Week 40: Salad Dressing
1.5 qts of Salad Dressing
After this week, you should have 1.5 qts stored. This is the program goal. This is the final week we address Salad Dressing.
Salad dressing is most typically used as, well, a dressing for salad. But there is a lot of versitility in salad dressing and therefore, we feel it is a great item to include in this food storage program. The problem with using long term food storage is it can get boring. Enter salad dressing. It can be added to just about anything, turning boring food storage into something to look forward to. So don’t think of salad dressing any more as just something to pour over your lettuce. It’s so much more than that!
Store the dressings you and your family use. If you like a certain kind, store more of it. If you’re getting something to try, just get what you think you’ll need. Italian dressing is one which is useful for marinading as well as a great ingredient for adding to your crock pot chicken. Ranch also works great with chicken, but works on just about anything else. Almost anything that can be dipped is going to play well with ranch. If you are a fan of ranch, grab some ranch dressing mix packets too. These are going to store for a lot longer and provide an alternative if you run out of your traditional dressing. Remember how boring rice can get? Add ranch and chicken into it and you hardly know you're eating an item from the boring list.
Here are some good dressing options:
Store your bottled dressing as usual, in a cool dark place and always use by the expiration date on the bottle. This is usually 12 months depending on the dressing. With a little experimenting, you’ll find that salad dressing is so easy to use and goes with just about anything.
Remember this isn’t something you store for 30 years, this is something you rotate through yearly. It’s easy to rotate salad dressing because you can use it in so many different ways.