Monday, July 29, 2013
Provident living: I do hope you are finding time to stock your storage and working on your notebooks and most of all enjoying time with your family.
"Consider the important (food storage) program which we must never forget nor put in the background. As we become more affluent and our bank accounts enlarge, there comes a feeling of security, and we feel sometimes that we do not need the supply that has been suggested by the Brethren. . . . We must remember that conditions could change and a year’s supply of basic commodities could be very much appreciated by us or others. So we would do well to listen to what we have been told and to follow it explicitly." (Spencer W. Kimball, in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 170; or Ensign, May 1976, 124).
"We want you to be ready with your personal storehouses filled with at least a year’s supply. You don’t argue why it cannot be done; you just plan to organize and get it done." (Spencer W. Kimball, August 1976).
Here is an idea for your binders...
Some ideas for spending ten dollars a week for food storage...
How much do you need to have for your family?
Here are some recipes you might try to use your food storage remember rotate....
I have always told you that Wendy Dewitt is my favorite and she has a no nonsense way of doing storage and also a very easy method... in this site you can watch her clips I suggest as your homework this week that you watch every one that is here.
I continue to work on my storage and binder. This week I better organized my binders (yes, I have a few). I have the one that is my binder like I gave you the recipes from, and then I have three binders that I made this week with my huge binder of recipes divided up, as it was just too heavy to be easy to work with so I broke it down this way...
Breads/breakfast (now I have a six inch binder of bread recipes from over the thirty-nine years I have been married, but this is not that binder) this binder has my most used, the ones I do on a regular basis. These also are repeated in that big notebook of breads but I wanted to grab this and not that for my quick find version.....if that makes any sense at all. The large one is one I scan through sometimes looking for one I want to try... This one is much smaller and only has those two categories, bread and breakfast.
Then I have a second one that is main dish, soup and salad.
And then the third is desserts, cookies, etc.
I have put these together as a quick grab to get the recipe I need. I still want to make a table of contents for it like I have in my food storage notebook so that I can find it even faster.
It seems like life is soooooooo busy for us all that any little bit that can help me be more organized is worth the little effort.
My food storage is like a huge pantry... so my recipes are what I store my food around, so I pretty much know I have everything it takes to make a certain recipe when I am making up my menus. Also, if I need any fresh thing that goes on the list (but mostly it is all stored) if I did not have access to fresh I then move to another recipe where I do have everything..........I know it's not very clear but there is a method down deep in there somewhere.
When your storage is up then you only need to keep a list of replacing, which is easier then playing catch up.
For example, my using container is a five gallon tin that holds my flour that I use in the kitchen. I also use wheat but I grind that when needed only. So the white flour is in the tin and when I use that up I go to my storage and drag up a five gallon bucket and dump it in the tin. I then place the empty bucket in my way in the kitchen and place 25 lbs of flour on the grocery list. I get groceries once a month so when I get the flour I have an already cleaned out ready to go bucket for it. I put the flour in and put two bay leaves on top and put on the lid and date it and drag it back down and put it back on the shelf. And I must do this one is tempted to just go to the store and put that one in the tin and forget the heaving but no, that would not rotate it so it is a lot like bookkeeping.
In case you have missed any articles these will inspire you
This one will get you excited with some organizing tips. Now that the kids are home, make a game of it to sort those cupboards then go for ice cream. I love the idea of the chalkboard/magnetic paint and the jar of chalk....it is on my someday list to get a small can of that.
Noodle around that site when you have time.
But remember we can not do it all at one time but you will be surprised how fast it grows when you are working on it actively.
And lastly, this is for those who want to break it down by weeks....
I know I have been stressing storage these last few weeks but I want you to keep working on your skills too when you can.
REMEMBER there are no super women......President Hinckley said "Do the best you can" and that is what we should remember. Just do what you can and it will be well for you. Prices are continuing to climb but we can keep building our storage. Even so, it might mean it costs more and it might mean we work on being more frugal to do so, but we can do it.
I am proud of all of you keep doing what you are doing. I am hear to answer questions and if I don't know the answer, I can get them.
Keep working in those gardens! I know it is a hot miserable job for this year has been a rough one on the gardens, but keep on doing what you can.