Howdy all! As promised, we’re going to start discussing other styles for gathering our food storage supply.
This style comes from some of my dear friends in my ward. They like to gather their food supply by focusing on one recipe each month.
The basic idea is this: You still make your goals, gather your favorite food storage recipes, calculate how many times you’ll make each recipe in a year, and then each month you pick one of those recipes and purchase all the ingredients needed to make that meal for the determined number of times. (And then don’t forget to rotate and restock your ingredients as you use them so you don’t slip back to the starting line.)
What I really like about this plan is how flexible it is in terms of working with your budget. If you’ve got a tight month, you can choose a recipe that will only be made a few times, and therefore you will not need to purchase a whole lot. If you’ve been extra blessed one month, pick one of your most common meals and start stocking up! It’s also easy to work with sales this way. If you find a great sale on items in a certain recipe, purchase your year supply worth and cross that meal off your list. 🙂
Feel free to use any of these Food Storage Excel List Forms if they’ll help organize the process for you. (There are 4 lists on this file… just check the tabs on the bottom for the different lists. Oh, and the ‘FS Menu’ list will automatically do the math for you… that’s what the little green arrows you’ll see in the boxes mean.) And click HERE if you need an explanation of what the different lists mean.
And again, don’t forget to be restocking, or doing regular inventories so that you’re not taking two steps forward and two steps back. The goal is to be making progress! 😀
Anyway, hopefully this style will resonate with some of you and make your food storage life a lot easier (thanks Deena and Robin for sharing it!). 🙂 And hopefully we’ll eventually be able to find a style that suits everyone’s tastes and needs. So, on that note, if you’ve got a system/style that’s working for you, don’t forget to send those in to share with others. 🙂