Thursday, November 17, 2011

Food Storage: Maintaining a one year supply of long term storage foods

Have you heard you should store a one year supply of foods? It is a good idea. It has been said that the day will come when a bushel of grain will be worth more than gold. (It might be hard to find a lot of nourishment when you are eating that gold!)

It is wise to have food around and to store it properly.

I've read about and like the recommendation to store things that are easy, simple and have the ability to feed many people - in order to prepare for the worst possible situation.  I feel that probably soups and stews are the best solution for longest term storage - and there are so many different variations to them - it doesn't have to be the same old soup every day. Plus, soups only use one pot!

You can put in them anything you grow in a garden, hunt and fish for, or scavenge could potentially all go towards a soup/stew.

You could use and easily store our favorite four main filler items: white rice, dried potatoes (diced or sliced), pasta noodles (macaroni / elbow, spaghetti, any kind of egg noodle), and beans.
For example, the 10 bean mix gives a variety of different nutritional values. You can add dehydtrated veggies (carrots, corn, peas, green beans, onions, etc.) and meat or TVP.  The key to this will be your seasonings. You can add bouillons, green or red peppers, slat, white cream sauce, tomato powder or ay other seasoning you have on hand. The more stored, the better when it comes to seasoning soups and stews!

For breakfast, you could use boiling water and adding something to make one pot - like oatmeal, cream of wheat, 6 grain rolled grains, or a 9-grain cracked cereal. You could also store pancake mix to throw in some variety. Don't forget you will need some kind of sweetener such as honey, sugar and powdered milk.

We also suggest fruits, desserts, drink mixes and kitchen aid items, such as baking soda, salt, dehydrated eggs, dehydrated margarine, etc.) Don't forget the basic supply of wheat as well!

I know it is well worth the time and effort to get this done and best of all - find a place to store it!

p..s. If you need some help figuring out a very space efficient way to store your goods, I recommend checking out Timberline Storage Solutions- they just redid my storage area and I LOVE IT!!!!


Pam said...

You are so right about soups and stews going a long way and having the best nutritional balance. Don't forget cornmeal and something like a six or nine grain mix for making a variety of breads. Sometimes a good bread makes the soup better. Also, need to add some cocoa for baking, pudding, jello or even hard candy to give some psychological comfort in bad times.
Keep up the good work!

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Rita said...

I totally agree with you about soups and stews. There are a few people who think they do not like them, but they are a way of getting a variety of nutrtion.

Did you know that originally the LDS guideline for food storage was biblical, a 7 year stockpile. What a challenge that would be for most people, even if you just stored wheat.

Daniel B said...

I really believe that rotating your food storage is a great way to live. We have lots of buckets of food storage grains and beans that we are always using and restocking. We have at least a 1 year supply at all times. Maybe more.


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