Food Storage and Basics

Home Storage Basics

There are three Categories of Home Storage:

  • Basic Storage would include life sustaining foods and nonfood items;  These include items as  grains, rice, corn or other cereal grains, dried milk, dried fish, legumes (beans and peas), sugar salt, fat and water.   Also store  a years supply of garden seeds to plant and supplement your diet.   A grinder for preparing flour from your stored wheat  which you can buy on line or at some local health stores
  • Emergency Storage  would be for every member of your family to have a portable container or pack pac with supplies like water, food requiring no refrigeration or cooking;  like graham crackers,canned fruits , meats, medications and medical history, change of clothing, candles, matches, ax, shovel, first aid booklet, can opener and blanket.  Its important that this container can be picked up at a moments notice!  You never know when an emergency will come up and each member should be prepared to Grab N Go !
  • Expanded Storage  This would include foods and daily essentials.  Things like baking powder, soda, and spices.  Fruits and Vegetables to supply vitamin A and C. They can be stored in root cellars, or canned, pickled, dehydrated, or freeze-dried.  Smoked, canned or freeze dried meats and fish supply additional nutrients and proteins the body needs in stressed times.  These foods have a short storage life and should be used and replaced regularly.  I date all my cans and items so I can rotate them regularly.  I also keep a list of items we have on hand  and add new one to it.  I know you wonder How do I start?  Well We started with buying a few things every payday and also my canning season adds a lot to our storage!  Another way to save is to use Coupons!  Yup good ol Coupons can get your deals and save money;  just check out those Sunday Papers all.!!   Lets not forget if we have little ones to stock up supplies for them also, diapers, lotions, paper products for all and Soaps and Cleaning supplies.
  • Water Storage  The required reserve for per person is 14 Gal (seven for drinking; and seven for other uses, one Tsp of Bleach is added per Gal if in doubt of the purity of water.
  • First Aid Supplies Emergency storage should always include first aid supplies in a metal, plastic or wood container with a tight-fitting lid;  I divide my box into compartments ( I like it organized) .  Here are some items that should be in your box;  Adhesive tape, Ammonia, Antibiotic Ointment, Bicarbonate of soda, Calamine lotion,Diarrhea remedy, Elastic bandages, Gauze bandages, hot water bottle, Hydrogen peroxide, Ipecac syrup (induces vomiting) Knife, Matches, Measuring cup, Medicine dropper, Needles, Paper Bags, Razor blades, Rubbing Alcohol, Safety pins, Scissors, Soap, Thermometer, Triangular bandages ( or Kotex Pads)  Good packing bandages)  First aid Instruction book, Prescribed Medications, Consecrated Oil .  Label all supplies and organize for fast use!
  • Clothing  Durable clothing should be included in home storage to meet the family storage for at least a year so that it can accommodate the seasonal changes.  If you can its a good ideal to store fabric, needles and other sewing items;  some food storage company sell a lot of first aid kits and reasonable also!
  • Fuel and Light  A reserve of fuel like (coal, wood, oil)  at least enough for cooking.  I also include in mine are batteries, candles, water proof matches, flash lights, and buddies burners.  Again check your local hard ware and department stores especially in the camping area isles ;  lots of cool thing there and its fun shopping for these items!

Just remember to store the foods you know your family will eat and practice cooking with your storage so you and family will know what it taste like and get the experience doing it  By all means share your tips with each other and learn Just In Case!

Source:  Personal & Family Preparedness of LDS Church

Food Storage and Basics

Food Storage and Basics

Food storage has always been a part of out lives since the first day!

Its something we all need and should have in our homes!   Face it who can live with out food!! ??  Not I for sure  🙂

Here a few ideas and facts I have found along this path that I hope helps you all grow in this adventure of Food Storage.

First  where or how do we start:  Good Question;  Here we go!

Food Storage and Basics


As a stay at home mother of 4 , I was always  finding ways to stretch the dollar and and feed our family of six  which was very hard at times with just  one of us working so I tried to find ways to compensate.

We had a large yard in a small town so with my childhood experiences gardening with dad and canning with Grandma I decided I could do it also and raise some food for our family!

We have always been big on food storage thanks to our church up bringing and My love for gardening and canning.  So this is where it all started and will keep going as long as I can !!

Food Storage and Basics


I began Gardening in my younger years when our family was young and keep learning and experiencing each year!   Live and Learn right?  

I’m no professional my no means , but I had a lot of fun and sore hands in the process!

Well to start off lets pick and good location for your garden with at least 6 hours of sunlight, good dirt, and free of weeds( a never ending battle) as can be!   We tilled it several times in spring and I hoed for hours seemed like!

I always marked my sections off with string and left plenty of space between rows so I could get in there with out damaging any plants or the kids stepping on them.  Aww   them “Good Ol Days”

Grow the foods that you know you will eat,  No sense in all the work if your not going to eat it Right?

  • Determine the planting dates an directions for your Geographical Area which is usually located on the packages;  but if not you can always go to your local government, university or good ol Google!
  • The soil should drain well and have access to water and hoses.  Some fertilizers can be added during tilling and some during the growing season. I prefer natural fertilizers as to the chemical ones, Its usually cheaper and safe for pets and children.
  • Mulching retains moisture and eliminates weeds.  Straw,hay, and grass clippings are all effective.
  • Remember each year to rotate your crops as some plants are hard on soil, plus it controls disease and insect infestation.
  • in the Fall its times to start preserving all the food you have nurtured through out the season!  And there are a few ways to do that.
  • Drying,  can be done at home for little cost;  you can dry in the oven, in the sun, or in home Dehydraters,  Freezing and My Favorite Canning!

It all boils down to having the satisfaction of raising your own foods and knowing whats in them!   As we all know now days we have no idea what is in our food;  but thats another subject!

So this is a few basics to get you going this coming planting season and happy Gardening!!

I’m always learning too, so I may be adding more info as I can.


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My Garden
Snapping Green Beans getting ready to can !
Snapping Green Beans getting ready to can !
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I,am a wife of 47 years and a Mother of 4 awesome boys,  I should say grown men !   Just wanting to share some of my stories , experiences  and Basics of living that all began in 1971 and ending here in a small rural river town on our “Little Marston Ranch a cost a plenty”.  IT IS ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS!  AS IS THIS BLOG!  🙂