Did you know that each year Americans are estimated to spend over $2 billion on the Thanksgiving dinner meal alone? Putting a turkey, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce on the table is not a cheap endeavor, and it’s easy to spend a good amount of money just to create the fix-ins for America’s favorite feast. This year, try using your food storage ingredients to make Thanksgiving favorites and save money in the process. Trust us, with the recipes we’ve got for you today, your family will have no idea you are serving them food storage.
Five Ways to Use Food Storage to Make Thanksgiving Dinner
1. Serve up mashed potatoes your family will talk about for Thanksgivings to come with Legacy’s instant mashed potatoes. These popular potatoes have the perfect creamy texture and an addictively savory flavor. Whip them up in a jiffy (forget about the work of mashing your own) and serve them with a dollop of butter or your family’s favorite gravy. For some delicious variations on the traditional mashed potato dish, try adding in some roasted garlic, melted cheese, chicken broth, dill, or even spicy chipotle peppers for a bolder Thanksgiving potato.
2. Use your freeze-dried corn to make tasty corn dishes. Legacy’s freeze-dried corn is a deliciously sweet golden corn that reconstitutes to the perfect texture. Serve it as a side dish with a heaping spoonful of butter on top, or use it to make this family favorite:
2 lbs reconstituted corn kernels
1 8 oz cream cheese
½ stick butter
1 T sugar
¼ C whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook all ingredients on low heat until butter and cream cheese are melted, stirring occasionally.
3. Use your dried milk as a much cheaper alternative to fresh milk for all your recipes. Powdered milk can be used in any recipe that requires milk. All you have to do is add in the powdered milk with the dry ingredients and the water required to reconstitute it in with the wet ingredients.
4. Use your dried milk to make the whipped topping for your Thanksgiving desserts. Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Hillbilly Housewife:
Creamy Whipped Topping
½ cup water
½ cup dry milk powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon vanilla
Pour water into a large bowl and place it in the freezer. When ice crystals form around the edges, remove it from the freezer. Add dry milk powder and whip the mixture with an electric beater until it is light and fluffy. This will take a couple of minutes. Then add sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla, and beat again until it is the texture of whipped cream. Use immediately.
5. Make delicious Thanksgiving biscuits out of your bulk food storage ingredients. Utah State University has put together a recipe for Ready-Quick Mix, a dry mix that you put together and store on the shelf for up to six weeks. You can use Ready-Quick Mix as the base for cakes, cookies, muffins, breads, and more. Here’s the basic Ready-Quick Mix recipe and a recipe for scrumptious pumpkin biscuits using Ready-Quick Mix:
9 cups flour
⅓ cup double-acting baking powder
4 tsp. salt
1 ¾ cup shortening
1 ¾ cup dry milk
Stir baking powder, non-fat dry milk, and salt into the flour. Cut fat into flour mixture until all particles of fat are thoroughly coated and mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. This can be done with a pastry blender, fork, or electric mixer. This recipe makes 13 cups of Ready-Quick Mix. Store it in a tightly sealed container at room temperature and use as you need it. Store for up to six weeks.
3 cups Ready-Quick Mix
¾ cup pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup water
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix all ingredients together until a soft dough is formed. Knead dough 10-12 strokes on lightly floured board. Over-kneading makes biscuits tough. Roll ½ inch thick. Cut biscuits with a biscuit cutter or glass turned upside down, dipped in flour. Bake on ungreased shiny baking sheet 10-15 minutes.
For more recipes you can make with Ready-Quick Mix, check out USU’s Ready-Quick Mix Publication.
Try out these delicious recipes for your Thanksgiving meal this year and make your cooking cheaper and more convenient. Do you have any food storage recipes you like to use in your Thanksgiving meals? Let us know in the comments below. Happy cooking and happy Thanksgiving!