Long Term / Emergency Food Storage On A Tight Budget

Long Term / Emergency Food Storage On A Tight Budget

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This video outlines a starter list of items that you can get off of a grocery store shelf that you can begin or supplement your emergency food storage plan. This list is not 100% complete and we will add to it in future videos. It’s just a start for people (like me) who don’t have a lot of cash.

I would love to hear your suggestions, please make your suggestions based on these criteria-
Grocery store availability
Stores well for at least 2 years
Basic ingredients that have multiple uses are a higher priority

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  1. trail mix
    brown sugar
    pancake mixes complete mixes (just add h2o)
    drink mix- I like individual packets the ones that flavor water. it's great for kiddos especially young ones that don't like drinking a lot of water
    pasta knorr sides not the healthiest but those little packs last forever

    just a few more to add =)

    Love the videos as always! thanks Brad!

  2. just watched video yes they are cutting down on dry beans I live in Georgia

  3. Great Vid Boss….Yes you had salt, honey, etc…BUT…DON'T FORGET THE SPICES!!!!!!!!!

  4. Rice has to be decontaminated before storing. Every brand of rice is imported, as is coffee, and is contaminated with bug larvae and eggs at times. They may hatch, even if they are in a vacuum sealed container, and feast on your storage. Just a thought.

  5. Instant mashed potatoes!

  6. Thanks for the video, but if you make anymore DO NOT sit and rock back and forth !!!
    Hope my tip helps.

  7. Good tips! I don't store shortening/trans-fat or high fructose corn syrup in my food storage because of concerns about their adverse health effects. Ramen is fine as long as you pour off the high-sodium broth and eat the noodles with lots of re-hydrated freeze-dried veggies. You can save lots of money by bulk-buying your enriched white rice, dried pinto beans and granulated cane sugar in 20, 25 or 50-lb bags from Costco or a restaurant supply store and storing the food in 5-gallon food buckets, I re-package instant powdered milk into vacuum-sealed canning jars and it will keep this way for many years without changing color or developing an odd odor. I have kept white rice in food buckets without Mylar and oxygen absorbers in an air conditioned room for up to 10 years without any change in quality.

  8. Awesome info here. I knew most of the items and learned some new ones at the same time. Was oatmeal considered for long term storage? If packaged properly it also will last a long time. Thoughts??

  9. Robert Schryvers

    Good list. You missed oils, and multivitamins
    Otherwise good.

  10. Mary Cochrane (MommaMary)

    I have cooked and dehydrated barley, and stored raw barley.   I use so much of it in soups that I felt it was a necessary addition to my food storage.  I try to have both the raw and cooked and dehydrated foods to cover different needs.

  11. Great list. I really think using food you normally eat as long term food also is a good idea. Its easier to rotate since you already use it to cook with normally and its easier for the regular person to start storing just add a little more to your shopping cart every time you go shopping. I would also add some  canned chicken ,meat or fish that have a long shelf life. Thanks for the video.

  12. bonnie copeland

    I put bay leaf in with my flour and corn meal ,rice , beans ,all noodle any thing that I store long term and my food has last year. I been doing it for four year and have no problem . Can food always use up old and put new in back,also anything that has milk in it like ranch , go bad fast so use up.hope this help someone, Good luck all

  13. I have worked at walmart through out the united states for some time. we cant get items out side of the country no more. our stocks fell and we all noticed that the food is shortened. we are lacking food in big cities to stock shelfs. thank you for this video GOD BLESS YOU

  14. I freeze my corn meal, grits, and flour before I store them in my pantry. I have had too many near-invisible "thrips" crawl through them. It's no fun to open a container and smell ammonia, have to throw the items away or return them to the store, and have to wash the shelves and containers each time. I keep whole wheat flour in the deep freeze to keep it from being rancid. For Y2K, I used glass pickle jars, the large ones with metal lids. I filled them with pasta, put plastic wrap over the top, and screwed the lids down. The pasta smelled like pickles until cooked.

  15. Aaron Davis Homesteading

    You can store just about any grain long term, but if you are looking for truly long term storage you need to store your gains in raw form. Whole oats, wheat berries, etc. There are a lot of places, that you can find online, that will sell raw grains in bulk for little money compared to the processed stuff in the stores.

  16. Good list I'm sure I would add spam to it though. I think the whole bean thing is because people are getting lazy the dry bean section has gotten smaller but the canned bean section it like a whole isle now. people just don't want to cook beans all day.

  17. FindingMyHomestead Kristin Z (intentionallyinspired)

    I stockpile honey because of its nutritional and medicinal properties..heyyyy where is there a kroger? I didn't know we had them here. I'm near madison..

  18. FindingMyHomestead Kristin Z (intentionallyinspired)

    I love the Ramen noodles suggest cause although I'm low carb cause of diabetes I would be willing to eat this over wood to survive lol

  19. Nifty Thrifty Bits

    We love bread! So flour, baking soda, shortening.  Hubby loves his cornbread, so I would have to have cornmeal.  Rolled oats.  Did you say pasta? Pepper, brown sugar.  Apple cider vinegar with the mother in it.   And what in the world has happened that powdered milk has gotten so pricey?  It seems that it used to be pretty inexpensive.

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