You might as well know, I am a Mormon. Well pleased of it and lovin' every minute. In our belief, we endorse and practice provident living.
Meaning we are taught to live within our means and stay out of unnecessary debt.
"But living providently is more than just putting aside food for future need. It encompasses all areas of life. If we want to face the future with confidence and peace of mind, we must prepare ourselves in six areas: literacy and education, career development, financial and resource management, home production and storage, physical health, and social-emotional and spiritual strength. When we strive to prepare in each of these areas, we can enjoy peace of mind as we face the uncertainties of the future."- Liahona, 1987; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
So today, I'll be sharing what we do for our food storage.
We have a guideline for basic nutrition for 1 adult for 1 month or a year, depending on what we need if there is ever a need for it.
OILS- Canola, Extra Virgin Olive, Corn.
BEANS- Store and use what you eat or learn new easy recipes to boost your nutritious mix
PASTA & GRAINS- Most are easy to cook
SUGARS- Honey and regular, but if you can afford others, go for it.
FLOUR- All sorts if you're not allergic to gluten
CANNED Meats, Veggies, Fruits
POWDERED Milk, Juice
WATER (see recommendation)
The point is... Though we have similar basic nutritional needs, we are still in control of what we can add to the basics.
In addition to above, my family and I add a lot of other noodles that can extend our pasta and grains. Mung and rice noodles are healthy choices.
We add snacks that having staying power like pudding, crackers, and dried fruits.
We have extra spices like turmeric, paprika, cinnamon, garlic and onion powder to ensure flavor.
Cereals are in abundance.
Since we often eat these additional stuff, we don't create too much waste. But since we have a lot of them, our pantry does seem cluttered most of the time. LOL
So, we PICK our add-ons. We go to Costco twice a year to REPLENISH. We then ALLOT for storage and for daily use. We assess YEARLY if an item or items are not making the cut and SLEEP better knowing that we are prepared-somewhat.