Thursday, November 1, 2012

Your 3 month food supply

As we watch the Japanese stand in line for food, or remember how it was during Katrina it's easy to understand the importance of food storage backup.
If for some reason the stores didn't have food on their shelves and with food shortages around the world and the state of the economy, this is a very real possibility, what would you do?
While there are still people who know all about canning food, most people don't, and with rising prices, unemployment, storms or other acts of nature that cause emergencies, this could make it impossible for people to get the food and supplies they need.
So, it makes sense to us to store food in your home so that your family can endure any possible emergencies.

Let's get started.

You don't have to go crazy with food storage, and whatever you do, don't go into debt buying the food.
On that note, may we also recommend that you start your supply of emergency money as well. 
Start small, try to save back 2%, 3% or perhaps 5% of you income, and put it in a safe place.

We realize that food storage for a year may be difficult, so we suggest a 3-Month food supply.
This isn't as hard as you may think.
Each week, buy a few extra items of your everyday groceries.
Keep doing this each week, until you have enough extra food to last a whole week.
After you do that, do it again, and keep doing this until you have enough food to last for 3 months.
If you are in the food industry you'll be familiar with FIFO. (first in, first out)
Eat the oldest food first. Simply write a date on it with a marker and remember FIFO.

When it comes to water supplies it's the same game plan, buy an extra case of water each time you go shopping.  Before you know it you'll have a 3 month supply of drinking water.

The LDS church seems to have a lot of knowledge and experience with food storage, so we are going with their recommended food amounts.
The calculator is designed for a year's backup, but you can do the math and calculate the 3 months worth.
This calculator will help guide you with what you need and how much you will need if you are planning a backup of food, water and supplies.

Click on our calculator buddy below: