One can at a time has been my motto for over six years. Have you heard about one can a week? Sometimes people get overwhelmed when they start a food storage plan. Let’s make this really easy, one can a week. It can be a #10 can of dehydrated or freeze-dried meat, vegetables, fruit, wheat, rice, etc. I will explain the difference between dehydrated and freeze-dried below. You can also buy one can of beans or chili each week when you go to the grocery store. It’s one extra can you didn’t have yesterday. Rotate what you buy and eat what you store.
I hope people realize that if we have a major disaster our local grocery stores may be empty within 24 hours. You may not be able to even drive to any stores if we have a pandemic. Our local government officials may ask us to stay off the roads because of ice or the roads are washed away. It could be one of many reasons we must have food stored in our homes. Water is first and foremost, but today we are talking about food.
In case you don’t know, the water needed per person per day, according to The American Red Cross, states one-gallon. I prefer 4-gallons per person per day. But that’s how I roll. We need water for hydration, hygiene, cooking, cleaning, and spit baths. Yes, I have baby wipes, if they dry out, add some water, they will still work.
One Can Of Food
My favorite food storage for long-term is freeze-dried because it has a longer shelf life if stored in optimal conditions. Not the hot garage. Every brand is different, so check the brands you decide to purchase and you will see when it was packed and the shelf life. Freeze-Dried Foods by Linda
Freeze-Dried Food Storage
Pros: Freeze-dried lasts longer
Pros: You can eat freeze-dried fruits and vegetables right out of the can
Pros: The freeze-dried food tastes better
Cons: Freeze-dried is more expensive
Dehydrated Food Storage
Dehydrated food has been around for years. Dehydrated food does not store as long as freeze-dried, but who cares if you are going to use it within 5-8 years, depending on the shelf life. I buy dehydrated potato slices, they are awesome! Dehydrated Foods by Linda
Pros: Dehydrated food is cheaper in price compared to freeze-dried
Pros: There is a wide variety of dehydrated foods
Cons: Dehydrated food must be cooked or it will crack your teeth (think about fuel to cook it)
One Case At A Time
I may have told you this story before about a woman I know who buys several cases of food she will eat for a year if a disaster hits her neighborhood. She is a single elderly woman who knows the need to be prepared. She prefers fresh food but realizes that may not be available. Before the end of the year, and before the food expires, she donates all of it to the food bank. If that doesn’t give you chills I don’t know what would. She is amazing, I LOVE her preparedness and giving attitude.
52 Weeks: One Can At A Time
These cans can be dehydrated, freeze-dried or cans of food down any grocery aisle that has food you and your family will eat. Of course, we still need the basics to bake bread, tortillas, biscuits, crackers, etc. Today it’s all about one can at a time.
- Green beans
- Apple slices
- Instant milk
- Butter, Red Feather is my favorite Red Feather Butter
- Canned Bacon Yoders Bacon
- Mac and Cheese
- White Rice (bags)
- Pasta (packages)
- Miracle Whip
- Cans of tuna
- Cans of cooked hamburger
- Cans of cooked chicken
- Cans of roast beef
- Cans of chipped beef Linda’s Chipped Beef Recipe
- Freeze-dried cheeses (there are so many to choose from at Thrive Life)
- Cream of chicken soup (my favorite)
- Chicken broth
- Sweet potatoes
- White potatoes
- Spaghetti sauce
- Tomato sauce
- Peanut butter
- Jam or jelly
- Green chili sauce
- Freeze-dried chicken
- Freeze-dried beef
- Hardtack candy
All you need to do is write down what you eat each day, my printable worksheet may help you. Where Do I Start by Linda You can fill in the areas for breakfast ideas, lunch ideas, and dinner ideas. It has a place on the side to put down the food items you want to purchase.
I had a reader mention on Facebook that only the rich and wealthy can afford freeze-dried or dehydrated food. I am not wealthy by any means. I buy a case of six cans once every quarter. I have been doing this for years. I know people have pallets delivered to their homes. I can’t afford to do that, and I prefer choosing a little at a time. I put everything in alphabetical order so I can see at a glance what I have on hand. I can see the areas where I need to add one can or more to the shelf.
Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, we do not know what is ahead. Please be ready for it. Throw in an extra case of water in your grocery basket. You’ll be glad you don’t have to stand in line to get water if your water is contaminated in your neighborhood.
My book would be a great asset: Prepare Your Family For Survival by Linda Loosli
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