Jodi and Julie’s Food Storage New Years Resolutions

If you’ve been following us for awhile, you know at the beginning of  last year we had some New Years Resolutions. Well it’s a new year, and it’s time for new resolutions. We both have a big goal to help Jodi’s mom get her food storage in order, as well as some of our own resolutions.

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My sweet mom (Grandma Lori) donated her food dehydrator to me when we first started to learn about food storage. However, I haven’t been ambitious enough to use it yet. We have had some great tips and resources sent in by readers and I am determined to put some of it into action.

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When first getting started in food storage, all of the disaster/emergency prep stuff really overwhelmed me. Now that I have food more under control, I feel ready to step up and start to become better prepared for specific types of natural disasters. Our Seven Day Challenge really made me think and my goal is to get more prepared this year.

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I love our three month supply worksheet. I have long wished I had something that specific for my long term food storage. I want to be able to plan meals for my year supply and know I have the right ingredients to make the meals I will be cooking. This is a huge goal for me this year which will take a lot of work but I know it will be worth it!


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I want to start sprouting regularly and really use it in more in my regular cooking.  I must confess, it still totally scares me.  The good news is, there’s a chapter dedicated solely to sprouting in James Talmage Stevens book – Making the Best of Basics … and he sent us both a copy for being on his radio show last month.  With his help, I plan to MASTER sprouting once and for all!
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I have never been one for following recipes – HOWEVER since I have started using my food storage, I’ll go ahead and admit, I need and use recipes. My current management system of those recipes is pretty pathetic, so I’m gonna beat Jodi on this one and figure out a way to put them all in the same place (and not bring my laptop into the kitchen as I cook anymore!)
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I want to learn more about cooking without power. This is a topic I have never ventured into really because …. of fear …. but I’m gonna figure that one out this year too (well at least partially).


Stay with us as we venture into new challenges this year and see if we manage to keep at least SOME of our resolutions.  Let us know what some of your resolutions are in comments or head over to our Facebook Discussion and share with everyone. (Remember, you don’t have to have a facebook account to view the discussion)


  • hollyhennessy

    My brother does Dutch oven cooking in his backyard! He uses BBQ charcoal briquets. He just has a small patch of dirt that he dug a small hole in and does it that way! It is really tasty! I haven't attempted it myself yet but I will try!
    I have a question, do you know what is the best way to store bags of sugar and how long it keeps?

  • Anonymous

    My brother does Dutch oven cooking in his backyard! He uses BBQ charcoal briquets. He just has a small patch of dirt that he dug a small hole in and does it that way! It is really tasty! I haven’t attempted it myself yet but I will try!
    I have a question, do you know what is the best way to store bags of sugar and how long it keeps?

  • hollyhennessy

    My brother does Dutch oven cooking in his backyard! He uses BBQ charcoal briquets. He just has a small patch of dirt that he dug a small hole in and does it that way! It is really tasty! I haven't attempted it myself yet but I will try!
    I have a question, do you know what is the best way to store bags of sugar and how long it keeps?

  • I am with Jodi on the ‘long term meal planning’. My consistency has a lot to be desired. My family would be ecstatic if I were more organized with meals. But the days go by so fast and if I am working on my site – well – you know.

  • Have you checked your local newspapers online classified ads for wheat?

  • I am with Jodi on the 'long term meal planning'. My consistency has a lot to be desired. My family would be ecstatic if I were more organized with meals. But the days go by so fast and if I am working on my site – well – you know.

  • Michaela

    Please share your recipe organization! I love your site.

  • Michaela

    Please share your recipe organization! I love your site.

  • Anonymous

    One of my goals is to actually get a years worth of wheat and powdered milk. I’m not a member of the LDS church so I haven’t been able to go to the cannery. My local cannery in Bridgeton, MO requires you to go with a member of the church and I don’t know any members. Buying wheat and powdered milk at regular non cannery prices is expensive when you want to get a years worth. I also really would like to use my dehydrator a lot more and have a better garden this year. I would like to dehydrate and can as much as I am able. We are also going to get chickens so we have a supply of fresh eggs. I know in an emergency something could happen to the chickens, but they sure will be nice to have. I also need to plan better and organize properly. I also need to keep a log of what I have. You girls are so helpful. I appreciate you sharing your endeavors with us. Thanks.

    • Have you checked your local newspapers online classified ads for wheat?

  • scrapbaby6

    One of my goals is to actually get a years worth of wheat and powdered milk. I'm not a member of the LDS church so I haven't been able to go to the cannery. My local cannery in Bridgeton, MO requires you to go with a member of the church and I don't know any members. Buying wheat and powdered milk at regular non cannery prices is expensive when you want to get a years worth. I also really would like to use my dehydrator a lot more and have a better garden this year. I would like to dehydrate and can as much as I am able. We are also going to get chickens so we have a supply of fresh eggs. I know in an emergency something could happen to the chickens, but they sure will be nice to have. I also need to plan better and organize properly. I also need to keep a log of what I have. You girls are so helpful. I appreciate you sharing your endeavors with us. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll have to come back here and follow your progress on these goals, especially the long-term meal planning and recipes. I think one of the biggest obstacles to people getting their food storage is the idea that you have to store certain things–whether you use those things or not. Having a large store of things you don’t eat and don’t know how to use is better than nothing, but will ultimately create a lot of waste. The process of learning to store what you eat and eat what you store is essential. I’m especially interested in what you find for cooking without power.

  • thomstratton

    I'll have to come back here and follow your progress on these goals, especially the long-term meal planning and recipes. I think one of the biggest obstacles to people getting their food storage is the idea that you have to store certain things–whether you use those things or not. Having a large store of things you don't eat and don't know how to use is better than nothing, but will ultimately create a lot of waste. The process of learning to store what you eat and eat what you store is essential. I'm especially interested in what you find for cooking without power.

  • Thanks Melinda, I am also going to try your suggestion.

  • Thanks Melinda, I am also going to try your suggestion.

  • Anonymous

    Dehydrating is great! I made apple chips, peach chips and tomato powder this summer when the produce was in season. I also make banana chips very regularly. My 4 year old thinks the fruit chips are candy…shhh…don’t tell her the truth! Having a stash of healthy snacks is going to come in SO handy as she recovers…just wish my pantry was in better shape!

  • gaby

    i want to share my idea of doing my year supply of meals I look in all my recipes to see which one could be a food storage recipe that I can easly convert using cans , dehydrated food, or things that I can can. then I’ll try it to see if my family like it. and I do the same thing until I get 30 dinners 30 breakfast. 30 desserts (I’m almost there) so we will be eating the recipe ones a month you can do as much or less you want(I do have some treats and breads) then I just grab 1 or 2 depends on the ingredients recipes every week, then when I go to buy my grocceries I’ll buy those things on the recipe so I know that for sure I have 2 meals ready in my food storage. then when I need it I just simple grab my recipe and the ingr. and done. I like it to do it this way then just buy cans and then to figure it out what to do with it.

    thanks for all your good ideas girls I love it!!!!!!!! hope these help

  • mrspear

    Dehydrating is great! I made apple chips, peach chips and tomato powder this summer when the produce was in season. I also make banana chips very regularly. My 4 year old thinks the fruit chips are candy…shhh…don't tell her the truth! Having a stash of healthy snacks is going to come in SO handy as she recovers…just wish my pantry was in better shape!

  • gaby

    i want to share my idea of doing my year supply of meals I look in all my recipes to see which one could be a food storage recipe that I can easly convert using cans , dehydrated food, or things that I can can. then I'll try it to see if my family like it. and I do the same thing until I get 30 dinners 30 breakfast. 30 desserts (I'm almost there) so we will be eating the recipe ones a month you can do as much or less you want(I do have some treats and breads) then I just grab 1 or 2 depends on the ingredients recipes every week, then when I go to buy my grocceries I'll buy those things on the recipe so I know that for sure I have 2 meals ready in my food storage. then when I need it I just simple grab my recipe and the ingr. and done. I like it to do it this way then just buy cans and then to figure it out what to do with it.

    thanks for all your good ideas girls I love it!!!!!!!! hope these help

  • Thanks Melinda I would like to look into this as well.

  • Thanks Melinda I would like to look into this as well.

  • Thanks Melinda I would like to look into this as well.

  • Thanks Melinda I would like to look into this as well.

  • Thanks Melinda I would like to look into this as well.

  • Thanks Melinda I would like to look into this as well.

  • Cooking without power was one area I really felt I needed to get a grasp on. I looked into solar cooking and found some really neat alternatives for cooking with solar. I only tried one solar oven but it did the trick. I feel so much better prepared for an emergency. Here is a link to the one I made. http://www.solarcooking.org/plans/windshield-cooker.htm

  • Cooking without power was one area I really felt I needed to get a grasp on. I looked into solar cooking and found some really neat alternatives for cooking with solar. I only tried one solar oven but it did the trick. I feel so much better prepared for an emergency. Here is a link to the one I made. http://www.solarcooking.org/plans/windshield-cooker.htm

  • Cooking without power was one area I really felt I needed to get a grasp on. I looked into solar cooking and found some really neat alternatives for cooking with solar. I only tried one solar oven but it did the trick. I feel so much better prepared for an emergency. Here is a link to the one I made. http://www.solarcooking.org/plans/windshield-cooker.htm

  • Cooking without power was one area I really felt I needed to get a grasp on. I looked into solar cooking and found some really neat alternatives for cooking with solar. I only tried one solar oven but it did the trick. I feel so much better prepared for an emergency. Here is a link to the one I made. http://www.solarcooking.org/plans/windshield-cooker.htm

  • Well I'm cooking beans to be added to some Brownies for the very first time. I'm going to really get legumes and wheat under my belt this year.

  • Well I'm cooking beans to be added to some Brownies for the very first time. I'm going to really get legumes and wheat under my belt this year.

  • I love you guys!!!BTW my sister's name is Juli lol

  • I love you guys!!!BTW my sister's name is Juli lol

  • I'd like to get my food storage better organized this year and have enough stored to last 365 days.

  • I'd like to get my food storage better organized this year and have enough stored to last 365 days.

  • I'd like to get my food storage better organized this year and have enough stored to last 365 days.

  • I'd like to get my food storage better organized this year and have enough stored to last 365 days.

  • I am so glad I found you guys!!! My goal this year is to get organized & my food storage is at the top! I love that you have made the tools I need so I can get organized & I love that you are continually working at it to help us along. THANK YOU!!!

  • I am so glad I found you guys!!! My goal this year is to get organized & my food storage is at the top! I love that you have made the tools I need so I can get organized & I love that you are continually working at it to help us along. THANK YOU!!!