My Food Storage Deals: Food for thought

Food for thought

>> Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I was sent an email from a friend that showed what a ONE year supply of the basic necessities looked like. They had put this together for an Enrichment night to show how little a one year supply really is. I thought it was worth sharing. As I go around and teach classes on food storage I have found, just as these sisters have found in their wards, that people can come up with ALL sorts of excuses to why they can't get their year supply. In this email they talked about the common reasons why people put off getting their food storage (I taught a class last night and these comments were EXACTLY what the women mentioned!).."I don't have anywhere to store the food. What would I do with ALL that food. I won't store a year supply, I just want to store a few extras and that will do. I don't have extra money to buy food storage. I will do it someday, but not now. I don't have time. I don't like wheat and I wouldn't know what to do with wheat. I will get my food storage when I have the right shelves. And so on, and so on!"

Yes, some of these concerns will need to be dealt with, but I am here to tell you that they can be overcome! Here is the picture that was sent with this email to show just how LITTLE and easy it is to orgaanize and obtain your year supply.


A year supply of food does sound like a lot of food. However, this picture shows how LITTLE you would be able to eat with your 'one year supply' of food. It sure wouldn't hurt to have a little extra :)

**They did figure you would store yeast to use for making bread. Homemade bread uses all of the basic food storage ingredients (oil, flour (wheat), sugar, salt, water). Yeast can be bought at Costco for very inexpensive and if you store it in the freezer it can last over a year. (SAF instant yeast is my favorite brand)


ClistyB April 1, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

I can totally see why some people get discouraged. Im looking at that picture of what looks to be the bare minimum and thinking..that.... multipied by 7. It DOES take quite a bit of space.
And so it kinda gets under my skin when food specialists play that aspect down. Ya know?
I so wish my husband's idea of a one year's supply of Chili's gift cards would suffice. :)

myfoodstoragedeals April 1, 2009 at 3:44 PM  

It is a lot of food, I won't deny that! Especially when you have multiple people in your family. Either way, having something will be better than nothing! Look at the first post on this blog to see how I store my long term storage items to save space (the large Rubbermaid garbage cans work great & save space!!)

K April 1, 2009 at 5:14 PM  

What bread recipe did they use? ie. How much of these ingredients is used to make a loaf? I'm just wondering what leavening they used or if there's yeast on the side somewhere?

Willy Happy Mama April 1, 2009 at 5:47 PM  

I love this photo representation. Thank you! Looks simple enough to me.

.::still blinking::. April 1, 2009 at 6:42 PM  

I was shocked by how little this is.

I read 400 pounds of grain and think that will fill my entire basement. I have no concept of how much that really is. So thank you for sharing the photo, it really makes it seem like an attainable goal.

Rachel Pierce April 1, 2009 at 9:01 PM  

That picture actually looks more do-able than anything I've seen. I like to see it simplified down like that. Thanks for sharing this. Anymore from their presentation that you could share?

Riley and Krista April 2, 2009 at 5:29 AM  

Wow, that is impressive. Your friend did a great job with her lesson and the visual aide. No matter how much room it takes a year supply is worth it to me - thanks for the great ideas!

sherri April 2, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

I just love your blog! You have really inspired me and I am finally beginning to get a grip on food storage (it's more that giant barrels of wheat!) You make it realistic and useable in everyday meals. I especially love the recipe you shared for French bread (and my neighbors and family thank you too!) Thanks for sharing you knowledge and talent! I appreciate you help!

from my motorhome to yours April 2, 2009 at 4:57 PM  

I love your blog, we live in our motorhome and I used to buy in bulk when all the kids were little, but right now its just the 2 of us, I think I will follow along for awhile

UtahMOMof7 April 2, 2009 at 8:37 PM  

Oh my goodness! Looks similar to the food my pioneer ancestors ate. I can't imagine my 4 year-old surviving on this diet. Yikes. I'm so glad we store more than just this. I think they changed the grain amount to 300 lbs. now. Can you imagine? Thanks!

Nicole April 3, 2009 at 7:12 PM  

Instead of storing lots of yeast, you can use your wheat to make flat tortillas.

Brittney April 3, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

I barely make it through a container of oil in one year. Why store so much oil for one person? Is there another purpose for the oil other than baking? If I stored that much oil, it would probably go bad before I could rotate it all. Any thoughts?

Krista April 5, 2009 at 6:06 PM  

It is also my friend Annette who does this traveling display to different churches. She does a great job and thanks for posting it here. It is a good visual, but also makes us realize we may want more variety than just the basics.

Danielle April 6, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

if you start with just the basics the rest will come a little more easily is my thought - i love this picture i too have a hard time visualizing how much a years supply really is

The Huffies April 9, 2009 at 2:06 PM  


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Bobbi Jo April 9, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

Great post! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your inspiration on your blog. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sheryl April 11, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

At Costco right now they have many food storage items on sale. What is your opion on their pricing for things like Lehi Roller Mills flour, their Mac N Cheese, Chicken in a can, etc. It all seems like a good deal but I'm hesitant to purchase anything in case I'm not getting the best deal. Could you please post something about this? I'm sure alot of other are curious about it too! thank you! I love your site, and being a member of dealstomeals has been such a blessing in the lives of my family and myself. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

TeddieR June 9, 2009 at 11:36 PM  

Great info on how easy it can be if organized.

A suggestion: view This book was written by Marlene Peterson in 1993 and still a hot book on the shelves today. It has a step by step approach of organizing the items listed here that you need, but then it has over 200 pages of recipes to cook with once you have it. You can view or download the steps from the website and get lots of other info too. I think the book and the info that it contains (recipes, shelf life, step by step of what to get, sprouting, baby needs, etc) compliments exactly what is expressed on this blog.


Lori August 7, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

But did you know that the amounts the church uses is the SAME amounts that the handcarters were allowed to carry. It is a starvation diet. If you want to be very uncomfortable and possibly die of starvation and hear your children crying all the time in hunger, then go right ahead and store what the church has suggested. If you reread the guidelines for the church is says MINIMUM. I prefer to have more than the minimum, wouldn't you?

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