Ep. 3- To stock, or Not to Stock… And What Do I do With It?

Welcome Fellow Preppers!! Thanks for joining me for Episode 3 of Passion about Prepping!!

On today’s show we will go over what you should store for long term food preps, how to store it, and how to make it last as long as possible.

Staples:
  • Wheat- you’ll need a grain mill too. Flour will do in 1 year rotations. Wheat is for the ultra long term!!
  • Rice
  • Dried/Instant/Powdered Milk
  • Salt
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • BACON or other kinds of meat
  • Other canned fruits & veggies
  • Peanut Butter
  • Oil
  • Dried Pasta
  • Sugar & Honey
  • Candy and/or Chocolate (for morale)
  • Nuts
  • Spices/Seasonings/Herbs
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Seeds
  • Vitimans
  • Old Cookbooks
Flavor boosters:
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Soy sauce and/or Worcestershire sauce
  • Mustard
  • Jam
  • Salsa
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Something spicy
  • Gravy
  • That thing you love 
More Flavor Boosters:
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Whatever else you don’t want to live without
These need a new home:
  • dried fruit
  • jerky
  • cookies & crackers
  • beans 
  • rice
  • pasta
  • bread crumbs
  • corn meal
  • flour
  • candy & chocolate
  • shortening
  • flour based mixes- cakes, brownies, pizza dough, Bisquik®, etc.
  • popcorn
  • nuts
  • pasta, rice, & potato mixes- Think Rice-A-Roni® type stuff
  • instant/ powdered milk
  • pretzels & chips
  • sugar- white and brown
  • tea bags- they come in a cardboard box. leave the tea leaves in the strainer bag!
We’re coming to get you(r food storage):
  • Heat– 40°-70° is optimal. Rule of thumb; if it’s comfortable for you, it’s probably too warm for your food stores!
  • Humidity– Store away from the walls and off the bare floor in an air conditioned location or with dehumidifier. Food doesn’t like to sweat either!
  • Oxygen– vacuum packing will slow the degrading process significantly and kill most bacteria, if any, living in the food, cooking kills the rest.
  • Light– also degrades the quality, store your jars in boxes or totes. You can use food grade buckets for bagged items.
  • Pests & Kids– Could be considered one in the same ;). Dry, powder products can be frozen for 3-4 days before shelf storage to kill any insect eggs that may be present. (Don’t freak out! We eat more bugs daily than we know!!)
Things that don’t store well over a year: can last longer if repackaged
  • Cereal- varries by kind, but usually no more than 6 months
  • Chips- 1-3 months
  • Flour- 12-18 months
  • Canned tomatoes- store bought. You’d do better to can your own, it’s pretty easy!
  • Nuts
  • Oil- Olive and Coconut can last 12-18 months, others not as long depending on kind.
  • Tuna- gets mushy. You may not mind if you don’t have texture issues
  • Bottled salad dressing- unless you like science experiments 
  • Saltines- talk about a smell you’ll never forget!
  • Homemade dehydrated foods- unless properly stored!!!

The 15 COMMANDMENTS of food storage:

I wrote all of these down (yes, with pen and paper) but I lost the original link. If I find it again, I will post it here.

  1. Start Now!! Even one extra a week will give you peace of mind
  2. Store Water Too- A dozen truck loads of food won’t do you much good without adequate water.
  3. Store what you eat, eat what you store- You may have a rude awakening about what your family really consumes!
  4. Cook and Eat Real Food- Not the stuff that resembles food
  5. Don’t buy a year’s worth of one thing at a time- what happens when it all expires at the same time? In a real disaster, how would your family do living on 100 pounds of rice, 100 pounds of wheat, and 50 pounds of milk, and nothing else?
  6. Condiments will save  you- Spaghetti isn’t very good if all you have is tomato sauce
  7. Have a few convenience & luxury items for morale, barter and illness- What if you’re sick and your 9 year old has to feed himself? He needs to be able to pop a top and stick a spoon in it. 
  8. Replenishment is the 8th commandment- What if the emergency goes on for years? It’s common in war times. Or what if your preps are stolen or you have to leave? That leaves 3 options. Hunt/fish, forage, grow your own food.
  9. Store the rainbow- This world has a variety of colorful foods and they all have their purpose.
  10. Multiple layers of storage- have some dry, some canned, some freeze dried, and some frozen.
  11. Store multi-purpose items- Several items double as cleaners (baking soda & vinegar, among others) and as cold remedies (honey, lemon juice, peppermint)
  12. FIFO and Par- Rotate your preps. First In- First Out, and Par is the amount you have decided to stock. When do you buy/ make more? At half par.
  13. Dishes- What are you going to cook and eat all that food on?
  14. Location, location, location- don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Or all your preps in one place.
  15. OpSec- Operational security, keep quiet about what you have and where it is located. 

Links for today’s show:

Food list by the pound, size and cost as of May 2016
  • My source for number of servings and average cost for Long Term Storage Staples
Types of Wheat: What to Grow and How to Use It
  • From the experts at Mother Earth News
Awww NUTS! A Guide to Nuts and Their Long-Term Storage Benefits
  • MomWithAPREP.com offers great tips on how to keep this must-have long term.

Bacon for Long-Term Food Storage

  • MomwithaPREP.com has saved the morale of millions with this one post!!