Our second prep challenge for August is to buy shelf-stable vegetables for food storage. This may include a 3-month supply of short-term shelf-life vegetables for your pantry, and long-term shelf-life dehydrated or freeze-dried vegetables. Shortages on fresh and frozen vegetables happen, so be prepared. You could also can some of your own vegetables. Start gathering vegetables this month to build up your supply.
Buy Short-Term Food Storage Vegetables
Small, canned vegetables typically have a 3–5-year shelf life. However, canned tomato products have an 18 to 24-month shelf life.
- Store a variety of vegetables for better nutrition such as corn, green beans, diced chilies, potatoes, mushrooms, squash, spinach, and carrots.
- Gather or pin recipes that use canned vegetables and try them as this will help you incorporate canned vegetables into your diet. Plan to Eat is a great website for storing and organizing recipes.
Buy Long-Term Food Storage Vegetables
Long-term dehydrated or freeze-dried vegetables have a 20-30-year shelf life when stored properly
Dehydrated Carrot Dices
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sells a 2.1 lb. can of dehydrated carrots with a 10-year shelf life at Home Storage Centers for $9.25. Best price on the market!!!
- Dehydrated carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A. Add them to soups, stews, omelets, casseroles, carrot cake, pizza toppings, and bread. I add them to my spaghetti sauce!
- To “rehydrate, add one part dried carrots to four parts water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Let soak for 20 minutes, and then drain excess water.”
Dehydrated Potato Flakes
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sells dehydrated potato flakes with a 30-year shelf life in a 1.8 lb. #10 can for $6.50.
- Use potato flakes for making rolls, pancakes, thickening sauces, shepherd’s pie, and mashed potatoes. Or any recipe that calls for mashed potatoes.
It will be a blessing for your family when you buy shelf-stable vegetables for food storage this month.
Best wishes and stay healthy,
The Food Storage Organizer
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