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Many people feel that if they are currently eating a very healthy diet consisting mainly of fresh fruits and vegetables that they will be unable to participate fully in a food storage program (or else never use the foods that they store). We have good news! There are lots of great ways you can still live a healthy lifestyle, incorporate food storage foods into your daily diet, and store the foods that you are eating every day. Fruits and vegetables can be added to your storage, through freezing, canning, dehydrating, and sprouting etc. (see links below for more details). Also, there are alternate food storage calculators for basic long term storage foods.


Healthy Food Storage - an alternative calculator and additional tips on building a healthier food storage

Healthy Food Storage Recommendations for 1 Person

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

Featured Posts on this Topic

Let’s Talk About Sprouted Wheat Bread
Julie’s introduction to sprouted wheat bread and the health benefits it offers.

Julie’s Adventures With Freezing
Freezing is probably the best form of preservation. It should be considered as a viable option for economic-type emergencies.

The Food Storage “Diet”
Jodi gives examples of how she is using food storage foods to lose her baby weight in a healthy way.

Healthy Food Storage Workshop
Julie’s summary of her learnings at a healthy food storage workshop she attended.

Healthy Food Storage + a Book Review
Details about the book “A World of Wisdom”, a cookbook full of recipes organized seasonally for ideal nutrition.

Introducing food storage into your diet
Some good tips on how to avoid diet shock when you start eating more food storage foods.

Self-Reliance: Canning
Resources and posts on how to do home canning and the benefits of learning this skill.

Self-Reliance: Dehydrating
Resources and posts on how to dehydrate your own foods and the benefits of doing so.

Self-Reliance: Sprouting
Resources and posts on how to use sprouts as veggies in your food storage.
 

  • Lorraine Bolt

    Hey, Jodi and Julie, You can have healthy and fresh foods from storage items. Store seeds and legumes and then SPROUT THEM. You will have fresh enzyme and nutrient rich food in 2-3 days. I used to sell sprouts to BYU Food services back in the late 80s and early 90s. Now I am trying to find alfalfa and broccoli seeds at wholesale prices. Wow! the costs have gone up since those days.

    • Yes sprouting is GREAT! It was so intimidating at first but so easy. I go in and out of the habit of sprouting!

  • Guest13

    Do you know where I can buy gluten free food for storage? What I am looking for is some place that sells gf items that are similar to what Emergency Essentials sells. All I have been able to find are flours.

    • Paul

      Honeyville farms sells some.

  • Guest13

    Do you know where I can buy gluten free food for storage? What I am looking for is some place that sells gf items that are similar to what Emergency Essentials sells. All I have been able to find are flours.

  • Paul

    Can someone expand on what would be considered in the nut and seed category listed at 50lb each?

    • Jennifer

      Nuts and seeds in their shell would store much longer than shelled nuts and seeds.  Almonds are a great choice.

    • Jennifer

      Nuts and seeds in their shell would store much longer than shelled nuts and seeds.  Almonds are a great choice.

  • Kraftrj

    Where can you buy large quantities of sprout mix?

    • Sarah

      Azure Standard Co-Op has tons of bulk items, including sprouting mix.

      -=Sarah

  • I would love to see recipes that were grain free or easily adaptable.
    Info on storing, dehydrating, re-hydrating…basically USING meat that
    you have procured yourself. Stuff like that:)

  • Clarkrj56

    Am interested in any information sources you have about the shelf life for oils since we need to store it by the pounds per person. It seems Coconut oil may have a longer shelf life.

    . I have recently been introduced to Coconut oil and love to cook with it and use it in recipes (here’s one for the food processor  – ‘Pulse’ a teaspoon of Coconut oil with any frozen fruits by adding a little fruit at a time (or like me – it may break the processor) and only add as much water as needed to make it smooth but not runny. Spoon into small bowls and freeze for a healthy FUN summer  fruit dessert.  Option: add a sprinkle of cinnamon for a zesty taste 

    • I’m having a hard time finding the shelf life from a reputable source. It appears as though it is longer than other oils though- I’ve seen some people say 2 years. This was a response to someone else inquiring about storing oils for long terms, might be useful. Store some olive oil, and canola oil, but remember they have a shorter shelf life (6 months to 1 year or so). Some people use mashed beans as a fat replacement in recipes – for example if the recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, you can used 1 cup of mashed beans as a substitute. You can also use applesauce as a substitute for fat as well. Since oil goes bad quickly I don’t store as much and that’s my plan for fats if I run out in time of need

      • erica

        I have made coconut oil from Organic coconut flour. It only takes 15 minutes and I think the coconut flour might keep longer on the shelf. You can look up on you tube the video to make coconut oil in your blender. I hope this helps

    • Paul

      We literally just finished off a 2 gallon container of coconut oil. It was on the shelf for between 4 and 5 years. The last scoop out of it was just as good as the first scoop. The key is to get the raw unprocessed stuff that is solid at room temperature and keep it in a cool dark location. That has worked very well for us.

  • Clarkrj56

    I have kept tons of nuts in my freezer with great success over the years, but want to learn how to store nuts – especially long term – without electricity.  Do you have info on that?

  • guest

    This is very helpful–thank you for posting (and all of your hard wok on the site, too!)  The amounts given–how long of a time period does that cover roughly for one person?

  • KittenBites

    This is great! I have been suffering with this because I don’t want to be reliant on a craptastic diet in an emergency if I don’t have to!
    I am interested in the question below about olive oil too. I know coconut oil has a long shelf life and it is easy for me to rotate through in any case…olive is easy to rotate through too but how long of a shelf life does it have?
    Also nuts…I know, because of the oil content, they aren’t good for long term but what does 50 lbs of nuts really look like in a storage pantry? Even being rotated, they would have some shelf time adding up so…any ideas on shelf life?
    I am vitally interested in finding out if anyone knows if it is possible to have your own meats and product freeze dried small scale? I love the notion of having some seriously shelf stable items on hand for really long term storage BUT my family and I eat a serious Paleo diet. NO GRAIN. Like ever. No processed ‘junk’ foods. No refined sugars and keep the sugars to a minimum as a general rule. It isn’t a fad for us. It is the difference between my husband being diabetic with soaring triglycerides, high blood pressure despite years of dietary control on the SAD diet and me being bedridden in screaming pain with severe fibromyalgia, gout, osteoarthritis, etc…and both of us being not just normal but gorgeous.
    So…I would love to see recipes that were grain free or easily adaptable. Info on storing, dehydrating, rehydrating…basically USING meat that you have procured yourself. Stuff like that:)
    I look at food storage calculators that show the 2700 lbs of grain for 1 year that my family of 9 needs and wonder what to replace it with.
    Sure, eat what you already eat. I eat mostly fresh unprocessed food.
    I can’t be the only one that needs help with this.

    • NeKisha

      I would say that if you eat a Paleo diet, then look into canning your own meats and dehydrating whatever fruits and vegetables you eat. There are great dehydrators out there that are not as expensive as Excalibur, mainly Nesco, I would buy some books on dehydrating, like How to Dry Foods and books that go into detail on canning meats and other low-acid foods like the Ball Blue Book. Hope that helps!

      I would say, stay away from dehydrating meat. It might be a viable option for a camping trip, but not for long term food storage as the fats in the meat will turn it rancid fairly quickly.

      • Kittenwrites

        Thank you so much NeKisha! I hadn’t thought about the meat fat rancidity problem so super thanks for that!

        • Paul

          You can dehydrate meat the old fashioned way and have it last for several years no problem. It just involved a lot of salt and drying times to get it right. Down side is there is a lot of salt left in the meat after drying and doesn’t always play well with diets but it is possible.

    • naturalmama

      Hello KittenBites-
      I’m glad to see your post. I’m slow at getting much food storage done because I don’t want to feed my family food that will hurt us (most canned goods, processed cheese, any kind of dried milk/eggs, white flour/rice/sugar, etc.) I make as much as I’m able to from scratch and use a lot of perishable things so storing for emergencies has been a mind bender for me. We also have a food allergy to work around.

      I have read that it can be dangerous to try to preserve meat via home methods for any long term storage use. I’d recommend researching that further.

      However, I do have some help with veggies & fruit. I am getting an Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator this spring, and through my research with this product I discovered this website: http://www.dehydrate2store.com, as well as the same gal doing videos on Excalibur’s website. She explains how to dehydrate and store for long term, with the aid of a good vacuum sealer. I’ve been selling off what I can to afford both and consider this an important baby step in procuring a means to preserve the quality organic produce we eat. Besides dehydrating fresh produce, she shows in the videos how to dehydrate even frozen produce! It has given me hope that I can preserve healthy food!

      My jury is still out on finding a safe dairy long term, though a local creamery says if left unopened (it’s in food safe cans) their cheese will last a very long time. We drink raw milk. We also use coconut milk in a can, and that can be stored. Super healthy and yummy.

      My last helpful tip is for eggs. Powdered eggs are not healthy because of how the cholesterol oxidizes in production. We cannot eat eggs anyway. Chia seed is a fantastic alternative. Google it and read about what a wonderful seed this is. It has a 2 year shelf life. I buy in bulk (3 lb organic bag) from Azure Standard. Use chia as an egg replacer in recipes, 1 Tablespoon ground into a meal (I use a coffee grinder dedicated to seed grinding, $15 on Amazon) mixed with 1/4 cup water. Let sit for 5 minutes to gel and you have a shelf stable very HEALTHY egg alternative. Ener-G brand, in health stores, also makes a powdered egg alternative that works good and has a shelf life for storage.

      • Jennifer

        Eggs can be stored for up to 9 months.  If they are farm fresh, unwashed, just leave them that way.  If they have been washed, you can coat the shell with mineral oil.  

    • Check out Jackie Clay’s canning books.

  • Beckyac100

    How long can you store olive oil?

    • Sandy

      You can store olive oil in your freezer for years!

  • Kendra

    THANK YOU for addressing food storage for a healthier diet lifestyle, this is wonderfully helpful!! This dilemma has crossed my mind, but until this point I was unsure how to approach it other than simply not stock sugar, haha… Perfect. Can’t wait to put it in play!

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