Preparedness Challenge: May Week 3

This week our third preparedness challenge is to gather long-term dehydrated onions or other long-term dehydrated spices. Most of the spices your buy at grocery stores have a 2 to 3-year shelf life for best quality, but some companies make long-term food storage spices. I purchase dehydrated onions from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Home Storage Center. 


Imagine a neighborhood where each family was self-reliant and prepared for emergencies. There would be less need to borrow from others or depend on governments to bail us out. Be different and perhaps a little peculiar. Be prepared.

“Church members are conscious of the fact that they live in a period of calamities, caused both by human actions and the furies of nature. The prophecies about the last days are unequivocal, and there is great wisdom in preparing for the future—whether it be for possible famine, disaster, financial depression, or any other unforeseen adverse circumstance.”

“Church leaders have frequently counseled members to practice provident living by establishing home storage, including extra water, basic food items, medications, clothing, and other supplies that could be needed in case of emergency.” Bishop Gérald Caussé, March 2, 2018

1. Buy Long-Term Dehydrated Onions
I know you like fresh onions more than dry, but if grocery stores are closed for several weeks or if we had a drought…perhaps keep a can of long-term onions on your shelf or under your bed just in case.

  • Use dehydrated onions every day or for times when they may not be available.
  • The Home Storage Center sells 2.1 lb. cans of dehydrated onions for $8.00. 
  • Each can has a 30-year shelf life.
  • A one-year supply for an adult is 1 #10 can.
  • Lacking storage space? Divide a can with a friend.
  • Re-hydrate by adding a little water, or just toss in the liquid of your soup or casserole.

You CAN do it one bag, box or can at a time!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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