Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week 3 of the 2011 Food Storage Challenge

Week 3 $10 challenge:
3 cans soup
Week 3 $20 challenge:
3 cans soup, 1 large jar peanut butter
Why store soup?
Okay, so most people can make their own soup, but in an emergency situation, you probably won't have time nor the resources or fresh produce to be able to spend that time cooking it. Canned soup (we are talking the condensed variety here) is quick and easy, and you can purchase according to you and your family's tastes. Mushroom was suggested on my list for its protein content, but not everyone likes mushroom soup. I guess because you could also add cooked rice to pumpkin soup and it tastes pretty good!
If you wanted to, you could also store some of the ready to go soups that are available. I have some of those as it would take minimal work and heating, and no water usage to get them ready. You would have to store one of these per family member instead of one or two cans of condensed soup. (ie for my family of 4, I would have to store 4 cans of ready to go soup instead of the 2 cans of condensed soup we would go through).
Why peanut butter?
In varying amounts, just about any type of peanut butter will contain niacin, vitamin E, calcium, copper, potassium, iron and magnesium. The organic products will give your body more to work with.
One of the benefits of peanut butter that many people are unaware of is the presence of resveratrol; this agent has anti-microbial properties that help the body to effectively deal with bacteria and various types of fungi.
Of course if you are allergic to peanut butter, store something else instead, like Vegemite.

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