Monday, December 31, 2012

Food Storage Goals: January Week 1 - Evaporated Milk

This week our food storage focus is evaporated milk.

STEP 1: 3-Month Supply (per adult) - 1 can of evaporated milk
Recipes: see Very Best Baking. Practice using evaporated milk this week.
Tip: Milk solids settle, so flip cans upside down every month or so, and then flip another month.
Shelf Life: 1 year for best quality

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

STEP 3: Financial Reserve (per person) - $2.00 +/- per week
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) - None this week

Home Storage: Toiletries Group 1 (per adult) - Toilet paper
Tip: Average use is 1 roll per week. If you want a 3-month supply, stock 12 rolls. Use your best judgment.

Preparedness Goal - Decide where to store your drinking water.
Note: You are only storing emergency drinking water, not water for sanitation or cooking which we will gather another month.
Tip: Keep water away from heat and store some on every level of your home in case you can't get to it on one level. Do not store water directly on the cement. On 2x4's or a shelf is better.
Photos: Check here and here or see more ideas on my Pinterest board.

Equipment Goal - An emergency prep book
Tip: Find a book that has practical ideas for preparing for a disaster. Preview books at or another book site. Or check them out from a library. See my Shop Page for some ideas. I like "Just In Case" by Kathy Harrison and "Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family" by Arthur T. Bradley.

Weekly Inventory - Water
Tip: Check your supplies for breakage, spillage and replenish if needed.

Good luck on your goals this week. So excited to get moving this year. You CAN do it! Go here to see a printout of the January 2013 Food Storage list.

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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  1. This is such an incredible resource. Can I copy this to give to my ward each week? I can't think of anything you have left off this and the work is already done for me. I can't thank you enough for all your hard work on this. It's a great service to everyone!

    1. Yes you can, Debbie. Let me know if you have problems printing.

  2. Thanks for putting this together. I'm working hard this year to really get going and organized for emergency preparedness. I will definitely be checking back often!

  3. I love your weekly posts. I already copy and paste your list to my RS fb page, I hope this is okay with you :) I am my ward's Emergency Preparedness specialist. Though very new to the church myself and just beginning my family's preparedness. Thank you for all you do.

    1. Yes, you can may share what helps your sisters. Thanks!

  4. I, too, am so grateful for this blog you've created. It is inspiring me and making the task of preparing my family less daunting and more doable. Your blog is also a big hit in my ward and I do share your weekly shopping lists in our weekly program--full credit given to you, of course! Thank you!

  5. Thank you, thank you Valerie. I have my lists printed out and I'm so excited to share these with the sisters in our ward. Your blog is amazing.

  6. I do not remember how I stumbled across your blog, but sure glad I did. We are not Mormons, but believe everyone can benefit from all these tips. We camp, so alot of stuff we do have. The amounts of food to buy weekly is what I love the best. Thank you so much for the hours you have clearly spent putting this blog together. I am learning much in reading your archives.

    blessings, jill

  7. This is amazing!!!!!! I am sharing with my Ward in Henderson, NV! Started today! Thank you soooooo much for all the time you have put into this!

  8. First of all, thank you for this wonderful blog you have set up! I stumbled upon it through a pinterest pin I saw, and I'm glad I found it!
    I started a week late, so I just got my evaporated milk supply together. If you are lucky to have an Aldi in your neighborhood, I was able to find it there the cheapest for $.65/can. Otherwise Walmart has their Great Value brand for $.68/can.

  9. Evaporated milk has the highest in nutritional content of any milk (barring mamas') so it's perfect for emergency baby-feeding too!

  10. Is it one can per person/per day? So for me that would mean 90 cans for a 3 month supply?

    1. Jayne, no. 1 can total per person for 3 months. Doesn't sound like much, but it has a short shelf-life. Store more if you use it a lot. So 4 cans per year per person.Just figure an amount based on your personal cooking habits.


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