As we began to think about building our LONG TERM food storage we started to come across some ideas that kept holding us back from really becoming serious about it. While this is the reason a lot of people think you should get into food storage, it is one of the very last reasons why we LOVE having food storage. If no disasters, no rainy days, no lay offs; it still makes good sense to buy food today to avoid higher cost in 3 months.
I have always bought in bulk when I am in need of items I use a lot; But your page has me buying a bit extra of the other stuff too.
The mylar bags just add another layer of protection and could possibly extend the shelf life a little longer. We want to encourage our readers (most of whom are beginners at food storage) to think of food storage in every day terms, think of the short term benefits, and think of the economic benefits. As we make it clear throughout our site, we are still learning the basics and as we learn more we will share it with our readers.
The point of having food storage, for me, is to reduce your reliance of the smooth and effective functioning of global and national foodstuffs supply chains.
We’re Jodi and Julie, two busy moms who like to share what we learn while we build and use our Food Storage. The three-part ebook program teaches you how to build a food storage with checklists, an encyclopedia, and a recipe appendix.
A month or two ago I met a cute little gal who was talking to me about her newly begun food storage.
Many people are allergic to wheat and may not be aware of it until they are eating it meal after meal. We get tired of eating the same foods over and over and many times prefer to not eat, then to sample that particular food again. These may sound frivolous, but through the years I’ve talked with many people who have lived entirely on their storage for extended periods of time. As I put the material together it was fascinating to discover what the pioneers ate is the type of things we store. We are sisters who grew up in a family of 8 kids, trying to navigate life with 9 kids of our own. Featured Preconception Articles5 Conversations To Have With Your Partner Before You Have Your Baby5 Foods to Eat During PregnancyCould These Three Things Be Messing Up Your Man’s Fertility?
For example, the typical calculator may tell you to store way more, or less, of a certain ingredient then you would ever use. See our small spaces storage solutions post for ideas on how to start no matter how tiny you think your house might be. We have found that we use food storage for health reasons, self-reliance reasons, to weather against economic storms, and so much more.

It actually saves money over each month and I am getting prepared for any needs that may come upon me.
More of your money is tied up in food (some percent of which will spoil), and in a real emergency you have less cash to barter with for usable goods. In the case of long time frame disaster, which you really should know pretty soon after it starts, you should use refrigerated items first and then frozen second if lack of electricity is the issue. I always thought that food storage HAD to be the dehydrated kits and that I could never have food storage because I couldn’t afford to drop Thousands to get the kits! I have seriously thought about food storage as mainly big buckets of wheat and pretty much all dry goods that I wouldn’t know what to do with. You know, she began, I’ve dreaded doing my storage for years, it seems so blah, but the way national events are going my husband and I decided we couldn’t put it off anymore.
These flavorings and spices allow you to do many creative things with your grains and beans. Extended Staples – Few people get beyond storing the four basic items but its extremely important that you do so.
Vitamins – Vitamins are important, especially if you have children, since children do not store body reserves of nutrients as adults do. Quick and Easy and Psychological Foods – Quick and easy foods help you through times when you are psychologically or physically unable to prepare your basic storage items.
Nearly all of them say these were the most helpful items in their storage to normalize their situations and make it more bearable.
Balance – Time and time again I’ve seen families buy all of their wheat, then buy all of another item and so on. Use Your Storage – In all the years I’ve worked with preparedness one of the biggest problems I’ve seen is people storing food and not knowing what to do with it. The lady I talked about at the first of the article left realizing what she had stored was a good beginning but not enough. She is great at teaching you to take the meals your family typically eats and incorporating food storage into them.
She learned that everyday food storage, means using your food storage in meals YOU would typically make. Just need to remember to rotate, use oldest first, to avoid waste and failure in your investment.
95% of the people I’ve worked with have only stored the 4 basic items we mentioned earlier: wheat, milk, honey, and salt. Store less wheat than is generally suggested and put the difference into a variety of other grains, particular ones your family likes to eat. No cook foods such as freeze-dried are wonderful since they require little preparation, MRE’s (Meal Ready to Eat), such as many preparedness outlets carry, canned goods, etc.

I have seen literally tons and tons of food thrown away because they were left in sacks, where they became highly susceptible to moisture, insects, and rodents.
As she said, Its better to find out the mistakes I’ve made now while there’s still time to make corrections. Its easy to take a basic storage and add the essentials to make it livable, but it needs to be done.
By adding even just a few things it greatly increases your options, and the prospect of your family surviving on it. No food is wasted this way and it’s more like having a little grocery store in the basement. I’ve been really wanting to start my food storage, but have been overwhelmed with where to start.
We just bought 20 bags of wheat, my husband found a place to get 60 pound cans of honey, and now all we have to do is get a couple of cases of powdered milk. One of the best suggestions I can give you is buy a good food storage cookbook, go through it, and see what your family would really eat. If you are using plastic buckets make sure they are lined with a food grade plastic liner available from companies that carry packaging supplies. As I did the research for my cookbook, I wanted to include recipes that gave help to families no matter what they had stored.
She had just made every major mistake in storing food (other than not storing anything at all). But she’s not alone, through 14 years of helping people prepare, I found most peoples storage starts out looking just like hers. If something happens and you have to live on your present storage you’ll fare much better having a one month supply of a variety of items than a years supply of two to three items.
If its put together the right way well be returning to good basic living with a few goodies thrown in. Because of limited space I wont list all the items that should be included in a well-balanced storage program.
They are included in the The New Cooking With Home Storage cookbook, as well as information on how much to store, and where to purchase it.
A better container is the #10 tin can which most preparedness companies use when they package their foods.

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    That has the potential to hold our society seriously at risk??and is capable that.
    PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles if we have to send emergency the far more recent.