Skip to comments.Lessons Learned the Hard Way About Food Storage, by The Northern Prep
Posted on 03/14/2014 3:43:31 PM PDT by Kartographer
In late 2010 when we started our food pantry, we took what I would call a hodge-podge approach. We read different articles and made lists of what we used and did not use but was recommended by the various publications. There is a tremendous amount of information, and this was a new endeavor for us. So our list would take the following into consideration: rotation of meals; caloric intake/nutritional value; pleasure value (is it something we enjoy i.e. pancakes vs. oatmeal); and last but not least, cost. Before we bought, we went to an Amish bulk store and Costco to look and compare prices versus what was available on the Internet. We have children, and when we started this endeavor we were a fairly typical suburban family. We tended to lean toward home cooked whole food meals. (My wife and I argued this point a bit as "home cooked meals" has come to mean something very different now.) We also favored organic, but we did not turn completely away from fast food and processed boxed meals. We had a small garden to grow vegetables and a small raspberry patch. Still, we also would eat out at restaurants, buy bleached flour, and buy convenience meals, such as frozen pizzas, boxed pasta, and canned sauce. Considering this background, we urgently started on our pantry as priority number one. We just discovered prepping and felt that we were completely unprepared.
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To start things off MRE Depot has $30.00 of Yoders a case of Yoders Canned Bacon.
Honeyville Grains has 10% off your order Use Coupon Code: SAVE10 and as always your order ships for $4.49.
I got 100 cans of peanut butter I am set...
You're set because I don't live in your house hold. I loves me some peanut butter (smooth and creamy of course), I don't care for that crunchy stuff.
Peanut butter is one of those where the “use by” date has a ring of truth to it. My goal was to accumulate 18-24 months supply of 90-95% of my non-perishable (canned, bottled, and jarred) foods. I achieved that pretty easily.
A couple of weeks ago I opened a (plastic) jar of Skippy Peanut Butter that had a use-by date from late 2011 (a little over two years old). It was edible but like eating play-doh (even more than peanut butter is normally like eating play-doh ;’). I was able to eat it but knew that I needed to look at limiting the life-cycle to about 18 months.
“Man does not live by Peanut Butter Alone!”
That happened at my house also. It was like something happened to the oil in it.
I am still trying to find a local place to buy fifty pound bags of dried beans. The local whole foods wanted an arm and a leg for their beans.
something happened alright, the oil turned rancid.
My biggest lesson on food storage is that a full pantry doesn’t last long.
You can usually get a GOOD price on pinto beans at a mexican market.
Looks like you can get a 50 pound bag from Honeyville right now for about $60.00 plus $4.49 shipping.
“Most of you may not realize that Subway (a place I think of as somewhat healthy) just removed a plastic stabilizer from their bread recipe.”
....Did he sign the petition to ban hydrogen dioxide as well?
I ignore that type stuff you would believe the grief I’ve been give over the fact that I store white sugar!!! But a southren boy has to have his sweet tea!!!
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They removed azodicarbonamide from their bread.
Was your peanut butter in a plastic jar or in a glass jar? Mine was the larger size in plastic.
I’ve had both turn rancid. Doesn’t pay to buy the twin packs in bulk at Sams.
Checked that site and didn’t see the case of canned bacon for $30?
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