Our first prep challenge in September is to buy food storage fruits, nuts, and seeds. September is a good month to shop for these foods because of back-to-school sales as well as grocery case lot sales in Utah. We all prefer fresh fruit, but the day may come when it isn’t at your store, so be prepared by buying, or canning your own fruit. Crossing my fingers that more canning lids will arrive for you those of you who need them. Storing a variety of fruits, nuts, and seeds will give you more nutrition in your diet. Let’s look at a few possibilities.
1. Buy Short-Term Food Storage Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds
Your first goal is to gather a 3-month supply of fruits, nuts, and seeds. These typically have a shorter shelf-life since some require refrigeration after opening. The key is to find foods that are shelf stable until they are opened. This supply will help you during shortages and every day.
- A few fruit ideas are peaches, pears, pineapple, mandarin oranges, applesauce, raisins, cranberries, dried apricots, dried mangoes, and coconut.
- Most canned fruits have an 18-24 month shelf life which is considered a short shelf-life. Dried apricots, prunes and raisins have a 6-12 month pantry shelf-life. According to StillTasty.com, if you live in a hot, humid climate, you should store dried fruits in the refrigerator.
- Many of these foods may be used in recipes, snacks, or as side dishes.
- Shop at Utah case lot sales for canned fruit in September and March/April. Walmart always has great buys on canned foods.
Nuts, Nut Butters, and Seeds
- Gather a variety of foods based on family needs. Ideas: almond and peanut butter, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds.
- Be careful how you store them because the oil in nuts can go rancid over time. Keep nuts in your refrigerator or freezer.
- Store opened peanut butter in the pantry for 3 months, then refrigerator after this time.
- Organic almond butter should be refrigerated. Check the label to be sure.
- Nuts go on sale in November, but peanut and almond butters go on sale in August and September. Costco and Sam’s Club have great prices for nuts and seeds.
2. Buy Long-Term Food Storage Fruits
Dehydrated or freeze-dried long-term shelf-life fruit typically has a 20 to 30-year shelf life. Every food storage company has different prices and sales. Don’t feel pressured to buy a large quantity. Some options are apples, blueberries, banana chips and strawberries.
- Depending on your finances, decide if you want to store a 6 or 12-month supply. Add a few more each year.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sells a 1 lb. can of dehydrated Apple Slices at Home Storage Centers for $11.50 (2021) and a box of 6 cans online for $70.05 USD. They have a 30-year shelf-life if stored properly.
- A year’s supply of apple slices per person is 8 Latter-day Saint cans.
- Re-hydrate apple slices with an equal amount of water. If you snack on dried apple slices, drink extra water.
- I use these apple slices in my oatmeal.
I hope you find a variety of fruits, nuts, and seeds to buy for your family.
Best wishes and stay focused.
The Food Storage Organizer
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