Saturday, September 13, 2014

I Bought These Food Storage Pantry Items Today.

     It seems that accumulating the fruits and vegetables necessary for my food storage pantry is more challenging than I expected it to be.

     Not by choice, I ended up studying best-by date movement or lack thereof on store shelves for at least a couple of years.  I ended up doing this to see what products would actually be beneficial to have in my everyday food pantry that also serves as my food storage.  I was determined to not just amass foods that all had the same best-by dates.  People really need to pay attention to the best-by dates when buying their foods.  Some of Wal-Mart's canned fruits seem to be canned in almost yearly intervals, which is fine, but you just have to space out your purchase so it doesn't become an issue for you to have to deal with.  Somehow, the stores can have three or four different best-by dates on a shelf that has just been fully stocked. 

     I firmly believe in not buying a case of a food where all the cans have the same best-by date.  Unless the best-by date is years away where I know our daily use would exhaust that product before the date came, I don't buy large lots of canned foods.  I also do not buy Manager's Specials when they are selling cases of a particular canned product.  Usually, when they do that, the  best-by dates are getting ready to be met.  People usually end up giving foods like that away or decide to use it until they can't bear to see another can of it in order to not exceed the best-by date.
     I always take my Inventory 3-Ring Binder with me to check the dates on every product I purchase.  Initially I didn’t do that.  I found out that by not taking it and using it for a guide, I ended up buying some foods that had earlier best-by dates than ones I had purchased six or more months ago.
     I share this with you here to hopefully help you avoid that same issue.  Today I went to Wal-Mart and purchased some canned and jarred fruits and vegetables.  I want to share the items and best by dates with you.  Now maybe you don’t use some of these foods.  You still need to watch the best by dates on whatever foods you do buy for your family.
     Here are those products and their best by dates:

Green Giant Sliced Mushrooms   -   March 2018
Bruce's Candied Yams   -   December 2017
Polar Sliced Pears   -   April 2017
Luck's Fried Apples   -   May 2015
GV Sliced Pears in Extra Light Syrup   -   March 2017
Dole Tropical Fruit   -   February 2016    
     This information shows that you don't need to stock up on only MRE's or freeze-dried or dehydrated foods.  I have some of those foods as well, but my primary foods are normal everyday grocery store foods.  Simply tracking the best-by dates allows me to successfully accomplish this.

     I hope this information is helpful to those folks that realize the importance of being prepared for enduring any interruption in their daily lives, whether it be from a power outage, a snowstorm, hurricane, truckers strike or whatever else may come along. 
     Stock up on some foods for your family’s protection so you won’t be caught like most of the population will be.  They think the doors to the store will always be open, and if they aren’t, it’s the government’s responsibility to take care of their families. 
Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Bob Hotaling

Friday, September 5, 2014

How long do grocery store foods last before reaching the best by date?

For those folks who are considering tracking the best by date of items in their food storage pantry, this is a partial list of some items and their best by dates that I have recently purchased. 

You may not like the same things that I do, but this list is intended to show that you can get normal food with long best by dates from a regular grocery store.  You don't need all your preps to be MRE's or freeze-dried or dehydrated foods.  It's best to have a good mix so you don't have to get into your long term storage foods for short term events.
Happy Prepping!
Bob Hotaling

Food Category Serving Size/Total Best-by Date
Apples, Fried w/Cinnamon, Luck's 1/2 Cup Jun-15
Apples, Fried, Luck's 1/2 Cup Apr-15
Applesauce w/Cinnamon, White House 1/2 Cup Dec-15
Craisins, Ocean Spray Original 24 oz. Bag 1/3 Cup Apr-15
Cranberry Sauce, Whole Berry, GV 1/4 Cup Nov-15
Cranberry Sauce, Whole Berry, Ocean Spray 1/4 Cup Sep-15
Fruit Cocktail, 100% Juice, GV 1/2 Cup Mar-16
Fruit Cocktail, NSA, GV 1/2 Cup Mar-16
Fruit, Dole Tropical 1/2 Cup Dec-15
Oranges, GV Mandarin in Light Syrup 1/2 Cup Jan-16
Peaches, Sliced, in Juice GV 1/2 Cup Mar-16
Pear Slices, Polar in Glass Jars 1/2 Cup Jan-17
Pineapple Slices, Dole, in Heavy Syrup 2 Slices Sep-16
Prunes, California Ones Pitted, Single Wrap 4 ea. Aug-15
Raisins, Sun Maid in Individual Serving 1 oz./Box Dec-15
Roland Canned Papaya Chunks in light syrup 1/2 Cup Jul-16
Very Cherry Fruit Combo, Del Monte 1/2 Cup May-16
Banana Peppers, Sliced Sweet  1 oz. Mar-16
Bean Salad, Four Paisley Farm, from BJ's 1/2 Cup Nov-15
Beets, GV Pickled 14.5 oz. 4 Slices Jun-15
Black Eyed Peas, GV, Canned 1/2 Cup Dec-16
Carrots, Glory Seasoned Honey  1/2 Cup Mar-16
Goya Light Red Premier Kidney Beans Can 1/2 Cup Jan-18
Green Giant Creamed Style Sweet Corn 1/2 Cup Oct-16
Mushrooms, Sliced, in Jar, Solids and Liquids 1/2 Cup May-15
Olives, GV Stuffed  5 Ea. Jan-16
Olives, Pearl's Medium Pitted California Ripe Black  5 ea. Nov-16
Potatoes, White, New Sliced, GV 2/3 Cup Oct-15
Sauerkraut, Silver Floss, Barrel Cured, Shredded, Jar 2 Tbsp. Nov-14
Sweet Corn, Whole Kernel, Libby's Naturals, Non-BPA 1/2 Cup Dec-16
Sweet Potatoes, Glory  29 oz. 2/3 Cup Jan-16
Tomato Paste, Contadina 1/4 Cup Nov-15
Tomato Sauce, Del Monte, w/Garlic & Onions 1/2 Cup Jul-15
Tomatoes, Diced w/Garlic & Onion 1/2 Cup May-15
Vegetable Soup, Campbell's Chunky Savory 1 Cup Dec-15
Vegetables, Libby's Mixed  15 oz. 1/2 Cup Dec-15
Yams, Bruce's Candied  2/3 Cup Sep-17
Beans, Baked, Bush's Best Country Style 28 oz. 1/2 Cup Jan-16
Beans, Bush's Best Onion Baked, 28 oz. 1/2 Cup May-17
Beans, Garbanzo, Bush's Best 1/2 Cup Jan-18
Beans, Goya Premium Garbanzo 1/2 Cup Jan-19
Beans, Red Kidney, Low Sodium 1/2 Cup Jan-18
Beef Ravioli, Chef Boyardee  1 Cup Sep-15
Beef Stew, Dinty Moore  1 Cup Dec-16
Campbells Chunky Sirloin Burger Vegetable Soup 1 Cup Sep-15
CB Spaghettios with Franks 1 Cup Nov-15
Chicken & Dumplings, Sweet Sue  1 Cup Sep-15
Chicken, Chunky, in Can @ Sam's 1/3 Cup Nov-16
Corned Beef Hash, Hormel  1 Cup Feb-17
Corned Beef, Hormel White Label 2 oz. Mar-18
Dark Red Kidney Bean, Bush's Low Sodium 1/2 Cup Feb-17
Deviled Ham, Underwood, 4.25 oz. can 1/4 Cup Jan-18
Ham, DAK Canned, 1 Pound Can 2 oz. Feb-18
Peanut Butter, Jif Natural  2 Tbsp. Apr-15
Peanuts, Planter's Dry Roasted,Lightly Salted 1 oz. Apr-15
Pinto Beans, Bush's Best, in Chili Sauce 1/2 Cup Oct-16
Ravioli, Chef Boyardee Mini  1 Cup Mar-15
Sausage Hash, Hormel 1 Cup Apr-17
Sausage, Vienna , Libby's 3 links Apr-16
Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chef Boyardee  1 Cup Oct-15
Treet, Original  2 oz. Sep-16
Turkey, Chunky, in can @ BJ's 2 oz. Sep-16
Apple Jacks, 17 oz. Box 1 Cup Feb-15
Bisquick Heart Smart 1/3 Cup Apr-15
Cheerios, Plain, Whole Grain Oat Cereal 1 Cup Jun-15
Corn Muffin Mix, Jiffy  1/4 Cup Jan-15
Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour 5# Sack 1/4 Cup Jun-15
Oatmeal, Quaker Old Fashioned, Contains NO CALCIUM 1/2 Cup Mar-15
Pasta, GV Thin Spaghetti (Blue Box) 2 oz. Mar-15
Pasta, Knorr Chicken Flavor Fettuccini 2/3 Cup Oct-15
Pasta, Knorr Italian Sides, Four Cheese 3/4 Cup Aug-15
Pasta, Knorr Sides, Butter & Herb Fettuccini 2/3 Cup Sep-15
Pasta, Original Spaghettios 1 Cup May-15
Pillsbury Bleached All-Purpose Flour 5# Sack 1/4 Cup May-15
Rice, Knorr Sides Creamy Chicken 1/2 Cup Sep-15
Calcium Sources    
Beans, Bush's Best Canned Navy,127 mg of Calcium in 1 and 1/2 Cups. 1 1/2 Cups Jun-16
Black Beans, Goya, Can 1/2 Cup Nov-17
Borden Condensed Milk, has 120 mg of Calcium per 2 Tbsp Serving. 2 Tbsp. Jan-16
Collards, Glory Seasoned, 357 mg of Calcium when chopped and cooked. 1/2 Cup Nov-16
Double Q Pink Salmon 14.75 oz. 1/4 Cup Sep-17
Fish Steaks, Beach Cliff, in Soybean Oil w/Bones.  One can has 330 mg of Calcium. 1 Can Jan-19
Glory Seasoned Collards, 357 mg of Calcium when chopped and cooked. 1/2 Cup Jan-16
Greens, Margaret Holmes Mixed, Seasoned Turnip and Mustard Greens. 1/2 Cup Jan-17
Grits, Quaker Instant, Box of 12, 100 mg of Calcium per Pouch. 1 Pouch Jan-15
Instant Oatmeal, Quaker Original 1 Pouch Apr-15
Molasses, Brer Rabbit Unsulphered, 137 mg of Calcium per tablespoon.  137 x 2 Tbsp. = 274 mg of Calcium per 2 Tbsp serving 2 Tbsp. Mar-18
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon, has 100 mg of Calcium per Pouch 1 Pouch Jan-15
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Peaches & Cream 1 Pouch May-15
Salmon, Pink, Double "Q" has 200 mg of Calcium per 1/4 Cup serving 1/4 Cup Sep-18
Sardines, Beach Cliff, in Soybean Oil w/Bones.  One can has 330 mg of Calcium. 1 Can May-18
Sardines, Ocean Prince Lightly Smoked, in Soybean Oil w/Bones.  One can has 330 mg of Calcium. 1 Can Oct-18
Sardines, Sol-Mex, in Tomato Sauce 15 oz. Can.  Has 400 mg of Calcium per serving  1/4 Cup Dec-16
Argo Corn Starch 1 Tbsp. Sep-15
Hunt's Catsup No Preservatives 1 Tbsp. Jul-15
Karo Syrup 2 Tbsp. Oct-15
Kikkoman Low Sodium Soy Sauce 1 Tbsp. Sep-16
Lee-Perrins Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp. Jan-15
Log Cabin Pancake Syrup w/no HFCS 1/4 Cup Jan-16
McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning 1 1/3 Tbsp. Dec-15
Mt. Olive Sweet Relish in Jar 1 Tbsp. Oct-15
Welch's Natural Strawberry Spread in Plastic Jar 1 Tbsp. Dec-14
Alpine Spiced Apple Cider 1 pouch Oct-15
Coffee Mate Coffee Creamer 16 oz. 1 tsp. Jan-16
Country Time Lemonade Mix 1/8 "Cap" Mar-16
Maxwell House Instant Coffee 1 tsp. Aug-15
Nesquick Chocolate Syrup 22 oz. 1 Tbsp. Oct-15
Nestle's Hot Dark Chocolate Drink Mix 1 pouch Apr-15
Tang Orange Drink 1/8 "Cap" Mar-15