Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Food Storage List of What I Store

Revised 6-2-18
Below is a Review of Basic Foods for Hard Core Disaster Survival Eating.

I have been buying, testing and putting up long term food stocks since Y2K, over 18 years! The following stored food items are for my hardcore disaster survival eating. Together, they make side dishes or full meals that are familiar to us and good to eat while minimizing storing food we’re unlikely to eat. There are many others to choose from but these are my choices and they work for me.

Your supermarket offers pre-packaged amounts in, one, two, or five pounds as an alternative to initially buying in 5-gallon bucket quantities. Using the supermarket to purchase smaller quantities will allow you to get started putting up some long-term stored foods in smaller, five-quart Jugs at a lower initial cost. These food items are all inexpensive with the exception of the #10 cans of dehydrated foods.

With that said, just what do you really need in a variety of Long Term Dry Food Storage? Here’s a look at what I store so I can eat ‘something’ when everything is shut-down due to a major disaster and I’m stuck at home.

If you’re a new Prepper, use my list as a guide to creating your own personalized list of foods to store by adding or deleting items to suit your eating preferences.

5 Gallon Buckets of Dry Bulk Food:
Barley, Pearled
Beans, Navy
Flour, All Purpose White
Lentils, Red
Pasta, Egg Noodles
Pasta, Elbow
Pasta, Spaghetti
Rice, Long Grain White
Salt, Canning
Salt, Table
Sugar
Wheat Grain, Hard White

5 Quart Jugs: (1 each re-fill from 5 gallon buckets):
Barley, Pearled
Beans, Navy
Corn Meal
Flour, All Purpose White
Lentils, Red
Milk, Non-Fat Dry
Oats, Rolled
Pasta, Egg Noodles
Pasta, Elbow
Pasta, Spaghetti
Potato, Instant
Rice, Long Grain White
Salt, Canning
Salt, Table
Sugar
Wheat Grain, Hard White

#10 Cans of Dehydrated and Freeze-Dried Foods:
Beef, Ground
Butter Powder
Carrots
Cheese Powder
Chicken, Diced
Corn Kernels, Sweet
Cream of Soup mix, (Home Made)
Egg Powder
Milk, Non-Fat Dry
Mushrooms, Sliced
Onions, Diced
Peas
Potatoes, Diced
Sausage, Crumbles
Tomato Powder
Vital Wheat Gluten

Supermarket Can Food, (Dozens and Dozens of Choices):
Can Soups:
I prefer all the Campbell’s Chunky Soups. They’re rich enough so you can add rice, beans, barley and #10 can veggies to and bulk up the number of servings from a single can. Also items like DintyMore Stew.

Can Meats:
          DAK Ham, Spam, Chicken, Hash or your Home-Canned Meats

Can Fish:
Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Shrimp

Cereal for Yourself or Kids:
          Favorite kinds

Spices, Basic:
Salt, Black Pepper, Oregano, Basil, Cajun Seasoning, Chili Powder, Sugar, Cayenne, Crushed Red Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder

Cooking and Baking Essential Ingredients:
Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Corn Starch, Yeast, Vital Wheat Gluten, Shortening, Oil, Vinegar, Non-Fat Dry Milk, Salt, Pepper, Powdered Coffee Creamer, Vital Wheat Gluten for bread making, Chicken Bouillon Cubes,

Water:
          Large water jugs/containers such as 5-gallon size.
Big Berkey water filter or make your own ceramic water filter.       
Access to a renewable water source, your own well, a surface well, stream, river, clean pond, rainwater roof run-off (into barrels), etc.

Drinks:
          Coffee, Tea, Tang, Kool-Aid, any of the dry powdered drinks

Pet Food:
          Don’t forget your pets needs.




7 comments:

  1. jeesh, Mike. i got nothing more than just jeesh!

    oh and you are awesome!

    your friend,
    kymber

    ReplyDelete
  2. Don't forget that I've been at this for a while now. I hope it helps some people to understand about storing dry bulk foods.
    All I really need is your vegetable garden and we'd be set! Want to move closer????

    ReplyDelete
  3. Impressive! Great organization, but then, I would expect nothing less. You are an inspiration, Mike. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Lisa. I try to keep things simple and logical, seems to work the best.
      How's the electrical business going? I could have used Dan today but I can't afford his travel expenses! :-)

      Delete
  4. Those clear plastic jugs with handles are great. Where did you find them? Could you share a link?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Heidi, The jugs do work very well for everyday dry food storage, been using them for years now, I love these things! Here's the link to all the sources I use:

    http://www.livingprepared.blogspot.com/search/label/Food%20Storage%20Sources

    ReplyDelete