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Daily Bread Emergency Preparedness Review and Giveaway

We are so excited to introduce you to Daily Bread!
Daily Bread provides the highest quality food storage products and the best overall value.  They have a strong customer satisfaction track record. Tens of thousands of people have chosen Daily Bread for emergency preparedness because it tastes great, is easy to prepare, is convenient to store, has a 25-year shelf-life and is affordably priced! 
 
Our parents have always been faithful about having a food storage.  With so many natural disasters and calamities wreaking havoc on our country (and the world) in the last few years, the importance and urgency of having food storage has been looming over my head!  Now that I have a family of my own, I have never found it so crucial to be prepared.  For decades, government and religious organizations have urged people to prepare themselves by storing extra food and water. In light of recent disasters and unsettled economic times, it is becoming easy to see the importance of doing so.
When I thought of food storage and emergency preparedness, my mind immediately turned to Daily Bread
Here is why:
  Daily Bread offers a huge variety of freeze dried goumet foods that taste as good as a homemade meal!  I don’t know about you, but if I was feeding my family in an emergency situation, cans of fruits and vegetables might not go over too well for a long period of time!
When it comes to buying food storage, here are 12 questions YOU should ask before making your purchase:
  1. Does the food or meal plan contain TVP or “textured vegetable protein”?   
  • Review the nutritional fact panel provided on each food product for insight into whether the it contains TVP.
  • TVP will be listed as soy nuggets, textured soy protein, soy meat, soya chunks or soy flour.  
  • A high concentration of Soy Protein can also indicate that TVP is the main source of protein.
  1. How many calories per person/ per day?
  • When considering calories-per-day, more may not always be better.  
  • Understand the “quality” of the calories you intake.  A heavy amount or servings of drinks/drink mix or foods with high sugar or carbohydrates (grains or starches) may not provide you the correct balance of calories you need in an everyday situation or at a time of high stress.  
  • Although you may need 1,200-2,400 calories per day, according the American Journal of Medicine, based on your height, weight and activity level, a balanced diet is the smart way to approach to daily caloric intake.
  1. Have you compared the price per serving?  
  • Lower is not always better.  Price per serving is a common way for companies to present their food products as competitively priced.  
  • Make sure you look at the nutrition panel for clarification when comparing one brand or product vs. others.
  • Compare the costs of the meals to meal meals only, drinks to drinks, and side items/snack items to the same.
  • It is important that you compare the actual serving size.  (Be aware that companies do not all use the same serving size; they may range from ¼ cup to 1 cup.)   The number of calories per serving is one way to compare.  Or using 1 cup as a common denominator, and the company or the brand should be able to give you their price per 1 cup.
  1. Is there variety and balance in the meals offered?
  • Today you enjoy a variety of products and tastes in each of your daily meals.
  • In Barbara Salsbury’s bestselling book Preparedness Principles, she discusses the need for meal options on both an emotional and nutritional level.  
  • When choosing products, ensure that you are getting an assortment of products and flavors and that you know how to use them.
  1. Are there advantages in how food is packaged?  
  • Oxygen and moisture are the biggest challenges to preserving shelf-life for any food packaged for long-term use.  Oxygen provides the environment a catalyst where bacteria grow and thrive.  Freeze-drying and dehydrating will both remove a significant amount of moisture from the food.
  • Food that is packaged (freeze dried food or dehydrated) correctly, using an oxygen absorber that is important to maintain and sustain the quality of the food.   An oxygen level below 2% is the optimal for long term storage, while moisture levels must be below 4%.  
  • According to packaging studies conducted by Oregon Freeze Dried (the nation’s leading long-term food supplier) properly sealed metal cans provide the best environment/conditions to have food products maintain a 25+ year shelf-life, as well as taste, texture, and nutritional value.  Mylar re-sealable pouches or basic pouches, although very convenient, have a higher probability to become compromised, allowing oxygen and moisture into the package.  Pouches provide a maximum 7 to 10 years of shelf life when stored properly.
  1. Where do I store my food?  What are the recommended storage conditions?
  • Optimal storage conditions for dehydrated products are in place that can maintain a maximum 50-55 degrees F/ 10-13 degrees Celsius.  
  • Freeze dried foods optimal storage conditions are also a cool location that can maintain a 70 0F or 210C.  You should never store food products in direct sunlight, high humidity, or heat.
  1. Are the eggs powdered or freeze-dried?   
  • Eggs are a product that you will definitely taste the difference whether they are dehydrated and freeze-dried.   Both are a good source of protein and will provide good nutritional content.  
  • Powdered eggs are dehydrated eggs.  Powdered eggs need to be cooked in a pan.  
  • Freeze-dried eggs have already been cooked and only require hot water to prepare.  Powdered eggs can achieve a shelf life of 3-10 years when stored properly.  Freeze-dried eggs have been found to last 25 years when packaged properly.    
  1. How do I know I am purchasing from a reputable company?  Does it matter if they are a reseller?
  • If you are not purchasing directly, but through a reseller (whether websites or traditional retailers) be aware that many do not carry inventory or may only stock a minimal inventory.
  • If this is the case, your order may be shipped from manufacturer third-party, which can lead to lengthy delivery times.
  • It is always a good idea to understand product guarantees, return policies, and shipping methods.    
  1. Should I purchase meals, single items, or both?   
  • Take an assessment of what staples you already have in your pantry (grains, sugar, pastas, etc…).  
  • Determine what you or your family enjoy or like…then look for those items.  In general, combining a meal plan with other items will provide variety and overall best value. 
    Note: Comprehensive meal plans usually provide the best value, as the Brand/Reseller usually builds in an attractive discount for buying more.
 
  1. Where is the food manufactured?
  • Most brands do not produce their own food, but rather contract with food manufacturers.   
  • Food needs to be produced in food grade manufacturing facilities or in USDA approved
  1. How do I prepare the food?
    • Both dehydrated and freeze dried products need water.  Dehydrated products require you to boil water, add the food, simmer for a predetermined time (usually 20-30 minutes) and stir.
    • If you are choosing dehydrated foods, you will need to think about how you will boil water as well as the time it will take in preparation.  
    • Freeze-dried food, on the other hand, requires you to just add water and wait 6-10 minutes depending on the meal or food.  Note: most people prefer warm food so adding warm or hot water is nice, but it is not necessarily required. 

  1. Is Free Shipping really Free?
  • When companies offer standard FREE shipping, you should be aware that they have accounted for the shipping cost in their final pricing to you.  You are most likely paying for it one way or another.
  • If a company is offering FREE shipping as limited promotion, it probably is truly a promotion and you are saving on the shipping cost.  Caution: Do not get caught up in FREE shipping as key driver to make your decision.  Quality, Taste, and Variety should rank higher in making a final choice.
After reviewing these questions, we knew that Daily Bread was the answer to all of our food storage needs! Which is why we thought our readers needed a little Daily Bread in your lives too!
 

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Chinese Chicken Stir-Fried Rice

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When we were growing up, we didn’t go out to eat much as a family, mostly because there were so many of us (that’s a lot of food and a lot of money! Can you imagine if we were a family of 6 boys?! Holy cow- our sweet parents would have been broke. Side note- we grew up across the street from a family that had 7 BOYS! Ha ha! What are the odds?!).
Anyway, on those rare occasions we did eat out as a family, we loved to go to this little local Chinese restaurant that would serve our food “family style”- lots of dishes full of delicious food and we would sample each of them. Our love of Chinese food started at a young age! :)
I don’t know if this dish counts as “authentic” Chinese food . . . but does it really matter if it tastes amazing and the whole family loves it?
The best part about it is that the chicken cooks in the slow cooker, making it so simple to throw together. This meal will quickly become a regular at your house!


Chinese Chicken Stir-Fried Rice
Ingredients:
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces (I used this easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken)
4 cups rice, cooked (I used microwaveable Minute Rice)
2 cups carrots and peas, frozen
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce

Directions:
In a large skillet, heat sesame oil over medium heat.
Add onion, garlic, carrots and peas and cook until vegetables are tender. Crack eggs into the pan and scramble, mixing with all the vegetables.
Add the cooked rice, cooked chicken, and soy sauce to the pan and stir. Remove from heat and serve.

Recipe slightly adapted from Rachel Schultz 

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Grilled Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs Recipe

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A couple of weeks ago, all I was craving was Chinese food (and I’m not even pregnant).
And I didn’t want to make it myself- I wanted real take-out Chinese food (well, American Chinese food) in the cute take-out boxes, so I sent my husband to the local Chinese place and he game home with a HUGE box full of all kinds of entrees, egg rolls, wontons, and lo mein.
It was incredibly delicious, but I felt pretty full from all the deep-fried food.
My husband and I were talking about how we could make Chinese food a little lighter; all the flavor without all the fat.
We marinated the chicken in sweet and sour sauce (my favorite!) and the end result was incredible! This meal was definitely a home run.

Grilled Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Author: Six Sisters Stuff
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Serves: 5
Tender and flavorful chicken with peppers, onions, and pineapple all grilled together.
Ingredients
  • 4-5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pineapple, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 (10 oz) bottle sweet and sour sauce
Instructions
  1. Place bite-size chicken pieces in a large resealable bag. Pour 3/4 of the sauce on top of the chicken and close bag (save the rest of the sauce for basting while grilling). Put chicken in the fridge and let marinate for at least 3 hours (up to 24 hours- the longer you let it marinate, the more flavorful the chicken will be).
  2. After chicken is finished marinating, thread chicken, peppers, pineapple, and onion onto skewers. If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning while grilling.
  3. Once all the chicken and peppers are threaded on skewers, discard bag with marinade. Place skewers on grill over medium heat and cook until chicken is completely cooked through and vegetables are tender, turning a couple times to make sure each side is cooked. Baste as needed (with [url href="https://store.thebloggernetwork.com/sixsistersstuff/kitchen-supplies/silicone-basting-brush.html"]a basting brush[/url]) with remaining sweet and sour sauce that you set aside.

Looking for more Chinese food you can make at home?
Chinese Chicken Stir-Fried Rice
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Rice
Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
Chinese BBQ Pork
Baked Mandarin Orange Chicken

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Carolina Food Storage Giveaway and 2 New Winners!

We are excited to announce this week’s sponsor for our giveaway: Carolina Food Storage! 
Growing up, we always had a store of food in our basement – with about 50 boxes of cereal and loads after load of cased canned goods. Our dad made these rotating shelves, and once a year we would replenish our supply at a huge case lot sale. It was nice to have the food on hand, but one thing we always struggled with is the shelf life of most of the products we would purchase.  In a couple of months, they would be completely spoiled. The other products we would purchase with a long shelf life were disgusting (and we wouldn’t eat them if they were the last food left on Earth). So when we heard about this food storage – we were excited to try it and compare it to the food of our childhood.
Here’s what we found:  not only does this food have an AMAZING shelf life (25 years!), it also tastes great!   Their THRIVE Premium Freeze Dried Foods are delicious!  They offer all the foods you’d find in a grocery store – grains, veggies, fruits, dairy, meat, and beans, all without the worry of your food going bad. The products are all natural with no preservatives or additives. The process of freeze drying creates shelf stable foods without losing any of the color, taste, or nutrients. Still not sold on it? Look at all they have to offer:
We got to try these Vanilla and Orange Yogurt bites, as well as the Fuji Apples – they were DELISH!
These two packets – Chicken and Celery & Onion made the most delicious chicken salad…
and we couldn’t get enough of it!
Our dad would LOVE on of these Food Rotation Systems
Emergency Kits! Some are even pre-assembled!
They also have food storage tools like “The Q” that help you plan out your meals, your shopping list, and ships your food orders to your home!
Want to win some tasty THRIVE products and a $50 Target Gift Card?!
Here’s How To Enter:
1. Visit Carolina Food Storage and leave a comment telling us what you would buy to add to your food storage.
2. Follow Carolina Food Storage on Twitter and leave a comment here to let us know.
3. “Like” Carolina Food Storage on Facebook and leave a comment letting us know.
4. Follow them on Pinterest and leave a comment to let us know.
Please leave a separate comment for each entry. 
You can enter up to 4 times.
To be sure that you are contacted if you win, please leave your email address in the comment so that we can let you know.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 29th.
We’ve got two winners this week:
The winner of the $100 Chinet Bakeware Voucher is
tgunnet429@gmail.com
The winner of a $100 Gift Card to noVae Clothing is
asw0314@yahoo.com
Please contact us within 48 hours to claim your prize!
SixSistersStuff@gmail.com

 

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Fresh Food Friday: 4th of July Food!

I seriously love the 4th of July almost as much as I love Christmas! Something about the fireworks, parades, BBQ’s, mom’s homemade ice cream . . . it doesn’t get much better than this!
This week for our
Fresh Food Friday
we are spotlighting some of our favorite
4th of July Foods!
These foods would be PERFECT to take to a party, share at a BBQ, or whip up and eat them all yourself. :)
 Isn’t this cake from Make It and Love It amazing?!?! It is almost too pretty to eat!
 Brownies + Cheesecake= a match made in heaven! Two of my favorite things! And she makes it look so easy to make! Check it out at Sun Scholars!
 Fruit pizza is so yummy . . . and this fun pizza from Taste of Home is the perfect recipe!
 I found these fun fruit kabobs on Pinterest . . . what a fun (and healthy!) idea!
 I love these Patriotic Cake Shooters from Kim’s Kandy Kreations! They totally remind me of “push-up pops” that I used to eat as a kid. This is like the grown-up version of a push-up pop! :)
 These Patriotic Jello Snacks at Green Acres Hobby Farm are so cute! They are the perfect way to use baby food jars!
 I am a sucker for salsa and lately I have been LOVING fruit salsas! This Patriotic Salsa from The Dragon’s Fairytail looks awesome!
These darling Patriotic Marshmallows from Whimsical Creations would be a big hit with my kids! She also shows you how to make S’mores Marshmallows, which look amazing!
Thank you for all your great recipes!!
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Do you have a recipe that you want featured?
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Can Organizer Food Storage Giveaway!

We are so excited to introduce you to our newest sponsor: CanOrganizer.com! They have amazing products to help organize and simplify your food storage for amazing prices! Seriously, this is the cheapest that I have ever seen products like this! Check them out:

If you have a kitchen, pantry, or any sort of food storage then you will love CanOrganizer.com. An affordable new way to organize your canned food! You can easily store, organize and rotate your canned food by using this simple and effective design that will maximize your cupboard space. Many different Organizers have been created to easily fit in your standard cupboard, pantry and food storage shelving.


The 11″ deep Cupboard Organizer is perfect for smaller spaces like your cupboard where you need to maximize space. This is ideal where a pantry or extra storage may not be available. You can simply use one Organizer or many depending on your needs. Fill up your cupboard so you can easily find what you’re looking for!

The 16″ deep Shelf Organizer is deeper so you can store even more cans!  Designed to fit nicely on your standard shelf so it is perfect for storage areas like your garage or storage room.

And finally the 22.5″ deep Pantry Organizer is the deepest of the bunch. This system is optimal for those deep pantries or storage racks where you have plenty of space. You will be amazed how many you can fit in the Organizer and well organized your food storage will be. Now you can hit those canned good sales and stock up for your family, saving money and having food on hand for whenever you need it.

If your cupboards are crammed with different odds and ends and you don’t have space to fit several organizers in a row, customize what you need for the space that you have.

Aren’t you ready to be organized and clean up those cupboards? Be better prepared and save now by visiting CanOrganizer.com and selecting the perfect size for your home.
 
Click here to watch how easy they are to assemble!

And yes, CanOrganizer has offered a fantastic giveaway to one of our readers!
They are offering a 4 pack of can organizers, of any size
So whatever suits you best, the winner will be able to choose.
Just visit CanOrganizer.com, pick the size you would like to win, and leave a comment below with your name and size.  It’s as easy as that! 

For additional entries, be a follower of Six Sisters’ Stuff on Facebook (1 entry), Twitter (1 entry), and Google Friend Connect (1 entry). Leave a separate comment below for each entry.

Are you ready to organize?

And if you aren’t feeling lucky, or end up not winning the giveaway, CanOrganizer is offering a 

10% discount off any purchase to our readers!
Just put in the code ‘sixsisters’ at checkout (expires October 31st).

Visit CanOrganizer.com for your discount today!

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52 Weeks of Food Storage

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I remember every year, we would go with our dad to a huge case-lot sale. We would stock up on all of our food storage for an entire year. My dad created this big, rolling shelf system in one of our basement storage rooms, and we would rotate through all of the food the whole year. It was a LOT of work, and a big expense to buy all at once. Now as we have tried to establish food storage in our own homes, we realize how hard it is for us to shop for food storage all at once. So, we’ve created a list of food storage to collect for 52 weeks. We recommend adding them slowly to your shopping list each week, buying one or two items. Start small, and before you know it, you will be well on your way to a solid supply of food.  With all the natural disasters we have seen over the past few years, it can never hurt to be prepared, and a small supply is better than no supply at all!

52 Weeks of Food Storage from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Week 1: Water – two gallons per person in your family. You can fill up your own sanitized containers, or buy them.

Week 2: One case of tomato soup

Week 3: Plastic plates, bowls, and utensils

Week 4: Salt – one pound per person in your family

Week 5: Oats – two  pounds per person in your family, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 6: Peanut Butter – one pound per person in your family

Week 7: Sugar – two pounds  per person in your family

Week 8: One case of evaporated milk

Week 9: Three pounds of pasta (any kind)

Week 10: Four  jars of jam or jelly, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 11: Flour – five pounds per person in your family

Week 12: Two large bottles of vinegar

Week 13: Two large bottles of vegetable oil

Week 14: One  case of applesauce

Week 15: Three pounds of pasta, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 16: Honey – one and a half pounds per person in your family, and fill up or buy 2 or more gallons of water per person

Week 17: One case of canned olives

Week 18: One case of chicken noodle soup, and fill up or buy 2 or more gallons of water per person

Week 19: Four  jars of Mayonnaise

Week 20: Five pounds of rice, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 21: Sugar – two pounds per person in your family,

Week 22: Four boxes of baking soda, and eight cans of tuna

Week 23: Peanut Butter  – one pound per person

Week 24: Oats – three pounds per person

Week 25: One case of canned tomatoes, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 26: Salt – one pound per person in your family

Week 27: Two  loaves of bread (to store in your freezer)

Week 28: Four cans of baking powder

Week 29: One large package (or can) of dried fruit

Week 30: Three pounds of dried beans (any kind), and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 31: Two bottles of ketchup and two bottles of mustard

Week 32: Four pounds of powdered sugar

Week 33: Oats – three pounds per person in your family

Week 34: One case of canned pineapple

Week 35: One case of canned corn and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 36: Sugar – two pounds per person in your family

Week 37: Three pounds of Brown Sugar

Week 38: One case of cream of chicken soup

Week 39: Six boxes of Macaroni and Cheese

Week 40: One case of canned mandarin oranges

Week 41: Honey – one and a half pounds per person in your family, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 42: Five pounds of rice

Week 43: Three pounds of pasta

Week 44: Salt – one pound per person in your family

Week 45: One case of canned  black beans

Week 46: One case of cream of mushroom soup, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 47: Flour – five pounds per person in your family

Week 48: Five cans of pasta sauce

Week 49: One gallon of bleach

Week 50: Two pounds of your favorite powdered drink mix

Week 51: One case of canned green beans, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 52: One case of canned chili

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