Storing some kind of food in the home for both preparedness and emergencies has been written about a lot. I found the excellent article by Melissa K Norris that does a great job helping us learn where to start with foods to store. She talks about have at least of years worth of food to meet the needs for a long-term survival situation. She provides us with 8 foods to store.
I don’t believe in storing food you don’t use in your regular life. Why would you invest money and storage on something you’re not using? That makes no sense to me. Plus, if an emergency does hit, you don’t want to be adding to the stress of the situation by trying to figure out how to cook and use something you’ve never used before.
Our goal is to have close to a year’s supply of our staples on hand.
These are the 8 foods I believe you should be storing and how to store them. I don’t include fruits and vegetables as most of us can grow or harvest these at home or close to our homes. I firmly believe you should know how or where to get fresh fruits and vegetables and preserve them at home.
1. Salt- salt can be used as both a way to preserve food as well as flavoring dishes. I put salt at the top of the list because most of us don’t have a way to get salt where we live.
2. Fat source. Our bodies require a certain amount of fat in order to function right. Fruits, vegetables, and foraging wild edibles are part of a well-balanced diet, but unless you have access to your own meat for rendering lard, you probably won’t have a fat source. We need fat for cooking and baking.
3. Wheat berries. You’ll see flour on lots of food storage lists, but quite, frankly, flour is not meant for long term food storage. It will go rancid and can also be a home for pests… Wheat berries and other forms of grains for people who are gluten intolerant, will store for years.
4. Honey. Honey is a non-perishable food. Raw honey is excellent for both eating, cooking, and medicinal purposes.
5. Sugar. Sugar is needed in baking and also canning homemade jams and jellies. However, I don’t use regular processed white sugar. I use organic evaporated cane juice and all of my jam and jelly recipes use about a 1/4 amounts of sugar compared to regular recipes.
6. Beans. Dried beans are not only inexpensive, easy to store, and have nutritional value, but they can also be your seed to plant in spring for a renewable food source. You need to make sure and have heirloom seed (non-hybridized bean seed) in order for this to work.
7. Oatmeal. Oatmeal is inexpensive and can be used for cereal, in baked goods, or even ground up into a flour. It contains fiber and is easy to flavor with seasonal fruits and spices.
8. Coffee. Most of us do not have a source of coffee available to us other than purchasing it. If you’re a tea drinker, then stock up on your teas. But I am a coffee lover. While we could live without coffee, I’d rather have it on hand.
Bonus food #9. Chocolate. I realize we don’t need chocolate to survive technically, but really, for the sanity of everyone, chocolate is on my list of must have foods to store.
Source: Melissa K Norris
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