How To Choose Food Storage For Your Family

Is it overwhelming to choose food storage for your family? We all see articles about how to choose food storage, but is that food right for your family? Do I want to store MRE’s (meals ready to eat or just add water), will I eat those? Will my family want to eat them every day after a disaster? What about dehydrated food, what about freeze-dried food? Is it expensive, how long does it last, where can I store it? These are all questions that pertain when you choose food storage for your family.

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How To Decide What Food Storage Works For You

I keep thinking about a statement a very nice man made on my Food Storage Moms Facebook page about buying food storage. His comment has stuck in my mind for a few weeks, so today is the day I’m going to address how food storage works. He mentioned that only the rich can afford #10 cans of freeze-dried food or #10 cans of dehydrated food. He asked me to write about how a family with less money can afford to buy food storage. In case you are wondering what a #10 can is, it is a can filled with a variety of foods in a metal can that measures 7 inches (18cm) high and 6-1/4 inches (16 cm) in diameter.

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Have You Heard About One Can A Week?

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.

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Freeze-Dried Food Pantry Size For Emergencies

Today it’s about freeze-dried food in pantry size cans. When I teach classes or I’m asked to speak to large groups, I always bring some #10 cans (7-inches tall and 6-1/4 inches in diameter), but I also bring some smaller pantry size cans. The pantry size cans I have are a bit more expensive per ounce, but in reality, Mark and I don’t need to open a large #10 can for just the two of us. I’m so glad a few readers reminded me to mention the smaller cans. I thought to myself, oh my gosh, I have got to write a post about the smaller pantry size cans. Now, I did write a post a few years ago with pictures of them in my bag of food if we had to leave our home with our 72-hour kits.

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