Food Storage. Do these two words strike fear into your heart? Do you immediately have an overwhelming feeling to purchase pounds and pounds of powdered milk and grain? For many of us food storage is the one thing we know we should have, but find ourselves asking “Where do I start?”

It is because of this and other questions that we’ve decided to have a special Food Storage segment this entire week and a Food Storage 101 segment every Friday afterwards. Here we will discuss the different ideas, suggestions, and money-saving techniques for everyone’s food storage needs. So let’s get started!

What exactly is food storage?

Food storage, in a nutshell, is preparing for the unexpected. That can be anything from a natural disaster to a family emergency.  Food storage is simply preparing a supply of storable food that can sustain ourselves and our family through any situation. But food storage doesn’t always have to be “storage”. We can use our food storage in our everyday cooking.

Where do I start?
The first thing you should do to start building your food storage pantry is to write out a plan. This plan should include the following:

  1. Foods your family likes and doesn’t like.
  2. Any allergens your family needs to avoid.
  3. Specific foods that are a necessity, like formula for infants, soft foods for the elderly, and a list of storable foods that cover the food pyramid.
  4. A calculation of how much your family’s daily food intake is, including caloric intake (calories taken in each day).
  5. And a meal plan made from the items you plan to store.

This plan serves as a starting foundation for your storage and can be something you look back on in the future as a reference. From here, you can determine your family’s specific needs and how much is needed for any given period of time, whether it’s a 3 month food supply or a year’s worth.

To begin our food storage discussion, I’ve taken six basic Honeyville items that we will cover this week. All of these items are packaged in the Honeyville #10 can, which keeps the product safe and secure while allowing an extended shelf life. These are the perfect starter items for anyones food storage needs. We’ll also be including a recipe from Chef Tess for each product that shows us how to use our food storage every day. Remember to always include items in your food storage plan that you and your family love to eat. That way you can use your food storage in all of your cooking! The key to food storage is constant rotation, so you should always try to find a way to use the products you have. With that said, let’s take a look at the six #10 can products we will be covering this week.

Tomorrow we’ll talk more about using Honeyville Hard White Wheat in our own food storage preparations. Stay tuned!