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.

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?

5-Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I received a bit of a jolt when entering a local food storage store in search of 5-gallon food grade buckets for several bags of rice and beans I recently purchased for emergency prepardedness.   Over SEVEN dollars for a bucket and lid.  And we aren’t talking gamma lids, here.  Nope.  We are talking just the plain old hammer it down with a rubber mallet type of lid.

As I stood there doing the math for the 10 buckets, mylar bags and oxygen absorbers I would need for the long term storage of my vittles, I also thought of how many more bags of beans and rice I could purchase for that $70.00 I would paying for buckets.

Where To Find CHEAP 5-Gallon Food Grade Buckets For Long Term Food Storage

You can’t eat the buckets, boys and girls.  And then, as if to add insult to injury, I turned the buckets around only to find the store’s logo covering the bucket from top to bottom.  It has always been a pet peeve of mine to have to pay for stuff that serves as advertising for a company.  Think about it.  If I’m going to be advertising for them, shouldn’t they be paying me?

But I digress.

I’ll admit.  I did purchase 4 of the overpriced, logo blasted, desperately needed buckets.  With my medically fragile son, I’m not able to get out as often, and I really needed those buckets.  I justified my purchase by telling myself I only purchased four instead of the ten I truly needed.

And, as I walked out of that store, I proclaimed to all who could hear, that I would never, ever pay through the nose for a plastic bucket again.  While I consider myself pretty lucky that my Mom was the only person close enough to hear my proclamation, once uttered, it still needed to be fulfilled.

My 5 Gallon Bucket Research


Bakeries will usually give out empty frosting buckets.  Yay! for free buckets, but yikes! for cleaning out the greasy frosting residue.  I’ve found that by making a solution of Dawn dish soap and vinegar then spraying it inside the bucket helps clean the frosting out.

Fast Food Joints will often give out empty pickle buckets.  However, the smell of pickles will pretty much forever be in these buckets.  A friend even power washed his buckets out to no avail.  If you are using mylar liners in your buckets though, the smell of pickle shouldn’t be an issue.

Lowe’s carries 5-Gallon Commercial food grade buckets for $4.50 each.

Use food grade 5 gallon buckets to store bulk foods.

My local Walmart carries food grade buckets and lids for $2.97 and lids for under $2.00.  I found them in the paint section, but I looked and they had food grade written right on them.

Look on your Local Classified Ads.  Often people sell 5-gallon food grade buckets and lids they are no longer using.

5 Gallon Buckets Too Much Work?

What?  You don’t want to wash out your own buckets, and the smell of pickles makes you shudder?  Nearest WalMart too far away?  Amazon will deliver your 5-Gallon Food Grade Storage Buckets right to your door step!

Thrive Life: The BEST Freeze Dried Foods

Some of you may not need to store food in the type of bulk that would require purchasing  5-Gallon Food Grade  Buckets.   I get that.   For you  prepackaged freeze dried food would be the perfect option.   Light weight and good for up to 25 years, Thrive Life offers the best quality in Freeze Dried foods that I’ve found.  Through Thrive Life you can create your own food storage pantry, saving both time AND money.

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15 Minute Prepper: Black Contractor Bags

We believe in simply preparing.  Our 15 Minute Prepper series will focus on things even the busiest of people can implement to achieve their emergency preparedness goals.  Today’s topic?  Contractor Clean Up Bags.

30 Prepper Hacks and Emergency Preparedness Ideas Using Contractor Trash Bags

How To Prep With Contractor Grade Trash Bags:  15 Minute Prepper

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Not just regular trash bags, but contractor grade trash bags.   These bags are 3mils thick and are made to withstand uses normal trash bags would balk at. Remember, you want the 3mil thick bags, rather than the 2mil thick bags.  Contractor clean up bags take up very little space and have unlimited possibilities.

1.  Make a poncho.

2. In addition, you can use a contractor grade tash bat as a ground cover.

3. Seal windows, doors and vents. (You’ll need some duct tape too!)

4. Cut down to size for a make shift diaper cover.

5. Layer between clothing to help keep in body warmth.

6.  Barter item.

7. Dig a hole.  Put a bag in the hole, now you have a make shift sink.

8.  Using duct tape, tape the bags around your pants for snow pants.

9.  Water proof your shoes.  Cutting the bags down to size, cover your shoes with the plastic, using duct tape to secure them around your ankles.

10.  Use as an emergency toilet.  Line a 5 gallon bucket with a bag, stick a toilet seat on top and viola! a great solution to survival waste management.


Pro Tip

A little scoop of an order neutralizer and decay catalyst will make your experience with non-flushing potties much, much enjoyable.  Just keepin’ it real.


11.  Create a wind break, or a bit of privacy.

12.  Using a black contractor bag you can determine wind direction.  The bag will act like a wind sock.

13.  Fill with air and tie off to create a simple flotation device.

30 Emergency Preparedness Prepper Hacks and Uses for Contractor Trash Bags

14.  Use  black contractor bags in an emergency to cover broken or blown out windows from earthquakes, etc.

15.  Instead of shivering in cold water, fill a black contractor bag up with water, sit it in the sun for a while, then hang it from a sturdy branch to use for a shower.

16.  In addition, use a black contractor bag in an emergency to collect rain water.

17.  Cache your food scraps out of an animals reaching by putting them in a contractor bag and hanging it from a tree.

18. A black contractor bag can be used as a rucksack  to haul clothes, food or whatever else you need.

19. After bandaging a wound, cut out an appropriate size piece of a contractor bag and tape it over the bandage. This will keep it from getting dirty or wet.

20. Use as a ‘wet bag’ for dirty diapers.

Seems as contractor clean-up bags are the perfect Prepper hack for many of life’s unexpected curveballs!