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 do happen, so be prepared. Some people gather a year’s supply of vegetables whether they are canning or purchasing dehydrated and freeze-dried options. Start gathering what you can afford this month and continue to build your supply whatever it may be. One option for buying small, canned vegetables in Utah, is to shop for them at grocery case lot sales starting in September.
1. 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.
2. Buy Long-Term Food Storage Vegetables
Long-term dehydrated or freeze-dried vegetables have a 20-30-year shelf life when stored properly. These vegetables are expensive, so buy them on sale.
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.
- They are useful for making rolls, pancakes, thickening sauces, shepherd’s pie, and mashed potatoes. Use them any recipe that calls for mashed potatoes.
I hope you buy shelf-stable vegetables for food storage this month as it will be a blessing for your family.
Best wishes and stay healthy,
The Food Storage Organizer
NOTES: You are never behind with my prep challenges. Just jump right in with this week. Want to see more prep challenges? Go here. And if you are new, go to my Start Here page. Purchase The Keep it Simple Preparedness Guide for $5 from my Etsy shop. Need more motivation? Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.