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

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