Planning Food Storage

When I first started out on the path to building a food storage plan, my initial thoughts were along the lines of “Oh, I’ll buy lots of canned vegetables, some MREs, and some freeze dried food. Then I’ll be good.” I also only was planning for two weeks of food storage, everything fit in our kitchen pantry, I had no idea of how many calories I had on hand, I didn’t know how to calculate daily caloric needs for our family of five, and in general I didn’t even know how much I didn’t know.

That was three years ago. Today, we have around six months of food storage at any given time. It’s all inventoried, shelved, organized, and in a dedicated store room that’s kept relatively cool to increase the shelf life as much as possible. The kids actually joke about it, occasionally asking if they can “go to the store” to grab a can of fruit for dessert. 🙂

I’ve made a number of mistakes along the way, but I feel that I’ve learned enough to put my knowledge out there in the hope that someone else can avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made. Before I talk about suggestions, let’s get the mistakes out of the way…

[Read more…]

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

Food Storage in Buckets with Mylar Bags

The other night I was sealing some food stuffs in mylar bags and mentioned it to a friend of mine via email. His first question was: “Why bags and not buckets?” I quickly whipped off the reply that the food would last longer in mylar bags, and that they were going in buckets shortly as well.

MylarBagsOxygenAbsorbers [Read more…]

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page

Wise Foods Noodles and Beef in Savory Mushroom Sauce Review

I had an extra five minutes during lunch today and decided to try another one of the meals out of the Wise 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit, which would also allow me to continue the series of Long Term Storage Food Reviews I’m planning on.

I’d never had this entree before; Wise Foods Noodles and Beef in Savory Mushroom Sauce. Doesn’t that picture look appetizing?

WiseNoodlesBeef1

In case you didn’t know, “cooking” freeze dried foods is NOT a time consuming or complex task. It involves pouring boiling water into the freeze dried food and waiting a set amount of time. In this case, 12-15 minutes. I’ll come back to the time requirements for this one shortly. [Read more…]

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someoneBuffer this pageShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrDigg thisPrint this page