Make a mini food cache with food storage backup

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Here are the golden rules for preparing your circles: Two is one and one is none. The term was used blatantly in the military and means that when Murphy’s Law applies and when things go wrong, you need a backup of your most important equipment. enter mini food cash.

While we desperately hope that doesn’t happen, there is a chance that the food we have carefully stocked up for emergencies will be destroyed or stolen. A fire, flood or theft can wipe us out very effectively.

at least what If your basic pantry is stolen or destroyed, you can create a mini pantry to fill the gap. It can double as a small backup for your food pantry and an emergency food bucket to take with you in case of an evacuation.

Keep food cache simple

You might be thinking, “Wait, we’ve finally got an emergency food stockpile that fits our budget, can we get more?”

No, not at all. The mini food caches are just a small portion of the same pantry and are located in separate locations. Putting them together is just a matter of shopping in a traditional food pantry. Once you’ve assembled your first food bin and stored it in a safe place, you can create additional bins and store them in other locations.

Or, if you’re just starting out on your food storage journey, this can be a great way to start the process. You just need to collect a few food items to make a basic meal and find a place to store them. This is a temporary measure that shouldn’t take up a lot of space, so keep it simple.

You can include as many as you see fit, but it should be:

  • Include food that your family will love and will actually eat,
  • Consider all food allergies and sensitivities.
  • taking into account the size and age of the family;
  • not corrupt,
  • Provide enough calories for stressful and demanding work situations.

Store only planned meals

We take a slightly different approach to building our food storage than basic food storage.

You want to be very specific about planning a few meals here and storing these items together. General food storage is about storing many ingredients that can be mixed and matched. Preparing certain meals makes food preparation a lot easier if you have to rely on cache.

The most space-efficient way to plan a few basic meals is to start with the basics, like rice, quinoa, or a bag of pasta, and then choose complementary foods to match. I literally planned every meal in the mini food cache using rice.

You can use any commercially available canned, home-canned or freeze-dried ingredient that you actually have. It’s more expensive and requires more water, but it’s ok even if your mini food cache consists of a few. Backpacker-style freeze-dried meals.

Think “easy to prepare” and “takes up less space”.

There are many options, but here is a definitive list of common long-term foods you can include in your mini food cache. Use it to spark your own ideas.

  • Rice, Pasta, Quinoa
  • Chicken or Beef Bouillon
  • canned meat, canned vegetables
  • canned beans
  • Soup, Chili, Sloppy Joe’s, Beef Stew
  • Marinara Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Pesto
  • freeze-dried food
  • dehydrated food
  • Powdered or canned milk, coconut milk
  • Pancake mix (must rotate)
  • Peanut and Nut Butter
  • Spices, hot sauce, soy sauce

How to store a mini food cache

You can use any available container. Or maybe you don’t use containers for your mini food cache at all. There are no rules.

Focus more on how much food you want to hold and find space to store it. A 5-gallon bucket, a 50-gallon barrel, and a plastic pail or crate will work. However, you can also use the closet shelves, cupboards, or secluded cupboards to store loose items. I know one mom who randomly stores food on hallway benches. If you find a separate location that the animals don’t have access to, there’s no problem.

I chose a 5 gallon bucket for the cache. It was available, portable and fairly safe from rodents. What’s more, a 5-gallon bucket is the size and weight you can take with you in an emergency unless it’s filled with gold.

Read more: If you’ve ever thought about using storage for a large cache of survival food and equipment, this article explains the benefits.

Do I look crazy if I bury the Mini Food Cash?

If security is your top priority, you can bury the mattress.Store mini food caches in buckets or bins in your backyard or other safe location. (I do not recommend burying anything on any property that is not yours!) If you go down that road, make sure the container is sealed and waterproof. Burying cache has the advantage of protecting supplies from theft and some natural disasters, but it’s a disaster in case of a flood.

Burying your food pantry depends on your priorities, what you’re preparing, and how much labor you’re going to put in. Most of us don’t dig holes in our backyard to bury our buckets. We are not. Instead, find a space that is separate from other food and has adequate storage conditions.

Also, do what you can to protect the life of your food. If you are not familiar with the enemies of long-term storage foods, this article to learn more. The last thing you want to do is spend money on food and spend time hiding or burying it somewhere, and when in crisis, the food is completely spoiled by bugs, rodents, moisture, etc.

My Food Cash for 4

This is the process I followed to make the mini food cache. It was planned for 4 people to eat 2 meals a day and a high-calorie snack. Meals are very easy to prepare using the pantry I already have.

I filled a 5-gallon bucket with enough food and found it to fit about a 4-day supply. it works for me I’m not trying to duplicate what I already have, and this is just a worst case scenario. You can expand on this meal if you have other food at the time, but at least the bucket has all the basics.

Please note that my cache does not contain any survival gear other than the tin opener. I would like this to be used as a food backup, but could include anything that seems important like how to heat water. I keep two 2 gallon water bricks with a bucket for cooking purposes.

Read more: Curious about water bricks? Read Survival Mom’s review.

simple menu

To save space, all meals were based on the volume and elasticity of rice. I counted how many servings there were in a bag of 5 pounds of rice (37.5 1 cup servings), and then selected a meal that went well with the rice at each meal. If you need more ideas on how to include rice in various meals, this article is for you.

I admit I included unusual meals, but I was limited by some food issues in my family, so I got creative. Besides, we’re not talking about gourmet food, we’re talking about space-efficient, basic survival food!

Day 1

  • Sloppy Joe’s over Rice Freeze Dried Green Beans)
  • Beans and rice (rice, dried beans, diced tomatoes, dehydrated garlic, onions, cumin)

Day 2

  • Beef Rice Noodles (beef bouillon, rice, canned beef, canned vegetables)
  • Spam and Pineapple (Spam, Pineapple, Coconut Milk, Rice, Freeze Dried Carrot) over Coconut Rice

Day 3

  • beans and rice
  • Buffalo Chicken over Rice (Canned Chicken, Frank’s Hot Sauce, Rice)

Day 4

A bottle of peanut butter, a pack of maple almond butter, freeze-dried apples, Freeze-dried yogurt bitesand some high calorie emergency food bar For snacks and extra calories.

After 4 days we’ll be thin and we’ll hate rice, but we’ll also be deeply grateful that the food is there.

Tip: It’s important to lose weight when making mini food caches. I’ve listed a few freeze-dried foods here because they have very little weight compared to canned foods. I get freeze dried food. thriving life.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeeze

There’s no doubt that making mini food caches can be a lower priority than other emergency preparations. However, it took more time to record what was included in the mini food cache than to collect it. So, if you already have a food pantry, this is very easy. If you’re building a food pantry, you can always start with a mini food box and build it there.

If you’re just starting out with food storage and preparation and need help, you can check out our Survival Mom’s Prepping 101 course.

Creating backups for backups is surprisingly easy.

Have you made a mini food cache? Let us know what you’ve included in the comments and what creative hideouts you’ve come up with.

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Valerie Whittle. For many years I have been a lawyer and homeschool mom. There is no question which one is more interesting. I am now enjoying life with my husband of 29 years and a variety of cats, dogs and gardens.

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