What are you going to do with all that food?
Why use it, of course! There are some food storage items that my family always has on hand. Things like rice, beans, wheat, powdered milk and sugar. These are considered basic food storage items and they have a LONG shelf life – 20 to 30 years in most cases. No only do we store them for every day eats, but for use in an emergency. We have, on more than one occasion, needed to use basic food storage for an extended period of time.
It’s important to have these basic ingredients ready. Do not just put them on a shelf for using “one day in the future”. You may find that you have stored what you need to eat, but you have no idea how to use it. Why try unfamiliar recipes in a time of stress? We have everything to gain by including delicious food storage meals in our everyday diets. It’s really not that hard.
What are those basic items?
These simple to obtain and easy on the budget items that will sustain basic needs. Their shelf life is greatly extended when they are stored properly. With these items you will be able to:
Make bread and pancakes or waffles, rehydrate and use apple slices (or other fruit) in cooking and make a hearty soup using beans, rice, or pasta.
So start collecting some recipes that you family will love and begin using your basic food storage at least once a week.
These resources have a ton of recipes ideas for you to use. Each link is a downloadable .pdf file that you can add to your preparedness resource library.
BUT – don’t just download and forget about them. Pick a group of recipes and start making them for your family.
We eat the same main dishes about 80% of the time because of taste, habit, awareness, familiarity, etc. Using your food storage can be as simple as creating a list of dishes eaten and liked by your family. The created list should be at least 10-20 dishes long.
Which of the dishes could include the addition of basic food storage items? Make small adjustments to recipes and increase changes as taste preference allows. For example:
- // Meat Loaf – Add rice and/or wheat berries and/or dry beans.
- // Chili – Add wheat and/or rice.
- // Tuna Noodle Casserole – Add wheat.
- // Stroganoff – Serve over rice. Add wheat berries to sauce.
- // Hamburger Macaroni – Add dry beans.
- // Stuffed Green Peppers – Add rice and/or wheat.
For best results:
Choose familiar recipes your family likes. Avoid creating abnormal dishes. The further from a “normal” dish the recipe becomes the greater the chance the dish will be rejected and considered undesirable. Add new dishes and recipes to the master menu which use basic storage. Make a conscious effort to use the master menu and basic storage items that you identified. Start out slowly to avoid gastrointestinal problems
REFRIED BEANS (from pinto beans)
Fill crock pot a full of pinto beans (sorted and rinsed). Fill with water until ¾ full. Cook beans until tender. Add more water if needed. Takes approximately 4 hours on high. In a sauce pan cook
1 clove garlic and 1 small onion in 1 tbsp.p of shortening or oil. Add beans, mashed. Add oregano and salt to taste. Can be frozen
Creole Beef and Rice – 8 Servings
¼ pound country sausage
¼ pound ground beef
1 cup celery, chopped (about 1-2 stalks)
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, more or less to taste
1 ½ cups uncooked white rice
2 14 oz. cans canned stewed tomatoes
1 12 ounce vegetable juice, spicy
1 ½ cups frozen okra (optional)
Brown meat with onion, celery and Cajun seasoning, stir frequently. Add remaining ingredients. Add 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.
Has a different version of New Ideas for Cooking with Basic Food Storage on their website.
Are you ready to get started? The Kitchen has instructions for starting a basic food storage plan on $10 per week. What do you have to lose?