Food storage is a huge part of self-reliance. I teach it, I practice it and I believe in it. It’s not always easy to maintain a healthy food storage because life gets in the way. Sometimes a little help is needed, whether it’s a few recipe suggestions, a planning system, a reference guide, or someone to take your hand step by step, week after week and be there with you while you build your food storage up. I am proud to call each of these authors my friend. I’m not trying to show off my friends (although I have the best group of friends) but rather to let you know that I know these people and interact with them. I know their integrity and respect them, not just as authors but as people. Also, I know a lot of that integrity went into the content of their books (and one DVD).
The Ultimate Food Storage Resource Guide:
- Food Storage Made Easy (A Food Storage Encyclopedia)
- Babystep Checklists
- Recipe Appendix
Authors: Jodi Moore and Julie Weiss
Website: Food Storage Made Easy
- Food Storage Made Easy ( A Food Storage Encyclopedia): This book consists of 98 pages of preparedness information including lists, charts, worksheets and more. Jodi and Julie cover a lot of topics from oxygen absorbers to food calculators to menu planning. They also touch on how to store different foods. It’s a great resource for quick reference.
- Babystep Checklists: There are 26 checklists designed to be completed once every two weeks for a year. Using these lists is a great way to get started and makes food storage a lot less overwhelming. Even if you don’t do everything on every list at least this book gets you started. Who knows by the end of the year you could be making your own lists.
- Recipe Appendix: All the ingredients in this recipe book are food storage items. This is really helpful for people who are trying to diligently rotate their food.
Who This Book Is For: People who are new to the concept of food storage or people who have a hard time organizing their food storage. Jodi and Julie literally take you by the hand and lead you through one step at a time.
Favorite Line In The Book: Clean out an area for your food storage, create a space that makes you feel motivated! (Babysteps Checklists)
Author: Angela Paskett
Website: Food Storage and Survival
Book Focus: This book concentrates on the details of food storage with an emphasis on the storage part. There are a few worksheets for menu planning and Angela does talk about how to build a stockpile but the real star of this book is the storage of food. For example, food storage tools are explained in detail; there is an entire chapter on organizing and storing your food. There is a shelf-life of food chart and another chapter on packing food for long term storage. Angela even throws in a chapter on water storage because it’s vital to food storage.
Who This Book Is For: People who might already understand that food storage is important but who might need a reference book or a handbook.
Favorite Line In The Book: This is not a cookbook or a survival manual. This is in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide for storing food.
Author: Kendra Lynne
Website: New Life On A Homestead
DVD Focus: Everything you ever wanted to know about home canning and more. Kendra takes you through water bath canning, pressure canning and outdoor canning. She takes you step by step so there are no questions. She shows you every detail and the best thing about it is that you can “rewind” the DVD and watch it as many times as you need to until you feel confident to go and do it on your own. Also, this is a great reminder for those of us who take the winter months off or those that haven’t canned in a few years.
Who This Book Is For: All home canners would greatly benefit from this DVD.
Favorite Line In The DVD: All throughout the DVD Kendra reinforces what she is teaching with text bubbles that pop-up. Brilliant!
Author: Donna Miller
Website: Millers Grain House
Book Focus: Making bread with a focus on hand kneading. This book gives you step by step instructions (with pictures) on how to knead bread by hand. Donna goes over the basic ingredients, bakeware, and chemistry of bread, but the heart of the book is concentrated on how to handle your bread. She goes into great detail about which parts of your hand to use and how to roll out the dough. To someone who has never attempted to make bread this is a great resource as it’s becoming a lost art. Gone are the days of calling your Mom and asking her exactly how you push down on the bread or how long let it sit for a second rise. This book fills that gap.
Who This Book Is For: Anyone who wants to be able to make bread off-grid.
Favorite Line In The Book: Smelling the freshly baked (bread) aroma coming from your kitchen is one of the homiest and soothing fragrances in the culinary world.
Author: Daisy Luther
Website: The Organic Prepper
Book Focus: Daisy Luther is an activist for healthy whole foods. She is passionate about her convictions and they shine through in her book. This is a good thing, because hey, we all need a little motivation now and then, and let’s face it, if there is a food shortage in our future the odds are that it will be man-made. Daisy also focuses on organic whole foods which is a somewhat different angle when it comes to food storage. Not that everyone else advocates that you eat unhealthy food but Daisy really spells out how important it is to know what’s in your food. The Pantry Primer also covers the basics of canning and stockpiling along with some budgeting tips and includes a few recipes sprinkled throughout the book.
Who This Book Is For: People who are interested in using organic food for their food storage.
Favorite Line In The Book: The plan will be to make us so desperate that we will opt for subjugation over freedom. And they’ll use food to do it.
Author: Tess Pennington
Website: Ready Nutrition
Book Focus: As the name suggests this book focuses on recipes with ingredients from food storage. There are a few chapters in the beginning of the book that go over basic storage and canning procedures but the most of the book consists of recipes to help you rotate your food and keep your food supply in good shape. Click here to see a few of my favorites.
Who This Book Is For: People who need ideas about how to rotate their food storage and how to cook with it.
Favorite Line In The Book: We are neo-pioneers! Homesteading, self-reliance, and what many of us call “prepping” is really neo-pioneerism.
Author: Gaye Levy
Website: Backdoor Survival
Book Focus: Gaye has a no-sense authoritative style of writing that takes clarity as she explains her 20 items to kick start your food storage pantry. She goes over food storage basics and explains why food storage is necessary. She includes a list of common food storage mistakes to help you think through your food storage efforts and she also includes an in-depth look at plastics and food grade buckets.
Who This Book Is For: People who don’t have a food storage but would like to put one together themselves rather quickly.
Favorite Line In The Book: But there is no wheat or flour on this list! So you noticed!
- Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning
- Pantry Journal
Author: Sharon Peterson
Website: Simply Canning
- Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning: Sharon goes into detail about how to home can everything from jam and jellies to meat. It’s a great source for all home canners. She has illustrations showing how to prep food for canning as well as illustrations for the canning process. She also goes into the reasons safety is a major concern when canning and how to follow procedures for safe canning. Sharron’s book also focuses on using canning as a way to preserve your food; she’s not so big on the crafty jams you might make for gift. This book’s got all the meat, pun intended, to help your family have a well stocked food storage. Click here to see one of my favorites.
- Pantry Journal: This book is a compliment to Simply Canning: Survival Guide To Safe Home Canning. It helps you plan out how much canning is necessary to actually maintain and rotate your food storage taking into account the number of people in your family and monthly menus.
Who This Book Is For: Everyone who home cans. I have The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving and Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning as my two main go-to canning books. The Pantry Journal is for people who want to take canning to the next level and develop a plan for their food storage.
Favorite Line In The Book: Are You Pickle Challenged?
Author: Lisa Bedford
Website: The Survival Mom
Book Focus: Lisa's book focuses on setting up an environment where you’re prepared for anything. Although not entirely about food storage she devotes several chapters to it and provides one of the best introductions to food storage around. She talks about how to plan your meals and build an initial stockpile. Then she moves on to talk about grains and basic food storage methods.
Who This Book Is For: Someone new to preparedness or someone, like a new mom, who finds themselves completely responsible for the well being of others.
Favorite Line In The Book: Please don’t be afraid of wheat! When it’s ground using a grain mill, you end up with flour. There’s no mystery or sorcery involved.
Author: Jennifer Osuch
Website: Are We Crazy, Or What?
Book Focus: The Preparedness Planner is a comprehensive storage planner and record keeper. Even though the planner focuses on preparedness in general the heart and soul of the planner is food storage section. There are complete worksheets for building a food storage, inventorying your food storage and keeping track of food storage rotation.
Who This Book Is For: People who would like to implement an easy food storage tracking system.
What is your favorite line or part of The Preparedness Planner?