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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Food Storage 101 class notes

I wanted to thank everyone that was able to come to our Food Storage planning class on Friday.  Since I was a little discombobulated that evening (I think I had a little too much going on this past week), I wanted to give everyone a quick run down of how to get started planning your families food storage.

The first thing you need to do is plan one week's worth of meals.  Start with breakfasts and dinners.  These should be meals that your family enjoys eating.  There is no reason to plan meals for your food storage that no one likes to eat. 

The next thing you will do is grab the recipes for all of those meals.  Write down every ingredient and the amount needed, down to the last dash of salt.  As you move on to each new recipe and you run across an item that is already on your list, just add the quantity needed.  For example:

              salt - 1tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp
              flour - 1 cup, 3 cups, 1/2 cup

Once you have done this with every recipe you  will need to tally all the quantities.  This will give you a master grocery list for one weeks worth of food.  Now multiple this times 4 and you have a months worth. 

If you can come up with 14 breakfasts and 14 dinners that will give you meal plans for two weeks.  Then you multiple your ingredients list by 6 and you have 3 months worth of food.  With a master grocery list you can now shop the sales and use your coupons (next month's class don't miss it!) and know exactly what you are looking for to fill your food storage pantry.

This process take a little bit more time in the beginning but is so worth the time to have meals that you can make and know your family will eat and enjoy.  It also make rotating your food storage not a problem either.

We have difficult times ahead but by doing what we have been asked to do by our prophet and by the Lord we can weather any storms.  Please don't hesitate to call Kristie or I, we are happy to help you get your family food storage planned.

Next month, April 22 at 7 pm is how to save BIG using coupons. 


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Be Prepared in 2011

It's a new year and a time to make goals for ourselves for 2011 - like keeping our blog better updated!  Our goal this year is to help everyone in our Stake to Be Prepared in 2011.  With so many facets to preparedness we would like some guidance from YOU!  So please take a minute and fill out our survey at .  This will help Kristie and I see where your needs are and what you would like from us this year.

Also I should introduce my new partner in crime - Kristie Marsden.  She has jumped on board after the Lee Family moved, ready to go, and she is amazing in her knowledge of food storage.

We have also scheduled this years classes.  We will be teaching one class a month at the Happy Valley bldg.  The classes are on the third Friday so bring your sweet heart and we will provide the treats and hopefully a little entertainment along with lots of really good information to help you and your family be prepared in 2011.

Our first class is February 18th, at 7pm.  We will be starting off with gardening, so you can get our gardens set up and be ready to plant by March.  Also in February we have a bonus class, Paul Munsen from Sun Ovens will be in the valley and he will be doing a class/demo for us at the Stake Center on Saturday, February 26th at 2:30 pm.  His classes are always great and he will be cooking for us, YUM!  We will be pre-ordering solar ovens that he will bring with him.  This is one class you don't want to miss.

Happy New Year,