In my ward besides being in the primary presidency, I am also the "food storage specialist". I have compiled a plan to get food storage month by month. I made this list up for my ward so I thought I would share it with you who are trying to get your food storage together. I have been working on that this year and I have done well so far. I have broken the food storage down into 3 categories: 1. Basic storage ( wheat, flour, beans, pasta, oil, etc.), 2. Expanded storage ( extra things such as peanut butter, baking soda and powder, spices, etc. ) 3. Non perishable items(toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, candles, etc.) If you want to follow this month by month plan it will give you enough food storage for one year. I didn't include amounts on the expanded storage and nonperishable items because I thought that is something you can decide on how much your family uses. I did follow the suggested amount of basic food storage items on http://www.providentliving.org/ Our home can only hold about 3 months of food storage so I have personally adjusted my amounts according to that time frame, but if you follow the amounts I have listed it will give you enough food for one year. So, each month I will list my food storage plan for the month. I hope this is helpful to those of you who are like me trying to get some food storage put away. If you are just starting please don't be overwhelmed, just buy what you can. Some storage is better than no storage.
Food Storage Month by Month
“Be honest, truthful, industrious, frugal, thrifty. In the day of plenty, prepare for the day of scarcity.”- Church section, the Deseret News
· Macaroni and spaghetti noodles 12 lbs (per person)
· Beans 20 lbs (per person)
· Hot cocoa, spices
· First aid kit
Also I love to get recipes on how to use your food storage so please share if you have any. I will also share some that I have compiled. So here is a recipe for hot chocolate mix: (good way to use your powdered milk and I actually like this mix better than the kind that you can buy at the store)
Hot Chocolate Mix
12 c. powdered milk
8 oz. nondairy creamer
½ c. powdered sugar
32 oz. powdered chocolate mix
Add desired amount to boiling water. Store in an airtight container.