Food Storage List-Where Do I Start Free Printable is available today. It’s at the very end of this post. I often get asked this question: “Food Storage-Where Do I Start?” So I had a printable made to help get you started. First, think of what you eat every day. Your food storage should be filled with food you are used to eating, cooking, and baking with every day. Please consider what you and your family like to eat almost every day and plan your storage purchases around those food items.
My husband loves to eat cereal and bananas with milk while reading the newspaper each morning as he starts his day. So, of course, we buy the cheapest, biggest bags of cold cereal a shopping basket will hold. I am not kidding. Remember, I don’t like to grocery shop. Next, for my breakfast, I like oatmeal, a little honey, no milk, raisins, and pecans or almonds. I do make smoothies with fruit and veggies from time to time as well. I don’t want oatmeal every day. I also like my whole wheat bread toasted. I am just giving you a few ideas to think about for breakfast. Mickey Mouse waffles are a must for my grandkids.
Food Storage List-Where Do I Start:
Cereal: easy to store (always on my food storage list).
Bananas: I could use fresh or freeze-dried bananas.
Milk: fresh milk or I could buy some long-term milk in a #10 can in case a disaster or unforeseen emergency happens.
Oatmeal: easy to store, I can make oatmeal in 15 minutes, make your own oatmeal in a jar.
Honey: long term storage. Sugar is another long-term sweetener for storage.
Raisins/Nuts: long term storage, although the nuts must be kept in the freezer or they go rancid.
Spinach, Kale, and Celery: I freeze my spinach, dehydrate my Kale and make powder, and use freeze-dried celery.
Whole Wheat: I have stored wheat for a long time. I buy 200 pounds at a time I am very fussy where I get my whole wheat
Hard White Wheat: this is always on my food storage list as well.
Yeast: some people make bread without yeast. I prefer my whole bread recipe and it uses yeast, it is who I am.
Salt: it’s a basic necessity to use in several things to eat.
Baking powder/Baking Soda: these are basic items to stock.
Oil: (be careful, oil does go rancid) I need it to make my bread (I buy Olive and Coconut oils).
Okay, so you can see if you have canned your own food you are in great shape. If you have a garden you are in great shape. So, now every time you go to the grocery store you will pick up a few extra bags of cereal (in our case). Maybe one #10 can of instant milk. Grab a container of honey or sweetener of choice. Start contacting your friends and work together to buy in bulk, mainly to save money. Buy a few buckets with airtight lids and fill them with oats if you like oatmeal. Be sure to date the container so you know how old it is. Buy one extra-large bag of flour (6 months is the shelf life. You can’t see the mold spores, but they are there, in my opinion). I am very careful about what I buy and store so I don’t waste a penny. Learn to make biscuits. Learn to make bread.
Food Storage List For Breakfast:
So basically my breakfasts consist of milk, cereal, fresh bananas, oatmeal, honey, raisins, nuts. The smoothies would have spinach, kale, celery, and a variety of fruits. I would need wheat to grind to make my bread, yeast, lemon juice, salt, etc. I would need water to make the smoothies, oatmeal, and the bread. We suggest you plan on 4 gallons of water per person per day.
Food Storage List For Lunch:
Bread: I make bread because it is critical to keep my grocery costs down. Plan on learning to make tortillas, bread, pizza dough, or biscuits.
Water-packed canned tuna and chicken: they have a fairly short shelf life (2-3 years). This keeps me out of the store and is cheaper than buying freshly-sliced meat or expensive pre-packed lunch meat.
Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip: (typically 1-year shelf life)
Peanut butter and jam: (typically 1-year shelf life)
Apple: (they last a couple of months, depending on the type of variety of apple and stored in the refrigerator)
Carrots: (one month, if stored properly in the refrigerator)
Soups: good to have in your pantry as well (some store longer than others)
Water, water, and more water
Okay, for the short term, pick up several cans of tuna or chicken/turkey. If you can pressure can your meat that is awesome! Grab extra containers of peanut butter and jams or jelly. If you make jam or jelly, that’s even better. Grab a few jars of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip. A few extra apples in the refrigerator would taste great if we were unable to travel on the roads because of a disaster or unforeseen emergency.
Food Storage List For Dinner:
Salad or vegetables: (I make my own dressings)
Dehydrated potatoes: they are a staple in my home.
Pasta, quinoa, or rice with some kind of meat: (I buy hamburger in bulk and re-package in one-pound baggies)
Chicken or turkey: (I buy frozen in bulk) if you raise chickens that’s awesome. Hunters are prepared for the unexpected for sure, learn to smoke or pressure can your meat.
Water, water, and more water: (never-ending item on my food storage list-WATER)
Long-term budget food storage: pick up some cans of green beans, corn, beans (dry or canned), quinoa, rice, and pasta.
Learn to dehydrate what you grow in your garden or on your fruit trees.
Learn to can/bottle the fruits you grow, or buy cases of fruits and vegetables as your budget allows.
Food Storage List-Free Printable: