What Foods To Store, Food Storage Part II

You already know that I am a huge advocate of growing my own food and living a self-sufficient lifestyle. But there are some things that I simply cannot grow myself, and have purchased in chain stores to add to my survival food supply. Here are 4 staples that I have stored, and that you should store too.

What Food to Store

*Honey- Honey has an indefinite shelf life, meaning that although it may harden a bit, it will never spoil. Honey is an invaluable survival resource because even though we may just use it as a sweetener, it is extremely beneficial to our health. Local honey can be used to fight seasonal allergies. It is filled with beneficial microbes and possesses antibacterial properties, which make it good for a variety of topical uses such as treating burns, cuts, abrasions, and bacterial infections such as pink eye. Overall, it is a superfood that is delicious and dense with beneficial properties. Generally speaking, I use food grade plastic buckets to store food, as I discussed in Food Storage Part I. Because of honey’s consistency, it also does well in glass jars. Aim to store about 10 pounds of honey per person in your family. One important note to remember is that honey should not be given to children under the age of 1 year.

*Salt-  Yes, salt is a popular seasoning. But more importantly to your survival food supply, it may also be used to dry and preserve a variety of meats and other animal products. Lest we forget, salt is also a mineral that is essential to human health. With a lack of salt in the diet, you may experience iodine deficiency, which leads to symptoms of muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Some salt may be naturally found in beets, carrots, seafood, and poultry. But with a lack of these elements in your diet, as well as a lack of processed foods, you may need to supplement your diet with salt for survival. Aim to store about 20 pounds of salt per person in your family.

*Wheat- Wheat is essential to the survival diet. If you store it properly (as described in my previous post- in plastic buckets with oxygen packs) it will have a practically indefinite shelf life. It is the grain with the longest shelf life. Wheat may also be easily sprouted in order to provide you with extremely nutritious fresh greens, even in the winter or with a lack of natural sunlight. Some survivalists advocate storing multi-vitamins. I instead advocate sprouting, and eating a small amount of sprouts each day in a survival situation. The sprouts have all the nutrients your body needs, as well as beneficial gastrointestinal healing properties, all in a form that is easy for your body to access and use. Comparatively, most multi vitamins are made from synthetic ingredients you will pretty much just pee out, especially in a situation where you are eating minimal amounts of fat. For wheat, aim to store approximately 400 pounds per person.

*Powdered Milk- Fat free powdered milk has a particularly long shelf life, lasting up to 15 years with little change in its nutritional value. Yes, it does taste a little different from pasteurized grocery store milk, but the taste definitely grows on you. Powdered milk is a valuable resource in that it is a source of many vitamins and nutrients. In fact, if you needed to, you could sustain life for quite some time just by drinking one glass of powdered milk per day. Additionally, powdered milk may be used for cooking and baking. You can find nonfat dry milk, or dry whole milk, either one of which I think is fine. Just make sure you look for dry milk that has been fortified with vitamins A and D, as these are beneficial nutrients. Also make sure that the milk does not contain any artificial colors or flavors. Aim to store 60-75 pounds of powdered milk per person in your family.

Once you have these 4 basics, you can rest easy knowing that you have the essentials. It is a good idea to add other dry good as you are able to, and as you can afford them. Two other basics that I would highly recommend adding are white rice (brown is more nutritious, but white stores better) and dry beans. There are many different varieties of dry beans from which to choose, and a major bonus is that they are quite cheap. For information on the multiple health benefits of beans, check out my blog Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit.

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