January 27, 2013

Food Storage Goals: January Week 5 - Fruit juice

This week our food storage focus is bottled or canned juice.

STEP 1: 3-Month Supply (per adult) - 3 x 64 oz. juice or equivalent; bottled or canned
Why?: Useful everyday beverage and for illnesses. Also, helpful during power outages. Consider the needs of young children and what they would drink during a disaster. There are various juices to choose from. However, because of the expense and shelf space it takes, you probably don't want to have a large supply. We don't use this every day, but periodically I bring out some juice to serve to my family. I keep it on a shelf my family does not see all the time, but I know it is there.
Shelf Life: see Still Tasty.com

STEP 2: Drinking Water - 14 gallons (FEMA) or about 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water
(Skip this step if you've already got it.)
Tip: Stock up this month! It's everywhere today, but it may not be tomorrow. Buy more to replenish what you use.
Shelf Life: see Still Tasty.com

STEP 3: Financial Reserve (per person) - $2.00 +/- per week
(Skip this if you've already accumulated your goal.)
Tip: Start your fund this month! Use only for emergencies. Keep some in the bank and some cash at home.

STEP 4: Longer-Term Supply (per adult) - no item this week

OTHER STORAGE ITEMS
Home Storage: Toiletries Group 1 (per adult) - Deodorant 3 ea.
Tip: Use your best judgement to figure out how much to stock up on for your family. A 3-month or 12 -month supply may be affordable for some families, but a 1 month supply may work for others. Once you know how much you want to stock, try to restock it if you use some.

Preparedness Goal - Make a 72-hour kit.
How: Look for ideas on the right side of my blog under "DIY 72-Hour Kits" or my Pinterest board.

Equipment Goal - Manual can opener.
How: Many people these days have automatic can openers. Make sure you have a manual one in case you ever need it in an emergency.

Weekly Inventory - Breakfast item
How: Count your supply of breakfast items such as cold cereal, oats or oatmeal, pancake mix or syrup, etc. We will be restocking next month.

Good luck on your weekly goals. You CAN do it! Here is the printout of the January 2013 Food Storage list.

Instructions:
Each week, I post various food storage and emergency items to gather. By stocking up year round, you build up your supplies economically, use some, leave some on the shelf, and buy some more. Cycling keeps your items fresh and integrated into your everyday diet. I've incorporated the LDS 4-Step Approach to Home Storage, but with my suggested items to gather.

Work on STEP 1, 2 and 3, before moving to STEP 4: Long-Term Food Supply. It may take you awhile to gather your 3-Month Supply, water and a financial reserve. As long as you are moving forward, that's what matters most. Only gather what you can afford, will eat, and choose goals you have time for. Substitute other foods that work for your family.

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