Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Food Storage Tuesday

Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your 72-hour 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 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 a small sewing kit.  You can find these already put together at most big box stores, or you could make your own.  You should have needles and thread, safety pins, scissors, maybe a few spare buttons.

How's your three-month supply coming?  Make a plan!  My family loves spaghetti, so I've planned that we will eat spaghetti once a week if we were eating from our 3-month supply.  Since that is approximately 12 weeks, I need to store 12 lbs of pasta, 12 jars of marinara, and 12 of any side dish I want to serve (canned veggies, etc).  Once I have those in my storage, bam - I'm all set with my Mondays!  Now on to Tuesdays..... etc.  If you don't want to eat the same thing each week, plan 12 different dinners and buy enough food to make them each 6 times for dinner (every other week for 12 weeks).  For more ideas on this plan, check out our post here on how to make a food storage plan.

This month for our longer-term storage, we're gathering "other" items.  Just last week, my mom and I stopped at a local farmers' market.  Someone was selling organic honey for a good price, so I bought a gallon of it and poured it into quart jars when we got home!  It's delicious, and honey is a great food storage item because it never goes bad (although it may crystallize).  What's your favorite "other" item to stock up on?


angela hamon said...

I LUV your blog. My favorite "other item" is clothing 1-2 sizes up for kids. Go to thrift stores on half off days, yard sales, even discount stores for ridiculously cheap clothes. buy the size they wear now and 1-2 sizes up!

Misty @ Survival Kit Ideas said...

I love honey. So many uses and such and awesome shelf life. And I can't tell you how many times I've used the sewing kit I keep in my car (in addition to our 72 hr kits)