The term “Basic Food Storage” is about as dry sounding as yesterday’s burnt toast but the truth is, every great food storage begins with a great foundation made from basic year supply items.
Because these are the foundations of every recipe you make, plus, if you had to, you could survive living off it.
Simply put, a long-term food storage supply is a collection of foods that are storable long term, are high in nutritional value, do not require refrigeration, and will sustain the basic needs of life.
These basic foods include grains, pasta, beans, sugar, milk, salt and more. In addition, there are other shelf-stable foods, such as dehydrated fruits and vegetables, that when added to the basics open up the possibilities for real meals.
It may be tempting to start off your food storage with an overpriced brownie mix in a #10 can because it is hard to know where to start and how much of the basics you will need.
Don’t worry, you’ll still get your brownies (after all, they are made almost entirely from your basic food storage supply!) and you’ll have enough calories (2,270 per day) to survive. It will be a great foundation for everything else you do with your food storage.
Make it easy on yourself, download this simple download detailing which basic food storage items to purchase each month to obtain your long-term food storage in just one year for about $10 a month. Plus, it includes a stupendous food storage shopping swap that could save you almost $1,000. REALLY. If you’re not using this one single swap, you are hands down overspending on your food storage…by ALOT!
The chart above shows you how you can build a basic year supply for one person for only $10 a week when you purchase items from the Family Home Storage Center (formerly the LDS Cannery). Once you check this off your list, it’s time to add in the fun stuff like more fruits and veggies, meat, cheese, eggs, etc. For more information on these items, check out the book Store This, Not That! to make sure you’re getting the right products for your family at the best price.
Basics are a great place to start with your food storage because they are the easiest to store, have the longest storage life and provide all the nutrients and calories you need to survive.
Because these basics are the foundation for pretty much everything we eat, they are not hard to rotate or cook with.
Just be sure you keep some extra on hand of the things you are rotation so you don’t go below your minimum, and replace them in a timely manner.
You’ve got this and this is the year you can get this done!