7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (MONDAY)

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Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.


A few months ago you experienced a job loss and have been eating through your food storage. You have used up your regular three month supply foods and are down to mostly grains and legumes. You had stock-piled a lot of the basics since they have a long shelf life but haven’t gotten accustomed to using them in your daily cooking.
Goal: To practice using grains and legumes that you have in your food storage

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook something using a grain you have in your long term storage (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)
  • Cook something using a legume you have in your long term storage (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)
  • Cook something with a food you have stored that you have never tried using before (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture of something yummy you cooked today. Share the recipe too if you can!

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You have eaten through your fridge and freezer foods and haven’t had the money to replenish. So make all your meals using only pantry or shelf stable items.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Use only foods today from the standard food storage calculators all day
  • You missed paying your electric bill and you have been cut off from power as well. Cook without power today.

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

  • Gendot

    Thankfully, we have a wheat grinder (an electric one that I use and a manual one that I have used but try not to); I have used it for wheat and beans. Older beans take so long to cook, that it is more fuel efficient and less frustrating to grind them as well. We grind up the black beans and cook them like the pintos for refried beans. I cooked this morning in the solar oven.
    Yay!! for homemade bread. It is so versatile and good.
    I am still stuck back on day 3. We have 72 hour kits, which can easily go 5 days. Our special needs child and dogs are prepared for having to leave home, should we need to, and camp, etc.
    But it hit me that I could not evacuate my 80 year old mom. Alzheimer’s. She is in a memory loss facility now after wandering away from home. We are there almost every day, so she still remembers us, but sometimes won’t even go outside with us for a walk.
    So, would I send off my DH, daughter and their supplies with my siblings, and mom and I try to ‘shelter in place’? Assuming I could get her to my house? Wow, I am so stuck on this. I had initially felt OK about that challenge…..until I realized it was such a complicated situation.

  • Karen in Id.

    We have the cook books, Country Beans and Cooking from your home storage. Very good books. Today we will have split pea and lentil soup. We have propane to cook on. We have home made bread, which I do grind my own wheat. For breakfast, we have our home made bread with peanut butter and jelly that we canned. For lunch, sandwitches with canned meat that we canned. For dinner, our soup with a slice of bread and butter that we canned. Living off grid, we can just about everything.

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