Preparedness Challenge – November Week 1

Along with your holiday food shopping, this month gather some extra baking basics into your food storage such as baking soda and powder, brownie or cake mixes, flour, salt, broths and soups. They are typically on sale at this time of year, so stock up! Gather enough items for this winter and into the next year. Most baking basics have an amazing shelf life. Here is what you could gather this month.

1. Gather a 3-Month Supply of Baking Basics
Even if you don’t bake much now, if your goal is self-reliance versus government or church dependence, keep supplies that will sustain you during job loss, economic crisis, long-term illness or disaster. Here are a few ideas. Feel free to add some of your own.

  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cornstarch
  • cream of tartar
  • soups
  • broths
  • brownie or cake mixes
  • yeast – now or in December
  • sprinkles – got to have a few

2. Gather Long-Term Flour and Salt
The LDS Church sells white flour in large #10 cans for $4.00 in Home Storage Center stores. Or online you can buy 6 cans in a box for $25.00. A great deal since this flour has a 10-year shelf life. You could of course purchase white flour bags at the grocery store with a 1-year pantry shelf life. Bagged wheat flour only has a 1 to 3 month shelf life. Yes, really. I prefer to store some cans of white flour, but more cans of wheat since I can grind it into flour.

  • Flour: 1-month adult supply = 1 LDS #10 can or 4 lbs.

Salt (or sodium chloride) is essential for the human body. You don’t have to buy it in a special storage container as it has an indefinite shelf life. You could buy sea salt for your table and regular salt for baking. Keep it dry and in a dark, pantry cupboard.

  • 3-month adult supply = 20 ounces OR
  • 1-year adult supply = 5 lbs. (Yep!)

Bake a few cookies for me this month!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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