Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - May Week 2

During the month of May, many condiments, sauces and spices go on sale in preparation for summer barbecues and family gatherings. Take advantage of those sales and stock up for the Preparedness Challenge: May Week 2.

1. Decide Which Condiments to Store
  • Look in your refrigerator and pull out all the condiments you normally use. 
  • Write down what you use on the inventory list in your binder. 
  • Toss any expired condiments.
  • Clean your refrigerator shelves. 
  • Put useable items back in your refrigerator.
  • Next, take an inventory of unopened condiments in your cupboards.  
  • Pull all condiments out.
  • Wipe down that shelf. 
  • Put items back on your shelf.

2. Buy a 3 to 12 Month Supply of Condiments
  • Be reasonable. No one needs 24 bottles of ketchup on the wall. Personally, I keep one condiment item in the refrigerator and one on the shelf. And more of a few items.
  • Buy items such ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, mayonnaise, steak sauce, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, salad dressings and vinegar. 
  • I've found my best deals at the grocery store when I combine sales and coupons or when I buy store brand items. However, there are some condiments on sale in the May 8th Sam's Club Savings Book. And Costco has similar deals.
  • Heinz Picnic 4 pack (2 ketchups, 1 relish and 1 mustard) $2.00 off. 
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing 2 pk. 40 oz. ea. $2.00 off. 
  • Best Foods Mayonnaise 3 pk. 25 oz. ea. $2.00 off. 
  • A-1 Steak Sauce 2 pk. 15 oz. ea. $1.00 off
  • Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce 2 pk. 20 oz. ea. $1.00 off
  • Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce 2 pk. 40 oz. ea. $1.00 off
  • And new Heinz MayoChup (known as Fry Sauce in Utah) 2 pk. 19 oz. ea. is $4.98
3. Research The Shelf-Life of Your Condiments
How long condiments last when opened is usually less time than you think. So, take a few minutes to go to the website StillTasty.com. Enter an item such as mayonnaise in the search box and find out how long is lasts on your shelf and when opened. I may surprise you.

And do you know which foods you should throw away in your refrigerator after a power outage? Go to the website FoodSafety.gov and review the items you should throw away. It may surprise you.

Best wishes on preparing this month,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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