I couldn't decide what to make for supper tonight. I really wanted a lettuce salad with chicken breast. The only problem with that was that I didn't have any chicken breast thawed. I had some in the freezer, but that wasn't going to help me for tonight's supper. I thought of other things I could make, but that salad just kept coming back into my thoughts and whetting my appetite. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted it! Isn't that how it seems to go? We always want something that we don't have or that isn't available?
Well, I kept searching for ideas of what I could make. I was even looking through my Pinterest boards for ideas and nothing looked or sounded good. Then, it dawned on me! I have some freeze dried chicken breast in my long term food storage pantry!
Why hadn't I thought of that before?? Well, for one thing, I've only ever used my freeze dried foods for making my meals-in-a-bag. And, since I had used it for those meals, it was stored in glass mason jars; which meant I didn't have to open up one of those big cans of it for just a small amount. I figured, why not?
So, I went to the pantry and checked to make sure I had enough to use some for my supper. Sure enough, I had two full quart sized jars of it. I was so happy!! I could make my salad!!
I took one jar of it over to the kitchen counter, opened it, and scooped out 1/3 cup of freeze dried chicken breast. I put that into a small microwavable glass bowl and then re-sealed the jar. Then, I poured water over the chicken in the bowl (enough to cover it) and put it in the microwave. I set the microwave for two and a half minutes. I watched through the glass in the microwave to make sure that the water did come to a boil. I know, I'm weird. Anyway, it did begin to boil at about the two minute mark. So, I watched and made sure it didn't boil over. I took the bowl out and sat it on the counter on top of a hot pad and then covered it with another hot pad and a small towel (to keep the heat in).
While the chicken was re-hydrating, I went ahead and got everything else ready for my salad. By the time I had chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, and put the lettuce in a bowl with the veggies, the chicken chunks were re-hydrated and ready to add to my salad. I was so happy!!!
As I'm sitting here at my laptop writing this I am happily eating my salad. And, let me tell you, it tastes perfect! You would never know that those chicken chunks had been freeze dried!
I was just so excited about utilizing some of my long term food storage items in my every day life that I had to share this with you! Granted, I wouldn't advise opening up a large can of freeze dried foods just to use for one measly serving. But, if you've got some that's already been opened and re-sealed, why not? For one thing, it helps us to realize and know that what we're doing for ourselves and our families is the right thing. Stocking food that tastes good and will actually be eaten.
I probably shouldn't, but I must confess...I have actually used some of my meals-in-a-bag (that I have put together for our long term food storage) for my own meals before. Why? Because they taste so good and are so easy to make (in the microwave) when I need to make a quick meal! In fact, just the other day I took out some hamburger goulash I had stored in the freezer to heat up for supper. I found myself really wanting my Hamburger Goulash Meal-in-a-bag instead of that which I had frozen. That's how good it is! Don't worry, I always replace the meals I use the next time I make more of them 😊. Hehe.
Have you ever used your freeze dried or dehydrated foods you have for long term food storage in your every day life? If so, let me know what for or how you used them in the comment section below.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. And as always...
Happy prepping, and God bless!