Saturday, February 25, 2017

Salt Substitute to Limit Your Salt Intake

It is common knowledge that consuming excess salt is not healthy. I am lucky that I can eat anything I like and include extra salt on the meal (I’m a saltaholic). I always add salt to a prepared meal because it tastes good.

Trying to eat foods with low salt content can be a challenge and for many like myself, don’t want to be bothered with it or it’s higher cost. My blood pressure is still in the 120’s, not bad for my age, so paying attention to my salt intake has not been a critical issue for me. However, there are many other critical health issues related to salt intake. Please see the link to WebMD below for the full story.

I need to lose some weight, so I am changing what I eat, the serving sizes and eliminate snacking. While putting a plan together for myself I decided to reduce my table added salt intake at the same time. Now, for my cooking and baking I choose not to use a salt substitute in the meal preparations to retain the good tasting meals. Truthfully, little salt is used in home prepared foods so I need to just change the additional salt I add to the meals at the table and use a ‘salt substitute’.

So the search for a salt substitute began. I didn’t want a ‘reduced’ salt substitute but wanted to eliminate the salt altogether. I’ve noticed that buying any food that is labeled reduced salt, fat, carbs or calories, generally tastes like poop! Same is true for salt substitutes, they just don’t taste right until I tried the “Morton Salt Substitute”. This is so close to real salt that I have made the switch to it for all my table salt additions!

If you’re looking for a salt substitute try it, I think you’ll be surprised!

Most of the information on nutrition labels can help you stay healthy. Heeding one number in particular -- sodium levels -- just might save your life.
Salt, which is sodium chloride, has long been linked to high blood pressure. And high blood pressure, or hypertension, which afflicts nearly one in three Americans, is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease.
Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood against artery walls. When it rises too high, the pressure causes damage to many organs, including heartkidneysbrain, and even eyes. By 2025, predictions suggest, 60% of Americans will have high blood pressure.
Salt isn’t the only cause of high blood pressure. Lack of exercise, poor diets, and inherited risk also contribute. “But Americans consume way too much salt, mostly in processed foods,” said University of Pennsylvania nutrition expert Lisa Hark, author of Nutrition for Life. “Cutting back on high-sodium foods is one simple way to lower your risk.””

Link to complete article:

For more Morton Salt Substitute product info here’s a link to Amazon.
You’ll notice they don’t give this substitute away, but in the long term the unknown benefits may be well worth it.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE; #10 Cans, Long Term Storage & Spoilage

I e-mailed Honeyville Farms about the bulging #10 can of Tomato Powder with some photo’s. Their response follows:

Heather Goldston (Honeyville)
Feb 23, 12:12 PST
I have issued your replacement can which should arrive in the next 5-7 business days.
Please discard of the bulging can you currently have.

Kindest Regards,
Heather Goldston
Fulfillment Specialist/Administrative Assistant

I was hoping they would want the can back so they could examine the contents to see what is growing inside but as you read they just want me to discard it.

Original Link:
#10 Cans, Long Term Storage & Spoilage ??

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

San Antonio, TX Tornadoes

The photos are from this weekends' San Antonio, TX tornadoes. Who would think main transmission lines could be taken out by a tornado. I’m pretty sure this won’t be an overnight repair, hope all are prepared. I have yet to hear just how many communities are without power because of these lines being down, but it goes to show the disaster can be hundreds of miles away and still impact your life.

Here’s a case for simple prep like a small generator to run the refrigerator and freezer plus a spare 12v battery you can keep charged for nighttime lighting and TV.

Friday, February 17, 2017

#10 Cans, Long Term Storage & Spoilage ??

I do store #10 cans of Freeze-Dried/Dehydrated vegetables because it is convenient, tastes great and they have a shelf-life of 10-15 years.

Wednesday, I was re-organizing and re-inventorying my long term stored foods when I noticed one can of my Tomato Powder the top and bottom of the can is bulged about ¼ inch! (They are normally flat). The can that is bulged is 9-10 years old and this is the first time I have experienced a bulging #10 can. I’ll contact Honeyville Farms and see what they have to say about it and let you know.

Something must be alive inside that can and I want to know what it is as I’ve been eating out of another can and have several more cans in storage. Tomato Powder makes outstanding tomato sauces and I use it often.

Link to Tomato Powder:

Here’s the can with a straight edge across the top, the bottom is bulged the same amount.

Lot I.D. and date. (looks like it was packaged in 2007 and about when I bought it)

A #10 can of Freeze-Dried Corn showing what the cans normally look like a flat top and bottom.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017