For the next several posts I will be talking mostly about food storage and emergency preparation. If you have been keeping up with current events or if you live anywhere where winter weather can be extreme, it is a good idea to be prepared. Right? :)
In the week ahead, between regular commitments, I am going to be drying a lot of fruit and veggies in the dehydrator. I store them in tightly sealed glass jars to maintain freshness and flavor. (hate the plastic taste). Here are some dried tomatoes and basil I did a few weeks ago.
Here is a cool link to calculate how much food you should store for the size of your family. http://lds.about.com/library/bl/faq/blcalculator.htm
Remember to store food items that your family would actually eat. We are vegan so we can't really purchase from the companies that sell bulk foods stored in metal cans, etc. Most of the items are not organic and have dairy, meat and eggs. So we have to come up with our own type of food storage ideas. Think about the foods you buy from week to week and just buy a few more at a time and before you know it, you have a pretty good head start on winter or emergency storage.