Food Storage

Gina - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,



I am just curious if everyone feels that they have enough food storage, or the recommended year supply. I am almost there, but still working on it. I just feel that there is something coming soon that we will be required to be self sufficient. I am also thankful that in this scary time with what's happening with the economy that we have been able to get out of debt.



Does anyone have any good suggestions on bulking up our food storage?

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Catherine - posted on 09/05/2011

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We just recently invested in a bunch of food from www.dailybread.com they are kind of expensive if you buy all at once but honestly...compared to what we spend weekly on groceries it's not too bad. We bought a 3 month supply for our family of 5.

Karli - posted on 10/16/2009

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the food storge is great as well as the medical supplies but my husband and i have always considered our camping gear to be in the same catagory because if it gets bad enough that earthquakes ruin our house were going to need something to sleep in as well as a camp stove or at least things to cook over a fire which you can do if you put aside a few bucks a month a find good deals on tents and sleeping bags and take good care not to rip things or leave them in a damp place so they rot.

Gina - posted on 09/17/2009

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I hope you're right. I just read the Great and Terrible series by Chris Stewart. They are great books, and it talks about an EMP. It's an electromagnetic pulse, and it wipes out power and batteries. Basically it kicks the country back over 100 years. I didn't realize something like that could really happen, but it can. So I think we need to be prepared for anything.

Natalie - posted on 09/17/2009

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In relief society we got a handout "Food Storage for $20 a week" It gives you $20 worth of food storage to buy every week. It has really worked for us. It is amazing how fast you can build up food storage if you stick to it. I am not sure if I believe that it may not be world wide crisis that will force us to use our food storage I am pretty sure that it will be a personal crisis such as medical bills or job loss. That is just my thoughts.

Gina - posted on 08/16/2009

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I found a great website that helps you calculate how much food you need, it's called millennium ark food storage.

Amber - posted on 08/16/2009

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I agree with buying a few things now and then. I feel no matter how much I have it's never enough. My husband and I had several things happen that made us, especially me, feel that we needed to prepare all within a few weeks time. You never know if someone else will need help too if something does happen. Since feeling impressed I started a binder and have tons of info on how much of everything per person to get, a full list of things you need, ideas on storing things with little space, a few lists from different places that are awesome- they give a few items to buy each week for 52 weeks to build up a great storage on a budget and it helps so it doesn't feel overwhelming. If anyone is interested or needing help/ suggestions with anything, PLEASE feel free to ask me because I love getting prepared and want to help anyone get there as well.

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Hubby and I just buy a few extra items a week with our shopping, ie a 2kg bag of rice, tuna, baked beans, vermicelli... we have heaps of storage, not a years worth, but at least 4mths... as for the people commenting about hygiene and first aid supplies, listen to them, my hubby and I were just talking about that last night, make sure you have hygiene and first aid supplies on hand, you won't regret if you don't use it, but you will if you don't have it and need it. Also make sure you plan to have people staying with you aswell, but don't worry about it until you have your storage first, just keep adding to it (if possible), so if you do have someone that needs assistance, during the times we need our food storage, you won't be short.

Victoria - posted on 06/19/2009

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I pick up an extra something every week. Whether it's a thing of sugar, an extra box of pasta, you name it. It adds up quickly. I didn't realize how much food we have until we just moved! But don't forget the everyday things like soap and toilet paper. I just learned how to make laundry soap so now I have everything to make my laundry detergent for a year! If you just slowly add to your supply you'll get there. My dad's in the medical field and urged us all to buy face masks to keep at home in case we do get a pandemic. Making sure you have plenty of medical supplies around is a big need too, like band-aids and such.

Gina - posted on 05/03/2009

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At church today they were telling us to tithe for food storage. Just set aside a certain percentage each month for food storage. I thought that was a good idea, and just wanted to share it.

Faith - posted on 04/30/2009

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My trick is to stock up on items we use when they go on sale. For example we use a lot of spaghetti sauce (I know that homemade tastes better but it costs a lot more to can it myself). Last week sauce was on sale for $0.79 a can. That is a really good price right now so I went to the store a couple of times to stock up. I didn't add any other items last week but now we have a can for every week of the year. I was only short something like 15 cans before the sale.

I have done things like that over the past few years to build up our supply. Some weeks I have not been able to add any items, others it was only 1-2 cans of something. I asked Heavenly Father for help to build our supply and have been blessed with the ability to do it this way. I know it can be a very daunting task but start slow, choosing something you use often. Purchase only 1-2 extra a shopping trip and put it in a back cupboard or a box under the bed. Over time you will be surprised how much you have for an emergency.

Gina - posted on 04/28/2009

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I have got a lot of food storage from the weekly sales at Albertsons, if you buy ten items then you get 4 dollars off the total. Last week I bought a bunch of items, and saved $80. Plus every month I buy extra of a certain product I need.

Jessica - posted on 04/27/2009

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thanks that dose make it a little easer. but I have a question dose the food storage need to include thinks like sope and such.

Jacqui - posted on 04/27/2009

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I feel the same way about food storage--the general authorities have been urging us for so long, it would be foolish to ignore. I came to this realization several months ago, and made a goal to have a 3-month supply of food storage before I move at the end of the summer. Jessica, I was at first overwhelmed by the idea of food storage, which is why I procrastinated so long. But my sister one day came to this realization: that 1-yr storage and 3-month storage are two different things! The 3-month storage should be things that you regularly use! So that's simple to build up. Start with that! It's all I have right now. At first I designated one of my small government baby cheques for bulking up this supply, but now I just buy two of non-perishable things when I'm at the store. That's super easy. You can sit down and just write all the things you usually use that you could duplicate--condiments; baking supplies; pasta; canned veggies or fruit; juice, etc. I found if I just started one thing at a time I wasn't overwhelmed. I think everyone, no matter how big their place is or how often they are moving would do well to have 3-months food storage.



Also, I have found it's really useful for those times when I forget that I'm low on something and run out right in the middle of making something! Just run downstairs and re-stock it after my next shopping trip!



Now I just have to start figuring out how to go about getting the 1-yr supply. I'll admit: it's a bit scary to me.

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2009

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ok I am needing sugestions am new and not sure what to do. + we don't have a lot of extra cash. we are barly making it now. Help plesase

Vilate - posted on 03/12/2009

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One thing I am advocating right now is cloth, have some cloth diapers in your food storage, along with some cloth for everything else, even if you never use it, it is better to be prepared.  Have some mama cloth and cloth wipes for diaper changes and to replace toilet paper.  stuff like that we sometimes forget to include in our food storage.  I go to the cannery every chance I get and we stock up during case lot sales.  I also have a hand grinder, so i can grind my wheat when I need to be able to use it.   I agree, we have been told for to long to be ready, are we ready yet?  We should be. 

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