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    Default 3 years of living on our food storage has taught us a lot!

    We've been living 100% on foods we had stored or what we could grow ourselves for 3 years now. During that time we discovered 3 of us have severe food allergies. We are in a position that starting in August we can start to rebuild our storage. Buying GF stuff is a lot more expensive but no use worrying about it because it's what we have to have. I'm just glad we didn't get into an end of the world as we know situation when we found out! A friend got a truck load of food grade plastic buckets with screw down lids and every time I go her way I stop and take as many as I can squeeze in. It will be a joy to start filling them in a few month's time! I'm also growing dried beans in our garden this year. I'm hoping to replenish those cheaper by growing as many as we can. I'm also redoing our food storage menu. I want to get 91 meals that fit all of our diets and requires no freezer of refrigerator space. 91 meals works out to 13 weeks or 1/4 of a year. Once I have the menu done then I can plan our storage to have all we need for a year. Hopefully by next summer we will have our storage back up to date and fitting our new diet restrictions!

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    Default Re: 3 years of living on our food storage has taught us a lot!

    Good to hear things are working out for you. Truckload of food grade plastic buckets would be nice to have. Garden grown dried beans are great. What kind of beans are you growing? We grow several kinds. Please post your menu once you have it made -- I would like to see what you come up with. Thanks; Virginia

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    Default Re: 3 years of living on our food storage has taught us a lot!

    I planted great northern beans, red beans, black beans and pinto's. I did navy beans also but they didn't grow and my daughter confessed she had used them to bake in a turkey bag to keep a baked pie crust flat and then dumped them back into the can so guessing that was why they didn't grow. LOL!

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    Default Re: 3 years of living on our food storage has taught us a lot!

    Good choices. Yep, baking with the beans would tend to kill them. LOL You can also make dry beans with green beans. Thanks; Virginia

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    Default Re: 3 years of living on our food storage has taught us a lot!

    I would love to see a list of what all you had and plan to buy for your storage if you have one

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    Default Re: 3 years of living on our food storage has taught us a lot!

    I'll try to get my 91 day food storage menu listed in the coming week. I've done up a master list of things to can from my garden, things to dehydrate, things to buy.

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    Default Re: 3 years of living on our food storage has taught us a lot!

    Ok here is my 91 day menu. 91 days = 13 weeks or 1/4 of the year. Makes planning food storage easy and knowing you will have lots of variety and not get bored if you have to live on it. I can as much as I can including making all my own soups as most canned store bought soup has gluten in it. I also can cheese for long term storage. I dehydrate my own onions, peppers, celery, carrots, broccoli and some tomatoes. Dehydrated tomatoes are awesome when you run out of tomato paste. I powder them and mix in just enough water to make my paste. The things I have to buy are all my spices, GF pastas ( I make my own egg noodles) Canned items like rotel tomatoes, evaporated milk, green chilies, molasses. I grow most everything else or buy it from a neighbor. Any way heres the 91 day menu I can make it all GF.
    My 91 Day Menu for Food Storage

    Split Pea soup/ Lentil soup
    Vegetable soup
    Homemade Tomato Soup
    Creole Soup Pot
    BBQ beef sandwiches
    broccoli rice casserole
    white beans with ham
    chicken enchilada casserole
    Spaghetti Sauce
    curried turkey dinner
    pizza
    taco baked chicken
    chicken noodle soup
    broccoli cheese soup
    italian chicken casserole
    quick and easy chicken meal
    beef enchilada pie
    chicken or turkey pot pie
    chili
    welsh rabbit
    BBQ chicken sandwiches
    tamale pie (beef)
    7 bean soup
    beef stew
    chili mac
    sloppy joe's
    7 can taco soup
    turkey Noodles
    pinto beans
    baked spaghetti
    taco's
    fried rice
    sweet potato turkey croquettes
    making do casserole
    pasta bean soup
    AuJus beef & noodles
    Indian Stew (vegetarian)
    Spicy Orecchiette with broccoli (vegetarian)
    Black Bean Corn stew (vegetarian)
    Spaghetti with Zesty Sauce (vegetarian)
    African chicken
    BBQ Chicken with fruit
    chicken Azteca
    chicken paprika
    chicken taco rice
    chicken Tetrazzini
    Mexican chicken casserole
    Tamale chicken
    Tex-Mex chicken and rice
    wild rice casserole
    beef stew ole
    coconutty beef curry
    Cook all day dinner
    creamy beefy casserole
    Nancy's beef & sour cream
    spanish rice
    quickie clam chowder
    skillet lasagna
    cheesy chicken casserole
    Hawaiian Hay stacks
    Easy beef enchiladas
    GF calzones
    Potato & red pepper Frittata
    easy cola chicken
    easy chicken enchiladas
    Mac & cheese (home made GF)
    chicken parmesan
    wild rice stuffed squash
    GF Mexican lasagna
    GF Szechuan chicken noodles
    GF baked pesto penne
    GF Caprese Tarts
    Beef & green beans (crockpot)
    cheeseburger casserole
    pizza casserole
    Nacho casserole
    mexican casserole
    white bean soup
    black bean burgers
    rice & beans
    Lime Peanut Ginger Chicken
    one pot Pizza Pasta
    Cream of tomato soup with dill
    Pasta Alla Carbonara
    Dutch's chicken
    4 can casserole
    Spiced Hot Dogs
    fluffy rice and chicken
    canned meat loaf
    Taco casserole
    Hamburger casserole

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    Default Re: 3 years of living on our food storage has taught us a lot!

    Sounds great. Now, for the recipes for all of that!? Thanks; Virginia

 

 
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