Thursday, March 22, 2007

Food Storage and Rotation

Came across this page today and noticed that the list is pretty close to our family plan.

Got Food? The tighter the budget, the more you will have to rely on basic foods such as beans, rice, flour & canned goods that supply a lot of nutrition for the dollar. You can increase the health and quality of life of your family right now if you buy less prepared and packaged food and do more cooking from basic ingredients. Bonus points: you save money and people will ask, "How did you learn to cook like grandma?" Store as much food as you can. If a disaster doesn't happen, with extra food on hand, you'll spend less time in the grocery store.

The suggested food storage list:
30 cans of meat (15 tuna, 15 chili)
8 pounds oatmeal
40 pounds white rice
40 pounds flour
15 pounds corn meal
30 pounds pasta
10, 26 oz cans of spaghetti sauce (or 30, 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce & some spices)
30 boxes macaroni and cheese
30, 15 oz. Cans Mixed Vegetables (15 Oz. Cans)
4, 3 pound cans shortening (or equivalent in oil)
15 pounds sugar
3, 32 ounce jars grape jelly
5 pounds dehydrated hamburger (see recipe below)
12 lbs dried milk (60 quarts liquid)
12 lbs dried beans or peas
salt, bouillon, pepper, some hard candy, spices, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa

My amended Food Storage List: Feed 2 for 30 days with lots of left overs toward the next month.

20 cans of meat (5 tuna, 5 chili, 5 Spam, 5 Canned Whole Chickens)
5 pounds quick-cooking oatmeal
5 pounds Minute rice (much faster to cook....saves fuel.)
10 pounds flour
5 pounds Pancake Mix
5 pounds corn meal
5 pounds pasta
15 packages of Ramen style noodles
5 pounds instant mashed potatoes
3 pounds dehydrated onion flakes
12 assorted cream soups-tomato, mushroom, celery etc.
5 boxes instant macaroni and cheese
30, 15 oz. Cans Mixed Vegetables (15 Oz. Cans) Include some spinach, canned beans, carrots, corn. Avoid "watery" veggies like green beans, okra, or potatoes.
32 oz olive oil or grape seed oil.
5 pounds sugar
4, 8 ounce jars assorted jelly
5 pounds dehydrated hamburger (see recipe below)
3 lbs dried milk (15 quarts liquid)
1 pound Cheddar Cheese Powder
6 lbs dried beans, legumes or peas (Plan on soaking beans for 24-48 hours to save cooking time.)
3-4 Dozen Eggs, store in the fridge and rotate. Eggs will keep in refrigerator for 6 months. Eat first in case of loss of refrigeration.
salt, assorted bouillon, pepper, some hard candy, spices, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa
3 cases of energy drinks(for energy and Vitamin B and C)

Seven days of meals for about $20:
Day One
Breakfast-Rehydrated Hamburger & egg scramble, Handcakes*, Jelly
Lunch-Sandwiches using meat, soup
Dinner-Red beans and rice*, homemade bread

Day Two
Breakfast-Potato Pancakes, eggs, toast, Jelly
Lunch-Sandwiches using meat, red beans & rice.
Dinner-Canned Chicken,veggie, rice, homemade bread

Day Three
Breakfast-Oatmeal, Toast, Jelly
Lunch-Leftover Chicken & Rice Soup, Bread
Dinner-Tuna Casserole homemade bread

Day Four
Breakfast-Fried Oatmeal, eggs, Toast, Jelly
Lunch-Tuna Casserole(Cook Mac and Cheese and add 1 can of tuna and 1 can drained mixed veggies) with bread.
Dinner-Spam Hash, homemade bread

Day Five
Pancakes, Jelly
Lunch-Sandwiches using meat, soup
Dinner-Chile, cornbread

Day Six
Breakfast-Egg scramble with onions and cheese sauce, Handcakes*, Jelly
Lunch-Ramen Soup with veggies
Dinner-Red beans and rice, homemade bread

Day Seven
Breakfast-rehydrated Hamburger & egg scramble, Handcakes*, Jelly
Lunch-Sandwiches using meat, soup
Dinner-Corn Chowder, homemade bread

* Recipes
Got dehydrated fried hamburger? Fry until well done, drain grease, blot dry, rinse the hamburger under hot running water, clean and dry the skillet thoroughly, put fried hamburger back into the skillet (add onions and favorite seasonings), fry again, drain any remaining grease and blot dry, line the dehydrator trays with wax paper, add hamburger and dehydrate until it is thoroughly dry and resembles little hard rocks (how many hours depends on the dehydrator, if you don't have a dehydrator, use the "oven method" Set it to 140 degrees, spread food in trays, prop the door open a little, check frequently. Consult your local home extension office or library for more information.). Store in airtight ziplocks (double bagged) or in clean mason jars, in the dark. To rehydrate: soak in hot water until soft, add to a favorite recipe (casseroles, pasta sauces, etc.)

Handcakes: 2/3 of 1 cup of pancake mix
2 Tbsp Milk Powder
Water to make a thick batter.
Mix together and drop by spoonfuls into an oiled frying pan. Makes about 6 hand-sized cakes.

Everyday Redbeans and Rice: 2 15 oz cans of red beans
spices to taste
4 cups cooked rice.
(Makes 2 meals for 2)

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