I keep thinking about a statement a very nice man made on my Food Storage Moms Facebook page about buying food storage. His comment has stuck in my mind for a few weeks, so today is the day I’m going to address how food storage works. He mentioned that only the rich can afford #10 cans of freeze-dried food or #10 cans of dehydrated food. He asked me to write about how a family with less money can afford to buy food storage. In case you are wondering what a #10 can is, it is a can filled with a variety of foods in a metal can that measures 7 inches (18cm) high and 6-1/4 inches (16 cm) in diameter.
First of all, I wouldn’t say only the rich can afford #10 cans, I am in no way rich. Yes, I have purchased several #10 cans because I wanted to have some food that would have a longer shelf-life. Some of my #10 containers have a shelf-life of up to 25 years. Here again, it all depends on the temperature where it is stored. Here’s the deal, that was critical to me. Now, I do not store only #10 cans. I store a variety of food storage in different sizes and containers. I would really love comments from my readers on how food storage works for you. Trust me, your comments are read by many, and I really appreciate your thoughts and ideas. That’s how I roll.
Food Storage Works With #10 Cans
I prefer buying basics like freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses. I buy a few #10 cans of dehydrated vegetables, but very few because it has a shorter shelf-life in most cases. This all depends on your brand and the product you chose to buy.
One really important thing you need to think about when buying #10 cans is comparing apples to oranges so to speak. I sign up for emails to watch for awesome sales and buy when the sales meet my needs. Please look at the ounces per can and the cost to ship it, if necessary. Don’t be surprised about the HUGE difference in cost per ounce including shipping. Money is money and we need to be careful before we push the click button to order.
I prefer #10 cans from Thrive Life and Honeyville. I have purchased a few cans from Augason Farms. I really only want fruit, vegetables, meats, and cheeses to use to prepare my own recipes. Please note, you don’t need a special cookbook to make your food storage work for you.
The food items I mentioned above just need to be hydrated and you are ready to cook any recipe from your grandma’s cookbooks. I promise. Vegetables are vegetables. Cheese is cheese. Meat is meat. Freeze-dried foods can be eaten right out of the can, so freeze-dried fruit right out of the can is perfect. Is it like freshly picked, of course not. But it tastes great. Is the cheese like freshly grated, no it is not. But it works great in casseroles. Here again, grab some cookbooks or recipes cards from relatives, that’s all you need.
Pros: food lasts longer
Pros: the food is already washed, chopped, sliced or grated
Pros: you can eat the food right out of the can
Cons: more expensive
Pros: costs less money
Pros: the food is already washed, chopped, sliced
Cons: shorter shelf-life, typically 6-10 years maximum
Cons: must be cooked and uses fuel to heat it
Cons: cannot eat directly from the can (it’s hard as a rock)
Food Storage Works With MRE’s
These are similar to the MRE’s that are served in the military, but some have improved a little. I’m not interested in buying them or making them myself by filing bags or jars. I have always believed to do it right the first time. This doesn’t mean those who do choose to buy these or make the items themselves is wrong. Not at all. I personally will not eat them. We are all different and have different budgets. Please read the ingredients before you purchase them. If you can’t pronounce the words, think again.
What’s nice about them is typically you open the bag and add hot water, tepid water or boiling water. I have tried many and I have to say Mountain House is one of my favorites, although I chose not to store them because of their short shelf-life.
Food Storage Works With Pantry Items
Pantry item examples are things like flour, yeast (store in frig), sugar, honey, salt, spices, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, chocolate (I had to add that one), and everything you need to make bread, crackers, biscuits, muffins, pancakes, etc. You know what I’m saying, everything you need to cook from scratch.
Food Storage Works With Home Canned Food
There is nothing more gratifying than seeing those freshly canned jars sitting on shelves. I don’t can food like I did when I had a large family of six. When you have six in the family you can preserve a lot of food and save money, AND teach your kids to work. I can a few dozen jars these days, but nothing like I did when I had my girls picking, blanching, peeling and filling jars. I really miss making applesauce. Growing a garden gave us an abundance of vegetables to pressure can together. I can’t even think about all the green beans we all snapped together. Life is good with good kids!
Each week my girls would eat freshly baked bread with a quart of peaches they helped preserve. Life is good working together as a family to preserve food together. Here again, food storage works.
Food Storage Works With Grocery Store Cans
Now, let’s get serious here. I have cases or bags (stored in air-tight containers) of the following foods that I can make many meals with:
Corn-disclaimer here: I went against everything I believe in and bought some corn that was genetically modified (it does not taste like corn, I repeat it does not taste like corn). Okay, I got that off my chest. I will never buy corn unless it says USDA NON-GMO. I was shopping with Mark, who does not know as much as I do about corn, and I caved and bought the cheap stuff. I am returning it to the store. I had to throw out the pot of soup. I thought it was the corn, I opened another can of that brand corn, it tasted like pesticides. I kid you not.
I look at corn on the cob totally different these days. It makes me sad because my girls and I used to blanch, scrape and freeze bags of corn. It was delicious, but that was back in the 70’s before Monsanto came into the picture the way they are now. How can seeds, a growing organism be patented? I just shake my head in disappointment.
Beans (every kind of bean in cans-ready to eat)
Beans in bags
These are just a few items to help you feed your family after any natural disaster or unforeseen emergency, and if your house is still standing and you have not been evacuated. This post will give you even more ideas: Critical Pantry Items by Linda
Food Storage Works With Water
As you know water is needed every day. I recommend four-gallons per person per day. You need it to cook, to stay properly hydrated, for personal hygiene, washing clothes, or at least your underwear.
All I can say is just do it, one can at a time, a bag of rice, a jar of spaghetti sauce, etc. If you missed my free printable here it is: Where Do I Start-Planning Schedule
My favorite things:
Cans: AdobeStock_74796041 by Freshly
Bottles: AdobeStock_68269335 by Shelley Stuart
Grains: AdobeStock_54588440 by Marilyn Barbone
Pantry: AdobeStock_181283597 by Iriana Shiyan