Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

Food Storage Friday: Where to Start

by heather

This week with the government shutdown, I was reminded of how great food storage can be. There are people who are going without paychecks, there are moms and children who can’t get help from WIC because the offices are closed, and I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be reassuring to have a little food set aside for unforeseen and uncomfortable circumstances?’ I hope that people do, and if they don’t I hope they have friends and neighbors to lean on. (Seriously, if you’re in the St George area and you need help, I’d be happy to share my food storage with you. I won’t judge you.)

Recently my food storage posts have been along the theme ‘Here are recipes that me and my family enjoy using food storage’, and I think that having ideas and examples like that are great. However, there are so many people out there who find the concept of food storage overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be that way! If you are thinking, ‘hey maybe getting some food storage would be a good idea, but I don’t know where to start’, here’s a few practical ideas:

  1. Take it a little at a time. Buy a few extra canned items when they go on sale. Yes, you can spend thousands of dollars on a complete and instant food storage supply, but it’s not necessary and unless you have cash to burn, it’s not practical.
  2. Store what you eat, eat what you store. Use common sense. If you don’t like eating wheat now, you’re not going to like eating wheat when you’re stressed about whatever situation has reduced you to only living off your food storage. I doubt that the food is going to taste better if you shove it in a closet for several years. This is not fancy wines that we’re talking about.
  3. Find 6 recipes that your family likes using food storage. If you need examples, check my list in the menu bar. Or check the list of cooking sites. Or check Pinterest. Or Google. Whatever works for you. After you feel comfortable with those, find some more. Food storage works best if you are comfortable eating it.
  4. Try to be organized. Keep track of what you buy, and what you use or you might find yourself with 3 cases of pineapple that need to used in the next three months, or something.
  5. Make a plan. ‘If my family and I had to live off our food storage, we would want to eat…’ Sit down with your family and some paper and discuss it.
  6. Aim for a 3 month supply first. Then worry about things like a year supply or fancy emergency preparedness doodads. Take it one step at a time.
  7. Get an idea of how much your family needs (uses). An easy rule of thumb is 14 cases of 6 #10 cans for each adult in your family will give you a year supply. But again, only buy things that your family will eat. This calculator is also helpful.


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