Sunday, August 25, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - August Week 3

This month, our third Preparedness Challenge is to gather canning jars and food storage supplies, and to add emergency shelter activities to our 72-hour kits. Whether you are a canner or not, it's a great idea to add glass canning jars, storage containers or plastic storage bags to your home supplies. Besides using them for canning fruits and vegetables, these items can store food and so much more.

1. Gather Canning Jars and Food Storage Containers

  • Mason jars come in a variety of sizes from tiny to giant. 
  • Store yeast, vital wheat gluten, wheat flour, oat flour, almond flour, nuts, etc. in jars or storage containers in your refrigerator or freezer. Many of these items lose their nutritional value on your shelf. Nuts can go rancid if they are not refrigerated.
  • Buy at Walmart, Amazon, dollar stores, grocery stores and thrift stores.
Great Ideas for storing in jars found here at the
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These 12 oz. jelly jars are the perfect size for some of my baking supplies.

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Recently, I made an oatmeal breakfast station. I'm determined to incorporate food storage into our lives and this came to mind. Pretty cool, huh? I'll be tweaking it because 1/2 cup of oatmeal isn't enough for me to eat. The oats, dry milk and apples are from the LDS Home Storage Centers. I broke up the apple slices into smaller pieces. How's that for using your food storage!

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These pint-sized wide mouth Ball jars are the perfect size for oatmeal station toppings.

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I love my Brother P-touch, PTD210 label maker too! It helps with all of my organization needs.

2. Add 72-Hour Kit Shelter Activities
You'll never know when you will need to evacuate or how long you'll be gone. Always have some items on hand to keep your hands and mind busy while you're waiting at a hotel or emergency shelter. I always think, "What if my grandkids were with me? Am I prepared to entertain them?"

  • Small notepad and pen.
  • List of games that require no equipment (look for a list on Pinterest and print it).
  • Small non-electronic games (Deck of cards, Pass the Pig, Sudoku, coloring book, fidget, Hacky Sack, a bouncy ball, small stuffed animal, etc.) Look around the house. You probably have something to add to your kit right at home. 

Best wishes on gathering this week!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - August Week 2

This month, our second Preparedness Challenge is to gather canned or dried vegetables and popcorn. This could include short-term shelf life vegetables or long-term dehydrated vegetables.

1. Gather Short-Term Shelf Life Vegetables
You may can your own or purchase them. Try to store a variety. A few ideas are corn, green beans, chilis, potatoes, mushrooms and carrots. You may also dehydrate vegetables and herbs. Next month we'll focus on gathering fruits, but of course if you have some ready for canning, go for it. Pin several new recipes that use shelf-stable vegetables and make something.

Popcorn kernels
  • Can be ground into cornmeal with your wheat grinder.
  • Can be air popped or popped over an outdoor fire.
  • Buy at your grocery or warehouse store and store it in jars or plastic containers. If no oils or butter were added to it, it should be fine to store for 2 years or many more.
Heads up. Several stores in Utah will have discounted canned vegetables at their case lot sales this September.

2. Gather Long-Term Shelf Life Vegetables

Dehydrated Carrot Dices
  • 10-year shelf life.
  • Excellent source of vitamin A.
  • Add to soups, stews and slow cooking roast.
  • They rehydrate best in double the amount of liquid overnight in the refrigerator
  • TIP: transfer some of the carrots into a pint-sized jar for kitchen use.
  • LDS Home Storage Center8.1 lb. can, $8.50. Hands down, the best price on the market since the LDS Church does not pay marketing fees.
Potato Flakes
  • 30-year shelf life.
  • Good source of vitamins.
  • Once opened, use within 1-2 years.
  • TIP: Write the date you opened the can on it.
  • Make mashed potatoes. Thicken gravies, sauces, and soups. A crispy coating for fried meats and vegetables. Make lighter, fluffier bread and other baked goods. For meatballs, replace your breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs with potato flakes.
  • LDS Home Storage Center1.8 lb. can, $5.00.
Good luck gathering vegetables this week.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Monday, August 5, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - August Week 1

For the first August Preparedness Challenge, we'll gather emergency shelter equipment aka camping gear, and store it where we can access it. If you like to camp, you're ahead of the game. If you don't camp, you need some equipment too. Check online for some great clearance deals. This list is just the basics. May you never have to use them for an emergency.


  • Consider getting one that is larger than the number of people and pets in your family. Or if you have a large family, get two smaller tents. This will give you room to store and protect supplies inside the tent with you.
  • Read several reviews from various websites for more accurate ratings.
  • Now is the time to replace your old tent. Rain or snow storms are not fun to experience in a damaged tent.
  • Consider that you may have to stay in your tent for several months. So, get a good tent.
  • Consider the nighttime temperatures where you live at the coldest times of the year.
  • This could be used under your tent, as a rain shield over your tent, or as an emergency shelter.
  • Choose one with an LED bulb as it will last longer.
  • Use it to repair holes in your tent, backpack or for other needs. "If it can't be fixed with duct tape, then you're not using enough duct tape."
  • A nylon rope is a great back up if one of your tent ropes breaks. Keep one in your tent bag.

Good luck gathering camping gear for your emergency shelter this week.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Thursday, August 1, 2019

LDS Food Storage Price Specials: August/September

Here are Home Storage Center price specials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for August and September.  These are awesome prices! Most food storage offered at these centers are sealed for long-term storage. A great way to stock up on food storage! Members of the Church and those not of our faith may purchase items.

A few items are chosen each month to be put on sale at about 10% off the regular prices. These prices are offered in the United States. Here is a link to locations.

Whenever I need something, I shop at one of the two home storage centers near me. Yes, I'm spoiled in an amazing way. Hopefully there is something you need from the list above.

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer