A Food Storage List

food storage

With all that I have written on food, I don’t think that I have ever posted a  list showing what I think you need to store, if you intent to live on it for a year or longer.  The following list is not all-inclusive but is a good starting point.  I have limited the list to food items only.  The amount of food that you store will depend on several things.  How long a time are you planning on living on your storage?  How many in your family?  How heavy eaters are you.  I know there are many recommendations and I have made some myself, but the bottom line is you need to make up your own mind on how much food you store.

  • Wheat
  • Oats
  • Spelt, similar to wheat but with more protein and some people with mild wheat allergies can tolerate it.
  • Buckwheat can be used in breads and breakfast cereals.
  • Quinoa, an excellent source of protein can be used like rice.
  • Beans, white
  • Beans, pinto
  • Beans, black
  • Beans, mung are very good for sprouting
  • Lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut, after soybeans and hemp.  Sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of all essential amino acids.  They are a complete protein.
  • Rice, white rice not brown.  Brown rice turns rancid in 6 months or so.
  • Salt can be used to preserve food.
  • Millett, can be used in breads and cereals.  People with celiac disease can replace gluten-containing cereals in their diets with millet.
  • Powdered milk
  • Dehydrated and dried vegetables, either home dehydrated or in number ten cans from dealer.
  • Meats canned and freeze dried
  • Dehydrated and dried fruits
  • Seasonings, store what you use.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda can be used to help soften hard beans.
  • Sugar
  • Honey will store indefinitely if not stored in metal cans.
  • A source of oils, I am building an olive press and have learned how to cure olives.
  • Powdered eggs
  • Powdered or canned butter
  • Dehydrated onions, you need this for the beans.
  • Soup Mix
  • MRE’s or LRPs for bug out bags
  • Miscellaneous wet packed canned goods, get food that you normally eat.
  • Jams and jellies
  • Split peas
  • Potato flakes
  • Corn starch
  • Dent corn or pop corn dried, can be ground into corn meal
  • Dehydrated shortening, comes in a powder, just add water.
See also  Confederate Recipes from 1863: Preserving Meat Without Salt

Some of the reasons for so many types of grains and beans are to add variety to your diet and to make sure you get your required nutrition.  Some people may have hidden allergies to wheat or other foods.  This large variety will let you provide for them.  Make sure you have enough meats, fats and oils.  Fats and oils are more of a problem to store.  However if you do a search on my blog under oils you will find additional information on their storage.

Hope this helps



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