Thursday, February 25, 2010

Obsession.

Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to get a bit obsessed with things. I kind of go through phases but I don’t think it’s really a bad thing. I get focused on one or a few things for awhile then eventually I move on and I may or may not keep doing that thing. For example:

-Making beaded watch bands
-Digital scrapbooking
-Cooking
-Crafts
-Home decor

I love all these things and I still do them, but for awhile, I really focus on one of them and become a bit obsessed. Anyway, my latest obsession is………

Food Storage!

Okay so I know that I’m a weirdo, but whatever. I just started thinking about food storage, and of course I go and google the crap out of it and find out everything I possibly can in a small amount of time, then I make tons of lists and plans and before I know it, I’m obsessed.DSC00632

But really. In all seriousness, I think food storage is a good obsession to have. I think it came into my mind for a reason. Because it’s important.

"The best storehouse is the family storeroom..."Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing" (Doctrine and Covenants 109:8). ~President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008)

So I have found some fabulous sites that are very helpful and I’m just starting slow but I’m really excited about it. The sites I have been referring to a lot are:

http://preparedldsfamily.blogspot.com/

http://providentliving.org

I have always been one to look at all the grocery ads each week and write down prices then price match stuff at Walmart :). So it’s not a big deal to keep an eye out for deals in bulk. I’m also making sure I’m only going to buy food we will eat. That way, I can rotate it through and actually use the food so it doesn’t go bad. I will probably get some things we won’t eat but will last 30 years for long term storage and we can just keep that back in the pantry.

We have an unfinished basement and like a lot of homes, we have a perfect food storage area under the porch. My mom is demonstrating it beautifully here. It’s nice because it is a long hallway and it also turns 90 degrees and is an L-shape. So we’re going to get some shelves and set up shop in here for now.IMG_4546In case anyone else is interested in getting started, here is what I have done so far. Using her amazing Case Lot Sale Price Comparison (here), I made a list of the items we will eat, along with the prices and stores that she listed with the lowest prices. That way, when I do buy something, I can refer to my list to see if what I’m about to buy is actually a good deal or if I should wait for a better price (from her list). Here is a part of my spreadsheet so far.Picture1 For now I’m just going to focus on getting a good 72 hour kit for Dan and I and then start working on a 3 month supply of food. The church has started focusing on 3 month instead of 1 year because 1 year is really overwhelming for people. I made my own 72 hour checklist based on a few I found online and through the church. Here is a picture of it.Picture2 If anyone wants a copy of some of the lists and stuff that I have, just let me know and I’ll send it. Also, leave me a comment and let me know your feedback on food storage. What works for you, what doesn’t, how you got started (if you have), and how you stay on top of it. Maybe I’m weird, but I get a strange excitement about buying food in bulk! I’ll probably update a few times on the status of my food storage obsession as it progresses. Stay tuned…

3 comments:

Amy Burtenshaw said...

Check out gamma lids for five gallon buckets... they are fabulous!

Amanda said...

Ask Danny about our food storage. When we were moving I think he said something about waiting to follow the prophet's counsel until you are in your last house :) I love food storage too and Dave and I have gone through phases over the years as well. We have the basic stuff we got from the church's dry pack like wheat, flour, powdered milk, beans, rice etc. Those things last like 30 years (and we have tons of it). I have also tried to stock up on the ingredients needed to make bread. If we ever needed to survive off of our food storage, bread would go a long way. Other than that we just buy the things we eat in bulk and rotate them. It has worked pretty well. One thing we want to try next is wait for a sale on MRE's at Emergency Essentials. Those can also last up to 30 years if you store them correctly. Good Luck!

The Woodwards said...

That is amazing...I wish we had more room in our townhouse for food storage. We are full beneath our bed and in our cubby hole under the stairs! Good job guys...I know where I'll go in an emergency!