Happy Spring everyone!! The weather has been gorgeous here
in Arizona! Well I hope you all did well last month collecting your fats and
oils and your meals for your 72 hour kits. I did pretty good. Here is a picture
of my 72 hour kit meals.
Don't mind the bucket I have something else in mind for that.
I was only missing a set for one backpack and I scored a
fantastic deal at Emergency Essentials for the MRE pouches.
For the month of April it’s going to a fun and fairly easy
one for food storage. This month’s challenge is to collect seeds for planting a
garden. This is something that my family has already been doing for a couple of
years now. When we had to move in with my in-laws I had suggested to my
father-in-law that we need to plant a garden for food storage. He immediately
loved the idea and started prepping the backyard for gardening. We have since
found vegetables that we love such as beets, yellow squash, tomatoes and onions
for canning.Mmmm! We have since moved
out of their house but only live down the street so once the vegetables are
ripe we set aside a Saturday to prep and can them.
Anyways I’m going to share some gardening tips with you that
I have found that could be useful to you to get your own family garden going.
First decide what you are going to grow. Second determine
how much space you need and where you will put your garden. Then how you want
it to look. Here is link for more info at Better Homes and Garden.
There are many types of gardens out there that you can
choose from to fit your family’s needs and your space.
This month not only are we to be collecting fats and oils for our food storage but also meals for our 72 hour kits. I wanted to share this awesome deal that Emergency Essentials is having this month.
The MRE pouches are on sale this month starting at $2.95 to about $0.75 for the individual pouches. That is a fantastic deal!! I figured that for about $19 I can have a 3 day meal for one person at these prices!
There's a large selection of meals to choose from and they sound pretty tasty!
It’s another month! How did you all do for February?I was able to get some items checked off, not
all but like I’ve mentioned before, food storage is a process it will take
This month for March we are to be collecting Fats and Oils
such as shortening, butter, mayo and peanut butter to name a few.
Here are some tips on how we need to be storing our oils. I
found some tips off of Prepared LDS Family blog
(there’s some good info on there).
Oils should be
stored in a dark location such as a closed cupboard or pantry. Olive
oil has about a 6 month shelf life, but can be stored for a year in a
refrigerator. To avoid using rancid oil, always smell before using. Sticks or
canned shortening have a shelf life of 2 years. Once opened the canned
shortening has a 1 year shelf life, but the sticks have a 6 month shelf life.
Peanut or almond
butter is another item I stock up on this month, but remember it
has a short shelf life of about 1 year. I usually keep a 6 month supply on hand
in the small 18 oz. containers because we use it slowly. If you need help
figuring out the shelf life of any food item, visit StillTasty.com
or look at the expiration date the manufacturer put on the item. And remember
to see if the date is truly an expiration
date OR a best buy date. Many items can be stored beyond the
best buy date, but be careful about oils as they do not smell or taste good
when they go rancid. Yuck!
Here are some other tips that I found on Survival Mom on how
to store your fats and oils.
Keep oil cool.
or freeze your oil to lengthen its’ shelf life. If it thickens, just let
it warm to room temperature before using it. Coconut oil is a great
option to the oils we typically think of for cooking and baking. Coconut
oil can be kept refrigerated and has a longer shelf life than other oils since
it is a saturated fat.
Keep track of time.
most important step in storing oil is keeping track of the date you purchased
it and rotate it on a regular basis. By the time it reaches its’
stamped expiration date, it may already be too rancid to use. If you
don’t use oil all that often, buy smaller bottles so you’ll be able to rotate
through them more quickly.
Keep oxygen out.
you won’t be able to use oxygen absorbers in your bottles of oil!
The only measure you can take is storing oil in jars and then using a Food
Saver device to extract oxygen from the jar. Even that isn’t fool-proof.
on Pinterest I found out that you can actually store butter safely and at room
temperature! What!?!So naturally I had
to pin it. Here is the link on how to store butter. Click HERE. It is very fascinating that I had to share this info with MIL, she is my
partner in crime for food storage. She was just as shocked as I was since she
has been doing food storage for years!
you also know that shortening can be used in an emergency for light? Another
tip I found while scouting on Pinterest. Here is the link how to make a Crisco
hope I haven’t bored you yet with all this info. Good luck and just keep on
going, even if you don’t get everything on the list. Below is the link for the
entire March List.
It’s a new month! How did you do last month in gathering the
items listed? I know that it was late in the month when it was posted so don’t
feel like you have failed if you didn’t get everything for that month. Just
keep adding and it will get easier.
This month’s focus will be on the grains such as Wheat, Rice
and Corn etc.You can grind your own
grains if you have a grinder and store it or you can purchase already canned
If you are interested in grinding your own grains look for a
quality grinder. I have a KitchenAid mixer that has attachments such as a
grinder. You may also want to have a hand grinder on hand just in case there is
no electricity. Hand mills are not very expensive and are great to have in your emergency storage.
If you do decide to grind your own you will need to make
sure you have the proper storage containers. You can do the big buckets, but
keep in mind the space you have, or smaller containers or bags. I personally
think that the smaller containers are easier b/c you can control the portions.
With the bucket once it’s opened you have to use it in a certain amount of time
or else it will spoil. When storing your grains you need to make sure you have
an oxygen packet to keep out the bugs.
I bet you’re asking what
kinds of grains are good for storing and how to use them once you have them.
Well I found this fantastic blog that will help you. Go here. She has a ton of information!
If you do decide to purchase your
grains please note that it can get expensive unless you find good deals. You
can purchase from the following site:
As promised here is this month’s emergency preparedness
info. With a new year I thought that it would be nice to start fresh in being
prepared for an emergency. With all of the crazy weather that has been
experienced it will be nice to have things on hand if you are unable to make it
to the grocery store. For me I live in Arizona and the harshest weather I may
have to endure is a drought.
A couple years ago I had done a mini-series on food storage
that I will be reposting along with new info each month.I know that it’s late in the month but I hope
to have a post up at the beginning of each month so that you have all month to
A lady in my stake had created a great food storage and
preparedness plan that I adapted to my family’s needs. I will have a link to a
pdf file for each month in each post that I write for you to print off.
Alright, let’s get started.
Finding space to start your food storage is part of the fun
and can also be a challenge. For me, I have some room, for one I have closet pantry
in my kitchen and walk-in pantry in my laundry room off the kitchen, jealous?
Anyways, if you don't have 2 pantries, you can use your basement, if you have
one, corners of closets in your house, under the bed or find cute furniture
that can act like a closet to hide your stock pile. Use what space you have to
suit your needs, who said that storing food couldn't be stylish! ;)
Rome wasn't built in a day and neither should your food
storage/ stock pile. Take the time to carefully plan out what you need as far
as what your family likes, meals you enjoy and even what kinds of products you
use for hygiene purposes. Your storage shouldn't just be about food, but
personal hygiene products as well. Look for sales and opportunities to stock up
on the essentials. Get the family
involved to give some input as to what you would like to accumulate. For
example; in my house beans, rice, tortillas and cheese are a MUST. We LOVE
Mexican food and I always have these on hand to make burritos with. An easy way
to help get started is to create a menu of the meals your family likes and go
from there. Some things to stock up on are pastas and sauce for a quick pasta
meal. Have fun with it.
Items for January
Emergency Preparedness Goal:
$20 (or whatever you can afford) in coins and small bills in a concealed
location this will be your “cash stash” and you will be adding to it each
month. Remember, this is your emergency bank only, not an ATM. Some people
“can” this emergency money.
72 Hour Kit Goal:
collecting items needed for a 72 hour kit. Place items all together in one
location. Be sure to have a backpack for each member of your family.
brush and mirror
Food Storage Goal:
bath soap (anti-bacterial soap works too)
You can purchase these items through Emergency Essentials. They always have a sale going on and they have a lot to choose from.
Here is the link to download the rest of the January file.