What is a basic supply of food?
Simply put, it’s a collection of foods that are storable long term, high in nutritional value, do not require refrigeration, and will sustain the basic needs of life. These basic foods include: grains, pasta, beans, sugar or honey, 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. Okay, we understand that “food that will sustain the basic needs of life” doesn’t sound exciting. But we promise that we’ll teach you how to turn these basics and other stable foods into meals you and your family are familiar with and will enjoy.
What should be in my basic supply of food?
The basics for one person would include:
- 400 pounds of grains (wheat, oats, rice, corn, barley, pasta–get a good variety)
- 60 pounds of beans
- 60 pounds of sugar/honey
- 12 pounds of non-instant powdered milk
- 23 quarts of oil (oil, shortening, peanut butter)
- 5 pounds of salt
- 2 pounds of yeast
- 1 pound baking soda
- 1 pound baking powder Then add:
- Vegetables 8- #10 cans (3 potatoes, 1/2 can each onion, celery, carrots, tomato powder)
- Fruits 8- #10 cans
- Meats: 8-#10 cans of freeze-dried; 90 cans: 45 pints
- Dairy: Cheese, eggs, etc. as needed