Friday, November 16, 2012

BY #9: A can of course, and bye to Twinkies...

My BY for the day: Beef tamales

If I were adding anything to go along with this, it would be: Umm, aluminum foil, because they would be easy to heat up on a grill or something? The question mark is there because I haven't tried this method, but given they are tamales, seems like you could wrap them up and heat them pretty nicely... The 15 oz. can I bought (for $.98!) says that there are three 2-tamale servings within. Six tamales per can. So, what would be an actual serving for the people you would be responsible for? If they could eat more than two tamales for a meal, plan accordingly... In terms of adding an additional food, I'm thinking a nice can of fruit would do nicely. Or maybe some chili over the top if you do get to use that aluminum foil. Looks like I have some experimenting to do.

Have you heard about Hostess going out of business? We are not huge consumers of Twinkies, but we do like the Wonder whole wheat bread that we can get for a pretty good price at the Wonder Bread store not too far from us. We like to keep some of those loaves in the freezer. What does this have to do with the BY series? At least two things:

---Speaking of bread, since you can freeze it for quite a while, stocking up with a few loaves in your freezer will make your life easier in the case of an emergency. If the electricity doesn't go out during your emergency, you can store the bread even longer to supplement the food in your canned storage. If the electricity does go out, the bread thaws, but should still be good for awhile, and still can supplement or even help replace some of your canned food at mealtime, especially in something like a 3-day emergency scenario. You would be able to eat better while waiting for help to arrive..

--I am sorry that as a result of this company going out of business, according to the article, 18,500 people will lose their jobs. If you find yourself out of a job, any food you have in storage will only improve your situation. There are many different kinds of emergencies.

Hoping your BYs are going well...


TM Frugal Gourmet said...

When we didn't have potatoes and my mom really wanted hamburger gravy, she would serve it over toast!!! And yes you can make toast with the power out. IF you have a fish basket for cooking fish over a BBQ or fire, you can use it for toast as well. Just don't burn it.. yuck..

I have also just buttered the cast iron skillet and put the bread in to "toast" it on both sides.

Marie said...

TM Frugal Gourmet--Great idea--I don't have a fish basket, but it is probably something that I need to look into. Cookware that can stand alternative cooking is important...Thanks so much for your comment!