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Our 10 BabySteps cover all different aspects of Food Storage. As you make your way through the BabySteps you will gain skills and confidence in your food storage.

Before embarking on these steps, make sure to take a look at and accomplish the tasks on the “Emergency Preparedness Basics” page. Feel free to work on these steps at your own pace, but if you would like to have more guidance we recommend signing up for our Babystep Checklists. These checklist are email reminders you receive every two weeks and outline a plan for you to complete all ten steps within one year.

STEP 1: SHELVES
Determine which type of shelf system you want to use and purchase one shelf to get started. Build your own, buy plastic or metal shelves, or splurge and buy a fancy can rotation system.
STEP 2: WATER
Store a 2 week’s supply of water (1 gallon per person per day). Buy 55 gallon barrels, get several 5-6 gallon jugs, or fill up empty soda/juice bottles. Make sure it is food grade plastic.
STEP 3: 3 MONTH SUPPLY
Purchase a three month supply of foods you normally eat. Come up with meal plans for the 90 days, or just buy extras of things you use a lot.
STEP 4: LONG TERM EDUCATION
Educate yourself on long term food storage and determine the types of foods, recipes, etc. you want to eat. Use an online tool or spreadsheet to figure out quantities for your family.
STEP 5: GRAINS
Purchase your grains and learn how to use them: wheat, corn, barley, rice, pasta, etc.
STEP 6: LEGUMES
Purchase your legumes and learn how to use them: dried beans, bean soup mixes, lentils, soy beans, etc.
STEP 7: BAKING INGREDIENTS
Purchase items necessary for baking such as oil, sugar, powdered milk, salt, etc.
STEP 8: FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Purchase or preserve fruits and vegetables to supplement your core foods.
STEP 9: COMFORT FOODS
Purchase any comfort foods that would be pleasant to have should you be forced to live off your food storage for a long time (chocolate, pickles, spices, etc).
STEP 10: NON-FOOD ITEMS
Purchase non-food items such as toothpaste, deodorant, female products, diapers. Paper plates, plastic utensils, etc. are helpful to avoid wasting water washing dishes.

 

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  • macka

    Are your products non GMO certified? Tks.mac

    • which products are you referring to. We sell a number of different brands…

  • PJ

    Hi Gals, I just ordered and paid through paypal your binder ” Food Storage Made Easy” How is it delivered and when? Thank you so much….love your site!

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  • Amanda

    Love My E-Book!  Printing it now as we speak.  For the girls who want to spend $3 more when they print, you can buy pre-hole punched paper (staples is where I got mine online).  It has saved me from losing my mind or not putting my paper far enough in, etc.  I already have the I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage cook book, and started getting some prepper work done, but this is going to help immensely! 

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  • Cher_jans

    Hi,
    I was wondering if you can use the orange Home Depot paint buckets for food storage? Are they BPA free? Thanks…

    • ROSEFIELD12

      If it has a #2 on the bottom it is food grade

  • Blackcatuh1

    My comment is that I have been told that rice, vermiceli and other pastas develop littlebitty bugs that we cant see. Is this true? Also could you please give me the shelf life of pinto beans? As I have been told that beens turn black after a certain amount of storage time. I Thank you for the info.

  • Blackcatuh1

    My comment is that I have been told that rice, vermiceli and other pastas develop littlebitty bugs that we cant see. Is this true? Also could you please give me the shelf life of pinto beans? As I have been told that beens turn black after a certain amount of storage time. I Thank you for the info.

    •  Well canned and stored pinto beans can last as long as 30 years.  Try not to store things in bags, as that is what lets bugs and other things into your stored items. 

  • Blackcatuh1

    My comment is that I have been told that rice, vermiceli and other pastas develop littlebitty bugs that we cant see. Is this true? Also could you please give me the shelf life of pinto beans? As I have been told that beens turn black after a certain amount of storage time. I Thank you for the info.

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  • Aunt Bea

    Sheri,
    Try freezing grains, pasta, flour, etc. in your freezer for 24-36 hours to kill any insect larvae that might be lurking in the packages. That should help keep your food safe for a long period of time. Whenever I buy anything in a bag or box I automatically put it into the freezer for several days. I’ve had no more problems with pantry moths for over 25 years!

  • Aunt Bea

    Sheri,
    Try freezing grains, pasta, flour, etc. in your freezer for 24-36 hours to kill any insect larvae that might be lurking in the packages. That should help keep your food safe for a long period of time. Whenever I buy anything in a bag or box I automatically put it into the freezer for several days. I’ve had no more problems with pantry moths for over 25 years!

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  • Have you ladies addressed pantry moths somewhere on your site? I was almost totally ruined by them…starting over now.

    • Sisterscott123

      Just buy a bag of of Bay Leaves and scattered them around on your pantry shelves.

      They won’t even come near them. It worked for me! Good Luck

  • Jane of all trades

    I have signed up for your babysteps emails and am missing #5 and #12 Would you be so kind as to send those again please?

  • Feel free to work on these steps at your own pace.Great stuff!

  • These checklist are email reminders you receive every two weeks and outline a plan for you to complete all ten steps within one year.

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  • dp

    where can i find the pink binders? can´t find them anywhere. any suggestions??

  • dp

    where can i find the pink binders? can´t find them anywhere. any suggestions??

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    I've tried registering 3 different times and can't login with the password I've been given. Any suggestions?

  • Crystal_Cajun_coon

    Yellowntbk made a great point reagrding deeds.
    It is a very good idea to access your local county property appraisers on line site site and print off the page containing all of the countys information regarding your parcel, home, buildings, Legal ID, and such.
    You should be able to access your local Clerk of Court Site on line and print off a simple copy of your deed and mortgage information that is filed in legal records.I personally believe a trip to the clerk of court for a certified copy of any real and personal property deed, vehicle registration, mortgage documents and tax records is most important in an emergency file.

  • tamerasergent

    Hi Tim, I'm not a member either but I have friends who are and anyone can go to the storehouse and purchase long term storage items and really good price. I have canned chicken and beef but the other choice I use also is TVP. This is textured vegetable protein. It comes in many flavors. Fill free to check out my farm site http://www.cedarrockfarm.net and click on the Emergency Prepardness page I have listed many links that were very helpful to my family.

  • tamerasergent

    Hi Tim, I'm not a member either but I have friends who are and anyone can go to the storehouse and purchase long term storage items and really good price. I have canned chicken and beef but the other choice I use also is TVP. This is textured vegetable protein. It comes in many flavors. Fill free to check out my farm site http://www.cedarrockfarm.net and click on the Emergency Prepardness page I have listed many links that were very helpful to my family.

  • Tim

    I'm not in the LDS church but I've just started thinking about food storage because of the current economic situation and what I think is coming our way. I love your site but don't quite have the whole concept of it down yet. Question – do you ladies can things like raw chicken or cooked ground beef? If so, where is it on your site? If not, what are your thoughts on not having it in your storage? Thanks

  • i couldn't figure out what happened to my free lists and then i found them in the spam section. well, a press of a button changed that.

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  • yellowntbk

    Great site — Thanks so much!

    I'd think certificates of title should be added to the Emergency Binder.

  • Do you mean checklist #14? We only have ten babysteps and they are all found on this page. In our ebook we only have the ten steps. If you looking for checklist #14 that is found in the ebook as well. If you still need help please email us at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net and let us know exactly what you need. Thanks!

  • cookiehll

    I bought the e-book but I am looking for step #14 can you help?
    Thank you

  • Thanks for making this so easy for others to follow!

  • i just love this website. i have learned so much from all of u that now when i move into my new place i will be able to set up my pantry for the organizrd place it should be. again thank you

  • Erika

    Like others here, I LOVE your babysteps checklist, but I’m in a situation where I can, and would like, to have all the checklists at once/more quickly than biweekly; is this possible?

    Thanks!

    Erika

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  • lori pirkola

    yeah. i finished the first baby steps… thank you again for taking the time to put this all together for us.
    i am so excited to start baby step #2.

    lori

  • Deboni Park

    I just stumbled on this site and am so excited to get started. Thank you for putting all this info together for novices like myself!

  • You have a great site!
    I’m referring people your way this week. Thank you for your comment a while back and taking the time to look at my blog.

  • Jodi

    Linnie, I just found your blog today and I like it so far! I’m glad you enjoy our site and I’m sure we will learn from you as well 🙂 We love it when people are spreading the word about preparedness!

  • Jodi,

    Just so you know, I “tune in” to your site quite often. I love that you start with baby steps. People for the most part get discouraged because storing food seems so big and impossible. So I’m a sister believer! Thank you for that.

    Thanks also for your comments on my blog. I’m learning from you, maybe I can offer something in return. Have a great day!

    http://readinessquips.wordpress.com/

  • jweiss08

    Angie,
    We haven’t delved into that portion of our research yet. We are planning on doing a big research on all sorts of alternative heating sources once our babysteps are done. Should be “soon”
    For now, check out this post. It’s about how to make a cardboard box oven. Could come in handy for sure!

    http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-make-cardboard-box-oven.html

  • Angie

    Heat sources? Do you have any idea what is the best heat source for emergencies? I have heard that Kerosene heaters are the best but, I can’t figure it out. Thanks

    Angie

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