FRUGALITY- "Prudence in avoiding waste." (

Why This Blog?

I am on a pretty strict food budget; I also pray that my family and I will never go hungry, so after so many years of being creative with limited food supplies and money (including a three-pound whole chicken turned into 13 meals for the 5 of us), P-R-A-Y-S became a food and household budget philosophy. It can be anything that keep you in line with your budget. Like PORTION, ROTATE, ANTICIPATE, YELL (from joy of having money left over) and SAVE. Each post will show how this philosophy was broken down with every dish and budgeting I share. So hold on to your wallets and stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Food Storage- LDS Style

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.

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