The Basics for Beginners
The 90-Day food supply is storing food that your family normally eats. It may not be as difficult to put together as you think, in fact you may already have it but didn’t call it “food storage”.
Let’s start with a 30-Day food supply
- Take an assessment of what food you have on hand.
- Make a list of 30 breakfasts and 30 dinners your family regularly eats. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it can be oatmeal for breakfast or soup out of a can for dinner.
- Make a list of ingredients needed and compare it with what you already have. You may need to swap out some fresh items for frozen or canned for storing (bummer, I know).
- Make a shopping list to collect what you are lacking and you have a one month supply of breakfast and dinner for your family.
- Once you have tackled that, add in food for lunches and snacks to make a complete one month supply of food.
You have mastered the one month supply when the ingredients are restocked and on hand on a regular basis. Take the next step and multiply your one month food plan by 3 buying ingredients in bulk and on sale and voila! you have a 90-Day supply of food on hand.
It may also be an adventure to go a whole month living on your supply to see if your plan really fits your families needs. Or maybe just a week or 2 depending on how much you like living on the edge.
There is a fantastic website foodstoragemadeeasy.net that has a excel spreadsheet (with a video tutorial for people like me) to help organize your plan. It also has a place to include what you have on hand to provide an accurate up to date list of what you need. The spreadsheet is found here. This will take you to the “Helpful Tools” page; click on “Three Month Food Supply Excel” and it will download if for you-FOR FREE! If you don’t want to mess with Excel there is a printable option there too but you need to do the math yourself. Explore their website while you’re there. They have videos and handouts and a ton of great information.