Saturday, September 7, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - September Week 1

This week we'll gather fruit, nuts and seeds for our first September Preparedness Challenge. Most of us prefer fresh fruit, but if you didn't have any, could you substitute canned or dried? We are fortunate that nuts and seeds are becoming more and more economical.

1. Gather Short-term Fruit, Nuts and Seeds
You may can or dry your own fruit or purchase it. A variety of canned or dried is economical.

  • Most canned fruit has an 18 -24 month shelf life.
  • Ideas: peaches, pears, pineapple, mandarin oranges, applesauce, raisins, cranberries, dried apricots, and dried mangoes and coconut.
  • If you rely heavily on frozen fruit, it's a smart to get a generator for power outages
  • Shop Utah case lot sales for canned fruit in September and March, and February.
Nuts and Seeds
Gather a variety based on family needs. Be careful how you store them because of the oil in them can go rancid over time.

  • Keep nuts in your refrigerator or freezer. 
  • Store opened peanut butter in the pantry for 3 months, then the refrigerator after this time.
  • Organic almond butter should be refrigerated. Check the label to be sure.
  • Ideas: almond and peanut butter, almonds, walnuts and cashew, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds.
  • Nuts go on sale in November, but peanut butter goes on sale in August and September.

2. Gather Long-term Fruit
Our goal is to "gradually build a longer-term supply of foods that will sustain life." Long-term means the fruit has a 20 to 30-year shelf life. 
  • Freeze-dried fruits are pricey. Be careful not to overdo it. 
  • Dehydrated Apple Slices may be purchased at the LDS Home Storage Center. 
  • 30-year shelf life. Current price is $11.25 for 1 lb.
  • A recommended amount for a year's supply is 8 #10 cans per person.
  • If you snack on dried apple slices, drink lots of water.
  • Re-hydrate apple slices with an equal amount of water.
EnJOY gathering a few new food storage items and some of your all-time favorites.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you put into your program.


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