About Everyday Food Storage

Hi, I’m Crystal – a young hip mom on a mission to teach people how to use their food storage EVERY DAY in their own recipes (and dare I say it….love food storage!). Come along and I’ll teach you everything I know!

Okay, I realize you’re probably skeptical about food storage at this point…

You say you don’t like food storage? Well, neither did I (or at least that’s what I thought). In fact, I never thought I’d be “one of those people” that actually uses AND likes their food storage.  However, when my husband was out of work and I was pregnant with our first child-I realized food storage is needed!  Truth be told, there are emergencies all of the time (out of milk, inflation of food prices, increased gas prices, natural disasters, etc.) and food storage can help with them all and so many people don’t know how to

So, how do I do it?

I started my blog because as I started experimenting with food storage, I realized the secret to using and liking food storage is learning how to use it in your own recipes!  (Trust me, there are a lot of bad food storage recipes floating around.)  The beauty of using your own recipes is that you already know the recipe is good and that’s half the battle!  Think of me as your personal food storage trainer, I’ll teach you everything you need to know to be successful at using your food storage in your own recipes.

To get started make sure you…

Sign up for my FREE 10 day class “Learn to Love your Food Storage.”

I’ll walk you through step-by-step what you’ll need to know to start cooking with your food storage today!

  • Sharon

    I enjoy your site….very helpful and well created. The milk conversion chart will not print out for me. Could you e-mail it to me instead. Thanks in advance.

  • Kari G.

    Thanks for helping me to finally feel like food storage is something I can master! I love this site!

  • dj

    I can’t wait for the book “I can’t believe its food storage”. Will it be available through amazon books or just LDS book stores?

  • Carri

    I was wondering if you had any recipes on Wheat Meat. I heard you can make a meat substitute with wheat and it takes on the tastes of the meal and really tastes like meat.

  • Diana Allen

    HI Crystal, I have been searching all weekend for your book, Deseret Book and Seagull Book have not even heard of it and they don’t have it in their system, where will your book be, because I am dying to get a copy of it. I love your website and have learned alot from you, thanks so much for all your hard work and for sharing your knowledge. Diana

  • Elder Kesweder


    My wife and I were called to manage the Brecksville Home Storage Center
    last August. We have had so many new members and non members wanting to start their storage and did not know where to turn until I found your web site.
    I hope that you don’t mind me giving it out as a reference of what to do with your food storage once you start it.


    Elder Kesweder

  • Debbi

    Hi there Crystal!

    I am a huge fan of yours and I love what you do with food storage. I am a big brownie and cookie fan but also am I calorie counter. Do you by chance know how many calories are in your brownie and cookie recipes that use beans? Yes you take out the butter but then add in bean calories. I would love an email so I’m sure to get it. Thanks so much!


  • Marilyn

    what is the address I need to unblock?

  • Lori


    I want to thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your knowledge with the food storage world. I have pre-ordered your book through Deseret Book and CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on it! You have truly inspired me to actually USE my food storage. I wish you much success with your new book!

    :) Lori

  • Denise Cottrell


    I am so excited to have found you!

    I help put out a monthly food storage/emergency preparedness newsletter for two wards. What a blessing and an asset you are! You appeal to ALL ages and with your youthful enthusiasm, recipes and ideas, you help to not only motivate people to start their food storage (as our leaders have told us to do for years now) but you make it interesting and fun.
    I can’t wait to get your book. You are inspiring!

  • Emily Kelley

    Do you have a list or anything of the index for this book or a title page so we know exactly what recipes and hints are in this book. I haven’t been able to find anything and was curious about the various things that you are including in it. Just wanted to know before I buy. Thanks.

  • http://tiffanysloan.blogspot.com Tiffany Sloan

    Hey girl I just wanna tell you how much I think you ROCK, thanks for sharing all your knowledge with the world. I am getting crazy for food storage and love trying the new recipes I find here…can’t wait to make more. Thanks again !

  • http://www.crazibeautiful.com Jann, Crazi Beautiful Women

    You have such a fantastic site!

  • http://silverdalefoodstorage.blogspot.com Linda Tilton

    Boo-Hoo! Amazon says they’re not shipping your book until after Mother’s Day. I ordered one for my daughter and one for each of my three daughters-in-law. I guess they’ll get their gift late.


  • Penny Ragland


    Congratulations on a beautiful book well done! Read it cover to cover the night it was received.
    I was however disappointed not to get an autographed copy as per your statement!!
    My copy was ordered thru amazon on april 9th. Not autographed. Bummer!

    Still I am very pleased as well you should be

  • deb lee

    i love your recipes and your technique. this is the easiest and the softest whole wheat bread ever. my only question is that in some of my loaves i get a big hole towards the middle of the loaf. what causes this?

  • Debbie Christensen

    I am very interested in having your book in all of our Retail Stores (Honeyville Farms Store). We have 2 stores in Utah, Arizona and soon in Southern California. Lisa (from our store in Arizona) contacted you. If you could get back with me, I would appreciate it.
    435 494-4185

  • Leslie

    I’d like to share my tried and true granola recipes. I made both recipes today andI used a total of 24 cups of instant oats today. This is the best way to rotate those oats. It will all be gone by next week, especially the peanut butter one. My 15 year old daughter takes some to school with her every day. It is her breakfast and snack during the day. The peanut butter is also very good in chocolate pudding or on ice cream. So here are the recipes:


    Mix & heat in 4-cup glass jug for 4 minutes on HIGH:
    1-1/2 c white sugar
    1-1/3 c margarine
    1/2 t vanilla extract
    2/3 c peanut butter
    1/2 t salt
    1 c water

    Mix in large bowl:
    12 c rolled oats
    1 t cinnamon

    Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix quickly and well.
    Put onto two small greased cookie sheets.
    Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.
    Exchange cookie sheets in oven, cook 10 minutes.
    Turn oven off and let granola dry for several hours.
    Store in closed jar on kitchen counter and watch it disappear.


    1 ½ cups brown sugar
    ½ cup water
    4 teaspoons vanilla extract
    ½ teaspoon salt
    8 cups rolled oats
    ¾ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
    ¾ cup almonds, coarsely chopped
    ½ cup sunflower seeds, unsalted
    ½ cup shredded coconut
    dried fruits, if desired (tropical fruit is good, raisins, blueberries, cranberries, cherries are all great.)

    Heat oven to 275 degrees.
    Combine brown sugar and water in a 4 cup microwave proof cup.
    Microwave on high 5 minutes, or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla and salt.
    In a large mixing bowl, mix oats and nuts.
    Add the brown sugar mixture.
    Mix thoroughly.
    Spread onto 2 cookie sheets and bake for a total of 45 minutes or until golden brown.
    After 25 minutes, stir and put back in the oven for the rest of the time.
    When granola has cooked completely, add dried fruits.

  • Debbie

    Crystal, our R.S. was given your website info last night at our breadmaking class, so I took some time at work today to check it out. WOW!!! I’m just in awe of you. I’m just wondering now with all these great ideas, which one do I do first. I’m like a kid in a candy store. Thanks so much.

  • http://youtube kl minardi

    I found your video on you tube, have never been there before. Copied your recipe for bread. I made it today and am so excited. It is cooling now. I was worried because it had big bubbles and I didnt know what to do. I made in bread machine and used white sugar on dough setting. Needless to say measurements weren’t exact. I think yours was for whole wheat with honey. I have never made such a pretty loaf of bread and must commend you. Also never used vinegar. Dou you have a website, I would like more of your recipes. Also I would love a northeastern sub roll recipe. Seems you can’t find one anywhere. Thanks again you made my day!

  • http://EFS Jen W

    I was wondering if you have seen or tried the wheat grinder that attaches to the kitchenaid mixer. If so what do you think of it?

  • Lori

    I wondered if you would be so kind as to put the egg conversion chart & magic mix on your site as a printable handout like the milk conversion chart is? I like the magnets, but I prefer to put the charts as labels directly on my containers. I would greatly appreciate it. By the way, I just bought & read your book over the weekend – it was great!

  • Michelle

    I love your site. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with us. I was wondering how healthy cooking with food storage is? Or if you have any tips to make it healthier. I have tried to use tvp in the past and it tasted really salty. If you have any tips I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

  • Crystal-Everyday Food Storage

    Sorry! The printer has those conversion charts.


  • Crystal-Everyday Food Storage

    Cooking with food storage is EXTREMELY healthy (depending on what recipe you’re using 😉 The benefits from basic food storage items (wheat, beans, powdered milk) can’t be beat! The real beauty is that you can use them in your own recipes. Personally, I use them to make my recipes healthy-ER and to make simply healthy recipes. It’s so great!


  • Donna

    Although I am not LDS, I have been getting things in order for over a year now, and have our year, plus. We can, dry, garden, and shop very wisely. My sister and mother also do this, so we are in decent shape at this point. We use our storage. I have been unemployed for almost 6 months, and we haven’t made a dent in what we have. Five weeks ago, my sis’s husband had a freak accident and broke his neck, and they are using theirs full time right now. I can’t imagine living any other way. My LDS friend, a blessing from God after we started this journey, sent me this link tonight, and I already love your site. Thank you!

  • sally penman

    I met you at Deseret Book in Layton about how wonderful your book is. We talked about you coming to our ward for a Homemaking night, but I lost your phone number. Please contact me again, and this time I promise I will not lose the info.
    Sally Penman

  • Dalene Hokanson

    Your book is WONDERFUL!!! I have been waiting years for a book like this to come out. This is just what our ward has been waiting for to encourage useable food storage!! Thanks for a job WELL done!!!

  • Jennifer

    Hi, I got a dehyrator for Christmas last year and I have been slowly trying to use it. Do you know much about the shelf life of home dehydrated foods? I know you need to vaccum seal the dehydrated food in jars. I wonder how long fruits and veggies will last dehydrated and vaccum sealed in canning jars. Also I am looking for recipes to use the dehydrated foods. Can you make tomato soup using dried tomatoes? Do you know or can you direct me to a different website? I know people buy dehyrated/freeze dried foods. What do they do with them once they get them?

  • Joy

    Hey, I live in GA and LOVE using your website. Granted I don’t get all the supplies because I don’t have the great stores like Macey’s and such. Anyway, I am doing a food storage class for RS and we are using some of your recipes. I was wondering if you happen to know some places I can order powdered eggs. I have looked at a few online, but they seem a little expensive.


  • Susan

    Hi. I made your tortilla recipe today and it rocks! My five year old loves them and so did the hubby. How would you recommend incorporating dried or fresh herbs into them, like the specialty tortillas?

    Thanks again for your website – I love it!

  • Robin Marzano

    Love your website and all of your YouTube Videos!!! The Costco in my area has discontinued carrying the Kirkwood canned roast beef. My local Sam’s doesn’t have anything like this either. Do you have any suggestions for another source for canned roast beef? Has anyone ever tried “Yoder’s” brand? I’m wondering if I should just try to can some beef myself? Thanks for your help in this regard.

  • Amanda

    New to the website, but loving all of the great information. Just a quick question. I’ve seen the dehydrated eggs sold in bags. Do you know if it is possible to re-pack into buckets for LTS? It just seems this is more affordable than cans. Would love your opinion. Thanks!

  • Karen Valois

    I wanted to let you know I discovered a wonderful way to make powdered milk taste GREAT! At least my three Granddaughters LOVE it! I put a pretty big dollup of French Vanilla coffee creamer in the milk after I mix it all up and then put it in the frig to get nice and cold. Give it a try and I’ll bet you will never use vanilla again!

  • Karen Taylor

    I was recently at Honeyville to get more cinnamon bites and was saddened to learn that they won’t be carrying them any longer. My question is is there another source you know of where we can purchase them?

  • Darcy

    What is magic mix?

  • Cassia

    I just discovered this great blog, I plan to explore it and hopefully learn lots of new things, so things will get easier for me in the kitchen. In the meantime, I have a tip of my own that is a real lifesaver (I’m not sure if Crystal has this featured anywhere on her blog, this is something I figured out on my own a few years ago…). I buy lean ground beef when it goes on sale (I buy a huge package then) and then I cook it (I first fry finely chopped onions and minced garlic), being careful to drain the cooked meat to get rid of as much fat as possible. I store the meat in plastic sandwich containers (ziplock or glad brand, I keep lots of those semi-disposable kind at hand) and freeze them. This makes meals that start out with 1 pound of ground beef a breeze, for example, spaguetti sauce, chili, sloppy joes, etc, etc, the meat thaws out in the sauce real quickly, and you’re way ahead of the game because your meat is cooked and well seasoned with onions and garlic.

  • http://djoandjos.blogspot.com Debbie Jo

    Hey Crystal,

    I was wondering if you had done anything on home made yogurt? Can it be made with food storage (except for the ‘starter yogurt’ you need from the store)?

    A provident living person said to me that she has made yogurt and then learned how to make CREAM CHEESE with it! NO KIDDING, she said it tastes awesome!

    Anyway…just curious if you were planning on doing a yogurt webisode, or if its possible to use food storage to make it.


    Debbie Jo

  • http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/H/HE-0031/HE-0031.pdf Stephanie Land

    Just wanted to share a great resource for making your own buttermilk from powdered milk and a small amount of fresh buttermilk. There are some recipes where the milk+vinager just doesn’t give the taste advantage of real buttermilk and it is handy to have some on hand (buttermilk pancakes anyone :) You can also freeze fresh buttermilk so you can freeze it in 1 cup portions for use as starter in case you use up your supply of fresh. (I usually make mine in 1/2 gallon increments because that is what fits in my beverage container.


  • http://www.mrsshopswell.com meghan


    I found you through Tip Junkie and this was exactly what I was looking for. I have a couple of questions that I hope you can help me with.

    I’ve heard the cannery mentioned more than once and visited http://providentliving.org/ . However, I’m not LDS and was curious if non-members can purchase from them. I’m looking for powdered eggs and mix for my food storage and haven’t found a good place in my area to get these things.

    Any suggestions?

  • Theresa Romero

    Dear Crystal, Thanks for your wonderful website,I am new to food storage and the recipes. I bought your book and noticed a lot of the bread recipes call for gluten…..where do you get gluten? Do you make it?
    Thanks for everything,

  • stacy

    Hey! you did a fabulous job at our ward’s enrichment day (Bful-14th). i went out the next day and got your book at costco! it’s going to really help! so, thanks! now to a question. . . i went out to blue chip last year with a friend. i purchased honey powder b/c the guy said i could substitue white sugar with the all natural honey powder. needless to say, i have not cracked it open yet and was wondering if you’ve ever worked with it? what is the substitution? thanks!!!!

  • Debby

    Hi Crystal

    Thank you for your great blog, I love it.
    It’s nice to learn all the things we Squirrels can do with our nuts.
    Thank you

  • Steff

    I am hooked! I’ll admit, I was very skeptical. I tried the beans in the brownies first. They got rave reviews from the kids. I tried the Mrs. Field’s type cookie recipe, whole wheat and all, subbing half black bean puree for butter (I figured it would look like chocolate shavings.) My son repeated over and over “Mom, these are so awesome, these are the best cookies ever!” Even my nephew, who is 13 and picky, devoured the cookies and brownies. This is the same nephew who wouldn’t touch the beans in the taco soup at dinner! I tried subbing half white bean puree for oil in the pancakes and waffles, along with half whole wheat flour, with some flax thrown in. Devoured! Everyone loved them. I used half white bean puree, and half whole wheat flour in the zucchini muffins, Devoured!

    I use powdered milk and powdered eggs in all my baking now.

    I am no longer a skeptic, but a true convert!

    Thank you for making food storage easy and delicious!

  • Crystal-Everyday Food Storage


    I’m not sure what the conversion is for honey powder to sugar. If it doesn’t say on the can I would write them and ask them how they suggest doing it.

  • Judy Spencer

    Crystal –
    I enjoyed meeting you at the La Jolla Deseret Book store. I bought your book and went home and made your EZ Wheat bread. It was wonderful!! My husband likes it better than my recipe. The only thing is — it makes only one loaf. Is it possible to quadruple the recipe? I told you that my son eats a whole loaf of bread daily. I don’t have the time to make bread each and every day. Would it be possible to just put in the bosch 4 times of each ingredient. I am leary of all that yeast.
    Thanks for your hard work and sharing with everyone.

  • Crystal-Everyday Food Storage


    Yes you can quadruple the ingredients. I’m so glad you like it!


  • Jennifer

    I saw a little thing on the side of the web page about a free class “Using Wheat Without a Wheat grinder” on 7/31 in Utah. I don’t live in Utah but I am the Provident Living Specialist in my ward, I am in charge of teaching and preaching and exhorting people on food storage and emergency preparedness. Are you going to make the same information available here on your website? I have been searching for ways that people can use their wheat without a wheat grinder.

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  • Yahabah

    Trying to enter the mixer contest, I click on it and nothing shows. Am I missing something?

  • http://creatingtreasures.blogspot.com/ Tereza

    hey Crystal, I just post a new post to my blog and included some links to your website. I am using your bread recipe for over a month now. I tweaked it a bit since I don’t use the dry storage items. Thank you so much for your tutorials. the bread is a hit with every one here at home. We even have peanut butter sandwiches with it. :)

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  • Shawn Swain

    Okay, so I don’t ‘get’ blogging but I wanted to ask you a question:  have you ever used food storage to make pasta? My family and I love homemade pasta and wondered if it were possible to make from food storage and whether or not it had better storage options once made.  Also, if pasta is made by conventional method, can it be dehydrated and stored in an airtight container?

    Also, I so appreciate your doing this website!  I dislike grocery shopping so much that it does my heart good to be able to shop once a month and actually have everything I need to ‘create’ in the kitchen!

  • eatfoodstorage

    Yes and yes. Do search for while wheat pasta on my blog. I have videos and everything.

  • Lilmandarin

    Dear Crystal,
    Hello, I have seen your video’s on youtube several times and love them!  Like your husband my husband was out of work a little over 2 years ago and I was pregnant at the time.  We then when we could started buying more number 10 cans of things like tomatoes and corn, green beans etc….  I am a mother of 6, stay at home mom and homeschooling mom.  I would really like your help on what exactly I should be buying to keep in a food storage that I could use in everyday recipes.  This would help our family so much, just having things on hand would make my life a lot easier!  God Bless, Mandie

  • Debbylm

    Hi Crystal, I’m Debby from Texas. I recently purchased and just finished reading your book and loved it. I purchased your book to help me get started with food storage as part of my personal disaster preparedness plan. I learned so much I never knew and am really excited to get started. I am confused about one thing though and am hoping you can explain to me how and when to replenish your one year supply if you’re using it regularly (which makes a whole lot more sense to me than just having food sit around never being used). Anyway, if you could explain replenshing you supply, I would really appreciate it. Thank you – have a great day :-)

  • eatfoodstorage

    I actually just keep track of when I go through some thing so I know how much to get the next time I’m at the cannery.

  • Cheryl Lewis

    I love food storage. I am teaching my kids to eat and prepare healthier food. It’s much better to eat non processed food and when we buy in bulk I can also my family organics for much less than others pay for conventional foods laced with poisen.

  • Bonnie

    Keep a clipboard & pen on a hook near your food storage. When you take something out, right it down. Next time you go to the store (cannery, etc.) take the list with you and replace the items removed from your storage. put the replacement items at the “back of the line” so that you rotate in order. Hope this makes sense!

  • Marilyn

    I canned my own roast beef. It tastes much better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilyn.stewart.31 Marilyn Stewart

    Im a texas mom and have been using food storage for a year now!! I am making the ez bread recipe. I am getting very frustrated. It tastes wonderful but I keep getting like a floating crust. Huge holes thru a large part of my bread. Can someone please help!!??

  • eatfoodstorage

    How are you rolling your dough?

  • Dave Hadley

    hello Crystal, I watched a channel 5 program that you did and have some questions for you, program was good. Do you deal in creating a food storage for people that can’t have wheat, dairy, soy. Some people that i have spoken to think “oh” just use gluten free products and you’ll be ok. I can’t have whole grain wheat or dairy products along with products that have soy in it. It is very hard to fine anything but rice that I can eat. I live here in Vernal and have found a lot of people that can’t have Whole grain Wheat . We Need Help.

  • Melissa Sutton

    I wondered with all the coughs that you make, what type of kitchenaid mixer you use and would recommend
    …I have a Blanche, Blanche and use it for my big batch bread, but I’m looking to purchase a kitchenaid for my everyday mixing and small batch stuff…everyone has an opinion, but I would appreciate yours because you use it so often…thanks. :)

  • Melissa Sutton

    *dough not cough 😉

  • Melissa Sutton

    Seriously…Lol..auto correct drives me nuts! That was supposed to say Bosche not Blanche

  • Cathy Germany

    I just found this site and love it! Where do you find #10 can

  • East Texas mom

    Try grinding your wheat berries in a better quality wheat grinder. The finer the better!

  • Samantha Doebler

    Hi Ms. Crystal, I so appreciate all the work you do to teach us. I’m leading a class on Provodent Living next week here in St. George, UT and I’m making yogurt in a crock pot to show the neighborhood ladies a way we can use our food storage. I would love to know if you have ever tried to make frozen yogurt with the yogurt you make? And if you have a good recipe? Also, Any other recipes you make using your yogurt? Thanks so much! Samantha

  • Cody Rodabaugh

    Rodabuagh Bros Grass Fed Canned Beef. Free Range, All Natural, No added Hormones, No antibiotics, and 100% GRASS FED. Canned chuck roast with a pinch of sea salt. DELICIOUS!