We try and grab a few things to add to our food storage every time we go to the grocery store. This picture is from a couple of months ago--we stopped by the grocery store after a date to grab a few things, and ended up with some extras for the food storage room. I'm so glad that I have a hubby that values preparedness as well. I think we make a pretty good team.
The best is that my darling friend Crystal has the same bug. She thought up this great idea to start up "Food Storage Friday." So we kicked it off last Friday at her house.
We started off by pulling our all of our recipes that we use a lot, and making a list of "pantry" recipes. In other words, recipes that we generally have all of the main ingredients on hand, and could buy in bulk so we'd have enough on hand to make the recipe 12 times.
We printed up a basic 12-month calendar. Our goal is to plan out menus for an entire year.
After we had a good list of "pantry recipes" that our family likes, we figured out how to make some adjustments to make them "food storage recipes."
Cute adorable Mimi entertained herself while we worked by taking pictures of us. Isn't she a doll?
And whenever we needed inspiration, we just gazed at Crystal's little guy.
Isn't he adorable? This is why we're so motivated to get our food storage in order (obedience to our prophet--of course), but also because we love our children, and want to be able to take good care of them in case of an emergency.
We plugged away for a couple of hours, and once we got started, we were on a roll. We have all of our menu planning and shopping done for the entire month of November. Crystal wanted to keep going into December, but I had to call it quits for the day.
We had to snap silly shots of ourselves, to document our first "Food Storage Friday."
We did it--Food Storage Friday, and lots of great menu-planning, recipe exchanging, and inspiration. 4 Real! (I don't know what it is with me and the gangsta thing. I guess I secretly think I'm a homie. Thanks for humoring me.)
I was at Macey's today, and they had their "gamma lids" and buckets on sale, so I got 7 of them to keep up in my pantry--they fit perfectly under my bottom shelf. Now I need to get food to fill them up. Those of you who do food storage--what do you suggest I keep in them? Flour, sugar, rice.....what else? I have always stored a lot of my food storage downstairs, but think it will help me rotate now by adding buckets upstairs.
- Do you have a food storage plan?
- How do you store all of your flour, pasta, etc. so it is safe from water, bugs, air, etc.? Are these buckets a good way, or do you have other suggestions for me?
- Do you have a favorite "pantry meal" you would be willing to share with me? Especially if it's an easy one.