Feeding a Family with Food Storage

October 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Finances  |  4 Comments

Have you seen the cost of a loaf of bread lately? Wow. Julia went to Wal-Mart today, and the bread that was marked on the shelf as $2.80 rang up at over four dollars. Yikes. Four bucks for a normal loaf of bread. What does that mean? I think it’s time to bring out the recipe books and food storage. Not only is food storage good for disaster or emergency preparedness, but it’s also a nice hedge against expensive food prices.

Julia is working on putting a bunch of our recipes into MasterCook on our computer, and we’re working on building up our food storage in our pantry and our freezer. We’re working on building up our food storage from a few-weeks supply to one that will hopefully last longer than that.

So we have some food in our pantry, but what do we do with it? In any family, but especially in a family with children, it’s always good to have recipes that can actually be cooked. Kaydee sent me a link to Food Storage Recipes, a blog she writes about recipes that can be enjoyed by a family.

Food storage has been a topic that our prophets have counseled us on ever since I can remember. In the recent pamphlets All is Safely Gathered In, they share lots of advice and promises that come along with being prepared in this way. For more information about the Mormon church and food storage, visit providentliving.org.


  1. Hannah says:

    October 2nd, 2008 at 9:45 pm (#)

    One thing that helps to be organized is to first plan out them meals you want to store, and then make a master shopping list of what you need to stock up on. Then, always bring it with you to the grocery store and buy whatever’s on sale.

    Also, it’s helpful to plan recipes that use only non-perishables, because if you lose electricity in an emergency, most (if not all) of your freezer food will be ruined (if you don’t have a backup power source).

    For non-perishable recipes, check out our blog! All our recipes use pantry (nonperishable) foods only. We also just did a tutorial on how to make an oven with a cardboard box.

    Good luck with your food storage!


  2. rebecca says:

    October 3rd, 2008 at 6:34 am (#)

    Another great link is http://www.shelfreliance.com They do have some recipes as well as other great food storage info.

  3. carolyn..blog.TotallyReady.com says:

    October 3rd, 2008 at 2:16 pm (#)

    I have just discovered your blog and wanted to share my blog with you. I have written a food storage book: “Mother Hubbard:What She’s Doing Now..a simple approach to food storage in the 21st century”

    It is a different,affordable approach that makes sense. You won’t be storing food you will never eat. It is based on the counsel to store a 3 month supply of what we eat first and then build from there. But how do you know how much of each item? What about non food items? Check out the “Where to Begin Food Storage” on my blog. It’s all free info.

    With the crummy economy we all need to be helping each other become self reliant. Thanks for helping me get the word out.

  4. Needing more shelf space says:

    February 26th, 2009 at 9:13 pm (#)

    Rotate through the old stuff. It’s funny when we start to go through our food storage that we find food that is waaaay to old.