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[Sticky] Homemade food magazine - what should it contain.
It must be substantial: for a year of modest survival you need about 200 kg per person. Let's try to stockpile food for at least 6 months.
We also have to eat something… We can build a supply of food from military rations, rusks, frozen foods, cans, or just ordinary food with a long shelf life. The latter option is definitely better and cheaper.
What to pay attention to when making stocks:
have a long shelf life and do not require refrigeration,
they have a lot of calories,
are regularly eaten by every Polish family, thanks to which it is possible to regularly replace these products from stock, which in turn means that this stock is cost-free in the long run.
An average family of four eats a year :
9.12 kg of rice,
17.28 kg of pasta,
39.36 kg of flour (this does not include bread),
9.12 kg of groats and flakes,
57.6 kg of sugar (without jams, chocolate and sweets),
50.88 kg of non-butter oils and fats (including margarine).
Of course, this food supply will not provide all the vitamins and trace elements. There is also almost no protein in it, and almost only carbohydrates and fats. It is worth expanding them, among others, with peas and beans, which also do not require refrigeration. It does not hurt to add pickled and canned vegetables, and meats in jars or cans, but also spices.
Below is a list of products on which to build your food warehouse:
- Nuts and dried fruit - long expiry date - it is worth repacking them in a vacuum sealer. It will increase the quality and expiry date.
- Oils and other fats
- Dried Fruit (raisins, plums, dates, cranberries, etc.) - long shelf life - it is worth repacking them in a vacuum sealer. It will increase the quality and expiry date.
- Grains - long expiry date - it is worth packing them in plastic buckets with a lid 10-25L or plastic drums 200L.
- Juices and Drinks and Water - Water min. it is best to buy highly carbonated and store in a dark and place. It can stand min. 2 years.
- Honey - long expiry date, even several dozen years. Of course, real honey of good quality.
- Pasta - long expiry date - store in a dry place. 3-5 years can lie down.
- Flour - after a year of time, food moths enter.
- Groats - long expiry date - it is worth repacking them in plastic PET bottles of 1.5l water. It will increase the quality and expiry date.
- Cocoa and Chocolate - Chocolate has a short shelf life of about a year, while cocoa stores very well. You can also buy cocoa shells are great too.
- Oat flakes and muesli - long expiry date - it is worth repacking them in plastic PET bottles of 1.5l water. It will increase the quality and expiry date.
- Cheese and milk products
- Jams and other preserves - preferably homely 🙂 can stay in a cool and dark pantry for years.
- Sweets - peanut butter and
- Rice - long expiry date - it is worth repacking them into plastic PET 1.5l water bottles. Will increase the quality and timing.
- Herbs - for treatment, it is worth buying a book on herbs and edible plants
- Cereals - wheat and rye - stored in plastic barrels can be up to 10 years or more. It is worth buying a manual grain mill to grind the grain for baking bread on an ongoing basis
- Ready meals - long-term military stocks. Quite expensive.
- Vegetables - preferably dried - it is worth repacking them in a vacuum sealer. It will increase the quality and expiry date.
- Spices - repack them in a vacuum sealer. It will increase the quality and expiry date.
- Bread - it is worth to dry the bread and make biscuits from it - packed in such a way in plastic barrels - it can stand for min. 2 years
- Mashed potato
- Dry yeast for baking bread
- Canned meat - here you have to pay attention that there is as much meat as possible.
- Canned fruit (peaches, pineapples) - store well
- Lentils - long expiry date - it is worth repacking them in plastic PET 1.5l water bottles. It will increase the quality and expiry date.
- Military biscuits - long shelf life. You can buy them on the Allegro or make them yourself in the oven - here a young colleague shows how to do it, I made similarly really large amounts (because I processed 40 kg of flour) then I vacuum-packed these biscuits and they can stand for years.
- Lard - long shelf life. It is very important that the lard contains only marjoram and bacon. If we add onions, we will drastically shorten the expiry date. However, there is a patent with an onion - I wrap the onion in gauze and throw it into the melted bacon, the taste passes, but at the end I throw the onion away. The lard comes out really good.
What to pack food in:
- Plastic drums from 20l to 200l - you can buy them used
- Empty bottles of mineral water and juices - well dried so that they are not damp, they are perfect for storing loose groats. Pour the groats into the bottle and hit it against the table several times to get as much air as possible and as little air as possible.
- It is worth buying a vacuum sealer - thanks to which we can pack various products and increase their usefulness and date several times
- Water cans with a tap or buckets - something like that