Friday, October 31, 2014

Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness and November Monthly Assignment (Month of November 2014)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Torrance Stake Family, Family and Friends,


Time to fish . . .

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time." (Chinese Proverb)

Over the past 4 years I have taught you how to"fish", that is to say how to be better prepared with food storage, water storage, emergency supplies and in general how to be better prepared for a disaster. Each week I have posted ideas and information on how to be better prepared.

Now it is time for you to start fishing. It is time for you to use all these ideas and information on this blog to become prepared or better prepared. You need to govern yourselves. You can do it!

Each month I will post some of my ideas and thoughts as always, a monthly assignment (we are working on food storage right now), and emergency preparedness ideas. Once I post the monthly assignment it will be up to you to set goals and work towards that monthly assignment.

Here is what you should do . . .

1) Do an inventory of the monthly assigned item, example: Vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, beats, mixed, corn, etc.)--How many of each type of vegetables you have that your family will eat, remember to count commercially canned, dehydrated/freeze dried, home canning, and frozen.
2) Get together as a family, or with another family member or friend, in Family Home Evening or your monthly Family Council to set goals and figure out much you need to work towards.
3) Determine how much you will need per person in your family per month. You should have this amount if you kept track for a month of all the foods your family eats in a month.
4) Check out your inventory amount to see how much you already have stored. 
5) Then determine how much you will need to purchase to meet your goal.
6) Check out grocery ads, we get these all the time in the mail, watch for sales on that item. This will allow you to purchase extra.
7) Each time you go grocery shopping determine how many of that item to purchase. 
8) Take those items home and add them to your food storage and adjust the number on your inventory sheet.
9) Remember, the key to successful food storage is ROTATION, ROTATION, ROTATION. 

November Monthly Assignment: Food Storage

Baking products . . .


This month do the following:

1) Add commercially packaged baking products throughout the month: White flour, wheat flour, baking flour, baking soda, baking powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, extracts, spices, yeast, coco, chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut, nuts, etc., items your family uses. You can also add cake mixes, brownies mixes, and other mixes if you desire.

Here are different ways to store baking products:

a) freeze-dried/dehydrated commercial #10 cans: These can be stored between 10-20 years depending on how you store them and it is more expensive. Store all food storage in a cool, dry, dark place.You can also store freeze-dried/dehydrated powdered eggs. Do not purchase sugars this way, to expensive. See below how to store sugar products.




 

b) Commercially packaged in their original packaging: Granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar will last indefinitely in their own packaging. We place ours in extra large plastic zip lock bags to protect them from moisture and water. The sugars will get hard but can be broken up again.We also store our flours in extra large plastic zip lock bags, you can get two 5 pound bags of flour in one bag. Commercially packed baking products listed above, except sugar products, usually last about 1 year.Yeast: I purchase my yeast from emergencyessentials.com for about $5 for one pound. If you keep it in the freezer it will last for 5 years.



c) Mason Jar Oven Canning: Click on the link and learn how to do Mason jar oven canning. Using this method your baking products, rice and beans, will last for about 3-5 years. But you cannot do sugar products this way, they will melt with the heat of the oven. Save the boxes the jars come in to store the jars. You can stack them in a closet or place them under your bed. Remember to keep them in a cool, dry, dark place.


d) Mason Jar FoodSaver Canning: Click on the link and learn how to do Mason jar FoodSaver canning. This is another way to preserve your baking products for longer than the traditional way for just a year.This process will keep your food about 3-5 years. I have read that you should not use powdery products like flour, sugar, etc. with your FoodSaver canning
because it can clog the vacuum hose and system. Not sure if this is true, I have not tried it yet. But it is great for things like chocolate and butterscotch chips, candy, rice, beans, etc.

It is a good idea to have food stored in different ways. Long term and short term.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

I love these two ideas. I have posted them before but think they are such valuable information. Please check them out.

Tampons and emergency survival . . .



Tampons are a great item to have in your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, men too. Click here to see ways to use a tampon to survive in an emergency situation. Print out the uses and place with the tampons. Keep several in your backpack in a plastic zip lock bag to keep them dry. You can purchase them at discount stores.




Cell phones can help us survive in an emergency situation . . . 
 
If you have an old broken cell phone do not throw it away or turn into the cell phone company for recycling. Place it in a plastic zip lock to keep it dry. Click here to see ways to use your cell phone in an emergency situation to survive. Print this information and place with the cell phone. Have one in each family 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack. 





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