Saturday, February 1, 2014

Be Prepared - February

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 grains.

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.

You can purchase one here.

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:
Emergency Essentials
Shelf Reliance
Wise Company
Items to collect for February

Emergency Preparedness Goal:

  • Place $20 in coins and small bill in your “cash stash”.
  • Axe
  • Paper Towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Trash bags and twist ties

72 Hour Kit Goal:

  • $5 in coins
  • Portable axe
  • Rope
  • Individual charcoal bricks

 Food Storage Goal:

  • Grains: Wheat, Corn, Oats and Rice

Challenge: Prepare a Storage Inventory for your food storage.

Here is the link for the full February file.

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