May Preparedness Challenges

During the month of May, I like to focus on gathering condiments and spices into my pantry and food storage supplies. It’s also the month I try to figure out ways to cook outside for emergencies. In preparation for this month, I took an inventory of my spices and condiments. I also filled my small spice jars from my large spice containers I buy from Sam’s Club or Costco. I only buy large containers of a few items: oregano, parsley, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon. Some people like to get refills from bulk stores. Cinnamon is the one item I keep two large containers of on my shelf.

I’m low on nutmeg, garlic salt, soy sauce, mayonnaise, poppy seed dressing and vinegar. When I say low, that doesn’t mean I’m out of those items. It means instead of two or three on my shelf, I have one. That’s the signal for me to add an item to my grocery list.

Now is a good time to save coupons for items like ketchup or mayonnaise. As we get closer to Memorial Day, these items typically go on sale. In the past, I made the mistake to gather more of some of these items than I needed because they were inexpensive, and they expired. Take that into consideration as you look at the shelf life or your items and set goals of how much of each you want on your shelf.

Best wishes on gathering this month!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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