If you come upon an emergency in the future which requires you to eat your food storage, you need to make sure that you have the foods stored that you normally eat. If you have nothing by unrefined wheat, you are going to end up with one boring diet which gives you a stomach ache.
During times of physical and emotional stress, it is important to change your diet as little as possible provided, of course, you are eating properly in the first place. An abrupt change in diet can cause a dramatic shock to your system.
Having food storage is one thing, but using it is a completely different aspect. It’s easy to put food away in your cupboards and storage rooms, but the question is, can you use it?
Do you know how to grind wheat into flour? Do you know how much Textured Vegetable Protein to use as a substitute for meat?
Do you know how to incorporate dehydrated carrots into your favorite recipes? Do you know when to use whole egg mix or scrambled egg mix in your cooking?
These are all questions we must learn the answers to by reading, asking people who have experience, and practice, practice, practice! You don’t want to wait until an emergency arises to learn how to use your food storage.
All foods are subject to deterioration as time passes especially if they are subjected to heat. Chemical changes occur and cause foods to alter in texture, color, taste, and have a loss of vitamins and minerals.
This is why it is so important to rotate regularly. All food is best used in five years.
Minerals and carbohydrates can last indefinitely and can have crucial value in an emergency. Therefore, never throw old food storage out unless you have something to replace it.
If you buy food storage and do not intend to use it except during an emergency, you may not be using your money wisely. When you use your food storage it becomes an economical and practical way to grocery shop.
Buying in bulk is less expensive than buying smaller quantities. For example, buying a 25 pound bag of sugar versus a 5 pound bag is cheaper per pound.
Another way this is more economical is by buying wheat. Wheat is substantially less expensive than flour, and will store much longer.
Using your reserve takes knowledge and practice. You will want to learn what recipes work, which ones taste better, and work on making them before an emergency occurs.
Challenge yourself to use your food storage weekly or daily. The more you use it, the more skilled you will become.
It is important to store the types of foods your family eats on a regular basis and the types of foods they enjoy. But maybe your family really enjoys lasagna or spaghetti so you may want to buy a lot of tomato powder.
If your family likes to eat treats regularly you will want to be sure to store things such as baking chocolate, pudding, cake, or brownie mixes, jello, and dried fruit so their diet will be normal when you have to exclusively use your food storage. On the other hand, if your family does not eat a lot of treats, you do not have to worry about storing as many of these things.
Food storage “technology” has come a long way. Now we enjoy scrambled eggs with bacon, that taste just like the real thing, and your reserve can become enjoyable to eat and even easy to prepare.
Just remember to always keep in mind the age-old philosophy “eat what you store, store what you eat” and your food storage will not only taste good in a crisis, but everyday too. Make a list of the meals your family enjoys and purchase the freeze dried products that you will use to make those meals.
For example, if your family eats potatoes regularly then you may want to prepare them as a potato casserole that is made with your food storage. Another, say your family likes cheese and broccoli, again periodically try a recipe ( cheesy broccoli soup) using your food storage.
Your meals can be delicious and interesting even in times of emergency. Do the best you can, and your family will remain happy and well-fed. BOLA TANGKAS