Monday, September 30, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - October Week 1

A new month is upon us with many opportunities to become better prepared for emergencies. This month we'll gather items to keep us warm as well as oils and fats. Some people don't like the word fat, but you must store some in your food storage because your body needs this nutrient. And you need fats to cook and bake with. Our first preparedness challenge is to take an inventory of our oils and fats and gather a 3-month supply of them.

1. Inventory Oils and Fats

  • Look in your pantry and list the items you typically us as nut butters, cooking oils, chocolate chips (yep!), butter (freeze it) shortening, coconut oil and mayonnaise. Throw away old items that are past their shelf life. (see chart below)
  • Write down your ultimate goal for each item. Perhaps you only want a 3-month supply of chocolate chips, but a year's supply of cooking oil. It's totally up to you. Did you know that 2 gallons of oil is the suggested year's supply amount for one adult? You can always start with less than that and build up your supply over time.
  • Here is a link to a handout with food storage amounts from BYU: Approach to Longer-Term Food Storage.

2. Buy a 3-Month Supply of Oils and Fats

  • Look at the inventory list you made and decide what you can afford to purchase this week or throughout the month. During the fall, many of these items go on sale at grocery stores, so it's a great time of year to purchase them. If you live in Utah, take advantage of the case lot sales going on this week.

EnJOY gathering food storage this week. It's a wonderful time of year!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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