Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Victory with Food Storage!

Welcome! Last week I lead a discussion on home storage and decided to post the info and links here for people to reference, rather than do a hand out. Click the provided links to get further information. Read on and be inspired!
Check the expiration date on your ideas about home storage.
You may need to throw some of them out!
It's true! The First Presidency has simplified home storage to increase our chances of being successful at it! The following covers the what, why, how, where and when of home storage.


A New Approach

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published the pamphlet All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage, outlining new guidelines for home preparedness that give Church members a simplified, four-step approach to building their home storage. They are as follows:
1.   Gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months.
2.   Store drinking water.
3.   Establish a financial reserve by setting aside a little money each week, and gradually increase it to a reasonable amount.
4.   Once families have achieved the first three objectives, they are counseled to expand their efforts, as circumstances allow, into a supply of long-term basic foods such as grains, legumes, and other staples.
Of the new guidelines, Presiding Bishop H. David Burton says, “Our objective was to establish a simple, inexpensive, and achievable program that would help people become self-reliant. We are confident that by introducing these few, simple steps we can, over time, have more success.”


Rachel Bruner answers this question in her article "Why Food Storage". She elaborates on the following 4 points:
  1. It's a commandment from God
  2. It's necessary during emergencies and natural disasters
  3. Being prepared gives us peace (fun little "be prepared" video)
     4. It teaches us basic food preparation 
“Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their … supply of food … and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year’s supply of debt and are food-free.”
— President Thomas S. Monson “That Noble Gift—Love at Home,” Church News, May 12, 2001, 7.

My 'why' is because I am grateful every day that I've never had to tell one of my children that there was no food for them and I want to keep it that way.


Our first goal is to "gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months." Melanie Cooper had a great method for this in her article "How to store what you eat". Her idea is to take 7 meal plans each for breakfast, lunch and supper and calculate what you need for each meal.

An example for one day is
  • Breakfast: oatmeal so I would store powdered or canned milk, oats, brown sugar and canned fruit
  • Lunch: tuna sandwiches so I would store mayonnaise, pickles, tuna, ingredients to make bread
  • Supper: spaghetti so pasta, pasta sauce, parmesan cheese, and canned corn.
Calculate the quantity you usually serve and each meal then multiply each meal by 12 and buy the ingredients that lend themselves to long term storage. Make note of your planned meals (so that you use them) and spread the use of your 3 month storage over 12 months, replacing the ingredients as you consume them. Wouldn't it be easy to just follow this meal plan for the first week of each month? 

Now to the 4th goal: Long term supply of food

“For longer-term needs,” explains the All Is Safely Gathered In pamphlet, “gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans.”

"Establishing long-term storage is easier than some might think. Dr. Oscar Pike and his colleagues in the Brigham Young University Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science have done several in-depth studies on long-term food storage. They discovered something surprising: properly packaged and stored low-moisture food retains much of its sensory (taste) quality and nutritional value for 20 to 30 or more years after being placed in storage—much longer than previously supposed.

"This means Church members can store certain foods long-term without the worry of regularly rotating the food. They can be confident that their supply will be there to keep them alive if they have nothing else to eat.

Are you ready to find out how simple and affordable this is?!? If you visit the food storage calculator at Provident Living you may be surprised to see that it has been reduced to calculate the quantities for only 2 items: grains and legumes. Because that is how we make this program achievable: by simply storing food that will keep us alive in a crisis. Now, since you have completed the first goal and have 3 months worth of food that you normally eat, let's calculate how many legumes and grains we need for 9 months for one person (to arrive at 1 year's worth of food stored) according to the family home storage center order form (click on link for current prices):
  • For 1 person for 9 months, you need to store 225 lbs of grain and 45 lbs of legumes
  • 225 lbs of wheat and 45 lbs of navy beans fit into 8 boxes
  • The 39 cans of wheat and the 9 cans of navy beans cost $180
  • The 32 pouches of wheat and the 7 pouches of beans cost $155
—Calculated with prices in Canada on May 22, 2012

Are you picking up what I'm laying down? For $155 you can purchase 8 boxes of food to finish up your 1 year food storage. Totally affordable and how hard could it be to find space in your home for 8 boxes?


Let's say that more than one person lives in your house, or you are storing food for children in college, where could you store that? Well, I would suggest purchasing your food in the can form because the boxes are not as tall (7 inches) and the cans are super strong building blocks...for a bed. Using the boxes of cans, stacking the boxes 2 high you can create a bed base for a mattress that is the same height as a regular bed (abandoning the box spring). Making bed bases for 2 single beds would take 48 boxes (24 per bed) and would provide 9 months of food for 6 people. A queen size bed frame would take 36 boxes to make. And you don't have to worry about accessing this food because it will keep for 30 years. If you get to the point where you need to use it, moving your mattress to get it is not going to be a big deal. An extra bonus? Save money on a bed frame and good-bye dust bunnies under the bed!
That is the absolute simplest way to get this done... Well, storing 1 year of beans and rice and skipping the 3 months of regular food would be the simplest. But from this simplicity you can make it as complicated as you like. Tee hee. Truly, you might want some brown sugar to go with your boiled wheat and some ketchup and salt to add to those navy beans, butt it's not necessary.


Now. Phone the newly assigned Godfreys of Sherwood Park to make an appointment where they will help you use the dry pack cannery facilities in Sherwood Park.


banram123 said...

Fantastic stuff! So sad I missed the class!

Julie said...

THANK YOU for posting this!