Saturday, March 2, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - March Week 1

During the month of March, our Preparedness Challenges will focus on gathering beans and fish into our food storage, and first aid supplies into our home supplies and Grab and Go Kits.

For those of us who live in Utah, case lot sales begin on March 7th at some of our local stores. So, let's start this challenge by gathering a 3-month food storage supply of beans and fish.

1. How Many Beans and Fish to Gather?
Consider how much you eat now in one month, then multiply that by 3. Consider sandwiches, salads, soups or chili. There are tons of recipes on the internet!

2. Gather a 3-month Supply of Beans and Fish
There are so many beans on the market today and many of us love to use them. They are an amazing source of protein and other wonderful nutrients. Always rinse canned beans before using.

As far as fish goes, you could store tuna, albacore, salmon, etc. Whatever you use.

A 3-month food storage supply could include small cans of beans, dried beans, legumes and canned fish. I usually buy my 15 oz. beans and tuna at case lot sales. But you can always find deals year-round. And personally, I gather more than a 3-month supply, but you don't have to.

3. Make a Recipe Using Beans or Fish
This week prepare a meal using beans or fish. Save that recipe if it turns out to be a keeper.

Heads up. During our Week 3 challenge, we'll gather long-term dry beans.

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

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer


  1. I have made hummus with some garbanzo beans, and white bean chicken chili turned out great.

  2. Hi there! I'm just curious--you mentioned draining the beans before using them. I have recipes like chili, for instance, that it calls for the juice and the beans. Why drain them? Thanks.

    1. When you rinse beans it helps with gas. I guess it's up to you. :)


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