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Are you ready to start being more prepared for your family in case of emergencies? Read below for 5 tips to start your Food Storage or Stockpiling food.

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Are you ready to start being more prepared for your family in case of emergencies?  Read below for 5 steps you can take to start your Food Storage or Stockpiling food.

1. Be Aware

This month start being more aware of meals your family love!  Look for meals that are quick to make, a little more convenient (such as using canned items), and don’t have a ton of fresh ingredients (if they do, that’s OK to).  Do most of these meals involve rice? Beans? What type of protein?  Chicken?  Beef?  Turkey?  Become aware of what your family likes and what your meals typically consist of.

2. Gather Recipes

Now that you know what type of meals your family LOVE, start looking for 7 dinner recipes.  Some things to think about are recipes that have less then 10 ingredients (including seasonings); recipes that have fewer fresh items (Freeze Dried fruits and veggies can be pricey); or recipes that have random ingredients that you only buy and use specifically for one meal.  Read about my post on How to be sure your family will eat the Food Storage meals and 7 tips for picking food storage meals to make sure you are getting the best meals for your family.  If you need some recipe ideas, a post on 100+ food storage recipes.

3. Make a list

Make a list of all the ingredients in EVERY recipe.  This can be pretty tedious, and is my least favorite part!  But, once it’s done, it’s a lot easier to start building your stockpile.

4. Multiply

Multiply EACH ingredient by the number of weeks you want to have a supply.  For example, you  are trying to save up food for 1 month.  Multiply each ingredient amount by 4.  Make sure you are keeping with the same measurements such as cup, or teaspoon.  Here is a quick list of conversions I always use.  Once multiplying each ingredient, you know have your shopping list!

5. Shopping List

Keep a list of items you need with you grocery shopping.Pick up a few items each week to start building your supply.  Don’t worry about trying to get it all at the same time.  Building a stockpile takes time and patience.  Pick up what you can, when you can.  When you use an item in your pantry, put it on your weekly shopping list for next time. Then you can keep your basic “Food Storage” shopping list up to date.

Not ready to take the jump?

Start small.  Food Storage can be scary (read about these uncomfortable truths about food storage).  Build a 3 day supply of food, water and emergency supplies.  These bags are called 72-Hour Kits, or Bug out Bags.  They are something you grab quick in an emergency that have EVERYTHING you may need for 3 days.  Then move on to a month supply, then build up to a 3 month supply and so on.

Or, if you are looking to start your food storage, read my 1 Year Food Storage Challenge with recipes and shopping lists to grab some ideas.

For more information on how to start your food storage you can check out my book “A Practical Guide For Food Storage“.

Further Reading

#1 Food Storage Tip from the Experts
How to USE your food storage 

100+ Food Storage Recipes

What step have you taken to start your food storage?

As always, thanks for reading!  Be sure to comment or share my post on pinterest or facebook to help others whom may be looking for answers just like you!

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