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Home & Food Storage: A Monthly Guide to Obtaining A One-Year Supply - Bakerette

Home & Food Storage: A Monthly Guide to Obtaining A One-Year Supply

Imagine yourself cold and hungry sitting in the dark…

Home & Food Storage: A Monthly Guide to Obtain a One-Year Supply | Bakerette.com

That could be you during a disaster. Who wants to be caught unprepared during a disaster? What if you were caught in an earthquake or were snowed in and no one could get to you? What if you lost your job and had no way to feed your family? What if your water was contaminated? It’s always, ALWAYS good to be prepared for an emergency. And food and water will be your most integral part of your storage plan.

Word of advice…store foods your family will eat. If you hate legumes, why store them? You’ll never use them and they’ll go to rot–do legumes rot? I don’t know, but you get the picture. The items will just go to waste and you will have wasted well-earned money.

Don’t store food you don’t know how to prepare or don’t have the method necessary to prepare it with. For example, if you store wheat for flour, you need some way to make the wheat into flour! It will be of no use to you in a disaster if you have no way of using it. Or if you don’t know how to make homemade bread, what good will these items use you if you don’t know how to use them. I’m pretty sure the Internet may not be extremely helpful to you if you don’t have electricity.

You will want to store a variety of foods because you will want to maintain good health during emergencies. Man cannot live on bread alone–well, maybe I can. I’m one of the few who can survive on chocolate, cheese, bread, and desserts–but the majority of you will need more sustenance. But that brings me to a point…store dessert, too! And what good will these items do you if you have no water? Most items you store will require water–water to make bread, water for dry milk, etc.

One of the things you want to consider when preserving food is expense–you might need special equipment and dependability on that method. I.e. a grinder to grind wheat. And will an electric grinder be dependable if you lose power? No. So you may want to store both a hand and electric grinder. If you want to can your own foods, then you will need Mason jars and other special equipment for canning.

Keep in mind that stored foods do not last indefinitely! So you want to set up a rotation plan. Once you use it, replace it and put the newest to the back and the oldest to the front. Mark the date on packages of food as you purchase them and store them. Put your most recent food purchases to the back and the oldest to the front so that when you prepare your food, you are using up the oldest first.

Where do you store it? If you’re like me, I have a very small home with virtually no storage, so we have to get creative. We store items under our beds, under the stairs, in the laundry room, tops of closets, etc. If you’re like my brothers, you can dedicate a whole room to storage. You also want to make sure you don’t store foods in areas where they will rot quickly. For example, if you store food in your garage, it will be exposed to very hot and very cold elements. Your food needs to be able to withstand those elements. So when you store foods to keep them clean and safe, follow this guideline

  1. Keep foods cool. Store them in a dark or shady place, away from sunlight.
  2. Protect foods from moisture. Dried foods will spoil if they get wet before they are used. Foods preserved by other methods may spoil from excess moisture.
  3. Protect foods in packages or containers. The best containers prevent dust from reaching the food and make it difficult or even impossible for insects and animals to eat the food.

Photo Credit: Renjith Krishnan

A Monthly Guide to Obtain Your One-Year Home and Food Storage

To make it easier to collect food storage, the following has been broken down into monthly goals with a focus on purchasing certain foods during that month.

JANUARY

Goal:
Take inventory of your basic food storage and emergency supplies. Develop and commit to a preparedness plan. It should include the following:

  • Pick two emergency places at which family members can rendezvous: one near your home in case of fire; the other outside your neighborhood in case your home is not usable.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative to call if family members are separated during a disaster. Children should be taught the out-of-state contact’s phone numbers.
  • Discuss with family members the dangers of likely severe emergencies in your region and how best to respond to them.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home and mark the escape routes from each room.
  • Practice and maintain your personal and family preparedness plan regularly, change it as needed.

FEBRUARY-MARCH: What Shall We Eat?

Goal:
Obtain a supply of basic foods

Food Focus Schedule:
Grains (wheat, rice, corn, oats)

APRIL-MAY: Thirst No More

Goal:
Store a 2-week supply of water for your family

Food Focus Schedule:
Powdered Milk

JUNE-JULY: Light and Heat

Goal:
Store sources of light and heat, including an adequate supply of candles and fuel for cooking and light.

Food Focus Schedule:
Oil

AUGUST: Dealing With Emergencies

Goal:
Learn how to turn off utilities. Plan what to do in case of a fire, earthquake or other emergency.

Food Focus Schedule:
Legumes (beans, peas, lentils)

SEPTEMBER: Health and First Aid

Goal:
Assemble or replenish your family first aid kit and supplies. Provide for the special needs of family members.

Food Focus Schedule:
Legumes (beans, peas, lentils)

OCTOBER: Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness

Goal:
Store basic sanitation supplies for your family

Food Focus Schedule:
Sugar and Salt

NOVEMBER: Communications

Goal:
Obtain a battery or hand crank radio

Food Focus Schedule:
Sugar and Salt

DECEMBER: Be Prepared

Goal:
Prepare your 72-hour kit

Note: You should establish a financial reserve by saving a little money each week and gradually increasing it to a reasonable amount. The amount of your reserve will depend on your needs and financial circumstances. If possible, plan for a financial reserve sufficient to provide essential needs for 6-12 months. Be sure to include small bills and change, since banks and other places normally available to change money may not be open, perhaps for several days.

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About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Comments

  1. Linda Olsson says:

    If you need a cookbook to know what to do with those basic foods go to Seven Years of Plenty Blog :). It is a book based on international foods, the rest of the world lives on basic foods everyday!

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