Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Food Storage - Getting Started

Building food storage, for me, seemed very over-whelming. Shane and I just started buying bulk rice, wheat, and other items from the cannery. We had a food storage check-list, and were building our 3 month supply, but I couldnt come up with a single, regular meal that I would make from our bulk items.

This class is about gaining a new perspective on food storage. You can do it. It can be simple, and you can make meals that your family will love.

To get started:
1. Clean out your kitchen. Get rid of anything that is old, broken, or that you don't use. Throw out old foods, and rancid oils.
2. Research. What does your family eat most often? What are your favorite meals? How could you translate them to food storage? How many of the ingredients are canned, or dried already and how long would they store for?
3. Write down 10 meals.
4. Take stock. What's in your pantry and food storage to get you started? Based on the meals you chose, what more do you need? Decide on a weekly budget and begin building your food storage 1 meal at a time.
5. Start a new Family Cookbook. Put in your favorite recipes, family recipes, and some you would like to try.

Bag Meals!
Put all of the dried or canned parts of your meal together in a bag (ziplock, paper - doesn't matter) Pancake mix, muffin mix, bread ingredients...If you're making soup, measure out the spices and have them ready to go in a little bag. If you're doing pasta, measure out the amounts and seal them up. Put the recipe in the bag and label the meal. You will have to pick up some fresh ingredients from the store, or use what you have in the fridge, but dinner is almost done.

Bag meals are great for a number of reasons:

1. You can start rotating old storage items immediately.
2. Its a more cost effective way to build storage.
3. You will actually use it.
4. When you look at your food storage you will see actual meals that you want to eat instead of a drum of wheat, and a bag of rice.
5. It's a nice and easy way to take care of breakfast/lunch/dinner for everyday use.

Get together with a few friends, and have everyone bring X number of the same meals to exchange, and you all walk away with a variety of meals with minimal effort.

This concludes the official lesson portion for this week. Look for the Tomato Basil Soup recipe later today.


Ben and Summer said...

Lauren!! I'm so sorry I didn't make it to the class last night! I was so ready to go, then had to fill in for Tiff last minute for ward council, which meant I had to do dinner since I wasn't going to get any food from your class... Anyway, so I am excited to get the info from your blog.

The canned meals is GENIUS. Especially doing the exchange- brilliant! I love it, are we going to do something like that?

Ben and Summer said...

Oops, I meant BAGGED meals.

Candice said...

This is really great advice. It gets me inspired. Good lists always do.