If one of your goals for 2009 is to get more serious about emergency preparedness and food storage, you may find this checklist helpful. It’s a list that was handed out somewhere that I made some changes to and retyped. (That is an awkward sentence, but anyhoo…) It’s designed to make building your food storage part of your weekly trip to the grocery store. By the end of the year you should have a nice, well-rounded supply of essential goods and foods for emergencies. At a minimum, it helps you to inventory your current supply. You can customize the weeks to suit your needs. I’d love to see any other forms that people have created to organize food storage. Please post them!
I agree completely! I don’t store anything that I don’t know how to prepare or that my family in not used to eating. I plan my food storage around meals that our family will eat, and try to make meals that incorporate wholesome staples (wheat, oats, etc.) that have a long shelf-life. That way my storage is well-rounded and long-lasting. I also like to utilize both my freezer and my pantry for storage. We prefer meat and vegetables from the freezer versus a can (if we can’t have fresh), so we store both. That way if the power goes out, we don’t have to open the freezer; but, if the budget is tight we have foods we like to eat on hand. Thank you for your comments.