Think of it as the “working supply” of your food storage.
It’s Friday after work, you had to stay late to finish a project and you’re tired. You really don’t feel like going to the grocery store and you can’t remember what you have at home in the pantry. So much for all that meal planning you were going to do… Could you pull together a nutritious meal for your family using only what you have in your pantry?
If you have a 3-month food supply, the answer is YES!
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OK, I admit it, I hate to be hungry. My family thinks I’m obsessive about my 3-month food supply, but I say a stocked pantry is security. When you live in a small town, it is even a necessity, unless you want to spend a fortune at the local grocery.
Even if I don’t cook from my pantry every day, knowing that I CAN gives me a sense of power and freedom.
A 3-Month Food Supply helps you by:
- // Saving money during challenging economic times.
- // Giving you peace of mind for potential job loss, natural disasters and meal planning.
- // Giving you control over what your family eats.
- // Providing healthy nutritious meals.
“But Wait!” you say, “a few days ago you told me I need to have Long Term Food Storage and now you want me to have a 3-month food supply on top of that?” Well – YES… they really go together – like cheese and crackers. Your long term food storage is more for basics, those life-saving items to “sustain” you; grains, fats, milk, and leavening, etc. All of these things will be found in your 3-month food supply too, but you will add other items to your pantry to make complete meals. Meals your family will actually eat. You will use your cupboards, freezer, and refrigerator for this step.
What should you include in your 3 Month Food Supply?
- // Store your regular pantry items, the things that you will use regularly. For some families that might be pancake mix and for others it could be applesauce or cream of mushroom soup. We always have a variety of sauces, salad dressing and spicy mustard in our 3-month food supply. Our family could do without it, but why should we. Planning ahead makes it possible.
- // Store what you regularly eat. It isn’t a good deal if it sits on the shelf and goes bad. Does anyone want a can of jellied cranberries?
- // Store refrigerator and freezer foods. Take the time to learn the basics of freezing fruits and vegetables or learn the art of canning (more on Day 18). Stock up and buy canned goods from the store when they are on sale. Purchase meat on sale and have it wrapped into family portion sizes or invest in a Foodsaver.
- // Don’t forget to include non-food items – we have an amazing amount of toilet paper at our house!
- // Use the handy 3-month food supply spreadsheet to make a list of possible storage items. Start by thinking about baking mixes, canned or bottled food, baking ingredients and seasonings.
Today’s Challenge: Get your pantry in order!
GOOD: Download the 3 Month Supply Spreadsheet of Common Pantry Items and inventory the items you currently have in the pantry. Throw out all out of date items while you are in there! (see if those out of date items are really ok) Identify what you are missing.
BETTER: Make a list of the meals your family eats for 10 days and break those down into individual items. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Be specific with your ingredients. How many eggs do you need for one week? This process is the foundation for getting your 3-month food storage under control.
BEST: Create a plan for purchasing. Budget some money each month for expanding your pantry. Create a plan for rotating your items – use it and replace it so you will always be prepared.
Food Storage Rules!
Related posts: 10 Laws of Food Storage – The Food Storage Law of 3’s – Sauce up Your Food Storage
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