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3-Month Food Storage: 90 Menu Ideas

By June 10, 2009 2 Comments

As you plan your 3-Month food storage menus, ask yourself this question:

“What type of adversity could come into my life 
which my 3-Month food storage supply could help me with?” 

Here are some possibilities:

  • Job Loss: If you or your spouse lost a job, do you have enough food stored to help reduce your expenses while you search for a new job? (Have power)
  • Medical Emergency: If you or a member of your family became seriously ill, do you have food and menus that your family could easily prepare? (Have power)
  • Power Outages: If you were without power for a week or several months, do you have enough easy-to-prepare foods to live on? (No power)
  • Major Natural Disaster: If a major natural disaster occurred and you had to camp-out at home, do you have some foods you could prepare outdoors? And do you have enough fuel or a way to cook food for a few weeks? (No power)

Consider the counsel to “Gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months.” (Family Home Storage: A New Message, Ensign, March 2009.)

Creating food storage menus is a simple way to help you decide what to store. In some of the above situations you still have power, and some you do not. Below are 90 Food Storage Menu Ideas. Adjust them to suit the needs of your family.

These menus use a combination of small canned, packaged and long-term foods. Store extra bread in your freezer; however you may also bake homemade bread. Menus have homemade spaghetti sauce, AND spaghetti sauce in jars for times when you need quick prep or emergency cooking. You decide.

Snacks are included as many of us need to eat something between meals. Most meals are simple enough for a teen or spouse to prepare. Included are a few freezer foods, but don’t depend on your freezer unless you have a generator. Menus that require freezer foods are italicized. Most menus use shelf-stable products.

Store dry milk and dry eggs for times you are without power. Or use an egg substitute. Fruit could be canned or fresh. Store some packets of mayo or a few smaller containers for power outages. I tried to least the least expensive meals first on each list.

(For the updated list and printout go here)

90 BREAKFAST MENUS
39x Oatmeal, raisins, dry milk, water
9x Pancake from mix, Tang
24x Cold cereal, powdered milk, water
6x Wheat waffles, syrup, powdered, milk
3x Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins, water
3x Applesauce Spice Muffins, water
6x Muffins from mix, water

90 LUNCH MENUS
15x PB & J sandwich, fruit or veg, Tang
15x PB & Honey sandwich, fruit or veg, drink box
21x Tuna sandwich, baked beans, water
6x Ramen soup, fruit or veg, water
6x Macaroni & cheese, fruit or veg, V8 juice
6x Soup, crackers, dried fruit, water
6x Canned Pasta, banana chips, water
6x Chili w/beans, crackers, water
6x Canned Stew, crackers, water
3x Chicken salad sandwich, fruit or veg, water

90 DINNER MENUS
6x Clam Chowder 19 oz., bread/butter
6x Easy Chicken Stew, bread/butter
6x Vegetable Soup 19 oz., bread/butter
6x Chicken, Vegetable, Pasta Soup 19 oz., saltine crackers
6x Spaghetti w/homemade sauce, vegetable, milk
3x Spaghetti w/jar sauce, vegetable, water
6x Quick Beef Chili w/corn *73 Biscuits
3x Pineapple Chicken *92, rice
3x Italian Pasta Salad *67, Biscuits
3x Chicken & Rice Casserole, Biscuits
3x Tuna w/ Egg Noodles, canned corn, milk
3x Chicken w/ Egg Noodles, canned corn, milk
3x Chicken a la King *94, rice, canned green beans
3x Creamy Chicken and green beans *160, mashed potatoes
3x Tuna, Noodles and peas, canned pears
3x Teriyaki Pineapple Beef, rice w/broth
3x Bisquick Vegetable pot pie, canned peaches, milk
3x Barbecue Beef Casserole *160, canned peaches
3x BBQ chicken on hamburger buns, canned peaches milk
3x Sloppy Joe’s with canned meat on hamburger buns, applesauce
3x Enchilada Casserole w/corn, canned peaches
3x Beef Nacho Casserole, Spanish rice *98
3x Meat and gravy on mashed potatoes *88, canned green beans, milk

90 SNACK MENUS
18x Food bar
3x Pretzels
6x Fruit snack
6x Graham crackers
6x M & M’s
6x Hot cocoa drink(has milk)
3x Corn Chips, salsa jar
3x Chips w/refried beans & homemade salsa
12x Homemade popcorn
3x Simple Scones
3x Caramel Popcorn *114
3x Cake (from mix) w/frosting
3x Brownies (from mix)
3x Snicker doodles *110
3x Chocolate Chip Cookies
3x Chewy Oatmeal Cookies *109
3x Apple Crisp w/shelf whip topping
3x Light and Easy Fruit Cobbler*100

* Indicates a recipe in “Emergency Food Storage in a Nutshell” by Leslie Probert and the number indicates what page it is on. I love this book because her recipes use shelf stable foods. Of course you could substitute fresh meat for canned meat.

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