Here are some helpful hints on food storage that may help some new preppers and hopefully some seasoned ones. We all need to learn how to make our food not only look good but it needs to be appetizing. Try and keep your food storage as close to what you normally eat as possible. This will help you rotate your foods and be easier on your family when they have to live off of the food storage.
Helpful Hints on Food Storage
- Store the best quality foods you can afford. Thrive Life is one brand that has never disappointed in its quality.
- Use foods that you are used to cooking and your family will eat. It can take up to 3 months for your body to adjust to new foods.
- Storing herbs and spices is easy, but you do have to rotate them to keep them fresh. Growing what you use and dehydrating them every year is work but think of the flavor you add to your cooking. Dehydrating herbs is extremely easy. The Excalibur dehydrator makes it easy, although it is higher priced than other brands.
- Make sure you have a hand grinder and know how to use it. Grinding just about anything by hand will be about ten times harder than you expect, so delegate to the youngest and strongest member of the family or see if you can connect it to something like a power drill. I know the Wondermill Junior has this feature.
- Cooking oil is very important. It gives you calories and flavor. This must be rotated to avoid rancidity, however, sooner or later you’re going to want to fry something and will need oil! (One reason to store bacon grease!)
- Think of cooking beans and combining them with rice, wheat or corn for a complete protein. if you have a good stock of dry beans, consider canning them for quick and easy meals.
- Add a little sugar to dehydrated veggies to improve the flavor.
- Add a little vanilla to powered milk and then chill. The secret to making dry milk palatable is serving it up nice and cold. Hormone-free dry milk is available.
- Store a variety of grains like rye, millet, barley and spelt. Allergies to wheat are getting more common. It would be smart to try out small packages, like these spelt packages, of these new grains and use them in different types of recipes before investing in larger containers.
- Store canned or freeze-dried meats and fish. You can use them to flavor your food if they are in short supply. Although the freeze-dried meats are expensive, they taste great.
- Stored water may taste flat when you use it, aerate it by pouring in another container and back again. Keep flavor packs like Tang, Kool-Aid, Gatorade powder, etc. in your storage to improve the taste of water.
- Sprouting seeds are also very valuable. Keep a good variety for fresh food. They’re good mixed in with salad fixin’s, on sandwiches, or sprinkled over a hot dish.
- Store bouillon, packages of taco mix, beef and chicken flavors, tomato powder, butter powder and cheese powder. Any of these will add a quick flavor boost to even something plain, like a pot of rice and beans.
- Your most important items for baking are soda/baking powder, powdered eggs, yeast, powdered milk and salt. Keep an eye on the expiration date on the yeast. Before tossing it, be sure to proof it. It may still be good.
- Store garlic and dried onion for flavor. Freeze-dried chopped onion can be purchased, but I like the dehyrated version best because you get more for your money. Honeyville is a trusted brand for something like this.
I know some of the men in particular say that they can survive on just about anything, but you have your kids, wife’s and people with food allergies to consider. Plus, a variety of different foods will keep you healthier and happier