It can happen to anyone. Job loss, natural disaster, inflation, medical emergency or injury, etc... I know MANY people who have used their food storage because of these situations. For some reason, a lot of people seem to think it's hoarding. Well, ok. I guess there are some crazy people out there that take it to the hoarding level. I used to be a huge couponer (4" binder included) & I even taught classes on it! I watched all the TV couponing shows, & I know there are those who wipe out the warehouse supply of 2,000 tubes of toothpaste, just because it's free - (and no, they don't always give it away to charity).
Those aren't the people I'm talking about. I'm talking about those who have their family's best interest in mind. I'm talking about those who find it just as important to store extra food & living supplies as it is to carry medical insurance, auto insurance, life insurance, & home-owners insurance - just in case.
What I'm talking about is called - FOOD INSURANCE.
So what are we "real foodies" to do? 90% of what's in the store is in cans & boxes! Help! Ok... Here's the deal.
First, you're going to have to learn how to cook from scratch, if you don't already know how. (Or you may already be there, which is GREAT). Second, I'm going to give you an idea list of "basics" you can store in your food-insurance stash. Good nutritious wholesome foods that will give you the needed strength, energy, & good health you're going to need in times of disaster, whatever that may be. Junky lifeless processed foods are the worst thing you can store, because your body and mind are both going to be in huge need of nutrient dense fuel foods!
This is a very basic list for 1 adult person for 1 year (These are minimum amounts. If you don't believe me, take a look at THIS! - Do You Have Enough Food Storage?)
Of course, I suggest as much organic as possible, so if you're able - please insert that word into each line & purchase accordingly...
WATER!!! ( This includes drinking water, cleaning water, flushing water, bathing water, & if possible, gardening water... I'm not even putting an amount/quantity on this, because you need to store as much as you can possibly store. And don't forget water filters, so you can drink from contaminated sources if needed)
300 lbs. GRAINS (a good mix of ancient grains would be VERY beneficial)
- Einkhorn ancient wheat (or other wheat)
- Brown rice, Buckwheat, Oat groats & Rolled Oats, Millet, Quinoa, Barley, Kamut, Corn, etc.
50-75 lbs. NUTS & SEEDS (Raw if possible)
- Almonds, & others such as walnuts, pecans, cashews, pine nuts, flax seed, chia seed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, etc.
75 lbs. BEANS & LEGUMES
- Pinto, black, red, white, garbanzo, lentils, mung, black eyed peas, etc.
60-75 lbs. SWEETENERS
- Raw organic honey, coconut palm sugar, un-sulfured black strap molasses, stevia green herb or extract, 100% grade B maple syrup, organic RAW agave, sucanat or rapadura (un-refined sugar), etc.
15-20 lbs. OILS
- Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, wheat germ oil, organic palm shortening, etc.)
10 lbs. SALT (Save your nasty white table salt for weed killing & house cleaning!)
- Unrefined Pink Himalayan Salt, Celtic Sea Salt, Redmonds Real Salt, etc.
50+ lbs. SPROUTING SEEDS (you can sprout in a mason jar, if you need too)
- (Clover, radish, broccoli, alfalfa, adzuki beans, mung beans, wheat, fenugreek, peas, etc.)
Coconut Flour & Almond Flour (Tastes amazing, & GREAT for gluten/grain free diets!)
A good variety of garden seeds
Lots of spices
Unfiltered raw vinegar
Raw, dehydrated, freeze dried, bottled, & frozen fruits & vegetables (root type such as squash, onions, potatoes, apples, etc... can be stored fresh through winter in a cool environment)
Powdered milk (WHOLE powdered cows or goats milk! It's not fresh raw pasture raised, but it's better than nothing if you need it in an emergency, and it's healthier & tastes better than the nasty low fat / fat free junk. Go HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE for whole powdered milk)
Don't forget a good supply of whole food / real food / healthy eating recipes, so you can actually use what you have! :)
***For maaaaaaaaaaaaany more ideas on what to store (including sauces, condiments, snacks, & other fun foods, see the "inside my pantry" page under the Organizing tab HERE.