Healthy Food Storage Workshop

So here’s the report of the Healthy Food Storage Class I went to that I told you about a couple weeks ago in this post.

I learned so much! It brought back memories of when I first started food storage. I was a little overwhelmed, but this time I know through BabySteps I can slowly implement the things that I choose. So here’s a little disclaimer, this is not necessarily for everyone right now! I’m on a personal journey of trying to change some of the foods I eat. By doing this- I have to think about food storage a little differently. Since some of you asked to hear about what I learned I’m sharing this…

The speaker was Yvonne Salcido, who was from the School of Natural Healing. When she started speaking I felt excited as she seemed vibrant, and looked healthy. She started by giving some of her basic guidelines for eating. It’s amazing the more you learn about nutrition, the more some of this stuff keeps repeating itself. Anyways, here they were:

-Eat Foods in Wholesome State
-Study Nutrition and Herbs
-Avoid toxic habit forming habits
-Fresh is Best
-Staff of Life (wheat, soaked and sprouted)
-Eat in the Season thereof

After she talked about that, she gave us a little TREASURE! This is something I’ve been searching for and developing in my mind lately. When this slide came up, I did a little shout for joy! THE WORK HAS BEEN DONE. She gave a little calculator of what to store for “optimally healthy” food storage. I asked her if I could share it, and she said yes, so here it is….

300 lbs Organic Wheat
155 lbs Other Grains
50 lbs Nuts
50 lbs Seeds
75 lbs Organic Beans
60 lbs Raw Honey
20 lbs Oil (coconut oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil)
10 lbs Salt (real salt)
60 lbs Sprout Mix
5 lbs Seed Sprout mix
Garden Seeds (non hybrid)
Spices

Then she talked more about sprouts. The University of Utah did a study to find out the highest vitamin per storage space kinds of food you can store. The answer was…. SPROUTS. They came up with a mixture (that I couldn’t write down fast enough) but I’ll do a little digging and try to find it. I have a mix called Pro-Vita mix I got at a store called Kitchen Kneads, and I think it might be the same thing.

Next up was a topic we have never covered and I think we need to talk a little bit more about. Yvonne suggested we store herbs for medicinal purposes and then went through a bunch of different kinds of herbs you can store that help with different ailments etc. The first one she talked about was cayenne, which is good for circulation, and can stop bleeding etc. She then talked about a lot more that I wrote down, and couldn’t take notes fast enough on. I was really interested, but must admit I felt like I could have used about 10 hours of info on that stuff instead of 20 mins. I’m going to learn more about it, but in the mean time, know that its out there and start learning about it, if you feel ready and think its a good fit (Like I mentioned before these are just my notes- I don’t know much about this yet, you need to do your due diligence, research, and speak with your doctors about medications, and potential interactions with herbs).

So anyways, those are the notes I took. I know some of you readers were there because I recognized some of you from facebook :). If I missed anything feel free to comment or shoot us an email. We’re all in this together!


  • Jennifer

    When storing grains, rice, beans, etc., if they are sealed in mylar bags, do they have to be put into food grade buckets or can they be put into regular buckets with lids?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.hawthorne Lee Bishop Hawthorne

    Can you tell me anything about storage? I want to buy bulk wheat/grains, but I am struggling with storage. I don’t like the plastic buckets, and it looks like mylar bags are made with PVC, so that leaves glass (mason jars). I have been using mason jars, but when you are choosing to bulk up, that’s a lot of mason jars and cumbersome if you ever need to move them. Is there another healthy option?

    • http://www.facebook.com/linda.harper.12 Linda Harper

      There are metal cans that are food grade but they also have pros and cons. I live in the South and they would rust. You can put food absorbers in them to seal them.

  • Maggiethomas

    Thank you thank you thank you. This is just what I needed and have been looking for forever.

  • Maggiethomas

    Thank you thank you thank you. This is just what I needed and have been looking for forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1053170912 Barb King

    Love this post it is so much of what I have been looking for……Anything more would be so appreciated…….

  • LeeS.

    waltonfeed.com has 3 kinds of brown rice in #10 cans. Good service, too.

  • LeeS.

    waltonfeed.com has 3 kinds of brown rice in #10 cans. Good service, too.

  • LeeS.

    Is there some way to contact Yvonne and find out about future classes?

  • LeeS.

    Is there some way to contact Yvonne and find out about future classes?

  • Jennifer

    Has anyone found a source for #10 cans of brown rice? I'm looking for something less than 25 lb bags but more than the 2-3 lb bags at the grocery. I know I can buy a 25 lb bag and repack it myself but I'm just not that motivated. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  • Jennifer

    Has anyone found a source for #10 cans of brown rice? I’m looking for something less than 25 lb bags but more than the 2-3 lb bags at the grocery. I know I can buy a 25 lb bag and repack it myself but I’m just not that motivated. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  • Megan

    I'm so excited to see this post because in all of my planning of what to store, it's so hard to find information on “healthy” food storage. Not that wheat and beans and all of that aren't healthy, but I have some food sensitivities and I'm always looking for new ideas for food storage. I look forward to more info in this area!

  • Megan

    I’m so excited to see this post because in all of my planning of what to store, it’s so hard to find information on “healthy” food storage. Not that wheat and beans and all of that aren’t healthy, but I have some food sensitivities and I’m always looking for new ideas for food storage. I look forward to more info in this area!

  • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine – Hammock House

    You can actually dry can the nut meat. I've canned walnuts and pecans with my pressure canner.

    http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_nuts/nut_meats

  • Lindaharper

    Did any of them talk about wheat sprout flour for baking? I am diabetic and find that whole wheat raises my blood sugar too much so I really limit bread but have been researching about how sprouting changes the dynamics of wheat to make it more digestable and also adds a lot of nutrients and the sprouting process takes away the sugars used as food for the sprouts. If you get into this, I would be very interested!

  • Lindaharper

    Did any of them talk about wheat sprout flour for baking? I am diabetic and find that whole wheat raises my blood sugar too much so I really limit bread but have been researching about how sprouting changes the dynamics of wheat to make it more digestable and also adds a lot of nutrients and the sprouting process takes away the sugars used as food for the sprouts. If you get into this, I would be very interested!

  • Mari_backtonature

    I love The Sprout People! After doing weeks of research I finally made a great purchase. http://www.sproutpeople.com/

  • Petrus4

    http://earthnotes.tripod.com/ckbk_o.htm

    Hey Julie. This link is from the depths of my delicious account; a massive, old site on herbalism. Contains a herb dictionary, info on making poultices, salves, ointments etc…and all entirely free, non-commercial info. Enjoy. :)

  • Mari_backtonature

    I love The Sprout People! After doing weeks of research I finally made a great purchase. http://www.sproutpeople.com/

  • Petrus4

    http://earthnotes.tripod.com/ckbk_o.htm

    Hey Julie. This link is from the depths of my delicious account; a massive, old site on herbalism. Contains a herb dictionary, info on making poultices, salves, ointments etc…and all entirely free, non-commercial info. Enjoy. :)

  • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine

    Since you are interested, here are two resources that I use almost on a daily basis:

    Natural & Herbal Family Remedies: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-168

    and

    Readers' Digest 1,801 Homes Remedies: Trustworthy Treatment for Everyday Health Problems

    :o)

  • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine – Hammock House

    Since you are interested, here are two resources that I use almost on a daily basis:

    Natural & Herbal Family Remedies: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-168

    and

    Readers’ Digest 1,801 Homes Remedies: Trustworthy Treatment for Everyday Health Problems

    :o)

  • Krismays

    To add to my previous post, yes, we all need to educate ourselves before trying something new. I think that goes without saying though, doesn't it?
    She is not suggesting taking certains items, just giving an example, so I don't see a need for a disclaimer on this post.

  • Krismays

    Herbs-Thsi is a subject of great interest to me. I have several books on medicinal herbs and my plan is while we are landscaping our home, to use ONLY edibles or medicinals in the landscape. It's a good thing to know how to take care fo your own so you aren't so dependent on modern medicine, which some feel makes us sicker!

  • Tkpuff

    I knew you would like the class. I own a Natural Health Store and am a certified herbalist thru the School of Natural Healing so I am familiar with their format. I think herbs for medicinal purposes are very important. Although they can cause a reaction in some sensitive people, they do not kill as many a year as man made medicines. There are a few staples, cayenne being one of them, that I think in my personal opinion everyone should have on their shelf. I think as you educate yourself more in this natural area, you will be suprised what has already been provided to us to use for our health and happiness….(-:

  • Pianogirl04

    You might want to put a disclaimer about Herbs being used for medicine. Herbs can interact with prescription medications and certain health conditions. Also, that any herbs being taken need to be told to a health care provider when asked.

  • Smhuish

    A couple of things.Were there any suggestions on storing 50# of nuts besides freezing? I love them, love to munch, bake and cook in general, but boy is it hard to keep them good for a long time.

    Second thing is a caution. When I got into using herbs years ago, I didn't think of a possible problem. I am allergic to a lot of plants. I had a couple of pretty reactions. Just something to think about.

  • jen

    This post is so timely for me! I have been trying to feed my family more naturally. I have struggled with the food storage aspect of this. We have found a local source for Raw Honey, but that is about as far as I have gotten. I am anxious to find out more about organic food storage, sprouts, etc. THANK YOU!

  • Krismays

    To add to my previous post, yes, we all need to educate ourselves before trying something new. I think that goes without saying though, doesn’t it?
    She is not suggesting taking certains items, just giving an example, so I don’t see a need for a disclaimer on this post.

  • Krismays

    Herbs-Thsi is a subject of great interest to me. I have several books on medicinal herbs and my plan is while we are landscaping our home, to use ONLY edibles or medicinals in the landscape. It’s a good thing to know how to take care fo your own so you aren’t so dependent on modern medicine, which some feel makes us sicker!

  • Tkpuff

    I knew you would like the class. I own a Natural Health Store and am a certified herbalist thru the School of Natural Healing so I am familiar with their format. I think herbs for medicinal purposes are very important. Although they can cause a reaction in some sensitive people, they do not kill as many a year as man made medicines. There are a few staples, cayenne being one of them, that I think in my personal opinion everyone should have on their shelf. I think as you educate yourself more in this natural area, you will be suprised what has already been provided to us to use for our health and happiness….(-:

  • Pianogirl04

    You might want to put a disclaimer about Herbs being used for medicine. Herbs can interact with prescription medications and certain health conditions. Also, that any herbs being taken need to be told to a health care provider when asked.

  • Smhuish

    A couple of things.Were there any suggestions on storing 50# of nuts besides freezing? I love them, love to munch, bake and cook in general, but boy is it hard to keep them good for a long time.

    Second thing is a caution. When I got into using herbs years ago, I didn’t think of a possible problem. I am allergic to a lot of plants. I had a couple of pretty reactions. Just something to think about.

  • jen

    This post is so timely for me! I have been trying to feed my family more naturally. I have struggled with the food storage aspect of this. We have found a local source for Raw Honey, but that is about as far as I have gotten. I am anxious to find out more about organic food storage, sprouts, etc. THANK YOU!