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3-month food storage -done!

April 25th, 2008 at 02:21 pm

I canned about a million cans of food last night with my ward (church congregation) and now have a 3-month supply. That is a huge relief to me.

Growing up, my grandparents used to harvest and "put-up" their own food, and I remember what a good feeling that was. I enjoy doing the same thing, but we don't have a lot of land to do it on. So I go to Church and do it, and I also go to the local farmer's market for some things to can. I also also go to a local blueberry farm and pick blueberries to freeze and make jam with. I just love this life!

11 Responses to “3-month food storage -done!”

  1. Petunia Says:

    Well done! You're prepared!

  2. scfr Says:

    That's wonderful. Good for you!
    There's is no feeling like knowing the true essentials are covered, is there?

  3. terri77 Says:

    That's great. What sort of foods did you put up?

  4. Angela Says:

    We have wheat, rice, sugar, flour, oats, beans, oil, dry milk, dehydrated onions, dehydrated carrots. We also have water and I just purchased toilet paper today for the 6-month supply because a local grocery store here had 12 Charmin basic (big rolls) for $4.97.

    I admit that this diet would be somewhat bland, but it is the absolute basics needed to survive should there be a need for that. Now, I am adding things like canned vegetables and fruits. I feel like an ant!

  5. CJ Says:

    If you want a good system to help you decide what to store try: blog.TotallyReady.com
    I started the plan last week and am thrilled as I feel I will actually be storing foods my family will eat.

  6. snoopycool Says:

    Thanks, CJ... I'll check it out.

  7. Jennifer Says:

    Your supply does sound bland... at this point! But if you want to make it SOOOOOOOOO much better, check out this website. I found it a few months ago, & it has literally changed my life!

    www.simplylivingsmart.com - They teach how to incorporate your food storage into every day life, make your own mixes, & using spices, herbs, etc... to wake up the boring bland stuff.

    They have over 50 free 'how to' videos on food storage & emergency preparedness... I find myself looking at the site almost every day to see if they've posted something new. I promise, you guys will love it. It's the best one I've found yet. They literally walk you step by step through calculating what you need for short AND long term... packaging & organizing it all, rotating it, saving money, cooking from scratch, and TONS more.

    Hope it helps you, cause it sure has me!

  8. Chris Ruggles Says:

    www.marlenesmagic.com is a great resources of what to store and how to use it to make good tasting food. You can download info on the site. Try the lasagna recipe. Its awsome.

  9. Todd Says:


    I have seen hundreds of food storages. I have helped organize & consult on what to have
    included in your food storage. I share the ideas that I have accumulated over the years.

    Along with your wheat, beans & rice, your canned foods etc. Some even have MRE's & freeze
    dried items. Whatever it is you have in your food storage, I just want to give you a few
    ideas & suggestions. I am also open for suggestions, after 17 years, I still come across
    great ideas.

    First, make sure you have a good variety of spices. You can eat the same beans or rice a
    lot easier when one day they taste like taco spices & the next day curry etc. A variety of
    spices will make anything easier to eat long term. I personally have many bottles of
    tobasco. I can eat bugs with tobasco, crickets, worms etc. I am serious.

    In many emergencies clean water is a big problem. You will go through hundreds of gallons
    of water in just a few short weeks. Make sure you have a good water filter with your food
    storage. You use a lot of water to cook with & drink. A water filter that you hand pump will
    turn rain water, canal water or saved water from cooking etc. into good drinking water again.

    Have some good vitamins. Make sure they are good natural vitamins that your body will
    digest & absorb. 90% of vitamins pass through you & end up clogging the sewers. True.
    I came across Lifecaps, that is what I have in my food storage, 72 hour kits & bug out bags.
    They digest & get in your system within 20-25 minutes. All natural.
    You can survive on lifecaps & water alone for months. They have all the vitamins & minerals,
    also iodine & a little natural sugar to keep your blood sugar level stable. I bought 25
    bottles before I found a coupon code & then bought 75 more bottles. The coupon code is
    "healthcap" (save 33%) & you can find out more at lifecaps.net.

    Keep hand sterilizer with your food storage & hydrogen peroxide. In an emergency people get
    sick & die from simple infections. In an emergency, you lose your appetite & forget to drink
    water, under stress. Your immune system suffers tremendously & small infections grow large.
    Under stress TAKE YOUR VITAMINS & DRINK WATER! You will have more energy to deal with the
    emergency & have a healthy immune system. Keep your hands clean when dealing with food &
    use the hydrogen peroxide even on small cuts as a precaution. It can save your life.

  10. Larry Moore Says:

    I think that Todd has some very good suggestion in this comments. I would also like to suggest that you get the new book "Emergency Preparedenss the Right Way" by Howard Godfrey. It covers a foods storage, water storage and purification, sanitation, 72 hour kits and emergency cooking very well.

  11. Jim Says:

    So for those of us that don't have a ward? to can foods with, I like a few other options to getting a food storage together. I have been buying a couple buckets of freeze dried food every month and it has added up quickly. Instead of going golfing or spending money on things that I really like, I have been setting aside about $150 per month to buy food storage. I have done it for six months and have a good stack of food. I like to buy from these two sites, cause often they will run promos that give me a free water filtration bottle, or emergency kit. Check it out.

    preparewise.com
    wisefoodinsurance.com

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