Congratulations, you’ve reached the last week of December. This week our prep challenge is to take a complete food storage inventory. If you have children out of school, this will go by much more quickly. A complete inventory may take several hours, so break it down into a few time blocks or you may lose your helpers. Throughout the year you will take mini-inventories, but now is the time to take a complete inventory.
1. Take a Food Storage Inventory
- Please don’t worry amount how much food you have on hand. This is just a place to start. You’ll modify your goals throughout the year.
- On my printables page you’ll find two inventory worksheets. One is simplified and the other is several pages long. Print the one that makes sense to you. I suggest you use the simplified one.
- I’ve already categorized food items for you which will make this easier. Add any items you wish.
For decades, the Lord’s prophets have urged us to store food, water, and financial reserves for a time of need. The current pandemic has reinforced the wisdom of that counsel. I urge you to take steps to be temporally prepared.President Russell M. Nelson
2. Write Down How Much
- Go through your home and write down how much of each item you have. Next month, we will be organizing your food better, so don’t spend time doing that now.
- Throw away old food or damaged cans. How do you know it’s old? Go to StillTasty.com.
- If you have Latter-day Saint Potato Pearls, throw them away. If your Dry Milk cans are older than 20 years, toss them too. Yes, you can throw food away. You do it every day in your kitchen, right?
- We will set goals for items next week, but if you want to jot some down do it without the kids. 🙂
An Approach to Longer-Term Food Storage is a list of food storage items and amounts from Brigham Young University, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science. This is my go-to list!!! Print it out and look it over.
As you take a food storage inventory, you will discover what your family really does eat. And you will learn how to manage your home store.
Best wishes and stay healthy,
The Food Storage Organizer
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