Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ark Prep 101 - Food Storage Calculator

If you haven’t discovered the online LDS Food Storage Calculator, you might want to check it out!
Plug in the number of people in your family, and you’ll find out how much dried milk, oats, brown sugar, and other staples you’ll need for a one year supply.
Take a minute and fill it out right now!
Well, what did you think?  I'll bet you got some pretty serious numbers, didn't you?  Let's be honest.  You're probably thinking, "What the heck am I going to do with 800 lbs. of wheat, 120 lbs. of cornmeal and 25 lbs. of split peas??"  If you're like most people, you just grab a loaf of bread at the store when you need it and rely on various convenience foods on a weekly basis.
The reason stocking up on staples is so important is because they are the building blocks of hundreds of other foods.  A handful of dried beans, along with some broth and a few veggies make a mighty fine and filling soup.  With flour, lard, some baking powder, salt and a rolling pin, you have tortillas (like the one's we had at the Preparedness Relief Society Meeting . . . Delicious!).  The trick is knowing how to use the staples you're storing, and then begin rotating them in with the food your family already eats.
By the way, if the figures from the calculator seem overwhelming and/or expensive, set a smaller food storage goal of six months, or three months.  Just divide the totals by two or four.  It will be easier to find places to store that amound of food, easier to rotate, and then you can build on what you have.
Here are a few helpful tips along with a Family Food Storage Calculator for you to fill in! 

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