Thursday, January 8, 2015

Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness & Monthly Assignments (Week of January 11th)

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

2015 Spiritual Goals . . . 

At the beginning of the year we all make goals (some call them resolutions) for the new year. We often focus on temporal goals, but we should also focus on spiritual goals as an individually and as a family. If you have not set down by yourself or as a family and made some spiritual goals for 2015 I would encourage you to do it as soon as possible.

Spiritual goals are a very important part of emergency preparedness. When you have a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a foundation of the scriptures, daily prayer and scripture reading, and faith and hope in our Heavenly Father temporal emergencies in our lives are much easier to handle. I can usually spot on CNN news disaster stories those who are spiritually prepared and those who are not.

Our Ward (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has set a goal to read the Book of Mormon as a Ward in the next three months. In order to accomplish this goal you would need to read 6 pages a day in the Book of Mormon. You can do it! You and your family will feel the spirit in your home and in your family. When we did this when our children were still at home it brought such a wonderful special spirit into our family and home.

If you are not a member of our church then set a goal to read the Bible everyday. You will be amazed at what a difference it will make in your life and the lives of your family. It will bring peace into your lives and your home.

Here are some other ways to grow spiritually, to build a spiritual emergency supply . . .

1) Read the scriptures daily, even if it is only one verse or one chapter a day.
2) Pray daily, morning and night, individually and as a family.
3) Attend your church meetings, strength comes from attendance and fellowshipment.
4) Attend the temple monthly, even better, twice a month. Involve the family.
5) Keep a journal of your daily spiritual experiences and how Heavenly Father has blessed you that day.
6) Serve others. By serving others our testimony and faith grows.

Think of other ways you and your family can set goals to become more spiritually prepared.

Many people in the world today are living in fear. I know there is a lot of terrible things going on in the world but because I am spiritually prepared I do not fear them, I can find peace in the turmoil around me.

A big thank you to all the USA truckers . . .

Do we really realize how much our nation depends on the truckers in this country? We owe them a debt of gratitude. They load up the goods from ships that come into our major harbors and local factories and transport them across our nation. As we traveled from California to Missouri this Summer on the I40, main thoroughfare for the truckers from the West Coast to the East Coast, we saw thousands of trucks carry goods and food back and forth across our nation to its billions of people. What would happen if for some reason all those trucks came to a halt? How would you get your food, medical supplies and other items it takes for you to survive? We have become very dependent on them for our wants and especially are needs. It can happen at any time.

This is one of the reasons we all need to store extra food, water, medical supplies, emergency supplies and many other things we use daily. Grocery stores only store enough food for about 2-3 days. They would be out of food very quickly. Prices would sky rocket due to lack of food and other items. Rioting would start. Where would you be, how would you survive? Just some thoughts to think about and sit down as a family to set some goals for food and water storage, emergency medical supplies and other emergency supplies. Make a plan to accomplish your goals. Start now! Later is too late! Once the disaster or emergency is upon us it is too late to prepare!

Continue to work on your January Monthly Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Assignments 

January Monthly Assignment: 
   Food Storage . . . Soups, Broths and Chili

This month we are going to add soups, broths and chili to our food storage. This is a great time of the year to add them to your Food Storage since most of these items are on sale due to the winter months. Some people like to make their soup from scratch, including us, but it is always a good idea to have canned soups on hand in case of an emergency situation or disaster when you do not have the resources or time to cook from scratch. I also make soups, broths and chili up ahead of time and freeze them in plastic freezer zip lock bags (doubled) or freezer type plastic containers. Make sure you date them.

You can store soup, broths and chili in a variety of ways; commercially canned, small dehydrated packages like Lipton Onion Soup or Chicken Noodle Soup, large commercially #10 cans of dehydrated/freeze dried soups, broths and chili and frozen. You can purchase soups, broths and chili from your local grocery store, big box stores like Costco and Sam's Club and emergency preparedness online websites like or other online companies. Remember as in all canned and packaged food storage, store in a cool dry dark place like your pantry, under beds, in closets, etc. The garage is too hot! Watch the expiration dates when you purchase them, especially if purchasing them from a discount store.

Figure out how many cans of soup and chili your family eats in a month and then multiply by the number of months you have set your food storage goal towards. Remember to include soups like creamed soups you use in casseroles and other dishes you make.

January Month Assignment: Emergency  Preparedness . . . 
      Preparing for a Disaster, What to Do and  
         What to Do and Not Do During a Disaster

What type of disaster do you have where you live? Be aware of your surroundings and prepare for those types of disasters. Example: If you live where there are seasonal hurricanes you should have stored all year long wood, nails and a hammer for boarding up windows and doors, drinking water, canned foods, lighting (flashlights, lanterns, candles), medical supplies, etc. If you live where there are earthquakes you should have your home earthquake proofed as much as possible; book shelves strapped to the walls, TV and electronic equipment secured, know where to go during the earthquake, how to shut off the gas if necessary, etc. Check the postings on the right under "Postings"-- "What to Do and Not Do During a Disaster" and "Before, During and After an Earthquake". Check your local community and government websites for life saving information on what to do before, during and after a disaster in your area. Sit down as a family and make a family plan for your type of disasters. Discuss them often so your family knows what to do when it happens.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Cold and freezing temperatures . . .

This winter, which is just starting, has been very cold and in some areas freezing. How well are you prepared
to handle the cold and freezing temperatures? How well are you prepared to handle no electricity and heat? How will you be able to get to the store for food and supplies? I posted this before and thought it might be a good idea to post it again.

I read a story about a woman who lived in Montana, we all know it can get extremely cold and freezing there. She lost her electricity and heat. She came up with the idea to move her family into the smallest room they could all fit into and then created a room within the room made of mattresses off their beds. They dressed in warm clothing and piled in blankets and pillows and spent the next few days and nights in her mattress room. She had lanterns and flashlight for light. Surprisingly it kept the family pretty warm. They played board games, card games and sang. What a clever idea! Keep this in mind if you run into the same situation.

Re-canning wheat, grains, pastas and dry foods  . . . 

Question--This week I had a friend call me regarding how to re-can her wheat. She has 20-30 year old wheat stored in the large plastic 5-6 gallon buckets. She wanted to can them into smaller containers, espeically in the #10 cans. I explained their are several ways to go about this.

Important: If your wheat is more than 10-30 years old first try to sprout it to make sure it is still good. If it will not sprout it is too old. Sprout by putting a few grains of wheat between wet paper towels, place them in a plastic zip lock bag or in a glass jar with a secure lid, place it on the window sill in the sun. If they do not sprout in a several days, the wheat is no longer good. 

If you open your wheat and there is a white powder there are weevils in your wheat due to moisture getting into the bucket or metal cans. Throw it away. Some say you can re-can it or use it by rinsing off the wheat and drying it in a very low temperature oven for a few hours, but others say throw it away. Some say weevils are just extra protein.

1) If you wanted to re-can them in 5-6 gallon buckets again go to WalMart, or Emergency Essentials online, and purchase their 5-6 gallon plastic "food grade" buckets and gasket lids. Take large Mylar bags and place them into the bucket. Pour in the wheat (or grains, beans or pasta [not whole wheat pastas]) into the Mylar bag. Place the appropriate amount of Oxygen Absorbers into the Mylar bag and seal the Mylar bag with an iron. I have posted a video below showing the equipment needed and the procedures to do this. You can purchase your supplies (6 gallon buckets, Mylar bags, oxygen absorbers) at

2) Dry Canning in #10 cans--There are only a few LDS Dry Pack Canneries now that are operational to the public. Most of them are in Utah and Arizona. You can though still purchase the #10 cans, lids and plastic lids from the LDS Canneries in your area that sell them along with bulk bags of wheat, rice, beans and some other dry food items. You need to call them ahead of time to order you supplies. Some LDS Stakes have a Dry Pack Canning Sealing Machine. Some LDS Canneries lend these types of machines out. Check with your local LDS Cannery and/or LDS Stake. As mentioned in the video you can also purchase the Dry Pack Canning Machines. Maybe go in with other family members for the machine.Check out the video below on how to do this type of dry pack canning. He is using beans but you can use this method to dry pack any type of dry foods like wheat, grains, pastas, beans, rice, etc.

3) Dry Packing Canning in Mason Jars--You can store any dry foods in this manner. I keep my in the boxes the Mason Jars come in, easy to stack in closets. I place a folded paper towel between them so they do not break. I like some of my dry pack food storage this way because it is in small containers and I do not have to reseal the container as mentioned in the other methods above. The storage shelf life is not as long, 3-5 years.

4) Dry Pack Oven Canning in Mason Jars--click here to learn how to dry pack using your oven and Mason Jars. You cannot do whole wheat pastas, sugars or chocolate chips this way. Make sure you mark the date on the jars.Storage time 2-3 years. Check the tops of the lids about every 6 months to make sure they are still seals. If the top springs back they are alright. It not, use or reseal the same way.

Remember: The key to successful long storage food storage is keep all foods in a dry dark cool place. The garage is too hot unless it is insulated. The key to food storage is rotation, rotation, rotation.

Spices and Seasonings . . . 

While baking at Christmas time I found I was low in cinnamon and cloves spices. I went to the regular grocery store and was shocked at how high the prices had become. My husband remembered an Indian deli and grocery shop that sold spices. We went to the shop and found the needed spices at a much lower price. They come in plastic bags which can be put into other containers for storage. What a great find and savings! So the next time you need spices find an Indian shop near buy. In our area there is one on Hawthorne Boulevard, cross road is Lomita Boulevard, just down from the Torrance Cross Roads shopping center. also sells spices and seasonings in bulk, search for spices and seasonings separately on their website. Big box stores like Costco and Sam's Club also sell spices and seasonings in large plastic containers that are a lot cheaper than the regular grocery store. If  you know of any other places to purchase spices and seasonings at a reasonable price please share your information in "Comments" below. 

Comments: Please share your comments and experiences below. We all learn from each other. Your comments and experiences are most appreciated.Or you can email them to me at

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