My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!


How Much Food Do You Need To Survive For One Year? And Where Do I Buy It?

This post answers one of the most basic questions for those looking to build food storage: How much food do I actually need? And how much will it cost? Enjoy!



Laurel Laurie Staten Nguyen Newhall, CA

My Foray Into Food Storage

If you had to go to the grocery store right now and buy all the food you need to keep you alive for one year, do you have any idea how much that would be?


I would guess that most of my readers do not know, because I didn’t for a long time.  I felt like it must cost a huge, unattainable amount.  It isn’t!

The key part of this question is the word SURVIVE.  This is not the amount of food one needs to be happy or thrive.  Here is a breakdown of the amounts needed for one person:

Grains (wheat, rice, etc.) – 400 pounds

Beans (any kind) – 60 pounds

Fats (cooking oil, butter, etc.) – 10 quarts (2 1/2 gallons)

Salt – 8 pounds

Powdered Milk – 16 pounds

Wheat and Flour

How much does this cost?  Not as much as you’d think.  I buy…

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Guest Post: Kristina, Part One

My dear friend, Kristina, graciously allowed me to interview her for this guest post.  Most of this is in her own words, but I have edited it a little to group like topics together.  She and I can talk for hours and flit from one topic to the next.  I thought you might appreciate a more coherent post.  🙂  I hope you read what she has to share and find things that help you in making your own plan to build your food storage.  Everyone should have at least a little food stored, even if it is just an extra week or two.


Food storage, photo courtesy

Food storage, photo courtesy



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The thing that makes me unique in the Mormon circle is that I don’t want to rotate my food storage.   I won’t rotate.  It’s a conscious decision.  I don’t eat my emergency storage.


Why?  Several years ago, I was talking to my friend, Janea, and she had just come to this very comfortable place in her own food storage philosophy.  Neither one of us wanted to eat out of a can.  Even if we canned our own food, we wanted to eat fresh and natural food.  Home grown food.  Unless it’s an emergency situation, I want to eat fresh food.


Home grown produce, photo courtesy

Home grown produce, photo courtesy


I have 3 pronged plan: 72 hour kits, a 3 month food storage (short term), and an “infinity” food storage (20+ year shelf life).


72 hour kits – Bags for each family member with everything needed for 72 hours.


Do you have a 72 hour kit ?  It's a good idea to have one no matter where you live.

Do you have a 72 hour kit ? It’s a good idea to have one no matter where you live.


3 month supply – This contains a more typical, every day, complete diet.  I have canned things: green beans, peas, canned corn, peanut butter, some canned meat (Costco canned chicken).  Every year, I take a month or two from this supply and eat out of that.  To build this, I came up with a 7 day menu.  Then, I multiplied that menu by how many weeks I wanted to have.


Green beans, photo courtesy

Green beans, photo courtesy


Infinity storage (long term) – This does not have a lot of variety.  I have a year supply of grains: wheat, quinoa, white rice, brown rice (brown rice is only exception to the 20 year shelf life rule).


Wheat, photo courtesy of

Wheat, photo courtesy of


I have a year supply of beans: white, black, pinto, kidney, adzuki, sprouting, lentils, and split peas; a year supply of spices, honey, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and apple cider vinegar.  I have a 6 month supply of blackstrap molasses, and my next goal is to obtain a year supply of it.  I choose to have blackstrap molasses, because it contains the vitamins and minerals I need.


The only necessary thing I don’t have a year supply of is water.


Soda bottles re-purposed as water storage.

Soda bottles re-purposed as water storage.



Because I do it this way, I don’t store some things.  I will only have variety for 3 months.  What if I have a long term emergency that’s more than 3 months?  I have several boxes of heirloom seeds.  My goal is that I will plant seeds and grow a garden.  I plan to be sustained with my short term storage and infinity food storage until I can grow my garden which is self-sustaining.  I have enough seeds to plant 3 3-acre gardens and fail.  I’m learning to garden now, so that I will have the skills when I need them.


Eggplant flower from last year's garden

Eggplant flower from last year’s garden



What empowered me so I felt that I could build my food storage is: Being patient, doing a little bit over time, and gaining my skills slowly, but steadily.  It’s the hare that wins the race.  I have a year supply, but I built it a decade ago.  I’ve been thinking about it for 10 years.  That’s not a short amount of time.  Over those 10 years, I have refined my plans.


When you read other sites, don’t get intimidated by the skills other people have (foraging, baking, sewing, etc.).  Make a list of 10 skills and work on them one at a time.  Learn them over a year or two, or however long it takes.  Don’t think you must learn quickly, because there’s going to be an emergency.  Anything you learn is moving you forward.  Learn to be secure in insecurity, to be mentally prepared for an emergency.


High winds, photo courtesy

High winds, photo courtesy


When I was living in Washington, we had a power outage due to high winds, and we went without power for a week.  At the time, we had a year supply of food.  We also had plenty of camping supplies.  We had a 3 month supply of water.  We had flashlights.  We had candles.  The one thing we needed was a generator, and we didn’t have it.  People were actually pillaging generators from people’s backyards and stores, because they wanted electricity.


So, one of the main things I learned was that I was prepared, but I can’t predict everything I will need.  I didn’t know that high winds would be my emergency situation, but it was, and I was still okay.  In a true emergency, you can’t have everything you want.  You must be makeshift.  I didn’t have a generator.  We had to use candles and flashlights.  We had sleeping bags.  I learned that you CANNOT have everything.  I had enough life sustaining things that I was okay.


Sleeping Bags, Tents, Tarps, Sleeping Mats, and Coolers.

Sleeping Bags, Tents, Tarps, Sleeping Mats, and Coolers.


We could have survived a lot longer than the week, we had enough things.  I had things other people needed.  I could have traded, bartered, if needed.


You’re never completely comfortable in an emergency.  There was sense of security knowing that we had enough to survive.  A bare minimum will give you the security that you need.  When you are prepared, you need not fear. I was prepared.


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What do you think about Kristina’s food storage plan? 

Do you want to rotate your food storage? 

Or do you share her mindset that you’d rather have food that will store for extremely long periods of time, but you don’t plan to use (except in an emergency)?


April Giveaway! Easy, Free, Daily Entry!

Don’t you LOVE free stuff?  I do!  Here’s a chance for you to get some awesome free food.  You can store it long term (about 25 years unopened in a cool room), or open it and try it out.  Wonder what food storage tastes like?  This is a great way to see if freeze dried foods are for you.


This month's FABULOUS prize!

This month’s FABULOUS prize!


Let me start by telling you a little bit about our sponsor, Jennette Albee, a Thrive consultant.  She is graciously sponsoring this giveaway.  (I’m not getting paid, nor am I getting anything other than the items I’m giving away).  Jennette is an awesome lady!  I consider her a close, personal friend.  She sells Thrive, because she wants to help others who feel the way she did, unsure how and where to start building food storage.  Here’s a little bit about her and why she sells Thrive, in her own words.


Jennette’s Thrive Life Story


       I have always appreciated the idea of being self-reliant and having my own food storage supply, but, for some reason, I just wasn’t getting it doneLife was getting in the way. I have children, and there was always something that was distracting me and my budget in another direction. Quite frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed about how to get started.  (Sounds like me when I first started. – Laurie)

       I became aware of some things that were being done to the foods that we eat that were of concern to me.  I don’t like the idea of chemical additives, and I certainly don’t like the idea of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). The topper was when I learned that in 2012 one third of the honey bees died off, and it threatened the food crops that depended on them for pollination. This could be very serious!  The suspects were new chemicals that were being used on the crops and GMO plants that were developed with an internal insecticide.  If the bees are dying, what is it doing to us!

         It was soon after that I was introduced to Thrive Life. I was very interested when I learned that Thrive Life has a very high standard for their products. No chemicals or GMO’s are used, and most of their food products have a shelf life of 25 years!    SIGN ME UP!!!

         After checking out the company and tasting the delicious foods, I decided to get started. I took full advantage of the wonderful Q program, where I set a monthly budget that I could afford, and started building my own home store.  It is so convenient.   I love when my monthly shipment arrives!  It’s so fun to open and try new products.  Without much effort at all, my food storage supply started to build up!  This gives me a great sense of accomplishment and comfort!

         I decided right away that I wanted to share this great product with my friends and anyone who would listen, so I decided to become a consultant for Thrive Life. And here I am!  I’d love to share what I’ve learned Thrive Life with you!  (Here is a link to the April specials.)



I told you she was great!  I just LOVE her!


Here are a few more specifics about this month’s prize.


One pantry-size can of freeze dried sausage crumbles.  These are pre-cooked and ready to rehydrate and serve.  Use on pizza, in pasta sauce, or anyway you like to serve sausage.  This pantry-size can contains 7 servings and retails for about $20.

One pantry-size can of freeze dried sausage crumbles. These are pre-cooked and ready to rehydrate and serve. Perfect on pizza, in pasta sauce, or anyway you like to serve sausage. This pantry-size can contains 7 servings and retails for about $20.


Mmm... Cheese!  One of my favorite things.  This pantry-size can of freeze dried cheddar cheese is a lovely addition to any pantry or food storage supply.  It contains 14 servings and retails for about $19.00.

Mmm… Cheese! One of my favorite things. This pantry-size can of freeze dried cheddar cheese is a lovely addition to any pantry or food storage supply. It contains 14 servings and retails for about $19.00.


Aren’t those fabulous?  Want to know how to win these?  Here are the easy instructions to enter:

1.  Visit Jennette’s website here.  Return to my blog, and post a comment telling me which item you’d like to try from the Thrive line.  You can do this once daily, April 4, 2014 – April 20, 2014!  There are 17 entry opportunities!


And that’s it!  Easy, huh?  No following, no signing up, just a comment.  Of course, if you find something you’d like, feel free to place an order (it will be shipped right to your door), but there is no purchase necessary to enter.  If you want to know more about Thrive or food storage, email or call Jennette.  Her contact info is on her website.  She is a great food storage resource and in no way high-pressure.  She just wants to help others have a little food stored for their own peace of mind.
No giveaway would be complete without the “official rules.”  Here they are:

No Purchase Necessary.  Making a purchase will not increase your chance of winning.

– Open to those who have reached the age of majority within their state who are US residents with a mailing in the USA only.  (Sorry, my non-USA readers!)  If a winner with a mailing address outside the USA is selected, they will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected.  This giveaway will be conducted in accordance with California and USA laws.

– Number of Prizes: 1 (one).  Prize contains 1 can pantry size can of Thrive freeze dried sausage crumbles and 1 pantry size can of Thrive freeze dried cheddar cheese (approximate retail value $38). Prize will be shipped at no cost to the winner to the USA address provided by the winner.

– Odds of Winner: Depends on number of entries received.

– One Winner will be selected at random.

– How to Enter: Visit Jennette’s Thrive Life Website and post a comment on Foray Into Food Storage ( indicating which product you would like to try from the Thrive line.  You may enter once daily during the entry period (4/4/2014 – 4/20/2014).  Each comment counts as one entry with a maximum of one entry per day.  Not responsible for misdirected entries or for equipment or internet failure.

– Winner will be notified via the email provided within 2 business days after the giveaway ends.  If the winner fails to respond within 72 hours or if a valid email address was not provided, the winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be selected.  You will receive the winner notification from  Check your spam folder to make sure you don’t miss the notification.

– The winner will be listed on my blog (first name only) once eligibility has been confirmed, and the prize has been accepted.

– This giveaway is solely sponsored by My Foray Into Food Storage and Jennette Albee, Thrive Life consultant.  This giveaway is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with WordPress.


Remember!  You can enter once each day!

Remember! You can enter once each day!


Now’s your chance. 

Visit Jennette’s website, find a product you’d like to try, return here, and comment!