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
Food Storage Organizer
These 12 oz. jelly jars are the perfect size for some of my baking supplies.

Food Storage Organizer
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!

Food Storage Organizer

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

Food Storage Organizer
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


  1. Thanks for all your good ideas. Great idea for oatmeal ingredients all together.
    In my cupboard, I also have baking ingredients in jelly jars on a lazy susan, except for lids I use the green plastic lids from Parmesan Cheese bottles--it makes it easier to use.


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