Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

Food Storage Friday: Winging It

by heather

Last Friday morning I decided that I wanted pulled pork sandwiches for dinner. So before my husband left for school I ran to the grocery store for a small pork roast. I didn’t get far when I started having car trouble. No funny noises, but a check engine light. I couldn’t accelerate very well and could not get up past 20 mph. So I turned around and had him look at it. Fortunately he has one of these babies to diagnose check engine light problems. (Worth every penny)

Black & Decker AD925 Smart Scan Automotive Check Engine Light Diagnostic Tool
 Unfortunately the problem was not something he could fix. Fortunately he managed to get it to the closest auto shop. Unfortunately it was not something that they could fix either. It required a part that they didn’t have and couldn’t even order, only the dealership could. Fortunately it was a part that had had a safety recall. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to even look at it before Monday, and as it turns out it wasn’t a part that was recalled in the state we live in, so we still had to pay for it. The upshot is there were to be no unnecessary trips to anywhere last weekend. Fortunately I had enough items in my food storage to throw together something for dinner that my family was happy with. And when I say throw together I mean I literally grabbed a few items from my pantry and dumped them in my crock pot in an experimental fashion. Food storage saved the day again. Enjoy.
BBQ Pork and Rice
Food Storage Ingredients:
2 cans (14.4 oz) cooked pork chunks
1/2 of one 20 oz can crushed pineapple, not drained
1 bottle (18 oz) BBQ sauce
1 Tablespoon dried diced red and green bell peppers
2 Tablespoons minced dried onions
4 cups prepared white rice
1. Dump first 5 ingredients in a 3-4 quart crock pot and stir. 2. Cook on low for 2 to 3 hours. 3. Serve over rice.
I served it with fresh green beans that I rubbed with olive oil, seasoned and roasted. (The yellow stuff is an onion vinaigrette.) If you don’t happen to have canned pork chunks handy, I’m certain that this recipe would work very well (probably even better) with a small pork roast or boneless ribs, but you would have to drastically increase the cooking time and then shred the meat into the sauce after it is cooked.

2 Responses to “Food Storage Friday: Winging It”

  1. Kim says:

    Sorry about your car. That always sucks. Great recipe though. We are getting started on our food storage and I have no idea where to start. Any suggestions? I need help. :)

  2. Heather says:

    Kim my friend! Ok so I could probably ramble on for a very long time with suggestions with food storage, but I think that these are the three most important things: 1. Find recipes that use basic food storage that your family likes to eat and you are comfortable cooking. 2. Incorporate food storage into your diet on a regular basis so your body is used to those whole grains. 3.Build it a little at a time, making sure that you store what you will actually eat.
    Here's a link to a food storage calculator so you know how much to store and what to shoot for:
    http://providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,7498-1-4070-1,00.html
    If you click on my labels "food storage" or "Food Storage Friday", I give lots of recipes and ideas. I also highly, highly recommend the book I Dare You To Eat It. I wrote a review of it in one of my early posts.
    Best of Luck! Let me know if you have any questions.

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