This week we’ll gather fruit, nuts and seeds for our first September preparedness challenge. Most of us prefer fresh fruit, but if you couldn’t buy any at the store, could you substitute canned or dried? We are fortunate that nuts and seeds are becoming more and more economical. Storing a variety of fruit you dry or can yourself is economical too. Being prepared for the day you may go without fresh foods is very important.
1. GATHER SHORT-TERM FRUIT, NUTS AND SEEDS
- Most canned fruit has an 18 -24 month shelf life.
- Ideas: peaches, pears, pineapple, mandarin oranges, applesauce, raisins, cranberries, dried apricots, and dried mangoes and coconut.
- If you rely heavily on frozen fruit, it’s a smart to buy a generator for power outages.
- Shop Utah case lot sales for canned fruit in September and March, and February.
Nuts and Seeds
- Gather a variety based on family needs. Be careful how you store them because the oil in them can go rancid over time. Keep nuts in your refrigerator or freezer.
- Store opened peanut butter in the pantry for 3 months, then the refrigerator after this time.
- Organic almond butter should be refrigerated. Check the label to be sure.
- Ideas: almond and peanut butter, almonds, walnuts and cashew, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds.
- Nuts go on sale in November, but peanut butter goes on sale in August and September.
2. GATHER LONG-TERM FRUIT
- Long-term means the fruit has a 20 to 30-year shelf life.
- Freeze-dried fruits are pricey. Dehydrated fruits are less expensive.
- Dehydrated Apple Slices may be purchased at the LDS Home Storage Center. They have a 30-year shelf life and cost $10.25 for 1 lb. A year’s supply of apple slices per person is 8 LDS#10 cans
- If you snack on dried apple slices, drink extra water.
- Re-hydrate apple slices with an equal amount of water.