Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Food Storage: What to store?

I know that food storage can seem overwhelming when you don't know what to store. If I could just find a list, then that would be great! Well there are lists, with things like fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. You just need to tailor it to your family.
One really good idea is to write down 10 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and 5 snacks and desserts that your family enjoys. That way you can see what ingredients your family leans toward. You may have to make adjustments for meals that can be made with only pantry items.
I haven't done this exercise yet, so I'm going to try it:
Bay Area Mommy-nomics Food Storage Menu

  1. Oatmeal made with quick oats and evaporated milk, a little bit of brown sugar, and bananas and cinnamon on top. If I didn't have fresh bananas, I'd use frozen blueberries or frozen peaches.
  2. Steel cut oats made with water and a little bit of powdered milk, a splash of vanilla, and topped with jam or maple syrup.
  3. Cold cereal
  4. Pancakes. I make mine from scratch, so I'd need milk or water and eggs along with my dry ingredients.
  5. Toast with peanut butter.
  6. Blueberry Muffins
  7. Pioneer Woman's Egg in a hole
  8. Scrambled eggs with cheese and a little bit of green onions
  9. Waffles
  10. Cinnamon rolls with yogurt and fruit


  1. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  2. Egg salad sandwiches
  3. Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup
  4. Quesadillas with grilled vegetables
  5. Macaroni and cheese
  6. Bagels with cream cheese
  7. Smoothies
  8. Scrambled eggs
  9. Chicken salad sandwiches
  10. Soup


  1. Chicken Enchiladas with rice and vegetable
  2. Meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and carrots
  3. Spaghetti with vegetable or fruit on the side
  4. Poppy Seed Chicken with angel hair pasta and peas
  5. Black Bean Burritos
  6. Sloppy Joes with sweet potato fries and fruit
  7. Quiche with fruit
  8. Pizza
  9. Chili and cornbread
  10. Hamburgers with sweet potato fries


  1. Popcorn
  2. Crackers (wheat thins, Ritz)
  3. Dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries)
  4. Banana bread
  5. Tortilla chips with salsa


  1. Chocolate chip cookies
  2. Brownies
  3. Atomic popcorn (super sweet!)
  4. Chocolate pudding
  5. Cupcakes

Whew! That was kind of hard for me! How did you do? Come back week for the next step!

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