being prepared has been on my mind a ton lately.
Whether you follow politics or prophecies, or just simply enjoy feeling like you have abundance of goods on hand, food storage makes sense to everyone.
But if you're like me, we put it off.
I grab a few extra things here and there and hope I get to it before it spoils.
It is kind of a jumbled mess
A friend of mine has been a long time advocate of preparedness and emergency readiness.
She has started an program to help everyone get more prepared.( You can find out more details by following this link to 3 Steps . org)
I LOVE her idea for dinners. You plan a simple meal that your family will eat.
The next time you prepare it, buy enough for 5 more meals.
(for these photos I only have 3 meals- more on that later)
All of the ingredients are labeled and stored inside the bucket, which you also label.
Then you can stack the buckets, keeping them together, using very little space.
Because I had these buckets already (and they were 2 for a buck!) I decided I would start where I am and just get some of the stuff I had grouped together. They only hold 3 or 4 smaller meals.
The buckets will survive a pipe burst, plus they will be very easy to grab and throw into a car,
or even to carry to a neighbors or family.
Ideally, you will use 5 or 6 gallon buckets so you can store 5 full dinners with fruit or other side items . You can also get better lids (displayed on the 3 Steps websites)
to completely seal out any other damage.
My plan is to organize what I have, then slowly start with new buckets and anything new I buy, purchasing higher quality.
The goal is to have 18 buckets with 5 meals in each, (recipes also on the website), filling a 3 month dinner supply. Once you are done you will make ONE MEAL a week out of the bucket, and buy the ingredients to replace it, so you will rotate the entire set in about 2 years.
NOW- best case scenario is you will use these as needed- maybe a night where you have 'nothing' to make, or an evening where you are out and the kids can pull out a simple meal.
I also envision these being very easy to take to a disaster sight, maybe another neighborhood even, and how easy it would be to quickly distribute meals to needy or displaced families.
Worst case scenario is disaster or chaos hits your own home.....
you will supplement with other goods (like the 20 year shelf life basics) and know you have a dinner to look forward to every night.
I am NO expert, and I get overwhelmed easily, so I am happy to feel like I can tackle this a bit at a time. I have supplies for more dinners,
and will be adding them as I get the proper sized buckets.
I feel blessed to live in a 'time of plenty' and feel that storing for a time of drought
is the right thing to do.
For more info on this and more simple steps, again here is the link to 3 Steps.org
For more survival and political awareness,
visit this Prepper blog and get in the prepper blog ring.
Finally, if you are reading this and have a great idea that has made something easier for your storage preparedness, PLEASE put a link in your comments.
~Have a blessed day~