I did research on butter, you can freeze butter for up to a year with no taste change, but it should be in a non-self defrosting freezer. I bought
some LOL European style butter when it was on sale locally for three bucks a pound, we have eighteen pounds in the freezer now. It is good tasting
butter. By freezing and rotating, we usually keep about ten to fifteen pounds of butter in stock, all bought when on sale at a great price. No need
to can the butter, we have a generator if the power goes out for over a day so we can do each freezer for an hour a day. Taking out a roast or
chicken or steaks or burger and putting it in the fridge keeps everything in the fridge cold while the power is out too, cooking it later on the grill
in the summer or in or on the woodstove in the winter makes it easy to keep things going. Ten gallons of gas in rotation will keep the generators
supplied for a month at two hours a day total.
We just make freezer jams, we also have frozen berries and lots of food in rotation in the freezers, this keeps the cost of our food down, buying
spare ribs at a buck a pound and pork chops at a buck thirty a pound makes up for us buying half a grass fed cow per year. Our canned good pantry is
well stocked and rotated, we could easily go a month without buying anything. It looks like the shelves in a grocery store, four shelves high and
about fifteen feet long holds a lot of food, all bought on sale or in the case of canned meat, bought by the case. My kids love the canned boneless
chicken and beef from a very good cannery in pensylvania, it is grown by the Amish people. It makes great stew and a quick chicken soup or stew. It
is also great for camping. Better by far than buying the whole canned chickens, although they do taste pretty good in soup too.
I just stock about fifty pounds of bread flour and around forty pounds of all purpose organic flour. Buying it on sale is the best way to save money
on this stuff. We make most of our own bread and cookies and pies using the best of ingredients at very reasonable costs. The thing is you need to
replenish the pantry when things go on sale, buying them at the full price is not acceptable. We usually buy either creamettes noodles or IGA noodles
for the soups and dishes, getting them on sale and stocking them saves about half on the cost. We also have a pasta machine and we stock some
dehydrated eggs we bought on line, we still have enough of those eggs to make fifteen dozen eggs.The LOL european butter runs about five fifty a
pound, getting it at three bucks a pound makes it possible for us to have great tasting cookies and foods.
With the specialty flours I have, I can toss together nutritious cookies that taste really good and you could live off of for two months without
taking a noze dive in health. WE have the good dried eggs so we can make cookies if the SHTF
No use suffering, you need a little cookies to go
along with the ten cans of coffee in rotation.
Another thing, with our system, we have tossed probably twenty cans of food that have been recalled, because we watch the food recalls, we do not get
sick, the info about the poisonings comes out three weeks after you bought the food, if you use it right away, then maybe you would have gotten sick.
Acid foods are good for six months after expiration date, base foods are good for a year. It can go longer than that but the taste does start to go
down and of course, no matter what, check to see if there is a problem with the can seal, if it blows out of the can like a catfood we had, it is no
good. My mother had a can that exploded outward when she opened it, it was within the expiration date too. Always smell the product and take a
little taste when using can goods, some micotoxins in excess will remain even after cooking.
Make sure that moths have not infested your drygoods, a friend of mine had dinky moths, the moths someohow cut a hole through the plastic and layed
eggs in the bags. I never saw anything like that, the supposedly sealed bags all had little caterpillers in them, we threw out three quarters of his
drygoods, destroyed by little wood pile moths that are now here, they were never around here till about ten years ago. What a pest, you can't spray
bug spray on your food pantry, flypaper did work but took quite a while to get rid of his moths.