Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Food Storage Tuesday

Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your emergency car kit, your three-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 kits, add a blanket or a few towels.  These can come in handy for a variety of reasons - warmth (obviously), or something to lay on if you have to get under your car to check on or fix anything, etc. We've even used our blanket for impromptu picnics and for wiping off that puddle of water that always seems to stay on the playground slide, even a day after it has rained.

How's your three-month supply coming along?  It's not always easy to rotate food storage - trust me, I know!  Like many people, I prefer to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, even in the winter.  However, I try to serve my family 1 or 2 meals from food storage each week, and then I replace those foods on my next trip to the store.  This way, that can of corn doesn't expire before we finally get around to eating it!  Some weeks we don't eat from our food storage, but I try to make it a goal to have at least one meal per week from it.  The other benefit is that I can determine if my family actually likes the food storage recipe.  If they don't, it's back to the drawing board and I can tweak my food storage plan.

We're gathering wheat for our longer-term storage this month.  How do you store your wheat?  Do you prefer 5 gallon buckets, #10 cans, or foil pouches?  I prefer to keep mine in #10 cans.


The Johnsons said...

We have some in #10 cans and some in 6-gallon buckets. We go through it regularly so the buckets are great. I like them in cans so that if the time comes that I need to share we can send them out the door with a can.

Y'all Ready said...

There are so many options today when it comes to food storage. My kids love the freeze dried pineapple and raspberries. We got a discount account from www.shelfreliancesanantonio.com. The food is great and it has a 25 year shelf life, so stock up on items not grow locally. I also bought freeze dried mushrooms and some taco meat TVP. You'll kids will swear that you must have stopped by Taco Bell!

Cecily said...

We have a lot of wheat in 6 gallon buckets, but we also have a lot of #10 cans. I figure that if I'm going through it regularly (making bread and such) then I don't want to cycle through the cans so quickly. But in the case of an emergency, the #10 cans are more portable. We'll start rotating them out about year 25.