Friday, January 8, 2016

20 Weeks of Food Storage - Week 3

Week 3 - 20 Cans of Vegetables - $13.60
Running Total - $51.62

The first two weeks of food storage were very simple.... 20 pounds of long grain white rice, and 20 pounds of pinto beans.  I could have gotten Jasmine rice or black, white, or lima beans, but the choices were quite limited and I had already decided to go with what was cheapest in this area.  Rice and beans are basically meal extenders, allowing me to make more servings from something more flavorful, and are not meant to be meals unto themselves unless things get really desperate.

Week three is a little different and required some careful thought.  This week's item was 20 cans of vegetables.  Because there are so many possible choices, I needed to carefully consider several factors.

What does my family normally eat?  Now is not the time to try new foods and there's no point storing things you won't eat.  Once we have our storage set up, we will begin using it and just purchasing replacements as we go along.  If you want to try new things and start adding them after your basic storage plan is set up, that's great!

What can I use to make a meal out of the other things I have?  Beans and rice are a great source of calories, but you can't eat them alone for very long without getting very tired of them.  Adding some vegetables and meat or bullion cubes will help create variety.

How easy are these to store?  It's much easier to store cans that are all the same size.  They stack better and you can utilize your shelves to their fullest. (Cans are heavy!  Make sure your shelving is strong enough for the weight).

Three weeks in and we're at just over $50.00.  I'm a little behind, so keep an eye out for Week 4 in the next couple of days.

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