How to Create Your First Food Storage Plan
Creating your first food storage plan can be challenging. I hope that by sharing my food storage plan with you, you will gain more confidence! For those of you that love lists, this one is for you!
There are plenty of food storage lists out there already. Many of them look like this:
Actual list found at https://theprovidentprepper.org/long-term-food-storage-creative-solutions-to-build-a-critical-asset/
Here’s my BIGGEST problem with lists like these…. what am I going to create with those ingredients? Yes, I know, there are probably a lot of great meals that can be created but what are they? What recipes do I use so that by the end of month six I’m not left with 62 pounds of legumes and 10 pounds of sugar?
Okay, I have another BIG problem with that list…. I cook for children! There is no way that a list like that will go over well with my picky eaters! Don’t fear, there is a MUCH BETTER way to prepare for your family’s food needs!
If you’ve been around my site for long you have probably realized this is NOT how I recommend building your food storage. I wholeheartedly recommend a recipe-based approach to food storage. Begin by deciding what meals you would like to make for your family FIRST then create your pantry list based on your meals.
Here’s a sample food storage plan that I created for my family:
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What does this look like for 1 week for 4 people? Let’s break it down.
Food List for 4 people for 1 week:
As you can see, there is A LOT more detail and it may seem a bit more overwhelming at first, but this is a more accurate reflection of all the items that it takes to create meals. This is a TRUE reflection of what you will need to depend on your food supply. The sample menu that I created for my family is very basic; there are duplicate meals for breakfast and lunch as well as simple dinners. You can make it as simple or detailed as you like!
I encourage you to use mine as a starting guide and tailor it to your specific needs. You can create a thorough and accurate list that truly reflects your family’s needs by using paper and pencil or an excel sheet like mine.
I created the Prep Your Pantry Complete Meal Planner for my own personal use because I knew I needed everything spelled out to really be prepared. The Complete Meal Planner includes 46 shelf-stable recipes already entered into the Excel program and so creating a printable menu and pantry list, like the one above, is very fast.
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