7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

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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.


One of your family members or dear friends has asked for some help with collecting recipes that utilize food storage. You have lots of recipes pinned or bookmarked, lots of cookbooks, recipe cards, etc. but it’s all a little scattered and hard to “pass off” to someone. Today you will get ORGANIZED and come up with (or update) a system to have all your recipes converted to food storage, printed (in case of a power outage), and duplicatable for family and friends.
Goal: Organize your food storage recipes!

Today’s Tasks:

  • Analyze your food storage recipe system, decide if you want to update it or come up with a new system (online systems are great but you ALSO need a paper/printed version) — see resources below for ideas
  • Look at your family favorite recipes, make notes on your recipe cards or printed sheets on how you would convert each recipe to be food storage friendly (or all shelf stable) — see resources below for help
  • Go to all your pinned and bookmarked recipes online and get them typed up or written down using your new (or updated) recipe system
  • Go through your favorite cookbooks (food storage or regular) and copy out your favorite recipes (converting them to food storage friendly if necessary). Add them to your recipe system.
  • Make a copy of your completely updated/added/improved recipe system (either print it if you input your recipes online, or photocopy if you have hand-written cards) and give it to someone who will love and use it to be more prepared

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a description of the recipe system you are using and what you did today to update it.

Today’s Limitations:

  • Once you have completed the above tasks, your limitations are REMOVED. ENJOY!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a gluten-free version of your recipe system for a loved-one with allergies
  • Make a 30 day meal plan using your recipes and calculate if you have enough of your stored foods to be able to repeat that 12 times (for a year’s supply)

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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.

  • Jo

    I too am new to all this and just gathered the information from the challenges. Some of the things I have been doing, but some things were new to me.
    Thanks ladies for the time you put into this to help others.

  • I am very new to even thinking about food storage, so I didn’t do any of
    the activities. I am gathering information and doing a lot of reading
    on the subject. While I was raising my 4 children I probably had 1-2
    months food stored in the basement without knowing I was doing food
    storage! Since it is just my husband and I now, that habit is long
    gone. Thank you for this week, I now have a lot to think about and I am
    finishing my 3 month food plan. Thank you so much!

  • Karen in Id

    I have been putting my recipes and food storage recipes in a folder for quite awhile. Have passed on food storage recipes to family and friends. Some of our friends have told us that we are not main stream. The challenge was very interesting and helped us to see where we are for handling the situations you gave us. As we can see where our strengths and weakness are. We feel that we are doing pretty well. We have many of the food storage books. Thank you so much for all your work and effort. It was great.

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