7 Essential Foods to Grow for Food Storage

7 Essential Foods to Grow for Food Storage

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We are on the cusp of Spring friends!  And that means it’s just about gardening season!  Do you have a garden?  Whether you do or not, did you know that a garden is a great way to add organic and nutrient rich produce to your food storage?  Plus, it’s also a rewarding and cost effective way to stock up on food; giving you a sense of security in knowing that no matter what things may come your way, you would be able to feed your family.

If we’ve convinced you to grow your own food storage, the first thing to keep in mind is the importance of growing produce that has long-term storage possibilities.  So here 13 of the best foods to grow, when to grow them, and how to store them.

7 Essential Foods to Grow for Food Storage

Root Crops

Types- Carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes, ginger, celeriac, jerusalem artichoke, rutabaga, and sweet potatoes.

When to Plant- Second week of April

How to Store-These crops enjoy cold and humid storage options.  And to further preserve your roots, pack them in boxes with layers of moist sand, sawdust, straw, or shredded newspaper.  Making sure to occasionally spray them with a spray bottle of mister to keep them moist.

 

Winter Squash and Pumpkins

Types- Acorn squash, butternut squash, banana squash, turban squash, buttercup squash, delicata squash, hubbard squash, kabocha squash, spaghetti squash, and pumpkins.

When to Plant- Early Summer

How to Store- Once picked, let your squash dry and cure for 1-2 weeks before storing.  When your squash is done with this process, you can store them in a cool environment with moderate humidity in baskets, storage containers, or even just sitting out on a shelf.

 

Corn

Types- For food storage options, you will want to specifically grow grain corn.  Once dried, you can use it to make popcorn, or cornmeal.

When to Plant- Plant in April.

How to Store- Once picked, completely dry the corn on the cob and then store as-is in open bins.

When to Plant- Plant in April.

 

Apples

Types- Cameo apples, rome apples, fuji apples, gala apples, golden delicious apples, granny smith apples, honey crisp apples, ida red apples, red delicious apples, McIntosh apples, and goldrush apples.

When to Plant- Unlike all the other crops we have shared, apples will take longer to harvest because they grow on trees.  Which means you will need to plant your apple tree(s) and wait a few years until it starts producing fruit.  Because of that, now is a great time to plant your trees and get those growing.  And when you do plant them, make sure to plant them in early April.

How to Store- Pick your apples when they are ripe and store in boxes or crates that are well ventilated with sheets of paper or even shredded paper to keep the apples from touching each other and bruising.  Air circulation is super important for this crop because it gives off a gas called Ethylene.  And if that gas has nowhere to go, it can build up and ruin your apples.  This crops all cans and dehydrates well,  so you can also store it one of those ways as well.

 

Pears

Types- Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Florelle, French Butter, Seckel, and Starkrimson.

When to Plant-  Unlike all the other crops we have shared, pears will take longer to harvest because they grow on trees.  Which means you will need to plant your pear tree(s) and wait a few years until it starts producing fruit.  Because of that, now is a great time to plant your trees and get those growing.  And when you do plant them, make sure to plant them in early April.

How to Store- Pick your pears when they are ripe and store in boxes or crates that are well ventilated with sheets of paper or even shredded paper to keep the apples from touching each other and bruising.  Air circulation is super important for this crop because it gives off a gas called Ethylene.  And if that gas has nowhere to go, it can build up and ruin your apples.  This crops all cans and dehydrates well,  so you can also store it one of those ways as well.

 

Beans

Types- Lima beans, dry beans, tepary beans, and runner beans.

When to Plant- Early Spring

How to Store- Gather the pods as they dry and the plant turns yellow.  Dry the whole pods in a warm, dry place until they are crips.  Shell the beans and and continue to dry them in open containers at room temperature until crisp.

 

Nuts

Types- Almonds and cashews are the best nuts to grow for food storage purposes because they will store well for an entire year.

When to Plant-  Unlike all the other crops we have shared, pears will take longer to harvest because they grow on trees.  Which means you will need to plant your pear tree(s) and wait a few years until it starts producing fruit.  Because of that, now is a great time to plant your trees and get those growing.  And when you do plant them, make sure to plant them in early April.

How to Store- Place nuts in sealed containers in cool, dark, dry locations.  Or, you can store them in a sealed container and place them in a freezer where they will last even longer.

Whether you decided to grow all of these foods or even just one or two, you will be way ahead of the game when it comes to filling your food storage with healthy and nutritious food.  Happy planting!  And don’t forget…check out more great food storage ideas with the PREPIFY APP!