Saturday, June 6, 2009

What should I Store

Now, let’s talk about what food you should store.

Store food based on how you cook – a 50 lb. bag of wheat is great, but you have to know how to turn it into food. That is why I really like the freeze-dried prepared meals like Mountain House and Saratoga Farms.

Store food with the longest shelf life possible – To get the most out of your food storage investment, you will need to buy foods that will store for the longest time possible. Look at your food storage as an annual cost. If you spend 1,000 on food that will store for 10 years, your annual cost is $100/year. If you spend the same amount on food that will store for 30 years, your annual cost is $33/year. A big savings. It also means you have to rotate your food a lot less. Which means you will be able to use the food when you need it.

Store a variety of foods – You should have prepared meals (like Mountain House) and fruits, vegetables and other staples (like Saratoga Farms) in all varieties in your long term food storage. The more variety, the better the nutrition will be and the healthier your food storage will be.

Work towards at least a 3 month supply for everyone in your family – Having a 3 month supply of long term food storage will give you a good buffer against whatever emergency you may face. After you have built it up to that point, than move to 6 months, then 9 months and then a year.

Store foods that are easy to prepare – Simplicity goes a long way in your food storage. Don’t store complicated foods or meals. You don’t know what resources will be available to you when you will need to use the food. That is another reason I like The Ready Store. You just add hot water and stir. No cooking is required.

1 comment:

islandgardener said...

I am not Mormon, but my friend is and food storage is something that is part of their culture. I am more of a food collector in that I enjoy cooking and am always in search of interesting ingredients, hence, I have a pretty deep pantry, but should be more cognizant about storing for an emergency. Where in PA is your family from? I was raised in Harrisburg, but my family hails from Shenandoah, in NE PA.