Here is were I’ll list different ways of storing food. This is how we do it, you many find a better way. If you do, please let me know: share your ways too. When I add new things, I’ll do so at the top. So as you do not have to scroll down each time.
I got an e-mail from a friend. I didn’t know about the “loss leaders” , so I’m sharing it with you to. Thank you Carol.
I was reading on your blog page about tips on saving money. I don’t know of a lot of people know that the sale ads contain what are called “loss leaders”. They are on the front and back pages. They are the sale items that the store loses money on in order to bring you into the store. You’ll save the most by concentrating on those items.
A price notebook is also a good idea for items that you buy. Set it up with the name of the item. When you go to one store, check out the prices of the items on the list there. Do the same when you go to another store.It may take awhile to do this but it is a great way to keep price of which stores have the best prices especially if you record their sale prices. Sometimes I record prices into the notebook from the receipt. From Carol L.
Yes, we do have a milk cow, who gives 3 1/2 gallons of milk a day. And yes, I can and freeze the milk. But I also keep the dried milk on hand( 3-5gal. buckets, about the time I run out, it’s on sale again and well keep 6-8 months in a cool dark place.). If I can’t get feed for her due to no money and or no food to buy, and when she dries up- I’ll have milk. We use a lot of milk both to drink and cook with. What I do with the dried milk: make cheeses , hot cocoa mix, in baking. The many uses of powdered milk-great site for more ideas; http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/powderedmilk.htm
Expiration Dates on stored food
I use a big black pen to write the date in big letters on front of package, then as I buy new, I put it where the dates go from oldest to newest. I just look around my stores at the dates facing me. Then once a month, I go though and pull every thing that needs to be eaten that month, and bring in to the house. Most can goods are good for years, but as the years go by they loose some nutritional value with age. If you are buying for your stockpile, look at the expiration dates as you buy, I have moved cases of food to get food that has more than a year from exp. date( I do put the other cases back like I found them). The oldest food is always on top or in the front. No store people have said any thing to me as long as I put things back. It your money, and with money being tight, why not buy the freshest you can. It takes a little more time, but if your like me you have more time than money.
Also see Recipes tab for freezing milk, eggs: and canning milk, cheese and butter.
Bakery stores usually will give you empty buckets. I go to Ingles and get them. They are food grade, I wash them up, and they are ready to go. They come in different sizes. I got one that had garlic butter in it, I could not get the smell out. So I use it for a feed bucket for the chickens. If you live where power goes out a lot like here: you can all store water in them. Then stack two high and cover with a cloth and it looks like a small table.
When storing RICE, put a bay leaf in with rice to keep bugs out. An used 2 liter bottle works will, just run tape around lid. And you can stick the bottle just about any where.
When storing FLOUR, put in a bay leaf or a stick of spearmint gum, to keep bugs out.
When storing OIL ( veg., corn, etc) Put in a place that gets very little light and is cool.