1. Decide what your priorities are.
2. Devise a plan to acquire something for your storage each week.
3. Store properly and safely.
4. Rotate your storage. Use and replenish your storage regularly.
FOOD STORAGE BUYING GUIDE PER WEEK (52 Week Plan) -
Week 1: NUTS Drug stores have
Christmas sales. 2 lbs per person. Dry roasted ones store the
best. Freeze bagged ones.
Week 2: CLEANING SUPPLIES Detergent
156 loads per person, Bleach 1gallon per person, Cleanser.
Week 3: MEDICINE CHEST Feminine
Products, Pepto Bismal, Vicks, Cough Drops, Cough Syrup, Tylenol, Calamine
Lotion, Kaopectate, Ipecac, Sunscreen Dispose of all outdated
Week 4: FIRST AID SUPPLIES Band-Aids,
Antibiotic Ointment, Ace Bandages, Steri-strips, etc.
Week 5: PERSONAL PRODUCTS Soap,
Deodorant, toilet paper at least one roll per week. Shampoo, lotion, hand
soap, 15 per person etc.
Week 6: PEANUT BUTTER 10 lbs per
person (stores for a year or more)
Week 7: SOLID SHORTENING less
expensive than oil. 12 lbs per person. Be sure and rotate. Will last
Week 8: JUICES Avoid watered
products. Get 100% juice. (lemon, orange, pineapple etc.)
Week 9: PERSONAL GROOMING Toothpaste,
floss (important) razors, shaving cream. Consider your family needs. (you
can always brush with baking soda)
Week 10: MIXES Cakes, pancakes,
muffins, Bisquick etc. Bisquick stores best in the freezer or it gets
bugs. You need an annual total of 300 lbs of grain products per person
Week 11: SPICES AND HERBS Think of
what you use most often. Salt (NOT Plain you need the iodized kind)
pepper, cinnamon, bay leaves. Look for bargains.
Week 12: RICE Secure 10, 15, 20
lbs. White stores best but is not as nutritious. I find brown gets bugs.
Counts towards grain total.
Week 13: FIRST AID Gauze patches,
swabs, cotton balls, first aid tape etc. Old fashioned Kotex is good for
wounds. Sanitary napkins with adhesive do not store well.
Week 14: PASTA 5 lbs. Get other kinds
besides spaghetti. I have found that spaghetti does not store
well. Counts towards grain total.
Week 15: DRY MILK 40 oz. will make 5
gallons . Get what you family needs. 100 lbs per person per year. Stores
Week 16: SEWING KIT Thread, pins,
needles, buttons (cut off of old clothes) snaps, zippers, tape measure,
scissors. Consider your family's needs.
Week 17: READY DINNERS Ravioli, Pasta,
Oriental, Boxed, Canned, Frozen. Buy what your family will eat.
Week 18: FLOUR 50 lbs per person (put
in freezer or it will get bugs) Be sure and rotate. Counts towards grain
Week 19: SOUP Dry or canned soup,
don't forget crackers.
Week 20: JELLO Jello gelatin and
Week 21: GARDEN SEEDS Radishes are
great in an emergency. They grow fast, full of vitamins and minerals, and
full of water. Buy locally if you haven't ordered yet. Here is an
address of seed company that will send you there catalog free if you send
a self addressed envelope with a couple of stamps. Territorial Seeds P.O.
Box 157 Cottage Grove Ore. 97424 They have the kind of seed you can
store. Or check out
Week 22: SAFETY WEEK A length of cord
or twine. Light rope. Flashlight and batteries, (dated)
Week 23: CHEESE Whole 5 lbs, or grate
and freeze for casseroles or soup.
Week 24: PAPER PRODUCTS Paper towels,
Aluminum foil, garbage bags, freezer bags, etc.
Week 25: CONDIMENTS Mustard, catsup,
mayo, relish, Worcestershire.
Week 26: BEDDING Watch for White
Sales. Buy a new thermo blanket.
Week 27: JAMS AND JELLIES Sure-Jell,
Certo, Parafin, etc. Or buy the jams and jellies. Be sure you have
supply of canning jars. Not large mouth, and lids and seals.
Week 28: WATER Fill those water
jugs. Use plain Clorox not fresh scent.
Week 29: CANNED MILK Look in Dec. 1989
Ensign for ideas for use. 100 lbs per person.
Week 30: CANNED GOODS Be sure and
rotate. We like sardines (small ones). They are rich in protein and
Week 31: SCHOOL SUPPLIES Back to
School Sales. Paper , pencils, journals, envelopes, postage stamps,
etc. (Great Stocking Stuffers)
Week 32: STAPLES Baking powder, soda,
corn starch, Baking Soda, 2 lbs per person of each item except soda. Buy
3 lbs per person.
Week 33: TOMATOES Juice, whole, sauce,
paste, Salsa. Buy or make it. Counts as part of vegetables.
Week 34: CANNED FRUIT 80 quarts per
person. Buy or can it yourself.
Week 35: SUGAR 100 lbs per
person. Buy an extra 25 lbs.
Week 36: VEGETABLES 150 lbs per person
per year. Can or freeze from garden or purchased fresh, or buy canned.
Week 37: BEANS Dry bean, peas,
legumes, 100 lbs per person.
Week 38: SWEETNERS Honey, Karo,
Molasses, etc. Counts towards sugars.
Week 39: CANNED MEATS Tuna (be sure
and rotate) Spam, dried beef, go for 10 cans.
Week 40: IODIZED SALT 10 or more
canisters. It seasons & preserves. In a pinch it can be used as a
toothpaste or de-icer. Get canning salt for canning.
Week 41: VINEGAR l (or more)
gallons. It is a great cleaner too. For cleaning you need white.
Week 42: CANNED SOUP Buy soup when it
is on sale. Soup counts towards vegetables.
Week 43: APPLES Do something with all
those apples. Pie, applesauce, juice, canned apples with sugar are good.
Week 44: HARD CANDY On sale after
Halloween. Leftovers will make a good addition to your 72 hour emergency
Week 45: VITAMINS 365 vitamins per
person. Get extra C and calcium with Vitamin D.
Week 46: TREATS FOR BAKING Cocoa,
coconut (gets old) nuts ( store in fridge gets rancid) chocolate chips.
Week 47: GRAINS Rolled Oats, Corn Meal
(In fridge) Cream of wheat. (Rotate this, does not store).
Counts as a grain. There is an oats you can buy at health food store that
does store. I think it is scotch oats. Check and see.
Week 48: SUGARS Brown and white,
powdered. 100 lbs per person total.
Week 50: CANDLES AND MATCHES Put in a
sturdy box (preferably fireproof) and in a cool place you can locate in
Week 51: POPCORN Go for big twelve
pound bags. Counts toward grains.
Week 52: Merry Christmas You have given yourself a great gift security.