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:
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.
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.
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…..
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.
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.
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
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!
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…
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
Honey: sugar or sweetener of choice Cox’s honey from Shelley, Idaho
Salt: Real Salt Shaker Realsalt 10 oz Salt and be sure and store several of your favorite spices.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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