Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April Preparedness Challenges

April 2020 is quite different than April 2019 because of this pandemic, but I want to help you get back on track by gathering a few canned tomatoes and pasta into your food storage and some sanitation supplies. If finances are too tight, stay focused on what you are already doing.

In the recent LDS General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson said:
“Of course we can store our own reserves of food, water and savings, but equally crucial is our need to fill our personal spiritual storehouses with faith, truth and testimony."

I hope you find many ways to strengthen your spiritual storehouse this month and add a few extra items to your shelves.

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Covid-19 Face Mask With Ties Project

We need your help in a face mask service project for health care employees who work in nursing homes in Utah. We need 1500 face masks ASAP. These fabric masks have ties.

  • How to video and printable pattern
  • Use 100% tightly woven cotton
  • Bias tape may be used for the ties or make your own ties (ribbon) from fabric. Top ties are 18" long and bottom are 12" long.
  • Please make medium (female fabric) or large (male fabric)
  • DO NOT sew if you or anyone in your household has been ill

Email Me or message me on Facebook for Mailing address in Farmington, Utah:  preparedldsfamily @ gmail dot com

Thanks for your willingness to serve others. It's always best to be prepared.

Preparedness Challenge - April Week 1

Our first preparedness challenge for April is to gather pasta and tomato products into our 3-month food storage supply. Most plain dry pasta has up to 3-year shelf life if stored in a cool, dry place like your cupboards or pantry. Egg noodles or pasta mixes have a shorter shelf life. According to EatByDate, "Dried pasta will last for 1-2 years beyond a 'best by' date." Canned tomatoes have an 18 month to 2-year shelf life according to StillTasty.

1. Gather Pasta and Tomatoes Into Your 3-Month Food Supply
  • Create a list of the tomato or pasta products you have or use most often such as tomato puree, diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, salsa, tomato soup, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, macaroni, angel hair pasta, etc.
  • Decide how much you use in one month.
  • Watch for sales throughout the month and gather a few extra.
  • Store similar items together on your shelves.
2. Make a Recipe Using Pasta and Tomatoes
  • Find recipes such as spaghetti, sloppy joes, taco soup, pizza, tomato basil soup, Ziti bake, etc.
  • Make a large batch of pasta sauce, freeze it in baggies and use it in a variety of recipes.
  • Save your favorite recipes. 
Heavenly Father knows your needs. Pray before you shop, and inspiration and miracles will come.

Best wishes and stay healthy!

Valerie Albrechtsen

The Food Storage Organizer

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

April Food Storage Sale Items At LDS Home Storage Centers

Here are the April food storage items on sale at some 👈 of the U.S. LDS Home Storage Centers. Grateful for volunteers who give their time at HSC's. ❤️ Please be kind and free from illness when you purchase.

Due to the current pandemic:
▪️items may continue to be limited based on supply and demand
▪️SALE ITEMS may NOT be available at your HSC
▪️HSC's may close without notice for health concerns or lack of supply
▪️HSC's DO NOT sell long term packaging materials at this time

📌 BULK ITEMS MAY BE available at Utah Wasatch Front HSC's until corresponding canned products can be replenished at other centers
▪️Black beans, 25 lb. bags $14.00
▪️Pinto beans, 25 lb. bags $14.00
▪️Great Northern beans, 25 lb. bags $14.00
▪️White Flour, 25 lb. bags $14.00
▪️Macaroni, 20 lb. boxes $21.00
▪️Spaghetti, 25 lb. boxes $21.00
(Storage life for bulk items is SHORT TERM. See providentliving.churchofjesuschrist.org for how to repackage for long term.)

☎️ Please contact the HSC near you for product availability at providentliving.churchofjesuschrist.org/food-storage/home-storage-center-locations-map

📌 Remember, I am NOT a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just a mom sharing what I learn to help you. 👌 I do not have all the answers.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Preparedness Challenge: March Week 2

During the second preparedness challenge of March, we'll gather canned beans and fish as we work on building our 3-month food storage supply. A short term supply of canned and packaged foods you normally eat was suggested by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help us during adversity in life. That could be when supplies are low in stores or you are out of work. Some of you live in small apartments, so store the best amount you can.

1. Gather Beans and Fish Into Your 3-Month Food Supply

  • Consider how much of these types of foods you eat in a month. Then multiply that by 3.
  • Imagine without your favorite restaurant or fresh fish. What will you eat?
  • If you don't like fish, store chicken or another meat. 
  • If you live in Utah, take advantage of case lot sales at some of our local grocery stores.
  • Beans are an amazing source of protein and other wonderful nutrients.
  • A 3-month food storage supply could include small cans of beans, dried beans, legumes or canned fish.
  • TIP: Always rinse canned beans before using.

2. Make a Recipe Using Beans or Fish

  • Prepare a meal using beans or fish. 
  • I just made taco soup.
  • Save that recipe if it turns out to be a keeper.

I hope you do well with this week's challenge!

Best wishes,

The Food Storage Organizer

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Monday, March 2, 2020

How to Shop at Utah Case Lot Sales

Three times a year, Utah grocery stores have case lot sales where you may purchase canned and packaged goods at a discount. These sales may help you stock up on items for your food storage. In the past you had to buy the entire case of items, but now most stores allow you to buy an individual item at the case price which is pretty awesome if you are single or have a small family.

TAKE AN INVENTORY Take an inventory of your canned and packaged foods at home first. What do you really need to stock up on?

COMPARE PRICES All items at case lot sales are not the cheapest you can find, so it is best to compare prices. Look online at Walmart and compare with your store ad.

COME PREPARED Before you walk in the store, create a shopping plan. You might get star-struck when you see the case lot display. If you see someone grab a case of apple juice, control your desire to copycat. Bring a list of what you plan to purchase which should be food and items you know your family will use.

LOOK OVER THE DISPLAY When you arrive, walk around the case lot display at the front of the store to get familiar with case sizes and items. You may actually see something that wasn't in the ad included in the display.

GO DOWN THE AISLES There isn't room for the grocery store to put all varieties of food out front. Walk away from that tempting front display and go down the aisles to look for varieties of your foods such as "no sugar added," "no salt added" or diced, sliced and whole vegetables.

COMPARE BRANDS Sometimes there is a sale on your favorite name brand item on the shelf you didn't know about. Decide which is better for your family.

LOOK UNDER PRICE TAG Remember: all foods in a case lot sale ARE NOT the best prices. Look under the price tag and see how much your are saving. You may only be saving a penny. Or you could save 50 cents.

And most important of all, CHECK EXPIRATION DATE of your item. You could be looking at a display of items that expire next month. Make sure your item has some time to sit on your shelf.

I spent 30 min. in Dick's Market today and spent $35.00. Most people had cases in their carts and were spending hundreds of dollars. I shop year-round so I don't spend much at case lot sales.

These ideas have saved me lots of money over the years. I hope they help you too!

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