Like many others I am living on a fairly strict budget. Adding to my food storage is not always easy as I have two boys that I must keep fed. In some recent discussions with other like-minded folks the subject of “budget foods” came up. Basically those are foods that can be bought very inexpensively to add to a program to increase the overall food stores.
Let’s look at a few “budget foods”:
- Rice – Rice is super cheap with larger bags of 20 and 50 pounds running around $20 – depending on brand and where bought. Rice is prepared easily and stores for many years under the right conditions. Rice can be included and combined with numerous other foods to make some very tasty meals. My favorite is to open a can of beef stew and dump it on a bed of rice.
- Beans – Not my favorite but beans are another very inexpensive and versatile food. Dry beans can store for years. My favorite method of eating beans is in a chili or in a soup with lots of other ingredients. Beans are a great candidate for packing away in mylar with oxygen absorbers.
- Ramen Noodles – A favorite of my oldest boy – Ramen Noodles have fed poor collage students and families for years. Inexpensive and several flavors available (chicken is my favorite) – these dry bricks of noodles are very high in sodium- and also very light. $25 can get you 10 cases of Ramen Noodles.
- Pancake Mix – Yup…..pancake mix. There are numerous “add water only” mixes that can be bought for just a few dollars and can provide literally hundreds of pancakes (big boxes). Add a couple bottles of syrup and many meals can be made on the cheap.
- Peanut Butter – Doesn’t have the longest shelf life (1-3 years) but offers up high protein and high calories. Peanut butter can also be a morale booster for the young ones.
- Pasta – Mylar pack loads of spaghetti noodles and put away a few jars of spaghetti sauce and many high-energy, easy to prepare meals can be made. We are talking cheap!
Alright folks – these are just a few ideas. How about you add to the list. What inexpensive foods would you recommend to be included in a food storage program?