It’s recommended before getting heavily into storing “long term foods” such as grains and legumes, to start with a 3 month supply of foods you typically eat. Ideally you’ll start gradually using your grains and legumes in foods you typically eat, but before getting overwhelmed with that … start with your typical foods:
Options that are Free or Under $1
Print out these worksheets to help someone get started on their 3 Month Plan. There is an Instruction Sheet, a Menu Plan Sheet and an Inventory Sheet. You will need to print the Menu Plan Sheet multiple times depending on how many different meals you want to plan. There is also a video tutorial to go along with these forms found here. Put the printed worksheets in sheet protects or roll them up and tie a ribbon around them. Don’t forget to attach the Day 4 tag!
An Option that is $5-$20
Subscription to Deals to Meals
Deals to Meals is a subscription service that helps people save money on groceries. You can purchase gift certificates from them for whatever number of months fits within your budget. At $4.95 a month this can be an inexpensive gift that provides huge value to the person receiving it.
A More Expensive Option
A Basket of Canned Goods
If you’re feeling really generous, get a cute basket or small shelf, and fill it with tons of common foods. Tell the person, they have to use this in their Food Storage as a way to get a great jump start. Don’t forget to add the Day 4 tag as a finishing touch.