Have You Heard About One Can A Week?

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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.

Closed Grocery Stores

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.

Water Needed

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

Read More of My Articles  Survival Food And Emergency Food Storage

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.

  1. Beans
  2. Chili
  3. Spaghettios
  4. Soup
  5. Stews
  6. Corn
  7. Green beans
  8. Peas
  9. Beets
  10. Apple slices
  11. Instant milk
  12. Butter, Red Feather is my favorite Red Feather Butter
  13. Canned Bacon Yoders Bacon
  14. Peaches
  15. Applesauce
  16. Mac and Cheese
  17. White Rice (bags)
  18. Salsa
  19. Ravioli’s
  20. Pasta (packages)
  21. Crackers
  22. Mayo
  23. Mustard
  24. Miracle Whip
  25. Cans of tuna
  26. Cans of cooked hamburger
  27. Cans of cooked chicken
  28. Cans of roast beef
  29. Cans of chipped beef  Linda’s Chipped Beef Recipe
  30. Freeze-dried cheeses (there are so many to choose from at Thrive Life)
  31. Cream of chicken soup (my favorite)
  32. Chicken broth
  33. Sweet potatoes
  34. White potatoes
  35. Broccoli
  36. Spinach
  37. Olives
  38. Spaghetti sauce
  39. Tomato sauce
  40. Zucchini
  41. Asparagus
  42. Chocolate
  43. Peanut butter
  44. Jam or jelly
  45. Green chili sauce
  46. Cauliflower
  47. Celery
  48. Carrots
  49. Tomatoes
  50. Freeze-dried chicken
  51. Freeze-dried beef
  52. Hardtack candy
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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. You may know people have pallets delivered to their homes.

A lot of people 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. Then 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

Copyright Picture:  AdobeStock_103207687 by Julie Clopper

12 thoughts on “Have You Heard About One Can A Week?

  • January 17, 2018 at 9:59 am

    This is such a great idea. It is also a great idea that I could donate the unused items as the next year cycles through. I think I will print off the list and add in my months of canning, eliminating the food purchase at the grocery that week. That money would go to the fresh produce that I buy for my bottles. I’ve been using my year old self canned goods/ expiring goods for meals for the homeless now that the weather is so cold. Thank you for a great “jump off” list. 

    • January 17, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Hi, Jan, I have served food a couple times at a homeless shelter, I would hope that people would donate food to someone I care about someday who becomes homeless. The jump list is pretty easy to follow, thank you for your kind words. Linda

  • January 17, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Another spin off of this technique would be to buy 2 cans and use 1 older can. That way every week you know how to use the products and can decide whether your family likes it, and if not to try another brand. That’s how I found out that I mistakenly bought Beef TVP instead of real beef! Also, one brand just might be better or freeze dried is better than dehydrated or vice versa. We open up a #10 can every week and if we don’t use it all, the next week we open up something that goes with it so that it’s gone pretty fast. This week we opened up a #10 tin of Marinara Sauce (freeze dried). So we’re going to see if it also makes a good pizza sauce, whether the family likes it or not, see if it might go with other things and would it make a manageable tomato soup or could it be used to stretch tomatoes in chili. That way if there is a problem and we must use our food storage in earnest, we know what we can make and how to combine things with it. It’s been fun and sometimes challenging, but we always learn something when we open a can of something we haven’t used before. Then we keep notes and recipes so we don’t forget what worked well for us.

    • January 17, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Oh, Debbie, the TVP, I got the giggles again! I have never purchased a #10 can of Marinara Sauce, that’s awesome!!! I need to look into that. I love hearing how you are trying out cans each week, every one need to do that. I learned Asparagus is tough and nasty. BUT, I could make a soup if I cut the pieces very very very small! LOL! Life is good with food storage. It’s a blessing and a necessity. Hugs, Linda

  • January 17, 2018 at 10:53 am

    The idea of buying the #10 cans and using them as parts of meals is a GREAT idea! And as Debbie O above mentions, you can use parts of, say, the tomato marinara sauce to create other foods like the pizza mentioned, spaghetti, soups, etc.
    But sometimes the large can is just too much for the single person, like myself, to go through in a timely fashion, regardless if I make other meals out of the contents. Sometimes I just DON’T want to cook. KNOW what I mean?
    So for me, having and using a Vacuum Sealer comes in super handy. I can divvy up the larger can into smaller portions and not worry about potential spoilage or waste.
    Also, if the need arises and a neighbor needs to “borrow a cup of sugar,” SHAZAM! Pre-measured and ready to hand out.
    I buy as much (most, actually) of my FD or Dehydrated foods in the #10 cans myself, but as much as I LOVE Beef Stroganoff, would I REALLY want to eat it night after night, meal after meal, until the can is empty. Hmm. Probably not. Well, maybe?!?
    Anyway, just a suggestion that I’m sure others have considered themselves.
    Oh, and DON’T toss the cans. You can be a Hero by making those small Rocket Stoves to hand out to those less fortunate in a time of grid down or as an economical means to cook when the propane for the backyard BBQ is exhausted. Just a few twigs for fuel, a match or lighter to start the fire and KOWAGUNGA, cooking PDQ.
    Anyhoodle, just a couple of suggestions and I Pray everyone is in good Health!
    God Bless.
    PS, Linda, I truly enjoy reading your articles. I’m a pretty old critter and have been prepping in some form or fashion since the late 60’s (Yeah, I’m OLD! Hahaha!) but I never seem to come away from reading your articles and the comments therein without having learned SOMEthing new. Or a better way to build a new mousetrap. So you CAN teach an old dog new tricks, so to my fellow Silver Haired Peppers, DON’T GIVE UP OR QUIT! You CAN do it too!!

    • January 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      Hi, Huggy, oh how I love your comments! I think you and I were preppers before that word became a word. Your comments about the cans will help someone cook a meal for sure! Your words are kind, we learn from each other. I agree with you on the #10 cans, they are too big for even Mark and myself. I only the onions and celery which I use within a year. Bonus, I stay out of the grocery stores. I haven’t heard that awesome word, anyhoodle for years! My mom used that word all the time. It was awesome hearing from you! Linda

  • January 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Our rule for many years has been “one cat, one dog, one protein”. If either of us is at the market, in addition to that trips purchase, we add one item for each of the animals and one can of something protein for us. This usually translates to a can of cat food, a can of dog food and a can of tuna/chili/chicken etc. Our animals earn their keep around here, so we know we must take care of them also. These three extras often only amount to an extra two dollars on our bill, and it’s allowed us to stock a good supply for the animals, and canned chili for us too!

    • January 19, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Hi, Theresa, I LOVE this! One cat, one dog, one protein! It makes sense for everyone and our beloved pets! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea! The cost is low and we can sleep at night knowing we have some food for the whole family! Linda

  • January 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I have done 1 or 2 cans a week for years. I was wondering, is there any way I can easily calculate how many meals I can make from my food on hand? I have a pretty comprehensive inventory of my pantry and would like to see how many meals it would make.

    • January 19, 2018 at 5:59 am

      Hi Cher, first of all, I love hearing you are storing food in your pantry and that you have an inventory of the items. Here’s the deal with knowing how many meals you can make. If you cook from scratch you can stretch many meals. I sense you cook from scratch and therefore you have the advantage of feeding more people with less food. How much does each family member eat? The ages of each family member would make a difference. How many calories do you want each family member to eat? I have seen “buckets” of food storage that say they feed a family of four for three days. REALLY? Some of the meals would be enough for a toddler, not a man. I wish there was a magic system to give you a plan. I put together a sheet for seven days. “Where Do I Start”. It helps people plan for seven days.You rock for being prepared. Linda

  • January 19, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    We have bought a little at a time for quite a while. It has gotten to the place, where we only replace now. I never open the cans of freeze dried peaches, since they are so good that we eat the can quickly.

    • January 19, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      Hi, Janet, I’m the same way, if I open those freeze-dried pineapple cans, they are gone! I open them when my grandkids come, it’s healthier snack. I’ve cut way back on buying my #10 cans. Mark and I have plenty, I did buy a case of something a few months ago. Linda


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