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Monday, August 22, 2011

Easily Stored Meals (for a three-month supply)

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I'm getting ready to teach a course on starting a three-month supply. 

Though I don't advocate recipe sharing when developing a plan (the recipes should be ones that you already use regularly), I have seen that a list of possible shelf-stable and easily-stored meals can jog memories for those who don't think they eat anything that stores well.  I'd like to have a large list on the black board for this presentation to help people get thinking.

So, I'm asking for your help!  What meals do you store for your three-month supply?

Here are a bunch of ideas that I've compiled so far:

Granola, pancakes/waffles, french toast, cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat, hashbrowns, bacon, eggs, muffins, smoothies.

Wraps/sandwiches (PB&J, tuna, chicken salad), fish fillets, chili, Mac-N-Cheese, jambalaya, pizza, easy canned soups (Spaghettios, ravioli, chicken noodle, etc.), lasagna, enchiladas, chicken crescents, spaghetti, burritos, taco soup, beans and rice, soups, chowders, crock-pot chicken, curry chicken, chicken alfredo, shepherd's pie, pot pie, baked potatoes, quesadillas, casseroles, stroganoff.

Various canned/dry/freeze-dried fruits and vegetables to supplement all of the above (bottled peaches, fruit leather, applesauce, canned green beans, etc.).  Grow a garden.  Fruit trees.  Sides and desserts as desired.

All of these items can be made using shelf-stable storage items which can be stored at least three months or more.  I personally include freezer items in addition to those on my shelves.  All freezer items can be substituted with shelf items if necessary.

Obviously, these meals are all within the realm of my own recipes.  I'd love to hear your ideas!  Please, help me think outside my own kitchen.

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