Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - April Week 1

This month our Preparedness Challenge focuses on gathering pasta and tomato products for food storage, and sanitation supplies for our home supplies and grab and go 72-hour kits. This week we'll gather a 3-month supply of pasta and tomato items. 

We enjoyed an amazing weekend of the LDS General Conference, and with that spiritual boost we can accomplish anything.

Having a category of items to gather keeps it on your mind when you grocery shop throughout the month. I've found this to be the easiest way to gather food storage and emergency supplies.

With the recent flooding in the Midwest, I've decided to add more beef items to my freezer this month too while prices are still low.

1. Decide How Much Pasta and Tomato Products to Store in a 3-month Supply

Look in your pantry and make a list of any tomato or pasta products you already have. These are probably the ones you usually use because most people have extra. 

Do you have enough? Or would having a few more cans be better? 

It may help to think of recipes you cook: spaghetti, sloppy joes, taco soup, pizza, tomato basil soup, Ziti bake, etc. 

Here are some storage tips. Most shelf pasta has a 3-year shelf life, but according to Eat By Date "Dried pasta will last for 1-2 years beyond a 'best by' date." Store in a cool, dry place. Keep package tightly closed.

Canned or jarred tomato products have a a shorter shelf-life than most canned food. They are acidic and have an 18-24 month shelf-life according to StillTasty.com. Discard all tomato products "from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented."

2. Gather a 3-Month Supply of Pasta and Tomato Products

These are your every day pantry foods, NOT long-term food storage. Here is a sample of items you may want to gather:
• tomato puree
• diced tomatoes
• whole tomatoes
• tomato sauce
• tomato paste
• salsa
• tomato soup
• spaghetti sauce
• spaghetti, angel hair pasta, etc.

Heads up! Check your Smith's Kroger ad. American Beauty pasta goes on sale starting Wednesday for $0.49 a package. My favorite sale of the year!!

I hope this gives you an idea of what to gather this month. These products are a huge part of my food storage, and may be a part of yours as well.

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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