Are you having a hard time planning a food storage for 2? There are loads of food storage recipes out there, but hardly any of them work for a family of 2.
Good news! There’s a way around this and some tricks to figure things out, below!
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Food Storage Tips for 2
Watch the video below for some food storage tips for 2, or keep reading below the video if you’d prefer to read your way through 🙂
Here are some tips to help you figure out how to plan a food storage for 2.
1. Try to find recipes which fit 2 people
Yes, this is an obvious one. But if you are already cooking for 2, then all you do is convert those fresh recipes into shelf stable and they will be fanatic for food storage! The online Food Storage Master Class teaches you the exact steps.
Some recipes you are able to cut in half (like a 4 person recipe). When using recipes which serve 4-6 people, make sure you can cut them in half without having to only use half a can of something. Then you won’t be wasting your extra ingredients.
Baking recipes are easy to cut in half. And if your recipe calls for eggs, powdered eggs are great! You can put “half an egg” in when you use powdered. Read more about shelf stable dairy products here.
2. Just plan your food storage for 4
This is what I did when it was just my husband and I. Yes, you’ll have leftovers. But chances are, when you’re using your food storage, you’ll still have your electricity and such (remember COVID 19? We just ran out of a ton of food, but everyone still had water and electricity to cook with). When you plan a food storage for 4, you’ll just eat left overs the next day, or have extras to share 🙂
3. Self canning and freeze drying are great options
When you’re planning a food storage for 2, canning your own soup is perfect for a pint size or quart sized jar.
I know may families of 2 who have bought a freeze dryer, and then just freeze dry left overs. It’s easy to freeze dry lasagna for 2 or other meals when you can do it yourself.
4. Freeze dried ingredients
When you buy freeze dry ingredients in bulk, it allows you to use partial portions. For example, your recipe calls for a full bell pepper, which would be about 1 cup freeze dried bell peppers. Instead, just use 1/2 a cup and nothing goes to waste.
You can do what we do, and buy all the bulk freeze dried ingredients and put it together when we make the meal, or you can do “meal in a jar” for 2 servings. Meals in a Jar by Chef Tess and Dinners In A Jar by Kathy Clark are highly recommended by members in the group.
5. Think of shelf stable cans you can’t cut in half…
Tomato sauce, eggs, veggies are all “canned” food (well, not the eggs), but item’s which you can’t cut in half. This makes taking a 4 or 6 person meal hard to convert to a 2 person meal. There are a ton of freeze dried ingredients you can use to substitute for this.
For example. A 4 person recipe calls for a can of tomato sauce. In order to cut that in half, you’d be wasting half a can. Instead, you can use tomato powder and only use what you need. This is the same with powdered eggs, diced tomatoes, freeze dried meat (instead of a full can of meat).
Planning food storage for 2 can be tricky, but there are plenty of options out there to help you get one into place.
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