Thinking about Ingredients
A well-thought out food storage plan is the key to feeding your family during lean times. You don’t want to store bunch of foods you don’t normally eat or foods that may require other ingredients or items to make an actual meal. Think peanut butter without jelly or cereal without milk. Your menu plan is the first step.
Now it is time to really dive into your planning and list out every single ingredient that is needed to make the meals you listed. Everything means the entire recipe, including that pinch of salt.
Your food storage is all you will have to work with. You may not be able to run to the market to pick up that missing ingredient required to complete a recipe. Look at your menu. Are you planning on frying things? Don’t forget to add oil to your list. Planning foods that are breaded? Don’t forget the batter mix and eggs that you’ll need to make your recipe. This is a crucial step and will require you to really think about everything you need to use while cooking.
There are some foods that you cannot store. Bread. You can’t store 50 loaves of bread for two or three months. You need to have the ingredients to make your own, for every meal that you intend to eat bread!
Baking will be essential in a survival situation. Breads, biscuits, cakes and even pie crusts are pretty easy to make from scratch and will provide your family with yummy foods in any situation. These are some ingredients you will want to have on hand. Keep in mind that this is a very basic list of ingredients that are common to most food storage needs.
- Powdered butter
- Baking soda and baking powder
- Sugar, brown, white, and powdered sugar
- Yeast-dried, instant (Yeast has an expiration date, so monitor the dates)
- Vegetable oil
- Vegetable Shortening
- Powdered eggs, if you have chickens you will get the real deal, fresh eggs
- Cooking spray
- Powdered milk, keep in mind instant milk is not the same. Powdered buttermilk is an option
- Spices-dried herbs, garlic, cinnamon, onion powder
- Rice, brown or white
- Beans, white, pinto, navy
- Instant potatoes
- Red wheat, whole or hard – don’t forget the grain mill to grind it!
- Canned fish, tuna, salmon or sardines
- Dehydrated or canned meats–choose what your family likes, ham, sausages, chicken
- Nut butters-almond, sunflower, peanut
- Dehydrated eggs
- Use Dehydrated vegetables for a balanced diet, until you can get your garden ready for harvest
It is also important to remember your food stores should constantly be updated. You will be following a First In, First Out (FIFO) or out with the old, in with the new system. It is silly to throw away the stuff that is nearing its expiration. You have to eat it. This is why you should pick food that you and your family like.
Do you know how to assemble these ingredients into meals? How do you learn?
Make sure you have a couple good cookbooks, and start practicing creating meals from scratch!
Only buy the foods that you and your family eat regularly. You will not magically have a sudden change of tastes, because food supplies are at a minimum.
Don’t be intimidated because you need to list each ingredient and calculate how much of each you’ll need. Once you get it on paper, its easy to add up teaspoons and figure out how much you will need, to put into your food storage. Making the time to tackle this task now, will provide your family when it is needed the most.
Food Storage Basics Series:
- Part 1: Making a Food Storage Plan
- Part 2: Think Ingredients
- Part 3: Math, Recipes and Shopping Lists
- Part 4: Storing Your Food Storage
- Part 5: Storing Water
- Part 6: Storing Dairy Products
- Part 7: Building Up your Food Storage
- Part 8: Protecting Food From Pests