1. Gather Short-term Fruit, Nuts and Seeds
You may can or dry your own fruit or purchase it. A variety of canned or dried is economical.
- Most canned fruit has an 18 -24 month shelf life.
- Ideas: peaches, pears, pineapple, mandarin oranges, applesauce, raisins, cranberries, dried apricots, and dried mangoes and coconut.
- If you rely heavily on frozen fruit, it's a smart to get a generator for power outages
- Shop Utah case lot sales for canned fruit in September and March, and February.
Gather a variety based on family needs. Be careful how you store them because of the oil in them can go rancid over time.
- Keep nuts in your refrigerator or freezer.
- Store opened peanut butter in the pantry for 3 months, then the refrigerator after this time.
- Organic almond butter should be refrigerated. Check the label to be sure.
- Ideas: almond and peanut butter, almonds, walnuts and cashew, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds.
- Nuts go on sale in November, but peanut butter goes on sale in August and September.
2. Gather Long-term Fruit
Our goal is to "gradually build a longer-term supply of foods that will sustain life." Long-term means the fruit has a 20 to 30-year shelf life.
- Freeze-dried fruits are pricey. Be careful not to overdo it.
- Dehydrated Apple Slices may be purchased at the LDS Home Storage Center.
- 30-year shelf life. Current price is $11.25 for 1 lb.
- A recommended amount for a year's supply is 8 #10 cans per person.
- If you snack on dried apple slices, drink lots of water.
- Re-hydrate apple slices with an equal amount of water.
EnJOY gathering a few new food storage items and some of your all-time favorites.
The Food Storage Organizer