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3 Month Food Supply – Jodi’s Update (Great Deals!)

Budgeting, Jodi's Progress, Three Month Supply
Even though we are continuing to learn and talk about our long-term food storage, we are not neglecting BabyStep 3 (building our 3 month food supply). I wanted to share an update as to what I am doing to work towards this step just with my normal grocery shopping each month. Let me start by saying, the Obsessive Shopper is AMAZING! I have picked up a few of the deals she’s pointed out here and there in the past, but this is the first week I decided to use her system on my own and really see what it was all about. It took about 30 minutes of preparation, and then I headed to Smiths (Krogers). Here is a summary of how simple this process really is: Step 1 –…
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How to Use a Wheat Grinder – Video

Appliance Tutorials, Grains, Videos, Wheat
As we mentioned in BabyStep 5, the biggest hang-up people seem to have with starting their long-term food storage is WHEAT! And more specifically, how to actually use a wheat grinder. Well don't worry, as promised we have made a video showing you just how simple it is to grind your own flour from wheat. SPECIAL NOTE - After the cameras stopped rolling and it was clean up time, we found that the WonderMill was WAY cleaner. The Nutrimill blew out more flour and was a little slower in a side by side test. Do you own one of these wheat grinders or a different one? What do you like/dislike about it? Stay tuned for our Wheat Grinder Article coming soon!
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Added "BabyStep 5: Grains" to Main Topics

Grains
We added a BabyStep! Check out the Step 5: Grains main topic page to learn all about the exciting world of grains. The grains category is more than just wheat, we promise! We have covered the basics of each of the grains listed in our long term food storage calculator (see BabyStep 4 if you haven't made your chart yet). Stay tuned for a special wheat grinder article and video which will be added soon!
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Food Storage Recipes: Buttermilk Cornbread

Cornmeal Recipes, Powdered Eggs Recipes, Recipes
In doing our research to prepare the page for BabyStep 5: Grains, we realized that there were several grains on the long term food storage list (see BabyStep 4) that we didn't really know how to use. We decided to try to find good recipes for those ingredients before we actually start purchasing them. Jodi found this cornbread recipe and tried it for Sunday dinner and loved it so much we decided to post it for you so you can start to get excited about your grains too! Buttermilk Cornbread Serving Size: 9 servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 2/3 cup white sugar 2 eggs (or 2 T. powdered eggs 1/4 C. Water) 1 cup buttermilk (I make my own with 1 T.…
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Planning Your 3 Month Food Supply (BabyStep 3)

Three Month Supply, Videos
FINALLY - A SOLUTION! How do you decide what to include in your 3 Month Food Supply? How do you determine how MUCH of each item to buy? How do you keep track of your current inventory and what you still need to buy? How do you make sure you are stocking up when items are ON SALE? We couldn't find a solution for these questions, so we created one! We have developed a 3 Month Food Supply Worksheet that will help you outline meal plans, convert them into the number of items you need to buy AUTOMATICALLY, and then track your inventory including current prices for each product. View our instructional video before you get started! Let us know what you think of the 3 Month Food Supply Worksheet…
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Update to “Getting Started”

Emergency Preparedness
We have slightly modified the Getting Started section of the website to include some general emergency information. If you have already begun the BabySteps, you may have missed this information. Before you really delve into your food storage program you should have an emergency plan in place for your family (including a disaster supplies kit and your 72 hour food kit). We wrote an article to help summarize the types of things you should include in your emergency plan. If you would like a quick summary, you should print out the Emergency Checklist that Julie put together. Just follow through the checklist and by the time you reach the end you should have your emergency plan in place. It is very helpful!
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Updating My 72 Hour Kits

72 Hour Kits, Jodi's Progress, Videos
Problem While preparing the blog post "How to Make a 72 Hour Kit" I pulled out my own kits to take some pictures. I realized the date on them was July 2006 so I decided I better rotate the food out since the recommendation is typically to rotate it every 6 months to a year. I opened the kits up and discovered that if we truly would have had an emergency these would not have been very pleasant to eat. Top Ten Reasons I Needed to Rotate My 72 Hour Kit Foods: 10. Didn’t even have a kit for my youngest daughter (and she’s almost two!) 9. Stew expired July 2007. 8. Tang powder turned into crystallized lumps. 7. Beanie Weanies tasted rancid (yes I sampled them) and expired in…
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Added BabyStep 4 to Main Topics!

Long Term Food Storage
We added a BabyStep! Check out the BabySteps 4 main topic page to learn about an easy way to start the daunting task of your Long-Term Food Storage. We are getting really excited as we are starting to delve into the deeper and more complicated aspects of food storage. We are learning new things every day and will be sharing them with you as we get them down to a simplified format. Note: Julie made a great instructional video as part of this step, so if you want to put a face to her name you should definitely check it out!
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Addition to BabyStep 3 – Three Month Supply

Non-Food Items, Three Month Supply
In planning our 3 months of food we started to think about times that we would actually USE it. The most likely scenario was an economic crunch, job loss, or something of that nature. So if we had no money for food, it would seem likely that there would be no money for other necessities like diapers, medications, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. Thus we have included establishing a 3 month supply of non-food essentials as part of step 3. Remember, this is only necessities for now. And the biggest benefit of including this in step 3 is you will be able to begin stockpiling these items as they go on sale and rotate them in as you do your food. This should free up even more money in your monthly…
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Because I Am a Nerd (aka Jodi’s 3 month plan)

Jodi's Progress, Three Month Supply
So I know Julie will mock me for this, but I like to be organized with my cooking and I stink at making up meals out of random ingredients. I also tend to be somewhat of an excel junkie ... thus my 3 month plan is quite detailed. I started by jotting down in a notebook 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 14 dinners, and a few snacks that could be made if no fresh meat/produce was available. Then I multiplied those meals out to get 12 weeks worth of food planned. I pulled out my recipe book and marked down exactly what ingredients I'd need to make those meals the specified number of times. I compiled all of that into an inventory list that I will print and update as I…
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