Okay. As promised, we are going to break down our 3 big steps into smaller, simple steps so we can just walk right on through this whole process with ease and, more importantly, sanity.
So, Simple Step #1: Set Some Goals.
Specifically, we’re going to set an Ultimate Food Storage Goal (long-term goal) along with many short-term goals to help get us there. So let’s start with the long-term goal.
When setting your Ultimate Food Storage Goal, you can start with a generic/vague goal (especially if you’re just starting out on your food storage journey) and then fine tune it and get more specific as you progress and gain a greater understanding of your families needs. One main thing to consider when setting this goal is if you are planning this under the premise that you will or will not have electricity. Having electricity means you can use a freezer as an additional food storage source. This means you can store and use ingredients such as butter, cheese, frozen fruits and vegetables (particularly ones that don’t can well, such as broccoli) and a wide assortment of meats that either don’t come in a can or don’t can very well (like chicken breasts). It also means you can include frozen dinners (like frozen lasagnas) as part of your food storage. Now that’s my kind of food storage! 🙂 Another thing that you may find helpful is to understand the different styles of food storage. “What?” I hear you say. “There are styles?!” Of course! We’re women (well, I’m assuming most of us are anyway :)). We have a style for everything! Click HERE to see what your style of food storage is.
So keeping that in mind, take a minute to set your initial long-term goal. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Seriously. 🙂
Okay, do you have it? Now go write it down. I’ll wait. 🙂 Seriously, though, it’s important to either get a folder to start collecting all your food storage/emergency preparedness information to keep it all in one place, or start a file on your computer. That’s where I have mine right now, but ultimately I will get it all printed out so I’ve got a hard copy in case I need the information during a power outage.
Alright, well now that you have your goal written down (or in case you’re still needing some inspiration), I’ll share my goal with you:
My Ultimate Food Storage Goal
- I want a 1-year supply of everyday meals, supplemented with extra longer-term food storage items (i.e. extra wheat, white rice, oats, and beans).
- I want at least 6 months worth of this to be completely shelf-stable meals and the rest can use electricity.
- I want a 3-month supply of water
Done. Simple enough, right? Oh, and did you note the water goal? Don’t forget to include water in your food storage! Also note that this does not include anything about how pretty and organized I want my food storage to be (that’s in my food storage fantasy world :)). Cool gadgets and organizers are simply bonuses that are fun and helpful if they can be afforded and added along the way. But don’t let the lack of those types of things distract and deter you from your real goal.
Okay, now for the short-term goals. We’re not actually going to set these right now, but I just want to quickly explain the importance of them. Short-term goals are important because 1) they help to organize your process and keep you on track, and 2) they help you to experience the sense of accomplishment as each goal is completed so that you can stay motivated to work towards the Ultimate Goal. So our next step is going to be to develop a plan to accomplish our Ultimate Goal, and once we have “The Plan”, it will be up to you to set manageable short-term goals to help take you through each step. But don’t panic! I’ll be doing them with you as well. We can get it done together. 🙂