Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November Food Storage and Prep Handout

This month we're gathering Fall foods into our food storage and cold weather items to keep us warm in the winter months. Also a few medical supplies too. I've changed the format of my Relief Society newsletter, so it will look a little different. No recipes this time. Hope you like it!

Many adaptations have happened recently in the Church. Last month Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president said"Just as the Church adapts food production and storage projects according to changing needs, families may want to make similar adjustments from time to time in their food storage plans to ensure availability for their own use and to share with others."

What adjustments could we make? Should we modify our food storage plan? Do we have a food storage budget? Has our family size changed? Are we storing foods our family likes? Have our food allergies changed? Are we open to sharing our food with others?

Simplify food storage by gathering a few extra items each week while we grocery shop. Holiday foods are on sale this month. Many are shelf stable. Hooray! Gathering can be as easy as pumpkin pie!

Check out more ideas in the November handout I made for the LDS Relief Society sisters in my ward. You're welcome to print the pdf to see what we're working on this month.

Best wishes on your preparedness endeavors!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

October Food Storage and Prep Handout

Fall is upon us here in Utah. The air is cooler and General Conference is just around the corner. It’s also a great time to gather oils and fats into our food storage. As we enter the holiday season, many oils and fats go on sale. 

All oils are not created equal. Shelf life varies. Gather what you like to use so you will use it. This is NOT a long-term food item, so be careful to read your container. I like canola because of its shelf life, but you may like olive oil. Anything works here. There is a huge variety of coconut oils. Don't assume it has a long shelf life. Check the label.

Here is the October handout I made for the Relief Society sisters in my ward. You’re welcome to print the pdf to see what we are focusing on this month.

Other types of fats you may want to store are peanut or almond butter. There are soooo many differences here. Again, read the label. Maybe you should be refrigerating your almond butter and you didn't know it.

Another fat is chocolate. Yep! Love it! I store semi-sweet chocolate chips since they have a 2-year shelf life, whereas milk chocolate has about a year shelf life. I store my chips in the freezer, but they can also be in your pantry. I love to find my stash of  cold chocolate chips!

Other fats are mayonnaise, salad dressings and shortening. Store whatever your family uses.
It’s best to store oil & fats in a dark, cool location or closed cupboard. Always smell oil before using it and write the date you open a container on the label.

Fire Safety is my emergency focus this month. It’s Fire Prevention week in the U.S. next week, but I vote they move it to June ahead of the fire season. How about you?

The October Costco ad, has smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers on sale for $7 to $10 off. That’s cool!

It’s that time of year when those of us in Davis County, Utah drain our water systems because we don’t want the water to freeze in the pipes during the winter. We use mountain water to irrigate our yards. It's very economical, but we rely on the snowpack. We had a drought this year and my vegetable garden suffered, so I'll figure out a better way to water next year.

I hope some of these ideas help you during the month of October. The key to food storage is gather what you eat and eat what you store. Not buy it and forget about it. Food does NOT last forever and requires rotation or use. So, use it and buy some more!

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer