Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan: Food Security

Could you put together a nutritious meal for your family using only ingredients currently in your pantry?   What about nutritious meals for a week?  A month?  Several months?  If you have a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan, then the answer is an easy yes.

Family Food Security with a Long Term Food Storage Supply List

Why should you have a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan?

Food storage is security.  A well stocked pantry is security against inflation, job loss, illness, and natural disasters.  Think of it as peace of mind you can eat.

What is a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan?

A 3-Month, or short term food storage supply is made up of every ingredient you need to make meals for 3 months, without having to go to the store for supplies.

A Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan stretches that original 3 months out longer, and it consists of items with that have up to a 25-30 year shelf life when stored properly.

Legumes:  dried beans, lentils, barley and nuts.

Grains:  wheat, rice, oats, whatever your family likes and is used to eating.  A long emergency is NOT the time to see how your family’s guts hold up to exotic grains.

Powdered Milk

Leavening Agents

Salt and Spices

Fats and Oils: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and even Crisco.  Remember though, most oil has a very short shelf life, so keep it well rotated!

Water.  And more water. 

Step 1:  Create Your Menus  and Ingredient List

In this post we discussed how to create a 3 Month Food Storage Supply Plan.  The concept for a Long Term Food Storage Supply is much the same, just with foods that can store for longer periods of time.  Instead of only having 7 days worth of menus, you’ll want to aim for 14 days of menus for meals you know you family will eat.

Step 2:  How to Pay for Your Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan

Examine your monthly budget.  What can you do without in order to provide your family with food security in an emergency?   Identify those items, and make of list of your projected savings.

Next, consider some of these ideas to help find the cash to stock that pantry.

Set those savings back to be used ONLY for your Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan.

How to get the Best Nutritional Bang for your Food Storage Buck

When I first began to put together my goals for a long term food supply plan, my biggest concerns were that my family HATES beans, and they gag at the thought of canned fruits and vegetables.

What’s a Mama to do?

I remember thinking that maybe I could get some fruits and veggies in with bottled juices.  But that’s a LOT of juice, and juice has no fiber, and little real nutritional value.

I experimented with wet packed meats.  The ‘tinned’ taste was a big turn off.

I dehydrate much of my garden produce and different fruits.  The problem here is that dehydrated foods take so much water to bring back to life.  And they are often unappetizing unless used in soups or casseroles.

Then I started investigating Freeze Dried Foods for my Long Term Food Storage Supply.

Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan with Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods

Not all Freeze Dried Food is Created Equally

I think I tested samples from every freeze dried food company known to man.  At least it felt that way.  I remember opening a can of freeze dried pineapple from one company to discover that ever single piece was part of the ‘core’ of the pineapple.  You know, the middle part we usually cut out.  That can of pineapple was not only bitter, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get that pineapple to a point where it wouldn’t break a tooth.

Thrive Freeze Dried Food

I finally settled on Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods.  The quality is unmatched.  They freeze dry their own food in house, and they source as locally as possible.

Thrive Life Freeze Dried Food also puts each fruit and veggie through a special wash process and then tests each product after the freeze drying process to ensure it’s safety.  A step like this is especially important when you read about so many food recalls these days.

The very last hurdle I faced was how to make my modest Long Term Food Storage budget go as far as it possibly could.

How to make Pizza with Long Term Food Storage Supply
Imagine being able to make pizza with melted real cheese and your favorite toppings using your long term food storage supply. 

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Once again, Thrive Life freeze dried foods was able to help me come up with a plan that met a very modest budget.

By signing up for monthly deliveries, I am able to stock up on the foods my family is used to eating that can last up to 25 years.

Now, before I lose you here, let me tell you something.  I get the reluctance to sign up for something.  For quite a while our credit cards were maxed out with providing our son with his medical needs.  We had worked hard to pay down each card, why would we want to add more to it?

The Lowest Cost For The Very Best Long Term Food Storage Supply.

After running the numbers it was very clear; by taking advantage of Thrive’s monthly coupons, sales, and consultant discounts, we were getting the best deal on the best freeze dried food available……anywhere.

I set up a monthly delivery to build my long term food storage with meats, fruits, veggies, and cheese. I looked closely at our budget, made some changes and used that savings to pay for my monthly orders.  Anything I earn from sharing Thrive Life with others, I roll right back into my long term food storage budget.

More Choices To Fit YOUR Needs

Now, if you have zero desire to sign up as a consultant, that’s fine too.  Sign up just for the monthly deliveries and take advantage of the monthly coupons and sales…….and  score FREE SHIPPING.   Remember!  You can SKIP a month or CANCEL at ANY time!

This quick video will walk you through how to sign up for Simple Plate Deliveries, AND grocery deliveries!   It’s quick and easy!

Learn more about monthly deliveries .

Maybe you would simply like to place a single order.    Try a few things out and go from there.  Yup!  You can do that too!

Increase Your Family’s Security With A Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan

Wouldn’t it be nice if we never had to worry about natural disasters, job loss, rising food prices and how we would keep our families fed during an emergency?   Well, having a long term food storage supply is one step to taking the worry away and replacing it with a sense of peace.  Let Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods help in creating that long term food storage supply.

Red Lobster Cheese Biscuit Bread Recipe

I love that Red Lobster cheese biscuit that makes you sigh with delight each bite you take.  I wanted to make them at home, but I didn’t want to go to the work of making individual biscuits.  Instead, I decided to try this recipe for  Red Lobster Cheese Biscuit Bread.  Baking this copycat bread in a loaf pan means less hands on time in the kitchen, and that makes this busy Mama happy.

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The loaf pan you choose for making Red Lobster Cheese Biscuit Bread is important. If your pan is too thin you will wind up with a crust that is burnt. I discovered this the hard way, unfortunately.   Therefore,  you want a heavy weight pan that will allow your loaf to cook evenly.  After a bit of research, I found these *this post contains affiliate links USA 1 1/4 Pound Loaf Pans, and promptly fell in love.

Red Lobster Cheese Biscuit Bread

Ingredients for Red Lobster Cheese Biscuit Bread

*this recipe makes one loaf
3 Cups Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
4 Ounces Cheddar Cheese Cut In 1/2 Inch Cubes
1 1/4 Cups Milk
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
3 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
1 Egg, Lightly Beaten

Bread Making Technique for Red Lobster Cheese Biscuit Bread

*Heat oven to 350.

*Grease a 9×5 loaf pan with oil.

*In a bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients.

*Carefully stir in cheese cubes until covered in flour mixture. This will help prevent your cheese sinking to the bottom of your loaf of bread.

*In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

*Fold the wet mixture into the flour and cheese mixture.

*Stir until just combined. Because the dough is thick, I like to use a large wooden spoon to do my stirring with.  Do not over stir. Your masterpiece will turn out like a giant hockey puck.

*Pour and spread the mixture into your  bread loaf pan.

* Bake for 45-50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Allow to cool for one hour before slicing and serving.

*Sigh with delight.

So, the next time those cheddar bay biscuits are calling your name, remember this made from scratch, super easy recipe!

Helpful Hint: Like this Red Lobster Cheese Biscuit Bread so much you want to add it to your regular bread making rotation?  Use our Family Food Storage Plan to figure out how much of each ingredient you’ll need to store to make this recipe part of your 3 Month Food Storage Plan!

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Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

Find a great sale on frozen vegetables, but there’s no room in the freezer?  No worries!  Dehydrating frozen vegetables is a simple prep skill to master.

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

Why You Should Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

    • Unless you have a really big garden, dehydrating frozen vegetables is much cheaper than buying fresh, and you can dehydrate frozen vegetables year round.
    • Dehydrating frozen vegetables requires no washing, peeling, slicing, chopping, or blanching,  saving you a lot of time.
    • Needs less room (much less!) for storage!

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Which Dehydrator Should You Choose?

I use *this post contains affiliate links an Excalibur Dehydrator, and love it.  I also own a Nesco dehydrator, which is much cheaper and works well for dehydrating frozen vegetables.   You can quickly and easily recoup  the cost of both of these dehydrators in just a few months of dehydrating your own fruits and veggies.

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

Simply spread out the mixed veggies on the dehydrator trays. I didn’t worry that the pieces were touching, I knew they would shrink as they dried and it wouldn’t be an issue. As a matter of fact, my one POUND bag of veggies shrunk down to 3/4 of a cup!

I dehydrated these @125 degrees and they took about 10 hours. Please look at your dehydrator model to see what temperature is correct for your machine. The time to dehydrate will always depend on the humidity in the room where you are dehydrating.

Pro Tip:  Want to learn more about dehydrating foods?  Hands down, the best book on the market is Tammy Gangloff’s The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook. In this book, Tammy covers it all from how to dehydrate foods, to recipes that only need water added!

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Store Dehydrated Frozen Vegetables

Now that you have a batch of inexpensive dehydrated frozen vegetables, you’ll need to store them properly. Here’s where a Food Saver comes in so handy!

My favorite way to store my dehydrated vegetables is to pour them into a wide mouth canning jar, and using the mason jar sealer accessory, vacuum seal the jar. You won’t need a ring for this, the vacuum sealing will securely keep the lid on.

 

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Use Dehydrated Frozen Vegetables

    • Add a handful or two to soups or stews. Perfect for crockpot cooks!
    • Add some to a blender and turn them into a veggie powder. This powder can then be added
    • to all sorts of things you’d like to up the nutritional value of.
    • Smoothies!
    • Use for camping and hiking trips.

No Time For Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables? No Problem!

LOVE the idea of having veggies and fruits in your long term food storage as a hedge against inflation and emergencies?  But don’t have time to dehydrate your own?   Thrive carries a wide variety of sfreeze dried food for this very reason!  Check them out!

So, which frozen vegetable will you be dehydrating first?

Politics and Prepping: The Rising Cost of Produce

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy is an important Prepper skill to develop.  It allows you to prepare in advance for the rising cost of produce items we rely on daily.

Paying For A Wall Between The U.S. and Mexico

Let’s take President Trump’s proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico. You know, the one Mexico is supposedly paying for? The one that for all intents and purposes might really  be paid for by a 20% tax on what American’s import from Mexico?

Now whether you are in favor of a wall or hate the idea, isn’t the issue.

The issue is a potential 20% increase of everything you purchase that crosses that boarder.

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

What Does The U.S. Import From Mexico?

In 2015 alone, the U.S. imported over $295 BILLION dollars worth of products from Mexico, according to government trade data. From cars to car parts, to electrical machinery and oil.  $2.4 billion worth of apparel.  $1.9 Billion in beer and tequila.

What really has my attention is the amount of of vegetables, fruit and nuts we import from Mexico.  $5.5 billion of vegetables and $3.9 billion of fruit and nuts.  All to potentially be subjected to a %20 price increase.

Bananas and Mangoes

Consider the products we simply can’t grow here such as bananas and mangoes. And then consider what other countries might do to block U.S. exports in retaliation.

And what about the fresh fruits and vegetables we depend on during the winter months? Where do we get a great deal of those? Yup. Mexico.

Can Your Grocery Budget Handle The Increase?

Did I mention the amount of tomatoes and avocados we import from Mexico? 78% of our avocados and 71% of our tomatoes according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  And it not just avocados and tomatoes either.   Herbs, spinach and lettuce make their way across the border to our tables every day.

Finally, according to Forbes, the restaurant industry is already seeing their stocks fall on the fears of increased food costs.

 

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables. How To Prepare For The Rising Cost Of Produce

Learn to grow your own.  Now is the perfect time to learn what grows in your area and how to start your own seeds indoors.   Growing your own food helps to tremendously off set the rising cost of produce.

As the season progresses we at Simply Preparing will help walk you through the basics of getting your first garden up and growing!

Learn how to preserve your own food.   It’s easier than you think.  I promise.
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Dehydrating.  With just a few simple pieces of equipment you can dehydrate and store fruit and vegetables long term.  One of my favorite resources for dehydrating is the book, Dehydrate2Store by Tammy Gangloff.

Another excellent storage option is to freeze your bounty.   Did you know you can freeze avocados?  Yup! I have a freezer full of frozen avocados for my son’s blenderized diet and my guacamole addiction!

Carolyn Humphries book, How To Freeze Fresh Food At Home is a great book for beginners wanting to learn how to freeze foods.

Prepping With Freeze Dried Food.

Let’s face it.  With or without a wall between us and Mexico, food prices are only going higher and higher.  This is where the real value of freeze dried foods come in.  With up to a 25 year shelf life.  Non-GMO offerings.  Locally sourced whenever possible.

Each can of freeze dried food I purchase today has it’s price frozen as well.  Up to 25 years from now I can open a can of food that I paid 2017 prices for, and allows me to combat the rising cost of produce.  It’s like having money in the bank, but with a much higher interest rate.

It’s also pretty amazing how versatile freeze dried food is.  Take a look at all the produce used in one of my favorite soup recipes, Sausage Potato Soup!  Yum!

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

Not sure how to use freeze dried foods?  No problem!  You can take a look at the recipes found on my Thrive Website to get some great ideas.

Taking the time to understand what is happening within the White House will insure that your house is prepared to better weather the growing world wide unrest, the consequences of repealing the Dodd-Frank Act and the returning concerns with China’s economy.