Food Storage

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72 Hour Kits

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 In a disaster you might have to leave your home for awhile. Having a 72 hour kit ready will allow you to leave right away and take the stress of having to think what you need to take with you. 


Below are a few links of what you should have in a 72 hour kit.


What should be in your 72 hour kit.


Written list of items for 72 hour kit.


Starting a Year Supply

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 In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we are commanded to have a supply of food on hand. This food storage can help us through a disaster or hard times. 


Below are links to help you get started.

(also see the Wendy DeWitt videos)


How to get started.


How to build a food pantry


How to plan for all the members of your family.


Bishop Storehouses

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 Bishops' Storehouse


What is A Bishops Storehouse?


Also at a LDS Bishops'  Storehouse anyone can purchase bulk food supplies. 


Many of these foods have a good storage shelf life. Below is what you can purchase at a Bishops' Storehouse.


Bishops Storehouse order form.

Wendy DeWitt Devotionals on Food Storage

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 Well worth watching and one of the best "How To" videos I have seen. It is a little over an hour long. She has very good ideas in making food storage fun.


Wendy DeWitt Home Storage Video 2014


Wendy DeWitt Home Storage Video 2005


Dry Packing Foods

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 Dry packing food is very easy. It is nice to be able to put away a lot of food quickly. 


The only draw back is, is that it doesn't store as long. Here are a few links I found to be helpful.


Learn how to dry pack in cans.


Learn how to dry pack in mylar bags.

Dehydrating Foods

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 Dehydrating food is nice because it will take the moisture out of the food you are dehydrating and makes it very light.  


Learn to dehydrate foods in your oven.


Learn to dehydrate foods using a dehydrator. 

Canning Meats

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 Canning meat is simple and fast. It is amazing that meat will store for 20 years or more. 


How to can meat.


How to can meat (video).


Canning Fruits & Vegetables

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 In today's world it is a lost art. With the right tools canning is pretty simple. 

Learn to can.


Learn to can (Video).

Sprouting

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 Sprouting is one of the fastest ways and also a renewable way to grow a survival food. It is very easy and inexpensive to do.


Learn how to sprout

Ideas of How to Cook

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 Many of us like to grill. But if you are not the outside grilling type here are videos that would help you learn how.

Propane cooking 


stove


BBQ Grill  

 Propane / charcoal


Sterno 


Wood stove 


Fireplace


Storing & Filtering Water

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Storing water is one of the most important items to store. 


Below are videos to help you get started in storing water.


How much water to store. 


What to store water in.


Where to store water. 


Water Filters - 

Berkey 


Propur 


Gardening

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 Grow your own food. It is far better for you and also saves you money. 


Also do you know the difference between Hybrids and Heirlooms?


Hybrids and Heirloom?


Learn how to start a garden.


How to plant a garden.

How & Where to Store Your Food

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You can store food in your basement, in your pantry, in your clothes closets, in bedrooms, underneath your beds and even in your living room. 


Living in a small apartment you may have to be creative.   


I have seen people make entertainment stands, end tables, kitchen tables, footstools and bookshelves with their food storage. 

 

I have also seen food stored in furniture like china cabinets, end tables and so on. It's amazing what a table cloth will hide.


Remember that when storing food it needs to be in a dry place.  Do not place cans on a cement floor. 


Many of the cans that are out there have a shorter lifespan of those cans 30 years ago. Rotation is very important.

Storing food video


Ways to store food.


How to start a food pantry


Thoughts About Food Storage

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 It is nice to share your knowledge and experiences with others on food storage but you need to be careful. WHY?... you ask. I'll tell you why.  


Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have been commanded to have a food storage for years but many don't. Some don't think it is needed even though the Prophet has told us to do it. Some don't know how. Others say they don't have the money to start one. But if you are one of those families that do listen and store food remember that you have become a target for those who haven't. 


Here are my thoughts......   

1.) Never tell anyone you are storing food and how much you have stored. 


2.) Never tell where it is stored. (This also would be for other items that you have stored too).


3.) Store your items where other people that come into your home don't see where you store your food. Many families store their food in the basement. The basement is a great place to store but usually storing your food is out in the open where it is seen by the gasman, water meter man, repairman, friends & neighbors. It might also be visible from the outside from a basement window.


4.) Mark on the top of the item the date you bought it or the date you want to use it by. Which ever way you mark your items all of them should be marked the same way.


5.) Make sure you rotate your food and water every time you buy.


6.) I have heard that some families even take the labels off and use a code to identify what is inside.