Introducing Food Storage Into Your Diet

One of the main reasons we kept procrastinating on starting our food storage was because we had no idea how we would actually use it once we had it. Both of us had watched several family members build large collections of food that were never touched. Some people think that it is ok to just learn some recipes to make with your food storage so you can cook in a crisis, but we have been learning some interesting facts about how that is not a great approach.

If you are not used to eating “survival foods”, they can be a real shock to your system if you rapidly switch to a diet that consists of only food storage items. Times of emergency are challenging enough, it’s not good to add the additional stress of a complete diet change into the mix. This is especially important for small children who won’t necessarily understand what’s going on. So hopefully your food storage doesn’t look like this – unopened, stashed in the basement, hiding from your kitchen.

stas

Once you decide to start incorporating food storage into your everyday cooking, you should do so gradually or your family may get sick. Wheat and beans are high in fiber and if introduced too quickly can give your body a fiber overload and cause you to not feel so well when you eat those foods. Here are some ways you can add these foods to your diet slowly so your family has time to get used to them.

slow

1. Start cooking from scratch and add little bits at a time and gradually increase it. This can work well for making bread. Start with only 1/4 of the flour being whole wheat flour. Work your way up to 100% whole wheat over the course of a few months.

2. Use food storage foods 1-2 times per week. Gradually increase this number over a few months. This works well for foods like beans. You can use dried beans in a few meals a week without your family getting tired of them or having adverse reactions.

3. Try your food storage items in desserts. This is a tip from Crystal over at Everyday Food Storage. By introducing them in desserts you can build up your family’s tolerance for new foods.

alt

If you have a wheat allergy, please make sure to review our post about Alternatives to Wheat for Food Storage, and if you don’t have a wheat grinder, view our post called 7 Ways to Use Wheat Without a Grinder. Between those two posts there should be some tricks for everyone to be able to start incorporating their wheat and other foods into their diet on a regular basis.

  • Pingback: 7 Sneaky Ways to Use Food Storage – Podcast! | Food Storage Made Easy

  • Msgreenjeans50

    I have been trying to learn to use my canned dehydrated foods. But I am stuck with what to do with dried margarine powder! It doesn’t melt on toast, it clumps when sprinkled on vegetables and it definately cannot be used to make grilled chese sandwiches! help!

  • http://www.dietpillthatwork.net/ Diet_Pill_That_Work

    Great! Thank for information, I'm looking for it for a long time,

  • http://www.dietpillthatwork.net/ Diet_Pill_That_Work

    Please give me more information. I love it, Thanks again.

  • Anonymous

    I was very disappointed by how many of the long term storage items come from China. I called Thrive yesterday and asked where some of the items came from only to find out CHINA. I don’t want to by anthing, especially food, from a country with such low standards. I am just sickened that companies I thought I could trust, I can’t.

    • Peaches649

      I agree with you. Which companies have you found to be from the USA?

  • lauratownsend

    I was very disappointed by how many of the long term storage items come from China. I called Thrive yesterday and asked where some of the items came from only to find out CHINA. I don't want to by anthing, especially food, from a country with such low standards. I am just sickened that companies I thought I could trust, I can't.

  • http://www.hillyut.blogspot.com/ Hilary

    Dry Milk was an AMAZINg find for me, and how to use it. I’m SO happy to know how to use it recipes, I think I’ll save a lot of money for us. We only use it in baking, but now I don’t have to buy extra milk for stuff like that.

  • http://www.hillyut.blogspot.com/ Hilary

    Dry Milk was an AMAZINg find for me, and how to use it. I'm SO happy to know how to use it recipes, I think I'll save a lot of money for us. We only use it in baking, but now I don't have to buy extra milk for stuff like that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Linda Harriman Tremmel Sorden

    i agreeshop there first then restock biweekly

  • http://www.facebook.com Linda Harriman Tremmel Sorden

    i agreeshop there first then restock biweekly

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Susan Dollinger

    I think that if people would think about "food storage" as an extension of their pantry…it wouldn't be so scarry.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1021504289 Susan Dollinger-Dunlop

    I think that if people would think about "food storage" as an extension of their pantry…it wouldn't be so scarry.

  • http://www.facebook.com Susan Dollinger

    I think that if people would think about "food storage" as an extension of their pantry…it wouldn't be so scarry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Lizabeth Warren

    I did that once, I'm not sure what happened, I moved suddenly and it didn't move with me :(This time, it is much different, just yesterday, we did no bake cookies, had to have some milk, and made play dough for the 3 year old, using at least part of the food storage.Oh, and for the milk, adding a can of evaporated milk didn't help much, we will have the real test this morning when the older kids get up, for me and the 3 year old we don't care as long as it is the white stuff!

  • http://www.facebook.com Lizabeth Warren

    I did that once, I'm not sure what happened, I moved suddenly and it didn't move with me :(This time, it is much different, just yesterday, we did no bake cookies, had to have some milk, and made play dough for the 3 year old, using at least part of the food storage.Oh, and for the milk, adding a can of evaporated milk didn't help much, we will have the real test this morning when the older kids get up, for me and the 3 year old we don't care as long as it is the white stuff!

  • MGT

    Thanks for writing about this–it’s a really important thing to know about food storage! When I decided to start using beans in our regular diets, I decided I was going to try one bean recipe every other week. It’s worked really well for us, and now I feel pretty comfortable using beans and I use them often. I’m going to start doing the same thing with wheat. This is one of the reasons we need to start our food storage now–because it takes a while to get used to eating it.

  • Shawntele

    Great tips for the beginner, thanks!

  • MGT

    Thanks for writing about this–it's a really important thing to know about food storage! When I decided to start using beans in our regular diets, I decided I was going to try one bean recipe every other week. It's worked really well for us, and now I feel pretty comfortable using beans and I use them often. I'm going to start doing the same thing with wheat. This is one of the reasons we need to start our food storage now–because it takes a while to get used to eating it.

  • Shawntele

    Great tips for the beginner, thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Katrina Reid

    Thank you. This is my biggest obstacle to food storage.

  • http://www.facebook.com Katrina Reid

    Thank you. This is my biggest obstacle to food storage.