Prepping Tip: How to Prepare Long Term Meal Plans From Your Food Storage

The following guest post is by Agnes Jimenez from FoodInsurance.com.

Anyone who has made the effort to set aside food to act as an emergency supply realizes that this food will not last indefinitely. The emergency food supply must be rotated so that food spoilage and waste does not occur.

In order to do this, it is very important to know how long each type of food is going to last. When you purchase your food for storage, be sure to label it with the date you purchased it and the date it is likely to expire. If you do not know how long certain bulk foods will last, you can usually look up the information online.

If you want to avoid spoilage of your stored foods, you need to start using them before they expire. Keep track of the foods that will expire this month and use up the oldest ones first.

Write out a meal plan each week that uses the ingredients in your food storage that will soon be expiring. Be sure to balance your stored, dried foods with fresh ingredients if any are locally available.

When you plan your meals for the week, you need to think about nutrition. That means that you have to be able to provide for your family every day these important nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Humans also require other important components in their foods such as vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients, and antioxidants.

Dried beans should be an important component of your long term storage plans. Dried beans can be stored for a long time and they contain amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins.

In addition to storing beans, you can also store dried grains such as wheat. Wheat will keep for a long time if stored in very dry conditions.

If you have a food dehydrator, you can also include some of your older dehydrated foods that may be expiring soon. Be sure to make a new batch of dehydrated foods to replace them. Even though dehydrated foods will last a long time, it is still a good idea to use up the ones that were prepared a long time ago.

You may have some freeze-dried foods in your storage such as diced beef, ground beef, sausage crumbles and the like. These can be good additions to your emergency food supply.

In addition to having dried foods such as beans, be sure you have a supply of fat. Olive oil is a very stable type of monounsaturated oil that lasts a long time at room temperature. It can be used in cooked meals and on salads.

About the Guest Author

Agnes Jimenez is a professional blogger and writer. She writes for many online establishments and supports those ones that offer practical lifestyles to consumers.  As a frugal living and emergency preparedness advocate, she recommends FoodInsurance.com for families, preppers, and survivalists who are looking for effective ideas in creating long term food storage plans.  You may like Food Insurance on Facebook.

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