Food storage and the necessity to “Be Prepared” has been laid on my heart recently. I have been considering the passage, “If you are prepared, you shall not fear.” There are many other great scriptures and quotes, but I hate being scared and I want to make sure that I have done all I can to prepare my family.
Some families go into debt or spend massive amounts on food storage they don’t know how to use. Then they take classes on how to use it. (Grinding wheat, etc.) Then you have to purchase other items like a wheat grinder that you can use by hand to even be able to use it.
The church I attend has recently been trying to urge families to prepare as they are able to and what they would be able to use. I’ve been trying to figure out how to combine my sense of urgency to prepare with my own skills and strengths.
I will never be the women who bakes bread from scratch, makes my own pastas, even in the worst of times I believe it would be difficult for me to imagine doing those things. Plus, if there isn’t electricity, you’d have to know how to build an oven and have all types of skills I don’t have the time to learn.
I have put together a list of items that my family could live off of. They don’t certainly LOVE everything on the list (chef Boyardee, gross) but it does have protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables. Also, everything on my list could be made on my wood burning stove in a pot.
My husband is stressed about water. But if we needed to sanitize water, you boil it and then let it cool. Not difficult, some places of the world this is what you do anyway. If it is dirty, you filter it through a shirt or clean cloth first and then boil. (You should still store water, but don’t NOT fill your water because you’re worried about not having the chemicals that you need to sterilize it, or you have to use a dirty hose to pump it into the water barrel. If these are the worst times we’re preparing for, we’ll be glad we have that water to use for crops.)
The last tip before the list is to KEEP EVERYTHING OFF OF THE FLOOR (except water) because if there is a problem with plumbing or earth quakes or flooding, your basements will flood and you’ll lose your cereals, diapers, tp, and other soft things.
I am using this list so that when I see something on sale or coupons, I buy it on sale with a coupon and mark down how many items we have extra until we have enough.
Food Storage for 3 months:
(For 2 adults: 7 dinners a week, cereal for breakfast each day, fruit for snack 2x per week)
12 cans of white beans
12 cans of black beans
12 cans of whole pinto beans
12 cans of tuna
12 cans of chicken
12 cans of chili with meat
12 cans of spaghetti o’s
12 cans of chef Boyardee with meat
24 cans of chunky with meat soup
12 cans of tomato sauce
12 bags of spaghetti noodles
12 cans of green beans
12 cans of peas
12 cans of peaches
12 cans of mixed fruit
12 boxes of tuna helper
24 boxes of cereals (healthier kind, not sugar filled)
24 cans of dried milk
12 cans of evaporated milk
3 packages of diapers, next size up
3 packages of female hygiene items
3 months worth of tp (this would be 24 rolls for my family)
90 gallons of unfiltered water (for flushing toilet)
24 bars of soap
12 packages of hand sanitizer
3 bottles of shampoo
6 gallons of vinegar (for cleaning, etc)
12 boxes of baking soda (for cleaning, hygiene)
Laundry detergent for 3 months
Other things to consider:
Seeds (buy cheap, after season, and store in a paper sack in a cold, dark place)
Medications, especially if diabetic!
Health supplies: gauze, band aids, hydrogen perozide, rubbing alcohol
Guns & Ammo (think of New Orleans, how would you protect your family if you had to?)
Gasoline for cars (stored in a safe way)
Seasonal clothing and next size clothing for children, mainly focus on shoes, boots
The point is to be working towards being prepared. Any thing that you do is better than doing or having nothing at all. Leave a comment on your ideas and how you are preparing your family.