Friday, June 4, 2010

Flour.....something yummy to try....

This is like a hidden picture that your children may search for the hidden item in a magazine.  What are we discussing?  The hidden item is a Tortilla.  We will be making Tortilla's with flour. 

Flour is our target item this week.  We all know you can make cakes and cookies with it.  But, I am trying to suggest other things to try that are not that difficult and use your basic food storage staples.  Being creative makes your food storage inviting.

First, get out your needed ingredients.  Here you see the flour, baking powder, salt, and shortening.  You also see my The Amazing Wheat Book   by LeArta Moulton.  The recipe comes from this book.

Although you can make this by hand, I choose to use my Food Processor....because I am always in a hurry!  Place your flour in the machine.

Next, add your Baking Powder, Salt, Shortening and the water.

Process the mixture.  The Food Processor incorporates the shortening very well.

Cover the dough and let it rest for 5 minutes

After rolling it out to at least 1/4 inch with a rolling pin, cook it on a hot ungreased griddle.  The tortilla should be able to slide around the pan with the touch of your fingers. 

I decided to try my hand at the "Cafe Rio" method and turn the tortilla over with my worked out just fine!

Here is the Rooster's dinner.  The tortilla has Fajita Beef, Spring lettuce, cheddar cheese, and Salsa.  You can hopefully see the tortilla under it all.

Making it all from your Storage:

Even though I had several of these toppings in the refrigerator, I could have produced this entire meal from my storage.  Certainly the tortilla is from food storage staples (and you could also use your wheat flour), the Fajita beef was from the freezer as was the cheese.  I have young spring lettuce coming up in the garden, and I have canned salsa from last summer. 

Food storage meals do not have to be "boring". Planning ahead makes all the difference in the world.  Do you think the Rooster of the house knew this was a food storage meal?  I can answer emphatically, that he did not.  He came in the door, and sat down to eat.  There is no reason this could not occur at any of our homes.

Here is the recipe: 

4 C whole wheat or white flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup oil or shortening
1 1/8 C warm water.

Mix Together:
You may have to add a little more water when using shoe wheat.  If shortening is used, cut into dry ingredients.  It will be a very soft dough.  Knead gently just to get the dough together  Cover and let rest 5 minutes for gluten to develop.  Form into balls, could use an ice cream scoop (you want a 1 1/2 inch size ball).  Roll out very thin, at least 1/4 inch.  Keep remaining dough covered. Bake on a hot ungreased fry pan or griddle.  Brown on both sides.  Makes about 24 tortillas.

Make a plan!

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