People in my community are dedicated to storing a year’s supply of food (myself included), and we are blessed to have many preparedness experts around us. I struggled for years to achieve a food supply that we would actually eat, that wouldn’t go to waste because it’s so nutritionally inferior or has such a short shelf life. (I threw out a lot of stuff over the years.)
I feel that I now have a solid food storage I can rotate into our diet. So I’m including here a list of what’s in The Hatch. That’s what we call our cold-storage room in the basement, in honor of our favorite ABC TV show, Lost. I hope it helps you, and if you’re a preparedness guru, please share any ideas on what YOU store.
I know some of you will have to get creative, space-wise, to achieve any kind of storage, and perhaps you will want to consider starting with a three-month supply of food.) Tons of natural disasters in the last couple of weeks, along with an international food shortage and skyrocketing fuel costs, have put food storage at the forefront of many of our minds.
I’ve put at the top of this list the things I feel are most nutritionally valuable in my list (the least important things are at the end). For length, I’ve left off the list all the non-food items and dog food.
Raw sauerkraut (from my garden cabbage)
Organic extra virgin coconut oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Raw legumes: small red, black turtle, small white, pinto, garbanzo, and 11-bean mix, plus lentils and split peas
Grains: popcorn, wheat, Kamut, quinoa, rye, oat groats, rolled oats, brown rice
Nuts and seeds: raw almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cashews (many of these are in my upright full-size freezer)
Coconut juice (canned)
Raw apple cider vinegar (gallons are on sale right now at Good Earth, locals!)
Sweeteners: raw honey, raw agave, real maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, stevia
Spices: sea salt, kelp, cinnamon, cocoa powder, baking powder, basil, oregano, cayenne
Natural peanut butter
Canned: Powdered milk (to make kefir/yogurt)
No-sugar-added spaghetti sauce
Canned diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce
Dehydrated fruits and vegs (bell peppers, onions, apples, bananas, mixed fruit)
Beans: black, vegetarian refried, garbanzos (for convenience)
No-sugar-added peaches, mandarin oranges
Some other random items like canned black olives and liquid chlorophyll