Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Food Storage Survival Foods & Needs... #2


Now that you have read the basics in food storage on my previous blog post, you now need to take in consideration in making a  list of  all the foods your family needs and likes. In your food storage store only what your family eats...do not store items no one is going to eat. Remember to buy essential and sustaining items like the one I have posted below. Here is a list of the essential items all food storages must have.

1.  Survival Food

water
beans
salt
wheat
flour
shelf or powdered milk
honey
sugar & rice

These items are not only essential but they are also long lasting and some of them have an extensive amount of shelf life. Some of these dried foods could last up to 30 years when properly packaged..

1. Protein

Can meat, powdered eggs, hash, sausage, weiners...etc...
peanut butter, tuna & dried beans

3. Fruit Products

canned pineapple
peaches
pears
applesauce
apple pie filling
fruit juice

4. Vegetable Products

canned tomatoes
green beans
corn
sauerkraut
tomato juice
tomato sauce
canned soups or soup mix

5. Carbohydrates

Rice
pasta/noodles
instant potaoes
hot cereal
cold cereal
oatmeal

6. Baking

shortening
cooking oil
vanilla
chocolate chips
cocoa

7. Househould Items

toilet paper
kleenex
napkins
face soap
shampoo
dish washing fluid or granules
laundry soap
tooth paste

household desinfectants...bleach & lysol

8. Miscellaneous

black pepper
catsup
mustard
oregano
bay leaf
parsley
sage
dried onions
cinnamon
jelly

Essential items like these can sustain your family through an emergency like an illness, company strike, hard financial times, loss of work or an accident. These emergencies do not warn us ahead of time, they just come unexpectedtly. By being prepared we are being self reliant and responsible adults.

My food storage has all of these essential items and every month I try to continuously replenish the items that are low on my shelves. I make a list of all my grocery needs but additional to that list I make another list of the items I want to stock up that month or are on sale that week. Take advantage of sales, food coupons, rebates & store price matches. Most stores will try to match another stores sale price for that week in order for them not to loose a customer. Just ask...they may consider it. Until next week...start stockn'.

I have a lot of sugar in my food storage.

Next week...A monthly purchase list to help you stock up for one year, including medicine & water. 

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