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Do You Have a 90-day Supply of Food?

Do you just have enough food to stay alive for 90 days? Or, have you planned ahead so that you have the foods you need to feed your family a variety of favorite meals for 90 days? Your family could probably survive for 90 days eating oatmeal three times a day, but would you want to? On the other hand, there is enormous peace and security in knowing that you have planned your meals ahead and have stocked your pantry accordingly.

There are many good food storage plans available. This is just one of many, but it is the one that Jan developed, and I wrote about in our book. Jan has been using this system for over 10 years and that I have converted to using it for about two years. This is a use-and replace method that avoids the pitfall of storing food in the basement or elsewhere and then tossing it most of it out after 10 or 20 years.

The best food storage plan is a combination of long-term and short-term food storage:

Long-term: Foods that last without refrigeration for one year or more. Examples: Wheat, rice, beans, oats, honey, olive oil, coconut oil, powdered milk, canned foods, etc. Keep a small container of bulk items in your pantry so they are easy to use in your daily meals.
Short-term (extended pantry): Food that is kept refrigerated or frozen, or from  your garden, that have a shelf life of 30-days or more.

Examples: Cream cheese, grated cheese, packaged cheese slices, processed cheese, such as Velveeta, ricotta cheese, yogurt, sour cream, eggs, etc.

With a well-rounded food storage program, you can prepare most any of the meals your family now loves using the foods in your pantry and extended pantry. By maintaining a 90-day supply you will be prepared for the unexpected. The long-range goal is to gradually extend your food storage to one year.

Use the food storage you already have:
Take stock of the food you already have on hand: long-term and short-term. Do you really have a 90-day supply of everything you need to feed your family for 90 days? We’re talking about meals your family is used to eating—not just something (anything) to fill their tummy.

Once you know what you have, here is a way to systematically build a well-rounded food supply that will allow you to feed your family the meals they are used to eating. If the unexpected happens and you suddenly have to totally rely on your food storage, it will be stressful enough without having the shock of eating unfamiliar meals/foods.

Working with Meal Planning worksheets:
Use our Meal Planning worksheets to help you know if you really have everything you need for your 90-day supply of food. Use them also to know exactly how much of an item you need to buy for your 90-day food storage. This alone will save you a lot of money, because you won’t over-buy something only to find that you won’t be able to use it until it is way out of date. Best to buy according to the plan that using the Meal Planning worksheets will give you.

Browse through past blogs for great ideas on using the Meal Planning worksheets to create a 90-day plan for feeding your family.

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