Make Perfect Stove Popped Popcorn

We are big stove popped popcorn eaters around here.  I pretty much pop a pan a day.  My kids grew up on it.  Cheap and whole grain healthy, with a long term storage life and the added bonus of being quick and easy to make, popcorn is a food storage mainstay.

Making stove popped popcorn in oil is easy. It's a favorite snack for movie nights. It's a perfect long term storage item for your food storage too!

Which Pot Should You Choose?

Your choice of pot to pop popcorn in is very important.  It needs to have a heavy bottom so the corn doesn’t stick and burn easily.  It’s got to have a lid for…..well, you can figure that one out for yourself.

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Ingredients for Stove Popped Pop Corn

My family prefers a light olive oil.  Or if I’m feeling rich, I use macadamia nut oil.  Grape seed oil works well.  I’ve also used avocado oil and love it.  Since I always have olive oil on hand, it’s usually what gets used.  Some people like to use coconut oil for their stove popped popcorn, but the taste wasn’t a hit at our house.

4 Tablespoons of oil.
1 Cup Popcorn
Sea Salt

Making stove popped popcorn in oil is easy. It's a favorite snack for movie nights. It's a perfect long term storage item for your food storage too!

How To Make Stove Popped Popcorn

Pour 4 Tablespoons of oil into a cold pan.

Next pour in 1 cup of popcorn.

Make sure each kernel is covered in oil. Shake the pan a bit to get so the corn and oil is evenly distributed over the bottom of your pan. Remember, you don’t want your popcorn to be drowning in oil. The oil line shouldn’t be above your popcorn.

I then put the top on my pan, turn up the heat to about a 7, or medium high, and let ‘er rip!

Making stove popped popcorn in oil is easy. It's a favorite snack for movie nights. It's a perfect long term storage item for your food storage too!

To Shake or Not to Shake (The pan that is……)

I use to shake my pan back and forth. But if your heat is high enough and your oil is hot enough all those little pieces of popcorn will pop up without any extra help.

However, if shaking helps you from burning your popcorn, by all means SHAKE! Just keep sliding the pot back and forth over the heat until all of those kernels have turned themselves inside out!

When the popping slows down to just a few pops at a time, it’s done!  Remove it from the burner.

Making stove popped popcorn in oil is easy. It's a favorite snack for movie nights. It's a perfect long term storage item for your food storage too!



Add salt while the popcorn is still very warm. It sticks to the popcorn much better this way.  I use sea salt. Unless I’m out. Then I’m stuck with table salt. That always make me a little bit sad.

Here’s the secret to adding salt to your popcorn. STIR/TOSS IT UP. More stirring/tossing than salt. Add a few shakes, stir the bejeebers out of it, taste it to see if you need more salt and repeat IF necessary. There is nothing worse than too much salt on the top of the popcorn and not enough on the bottom.

Viola. That’s it! That’s right, I don’t even add butter. Seriously. It’s divine just the way it is. Food of the gods. I always have people tell me how good it is.  As a matter of fact, people often leave my home with a big plastic cup of the stuff to take on the road with them.

It’s really that good.

Making stove popped popcorn in oil is easy. It's a favorite snack for movie nights. It's a perfect long term storage item for your food storage too!

Toppings for Stove Popped Popcorn

Every Sunday night is popcorn night at our house. It’s been a tradition since my kids were little. As a matter of fact, my married kids keep the tradition alive in their own homes now.

Over the years, we’ve come up with a few ideas to make our humble pots of stove popped popcorn a little more festive. Heck, we’ve been known to jazz up a pot of corn, serve it with a side of carrot sticks and fruit and call it dinner. (ahem)

Here are some of our favorites:

Lightly buttered with freshly grated Asiago cheese.

Lightly drizzled with white truffle oil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Tossed with salt and dry Ranch seasoning.

Lightly buttered with both sea salt and black pepper.

Sprinkled with Thrive’s Dry Cheese Blend.  (Item #22445)

What is your favorite popcorn topping?

I’m secretly hoping that once you’ve tried making your own stove popped popcorn,  you’ll never go back to the microwaved stuff again.  Try it out for yourself, then come back and tell me what you think!

How To Make A SHTF Financial Survival Plan

Are you concerned about your personal economic situation?   Worried about how you’ll survive if things continue to go downhill?   Do you work in an industry that is shutting doors at an alarming rate?   Inching closer to retirement?   You need a financial survival plan.

Why A Financial Survival Plan?

There are huge issues brewing for those looking to retire on pensions.  This is where my husband and I find ourselves.   A projected FY17 $1.8 trillion dollar deficit is nervous making for Baby Boomers wanting to retire.  Take, for example, the Dallas cops who chose to take their pensions in one lump sum, fearing the money will soon be gone.

You may be facing a job loss, or another situation where your monthly income will be drastically cut.  Regardless of the reason, now is the time to prepare for your family’s  financial survival.

Create a Financial Survival Plan Before The Next Crisis


Know What You Have Coming In. Know What Is Going Out.

Begin with a resolution to cut your expenses to an all time low.   This not only saves money, but insures that when there is less coming in, you’ll still meet your needs.

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Your first step will be to write down how much money  you have coming in each month.  Next write down how much money is going out each month.   This gives you not only something concrete to refer to, but also a way to track your progress.   On her website, and in her book,*this post contains affiliate links Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford offers an excellent and non-intimidating worksheet to help you create a financial survival plan.

Once you understand where your money is going you can begin to create your unique blueprint for financial survival.


Cut Expenses

Do you still need that premium cable package?  Downgrade your cable plan. (Hello Netflix!)

Don’t use all your phone minutes?  Go with a less expensive plan.  Life was  good even before smart phones.

What are you paying for that you no longer use?  The gym membership?   An online service that you could easily go without?

Change out those light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs.

Trade in your gas guzzling SUV for something that costs much less to get you where you’re going.  And remember to batch your errands!

One of the best resources I’ve ever found on cutting expenses and preparing for a strong financial future costs less than a fast food dinner out.  Take a look.

Create a Stock Pile

I’m a firm believer that having at least a 3 month supply of what you use on a daily basis.  Purchased in bulk, on sale and with coupons, it’s the same as money in the bank.   How nice to have the knowledge that in an emergency you won’t need to worry about going to the store for at least 3 months?


Sell It!

Look around your home.  What do you have that you don’t use?

Sell it!

Have a garage sale.  List it on a Facebook yard sale page.  Simply type in the name of your city and ‘yard sale’ into the Facebook search bar, and you’ll find several pages to sell on, without having to ship or pay for ads.

Be brutal.  If you don’t use it on a regular basis, make some money off of it.

Find A Side Gig

Sometimes, there simply isn’t enough coming in to meet the bills, much less to create a successful financial survival plan.  This is when a totally new stream of revenue needs to be found.

What your skills and passions?   I’ve always had a heart for emergency preparedness and self sufficiency.  So it’s natural for me to blog about it with a goal to turn my knowledge into a work at home job.

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Food storage is a big part of being prepared for an emergency.   Because of my desire to have a deep pantry, I became a consultant for Thrive Life.   I’m not a host a party kind of girl, I do everything online.    It’s a win-win for me, and might be just what you’ve been looking for.


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Do You Have Skills Others Don’t?

Do you sew?  Quilt?  (Totally jealous if you do!)  How about selling via craft shows and local expos?

A neighbor with mad cake making and decorating skills creates and sells her master pieces from home.  Her work beats the socks off anything I’ve seen in the bakery.

Are you a gardener?  Are you great at fixing stuff?   You could start a new business using those skills.

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without

One of the biggest hurdles in creating a financial survival plan is the idea that more is always better.  Assigning meaning to stuff, at the cost of our self worth, or our health, vastly limits our ability to prepare for an uncertain future.  It’s time to change our perspective.

What are you doing as part of your financial survival plan?

How to tell if your baking powder is still fresh.

You are right in the middle of creating a culinary master piece.  Your mouth is watering as you reach for the last ingredient your recipe requires.  In your hand is a container of baking powder, recovered from way in the back of your cupboard.

You find yourself  wondering when you used this stuff last.  Heck, you wonder when you bought it.  How long does baking powder last, anyway?  All you need is to put dead baking powder in what you are making and have the entire thing flop.   You sniff it.  But what is baking powder supposed to smell like, anyway?   You taste a bit.  That’s didn’t help, either.

Test to see if your baking powder is still fresh. If not, use this recipe to whip up a new batch!

How do you know if your baking powder is still good?


To find out if your baking powder is still good, simply drop a teaspoon of the stuff into a cup of hot water.  If it bubbles heavily, you are good to go!  If not, it’s time to get a new can of this wonderous stuff that make your baked goods rise.

But, you’re in your favorite holey jammie pants and that messy bun of yours is hiding more than just a bad hair day?

We’ve got ya covered.  Here’s a simple replacement recipe.

How To Make Your Own Baking Powder


Grab your favorite measuring spoons.  These are mine.  Are they not adorable?  Don’t tell anyone, but my Mom and all of my married girls are getting these for Christmas.

Next, get out these common baking ingredients found in most any pantry, especially ones created with prepping in mind.    One is a leavener, the other is an acid that will activate the baking soda to get your baked goods to rise.

Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with 2 teaspoons cream of tarter.  Ta-da!  Problem solved!

Want to make a big batch and store it?  Just stick to the ratio of 1 part baking soda to 2 parts cream of tarter.

But now you’ll want to add one part corn starch or arrow root powder too.  This addition to your  recipe  will absorb any moisture and keep your newly created baking powder from clumping.

Plus, there will be NO aluminum to worry about!

How to tell if your baking powder is still fresh, AND a recipe to make your own!



  When was the last time you checked to see if baking powder was still good?








Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar: Sausage Potato Soup

Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar provide nutrition, convenience, and long term storage ability to your food storage plan.   Boil a pot of water, dump in the ingredients, and viola!, dinner is served in record time.

Even if that dinner was made a YEAR ago!

DIY Homemade Freeze Dried Meals In a Jar: Sausage Potato Soup Recipe

Why I Love Freeze Dried Meals In A Jar

What makes Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar so fantastic?  Imagine coming home too tired to cook, and the family wanting to eat…..NOW.  You boil water.  Dump in the contents of the jar.  Stir.  Viola.  It’s dinner baby.  It’s way healthier than fast food, AND at about $10.00 a jar for a family of 4, CHEAPER too.

You are learning to use your food storage, saving money, creating shelf stable, long lasting meals for your storage, and making your life easier.   We aim to please, here at Simply Preparing.

Sausage Potato Soup Ingredients (Enough For ONE Jar)


1 C. Freeze Dried Sausage
1 C. Dehydrated Potato Chunks
1/3 C. Freeze Dried Sweet Corn
1/4 C. Freeze Dried Onions
1/3 C. Dehydrated Carrot Dices
1/3 C. Freeze Dried Peas
6 TBSP Chicken Bullion


1 TBSP Parsley
1 TBSP Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
4 TBLS Butter Powder

These are the ingredients you will add to each mason jar.  When making this recipe, you’ll also need to create a roux to thicken the soup.  I’ll teach you how to do this below. (SO easy!)  But you will NOT add the ingredients for the roux to your mason jar.

Layer Each Ingredient Listed Above Into A Mason Jar

Individually layer each ingredient into the mason jar.  The ingredients listed above are enough for ONE jar of soup.  Want to make 12 jars of soup?  Times each ingredient by 12!

After adding the ingredients for your Sausage Potato Soup to the mason jar , you’ll also need to add an oxygen absorber to each jar or vacuum seal each jar.  Personally, I do both.  By keeping the air out, you will get  least a year’s (if not 5!) storage for this recipe.

Bring three quarts of water to a boil.  Add the ingredients of your mason jar to the boiling water.    While these ingredients simmer, make your thickening sauce.

How To Make A Thickening Sauce (Roux)

( The ingredients for the thickening sauce/roux will NOT be part of what you actually put into your jars.  These are items you’ll need to have on hand in your fridge/pantry to complete this meal.)

From your pantry grab:

1/4 Cup flour

1 C  milk or reconstituted Powdered Milk

2 TSPB Butter

Melt butter in a small pan over a low temperature.  Whisk 1/4  C. flour and allow to cook for a minute, whisking constantly.   Pour in 1 C. milk.  Stir until thick and bubbly.

Once Your Roux Is Ready

Next, add a bit of your soup liquid to your thickening sauce to thin it out some.  Then add everything back into your soup and stir.  Allow to simmer for a few minutes before serving with a garnish of  Freeze Dried Parmesan Cheese.  Devour!

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Beans And Rice Are Nice

Beans and rice might keep a body and soul together, but they are not going to be able to do much when food fatigue sets in. It is important to stock a variety of foods, especially ingredients for meals that are tried and true family favorites.  That’s where Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar come into play.

Have you ever created shelf stable freeze dried meals in a jar?   What are your family’s favorites?