Monday, January 9, 2012
Resloution #4......Keeping stocked.
I have always been pretty good about keeping a year supply of food on hand but in addition, I like a 3 month supply, at least, of meals as well. I want the ingredients for us to eat well for at least 90 days before we would have to live on our beans and rice. This last year, I have let my pantry run a little low.
I have had lots of people email me about crazy things they have been hearing urging them to get a year supply and 3 month meal supply going. Some of the info is nothing new , but the info seems a lot more pertinent these days. There are some crazy rumors going around and regardless if they will ever come to be, it doesn't really matter. It will always be a good idea to be prepared. We may need our food because of unemployment. We may need it if there is a temporary trucking issue. There are so many reasons why we may need to depend on the food we have. It just is a good idea to take stock.
My resolution this year is to always stay on top of my food supply. Always. We had planned to take a rather expensive trip with our kids this spring break. We have been saving and they were all excited. As the time has been approaching, I started to get a nagging feeling that the money should not be spent on one week of entertainment. I finally told my family that I thought we didn't have any right to do that when we didn't have a complete stock of food in the house and other necessities. To my surprise, I found little resistance. With much relief, I went on a shopping spree and stocked the house. I feel so much better and promised to keep it up. I am not a worry monger. I don't dwell on things that might happen. But, we can't go wrong with being prepared. Ever. It just feels good.
To keep up on my storage, I have a dry erase board right inside my pantry. If I use something on my storage list, I immediately write it down so I can get it on my next shopping trip.
To organize my 3 month supply; I keep a binder with menus, recipes and a pantry list. You can check out some of my ideas and see my binder under the year supply link on the right side bar. I would be happy to email you the pantry list that you can amend for your own use. Just shoot me an email or leave a comment.
I know we will all be blessed if we are prepared. We never know what lies ahead. It is our obligation to take care of our family.