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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Food Storage and 72 Hour Kits

First of all, a bit of eye candy for you. I've promised you beautiful things on this blog along with useful things also, but you'll pretty much see eye candy no matter what.

The vases I finished recently are now stuffed with some coffee filter roses I've made.

Little faux cupcakes that grace my living room end table.

Right after Easter this year hubby and I went to the stores and bought up a bunch of marked down candy for emergencies. (Yes, this is a boring subject today but one that definitely needs to be addressed.) We vacuum sealed some candy and thought we'd open it after several months to see how it survived. This past week we opened up our Milk Duds.

This is how they looked when I cut the sealed bag. Hubs said to throw it out. I beg to differ, man!!! Throw out chocolate? Is the man nuts?! Never. I peeled the cardboard box off it and broke it into tiny pieces and ate it. While it doesn't look quite appetizing, I can assure you it was delish—hard but delish. It softened up after sucking on it for a few seconds and then it was just fine.

Hubby and I recently went through our 72 hour kits for emergencies. We do this periodically and it's a good thing. Listen up. You can do this. You need to do this. Remember Haiti, New Orleans and other areas hit by natural disasters? Those people could have survived if they had some food and water. Besides, our church leaders tell us to do it, and I'm obedient in as many things as I can possibly be because I'm pathetic is so many other ways.

Hubs and I started with backpacks and put them on luggage carriers in case I couldn't carry it on my back any longer. Easy peasy.

Then we added extra undergarments, shoes (good thing I checked it because I could no longer get my feet in the shoes in my pack after all the surgery 2 years ago), towel, washcloth, dry packed food, change of clothing, which can be just any old thing you want to put in since it'll be an emergency and the fashion police won't care. I hate MREs so we opted to buy Mountain House at WM and will now buy some that is even better called Dri-Lite from a local sporting goods store. We got 3 dinners but just put oatmeal, cereal and pancake mix in the backpack for breakfasts and snack type things for lunches. See the blue bag in the bottom right. Never hurts to have a few of those in there. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! Pair of wool socks and gloves in case the disaster is in the winter time.

Hubs tent and plastic ware for eating and his little mess kit that contains cooking pot, plate and cup.

A ziplock bag can hold soap, toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, comb and brush and any meds you might need. Rotate them for expiration dates.

I have a whole roll of toilet paper squished and put in a side pocket. You'll be very surprised how much you can get in a backpack. A coat need not go in there because in the summer you wouldn't need it especially, and if it's in the winter time, you'll be wearing it on your back. ;-)

A plastic bandaid can will hold an entire infirmary in it if packed right—bandaids, neosporin, pins and needles, lip balm.

I love having a whistle just in case we might get separated. Plus a length of cord can save a life. Side bar here:

Once with hubby was taking a scout troop for snow camping they came upon a pretty sheer cliff of snow and ice. Hubs is a large man—6"2' and about 200 pounds and the strongest man I've ever met. One of the other adults went across with the rope while hubs stayed on the starting side to sort of belay his across the chasm. Then the boys would have an adult at both ends to hold onto the rope while the boys were secured to it. A ways across this 300 ft. drop a boy slipped and started sliding. (He was an only child and very protected by his parents and I hate to think what would happen if he got injured or fell to his death on this trip. Anyway, hubs kept telling him to be careful but he got a bit cocky and started sliding. Hubs, in his best USMC drill sergeant voice told him to stop and grab the rope tighter to not slide so much. He listened and did what hubs told him but he was shaking badly when the guy on the other end got hold of him. He was sliding pretty fast and good on that rock covered with snow and ice. My man is a hero and I never doubt that he could save me from just about anything. But a rope can be used to throw to someone who might have fallen over a cliff or into a river.

Flashlight, my utensils and a foil blanket for warmth that packs down very small.

Lots of sweets and cocoa and herb tea. If you in a stressful situation there is nothing like sweet candy to help with the stress. And it's the best stuff for bartering you've ever seen. Have lots of it. During WWII cooking oil was the most precious commodity for trading. If you had sugar, candy or oil you could trade it for anything.

Hubby's jacket and the water filtration system. Easy and small to have. You don't want to get sick on the water if there is a major catastrophe. Light that goes around his head so he can help with hands free in the dark.

This is the back end of our garage where we have a 250 gallon water storage tank. I never worry about anyone stealing it because water weighs 8.3 lbs per gallon so that tank weight 2,075 full of water. And it's house water to drink. We got the tank from a man in our church who made them for about $180 each. Well worth it if a catastrophe hits. And there have been many lately.

Now, within the next couple of weeks I'm going to talk about food storage. We have a years supply of food and all the essentials. You can learn how and do it surprisingly quickly and easy. Here we had all our canned fruits, vegetables, pastas, peanut butter, nuts, ketchups, sauces, salt, pepper, spices, packaged dinners, cake mixes and frostings, vinegar, oils, canned meat, vacuum dried nuts, jerky, mayonnaise, mustard, candy, cereals, pancake mix, etc.

As you can see, I had a virtual grocery store in my basement. That was our former house and we have less than half the square footage here in our house now than this one—the former one. It's a bit tighter and we have to be more creative but it can definitely be done. The five gallon tubs contained dried carrots, dried onions, sugar, dried potatoes and dried beans. This was just part of it, the largest part, but there was more upstairs and meat in 2 of our freezers.

Here we kept toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, fabric softener, bleach, soap, toothpaste, lamp oil for oil lamps when electricity would be shut off.

So later on I'll tell you how to start your food storage. In reading an article this past week on food, there is no doubt it's going to climb in price and there are already shortages on some things. As Mormons we've been told to be prepared for these kinds of circumstances. Please, please listen and get some essentials for your home for the coming days. I doubt very seriously that you'll regret it but if it's not there, you'll regret not having it.


  1. Hey Darlin'. I hate it that I don't get by and visit you as much as I'd like. You'd be surprised to know just how often you cross my mind at random times of the day.

    I have/had lots of family members who are Mormons that have stock piled groceries for years. It's a very smart idea. I've always admired the churches teaching of giving to others in need and their very family first attention. Your basement store is wonderful. Did you use couponing and sales to stock you pantry? Doesn't it comfort you to know that you can get by (very well) in case of emergency? The same year Katrina hit New Orleans we had a huge outage too. We were without electricity and water for 9 days!!! Very scary and very miserable. You just never know when it might happen to you. What do you think caused the milk duds to do that? Was it maybe the heat in the basement. I bet it would make great brownies or swirled in a cake.

    Well I'd better go to bed it's 20 after 4. Thanks for coming by and checking in on me. You're the sweetest.

    Warm hugs and love...Tracy :)

  2. Wow Connie! I'm impressed. We were just talking about doing this on Saturday. I have some things - nothing like what you have and boy are you ever organized.

    It's on my to do list.


  3. Connie ~
    That is awesome !
    You have totally
    inspired me ~


  4. Wow Connie, I am amazed at how organized you are for anything. We keep supplies for hurricane season, then start fresh the next year. I need to do some of the things you wrote about, but storage is a problem here in our little house, but we finally got the building permit for the extra room we are adding on. Hopefully, after it is finished, I can use my old closet for a pantry, even if it is away from the kitchen. Can always put extra things in there for emergencies. We don't get the snow, but we do have outages when the weather is bad. Going to have to check our local sporting good store to see if they have those meals. Great idea, because, even though we still have MREs, I really don't like them, but it's better than starving to death. Thanks for all the tips today. Hope you are feeling better. Love and hugs, Pat

  5. We used to have emergency kits for tornado season when we were small, but as an adult, I haven't done it for years. Good reminder that anything can happen. I will start on my kit this weekend. I have a backpack just for it! I lost the receipt so I can't take it back, now it will have a good use! Mom used to make sure we had plenty of what we needed in case of emergency, but I haven't. I will certainly change that. Winter is coming and sometimes we lose power because of snow and ice. I will need food and light if that happens! We have been lucky that last few years that we haven't needed anything like that.

  6. Wisdom!

    Which many embraced, after the last catastrophe. Mentally embraced it, that is. But as time goes on, people forget.

    Thank you for your Wisdom!

  7. Thanks for the great reminder! I need to go change out my kit in my car. We have our emergency kit at home and in each car. We don't stock pile the food like you do but we have a good supply.

    Oh and did you know you can keep chocolate for over a year without having to seal it up. They keep it in the wearhouse for over a year before they sell it to the stores who sell it to us. Just keep it in a cool dry location and it will be fine!

  8. G'day Connie ~ Yes, we do stockpile somewhat
    'just in case' as we've had power shortages & losses & winters like last that did not allow us to get out & about.

    Love you vases ... & the pretty florals.

    How are you mending, things getting any better for you?

    Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving holiday ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  9. Morning Sweetie,

    Wow, what an inspiration you are. Bob and I have really let our stock piles dwindle over the past year, mainly because of a lack of time.
    This post of yours has really got me thinking again about doing a serious re-stock.

    Luv your eye candy. I bet your home (in person) is even more lovely than pictures could ever portray!

    Miss ya sis.

    Love & Prayers,
    Have A Peachy Keen Day!

  10. Wow, what an inspiration you are. My friend and I have really let our stock piles dwindle over the past year, mainly because of a lack of time.
    This post of yours has really got me thinking again about doing a serious re-stock.

  11. Connie.... What good advice. Thanks for passing it on. I've been hearing for years that one should have a preparedness kit... We live on an earthquake fault line so it's important to us here in the northwest. I guess this means that I'm going to have to clean the garage out to make room. Holy moly... I need a bigger house. :-)

    Do you rotate things and use them before they expire? And, it must be realllly handy if you're out of something to run out to your "store" and grab it!


  12. We have a virtual grocery store here too downstairs and two freezers and two refrig/freeers! lol

    Stop by and say hi. Come over and learn about my Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap that starts tomorrow! I would love to have you share your family favorites recipes, craft ideas, decorating ideas, tradtions etc... :)


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