Our second preparedness challenge for February is to buy food storage breakfasts and long-term oats. If a three-month supply is expensive, start with 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. Buy a 3-Month Supply of Breakfast Foods
- Gather breakfast cereal, granola, oats, breakfast bars, pancake/waffle mix, pancake or maple syrup, and 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. Buy 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 rolled 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.
Buy food storage breakfasts and long-term oats this week for your family. And as the British say, Cheerios!
Best wishes and stay healthy,
The Food Storage Organizer
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