Saturday, June 29, 2019

LDS Home Storage Center Price Specials July/August

Here are the LDS Home Storage Center price specials for July and August which are about 10% off the regular price. 💖😁 Another great way to gather food storage.

This is the first time I've seen 25 lb. bags of Hard Red Wheat on sale. 👈

Even though you can no longer can foods yourself at the Home Storage Centers, you may still buy mylar foil bags there ($.80 ea.) and oxygen absorber packets (100 ct. for $9.55). You might enjoy putting food storage in smaller 11"x13" pouches.


LDS Church members and non-church members may shop at LDS Home Storage Centers. Find a location at this link.

Here's an article at LDSLiving called "Wheat, the Remarkable Grain" with answers to question about different types of wheat.

Enjoy some new adventures in food storage!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Preparedness Challenge – June Week 4

During week four of our June Preparedness Challenges, we’ll be gathering short-term and long-term food storage beverages.These goals are similar to the weekly Preparedness Challenge - January Week 2, but I'm feeling we need a refresher. Last week for power outages we found our coolers (I had to look in three places!), gathered our ice packs (now on the top shelf in my big freezer) and bought a refrigerator/freezer thermometer (found mine on Amazon).

1. Gather Fortified and Electrolyte Beverages
We're encouraged by the LDS Church to store foods that would help us if we had nothing else to eat. A fortified drink mix (or vitamins) is part of that plan. Here are a few items available at the LDS Home Storage Centers right now! Locations can be found at this link.

LDS Berry Drink Mix
  • Provides 100% vitamin C as well as 10% of other vitamins.
  • On sale now for $4.00 (regularly $4.50)! Sale ends July 31. Not sold online
  • 2.5 lb. resealable pouch or 41 servings.
  • Buy individual pouches or a case box of 12.
  • Contains sugar but not overly sweet. You could substitute vitamins for this drink mix. 
  • 3-year shelf life.
  • Also, store an electrolyte beverage as well. If a serious illness or pandemic ever happens, you need something to help replenish lost nutrients.
2. Gather Nonfat-Dry Milk

LDS Nonfat Dry Milk

  • Provides calcium and protein.
  • On sale now for $3.50 (regularly $4.00)! Sale ends July 31. 
  • 28 oz. (1.8 lb.) resealable pouch and makes 29 servings.
  • Buy individual pouches or a case box of 12.
  • GREAT taste! It's been reformulated so it's not the same milk that came in those big cans.
  • Keep it with your cooking supplies so you WILL use it.
  • I1 cup of water + 3 T of LDS Nonfat Dry Milk = 1 Cup milk
  • 20-year shelf life unopened if stored in a cool, dry place and about a 3-month shelf life opened.
  • A long-term food, but it's very economical for everyday use.
  • A 3-month supply = 7 pouches. A 12-month supply = 28 pouches (49 lbs.).

Some people say, “I never use my food storage. Why should I store it?" Well, perhaps the blessings have already come to your family. Food storage is the best home insurance. Be committed and enjoy the blessings of food storage!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Preparedness Challenge – June Week 3

For week three of our June Preparedness Challenges, we'll gather a cooler, ice packs and appliance thermometers in case of a power outage which can happen any time of the year. So plan ahead.

After a power outage, a refrigerator can only keep your food safe for up to 4 hours. What would you want to save? Dairy? Meat?

You could transfer some items into your freezer, then keep the door closed. A freezer can keep food cold up to 24 hours if half full and 48 hours if very full. Beyond this time your food is no longer safe to eat. Does your medication need refrigeration? Keep a lunch kit with a cold pack frozen at all times just in case.

1. Have a Cooler and Ice Packs
Another alternative to transferring items to the freezer is to put perishable items in a cooler with ice packs. Place ice packs in the bottom, then food, then more ice packs on top. You could drive to the store for ice, but I’d avoid it in a disaster. Frozen water bottles can be inexpensive ice blocks. Make sure they are not completely full to allow for expansion when frozen. Store your cooler in a specific location where family members can find it if they need to pack it during a power outage.

2. Buy a Few Appliance Thermometers
Keep a fridge/freezer appliance thermometer in your refrigerator and freezer to know with a quick glance the temperature in there. It’s recommended that our refrigerators be kept at 40 degrees or below and the freezer should be at 0 degrees. It’s so important to keep the doors to these appliances closed during a power outage.

Good thing we have non-perishable foods in our pantry, because that's what we should eat first in a long-term power outage. For more power outage safety tips, see and

Best wishes on this week's preparedness challenge. You CAN do it!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Preparedness Challenge – June Week 2

Our second Preparedness Challenge in June is to put underwear, socks, a rain poncho and a flashlight into our grab and go 72-hour kits. That shouldn't be too difficult. But these simple items are so very important.

Gather into your Grab and Go Kit:

1. Underwear and Socks
Of all the items you put in your kit, you’ll probably want clean underwear. After a disaster when your clothes have gotten wet or dirty, something clean is a true blessing. Many of us with growing children should inspect or trade out underwear and socks in kits each year so we have the correct size. At least one extra of each. Put these items in a plastic zipper bag to keep them dry and mark the date you added them to the kit on the bag. Add a reminder on your calendar to update them next year. You've got this!

If you have an infant, keep a change of clothing in your diaper bag at all times as it will probably become your grab-and-go 72-hour kit.

2. Rain Poncho and Flashlight
There is nothing worse than getting wet during a disaster. All over the news we see people evacuating through rain and flood waters. Find an inexpensive rain poncho for each member of your family and put them in their kits. You'll find them at dollar stores, Walmart or even your favorite colleges stores.

BYU Bookstore

Also get a flashlight or headlamp for each kit. I just ordered the EverBrite 18-pack Mini LED Flashlight Set from Amazon for less than $17 and will pass the extra flashlights out to my kids and grandkids for Christmas.


EverBrite 18-pack Mini LED Flashlight Set

Keep the gathering simple. Best wishes on accomplishing this week's challenge.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - June Week 1

Sorry I've not posted much lately, but I've been busy with vacations and family just like the rest of you. 😊

This week's Preparedness Challenge is to check your emergency water supply. Is it adequate? Do you have about 14 gallons of water per person? People living in hot climates, should store even more.

Never ration water. Always give children what they need as dehydration sets in very quickly for those little ones.

Clean drinking water is essential for all of us. So be wise and store some H2O for your family.

Review my Preparedness Challenge - January Week 3 for many ideas on storing emergency drinking water. I feel it should be repeated as a good reminder.

Best wishes!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Note: this is the same handout as January Week 3.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

LDS Home Storage Center Sale - June and July

Here are the U.S. LDS Home Storage Center price specials for June and July. These special prices are about 10% off the regular price. 💖😁 Another great way to gather food storage.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and non church members may shop at LDS Home Storage Centers. Go here to find locations.

Here is a flyer from the Salt Lake Welfare Square with the price specials you may share with wards or friends.