Our second preparedness challenge for February is to buy food storage breakfast foods and 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 or granola use less space than boxes with air. Watch for sales throughout the month.
Buy Food Storage 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 to make oatmeal. This will help you rotate it. Or just buy short-term oats for your 3-month supply and long-term oats for your long-term supply. Your choice.
Buy Long-Term Oats
- The Latter-day Saint Home Storage Center sells rolled oats in 2.8 lb. cans for $5.25 (2022) and quick oats in 2.4 lb. cans for $5.03 (2022). Both have a 30-year shelf life unopened. You can also buy a box with 6 cans. It’s so wonderful that we don’t have to can our own oats anymore! You can also shop online at the Latter-day Saint store, but it will be more expensive.
- A recommended year’s supply of oats for one person is about 12 #10 cans or 29 lbs. Adjust amounts for children: Age 3 and under, 50%; 4-6, 70%; 7-10, 90%; 11 and up 100%
- I buy a few cans or one box of long-term oats each year, so they don’t expire at the same time.
- You can find 20 lb. buckets of Augason Farms quick rolled oats at Utah Costco stores for $17.99 (2021)
Buy food storage breakfast foods 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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