Hi! My name is Linda and I’m married with four daughters, three son-in-laws, and 17 grandchildren. My husband and I were pretty poor for the first few years after we were married, though we didn’t realize it at the time. We both grew up in homes where our parents kept a pantry full of food storage. I’m sure those pantries didn’t hold a year’s supply of food and probably held barely even three months’ worth of food. After we got married, I remember being the youngest family in the neighborhood with the biggest garden. I loved it! My girls and I canned everything, including apricots, peaches, pears, green beans, salsa, and spaghetti sauce. We dehydrated everything you can imagine and even made juice from grapes.
When I was about 16 years old I lived with an aunt and her family in Illinois for six months during the winter. While I was there they had a really bad ice storm and the roads were shut down for two weeks. The grocery stores would only allow one quart of milk and one pound of ground beef per week, per family. We had to walk several blocks in the cold just to get our allotted food. My aunt had a new baby and had run out of formula, plus she didn’t even have two cans of food in her cupboards. I was so scared that we’d all starve! I learned from that experience and swore I would never let that happen to me or my family. I didn’t believe in going into debt to buy food storage and tried to only buy it when it was on sale. I started small by buying one #10 can at a time and soon had a year’s supply of food.
- 6 cups warm water
- 2/3 cup oil (I like Olive oil)
- 1 cup or so of honey
- 2 Tbls. Dough Enhancer
- 2 Tbls. Wheat Gluten
- 2 Tbls. Salt
- 2 Tbls. dry instant or powdered milk
- 2 Tbls. SAF Instant Yeast
- 2 Tbls. Lemon juice (I learned this from Kendra-keeps the bread from being crumbly)
- 7 cups of flour
2 Tablespoons of everything is so nice and easy to remember!! I then Mix it all together and add the rest of the flour. (about 14 cups or so total). I add the 7 cups of whole wheat flour…..mix gently…continue adding the rest of the flour until it leaves the sides of the bowl. Do not ADD too much flour. Mix it altogether…..mix for TEN minutes in the Bosch and then put in greased bowl, cover with greased plastic wrap or towel. Let rise. Punch down and place in greased bread pans. I make eight one pound loaves. I let it rise one more time….Bake at 350 degrees for 27 minutes. That’s it! Enjoy!
Mmm! I cannot wait to try that bread recipe, there is nothing better than freshly baked bread. As if Linda wasn’t amazing enough, she has also agreed to give away an emergency preparedness binder! This is a binder Linda designed to store all the important documents we have so that they would be ready to grab and go if we needed to leave our house asap. Everyone should have one of these binders.
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