this is the year.

i quit procrastinating.

it's time to do something about my paralyzing inability to acquire a proper food storage for my family.

as you may have gathered from this previous post, this arena is not my forte.

however, for Christmas this year, my parents gave me a much needed push in the right direction with a bunch of really great food storage items. thanks m +d!

who knew an emergency supply of food for Christmas would thrill me so much?

guess that means i'm officially a grown-up.


so...it's time.

no more dragging my feet.

the thought of something happening and not having enough to provide for my children is all the reason i need.

and the peace of mind that will come from being prepared will ultimately be my reward.

amen to that!

what are you working on for 2010?


Anonymous said...

As a self-proclaimed food storage guru, I can tell you the easiest way to acquire your storage is to make a menu of several breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks that you already eat on a regular basis and that can be made from mostly storage products. You'll be amazed what you come up with. Then, see what you need to make those meals for 3/6/9/12 months, and make a schedule for gathering it in. It won't take long! I managed to get all basics and most expanded basic items for an entire year for my family of four in about 18 months doing it this way. I also took an inventory as I went of how many toothpastes we used, how much tp, deodorant, batteries, lightbulbs, etc. That helped in gathering those things.

You might find a way that works better for you, but it's something to consider. No fear!!

Jill said...

natalie: seriously awesome advise! more please :)
that's the kind of plan i need, simple and broken down into baby steps...really very helpful! thanks!

Anonymous said...

When we lived in Russia, we lived almost entirely off our food storage for 2.5 years, and I even made my own bread every. single. day. I found the calculator at providentliving.org to be very accurate as to how much you need of certain things, like wheat/flour/fats. Things that are not included in the basic food storage recommendations that I found were ESSENTIAL were yeast and powdered eggs. It seems obvious, but they're not included, and you can't make much without either one.
Make it a rule to not store what you don't eat (other than dry milk). For example, if you won't soak beans, don't store dry beans- you will never rotate through them. Buy flats of canned beans from Costco instead.
A great, great resource is Practical Preparedness by Tina Monson. It is so friendly and helps you get food storage in as well as 72 hour kits. My favorite thing about the book is that it has inventory sheets to copy so you can make a plan of what you need and track it as it goes in and out of your storage.
You can now order cases of wheat, rice and oats from the distribution center online, and they don't charge shipping anymore!
If you ever have questions about your storage, just email me! It's not intimidating once you get started and see how simple it really is. :)

Petit Elefant said...

I hate thinking about food storage, honestly, it's the worst. But, you will sleep more soundly at night when it's done!

Jill said...

natalie: honest to goodness, you are a gold mine!

allison: you're right, not fun...but totally worthwhile. :)