Thanks to Trudy Nelson, Hendersonville, NC
First thing to do is determine how much food you are going to need for three months. Start by planning two week’s menus that your family would usually eat. You will rotate these menus so that you will actually make each meal twice in a month.
For breakfast foods consider the following items:
- Milk – powdered in large bag or box – in individual servings. Can purchase uv-irradiated liquid milk in cartons that store on the shelf for up to 2 years; also canned milk which is different from evaporated, condensed milk. Coconut or almond milk are alternatives for people who are lactose intolerant.
- Juice – Can be purchased canned, boxed or powdered. Bottles in PET food grade plastic store for short term. Purchase a good juicing machine so you can make your own.
- Cocoa Mix – Powdered cocoa keeps for several years if stored in a cool place and sealed where no oxygen can get to the powder. This is a good comfort drink in times of stress.
- Yogurt – stores only for a short while in the refrigerator, you can make your own cultures to maintain your supply.
- Others – Instant breakfast mix, Ensure, Boost and protein drinks can also be included
Fresh eggs are best to have on hand but you can freeze eggs. To freeze, use an ice tray; crack one whole egg; stir and spoon one egg per cube. After frozen, bag them in zip tight plastic bags. They will store for 1 year in freezer. Eggs boiled or baked in the shell will last for several days and are great if you need to be traveling. Other substitutes are in liquid, powdered or freeze-dried form. Use to make Quiche or breakfast casseroles. French toast is a good use for eggs and day-old bread. If you raise your own chickens, you can have fresh eggs regularly.
Fresh meats are great but they will only keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Frozen meats are good for a couple of years, but will thaw and go bad if you lose electricity. Add a recipe for Brunswick stew (a little of everything) to your files. Canned meats are the best way to store for longer term. Process your own in glass jars in a pressure caner. Breakfast meats include bacon, ham, sausage, corned beef and bologna. Freeze-dried meat or textured vegetable protein and jerky can also be used if added to casseroles or scrambled eggs.
Cereal – Hot or Cold
Cold dry boxed cereal stores for a short time. Cereals with nuts will go bad when the nut oils get rancid. Better to store cereals without nuts and add them separately, if desired. Storing them in glass jars or sealed #10 cans will keep out pests. Hot cereal like oatmeal, cream of wheat, and cream of rice store well as long as stored in air tight containers.
Pancake and waffle mixes store well for several years. Make sure you plan your water storage to include a supply for rehydrating and cooking. You can make your own mixes by adding levening to dry flour.
Made from potatoes, meat and vegetables, either fresh, from “planned overs” or from a can. It will make a one dish meal. Saute on a medium fire to keep from burning ingredients.
Toast, biscuits, muffins, bagels, English muffins, fruit/nut bread, or breakfast cookies.
Canned or dried are best, they keep longer. Eat your fresh fruit first if you have some. Good for breakfast because they contain important vitamins and minerals.
Cheese choices for breakfast include cottage cheese and toasted cheese bread. Goes well with fruit.
Don’t forget flavorings, like syrup, sugar, cinnamon,vanilla, jams/jellies, nuts & nut butters, and butter spreads.
Billie Nicholson, Editor