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Food Storage Friday: Top 10 Food Storage Tips

by heather

Recently a friend asked me to put together my top 10 food storage tips in a handout to share at a local emergency preparedness fair that she was involved in. Here they are:

Food Storage Tips
(The first three are the most important for successfully using your food storage.)

  1. The very best food storage recipes are the ones that your family is comfortable and familiar with. Get a binder and start collecting food storage recipes that your family is actually willing to eat. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a place where you have them together.
  2. Keep 6 open cans of food storage IN YOUR KITCHEN. (wheat, pasta, beans, oats, rice and potatoes) You’re more likely to use them than if they are in your basement (or garage, under the bed, etc.)
  3. Using your food storage should consist of 3 things: A one year supply of staples (grains, beans, etc.), a 3 month supply of items that you regularly use in your cooking (sauces, canned vegetables, etc) and fresh ingredients (meat, dairy, produce). Meals that are a mix of these three are far more likely to be eaten by your family. Gather a three month supply of ingredients and keep them in your kitchen.
  4. Cooked wheat berries are an easy way to incorporate wheat into your diet without a wheat grinder. Cook 4 cups of wheat with 10 cups of water in a slow cooker for 8 hours on low. Divide into ziplock bags and freeze. Cooked wheat berries can be incorporated into salads, salsa or used to stretch (or replace) ground beef. Wheat is high in fiber, folic acid and protein.
  5. Cooked white beans can be pureed and used as a replacement for shortening or butter in baking. And they are significantly better for you. I personally find shortening to be repulsive. Blegh.
  6. Grinding oats into oat flour takes only a few seconds in the blender. You can then substitute all or part of the white flour in a recipe. Oat flour has more nutrients than all-purpose white flour.
  7. You can make pancake batter in the blender using raw uncooked wheat. Blend 1 cup of raw wheat with liquid ingredients to replace 1 & 3/4 cup of wheat flour.
  8. It’s true, drinking milk from your food storage doesn’t taste as good as the fresh stuff. However, you can rotate it by using it when you cook. Keep some mixed up in your fridge. I doubt you will be able to tell the difference.
  9. Evaporated milk can be used as a substitute for cream or half and half in recipes. You can also make your own by mixing 1 cup nonfat dried powdered milk with 1 cup water.
  10. Food storage is not about fear, it is about peace. We have been asked to store food, not in a spirit of fear, but because of the blessings that will come from having it.

 


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