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Help! I’m out of bread

Bread is called the “staff of life.” It is certainly a staple in most of our diets. We depend on it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So, what if you run out of bread and can’t get to the store. What if because of extreme weather you can’t even get out of the house! Or, perhaps extreme weather is expected so everyone runs to the store and buys up essentials, like bread and when you get there the shelves are bare?

What to do? If you have a freezer and make it a habit to buy bread on sale and freeze it, no problem. If you make your own bread, no problem—unless you’re without power for a day or two. Better have some homemade bread in the freezer, too.

There are some foods you can keep in your pantry or fridge to help you through a short-term shortage of bread. Here are a few alternatives:

Tortillas: I haven’t quite mastered the art of making tortillas yet, but I’m determined. I think having a tortilla press would make it a little easier until I get the hang of it. (Available at most Latino markets.) Fresh tortillas are delicious and are a great substitute for bread, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Google “tortilla recipes” for recipes and videos showing you how to make corn or flour tortillas. Our book also has simple recipes for both kinds of tortillas.

Even if you don’t make your own tortillas, store-bought tortillas last a long time if kept refrigerated. They are good well past the “best if used by” date. Test it out for yourself: buy a package of 12 flour tortillas and begin testing them a week after the “best by” date is past. Then, check them out again a week later. Continue doing this each week to find out how long tortillas really last.

Biscuits: Biscuits are a great substitute for bread and can be used for any meal. If you keep a biscuit mix on hand, it’s even simpler and you’ll have hot biscuits in about 20 minutes, or you can just make sure you have a few cans of biscuits in your fridge.

Crackers: If you don’t have any bread or tortillas and don’t have the means to make them or the time to bake biscuits, consider crackers of any kind. Soda crackers are probably the most versatile. least expensive and easy to store. In a pinch you can make cracker sandwiches with a variety of fillings. You’ll just have to eat more of them! Soda crackers taste fine a few months after the “best by” date, but if kept too long, they will definitely taste stale.

Muffins: Muffins can be sweet or savory and take only a few minutes to put together and bake. You can also make muffin dough and keep it refrigerated for up to two weeks and just bake as many as you need for breakfast or any other meal. You can also make a muffin mix to which you just add eggs and liquid and whatever mix-ins you want. Google “muffins” for some great recipes. We also have delicious muffin recipes in our book.

Savory muffins can be served as a side dish for dinner instead of bread or potatoes. Examples of a savory muffin are corn muffins, or muffins containing savory herbs such as basil or oregano rather than sugar.

Finally, since bread is an “essential” for most of us, plan ahead for the unexpected. Keep a few loaves in the freezer, or learn how to bake bread (also keep some in the freezer), or use one of the alternatives above. We just don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Best to always be prepared.

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