Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Food Storage Tuesday

Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your emergency car kit, your 3-month supply, and your longer-term storage. If you are new to our blog, don't worry! You won't be left behind. Just start up where we are and follow along. You will eventually have everything completed! Once the car kit is complete, we'll be putting together 72-hour kits again (week by week). Once those are done, we'll gather the car kits again. So don't worry, just jump on in and join us where we are today!

This week for your car kit, add some high energy snacks.  Granola bars and trail mix are good options.  Just be careful with anything that has chocolate... it will probably melt and get really messy.  I have a box of granola bars in my car kit.  You decide how much food to store - personalize it for your family and according to their likes.

Just a side note: don't feel like you must follow along with us as we gather these kits.  Someone told us a few weeks ago that once they saw the car kit list on our sidebar, they were able to gather nearly everything right away from around the house!  That's awesome!!  And that's why we post the entire list - you can go at your own pace--just try not to get too far behind.

How is your three-month supply coming along?  I also like to have three months' worth of other essentials in my home... soap, dishwasher detergent, dish soap, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.  Having these items is helpful for me in more ways than one; first of all, I can stock up when they are on sale only.  Secondly, if I needed to stay in my house for three months, I wouldn't be lacking any of my day-to-day needs. The three month supply isn't only about food!

As for the longer-term storage, we are still gathering rice this month.  Check out our food storage recipes for some options of what to do with all that rice you have!


Jenny said...

I see on your car kit list that you have batteries as an item. I don't see what the batteries are for though. Is a flashlight supposed to be on the list?

Thanks for all the good info - I really enjoy this site and all the food storage help it has given me!

Sarah said...

if you have an infant the sample size cans of formula a perfect for you car kit (they also go well in the 72 hour kit). If you didn't receive any of these in the mail you can just ask you dr. for a sample at your next visit, they should have some.

Mrs. Pear said...

Quick question: All store bought granola and trail mix contain peanuts or are cross-contaminated. And home made does not stay very long in CA heat! Do you have any alternate thoughts on the snacks?

This has been a great list, we have a fair bit of of it in the car already, so this is helping us fill the holes!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for updating your car care list - batteries for a flashlight makes more sense!

dogear6 said...

I'm trying to keep a 6 to 12 month stock of supplies - cleaning, OTC medications, dog food, TP, etc. You have a great point about being able to buy on sale.

However, another reason for it is financial. If something happens to my paycheck, these things are all expensive. Not having to buy them for a while would really help our budget in a pinch.

A dozen eggs vs. a box of Prilosec is a big difference in the grocery bill.