Stir Fry Veggie Mix
Frozen Crockpot Meals
2. After you have your lists finalized, go down and figure out how much you would need of each item to last you a month. You don’t need to worry about knowing exactly, a ballpark figure will work just fine. Once you know how much you need to last you a month, it is easy to multiply by 3, 6, or 12 to figure out how many of each item you would need for a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month storage supply.
3. Take inventory of the items you already have in your pantry. Keep track of what you have.
4. Every time you are at the store and you have a little extra in your budget, buy something that is on your list, ex: if you have $5.00 extra, buy a bag of flour or $5 worth of cans.
5. Consider adding “food storage” as a line item in your budget. Even if you only budget $10.00 a month for food storage, this can help a lot. Remember, every little bit counts!
6. Make extras, and freeze what you don’t use. We love having frozen bananas to add to smoothies, so whenever we have bananas that are about to go bad, we peel them, cut them in half, add them to a ziplock and stick them in with the other fruit in our freezer. If you are making dinner and you know the recipe is more than your family will need freeze half for later use instead of letting it go bad in the fridge.
Even though it can seem like a daunting task, don’t give up! Food storage can be a lifesaver, not only in natural disasters but in case of job loss or other financial stress.
How do you build up your food storage?