Thursday, April 17, 2008

Food Storage

On the subject of food storage I thought I would ask, what items do you consider staples in your food storage? We really need to get ours going and I don't know where to start. Not wheat. I would not know what to do with wheat. I'd love suggestions. What do you like to stock up on?

10 comments:

The MomBabe said...

hmmm, this was modified, no? LOL.

I'm just starting to do this. I try to get stuff for meals so that I don't just have a bunch of ingredients I won't use. So, for one meal, I picked spaghetti, and I've gotten noodles, sauce, and green beans stockpiled.

I just think it's easier that way than getting a 5 gallon bucket of wheat. (Because let's face it, what would I DO with it all?)

Klin said...

It really depends on what your family eats. The distribution center has a booklet that helps. I think you can access it online.

It is recommended that you just buy a bit at at time and date everything. I'm not so good at the dating, but since my kids eat a lot it never really lasts a year.

This used to be my calling. It was fun, but a lot of work.

Tori :) said...

You DID change this post!! I would love to compare your grocery bill to mine. I'm sure you're doing fine...

I buy stuff my kiddos will eat. Lots of pasta- which is CHEAP. Ramen noodles & rice too. And then cream of mushroom, chicken and celery soup & spaghetti sauce because you can dump that on pasta and rice, etc...
Flour, baking powder, oil and sugar- so I can make pancakes (you need eggs and milk for that too though.) I buy the big jugs of syrup and just keep refilling the little squirt bottle. And the big jug of oil.
Other than that... I don't have a great food storage, but I always have this stuff. And it is cheap.

Did this comment make sense?

Tori :) said...

I like the mombabe's idea too- buying a meal...

K said...

We've been adding $10 a week to our grocery budget for stuff that's on sale to build our food storage. I have lots of pastas, rice, tomato sauce and spices, canned soups, tuna, flour, sugar, oil...just basic stuff. I shop in my pantry before I go to the store, and that way it's always rotating.

Just for Melissa said...

Robin! I wish I was good at this kind of stuff but I do know that water is essential of course. Wheat is hard to figure out what to do with unless you have a recipe book with you. I know rice is super important but it looks like everyone gave you great advice up there.

Emily said...

Well, the church's quick oats suck cause they're full of husks so go with generic brands on those instead. I say buy some things that don't require water (canned soups, etc.) because that is going to be your biggest commodity in a crisis.

Tori :) said...

Emily is right about the water. Although if you have a deep freeze you can totally use it as a place to store water. I store a lot in there becase 1) It will come in handy. 2) If the electricity is out the huge "blocks" of frozen water will help keep the oehr frozen food cold so it doesn't all spoil as quickly.

Nancy Face said...

We must be weird...we actually grind our wheat and make scrumptious homemade bread from it!

Okay, let me re-phrase that...MY HUBBY does all the stuff I just said! ;)

My friend just gave me a list of basic pantry supplies to buy...just a few different ones each week, planned out for an entire year! It's so simple and do-able! I'll mail it to you if you email Lauren with your address! :)

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

I say start with thereadyproject.com

We got the ARK to get started and now we have teh $30 pack sent to us every month. Real food that you just add water to. So easy, so yummy! And it's good for 20 years!