Food storage: pasta

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With a little olive oil, garlic, salt, red pepper and parsley flakes you
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Parmesan cheese, tuna and olives, or canned hamburger or
spaghetti sauce and you have a meal worthy of any day of the
week, not just an apocalypse.

Pasta is comfort food. Put pasta in the prepper's pantry (instead of
so much rice).

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Food storage: pasta
Put pasta in the prepper's pantry

Use your noodle and stock up on pasta!
Are you prepping with rice or pasta in your food storage? Maybe
you should put more pasta in your prepper's pantry (instead of
so much rice)! Rice has too much arsenic and isn't as much a
part of the average American diet as pasta is.

Pasta is the ideal long-term food storage solution. Stop feeling
guilty about pasta, because it's good for you, it stores well and
it's inexpensive.
Pasta is the world's favorite food, according to
the BBC and it's #20 on our
article on the 37 foods to hoard,
and for good reason...

Use your Noodle: Put Pasta in the
Prepper's Pantry

#1: Dried pasta has a long shelf life.
Pasta is extremely shelf-stable in dried format. Dried pasta has
little to no fat or moisture content, which is why it resists
spoilage. Even in the cellphone wrapping, spaghetti noodles will
last more than two years beyond the expiration date. (Egg
noodles are the exception as they won't last as long.) And you
can enhance the shelf life by canning dried noodles or packing
them away in mylar and food grade buckets.

Because it has a long shelf life, pasta has been a traditional
food storage item for the centuries. Indeed,
pasta is the food of
our ancestors. Our ancestors could store it easily as long as
they could keep it away from vermin.

#2: Pasta is an incredibly easy prep!
Spaghetti in cellophane is perhaps the easiest to store -- it's
compact and you can store it for years in the cellophane. Why
leave it in cellophane when you can keep it in your long-term
food storage.

Get started dry canning your own pasta! There is no easier
prepping project than dry canning pasta by the bucket or mason
jar. The bucket of pasta for your food storage, pictured top left
is 25 pounds of elbow macaroni pasta.  

#3: Pasta is inexpensive.   
Pasta became popular in American cuisine during the 1920s
when wheat farmers began to market the surplus. Pasta surged
in popularity during the
Great Depression because it was an
inexpensive way to extend meals. During this time casseroles
became popular.

While many food banks provide bagged rice to the community
because it is cheaper, they should concentrate on pasta, which
is what Americans eat. Pasta is among the most filling and
inexpensive of shelf-stable foods!

#4: Pasta is filling.
Pasta is satisfying and filling because pasta is loaded with
carbohydrates, which is among the top reasons it became
popular during the Great Depression. Grains are an important
food source, packing valuable nutrition.

#5: Pasta is nutritious.
Egg noodles have durum wheat semolina along with eggs for a
satisfying and nutritious meal. You don't need to feel guilty! It's
hearty, satisfying and nutritious food for preparedness.

#6: Preparing pasta is fast and convenient.
What warm meal could be easier to prepare than pasta? Just
boil water and pasta is ready to eat in minutes, and boiling
pasta is much faster than rice.

7: Pasta is popular!
Did you know that it was Thomas Jefferson who helped push
pasta into popularity? Or at least so says a PBS article:
the history of pasta. You'll have absolutely no troubles
convincing the little ones to eat their pasta. Vegetables on the
other hand, not so easy. The kids don't notice it when you hide
vegetables in their pasta sauce. Pasta is fun to eat! Pasta is a
comfort food.

#8: Pasta is versatile with many shapes and
Worldwide nearly every country has a version of this
inexpensive staple. There are many kinds of pasta, so you won't
be bored.

    Italian pastas
  • egg noodles
  • fettuccine noodles.
  • gnocchi (made with potatoes)
  • dried tortellini (filled with hard cheese)
  • lasagna
  • linguine
  • mastocolli
  • orecchiette
  • orzo (rice shaped pasta)
  • penne
  • rotelle
  • rotini
  • rigatoni
  • vermicelli

    Asian pastas
  • bean curd noodles
  • chow mein noodles (fried noodles made of egg and
  • ramen style noodles
  • rice noodles, udon (wheat flour)
  • soba (made from buckwheat)

    German pasta
  • Spaetzle
  • dumplings

#9: Flavoring pasta brings more variety.
Chances are you have limited experience with rice beyond
"beans and rice." With pasta, on the other hand, the
possibilities are endless: pasta and sauce, baked casseroles,
pasta salads, or simply butter and noodles. You can store a
variety of pastas in addition to your spaghetti and macaroni
noodles. You can make pasta salads, casseroles, macaroni and
cheese, chili mac and Asian meals, too:

  • Ramen noodles. Ramen noodles are inexpensive and ultra
    versatile! Add veggies and meat for variety. Ramen is
    Great for backpackers and the bugout bag. It's also a
    classic food for the college student or budget conscious
    hungry people. You can even make desserts and trail mix
    with it.

  • Butter noodles: butter and Parmesan cheese. It doesn't
    get easier than that.

  • Mac and cheese casserole: Boil rigatoni noodles half way,
    grate a block of cheddar, mix with container sour cream
    and container cottage cheese, bake!

  • Pesto pasta.

  • Marinara. Tomato pasta sauce.

  • Tuna spaghetti: olive oil and lemon juice with chopped
    capers, parsley olives and canned tuna.

  • Salmon bow tie pasta. Lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and
    smoked salmon

  • Chili mac. Top elbow noodles with chili and you have chili
    mac (or make it easy on yourself and get Mountain House
    Chili Mac with Beef).

  • Beef stroganoff. Mountain House makes a tasty beef
    stroganoff in freeze dried version, but you can easily make
    this yourself with what you stash at home in your food
    storage. Stroganoff is a savory combination of noodles with
    beef and mushrooms in a creamy sauce. See the beef
    stroganoff recipe below.

  • Cheeseburger Mac! Annie's cheeseburger macaroni meal
    starter with ground beef. To make this pasta cheesier, add
    Hosier Hill cheese powder.

  • Spaghetti. Spaghetti noodles with marinera sauce;
    Keystone or Yoders ground beef and Kraft Parmesan
    cheese make an easy meal.

  • Tortellini salad. Mix champagne dressing, slivered onions,
    bell peppers and cherry tomatoes with cracked pepper and
    Himalyan salt, and you have a hearty meal.

  • Vermicelli salad. Add a handful of freeze or garden fresh
    dried bell peppers and green onions to Vermicelli with a
    shelf-stable creamy Italian salad dressing and you have a
    tasty dinner or picnic meal.

#10: Pasta can easily replace rice!
Are you ready to boil the pasta instead of the rice? Of all the
major starchy foods in the United States to choose, including
wheat, oats, rice, rye, or potatoes, it seems wheat wins in the
American palette. Americans eat wheat in the form of
cereals and you guessed it... pasta! Why? Because of the
abundance of recipes and variety of textures. It's cheap. It's
easy. It's inexpensive.

You have every reason to add more pasta to your food storage.

Add pasta to your food storage (and not so much rice).
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