Sunday, July 1, 2012

What foods should I store?


The answer is simple. Store what your family eats.


When I first started storing food I began by buying loads and loads of canned foods. I would go to the supermarket and stock up on Chef Boyardee, Campbells soup, Ramen Noodles, and tons of other highly processed foods that my family does not eat. As a matter of fact, I still have it all neatly put away. Every time I would return from the supermarket and begin storing the food I would think to myself what am I going to do when it's close to the expiration date.
That is when I began searching for a different approach and learned that I could create a food storage from the food my family is used to eating. During my search I came across some videos by a woman named Wendy Dewitt. Not only were her videos informative, but I found the courage to email her to ask if I could get my hands on the booklets she spoke about in the videos. To my surprise, she sent them to me. Wendy's suggestion for food storage is still the simplest, most obvious method I've heard of. It was a total "duh" moment for me and I had to laugh out-loud. Here is her method. You take 7 breakfast and 7 dinners your family eats on a regular basis. Write each one on an index card with detailed ingredients and cooking instructions. Then you multiply each ingredient by 52, this will tell you exactly how much of each ingredient you need to store, in order to have a year supply of each meal. Confused? Let me show you an example.

My family loves to eat home-made Fettuccine Alfredo. So my index card for this meal would look something like this:

Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound Fettuccine

  2. 16 ounces Alfredo sauce

  3. 1.5 pounds chicken

  4. 2 cups broccoli

  5. 12 cups water

  6. 1 tsp salt

  7. 1.5 tsp pepper

  8. 1 tsp garlic powder

  9. 1.5 tbs parsley

  10. 1 tbs olive oil

1 pound Fettuccine x 52=.......... 52 pounds Fettuccine

16 ounces Alfredo sauce x 52= 832 ounces Alfredo sauce

1.5 pounds chicken x 52=.......... 78 pounds chicken

2 cups broccoli x 52=............... 104 broccoli

12 cups water x 52=................. 624 cups water

1 tsp salt x 52= .......................... 52 tsp salt

0.5 tsp pepper x 52= ................. 26 tsp pepper

1 tsp garlic powder x 52= .......... 52 tsp garlic powder

1.5 tbs parsley x 52= ................. 78 tbs parsley

1 tbs olive oil x 52= ................... 52 tbs olive oil

These measurements will give you enough supplies to make Fettuccine Alfredo once a week, for an entire year, for your whole family. You would follow this method for the other 6 entrees and the 7 breakfast and when you are done, you will be left with a list of all the supplies you need in order to feed your family the foods they will eat for an entire year.

** the yearly measurements can be adjusted to read more easily. For example, cups can be changed to gallons**

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