Living Off of Food Storage

Living off of food storage is a challenge for me.  Our family is LDS (Mormon).  Our leaders have asked us to keep garden as well as a year’s supply of food in case of an emergency or job loss.  It feels good to be prepared!  We have a serious garden and we have had our food storage and our year’s supply for many years, but I hardly ever think to use it because it’s way down in the basement on the other side of the house in a cold storage room.  There are many things in our food storage that need to get rotated and many things I’d like to try making from them but haven’t had the time.  Now is the time!

Our kids have been bugging us to go to Disneyland.  We told them they could go if they didn’t complain and ate food storage for the next 45 days so we could save money and so we could learn how interesting living off of food storage can be.  We will get to try different kinds of foods and most of them will be really healthy!  They eagerly agreed.  We go to Disneyland in 45 days, just enough time for us to complete this challenge.  I’m really excited about it to see if what we have is sufficient.  Most of my food storage is from the Cannery and I have borrowed the canner/sealer from the cannery and canned some of my own things (like beans).  We have set aside $25 a week for fresh fruit and milk.  And because my daughter and I are gluten free, we don’t have any regular flour, so we will be buying glutenous bread as well with that $25.

Our first recipe was taco soup from our storage.  It was a huge hit and our 8 year old who hardly eats a thing said “it was so good!”.  Whew.  Day 1 success.  I will post the recipe soon.


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    • Vicki on February 16, 2018 at 10:04 am
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    Fantastic! What a great way to get a family goal accomplished. Keep posting – I am looking forward to seeing your recipes too. Good First Day.

    • Pam on June 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm
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    I have the shelf reliance shelves and yes they are easy to put together and take down. We are retired military and I have made a few moves. Love my shelves.

    • AnaTrujillo on June 24, 2015 at 9:35 am
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    Are those shelves easy to put together and to take apart? We are a military family so moving around our food storage isnt that easy. Thanks!

    1. I would say relatively easy to put together and take apart. About an hour per shelf. We are moving soon and are just going to leave them put together though.

    • maria on April 16, 2015 at 8:44 am
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    where did you purchase your shelves? I love them.

    1. They are from a company in Utah called Shelf Reliance. They are the best investment we’ve made in food storage!

    • Patti Kafton on March 10, 2015 at 11:44 am
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    Looking forward to sharing your recipes. I am the “somewhat” homebound Mother/Caregiver of adult quadriplegic with weight problems (excessive). Need all the help we can get! Love to garden and preserve our own organically grown foods whenever I am able.

    1. Hi Patti, it’s nice to meet you! Good luck with the gardening and preserving, I love it too! Look forward to hearing from you in the future 🙂

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