Complete Your Food Storage with Commodities
After you have acquired your three month food storage you may want to consider getting a long-term storage. This is a food storage that can be safely stored for decades. It is built around basic commodities such as wheat, beans, rice, honey, salt and dry milk. Legumes (beans and lentils) combined with grains (wheat, rice or corn) make a complete protein. It is a very inexpensive–and healthy!–way to feed your family. This is the kind of food storage that will sustain you and your family in case
of a widespread, long-term disaster or if you lose your income for a year or more.
Now is the time to buy
As the harvest is brought in, to their lowest in the year. These foods are fresh from the farmer’s fields, so they are at their peak freshness.Take advantage of these lower prices and stock up with as much as you can afford
What goes into a long-term storage?
You want foods that will store for a long time and provide maximum nutrition for minimum price. Grains and legumes fit the bill perfectly. Properly stored, grains and legumes can be stored for as long as 30 years. You’ll also want a few additional items to give your diet more variety and make it more palatable. Honey, salt and dry milk will round out your long-term food storage nicely.
Legumes to include in your storage:
- beans: pinto, black, navy, adzuki, white, pink
- garbanzo beans
- lentils: red, black, brown or green
Include these grains:
- Wheat: white or red, soft or hard This article will help you choose the best wheat for your storage.
- Corn: buy whole kernels and grind into cornmeal as needed
- Quinoa: a high protein grain from South America
Other foods for long-term food items:
- Salt. Besides cooking, you’ll want plenty of salt for canning and preserving food.
- Honey. You can buy sugar, but it has a limited storage life. Properly stored, honey will store for decades. You can find more information on honey here.
- Dry milk. If you need to use your long-term food storage for an extended period, you’ll be glad to have some dry milk on hand. It will add interest to your menu. And it is a good source of protein. Instant powdered mill has a short shelf life–about one year. For long-term storage you’ll want to get non-instant dry milk.