Which wheat is best for home food storage?

There are thousands of types of wheat out there, but they are broken into classes. Each class of wheat has different purposes. So, getting the right kind of wheat is essential to getting everything prepared for your food storage efforts. The purposes or uses of the wheat should be the key factor in determining what type of wheat you purchase. This makes it easier to determine which kind(s) we will need for our home food storage.

According to the Wheat Foods Council, “Six classes of wheat are grown in the United States: hard red winter, soft red winter, hard red spring, hard white, soft white and durum. Wheat is classified by hardness of the grain, the color of the kernel and the time of planting.”

The interesting part of all this is that all the nutrients are essentially the same. The only difference is protein. The Wheat Foods Council states, “Among the classes of wheat, the only difference in nutrients is the protein content. This difference is nutritionally insignificant, but the protein content and quality does make a difference in terms of baking.” Let’s take a look at the different classes of wheat and their uses.

Hard Red Winter Wheat

The hard winter wheat usually has about 10-15 percent protein content and has a high gluten level. With this level of protein and gluten, it is generally used for making baked goods such as bread and is also used to make all-purpose flour. The Idaho Wheat Commission also states that, “Hard Red Winter is used in pan breads, Asian noodles, hard rolls, flat breads and general-purpose flour.” You will want to stay above 12 percent protein for the best breads and nutrition

Soft Red Winter Wheat

Soft red winter wheat can be found in more of the softer, sweeter wheat products such as cakes, pretzels, cookies and other types of pastries. The soft wheat will have protein levels of about 8-11 percent and are not very good for food storage unless they are to be used for the lighter food products.

Hard Red Spring Wheat

Hard red spring wheat is another good food storage wheat. The Idaho Wheat Commission states that, “Hard Red Spring is used in pan breads, hearth breads, rolls, croissants, bagels, hamburger buns, pizza crust and used for blending.”

This is really a good overall wheat for storage because it provides great flexibility. This type of wheat is used in many of the types of food we already eat. It has protein levels of 12-18 percent. This level of protein is also good for health reasons as protein is needed for strength.

Hard White Wheat

Hard white wheat is a good food storage wheat, but it can be hard to come up with the right levels of protein (12 percent or higher) and gluten to make good breads. White wheat is a bit sweeter than the red wheat, so we don’t need to use as much sweetener when baking.

We have successfully used hard white wheat to make excellent loaves of delicious bread. Hard white wheat is normally used in “Asian noodles, whole wheat or high extraction flour applications, pan breads and flat breads” (Idaho Wheat Commission).

Soft White Wheat

Soft white wheat will have about the same level of protein as soft red winter wheat. It is found in cakes, biscuits, crackers, Asian-style noodles, snack foods and other pastry type products.

Using soft white wheat in a food storage program is not recommended as it does not cover enough types of food products that we eat every day.

Durum Wheat

According to the research, Durum wheat is the hardest and generally has a 14%-16% protein content. Durum wheat is generally used for pastas and a few other items, but is not generally used for other things such as wheat bread. This is probably not the best type of wheat for a home food storage program unless you will be making a lot of pasta.

Which Wheat Should You Choose?

A home food storage program uses the type of wheat we will use most in our diets. First, determine what it is that you like to eat. Then select the type of wheat that fits into those categories/food.

A quick review of the categories above reveals that hard red winter wheat, hard red spring wheat, and hard white wheat may be the best types for our food storage. But, don’t take our word for it. Do some research, think about your options, and then pray about it.

If you want to know, I use hard red and white wheat. They have worked for me.

You you would like to learn more about wheat, check out the Wheat Foods Council or any of the Wheat Commissions.

Food Storage Secrets

Insider Secret #5: Nutrition and Safety

Some Food Storage Isn’t Nutritious or Safe

Food storage secrets seem to do more harm than good, and this one is no different. Many so called food storage (canned) items are loaded with preservatives, are nutritionally dead, and won’t store for more than a year or two. Using them after they expire can make you expire or make you very ill. Food Safety is very important.

The right food storage can save you money, last for 30 or more years, and increase your health if used properly. It takes a combination of the right packaging methods, storage conditions, and safety.

A good home food storage program will simplify your life, bring you peace of mind, and contain only the items you need and can use everyday. Living food makes a difference. Processed food is not so good.

Besides, if there is a disaster or emergency and you have your food storage, you’ll be ready for that too.

Food storage can be easy and cost effective.


Can you survive on a loaf of bread and a cup of beans everyday for a year? That is essentially what the normal suggestion of food storage equals. And, Yes…you can survive on it, but life won’t be fun.

Just about every food storage and emergency preparedness company out there recommends the the normal basic food storage amounts. Look at the food storage calculators out there. The normal amounts are even included on other pages on this site. It is a great place to start, but a lousy place to finish. Do you like lima beans and powdered fruit drink? They are on the list most companies recommend. How about something you truly like instead?

If any of the insider food storage secrets made you step back and think, it’s time to contact us. You’ll be surprised at the difference and at what you “haven’t” been told.

We are putting together a comprehensive food storage calculator that is easy to use. If you would like to be in on the design process, please contact us.

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Insider Secret #3: Premade Kits are Bad

Pre-made Food Storage Kits Don’t Cut It

Don’t get caught buying a “1-year waste of money” you can’t or won’t use. Food storage secrets like this make me mad. There are many pre-made packages out there. We have a few ourselves, but more important is that you get only what you need. You see…these pre-made kits are assembled as marketing tools. “Buy our kit and be prepared right now” is the mantra. It sounds similar to a lot of investment advice, “Invest in our program and watch your money….” But what they didn’t say is “.. and watch your 401K die a horrible death.

Any company you work with should work in concert with your needs so you can determine which foods and what quantities are right for you. They should offer a Home Food Storage Analysis™ or Food Storage Analysis™ before making any suggestions so they know your specific needs. Then they should help you put together your food storage your way so you can actually use it everyday.

Pre-made kits aren’t useless. They just aren’t tailored for your needs.

Insider Secrets #4: Packaging

The Wrong Packaging Costs You More.

#10 cans, Superpails, Food Grade Buckets, Mylar® bags and more are huge food storage secrets. Which ones are right for you? As you can see, there are all types of packaging. Most dealers will have all types of packaging available, but some will only specialize in one or two; usually the most profitable ones.

Only get the packaging that is suitable for your area and need. What is suitable? Well that depends upon a number of factors such as types of food, humidity, insects, rodents, and more. Nothing like extra protein (bugs and rodents) in your food storage.

If your home is relatively insect and rodent free and has low humidity, buckets or bags may be enough. There is talk that rodents will eat through food grade plastic buckets, but as for M.D. Crawford of The Survivalist Blog, he indicates not having this problem.

Some indicate that using oxygen absorbers will make it so seeds will not sprout. According to Angela at Adventures in Self Reliance, sprouting works just fine. You can see her Sprouted Wheat Experiment for more details.

So … pick the packaging that is right for you and not necessarily the most profitable for the business. It will save you money in the long run and can help your food storage last a long time.

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Can You Use Bay Leaves For Food Storage Insect Control?

Part of getting everything prepared means protecting your food storage against infestation. Can you really use bay leaves? Is it Fact or Fiction? Well that depends on who we listen to. Some indicate bay leaves will protect our food storage against those little food storage infesting creepy things. Others say they do not provide any insect control. You will have to decide for yourself.

I guess that keeping my wheat in plastic buckets with bay leaves for more than 13 years isn’t a scientific experiment. After all, I kept them in the garage and in a slightly below ground level, cement room. These are definitely not controlled environments for scientific testing. And…no…I am not being sarcastic.

My buckets of oats didn’t fare so well, but then again, we didn’t use bay leaves in them. When we opened the buckets later, there were just too many exoskeletons and too much protein (creepy crawlies) for my taste. Maybe we just didn’t prepare that particular food storage correctly with the dry ice. I think we waited a little too long to close the bucket or maybe we just didn’t use enough dry ice. But, I think that is taken care of. Upon further research, I confirmed how to use the dry ice correctly. But, I digress. Let’s get back to bay leaves.

An Argument For Bay Leaves For Food Storage Insect Control

According to Eau Claire County UW Cooperative Extension and the Department of Horticulture, “Dried [Bay] leaves can also be used in potpourri, for wreaths and other craft projects, or to repel pests such as silverfish or stored product insects.”

Upon further research we can also discover that Cornell University Department of Horticulture said, “Destructive insects often locate their food by smell. Many plants, especially culinary herbs, produce strong scents which may confuse insect pests looking for a host to feed on. Garden vegetable plants such as garlic, onions, chives, and herbs such as catnip, horehound, wormwood, basil, tansy, and mints all produce scents which seem to repel insects or mask the scents which attract insects. A certain level of insect protection can be achieved by carefully interplanting some of these as companions to vegetables.” Basil has seemed to have some properties for insect control in food storage products also.

Additionally, Erin Cram, a Graduate student in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of CA, Berkeley indicated that, “Most plants produce defensive chemicals that help fend off insects and diseases. These chemicals may be insect poisons, make insects stop eating, or kill fungi.”

And if that isn’t enough, the University of Wyoming, in a Report from the Powell Cooperative Extension Office, stated, “Scattering bay leaves or lavender in the drawers and cupboards and a bay leaf in containers of susceptible foods repels insects as well.”

At least according to the above information, there seems to be a good indication that food storage insect control can be helped by bay leaves. But, it isn’t absolutely certain this will work. There are also universities that have differing opinions or research.

An Argument Against Bay Leaves For Food Storage Insect Control

According to an article on the University of Minnesota Extension office, Utah State University, and Iowa State websites, “There is no evidence to prove that placing bay leaves or sticks of spearmint gum in a cupboard will prevent or deter stored food insect pests.” The same quote is basically word-for-word on each of the three websites so I suppose they must have worked together on it.

At least there is one article that indicates the possibility of actual research being done where there is an indication that bay leaves might not work for insect control in food storage instead of quoting what others have said. From the University of Idaho it states, “Homeowners have used bay leaves, spearmint and peppermint gum, and other scented items to repel grain insects, with the claim of many years of insect free storage. The authors [of this article] have not experienced good results from these repellents in controlled test situations. Therefore, we do not recommend reliance upon them.”

Some Agreement About Food Storage Insect Control

Well…there we have it. Bay leaves for insect control in food storage might or might not work. A couple of  things are for sure. They all tend to agree that wherever we keep our food storage, it needs to be kept clean and free from bugs. There is some good advice about how to do just that in a couple of the articles.

They also seem to agree that we shouldn’t use pesticides in our food storage…DUH!!!

You Decide

So let’s see what we have. It might work or it might not. Bay leaves are inexpensive in bulk (otherwise you are paying for the container). Food storage (storage of grains) can be expensive. And, we don’t want to have to throw it away after taking all the time and effort to store it in the first place.

So…do we leave it absolutely, 100% unprotected. Or…do we use something that has a pretty good indication it might provide our food storage with some natural, non-poisonous insect control? As for me, bay leaves have worked in my food storage, so I will continue to use it. Unfortunately, I forgot to add them in my last batch of wheat (it was a group packaging effort).

Placing them on top of the grain is probably best. That way it is right near where most of the creepy crawlies may enter the buckets (by the seams/opening). Maybe 5-10 leaves would be enough.

But, do not take my word for it. We are each responsible for our own food storage and no one else’s. Study it out. Ponder it. And, then pray about which answer is best for you. I am not making any recommendations. I am just providing the information.

Best wishes on your food storage insect control.

P.S. I forgot to mention. The food storage I mentioned above, the ones with the bay leaves, was given to us so it has been insect free for over 13 years. I think we received it about 10-15 years after it had been stored.

Home Food Storage eBooks

Basic Sprouting Guide

How to Grow Fresh Vegetables Year-Round
In Your Own Kitchen Garden

There are many great reasons for using sprouts. Increasing numbers of families find sprouting nutritious, delicious, and far less expensive than store prices, but most people don’t know where to start. This ebook will help you do just that. It is a digest version of the Kitchen Gardening chapter, to be released in the revised 11th edition of Making the Best of Basics––Family Preparedness Handbook. (a $6.95 value)


How to Prepare Wild-Caught Critters in Your Own Kitchen for Emergency/Disaster Survival

Want to prepare some tasty meals from your hunting and fishing prowess? Need to know how to properly wrap and store, wild game meat so it will stay fresh in the refrigerator for a few days and in the freezer for several months, depending on cut and how well it‘s prepared for freezing? Learn some delicious recipes and great tip and techniques for preparing and storing your game, fish, or fowl as a part of any disaster survival or just for your home food storage. (a $6.95 value)

More Insider Food Storage Secrets

Don’t get mad at the messenger, but these food storage secrets may … well … just read and see. There are 5 secrets in all, plus a bonus.

People have medical insurance because they might get sick or injured, auto insurance because they might get in an accident, home insurance in case something happens to their home, life insurance because they could die, etc. And…don’t have food storage because they think they won’t need it? Now…how does that make sense?

Food storage secrets are all around. Just like this one.

Insider Secret #1: Scare Tactics

Preparedness is not an event, it’s a process.

Many businesses use scare tactics to motivate you to prepare. Wrong answer. If you don’t need your preparedness items for that scare you’ll regret your purchase and then figure, “what’s the use?” Remember Y2K? What about 2008’s food shortages and riots? People panicked and it cost ($$$) them dearly. Now, apathy has set in and many are unprepared should an actual emergency hit. You deserve better than scare tactics.

The only reason for scare tactics is to increase sales, but you won’t hear about that tactic from most businesses. You see…most people won’t buy home food storage except for disaster preparedness. But, it also makes sense for healthier living, eliminating extra trips to the store (saves you up to 60%), and peaces of mind. Yes…you do want to be prepared for emergencies, but not for a specific emergency (types of emergencies…yes), because when that emergency passes, you will wonder why you still have your food storage.

Insider Secret #2: The 3 Sisters: Quality, Service, and Price

Which do you want more? There is a struggle to balance these 3 food storage secrets with reality.

“With higher quality, comes higher prices.” Sometimes that is true, but more often than not it is just a ruse to charge more. Most food storage products have similar quality and are from the same suppliers; where only their packaging methods determine the true quality. Be sure their products and methods are backed by a guarantee.

Some companies offer FREE Shipping; a great service until you find out they hide the cost behind up to 70% higher prices. Then, when you go to a company that offers lower prices, you wonder why shipping isn’t free. Those who charge shipping can actually save you money. One way this can save you money is that many states do not charge sales tax on shipping unless, of course, it is part of the purchase price. That just means higher costs to you.

Another way being charged for shipping saves you money is that you are normally only charged for the actual costs. Many companies are tied directly to the shipper’s price quotes. If the shipping costs go down, you see the savings, but if the costs are bundled in, the business sees the profits. As our shipping costs go down, shouldn’t your costs go down too? Isn’t that the way it should be?

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Emergency Preparedness eBooks

Getting Your Household in Order

How to Prepare Comprehensive Records and Personal/Family Information for Emergency/Disaster Survival

Do you have a copy of your family’s financial matters documented and located in one place for instant access? You may have to prove ownership of your bank account(s), safety deposit box, business, brokerage, and investment accounts because those institutions may have their records destroyed by a disaster. Proof of ownership is essential and worth the effort it takes to put the information together and organize it so it’s readily available. This ebook will help you do just that and is just one more step to getting everything prepared.

Free to subscribers of our Getting Everything Prepared for Emergencies Newsletter (a $16.95 value).


How to Prepare A Kit for Emergency/Disaster Situations

This ebook will help you to know many of the things that go into your personal 72 hour kit. These kits are designed to help you protect yourself, and provide the necessities to take care of you personal needs. It’s a ready-to-use package containing food and water rations, supplies, and such other vital equipment for maintaining personal well-being—or, at least, staying alive when forced into extremely dangerous or uncontrollable circumstances. Natural disasters and personal emergencies are not a matter of whether they will happen, but when. Having a few basic categories of supplies and provisions on hand can mitigate that help-less feeling caused by emergencies. Being prepared reduces stress. (a $12.95 value)

7 Emergency Preparedness Secrets “They” Don’t Want You to Know About

Emergency Preparedness efforts don’t mean that “they” can solve all the problems that occur. It just means they are doing the best they can or want to do. Who are they? They are Federal, State, local governments, companies, and individuals. And, the fact is they can only do so much with their emergency preparedness efforts and they can only know a small amount of information. That is why you should have Everything Prepared.

The reality is governments cannot respond as fast or as well as we would like. Often, they don’t respond as we think they should. Unless we are prepared, we must wait for them. And even then, we are at the mercy in how well they are prepared or what they do.

Do you have everything prepared?

Companies and other individuals can only do so much.

Secret #1: 72 Hour kits

The first emergency preparedness secret is that sometimes response to an emergency is quick, but often it is very slow. Sometimes, a 72 hour kit will not be enough. There are times when it may take a week or more for you to get help. Part of getting everything prepared means getting more than just a 72 hour kit.

Just go to Google and do a search using the words “FEMA slow response” (without the quotation marks) and see how many comments are there. State and local agencies have the same problem and most are ill prepared to handle any emergencies.

Secret #2: Food Recalls

Food recalls can leave you hungry, poor, or both. This emergency preparedness secret has come to fruition many times. In February of 2008, according to NPR, the USDA recalled about 143 million pounds of meat from a California slaughterhouse because some of the cows were crippled. In the beginning of 2009 there was a huge recall of peanut butter. This has left many agencies trying to restock their supplies.

As these foods are removed from our food supply the total supply goes down. Simple supply and demand economics take effect and in many cases, cause the prices to go up. As you prepare your food storage, you won’t have to worry.

Secret #3: No Grain Reserves

At one time, the U.S. had a large strategic grain reserve, but recently, this reserve has been depleted. If there is even one major crop disaster, grain prices could soar. Just take a look at what happened when gas prices skyrocketed. The cost of farming, transportation, and etc. made food prices rise significantly. Imagine what would happen if there was a massive crop failure due to flooding or drought.

The recent fanatical development of biofuels has also created an increased demand for certain grains and has caused grain prices to soar. This has caused even more demand. It has also created an increased demand for fertilizers. Fertilizers that once cost about $200 per tonne (pre-2008) were selling for over $1,000 per tonne at the height of the 2008 economic mess. This has effected the prices of food and the ability of farmers to grow higher yield crops.

According to Gwynne Dyer (Energy Bulletin – October 10, 2006) in How Long Can the World Feed Itself? “We are still living off the proceeds of the Green Revolution, but that hit diminishing returns twenty years ago. Now we live in a finely balanced situation where world food supply just about meets demand, with no reserve to cover further population growth. But the population will grow anyway, and the world’s existing grain supply for human consumption is being eroded by three different factors: meat, heat and biofuels.

“For the sixth time in the past seven years, the human race will grow less food than it eats this year. We closed the gap by eating into food stocks accumulated in better times, but there is no doubt that the situation is getting serious. The world’s food stocks have shrunk by half since 1999, from a reserve big enough to feed the entire world for 116 days [less than 4 months] then to a predicted low of only 57 days  [less than 2 months] by the end of this year.”

As you prepare, there is no need to worry, because you will have everything ready.

Secret #4: Local Governments Aren’t Ready

Most cities do not have everything prepared to ensure fresh water delivery in the event of an emergency. Emergency preparedness in this area of water storage obviously seems to be lacking. People need water, but often in major disasters, a fresh supply of water will be unavailable for days or weeks. Many cities rely on just enough equipment to supply the immediate daily needs of its population.

As you work on your emergency preparedness efforts, be sure you have at least a two weeks supply of water on hand for each person.

 Secret #5: Patented Seeds

Over the past couple of decades, there has been an even stronger emergence of engineered seeds and food. The full effects of the changes have not yet been realized, however, some developments are very disturbing. The engineering of seeds makes it so you cannot guarantee that the seeds produced from engineered plants will produce the same quality harvest. Even worse, as much as 85% of the seeds on the market may be patented. What does that mean?

It means that if you let the plant go to seed and use that seed for planting, you are infringing on a patent and can be sued. Many farmers have found this out the hard way. Even one of the companies that has these “patented” seeds admits to suing farmers. After all, it is their legal right. They own the patent. So if companies are getting up to 85% of the seed market (so called “good business”), to whom do we become dependent upon? That’s right. We become dependent upon the company that provides them. The only real and viable option is heirloom seeds.

Secret #6: Energy Supplies

Just as in Emergency Preparedness Secret #4, cities also cannot ensure a stable supply of energy (gas, electricity, etc.) to power even the most basic needs. In fact, some cities have gone without power for more than a week. Power outages can occur anytime due to weather or even power company equipment outages.

Can you imagine not having heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer for over a week? Well, those situations exist and many, unfortunately, have died from them.

In very short order, food begins to spoil and become infested with germs than can leave you seriously ill or even dead. Massive neighborhood BBQ anyone? Oh…wait…how will we cook it?

Secret #7: Emergency Preparedness Can Be Fun

As indicated above, there is a real threat. I know the above information sounds a little like fear mongering, but that is not how it is intended. It was intended to make you aware. You see…we have auto insurance in case we get in an accident, health insurance in case of medical problems, life insurance in case of death, and many other types of insurance. But…how many have emergency preparedness “insurance?” Insurance brings peace of mind. It helps us realize that we have minimized some of the risk.

Don’t focus on the fear. If you are just working on emergency preparedness out of fear, you will never realize the full benefits of having everything prepared. Too many people and so called specialists and experts focus on the negative. They try to scare you into preparing. That is like screaming and yelling at someone until they become happy. It doesn’t work.

Actually, emergency preparedness is fun and can be fun. My family decided to “Go without Power” or shopping for a few days. The kids occasionally still talk about it and ask if they can do it again. Personally, I like having electricity, but it goes to show you that emergency preparedness can be fun. Another benefit, it also gives you peace of mind. If you are prepared , you will not fear (at least not as much).

It is amazing how much peace you can have when you have enough money to carry you for a few months in the event of income loss due to layoffs, termination, etc. There is a gentle reassurance that everything will be alright. You will be able to protect and take care of your family. You will be able to weather life’s little twists and storms.

It truly is an amazing feeling.

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Making the Best of Basics

Family Preparedness Handbook


James Talmage Stevens has an incredible book. Making the Best of Basics (10th ed.) makes getting and using basic home food storage sensible. It is well written and causes you to think in new ways about your readiness for emergencies.

Just how good is this book? There have been over 750,000 copies sold. That far outweighs many of the bestselling books around. James is years ahead of his time. Have you seen his “Family Factor?” This little secret helps you identify how much food storage you may really need.

While most food storage calculators say you need 60 pounds of this or 300 pounds of that, the “Family Factor” actually helps you determine a more accurate quantity so you are not wasting your money on things you really don’t need.

His chart will help you identify the things you actually need, not what someone else thinks you need. Far too many products are made with profits in mind instead of the customer. What if you knew exactly what you needed? Would you buy a 1000 piece 72 Hour Kit with 900 bandages?

Making the Best of Basics simplifies the home food storage process and breaks it down into easy to follow steps.

  1. What’s important to have? Covered in chapter 2.
  2. The best ways to store food and keep out pests? Covered in Chapter 3.
  3. What to do with water and how to properly store it? (Chapter 4)
  4. Food Storage Recipes you can use everyday. Priceless (Throughout the book).
  5. How to make the best homemade bread? (Chapter 7)
  6. How to dehydrate your own fruits and vegetables, and how to pick the best one’s? (Chapter 16).
  7. Where can I find a reputable emergency preparedness or home food storage dealer? (Appendix-a well thought out “Yellow Pages”).

The yellow pages in the book can help you locate where thousands of emergency preparedness and home food storage vendors are located throughout the United States.

This is definitely a book to have around. I look forward to his 11th Edition.

James Medina
Everything Prepared, LLC

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I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage


How would you like to have your home food storage and actually be able to eat it too?

The “Rock Star of Food Storage” finally reveals the methods she uses to simply and deliciously use her food storage in her everyday meals. This book is a must have for anyone with food storage. You will not have to wonder any longer about how to use your home food storage as Crystal provides simple, step-by-step examples that will help you use it instead of lose it. I wish I had this book years ago.

I have to admit, when Crystal contacted  me about reviewing I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage, I was a bit skeptical, but excited too. I had learned about the book through Twitter (eatfoodstorage) and the Food Storage Network. They have some great information on their sites so I was interested in seeing what Crystal had to say in her book. I had initially contacted her about reviewing it, but hadn’t heard anything.

When Crystal did contact me, I looked forward to receiving the book. After all, I enjoy reading about food storage and emergency preparedness and have a small library of books on the subjects.

There are 7 great things I noticed about this book:

  1. It is easy to read and follow.
  2.  It shows you how to decide if you are a menu person or a themed person.
  3. It teaches you “tricky” ways to sneak food storage into your meals so your family will be wanting second and third helpings (We used this in our family with great results even before I read Crystal’s book).
  4. It is well researched with addresses (linking info) to key resources you can use right now (this save you a lot of time).
  5. Key questions about food storage are answered with tips and links to helpful videos.
  6. It is written for LDS readers with quotes and thoughts from LDS leaders so the LDS population won’t have to search for them.
  7. Best of all…there are over 100 tried and “kitchen-tested” recipes in I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage.
    Side Bar: Thank you Matt (Crystal’s Husband) and Kate (her daughter) for being the taste testers.

Bonus: You’ll love the conversion charts. It makes it easy to convert measurements, and it takes away the guesswork and time to do math calculations.

There was only one thing wrong with the book. It didn’t include our Home Food Storage Supplies website as a place to purchase products online (just a little humor). Maybe I can talk her into adding it to her next edition of I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage.

All kidding aside. This is an outstanding book I highly recommend.

James Medina
Everything Prepared, LLC

P.S. My research on Oxygen Absorbers suggests that using them in food grade plastic buckets without Mylar® liners is ineffective. However, other research seems to indicate they may be okay.

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Other Reviews for I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage


I absolutely love I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage. My daughter introduced me to the website and was I was probably one of the first in Florida to buy the book. It has not disappointed me.  I had printed off many of the recipes before from your website, but now have it in one book!! I would rate it a 5 star purchase.

Linda Strickland
Food Storage Specialist
Niceville Ward Relief Society