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Dry stuff, storage and safety, equivalents and substitutions, planning and buying. Who could ask for more from a pantry? Ellen could-- and does. Dry mixes and homemade staples? You will find that material in this section too.

Dry Stuff

Grain, nut and seed storage- hints and tips
Flour Facts and Storage new
Keep your powder dry! Everything you wanted to know about baking powder and baking soda. Reprinted by permission from Curly Sue. Links to her other interesting food pages.

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods

Purchasing and storing safe canned, refrigerated and frozen foods

Make This At Home

Honey Grapenuts for crunchy breakfasts or as a nut substitute in cookies and other recipes
Caramel Dip or Sauce for apples or ice cream
Almond Paste and Marzipan
Glaceed or candied fruits and peels
Crockpot Chutney
Better Than Crackerjack Popcorn taken to the next level!
Fruit Rolls/ Fruit leather
Bath Salts, Milk Bath and Other Bath Treats
Coloring Easter Eggs with Food Coloring
Breadbuilder: Ellen's Homemade Bread Dough Enhancer for your bread machine.
Homemade Baking Mixes Bisquick-type mixes for biscuits, impossible pies, and pancakes.
No Yolk Egg Substitute Tastier than straight egg whites if you have given up yolks.
Homemade Chinese Vegetarian Mushroom Oyster Sauce, or Vegetarian Stir Fry Sauce Essential for Ellen's Best Unchuck Seitan/ Gluten Roast, this sometimes hard to find sauce is easy to make.
Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing by the quart, not those little 8 ounce bottles! Relatively low fat, and luscious.
Dry Mixes and Spice/Herb Blends new

Dry Onion Soup Mix Why not put Lipton's soup out of business? This page also has generic cuppa soup, instant noodle soup, and instant potato soup.
Garlic-free Italian Seasoning fixed link!
Traditional Italian Dressing Mix
Mild Chili Powderfixed link!
Cajun Salt
Generic Taco Seasoning
Shrimp and Crab Boil
Greek Seasoning
Chinese Five Spice Powder
Creole Rub
Green Herbs blend
Middle Eastern and African Seasoning Blends

Storage & Safety


Food Safety after Floods
Purifying Unknown Water new
Safe Food for Hikers and Bikers new
Keeping Cooked Food Safe
Safe Handling of Wild Meats new

Equivalents & Substitutions

Can sizes and measures
Baking Substitutes
Weight and measure eqivalents for OAMC cooks, quantity cooks, and others who need to make shopping lists

Here is a simple table to help you go back and forth from cups to grams and kilograms.

Pan measurements and volumes- you can tell what size pie pan is the same as a 1 quart casserole- check pan sizes.

These folks have put a lot of work into an excellent measurement conversion site. If you are going from American to English, Australian, etc; this is the place that will help you. Check out this offsite link. Equivalents and conversions

Planning & Buying