Have you sometimes wondered how to organize food storage in your pantry or designated short and long term food storage items? Some of you may be newcomers to storing food and for some of us, it’s a way of life. In other words, we have always stored food for emergencies. I grew up with my mom filling the pantry with food like tuna, hash, Spam, oatmeal, peanut butter, etc. She had the buckets of flour, sugar, and baking supplies to make everything from scratch. We always had the items required to make homemade bread, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls and cookies galore in that small pantry! My mom was a single mother for many years and taught us to stretch a dollar. I still follow her guidance to this day.
I may have mentioned to you before about owning my own mortgage company for about 15 years. I worked 60-70 hour weeks with lunch delivered to our office. We all ate at our desks because the stress level was enormous to meet deadlines to get people into their newly purchased homes. There were never enough hours in the day back then. Well, because I worked so many hours I would pick up “take-out” on my way home from work at 9:00 P.M,. I do not like eating out, first of all, because I know the food is filled with fat, salt, and sugar to make it taste better.
The reason I want to tell you this story about eating out is to let you know how much I appreciate homemade meals. I had a few neighbors, bless their hearts who would deliver homemade meals to Mark and me often, and they knew I would get teary eyed because I was so thankful for the good homemade food. When I decided to retire and close my mortgage company, I said to myself “I will never stand in line to order take-out again”. This could be on my feet or by car, nope, I was done with take-out food. Yes, I do occasionally eat out, but it never tastes as good as homemade food.
I asked my sister, Carol a few years ago to make some printables for my readers to help organize their food storage. She is my computer guru! I scribbled what I wanted on some sheets of paper and she made these for me! I hope you can use them to organize your food storage one #10 can at a time. Let me know how you organize food storage items at your home.
How to organize food storage:
These are printables to help you keep track of the different foods you store for everyday use or long term food storage.