Tuesday, March 22, 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!

It's our last week for the car kits!!  This week, add a pocket knife to your kit, as well as some cash.  You can choose the amount, but I recommend something like $20 or so.  You should be sure to have a good mix of bills and change, and keep it in a baggy so that it's waterproof.  As far as pocket knives go, you can find those pretty much anywhere and there are lots of brands/sizes to choose from.  Next week we'll be diving right into the 72-hour kits so get ready!

How's your three month supply coming along?  Last night around 9:30 I found myself perusing the local Food Lion for a mouse trap.  Yep, we saw a mouse scurrying along our kitchen floor.  Actually, we barely saw it, because I'm telling you that it was pretty much just a streak across the floor, that thing moved so fast!  Anyway, naturally we don't have any mouse traps lying around in our storage, hence the reason I was at the grocery store so late.  Long story short.... it might be a good idea to store things like mouse traps and other bug killers in your storage!  I know I plan to never be without one again (if I can help it). (And yes, thankfully we caught the mouse last night.  Whew.)

This month for our longer-term storage we are gathering oats!  You can store oats in #10 cans, or in 5 gallon buckets, or in the foil pouches.  Any other methods I'm missing?  Which method do you prefer?


Prepared Teacher said...

I like to use gallon buckets the 5-6 or even 3.5 ones, with a gamma lid for easy opening. I just haven't mylar and O2'd the buckets, as of now they are a bucket with the food in it. Do you think I need to mylar bag and O2 the buckets?

The Johnsons said...

If I can put my two cents in...yes, you do need to mylar bag and O2 the buckets. Plastic buckets still allow air to get in and bugs can still breed with air.

We also prefer the buckets. We got through a lot of oats! ;)

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