Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Food Storage Tuesday

Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your 72-hour 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 72-hour kit is complete, we'll be putting together emergency car kits again (week by week). Once those are done, we'll gather the 72-hour kits again. So don't worry, just jump on in and join us where we are today!

This week for your 72-hour kits, add $100 cash per family.  This should be spread out among a few packs - maybe you and your spouse, or maybe you want some in each of your children's packs as well.  Be sure to include small bills and change (rolls of quarters are good, but remember that they do add a little bit of extra weight).  Not sure how you should be spreading everything out among the kits?  Check out Abbie's post about 72-hour kit distribution: Who Carries What?

How is your three-month supply coming along?  Besides water and medicine, you should also have at least three months' worth of toilet paper, feminine products, and other hygienic needs (toothpaste, soap, etc).  Don't forget diapers, wipes, and baby food.  It's tough to store diapers since your kids are always growing and you don't know what size you need.  One of my friends said that she stores diapers one size up from what her child wears.  Then, when the child starts wearing the stored size, she lets him just wear the ones from storage and starts buying the next size up for storage, etc.  Does that make sense?

This month for our longer-term storage, we're gathering rice.  I like to store a couple different varieties - long grain, saffron, medium grain, etc.  I wish brown rice stored better, because I'd love to have a LOT of that stored up.  What kind(s) of rice do you store?


Anonymous said...

I don't think you'll have to store the brown rice very long.