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Five Ways to Upcycle

It’s plain and simple; upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. But do you know what upcycling actually is? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something new or useful.

Each time you shop at the grocery store, you are sure to get boxes, cartons, jars, and other  containers that are easily upcycled. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Baby Food Jar Grass BuddyThis is the perfect project for kids. They love to watch things grow and making a friend out of it is fun too. All you need is a baby food jar, dirt, grass seeds, glue and some decorations (googly eyes, buttons, etc.) then follow these easy steps: 1) Fill about ¾ of the jar with dirt and then add the grass seeds. 2) Water the seeds and then place a little more dirt over them. 3) Create a face on the jar with the googly eyes, buttons and other decorations. 4) Watch the grass grow (and don’t forget to water it, when the dirt is dry).Wipe Canister
  2. Wipe Canister/Grocery Bag Dispenser
    Grocery bags are great to reuse for trash can liners, dirty diapers, wet clothes, etc. but storing those bags can often be a challenge. Our solution is to put all of the bags in a wipe canister, which makes them easy to pull out one at a time. If you are feeling ambitious you can also decorate the canister with fabric or paper.
    Decorative Jar
  3. Decorative Jar
    Take a pickle or pasta jar and create a cute jar to hold snacks for your kids, q-tips or any other items that need a jar. To create this  jar you will need a jar, sand paper, a drill, a knob, a washer and paint. Then follow these steps: 1) Sand the lid of your jar until the paint or writing on the jar is gone. 2) Paint the lid. 3) Very carefully drill a whole in the center of the lid. 4) Place the knob through the whole and twist the washer in place.
    Mint Container
  4. Mint Container Organizer
    Small things like poppy pins and paper clips can easily get lost in a drawer or purse. Use a mint container to easily organize these items and keep them together. You can also use them to store your head phone, this keeps them from getting tangled and makes them easy to find in your purse or back back.
  5. Tin Can Lantern
    Create a rustic tin can lantern for holiday decor, wedding or party. To get started find a tin can, remove the label and fill it with water. Then put the can in the freezer until the water is completely frozen. Then follow these steps: 1) Draw your desired design on a peice of paper. 2) Tape your paper to the outside of your can. 3) Use a small nail and a hammer to get each hole started. 4) Use your drill to complete the holes. Be sure to go very slowly, as the can is not very thick.  5) Cut five inch piece off a wire hanger and bend the wire to create a half circle for the handle. 6) use needle nose pliers to bend a small “c” at each end of wire. 7) Slide the wire in the hole on each side of your latern to create a handle.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to take another look at items you might consider trash and find a practical way to upcycle them.

New products from Augason Farms

At Augason Farms we are grateful for all of our customers and the support you’ve shown. This month, we’re offering a special discount for a tasty breakfast: buy a bag or a pail of oatmeal, get $1 off dried cranberries!

New Super Cans

While Augason Farms is known for emergency food storage products and kits, we also create delicious and nutritious food storage that is perfect for your pantry and everyday use. To make our most popular meals more readily available to your families, we’re excited to introduce you to our new Super Cans!

Augason Farms Super Cans offer the ultimate food-storage versatility. With individual pouches contained inside a large (#10) can, you can prepare only what you need when you need it, without compromising the 25-year shelf life of unopened pouches. Enjoy meals today or store for an emergency – either way, you’re covered!

Below are the tasty meals now offered in our new Super Cans.

  • Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal—Our Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal gives you a delicious and sweet breakfast with all the nutrition your body needs in a hearty breakfast.
  • Creamy Stroganoff—This Cream Stroganoff contains a perennial favorite for a sumptuous entrée, featuring a unique blend of sauce and seasonings for that classic Stroganoff tang. A treat to eat, it’s a wholesome and taste-tempting meal anytime.
  • Creamy Chicken Rice—Our Creamy Chicken Rice is loaded with goodness and nutrition. You will enjoy this wholesome, thick, rich and flavorful dish of savory chicken flavor and velvety rice in a delightful white sauce.
  • Fettuccine Alfredo—The hearty entrée offers a wholesome and a genuinely satisfying meal, with delicious chicken flavor and pasta in an ideal Alfredo sauce.
  • Lasagna— A comfort food classic that’s now available in your pantry. This delicious and familiar pasta dish will have everyone thinking you spent all day in the kitchen.
  • Corn Chowder—This is a scrumptious comfort food that offers a creamy, flavorful experience you can typically only get with its made-from-scratch counterpart!
  • Hearty Vegetable Chicken—A delicious blend of vegetables, rich chicken broth and spices. This soup is satisfying by itself, or makes a perfect base to add chicken, sausage or cheese.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup—The ultimate comfort food, this soup is loaded with noodles, vegetables and spices in a chicken soup base that’s satisfying and delicious.

Springtime is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings, and Augason Farms is here to help you create emergency food and pantry storage that your family will love. Stop by your Macey’s today to pick up your family favorites.

Food Storage Club Newsletter- April 2016


Once again, it’s LDS General Conference time this month. In honor of this biannual event, Macey’s always features month-long specials in food storage products from Augason Farms.

For those who are church members and everyone else interested in storing food for emergencies, Macey’s reminds you that Augason Farms is the first name in food storage along the Wasatch Front. Their slogan is “Preparedness Made Simple.”

With over 40 years in the food storage business and boasting a product shelf life of up to 30 years in some products, Augason Farms is the preferred resource for food storage among locals. For that reason, we at Macey’s feature their products, in keeping with our commitment to our customers to offer only the very best products available anywhere.

We also recognize that perhaps the most difficult part about assembling food storage is just getting started. In a busy world with many distractions, storing food seems to get pushed down on the list of priorities. It seems redundant, and it appears time consuming, as well as competing for room in limited living space.

But when we turn our vision outward to the unstable and unpredictable world around us, we find that the virtues of long-term food storage greatly outweigh the drawbacks. Bottom line: No one likes to think of going hungry for very long. In an uncertain world where the future is quite unpredictable, the wisdom of having food storage on hand, in the home, far outweighs any other consideration.

In an effort to help you get started with your food storage program, Augason Farms has packaged their products in a variety of ways, each tailored to fit the preferences of the individual. You can approach your food storage plans with either the “do-it-yourself” mindset, or you can look to the “ready-to-eat” approach of pre-assembled packages.

If you prefer the do-it-yourself approach, Augason Farms offers staples like wheat, honey and rice. From the basics and other preferred ingredients, one can prepare a variety of healthy, nutritious and satisfying meals.

If you prefer the ready-to-eat approach, Augason Farms offers collections of entrées, side dishes of vegetables or fruits, desserts and drinks that require little preparation. These, too, offer hearty, wholesome and filling meals.

You can select and store the basic ingredients so you can prepare meals your way, or you can choose from a wide variety of thoughtfully and expertly organized kits that pre-plan a variety of meals over a long period of time.

So no matter your preferred approach to meal preparation, Augason Farms has exactly what you need. They leave it entirely up to you.

But their intuitive planning doesn’t end there. Augason Farms packages their food storage in a variety of ways designed to suit the preferences of anyone. You can find most of what you like in the large and economical number 10 cans or in everyday-sized (quart) cans or in pouches, all packaged and prepared to store for up to 30 years. Again, you decide which method you prefer.

Our point is, Macey’s chose to offer Augason Farms products to their customers because we value convenience and customer preference in all our offerings.

Wouldn’t now be an excellent time to begin your food storage program? Macey’s and Augason Farms make starting out easy and inexpensive.