Best Breakfast Food Storage: Week 2 February Prep Challenge

Our second preparedness challenge for February is to gather a three-month supply of shelf-stable breakfast foods and long-term oats. 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 like I do. If your family eats lots of breakfast cereal, store a few boxes but maybe not 3-month supply since boxes take up a so much space. Dense foods like oats use less space than boxes with air. Watch for sales throughout the month.

1. Gather a 3-Month Supply of Breakfast Foods

  • Gather breakfast cereal, granola, oats, breakfast bars, pancake/waffle mix, pancake, maple syrup or other shelf-stable breakfast foods.
  • If you like to cook from scratch, make sure you have those ingredients on hand.
  • Yes, you can use some of your long-term oats for breakfast. Or just buy Quaker oats for your 3-month supply and long-term oats for your long-term food storage. The choice is yours.

2. Gather Long-Term Oats

  • Long-term oats can be used for food storage or every day.
  • A recommended year’s supply of oats for one person is about 12 #10 cans or 29 lbs. 
  • I a few boxes of long-term foods over time, so they don’t expire all at once. 
  • The Latter-day Saint Home Storage Centers sell regular oats in 2.8 lb. cans and quick oats in 2.4 lb. cans for $4.50. Both have a 30-year shelf life unopened. You may also buy a box of 6 cans. So wonderful that we don’t have to can our own oats anymore!
  • You can also shop online at the Latter-day Saint store.
  • You may find 20 lbs. buckets of Augason Farms quick rolled oats at Utah Costco stores for $17.99.

If you lost your job or disaster struck, you’d be happy to have breakfast foods. And as the British say, Cheerios!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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4 thoughts

  1. I have a family member who is allergic to oats. Do you have any ideas on what I could buy instead for this week’s challenge? I have been trying to come up with something for over 15 years and I am still at a loss.

    1. Hi Dixie, I would ask your doctor for ideas. You can substitute any of the long-term grains for a different grain. Also, you don’t have to store long-term grains and could store another shelf-stable food item. Hope that helps.

  2. You are amazing! Do you spend your sleeping hours figuring out all this stuff?
    I’m living in Florida but lived right there in bountiful.
    Long story to why I moved. Anyway I had no idea you were there. I would have loved to meet you. I have been asked by RS president to be in charge of preparedness for the sisters. I sure wish I could talk to you. I’m so behind in the year that I won’t be able to catch up.
    I know you are building treasures in heaven by the good work you are doing.

    1. Thanks, Connie. I tell wards to jump in with the weekly challenges. No need to go backwards. Best wishes to you!

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