- Feel free to just buy cans of gluten free chili. I would say that one can is about 2 servings, so plan accordingly. This is much easier and I plan on doing that for half my supply. However, I personally like the homemade stuff. So the other half of my chili will be made from scratch. But I also like making things difficult, so don't listen to me.
- I have searched online and found places that sell #10 cans of dehydrated bell peppers and celery inexpensively. This might be something we add into our food storage, as we would only need 1 #10 can of each.
- For almost all of my meals, water is needed. Don't forget to store it as well. I currently have 6 gallons of bottled water per person. Each 24 case of water bottles you buy is 3 gallons, so we have 2 cases each. I know I need more, but it's a start.
- I searched online and found that you can freeze tortillas. I would place each package in a freezer bag first, to avoid freezer burn. I also bought a bag of masa harina, which is the flour needed to make corn tortillas. I haven't perfected the skill yet, but once I do I'll show you how to do it. The recipe only calls for flour and water, how easy!
- All of these recipes call for meat, but feel free to leave it out. They all have protein coming from beans, except the jambalaya. I did research on this and found that you can freeze smoked sausage for longer than fresh sausage. I will probably be buying this kind instead. Carefully wrap all meats in heavy duty aluminum foil before freezing, to prevent freezer burn. Date them as well.
- Most of my food storage recipes call for similar ingredients. I am trying to incorporate the ability to make many different types of meals out of the same ingredients. Notice all the Rotel, black beans, and corn. Am I being very inventive? Probably not. But my food storage is about feeding my family food they will eat. I know they will eat these meals. I know that if I tried to get them to eat tuna casserole, my family would run far far away from me. My point is, if your family won't eat it, don't store it.
- My taco meat recipe can be used many different ways. If you have lettuce, make a salad. If you have tortillas, make burritos or tacos. If you have chips, make beefy nachos.
I hope this is helping you understand the 3 month supply food storage system. I am not using crazy flours or difficult ingredients here. Just the basics. Except chips. I can't live without those. And Diet Dr. Pepper. How long do you suppose the shelf life is on soda?