Pizza is one of our favorite things for dinner. We used to pick up Papa John's or Papa Murphy's regularly. A few years ago, realizing how much money was going into our monthly "pizza habit", I started making our own. I combined a few recipes for the crust and came up with something we like -- even better than the take-away places. You can see my recipe in an easy to print format here.
We have enjoyed it so much, we make it every other Friday night. It is a wonderful tradition that I remember from my own childhood. My mama would make the dough for the crust and set it to rise in a bowl I remember vividly. It was white enamel with simple, black outline drawings of mushrooms around the rim. I hope my children will have fond memories of our own pizza tradition.
I make two large pizzas and four personal size ones. This is solely because of the pans I have. When I bought one of the large ones, it came with the four little ones as a bonus. I make the four youngest children's pizzas on these pans. They get to top their pizzas themselves. They are much more likely to try -- and like -- mushrooms and green peppers when they have picked them out and carefully placed them on their own.
In making homemade pizza it is easy to personalize it to your tastes or needs due to allergies, etc. When prepping, you should be personalizing your food storage in the same way. Just because the food index says you should have X pounds of wheat for your size family, doesn't mean that is what is best for your family. We look at the total for all the grains and take into account what we use currently. If we find we use more rye and spelt and less wheat, then we adjust accordingly. I think keeping the overall weight/amount for the categories is a good idea as a guideline. With sugars, we know we don't use any corn syrup. We do use much more honey and maple syrup than what is typically called for. We dropped the corn syrup for our list and adjusted for our use of other sweeteners. Our total sugars are the same (or slightly more -- we tend to round up) but personalized for our family's particular needs.
If you are storing a lot of oats yet don't eat oatmeal often or regularly, you will have problems. If you get into a situation where you are eating solely from your pantry, it will be a shock to your system. It cannot be said enough "Eat what you store. Store what you eat." This good advice no matter how long you plan your pantry for. If you are buying to stock up to get the best prices and not for long term storage, be sure you are following this advice, too. It is not money saved if the item gets thrown out and not eaten.
Linking up with other friends sharing about their "P" inspired posts. I have other thoughts rattling around about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance I'll be sharing in an alphabetic way. Look for the label Prepping/Homesteading Alphabet.