Sunday, January 10, 2016

20 Weeks of Food Storage - Week 4

Week 4 - 20 Cans of Fruit - $19.37
Running Total - $70.99

This week's food storage item is canned fruit.  It is not unreasonable to think that nearly everyone reading this enjoys sweets.  According to the FDA, the average American eats between 150 and 170 pounds of sugar a year!  Less than 100 years ago, we ate less than 4 pounds of the sparkling white stuff in the same time period.

While fruits are not as nutrient dense as beans, rice, and corn, it is important to include comfort foods in a food storage program.  Since we have a pretty good foundation of staples at this point, I chose to add them now.  Nearly every situation that calls for food storage is a stressful one.  Eating good food can help bring a bit of brightness in dark times.  With a little flour, some lard, salt, and this fruit, lovely tarts can be made to warm the heart and cheer the soul.  Fruit can be added to oatmeal or cooked rice with a little cinnamon to make a bland breakfast delicious.

Just as with vegetables, there are a lot of choices when it comes to canned fruit.  I chose 5 cans each of peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, and pineapple.  These choices were the least expensive and had the most uses.  You could also choose fruit cocktail, but I'm not all that fond of it myself.  I did my best to get all similar sized cans for ease of storage, but pineapple cans seem have rules of their own.  I'll just stack them separately.

The first month is finished and I'm $9.00 below my estimate so costs are pretty close to what I expected.

Check back to see what next week brings!

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