A few days ago, I was making the lovely Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies when I realized I was out of quick oats. I’m not exactly sure how that happened. I was sure I had more in my food storage, but apparently not. I was already well into the recipe, and I didn’t want to go to the store.
If you are lucky enough to live by a Meijer, you should check out their sales this week. I went with my list and came home with almost everything. I had to get a rain check for one item. Here are my favorite deals: Continue reading
I’ve been going over our family’s food storage goals and trying to decide what brand of powdered milk I want to store. I have been using the Morning Moos brand in my baking for several years now and have been happy with it. However, when looking at long term storage for my family to drink as well as bake with, I wondered if there was a better tasting or cheaper brand. The Morning Moos is actually a milk substitute, but it smells and tastes so much better than any other brand I’ve tried. My experimenting with different kinds has been limited however, so I went to the Internet to see if anyone else had done the work for me. Happily someone has! I found this site that did “The Great Powdered Milk Taste Test and Review”. In the comments of the post there is a break down of the prices per gallon of each brand as well. Prior to finding this site, I was tempted to purchase the Honeyville grain brand because their shipping is so cheap. However, based on the reviews I don’t think the taste is very good. So after my research I have decided that for my family, we will be storing the Morning Moos. Now If we could just get someone here locally to supply it to me 🙂
If you would like to learn more about this product, you can go to the official website.
While I wouldn’t want to have to drink powdered milk straight, I have found that baking with powdered milk is one of the easiest ways to rotate this necessary storage item. It’s easy and much lower in cost. Continue reading
Beans and legumes are rich in protein, vitamins and iron. When sprouted they lose some of their starch and gain more nutrients. This area is one I’ve not explored a lot. However, I give you the information I’ve learned and/or tried.
Oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods around. It’s rich in soluble fiber, and has been proven to help lower cholesterol. It’s also inexpensive and keeps well, making it a good choice for long-tern food storage. Continue reading
Wheat (and other grains) is the basis for any home storage system and is of course very nutritious. It contains high amounts of protein, calcium, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. When it is sprouted, it also contains vitamins A and C in increased amounts. Not all wheat is the same however. Even the hard red or white wheat comes in different qualities and packaging. A good price does not always guarantee a good product. You also have to add in the cost of packaging. Wheat in buckets or cans will cost you more, but will store better in the long run. Try the Hard White wheat as an alternative to the hard red. If it is packaged and stored well, its shelf life and nutritional value is the same as the hard red wheat. We like it better as it is lighter in color and milder in flavor.
Consider these other reasons for using wheat in your diet now as opposed to white flour: Continue reading
Using your Food Storage
The only way to effectively rotate your food storage is to use it on a regular basis. Basic food storage items, such as whole grains and cereals, are among the cheapest and most nutritious foods there are. If you’re having trouble finding money for food storage, one effective solution is to buy some basic food storage and begin using it. The savings can be dramatic. Continue reading
Family Home Storage
A number of people have asked me about why I store so much food. In my church, we are encouraged to store 1 years worth of food for our families. We start by trying to store 3 months and then move up. This post is to better explain why I do what I do. You can visit http://www.providentliving.org/ if you would like more information. In upcoming posts I will share some ideas of how to use and rotate food items.
This message is from our Prophet and his Counselors:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others. We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.
We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.
We realize that some of you may not have financial resources or space for such storage. Some of you may be prohibited by law from storing large amounts of food. We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow.
May the Lord bless you in your home storage efforts.