Let me remind you that you can get these challenges done any time you want. I haven't started them on Monday, because many of you work. So, I want to give you the weekend if you need it. And most of you were still putting away Christmas.
This week we'll be cleaning out your food shelves, buying some 3-month beverages and a 1-month supply of toiletries for normal use.
|Yes, that's mine. I tried these foods past their expiration date, and...yuck! 😞|
1. Clean Out Your Food
- Take all food out of your kitchen cupboards and put it on the table.
- Wipe those shelves clean.
- Throw away expired foods, damaged food or food you don't eat anymore and toss it. Yes, food does go bad. Tomato based products usually have a 2-year shelf life because they are acidic. Long-term food doesn't last forever except sugar and honey. Canned flour has a limited shelf life of 8 to 10 years. When in doubt, toss it. Or you can try it and then toss it. 😕 Don't work on your refrigerator or freezer at the same time.
- Organize the shelves by grouping like items together in categories: fruits, vegetables, tomatoes, beans, meats, pasta/rice/potatoes, baking items, breakfast items, etc. Grouping items makes it easier to see what you need to buy.
- PRINT OUT 🠞 the Basic Food Storage Inventory Page.pdf or Basic Food Storage Inventory Page.xls.
- Write the shelf stable items you have at home on the form under the matching category.
- Put the inventory list in My Home Storage binder under the HOME INV tab.
- Send me pictures of your results! 😊
2. Buy a 3-Month Supply of Beverages
- PRINT OUT 🠞 All Is Safely Gathered In: Home Storage by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Study it. Then put it in My Home Storage binder under Challenges. It's good to review every so often to remind you what you are working towards.
- Buy nutritious beverages for your 3-month food storage supply. Your goal is to try it and then buy a 3-month supply if you can afford it.
- Purchase a pouch of LDS Nonfat Dry Milk, LDS Hot cocoa drink mix and LDS Fortified Berry drink mix (provides vitamin C). If you like them, than get a 3-month supply for your family. If you can't tolerate any of these products, buy something you can tolerate like vegetable juice or a store brand cocoa mix, or Tang. If you want to buy from another food storage company, go for it! It will probably cost more.
- Comes in a 28 oz. resealable pouch or 29 servings.
- Costs $4.00 (2019).
- Also comes in a case box of 12 for $48.00.
- It is available online.
- GREAT taste! It's been reformulated so it's not what came in the big cans. 🙏
- Has a 20-year shelf life unopened if stored in a cool, dry place.
- Considered a long-term food. However, it's very economical to use everyday.
- Has about a 3-month shelf life opened.
- Eventually you'll want a year's supply per person: 28 pouches (49 lbs.).
- Figure out how much you want to store for a 3-month supply.
- Comes in a 32.5 oz. pouch or 26 servings.
- Costs $4.25 (2019), but it's on sale in January for $3.75.
- Has a 2-year shelf life. 😁
- Useful to warm you up during the cold winters and especially helpful after a winter disaster.
- Has provides calcium and protein.
- Currently not sold online.
NOTE: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sells food storage products in their Home Storage Centers (HSC) and online. Most are at a significant discount since they own and operate their own farms and ranches. The online prices include shipping. You don't have to be a member of the LDS Church to purchase items in store or online. Here is the link to HSC locations.
TIP: Keep a pouch each of beverage mixes in a kitchen cupboard so you will use them. You can store other pouches in a basement, closet, under a bed, etc. But not in a garage where temperatures are too high.
What's a 3-Month Food Supply?
- It's shelf-stable food you keep on your shelf that doesn't require refrigeration until opened.
- It's normal food you eat it and replenish.
- It's foods like peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, pasta, flour, sugar, oil, oatmeal, breakfast cereal, tuna fish, canned corn, canned soup, etc.
- It will be unique for every person or family depending on preferences and medical needs.
- It's what you will most likely eat after a disaster.
- Having a supply will help you if suddenly lose your job.
- It's not freeze-dried foods, unless you eat freeze-dried foods regularly.
- It typically has a shelf life of 3-months to 3-years. But some can last longer.
- It's a goal you work towards.
- If you live in an apartment, you may need to store less. That's okay! Store what fits and what you can afford.
- It's part of the four LDS Church home storage goals.
3. Buy a 1-Month Supply of Toiletries
- Buy a 1-month supply of toiletries for home use: Toilet paper, Soap/body wash, Shampoo/conditioner, Deodorant and a small unscented bleach (in case you need to purify water). I'll share more toiletries with you another week. Just focus on this list and gather enough for your family.
- Keeping supplies on your shelf will help you if you are between jobs. And it's what you will most likely use after a disaster.
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have fun tossing and stocking!
The Food Storage Organizer
You can use it as a guide and file it in "My Home Storage" binder under tab challenges.