Fight Food Fatigue: 20 Oft-Forgotten Items in Your Long Term Food Storage

One of the major mistakes people make with regards to food storage is buying a huge amount of one or two staples (ie rice and beans or wheat and powdered milk) and nothing else. While there’s no problem with storing thousands of pounds of wheat, if that’s all you have you are going to suffer from a serious case of appetite fatigue in a short time.

Appetite or food fatigue in simple term can be described as a phenomenon whereby eating the same foods over and over cause you to become disinterested in eating. In the best of cases it will cause minor malnutrition but in severe cases it can lead to starvation – despite being hungry.

Though this may sound ridiculous it is a very real phenomenon, especially during times of stress (something that a SHTF situation would probably promote), and young children and older people are particularly susceptible to it.

If your family’s nutritional security is as important to you as it is to mine, appetite fatigue is a real threat that you’ll want to plan and prevent. Given that, here is a list of 20 oft-forgotten food items that will help to expand the culinary possibilities of your existing bulk food storage and fight food fatigue:

  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Corn Starch
  • Cream of Tarter
  • Cooking Oils
  • Instant Dry Yeast
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Pectin
  • Plain Gelatin
  • Powdered Eggs
  • Rennin Tablets (for cheese making)
  • Salt
  • Shortening
  • Spices
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Vinegar
  • Vitamins and other Supplements
  • Wheat Gluten Flour

Don’t Forget to Practice

Like a mantra I’m sure you’ve heard the advice, “store what you eat, and eat what you store”. If you plan on using your bulk storage with some of the items above in a long-term emergency be sure you have practiced a number of different recipes to ensure you know what your family will eat (especially if you have young kids). At the least, have a number of good cooking books that call for simple ingredients that you can easily store.

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Comment by Linda
2011-06-18 16:25:03

Hi! I just found your site. It is great! I have recently published a food storage cookbook, you can see it at sevenyearsofplenty.blogspot.com

 
Comment by Laura
2011-08-06 23:30:45

What a great list! Thanks for posting this!

I stress spices of all kinds. I often pack my mylar bags of rice, etc in buckets with salt, and a spice or two that would be good to use for variety when cooking. Dried fruits or cinnamon to add to the oats, cilantro/cumin/chilies with beans, etc.

 
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