Preparedness Challenge: November Week 1

Along with your holiday food shopping, this November gather some extra baking basics into your food storage such as flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, brownie mix and cake mixes. It’s important to have extra items on your shelf for a time of scarcity. If you can’t find them this month, look again next month.

Pray before you shop. Perhaps a store you don’t typically shop at will come to mind and have the item you need. As you learn to invite Him into your quest for self-reliance, He will help you.


This month gather flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cornstarch, cream of tartar, brownie or cake mixes. Next month we’ll gather sugars and honey, but you could also gather them now.

  • Bags of white flour have a 1-year pantry shelf life and wheat flour has a 1 to 3 month shelf life and stores best refrigerated or frozen.
  • When you first buy flour, put it in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for a few days to kill any weevil bugs. Then store it in a sealed container in your pantry, fridge or freezer.
  • Salt is essential for our bodies. It has an indefinite shelf life if kept dry in a dark cupboard.
  • A 3-month adult supply of salt = 20 ounces and a 1-year adult supply = 5 lbs.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sells 10-year shelf life white flour in large #10 cans for $4.50 at Home Storage Center stores. In 2020, there have been shortages, so focus on buying store bought flour now and gather long-term flour another year.

  • A 3-month adult supply of flour = 3 LDS #10 can or 12 lbs.

Have faith. As you pray to know what to do, you will find answers.

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

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