Ready or Not #207: Pre-prepared Food Storage

My brother said the funniest thing to me the other day.  He called to ask me a couple of questions about food storage and he was telling me about some terrific sales on cases of tuna fish and such.  I mentioned to him that I had found some good prices on some other real basic items that he might want to look into.  He laughed at me and said, “We don’t have time to fix things from scratch at our house.  We  need things that we can just open and eat.  We work 10-12 hour days and we just don’t have the time to cook.”

I laughed!  Are you kidding?  I work 10 hour shifts also and with my commute and with various errands I am usually away from home at least 11 to 12 hours a day.  The difference is I just can’t afford to eat prepared food.  And then I got thinking…

Not everyone wants to, or needs to, prepare everything from scratch.  I have even talked to several people who just don’t cook – and don’t want to.  They have the finances and the ability to purchase tasty pre-prepared food and they like their lifestyle.  Most of those in this situation that I have spoken to are empty-nesters and they have a little more disposable income – and they like the freedom of their new situation.  For them to break a recipe down to the most basic level and store items such as flour, and sugar and other basics would be a bad idea.  The items would not get rotated and it would be wasted in the end.

So what do you do if you like eating tasty pre-prepared food but want to have an effective food storage?  Well that’s simple, just store lots more of what you eat!  There is no rule saying that you have to have tons of wheat in your food storage, and if you don’t eat lots of beans, then why would you store them?  What?  No wheat or beans?  No, not if you aren’t going to eat them.

I know of several couples that eat a lot of canned soups and designer frozen dinners and they are perfectly happy.  They have chosen healthy, tasty pre-prepared dinners that are satisfying and cleanup is a snap!  What more could you ask for?!  The nice thing about this way of eating is that to figure out what you need to store for a year is very simple.  All you have to do is to enter the cans, boxes or containers of all of the different choices and any side dishes you want to include on a daily basis into our food storage worksheets and it will figure it out for you.  If you sit down and figure out your menus using THE FOOD YOU EAT EVERYDAY then you will know how to build your food storage.

Stop worrying so much about what you THINK should be in your food storage versus what you REALLY EAT.  As long your daily diet is nutritious and you feel satiated after consuming your choices, then that is what you should store.  If you go about building your food storage smart, tailored to your chosen lifestyle, you will be able to rotate your storage a lot easier and use it before you lose it.

And everyone needs to store water.

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