10 Key Food Items For Long Term Storage!
I cannot begin to tell you how important it is to have a food storage plan. With massive droughts in California, threats of terrorism, irresponsible government planning and spending, and uncooperative weather for farming, we are facing ever growing uncertainty for the future. Most people buy tons of freeze dried foods, meal bars dehydrated foods, and MREs but, unfortunately, these are usually overpriced and underwhelming. Not to mention that they aren’t particularly healthy. You’re actually better off storing foods you eat now and the supplies to make the best of those. Warehouse stores like CostCo, Sam’s Club, and WinCo can provide you with a treasure trove of bulk foods that will stand the test of time, provide nutrients for your family, and not blow your budget.
1. Sugar. – Not recommended for over consumption but crucial for cooking and a nice pick me up when times are hard. You’ll be glad to have a bunch. Also a valuable barter commodity. Add it to your wheat berry breakfast or drinks and you’ll be off to a good start with a smile over the bland options in your stored supplies.
2. Salt – Did you hear me? SALT, SALT, SALT!!! I cannot overemphasize the importance of salt. I believe salt will be the number one barter item after “IT” hits the fan. It is not just for seasoning bland food. It is NECESSARY for preserving meats and other foods. It can be used for healing wounds, making soap, as an abrasive cleanser and much, MUCH more.
35 Uses for Salt:
3. Honey – THE BEST natural sweetener. With an indefinite shelf life and many wonderful properties beyond making your tea and oatmeal delicious. After years of storage it may crystallize, but a little heat and it’ll be good as new!
4. Distilled White Vinegar – I’m not even going to get started on the uses of Vinegar. Just check this out:
5. Baking Soda – There are so many great uses… It is not JUST for baking! It’s also great for cleaning tons of things. It can absorb odors, too! You can get 50 pounds of baking soda for under $20. Here’s a HUGE list of other uses:
6. White Rice – The great thing about rice is how many calories you get for a such a low price. It can be added to many other foods. Mix with meats and veggies to fill your belly. Make sure you store white rice. Unfortunately brown rice, while more nutritious, has a fairly short shelf life.
7. Wheat – Wheat comes in several types. Check out the hard red or hard white varieties. You’re going to need a food mill to process it, but it’s worth it because wheat, stored properly can last nearly 30 years. Consider that 1/4 of the world’s food is make from wheat. Foods like flour, cereal, bread, pasta, and other staples are very hard to prepare without wheat. Look up how to prepare “wheat berries” or “puffed wheat”. Combined with some honey or fresh fruits, this will be a breakfast standard.
8. Drink Mix – Things like instant coffee or cocoa or fruit drinks. Any that are vacuum sealed, will stay good for years! Just add water. There’s nothing like a hot drink if it’s cold or a cool sweet drink in the summer. It’ll be a huge morale boost.
9. Alcohol – Although not really a food like the rest of this list, it can still be an extremely valuable asset to store. Sometimes, drink, or two, can be very relaxing. It’s great for cleaning wounds in a pinch. Even if you don’t drink, you’ll find this to be a powerful item in barter negotiations.
Here’s one I found in another similar article. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it. I love a little soy sauce on a lot of foods.
10. Soy Sauce – One, it never goes bad because of its high salt content. Two, It’s a great way to season vegetables and meats, especially if you’re stir-frying them in a skillet over a fire. Three, it’s an easy way to add a splash of flavor to all of that rice you’ve got stored.