How To Get Started With Food Storage For Survival

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I know there are a lot of people that are wondering about how to get started with food storage for survival. Have you asked yourself lately, where or how do I even start a food storage pantry? Years ago most people stored wheat, rice, sugar, and beans. I am talking one hundred pound barrels of each. Mine were green barrels. Yes, I had a wheat grinder that you would crank for hours and be lucky to get two to four cups of freshly ground flour. I swear this is why I made white bread for 40 years, so I wouldn’t have to do all that grinding!. Well, things have changed for the better. We have so many options for food storage now. We have longer shelf life options and so many ways to store and prepare things now.

Then I heard about electric wheat grinders. What? I can have whole wheat flour that is freshly ground without tennis elbow? You may have heard me mention, start with fresh ingredients and you can make fabulous bread! There is no secret to making bread, except to start with fresh ingredients. My recipes for bread: Whole-Wheat-Bread-For-Two Recipe or Whole-Wheat-Bread Recipe or White-Bread-For-Two Recipe or No Fail White Bread Recipe by Food Storage Moms

Then, I learned about hard white wheat instead of the hard red wheat I grew up on. I love my soft, fluffy, whole wheat bread. So you’ll see why wheat is the second item I suggest below.

20 Items To Get Started:

1. Water

Water for drinking, washing dishes, washing clothes and personal hygiene. We need a minimum amount of water for each of the following purposes:

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day per person allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
  • 5 to 12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.
  • This is critical for your food storage today because we need water to go with almost everything below.

2. Wheat

Wheat:  for grinding, sprouting, cereals, muffins, pancakes and the list goes on and on. Please teach your neighbors and friends how to make bread if you are gifted with that talent. If not, take a class in your community to learn how to make bread, if possible. You will save so much money and you will know what is in your bread when you serve it.

3. Grains

Grains, Kamut (TM), Spelt, barley, millet, white quinoa, red quinoa, black quinoa, and rainbow quinoa. White rice stores longer than brown rice. Brown rice is healthier but goes rancid fairly quickly because of the fat content. These are just a few grains to start with…..

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4. Extra Cans

Start with extra cans of whatever you eat every day or every week. Not everyone can afford to buy several #10 cans every week or month. So buy one to ten cans of smaller items of food products each week so you can just throw a meal together. My choice would be cream of chicken soup or canned tomatoes to start with. I can make most anything with these two items added to the rest of today’s list.

5. Canned Protein

Canned tuna or chicken. It’s all about protein. It is not frozen and only needs a can opener. This is critical for your food storage today. I’m leaning towards becoming a vegetarian, but I realize people eat meat. I know my husband loves it! Don’t forget a can opener: Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener, Black, be sure and have two or more can openers, just in case one is inoperable.

6. Beans

Beans, beans, beans. We all need the protein. Plus, they are usually pretty inexpensive.

7. Dehydrated Vegetables

Dehydrated vegetables are great for making soups. We must remember dehydrated foods do not last as long as freeze dried, but they are cheaper and work great. They also need to be cooked in most cases, so this means you will need fuel to cook them.

8. Freeze Dried Vegetables

Freeze-dried vegetables: are awesome because they cook faster, last longer than dehydrated, in most cases (depends on the type), read your labels. Most freeze-dried veggies and fruits taste great right out of the can.

9. Freeze Dried Fruits

Freeze-dried fruits: most all freeze dried fruits, you can eat right out of the can.

10. Milk

Instant or powdered milk: powdered buttermilk is great for making muffins, dipping/coating veggies, and salad dressings, etc. Regular instant milk is great for cereal or baking needs. Instant Nonfat Dry Milk – 1.75 Pound Can

11. Eggs

Eggs: by now you know my egg of choice for storage is OvaEasy Eggs. Ova Easy Egg Crystals, 4.5 oz/Bag They taste like eggs because they are eggs. Yes, it is a shock when you first open the can and the crystals are slightly orange. Once the eggs start to cook its like magic they turn to yellow like the color we are used to seeing. They taste fabulous too!

12. Spices

Spices: you can make most any recipe with just a few spices. Look in your pantry and decide the 5-10 spices that are your absolute favorites. I would want cinnamon and basil to start with. Please tell me your favorites…

13. Cheese

Cheese: freeze-dried cheese is awesome to start collecting one #10 can at a time. If we had a grid down we will not be worrying about cholesterol, trust me.

14. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter: you can buy it in a jar or powdered form (you can slip some jam into this number #14) Powdered Peanut Butter- 2.5 Pound Can

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15. Honey-Sugar-Sweetener

Honey: sugar or sweetener of choice Cox’s honey from Shelley, Idaho

16. Salt

Salt: Real Salt Shaker Realsalt 10 oz Salt and be sure and store several of your favorite spices.

17. Oil

Oil: olive, coconut, vegetable or butter. I buy canned butter, but I have yet to taste a powdered butter that tastes good. I would rather do without butter than eat some of those powdered butter in #10 cans. I do need oil to make my bread and cook certain food combinations.

18. Pasta

Pasta: it stores fairly well for about 8 years, depending on the temperature of the storage area and the type of pasta. Who doesn’t love pasta?

19. Chia

Chia: this is my favorite brand, Salba Smart Organic, Chia, Whole Seed, 16-Ounce
I quote: About the Product:

    • Certified Organic; High in Omega-3 (ALA), protein, antioxidants and other essential nutrients; Gluten-Free; Sugar-Free; No Trans Fats; Non-GMO Project Verified
    • Salba is more than just a name. It literally defines the only two registered varieties of chia in the world—Sahi Alba 911 and Sahi Alba 912—for their consistent size, shape, and off-the-charts nutritional quality. Any other chia seeds on the shelf are considered a wild crop, where the nutrition, and even species, can vary depending on the region they are grown.
    • Only Salba Chia has gone through both selective and separate breeding to show a pure, distinctive, uniform, stable variety. It’s a better way for a better Chia. Sprinkle per sprinkle, Salba Chia has more omega-3s and protein than the next common chia seed, giving you the endurance to go out and do what you love to do, again and again. End of quote.

20. Chocolate

Chocolate: I have to have chocolate. Period. Preferably dark chocolate for those moments when you just need a treat, or to make cookies!! I am adding cocoa to this #20 as well.Oh my gosh, I just heard about this dark unsweetened cocoa: HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa (8-Ounce Cans, Pack of 6)

Please choose some of these to get started with food storage today, not tomorrow. You’ll be glad you did!

Food Storage Ideas

My favorite things:

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

Water Preserver Concentrate

Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water

My book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

9 thoughts on “How To Get Started With Food Storage For Survival

  • July 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I love your article on teaching people how to prepare. I have just finished canning 20 quarts of peaches with “local” honey. This will be for my sweet tooth if and maybe before the SHTF. LOL.
    Today, I am canning green beans in quarts. Most of the fresh food I can pick up at the market now. In the winter it may be too late.
    Storing food this way is convenient and one never needs to worry about the freezer going out or the food spoiling. Once you begin canning you want to can everything in sight because it is that easy. Also, now is the time to pick up the canning equipment. In the fall is when most people purchase these and the price could very well go up.

    Thanks again Linda for giving us your precious time an energy to help others.
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    • July 22, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Vivian, there is something comforting about knowing you have food storage. I’m like you I try to store the least amount of food storage in the freezer. Freezer jam is my exception! LOL! I like it better than canned jam. I totally agree with you about canning everything in sight! Once you start you can’t stop. I remember when my family was growing up we would have canned peaches and toast on Sunday night! It’s the best!! I love hearing comments like this! Hugs! Linda

  • July 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    is there a secret to making the peanut powder taste like spreadable peanut butter ? I have tried several times to make the peanut powder into peanut butter. it did not taste good at all.

    • July 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Judy, I have tried a few brands (not any of them are good)! The brand I do like (or is acceptable) is Honeyville. I don’t think powdered butter or peanut butter will ever pass my taste buds for flavor or texture. I am used to the high fat Skippy ready made. The only reason I store powdered peanut butter (I think I might have 4 #10 cans) because it has a shelf-life of five to ten years. It is used for emergency food storage only. I used the other two cans to teach classes. I typically buy my #10 cans in cases of six because you usually get a discount. I can eat the whole wheat bread I make with nothing on it. But I used to teach classes and share samples. I no longer do that because my time is better spent teaching the world right now. I hope this helps, I don’t like them either! Linda

  • July 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    thank you for the input. I have about 4 cans of peanut butter powder. but I dont think any of it is Honeyville brand, I will have to check . I grind my own flour to bake with also. I dont like store bought wheat bread, but I love the wheat bread I make with the flour I grind . also have you tried the powdered sour cream ? I just got some and have’t tried it yet.

    • July 24, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Hi Judy, I love hearing you grind your own wheat and make your own bread! Music to my ears!! I have tried the Honeyville sour cream and cream cheese. I only bought one #10 can of each. Here’s the deal if we are in a grid down situation I will not be making food items that will require either one of those except for baking. They each cost just under $30.00 plus shipping so I am not stocking up on either one of them. The only good dairy product I recommend is the instant milk and instant buttermilk. I will use the sour cream and cream cheese ONLY for baking after a grid down. Once those two cans are gone, so be it. I do not care for the taste of either one of them. I hope this helps! Linda

  • July 27, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Hi , just found your blog while looking for food storage info. Thank you. Also, I like that you put water first, as it is the mot important.

    • July 28, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Hi Erinn, thanks for sharing that link with me. I’m glad you like the food storage list! Linda


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