Our second preparedness challenge for February is to gather a three-month supply of shelf-stable breakfast foods and long-term oats if you are ready to do so. If a three-month supply is too expensive, focus on a one-month supply. Perhaps gather long-term oats after you’ve finished gathering your 3-month supply. Or gather a combination of both. If your family eats lots of breakfast cereal, store a few boxes but maybe not 3-month supply of boxes since they take up a LOT of space. Dense foods like oats use less space than boxes with air. Watch for sales throughout the month.
Here’s your challenge:
1. Gather a 3-Month Supply of Breakfast Foods
- Gather breakfast cereal, granola, oats, breakfast bars, canned peaches or pears, pancake/waffle mix, pancake or maple syrup, raisins, cinnamon rice, cream of wheat, cracked wheat, or other options.
- If you like to cook from scratch, make sure you have enough ingredients on hand to do so.
- Can you use some of your long-term oats for breakfast? Of course! Or you could buy Quaker oats for your 3-month supply and long-term oats for your long-term food storage. The choice is yours.
2. Gather a Supply of Long-Term Oats
- The LDS Home Storage Center sells regular oats for $4.50 for a 2.8 lb. can.
- The LDS Home Storage Center sells quick oats for $4.75 for 2.4 lb. can.
- You may buy an individual can or a box of 6 cans.
- They both have a 30-year shelf life unopened.
- Perhaps buy long-term foods over time so they won’t expire at the same time.
- You don’t have to can your own food anymore. Love that!
- A recommended year’s supply of oats for one person is about 12 #10 cans or 29 lbs.
- This link has recommended amounts of food storage per adult. Print this BYU handout and keep in your binder.
If disaster struck or you lost your job, we’d survive on breakfast foods.