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Western Family is Becoming Food Club

Transitioning to Food Club allows our store to have a better supply of products to meet your needs now and in the future. Food Club provides updated and more appealing packaging, affordable prices, uncompromising quality and a double-money back guarantee. Plus, Food Club offers many new items unavailable previously. We’re excited about the update and look forward to hearing your feedback.

Combined with other exclusive brands like Culinary Tours and Full Circle, our store is ready to deliver the items you want at prices that will make you smile.

Click here to learn more about our exclusive brands.

Food Club Tangy Honey Mustard Potato Salad

Enjoy a sweet and savory salad perfect for every gathering. Try out this flavorful Food Club favorite.

What you’ll need:

  • 5 russet potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 3 hard boiled eggs

Dice potatoes and eggs. Chill and set aside.

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Mix all above ingredients in large bowl. Add chilled potatoes and eggs. Mix together and enjoy!

 

Food Club Loaded Fry Sauce

The classic dipping sauce with an extra boost of flavor. Try out this zesty Food Club favorite.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • kosher salt to taste

Whisk all ingredients together in medium bowl. Enjoy!

Food Club Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

A guilt free cool down treat full of freshness and flavor. Try out this delicious Food Club favorite.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Enjoy immediately or place in a bread pan, cover and freeze to enjoy later. Top with chocolate, diced fresh strawberries or sprinkles.

 

Father’s Day Food Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this Sunday so it is time to decide how you are going to celebrate the men in your life. We all know that the way to any man’s heart is through his stomach. So why not get a gift that will have his heart and his stomach smiling? We have put together a list of 15 ways you and your kids can show love this Father’s Day with food.

  • Soda: You’re the best POP!
  • Nuts: We are NUTS about you Dad!
  • Fresh Baked Muffins: We would be MUFFIN without you Dad!
  • Popcorn: To the best POP in the world!
  • Swedish Fish: You’re a CATCH! Happy Father’s Day!
  • Reeses Pieces: We love you to PIECES Dad!
  • Kit Kat: Take a break today Dad! You deserve it!
  • Donuts: Donut you know? You’re an awesome Dad!
  • Pops Basket (include Corn Pops, Pop-Tarts, Popcorn, Pop Rocks, Poppyseed muffins, Quaker Popped Chips: Happy POPS Day!
  • Fruit Basket: We are BANANAS about you Dad!
  • Pizza: Any way you slice it…you’re the best Dad!
  • Peanut M&Ms: To my slightly nutty but sweet Dad!
  • Ice Cream: Dad, you’re the COOLest!
  • Fresh Baked Cookies: Dad, you’re one smart COOKIE!
  • Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears: We love you BEAR-Y much!

Summer Planning with Augason Farms

THIS SUMMER ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS…WITH A BACK-UP PLAN

One of the most critical skills our ancestors mastered is one that most of us rarely think about; much less know how to do – building an adequate shelter in an emergency situation. You’ve likely heard in the news, situations that have cropped up when a simple afternoon adventure turned in to a serious emergency. As you plan your summer outings this year, keep in mind some of the situations that can—and do—arise when least expected:

  • Hiking – flash floods, sudden blizzards and becoming lost are just a few surprises that can turn a day hike into a serious overnight adventure.
  • Off-Road Vehicles – if it has an engine, it will eventually breakdown. Your ability to construct a safe shelter could make a prolonged breakdown a bearable—if not survivable—situation.
  • Hunting & Fishing Trips – many a hunter and fisherman or woman have found themselves stranded and lost after the adrenaline of maneuvering through the backcountry to pursue their game leaves them well off the beaten path.
  • Sightseeing – it’s easy to wonder away from your group when taking in the sights of an unfamiliar locale. Knowing how to construct a temporary shelter can buy you valuable time for rescue teams to locate you.

Constructing a survival shelter is an easy-to-learn and invaluable way to help you survive an emergency situation that arises even in the most unexpected situations.

Shelter Location

There are a few crucial points to remember when considering where to build. First, consider a location that will help you conserve energy. For example, if you are going to need natural materials like sticks and leaves for your shelter, make sure you choose a location near those materials. Also, try to position yourself near a water source but not directly on it (so you can avoid any possibly flooding issues). If you choose to set up under a large tree, make sure you avoid setting up under trees with dead branches. They can come down in the slightest of wind. Finally, consider factors like what direction the wind blows in your shelter site so you can avoid having smoke engulf your shelter. Following these few simple tips can improve your emergency survival situation. For more tips on choosing a survival shelter location, check out www.thesurvivalmom.com.

Shelter Materials

The good news is that there are many different types of survival shelters, so you can determine which type will offer the best protection to you based on your surroundings, the weather, and the materials available to you. Here are a few shelters to become familiar with:

  • Lean-To: A lean-to is one of the simplest and most frequently constructed primitive shelters. Meant to protect against wind and rain, it can be set up in less than an hour with a variety of materials. It’s a great option as a temporary shelter while you take the time to build a sturdier shelter.
  • Round Lodge: Part tipi and part wicki-up, a round lodge can block wind, rain, cold, and sun. It can also accommodate a small fire for light and heat, since it typically has a small hole at the top.
  • Ramada: A ramada is made with four posts, some lightweight beams, and some type of canopy to block out the sun. This type of shelter is most suitable for dry, hot climates, since it won’t protect against rain.
  • Wedge Tarp: With its 5 tie down points, the wedge tarp provides an aerodynamic shape that should resist even the most biting wind and driving rain. As an added bonus, this shelter can also serve as a water collector at the same time!
  • Tarp Wing: This unconventional tarp configuration is a great shelter solution that can, depending on the size of the tarp, give you great rain/sun protection over a large area.
  • Tarp Tipi: A tarp tipi only requires a bit of rope, some poles, and a tarp, and is one of the most versatile and mobile shelters. It’s so versatile and easy to put together that you may want to keep all of the supplies in a kit next to all of your other survival emergencies supplies.
  • A-Frame Tarp Shelter: A-frame shelters are a tarp design that go up fast and give great coverage against rain and wind, when built close to the ground.
  • Wickiup: A wickiup is similar to a tipi, but is made from poles, brush and vegetation, and is best used in climates with occasional rain or hot, dry climates.
  • Leaf Hut: A leaf hut is a two-sided, wedge-shaped lean-to with much better weatherproofing and insulating qualities.

Depending on the climate and environment you live in, it might be best to have some shelter materials assembled into a type of shelter kit that is easy to travel with, so you know you always have a way to construct a shelter, if necessary.

Shelter PLUS Food & Water

Knowing how to build a shelter to protect you and your family from the elements is invaluable in the face of an emergency. This summer, don’t take food and water for granted and make sure you are well prepared. Here are two light weight, compact, and easy-to-carry solutions: Augason Farms 72 Hour 1 Person Emergency Food Pail (weighs just 4 pounds, available at select Macey’s) and the Survival Spring Compact Water Filter (only 2 ounces, available through Augason Farms).

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Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. They’ve been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

Healthy Food Sampling at Macey’s Tooele

Saturday April 14th, Utah State University Extension Food $ense will be sampling veggies with a healthy ranch dip. Stop by the Tooele Macey’s between 10:00 am and noon to try this delicious recipe and discover how easy it is to make a healthy veggie dip.

This is part of a monthly healthy food sampling program that occurs the second Saturday of each month. The program is a partnership with Utah State University Food $ense and Live Fit Tooele County, a program of the Tooele County Health Department.

Water & Food Guidelines with Augason Farms

HOW MUCH WATER & CALORIES DO YOU NEED TO SURVIVE?

Late winter blizzards remind us that weather only teases the prospect of more temperate times through spring. In fact, wicked storms can creep well into spring and catch you by surprise. That may mean you have to shelter in your home for an extended period or it may mean you’re caught out in unexpected conditions. Transitioning seasons are times of year when you should be ready for temperature highs and lows. Whichever the scenario, it’s important to know how much food and water you need to survive.

There is no one answer to this question because of all the factors that go into survival. For example, if you are in a hot environment, you may dehydrate more quickly than in more temperate zones, whereas if you are in a cold environment, your body may metabolize more slowly, etc. Also important to consider is your fitness status, your height and weight (body mass) and your age.

Humans have been known to survive for as long as 21 days without either food or water, and as long as two months with water but no food. These are frighteningly long durations of time that no family should have to endure without food and water.

Calorie Guidelines 

The rule of thumb to maintain a healthy diet is 2,500 calories per day for a man, and 2,000 calories per day for a woman. There are lots of issues with these sums that go back to the many factors already mentioned. Without overcomplicating things, you may need more calories than that, but those are ballpark averages. It’s generally accepted that consuming less than 1,200 calories per day is unhealthy.

To dive deeper into the number of calories you and your adult family members may need, the “Mifflin-St Jeor Equation” is another tool to consider:

MEN: (9.99 x weight) + (6.25 x height) – (4.92 x age) + 5

WOMEN: (9.99 x weight) + (6.25 x height) – (4.92 x age) – 161

Note that in this equation, weight is in kilograms, height is in centimeters and age is in years. This calculation will inform you how many calories your body consumes when it is at rest. (To convert pounds to kilograms, multiply pounds by .45359. To convert inches to centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54.)

When it comes to building your family’s emergency food supply, always check the calorie counts and the source of those calories. Some manufacturers of emergency food kits tend to boost their calorie counts by including empty calories such as sugary drinks. Take the time to read the labels to help ensure a healthy outcome when faced with an emergency situation.

Water Guidelines

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related emergency preparedness and outbreak response has become one of the most significant and crucial public health issues in recent history. Having clean and safe water in an emergency situation to meet drinking, sanitation, and hygiene needs is essential for every person.

When building your family’s emergency water supply, experts recommend that you plan for a minimum of 1 gallon of water per day for each person and pet. On a daily basis, that provides each person with 2 quarts for drinking and 2 quarts for cooking and personal hygiene. In survival situations it’s important to remember not to skimp on water; drink when you are thirsty.

Experts also recommend that you store enough water for at least three days. As the 2017 disasters have reminded us, it may take several hours if not days for emergency relief services to arrive at your home. Use the Emergency Water Supply Guide to calculate the minimum* amount of water your family will need for emergency durations up to 30 days.

*NOTE:  You’ll want to store more water for hot climates, pregnant or nursing women, and people who are ill.

Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. They’ve been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

Live prepared!

20 Tips for Emergency Preparedness

You may have noticed that the disastrous emergency events of 2017 felt like a dress rehearsal for Armageddon. First it was the horrific hurricane that flooded Texas and the Gulf States, before the second hurricane arrived and destroyed just about everything on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. And just when we were starting to get a grip on those massive disasters, the wild fires hit and burned thousands of acres of California. The fires were the most unexpected of our recent catastrophes, many leaving victims with only minutes to abandon their property before it was taken down in flames.

As tragic as these disasters have been and will continue to be, they have hopefully served as a lesson in making us all more aware of how important emergency preparedness is to our family’s security. Remember what the great statesman and inventor, Benjamin Franklin said about the subject, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” With that in mind, Augason Farms has compiled a list of 20 easy, yet crucial tips for making sure you’re ready for any emergency.

  1. Create a family emergency evacuation plan. Make sure that everyone in your family understands two things: how to vacate your house or apartment in a safe way; and where you are to meet after evacuation. Your meeting place should identify two locations – one near your house and one that is outside of your neighborhood.
  2. Make an emergency communications plan. Be sure that everyone identifies a person and their contact info that they can reach out to in the event of separation. Pick a friend, neighbor or relative that you all know and will all contact via phone or Internet to ensure everyone knows where all your family members are located.
  3. Don’t forget your furry friend’s safety. You should make a plan to ensure all of your animals are going to be safe in an emergency. Things like checking to see if nearby emergency shelters will accept animals; being sure that your Vet’s contact information is listed on your emergency contact card; and finally, proactively store extra food and water in anticipation of your pet’s emergency needs.
  4. Know your children’s school emergency plans. Obtain a copy of their plans and keep it with your emergency kit. Discuss the plans with your kids on a regular basis so that it is ingrained into their memory.
  5. Rehearse your children’s personal information with them. If your children are young, be sure that they know their full name, address and phone number. Teach them how to use the 911 system and explain how important contacting help in an emergency can be.
  6. Start and maintain an emergency food storage program. Regardless of your budget, you should start and maintain a supply of foods designed for emergency situations. You can start small and add more as your finances allow, but every home should have at least a three-day supply of food and water on hand at all times. For information about the kinds of emergency foods available and how easy they are to prepare, visit www.augasonfarms.com.

During March 2018, visit your local Associated Foods Store for a FREE CASE OF WATER with the purchase of any Emergency Preparedness Kit valued over $25.

  1. Make some “Bug Out” backpacks for quick evacuations. These small backpacks are filled with everything you need to survive for at least 72 hours. Emergency foods, water filtration bottle, duct tape, a premium First Aid kit, multi-tool, solar radio, cooking kit, emergency blankets, flashlight, toiletries and other items you deem necessary. Once you’ve compiled your kits, place them around your house in strategic places. Once you decide it’s time to evacuate, all you have to do is grab your bag and hit the road.
  2. Keep your car’s gas tank at least half-full at all times. Since you never know when an emergency situation could arise, you can never be sure your local gas station will be open and pumping. Often, major refineries are forced to shut down during hurricanes and floods, reducing the amount of gas that’s available nationwide.
  3. Keep some cash on hand to get you through the first week of a disaster. Some of the first things to go down during a hurricane or other weather related events are the ATM machines. And since most banks close during crisis situations, you cannot depend on them for your monetary needs. Experts recommend keeping at least $200 on hand (in small bills if possible) to cover your expenses for the first few days of any emergency event.
  4. Keep extra medications in your go bags. You should keep some extra over the counter drugs (aspirin, nausea and anti-diarrheal pills, etc.) as well as any prescription medications anyone in your family is taking.
  5. Learn where your utility shutoff valves are and how they work. Regardless of what type of place you live in, (house, apartment, condo, etc.) it’s important to know where your electric, gas and water shutoff valves are located. Be sure to keep any necessary tools required nearby and in a place that everyone in your family knows the location of in case they are the ones to turn everything off.
  6. Buy insurance and document your valuables. Since an emergency can strike at any time, it’s good to preplan by having an updated homeowners or renters policy in force at all times. You should also take the time to photograph your valuable objects so there is no misunderstanding of what you need to replace with your insurance company’s adjuster. It will definitely help when you file your claims for storm damage, etc.
  7. Keep your vaccinations up to date. From flu shots to tetanus, knowing your family’s vaccinations are up to date will give you piece of mind when you are facing the kind of conditions you may be forced to do during an emergency. Make sure you have a written record of all of your vaccinations. And, don’t forget your four-legged friends’ vaccines, either.
  8. Get to know your neighbors. Through neighborhood associations, school events, etc. it’s important to know your neighbors and to encourage them to be prepared for an emergency too. When a real emergency strikes, it’s neighbors who will depend on each other to get through the first crucial hours or days.
  9. Keep a pair of hard-soled shoes by your bed. You have at least a 30% chance that any emergency that hits suddenly will do so at night, so you need to get in the habit of performing some simple steps to help ensure your safety – hence, the hard-soled shoes. These will help reduce the chance of you stepping on broken glass or any other sharp objects you may incur when evacuating your home at night.
  10. Place an emergency kit in your car. In addition to a flashlight, you should keep a small emergency kit in your car that contains some food and water, a small first aid kit, an emergency blanket and some waterproof matches. You can make your car kit much more inclusive, but just including these few, basic items will guarantee your car will always be a source of emergency assistance.
  11. Take a first-aid/CPR class from your local Red Cross or YMCA. Knowing how to perform CPR or how to stop bleeding can be two lifesaving skills everyone should know. Don’t wait until you need to know these skills – be prepared by taking these classes now. Visit this site to find a class near you: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr. You may also want to take the same classes for your four-legged friends too.
  12. Keep photocopies of all your important papers in one central location. Make copies of your drivers licenses, passports, birth certificates, social security cards, insurance information and medical histories and keep them all together for easy access. Be sure to place these in your bug–out bag so they’ll go with you during an emergency evacuation.
  13. You can never have too many working flashlights. By placing flashlights in different parts of your home (especially in your bedroom), you will always be able to see what you are facing and how to escape from immediate harm
  14. Practice, practice, practice. It may sound silly, but in order to consider your family “emergency ready,” you’ve got to practice and discuss all the ways you will face an emergency together. Rehearse evacuating your house and meeting in your pre-designated convening area. Check your bug-out bags regularly and make sure all your water and food and medications contained within them are not outdated.

Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. They’ve been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

 

Augason Farms Sheperd’s Pie

  • 3 cups Augason Farms Potato Gems (prepared)
  • 2 cups Augason Farms Vegetarian Meat Substitute Taco
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Augason Farms Dehydrated Chopped Onions
  • 1/2 cups Augason Farms Dehydrated Diced Red & Green Bell Peppers
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Augason Farms Tomato Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 cup Augason Farms Dehydrated Carrot Dices
  • 1/2 cup Augason Farms Freeze Dried Peas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

To 4 cups boiling water add 2 cups taco, onions, peppers, tomato powder, beef bouillon, carrots and peas. Cook until all vegetables are soft. Pour into 9×13 pan. Drop potatoes by spoonfuls on top of vegetable dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Place in 325 F oven for about 20 minutes until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.