Food storage tends to get a bad rap as it is only associated with disasters or emergencies. But did you know that “food storage” items can be easily incorporated to your everyday meals? Food storage is nothing more than saying you keep a supply of non- or less-perishable food so you don’t have to go to the store all the time. If you plan it right, most storage items can be ingredients that you still use every day, just in a different form, but they will still keep their same taste and maintain their reputation as your family’s favorite meals.
If you’re not quite interested in converting immediately to food storage, but you want to get an idea about how easy it is to incorporate the foods you eat every day into your meals, here is an idea on how to get started.
- Pick out two weeks’ worth of your family’s favorite recipes, then divide them up into two group, Group A and Group B.
- Create a chart with two columns. Label the first column recipe ingredients. Label the second column food storage recipe ingredients.
- Write down all the ingredients from Group A in the first column.
- If possible, convert each ingredient in the first column to a non-perishable item and write it down in the second column. For instance, if your item in the first column is chicken, in the second column you’d write down canned chicken. Again, if you write tomatoes in the first column, write canned tomatoes in the second column.
- Take an inventory of your current food for both groups; go shopping for everything that you need.
- Over the next two weeks, alternate meals from Group A and Group B so you have a regular meal one day and then a “food storage” meal the next!
Over time you’ll begin to save money by not having too many perishable items that go to waste, and you’ll also learn that cooking with food storage isn’t as bad as you thought. Remember that eFoodsDirect makes food storage delicious as well as simple with our high assortment of storable items.