Love is in the air, and a great way to show that love to someone special is to prepare a hearty breakfast for Valentine’s Day. This month were gathering breakfast items for our food storage. Our focus items are breakfast cereal, oats or oatmeal, pancake mix, pancake syrup, and powdered eggs. You can always make pancakes and waffles from scratch with long-term foods, but during a disaster you may want some pancake mix on hand. Breakfast recipes are the easiest food storage meals, and Crystal’s got some great ones at Everyday Food Storage.
Check out these cute heart shaped pancakes from AuntJemima.com. I think I could even make these.
When you need a backup, powdered eggs are simple to use in your everyday baking or in an emergency. I prefer to stock up on a 3-month supply, but feel free to stock up on more if you wish. For a great post about powdered eggs, go here. And Honeyville Grain has an excellent article too. Powdered eggs are simple to use. I use them periodically for baking.
Be on the lookout for some great breakfast cereal deals this month. I like to stock up on as many as I can of our favorites. February is National Hot Breakfast month, so you may find some items to put aside in your freezer as well. And watch for grocery sales around President’s Day weekend.
There are several types of oats, but most people buy regular, quick or instant oats. As far as how to use use them read this article for help: Regular vs. Quick Cooking Oatmeal,
This is National Children’s Dental Health month [see these games for kids], so we’re stocking up on our toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and mouthwash.
Because this is American Heart Month, remember to donate blood in your area. To find out where, go to RedCrossBlood.org. Also remember to wear red on Friday, February 4th.
Counting a little bit of food storage each week will keep you stay on top of things. The food storage categories to inventory this month are: Snacks, Beverages, Canned Beans, Meat & Soup, and Cleaning Supplies.
While you’re communicating with your family over breakfast, don’t overlook the importance of having good communications equipment during an emergency. Cell phones are great, but in the recent wind storm here in December, one of the cell towers went down and some people couldn’t use them at all. Texting is still the best way to use a cell phone in an emergency. Also consider getting a NOAA radio like the Kaito KA009 as well to hear the necessary emergency information in your area.
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How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists
January 2012 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison
SHOPPING DEALS for 3-Month Supply
Cereal – 3 boxes or more (use coupons)
Oats – 2 #10 cans or 5 lbs. LT (LDS #10 can $2.50, Macey’s 50lb. bag $23.79, Macey’s 23lb. pail $19.99)
Pancake mix – 2 lbs. (Krusteaz 10 lb. @ Costco $6.25 or Sam’s Club $6.25. Also Augason Farms #10 can @ Macey’s $6.29)
Pancake syrup – 32 oz. (Mrs. Buttersworth 2/64 oz. @ Costco $6.25 or Sam’s Club $6.54)
Whole Egg, powder – 1/4 #10 can (On sale in Utah Provident Pantry #10 can @ Emergency Essentials$14.99 and Augason Farms #10 can @ Macey’s $14.89)
LDS = LDS Home Storage Center
LT = Long-Term storage food