket for her volunteer work. I've never seen these in any store. I think I still have one can at home, so I'll look for the brand. I do know these cans come from CHY-na. Huge, very hard, starchy peas. Basically inedible as they are. With the last can, I'll run them through a food processor, and then mix them in with something strong tasting that will mask the flavor.

As peas go, for me, straight from the garden (like the variety Lincoln) is tops, then frozen, then canned (Le Sueur only), and last is freeze-dried.
 

xtreme_right

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this I'm interested in, do you make them yourself or purchase them already dried?
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I love these! They taste as good as frozen and are so convenient to have in the pantry. Boil some water and open the carton and fill up to the line. Close it back up and give it about 10 minutes to rehydrate, then Pan fry in some oil.

They are about the size of a pint carton of half & half. They’re next to the potato flakes and stuffing mix. They’re easy to miss in my store because they just have a single row of them.
 

psychgirl

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I love these! They taste as good as frozen and are so convenient to have in the pantry. Boil some water and open the carton and fill up to the line. Close it back up and give it about 10 minutes to rehydrate, then Pan fry in some oil.

They are about the size of a pint carton of half & half. They’re next to the potato flakes and stuffing mix. They’re easy to miss in my store because they just have a single row of them.
I have never in my life ever seen these!!!
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Warthog

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Bear in mind that you should stock canned products that would cover for being unable to get fresh food. What do you eat that’s fresh? Then stock up on those things in cans. Don’t count on frozen either. Three days without electricity and you won’t have any fresh/frozen food.
Just to mention some stores have already got you down to a limit of 4 on canned goods, especially veggies!
 

WalknTrot

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Here's a You tube guy that showcases both Banner Sausage and Beverly canned sausage.
The good, the bad and the ugly,lol. RT 10 minutes
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXiCWFwC88s
Haha! Thanks for looking that video up. Now folks can see I wasn't lying. Truth be told, I may have gotten the "add flour" idea from the comments on that Youtube....can't remember. A person really can make patties that way, but it doesn't improve the flavor and texture much..or at all.
 

thompson

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Haha! Thanks for looking that video up. Now folks can see I wasn't lying. Truth be told, I may have gotten the "add flour" idea from the comments on that Youtube....can't remember. A person really can make patties that way, but it doesn't improve the flavor and texture much..or at all.
I took this as a challenge and used instant mashed potato flakes and was able to form it into patties. Helps to refrigerate the patties a bit before trying to fry, too. (Might try freezing a batch of preformed patties to see how that works.) Fried in bacon grease, they were pretty good. NO, they're not like Jimmy Dean or Owens sausage patties, but they were quite edible. Top it with a fried egg, even better.

If you buy something that you've never tried before because it's cheap or available and find you don't like it as originally described, use your imagination and figure out a way to work it into a dish you might like better. I don't care for the Walmart canned pulled pork (waaaay too sweet for my taste), but stirred into a batch of canned or homemade baked beans and then baked, it's very good. Drain off a can of the sausage and cook it down in a skillet then add to a batch of split pea soup, etc. Don't like canned peas but have some and are hungry? Make pea soup with them and use your stick blender, etc., etc. You've added nutrition and not wasted money OR food.

People are either going to starve to death or decide right quick that some of the stuff they now deem "yucky" tastes pretty damn good when their stomach has been growling.
 

thompson

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That stinks.
I had them on my list soon as I read your post.
Sam's Club used to carry the individual little boxes but quit carrying them a while back. They still carry the big cardboard container (think like cardboard milk cartons) which are fine and keep well. Just make sure to use a binder clip on the 'spout' when you open them to keep them fresh, or do like I've done many times and use a stapler to seal it up! :)
 

Barry Natchitoches

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I’m not a huge fan of beans but I do stock some canned black beans and chick peas, along with regular chili beans etc.

But what I DO love are lentils! They’re cheap, fast, easy to cook with, and inexpensive. I put the bags into large cookie tins (which are airtight )to store in our basement.

Along the same lines as lentils are bags of split peas for soup. Cheap, easy, and fast cooking. Both are very nutritious too. I use onions, bacon or bacon grease to season, chicken brith.
Ham is delicious too, of course.

My split pea soup is a requested dish from a co worker and her dad....He said it’s better than what HIS mother made -that’s very high praise!
I have a ton of dried split peas - would you be willing to share your recipe?
 

WalknTrot

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I took this as a challenge and used instant mashed potato flakes and was able to form it into patties. Helps to refrigerate the patties a bit before trying to fry, too. (Might try freezing a batch of preformed patties to see how that works.) Fried in bacon grease, they were pretty good. NO, they're not like Jimmy Dean or Owens sausage patties, but they were quite edible. Top it with a fried egg, even better.
Potato flakes or buds is a good idea. Serves the purpose (like my flour) of soaking up the liquid and adding some body. The patties I fried up looked pretty good...but yep...sure not your usual Jimmy Dean fare.

That was my thought, too. Put it in pea soup or beans to add pork/ham flavor (plus fat and salt!) would work, and it would just blend right in and disappear.
 

nehimama

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Sam's Club used to carry the individual little boxes but quit carrying them a while back. They still carry the big cardboard container (think like cardboard milk cartons) which are fine and keep well. Just make sure to use a binder clip on the 'spout' when you open them to keep them fresh, or do like I've done many times and use a stapler to seal it up! :)
You can also get tomatoes in the same type of cartons - brand name is Colvita, available on Amazon. Probably won't burst like tomatoes in a can.
 
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