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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Five Things You Might Learn From
Relying On Your Food Storage
Jodi Gorham from Shepherd provided this post. Thank you Jodi!
(This list was created after a couple of months of grocery budget cuts in our home. We truly used our food storage and it was an eye-opening experience.)

1. “I don’t know what to do with my food storage.”
Now is a good time to learn. Figure out how to make things that you would normally buy, like bread, noodles for soup, and flour tortillas. If you don’t have a food storage cookbook, the Stake Cannery has one that is only $2. If you don’t have the equipment you need to be able to use your food storage (like a wheat grinder), get it (even a less expensive hand grinder is better than nothing).

2. My family doesn’t like to eat food storage.”
If that’s the case, you have two options. Work food storage into your regular menu more often so that your family is used to eating it and develops a taste for it (part of that may be figuring out how to camouflage flavors that they don’t care for - for example, store chocolate and/or strawberry syrup to use with your powdered milk). Or, don’t store what they won’t eat, but depending on how picky your family is, that could really limit your options.

3. “I wish I had more variety in my food storage.”
If you have a year’s supply of wheat and not much else, that’s a problem. Rather than buying one item at a time, work on getting a well-rounded 3 months supply, then 6, then 9, then a year. If you have built up a good supply of the basics, work on adding items (canned or dried fruits, vegetables, and meats, spices, etc.) that will make using your food storage a lot more enjoyable.

4. “I have to plan ahead and allow more time when cooking with food storage.”
You can’t wait until the last minute to make a batch of bread or prepare a pot of bean soup for dinner. Cooking from scratch is time-consuming, but well worth it. There will be days when you’ll need to prepare something quick though. Including some canned and ready-to-eat items (like cans of chili or boxes of macaroni and cheese) in your storage will come in handy for
those days.

5. “Figuring out what to give the kids for snacks is a challenge.”
When you can’t just run to the store for Goldfish crackers, or granola bars, or string cheese, you may have to get creative. Popcorn is a good whole-grain snack and stores well. Homemade granola bars are an option, as well as homemade bread with peanut butter and jam. Figure out what your family likes.

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