As promised, I’m back with another “build your food storage” plan, and I’m following up on my pressure canned chicken post. Remember how I detailed my first “foray” into pressure canning? I canned some fresh chicken breasts (which I purchased from Zaycon Foods*). And, it doesn’t do much good to have extra food on hand if you don’t eat it, right? So take a gander. See how I’ve been using my chicken.
Now, onto the Food Storage Purchasing Plan. This plan is designed to help you build a 1-year supply of basic food for two adults, including a 2 week water supply. It’s a bit more aggressive than the first one I showed you here. It’s also a bit more expensive. I estimated the prices I would pay for these items, and it works out to $23/week, if you average the price over a year. But that does not include the cost of containers for the water, so keep that in mind.
Remember that this is intended to be a basic supply of food. It does not include meat or some other items you may use in your day to day cooking. This type of food storage is long lasting and versatile. It is intended to sustain life, but not to necessarily to eat for pleasure. This is not the only way to build a year supply of food, but it is a practical one. Once you have your year supply of basics, branch out and add in items you would miss, like meat, chocolate, veggies, fruits, etc.
One thing I particularly like about this purchasing plan is that it includes so many whole grains and basic kitchen staples. As I cook from scratch pretty often, it allows me to maintain the type of diet we currently have, minus the meat. I can continue to make bread, cookies, tortillas, etc., which my family really enjoys. Another thing I appreciate are the columns for “have” and “need.” It gets me thinking about what I already have and what I need.
If this is not the way your family eats, then I do not recommend you use this purchasing plan, at least not exclusively. Abruptly changing your diet is disconcerting and can be hard on your body’s system. If you’re not used to eating tons of fiber, you can have some issues adjusting to a high fiber diet. Perhaps you may want to purchase some of these items, but also have extra food on hand (which is part of your current, regular diet) so you can slowly transition to these items when the need arises. Or consider using the other “build your food storage” list I shared here.
If you want to start incorporating these foods into your diet, here are some recipes for that food storage!
So, what do you think? Do you like this food storage plan more, or do you prefer the one with more canned and ready to eat items?
How are you doing with your food storage?
Do you have at least the 2 week minimum recommended by FEMA and the Red Cross?