I like to be prepared for anything. I know there may come a point in time that I cannot make it to the stores, or that the stores may be empty.
Yes, we could eat, at least what I could grow. Things may get a bit bland and I want to be prepared. If I had only the simplest things to eat - I want them to at least have a little flavor! That can make a huge difference.
Powders can last for years if kept dry and cool. There are so many things that can be purchased or made into powders that will last far longer than canned or frozen.
We all think of the basics such as milk, eggs, cocoa, flour, sugar - but there is so much more
Here are some of my must have powders:
Yeast ( I keep a lot in the freezer)
Seasonings - vanilla, fruit, spices, cream of tartar
Protein powder - could really help a lot!
Baking powder and baking soda
Flavored drink mixes (mix with water)
Flaked or powdered potatoes
MISC. - citric acid, powdered aspirin, powdered bleach
Onion, garlic, nutritional yeast, horseradish, butter, peanut butter and Kool-Aid flavors
There are many items that you can purchase that have been powdered. I like the site of Spices Etc., they offer all kinds of things, from peppers to vinegar. I have also purchased many items at Amish stores and at health food stores.
I do not yet have honey, molasses or vinegar powders - but they are on my TO BUY list in the first quarter of this year.
I make many powders. You can dehydrate just about anything (has to be really dry), then powder it. Fruits and veggie powders can be added to smoothies, soups, or casseroles for flavor and for extra vitamins.
I dehydrate the outer leaves of cabbage and then powder. I dehydrate the big tough okra and powder for natural soup thickener. Onion, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes (skins), broccoli, fruit peels, citrus zest, etc. can been done - there really is no limit. I figure anything that gets powdered isn't being wasted - and may help us at some point in the future.
It is also a great way to get veggies into those who don't want to eat them!
In the past I have ground dried beans (not cooked) with the coffee grinder. Keep them on hand for any easy 'refried' type bean. Easy to make with water and high in protein.
Everyone needs to step out of their comfort zone and try getting some powders. They may help season up things in the future, give you needed calories to function, and they may even help keep you healthy.
I know a lot of people talk the SHTF days - but it is inevitable that it will happen at some point. Maybe not in our lifetime, but maybe in the younger generations.
I know the Lord is watching over me, but He also expects me to do what I can to stay safe and healthy.
We all need to teach others. Teach the young ones what can be done. If we all do some of these things - we won't starve!
I know I can make drinks or smoothies that contain vitamins and minerals, I could eat biscuits and gravy, make some simple things taste a little better, bake a little, and eat whatever I could grow.
Our lives may depend on it someday.
*(could also use to barter)
What do you keep in powdered form? Are you prepared?
Hopefully I gave you a few useful ideas today.