12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

If you have family, friends, or neighbors who you have been wanting to introduce to the world of preparedness, this could be a fun way to do it. We’ve put together 12 days of free or inexpensive (under $1) gifts that follow along our 10 Babysteps to help someone get started and hopefully peak their curiosity to learn even more.

12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

Feel free to adapt this to meet your needs. Spread the gifts out over 12 days, or you can do all 12 days at once as a “getting started” package. Each day has some recommendations for some more advanced gift ideas if you’d like to check them out. Don’t forget to download the tags and labels for each day and Merry Christmas!

Download tags and labels for all 12 days here

12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

Emergency Preparedness is always a great place to start. Print out our in depth Emergency Preparedness Plan that your loved one can fill out as a starting point for their family. Roll it up and tie a pretty ribbon around it and attach the Day 1 tags and labels to it. You could also include a personal note letting them know that you will be giving them some fun little gifts over the next few days to help them be more prepared.

More expensive gift ideas
Prepare My Life Planner
Pre-made 72 hour kits

We have two ideas for day 2. Babystep #1 is shelves so you can build a little rotating can shelf out of cardboard and stick the day 2 tags on it. Download the instructions here and you can even give them a copy so they can make their own additional units to fill their pantry. If you don’t have the time or patience to do this, you can opt to print out our Small Spaces Storage Solutions handout which gives lots of ideas on sneaky places to store food storage. Again, this can be rolled up with a cute ribbon tied around it and the Day 2 tags added to make it fun

More expensive gift ideas
Canorganizers (Commercially made cardboard can racks for pantry)
Cansolidators (Plastic can racks for pantry)
Harvest Shelves (72″ rotating can rack shelf)

Babystep #2 is water, one of the most critical components of any preparedness or food storage plan. For today you can either recycle a few empty pop or juice containers and fill them with clean water, or you can splurge and grab a few little water pouches that can be great for 72 hour kits or car emergency kits. Depending on how many you buy they can be less than $0.50 each! Whichever option you opt for, add your Day 3 tag to make it cute.

More expensive gift ideas
Berkey Water Purification Systems

Babystep #3 is to put together a 3 month supply of regular foods. Print out these worksheets to help someone get started on their 3 Month Plan. There is an Instruction Sheet, a Menu Plan Sheet and an Inventory Sheet. You will need to print the Menu Plan Sheet multiple times depending on how many different meals you want to plan. There is also a video tutorial to go along with these forms found here. Put the printed worksheets in sheet protects or roll them up and tie a ribbon around them. Don’t forget to attach the Day 4 tag!

More expensive gift ideas
Subscription to Deals to Meals (grocery savings program)

Babystep #4 is an introduction to long term food storage foods. People often get overwhelmed with how much and what to buy. Here is a handout that includes instructions and a simple food storage calculator that you can print out, tie a ribbon around, add the cute Day 5 Tags, and give to someone. This will help them determine quantities of foods to purchase based on their family size.

More expensive gift ideas
I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage
Country Beans
Dinner is in the Jar
Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy

Babystep #5 is learning to use grains, and more specifically wheat. People often have a hard time using wheat if they don’t have a wheat grinder. If you haven’t tried making Blender Wheat Pancakes you are missing out! This is something easy you can make that uses wheat with no wheat grinder required. Put the ingredients in a baggie, tie a ribbon around it and a recipe card with instructions. Don’t forget to add the Day 6 tag as well. It wont cost you much, but will surely impress and motivate someone to use their food storage.

More expensive gift ideas
WonderMill Wheat Grinder

Babystep #6 moves on to learning about beans/legumes. Legumes can be very intimidating to a lot of people so this is a great one to help people realize they aren’t so bad. Purchase a 1 lb bag of 12 bean soup mix from the grocery store ($1-$2). Tie a ribbon around it and include the Day 7 Tags. Include this 12 Bean Soup Recipe on a cute recipe card for them, it’s delicious!

More expensive gift ideas
Electric Pressure Cooker (makes it EASY to cook dry beans)
Instant Beans from Thrive Life (no soaking or long cook times)

Babystep #7 covers baking ingredients that are necessary for you to be able to make a lot of recipes using your grains and legumes. Salt is one of those things that you run out of, and don’t necessarily think of storing. Find or buy a container of salt and make it cute with ribbons, or put it in a gift bag, and remind them Food Storage isn’t just grains and legumes.

More expensive gift ideas
Instant Powdered Milk
Butter Powder
Pure Vanilla Powder

Babystep #8 is purchasing or preserving fruits and vegetables. While not critical for sustaining life, fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any food storage program for the health benefits, variety, and to help you save money on your day to day grocery shopping. Gardening is a great way to become more self reliant. Try giving a few packs of gardening seeds to help motivate people to get going on gardening. If you know the person doesn’t have a lot of space, pick herbs, or things you can grow on kitchen counters.

More expensive gift ideas
Excalibur Food Dehydrator
Canner and canning supplies
Freeze Dried Fruits or Veggies

Babystep #9 encourages people to store comfort foods for times of crisis. This is a great day for the holidays. Even just a candy bar or 2 in your storage for just in case scenarios are great. Pick up the person’s favorite one and surprise them with a little treat to have in time of need (and tell them they can’t eat it right away, they have to store it ;) Tie a cute ribbon around the candy bar and add the Day 10 Tags and you’re all set.

More expensive gift ideas
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer (great for preserving treats for longer storage)

Babystep #10 covers all aspects of storage that are NOT food. Although Food Storage (and Christmas for that matter) are a lot about food, we can’t forget the non-food items that are important and necessary to store not only for hygiene but also for cooking, cleaning, first aid, etc. Any inexpensive toiletry would be a great gift for this day (toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)

More expensive gift ideas
First Aid Kit

Once you have completed the first 11 days for a friend, or family member, it’s time for them to keep the journey going themselves. To help them do that, we have our BabyStep Checklists. Have the person you are giving to sign up for our free email checklists. You could even sign up for them with their email address and print out the first checklist for their gift. The checklists last for one year and are sent every 2 weeks. After following the 26 checklists they will have a full food storage for one person.

More expensive gift ideas
Food Storage Made Easy 3-Part eBook Program (buy and print out in a binder for them)


12 Days of Food Storage Christmas - Budget friendly gift ideas for increasing preparedness awareness

Fortress Clothing: Lifetime supply of warmth

We recently had the opportunity to meet Dale from Fortress Clothing at a preparedness expo here in Utah. We knew that his products served a huge need we had been looking to fill, so when he offered to come show them to us so we could try them in action (in the freezing cold) we knew we needed to jump at the chance. We tried on the entire bug out bag set and went out by the lake with a bitter wind. We were thoroughly impressed and are looking forward to adding these items into our “heat storage” preparedness plans.

Please remember that while something like this can be critical and life-saving in cold weather, it may not be one of the first items to get as part of your preps if you have budget constraints. If you have food, water, cooking, and sanitation covered look to this as a solution as you delve more into the more advance topics of protection, shelter, heating, and cooling.


Enter coupon code FSME25 to save 25% on your Fortress Clothing order. This deal is offered only to our Food Storage Made Easy readers! (Note: this is an introductory and Black Friday special offer.)


Fortress isn’t just a coat – it’s not even just cold weather clothing. Fortress is your complete HEAT STORAGE SOLUTION, and the advantages to using this to provide your warmth in an emergency are obvious. Fortress RETAINS YOUR BODY’s HEAT. Instead of trying to heat the space around you (your home, tent, or cabin) with traditional resources like firewood, coal or propane, FORTRESS allows you to be comfortable while heating yourself. Whatever the conditions, you will be able to function!

Here is a video of us being introduced to the Fortress Clothing Line with Dale:

Here are a few of the key features we love about Fortress Clothing:

  • “Bug Out Bag” provides a complete outdoor clothing solution
  • Can purchase items individually to meet your personal budget and needs
  • Hood is adjustable in three ways to be best suited for how cold it is
  • Jacket liner is warm enough for -30 degree temperatures yet light-weight enough for a chilly day at the soccer field.
  • Breathable material that is easy to maneuver in and doesn’t make you hot
  • Mittens remove the need for expensive and disposable hand warmers
  • Pant liners are perfect for sledding or snowmobiling (very versatile)
  • Hot socks (booties) act as a liner inside boots or as comfy house slippers
  • No need to buy multiple expensive coats, simply wear a light jacket or hoodie over the Fortress Jacket for a perfect coat solution
  • Save money by storing less fuel for your family’s warmth

Complete Bug-Out-Bag

If you opt for the complete heat storage solution the entire set fits in a handy little “stuff sack”. This is perfect to attach to a backpack for your 72 hour kits to easily grab-and-go, stash in your car trunk for your car kit, or store on a closet shelf nicely compacted.

Click here to learn more or buy now and use special coupon code FSME25 to save 25% as an introductory rate for all Food Storage Made Easy readers.

NEW PRODUCT: NutriMill Plus

When we first started our first storage adventures we actually didn’t even know what wheat kernels looked like. The whole idea of storing wheat, grinding it, and cooking it without electricity seemed so foreign and daunting to us that we didn’t even try to tackle it for almost a year.

One day I was visiting a friend and she had a wheat grinder on her counter and I started asking her all about it. She showed me how it worked and sent me home with a little baggie of flour and a bread recipe. All of a sudden I realized that wheat was flour, and I knew how to cook with flour! I borrowed her wheat grinder every few weeks until I could afford my own and when we finally purchased our WonderMills our food storage lives changed forever. In fact, we even did a post titled 17 Ways to Use a Wheat Grinder a little while back. Yes we use them that much!

The two mills we have always recommend are the WonderMill and the NutriMill. You can’t go wrong with either option. We preferred a few of the WonderMill features over the NutriMill when we did a side by side test so that is the model we went with at the time. However, NutriMill just came out with a BRAND NEW mill called the NutriMill Plus that we are excited to try out. Here are some of the details in comparison to the classic Nutrimill:


The NutriMill Plus boasts 11 new patented improvements. It is 15% quieter than the Classic mill and has 20% more capacity than the classic NutriMill.

The Plus mill is uniquely designed to nest compactly inside its flour canister for a 30% smaller storage footprint than the Classic mill. With its patented 4-stage filtration system and included flour bagger accessory, milling at home is clean and convenient. We are so excited to get our hands on one of these and try it out in another little side-by-side comparison!


The NutriMill Plus is regularly priced at $239.99 but will be substantially discounted on Cyber Monday over in our online store. Make sure you are signed up for our email newsletters where we will be announcing the discounted price on Saturday, November 28th. In the meantime you can visit our online store to view the full details about the NutriMill Plus (but don’t buy it yet!)



We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the Hydrant Water Storage Systems, but be sure to check out the HERC tea light ovens and the Helius Rocket Stove.

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Click here to shop from Friday to Monday, enter coupon code FSME15 to save 15% on your Water Tower order plus get a FREE food grade water hose ($40 value). This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers!


The Hydrant Water Storage Systems are 2-4 barrel towers that store 55 gallon barrels of water. You can start with a 2 barrel system and add to them as your storage needs increase. You rotate the water via the bottom barrel that sits high enough that you can fit a 5 gallon bucket beneath it.

Everything you need to stack and connect two 55 gallon water storage barrels. Racks are welded and powder coated here in the USA. Wide base for stability in every emergency situation. Assembles in minutes with aluminum bung wrench (included) and a flat head screwdriver. Water rotation has NEVER been so easy!

Please Note: If you are just getting started in your water storage or on a tight budget, we are not suggesting is where you need to start. Check out BabyStep 2: Water for lots of ideas on getting started. However, having gone through lots of different options, we have found this one to be the most efficient and space-effective. You can also purchase a plumbing kit and attempt to DIY if that’s more your style.

Here is a video of us being introduced to the Hydrant Water Storage Systems with Kris:

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Click here to shop from Friday to Monday, enter coupon code FSME15 to save 15% on your Water Tower order plus get a FREE food grade water hose ($40 value). This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers!

Helius Rocket Stove

We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the Helius Rocket Stove, but be sure to check out the HERC tea light ovens and Hydrant Water Storage Systems as well.


BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Click here to shop from Friday to Monday, enter coupon code FSME15 to save 15% on your Helius order plus get a FREE CRKT Tomahawk ($70 value). This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers!


We’ve seen a lot of rocket stoves around but this is the first one we have seen that we’ve been really excited to use. This one sits high off the ground and has a great solid base you can cook on without bending over or needing a steady, safe surface to place the stove on. We love that you can use this stove to pressure can, camp, or in an emergency situation. Also this stove can use such a variety of fuels!

Here is a video of us being introduced to the Helius Rocket Stove with Kris:

Helius Rocket Stove

Cook complete meals using nothing but wood scraps and yard debris with the Helius Rocket Stove. The Helius Rocket Stove is a durable, clean alternative to outdoor cooking, using readily available scraps as fuel instead of more costly alternatives like propane or briquettes. The design of the rocket stove heats to cooking temperatures in only a few minutes with only as much fuel as fits in the fuel magazine.

  • Above ground, no crouching to cook
  • Can you it to pressure can your meats if power goes out and your freezer is compromised
  • Large enough to do things with larger pots
  • Very stable and heavy duty
  • Legs are workable to allow for level cooking surface
  • Flammable biomass – burn anything from wood scraps to dry, yard debris
  • Can vary temperatures with amount of wood
  • Quick-release ash drop means you can keep cooking while clearing the chimney of accumulated ash
  • Produces a clean burn – little or no smoke
  • Made by Americans for Americans​

Enter coupon code FSME15 to save 15% on your Helius order plus get a FREE CRKT Tomahawk ($70 value). This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers!

HERC Tea Light Candle Ovens

We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the HERC tea light ovens, but be sure to check out the Helius Rocket Stove and Hydrant Water Storage Towers as well.


BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Click here to shop from Friday to Monday, enter coupon code FSME15 to save 15% on your HERC order plus a FREE BONUS of 100 tea light candles and a HERC eCookbook ($45 value). This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers!


While butane stoves are great for stove-top cooking indoors, we have yet to find a good solution for oven cooking indoors. Having a diversified preparedness plan is great to cover yourself in different scenarios. For example, a Sun Oven is great if you don’t have any fuel, but not so great if it’s rainy or you’re trying to be discreet in a crisis. That’s why we recommend having different options. All have their pro’s and con’s.

Here is a video of us being introduced to the HERC XXL with Kris:

The HERC tea light ovens are great for many reasons:

  • Can be used indoors
  • The XXL acts as an oven
  • The Eco acts as a crock pot or dehydrator
  • Can be used discreetly
  • You can fit a standard 9 by 13 pan in the larger one (this is huge)
  • Can get 4 hours of cook time out of 20 tealights in the XXL
  • The fuel is fairly inexpensive, about 40 cents per cooking hour
  • You can store tealights inside safely, indefinitely, and legally
  • The thermal energy cooks the food evenly
  • The stove folds down for easy storage
  • Made by Americans for Americans​


The HERC XXL Oven is the larger oven. Inside cooking dimensions: 18 inch x 11.75 inch x 7.25 inch. Cook anything, anytime, anywhere, regardless of the situation. Bake, cook and dehydrate without the use of electricity or gas, indoors or out. The HERC is extremely portable, durable and economical. The HERCules (Home Emergency Radiant Cooking)™ XXL Oven harnesses the thermal energy from tea light candles, storing it in quarry stones and releasing radiant energy back into your food.

Eco HERC Oven

The Eco HERC oven is the smaller oven. Inside cooking dimensions: 11.75 inch x 11.75 inch x 6 inch Cook anything, anytime, anywhere, regardless of the situation. Bake, cook and dehydrate without the use of electricity or gas, indoors or out. The Eco HERC is extremely portable, durable and economical. The Eco HERC harnesses the thermal energy from tea light candles by releasing radiant energy back into your food.

Enter coupon code FSME15 to save 15% on your HERC order plus a FREE BONUS of 100 tea light candles and a HERC eCookbook ($45 value). This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers!

Preparedness Gift Ideas for Any Budget

Give the Gift of Preparedness - Gift Ideas from Food Storage Made Easy

Tired of all the Black Friday emails?  We understand!  But we also know that this is an amazing time to stock up on great preparedness gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!).  We wanted to share with you a list of preparedness gift ideas for all budgets since this is literally the cheapest you will be able to find these items all year.  Get the most bang for you buck on your preparedness gifts!

Gifts $20 and Under
- $7.99 Crank Hand Can Opener:  Our favorite can opener for opening lots of #10 cans :)
- $10.99 Thrive Potato Dices:  50% off regular retail prices, view other Thrive deals here
- $12 Food Storage Made Easy 3-Part eBook:  50% off, perfect for beginners!

- $18.99 Thrive Blackberries: 50% off regular retail prices, view other Thrive deals here
- $18-$20 Waterbricks:  Save on cost per brick depending on how many you order

Gifts $21-$70
- $24.99 Seychelle Water Filtration Pump:  50% off a filter that pumps from any location
- $34.99 Cansolidator Pantry Plus:  Largest can rotating rack view other rack size here
- $55 InstaFire Fuel Starter:  The easiest way to start a fire or cook food in any conditions
- $69 Lindon Farms Meal Bucket:  Just-add-water meals for $48 off retail price

Gifts $70-$250
- $70.99-$181.99 Thrive Life 6 Pack Bundles:  Exclusive sale through consultants
- $99 Prepare My Life Planner:  Easily create an important documents binder
- $249 Thrive Life Harvest Shelves:  Scroll to bottom, click Food Rotation Systems

Gifts $250 and Above
- $258-$325 – Berkey Water Purifiers:  Big Berkey and Royal Berkey are currently available 
- $319 All-American Sun Oven + Accessories:  Complete accessories package on sale
- $339.99 BOSCH MIXER:  Sale price only available on Monday, great low price
- $2000 Lion Energy Solar Generator:  Limit quantity available, buy early to reserve yours

We know your loved ones lives will be blessed by giving them the gift of preparedness this year, and your pocket books will be blessed by getting the gifts at great prices!

National Preparedness Month Sales and Events


September is National Preparedness Month and many great food storage and preparedness companies put on some great deals to celebrate. We’ve done a round-up of all of the sales going on this month and wanted to share them with you!

Food Storage Made Easy eBook: ON SALE

Our 3-part eBook series is a comprehensive guide to building your food storage using simple checklists to guide you along the way. Included in the series is a recipe eBook and a food storage encyclopedia full of useful information. On sale for just $17 (regularly $24) through September 30th! Click here for details.

Prepare My Life Planners: ON SALE

The Prepare My Life Planner is one of the top-selling products in our online store. It is a family preparedness plan and emergency binder all in one. With custom pouches for documents and instructions to walk you through how to put it all together, this is an invaluable tool. On sale for just $109 (regularly $119) through September 30th. Click here for details.

NutriMill Grain Mill: PRICE DISCOUNTED

One of the top-selling electric wheat grinders, NutriMill has dropped their price down to $219.99 while supplies last. This is the lowest price you can get one of our favorite preparedness tools, so don’t miss out. Click here for details.

All-American Sun Oven: FREE ACCESSORIES

Being able to cook using the sun as your fuel is so valuable in emergency situations. The All-American Sun Oven is a great tool for everyday energy savings as well as emergency usage when the power is out. Through October 31st you can get two free stackable pots with the purchase of a Sun Oven. Click here for details.


This month Emergency Essentials is holding their largest monthly sale ever. You can save up to 66% on some of their best-selling items. No coupon code required, just shop and save. Click here to shop at Emergency Essentials.


To celebrate National Preparedness Month, Thrive Life has put some of their emergency preparedness and SHELVING products on sale. We love when shelves are discounted! There are also some great breakfast items featured in the regular monthly specials.

Utah Prepare Conference and Expo

If you are in the Salt Lake area we highly recommend attending the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo this Saturday, September 27 at the South Towne Expo Center. We will be teaching a powerless cooking class there and would love to say hi to any of our readers who attend. There should be a lot of great classes as well is a big exhibit hall full of awesome preparedness companies. Don’t miss out! Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

Wheat Grinder FAQs

Wheat grinders are a critical part of your food storage plan if you follow traditional food storage calculators and store large amounts of wheat. Without a way to grind the wheat you will have very limited options on the foods you can make with your wheat. It can also be a large investment to get a grinder and you want to make sure you get one that will meet your family’s needs.

Today we are going to go over all of the questions that beginners tend to have when first researching this and hopefully it can help you make the decision for you and your family!


What’s the difference between manual & electric grinders?

Here is a summary of the pros and cons of manual grinders versus electric grinders:
-Basic models are inexpensive (good ones are similar in cost to electric mills)
-Can be used with no power source so they are great for emergency situations
-Many models are very small thus requiring little storage space
-Able to grind items such as oily seeds, nuts, herbs, and coffee that would normally ruin an electric mill
-SLOW to grind (can take 5-20 minutes to grind one cup of flour)
-Except for the higher-end models, you cannot grind grain into a fine flour
-Some models are inconvenient (messy and hard to fit a large bowl underneath)

-Grinds VERY quickly thus making it easy to use in your everyday cooking
-Easy to select how coarse or fine to grind your grains
-Large capacity for grinding a lot of grains/legumes at a time
-Fairly expensive, even for the lower-end models
-Must have a generator or battery pack to use with no electricity (unless you buy a high end model that comes with a manual crank)
-Large appliance to store in your kitchen

Some appliances can also be used to grind wheat either with an attachment or on their own. These are electric appliances but don’t really fall into the same category as an electric grinder.
KitchenAid Attachment: Less expensive than a full grinder, but can burn out the motor
BlendTec Blender: Will grind wheat into a coarse flour
VitaMix Blender: Can grind wheat if you purchase a dry canister
Bosch Family Grain Mill: Come with a hand crank and an attachment to use with the Bosch Mixer

What kinds of foods can you grind in a wheat grinder?

Electric grinder: medium and large grains, smaller grains (with a special attachment), legumes
Manual grinder: all grains and legumes; most nuts, seeds, and herbs
Check out the website willitgrind.com produced by Wondermill to find out exactly what can or can’t be ground with videos of each item.

How do you use a wheat grinder?

This video showcases how to use the Victorio Hand Grinder, WonderMill Electric Mill, and NutriMill Electric Mill.

To see the Wonder Junior Deluxe you can watch starting at 2 mins 30 secs into the video below. These are the mills that we have ourselves.

What recipes can you make using a wheat grinder?

We have posted TONS of recipes that can be made using a wheat grinder over the years. You’ll definitely want to check out our post 17 Ways to Use a Wheat Grinder which gives a summary of some of the best ones.

Can you REALLY make flour using NO ELECTRICITY?

ABSOLUTELY! In this video we use a Victorio Hand Grinder and a cardboard box oven.

What are the most popular brands of wheat grinders?

WonderMill Electric Mill: $239.95 + free shipping
The wondermill is very quiet and clean. It has a small grains attachment to enable you to grind small grains and pastas without clogging the motor. The canister can stack on top of the grinding unit making it tall but a small countertop footprint. There is also a flour bagger attachment that helps you to bag up flour to store in the freezer for later.
NutriMill Electric Mill: $219.95 + free shipping
The NutriMill is slightly louder than the wondermill but is another great mill. It’s nice to be able to just pull the canister straight out of the unit ready to use. In our tests it seems to grind slightly faster than the Wondermill. It is not too tall but does have a larger footprint for your countertops. You can purchase a mini seed mill for $10 that can grind smaller items and oily things that will clog your mill.
Blendtec (K-Tec) Kitchen Mill: $179.95 + free shipping
The Blendtec Mill is louder, slower, and messier than the other two popular electric mills. It will still get the job done and is an adequate mill at a lower price point than the two listed above. But we generally feel like an extra few dollars is worth the better quality of the other mills.
Family Grain Mill: $160-180 for manual, $259 to include a motorized base
The Family Grain Mill can be purchased by itself as a hand grinder, with a Bosch attachment, or with a motorized base. It’s one of the only grinders we’ve seen on the market that can really be both manual and electric.

Victorio Hand Grinder: $50-70 depending where you purchase
This grinder is sometimes called a “Back to Basics” grinder so look for that name too. It doesn’t grind into a very fine flour. It’s nice for emergency use only. We had our facebook readers share how long it takes to grind one cup of flour and it ranged from about 7 minutes to 20 minutes or more. Yikes!
Wonder Junior Deluxe: $219.95 + free shipping
The Wonder Junior is our favorite hand grinder. It is as powerful as the more expensive ones but at a reasonable price range. It takes under 5 minutes to grind 1 cup of flour which is reasonable for weekly usage if you can’t afford an electric mill too. We love that you can make nut butters and grind oily seeds in it using the metal burrs. You can grind very fine for a pastry flour or very coarse for cracked wheat or cornmeal. You can purchase a drill bit attachment or motorized pulley to make grinding easier when you have power. Has a double clamp that attaches to your counter or table.
Country Living Grain Mill: $429
This is one of the most popular wheat grinders for emergency situations. Many people have figured out ways to power this mill using pulleys, you can even attach a bike to it like my Grandma did. It is pricey but is very high quality and has a lifetime warranty. Needs to be screwed into a table to use.

How to Create a Mommy Emergency Car Kit (Gift Idea)

I’ve been working on re-arranging my car kits after I saw a #10 Can Car Kit on Pinterest. I thought fitting it into cans made a lot of sense and would be sturdy and a good way to use up old cans. It’s still a work in progress and I’ll post about it when I have them completed. BUT, it also gave me a great idea for a different type of emergency car kit also using an empty #10 can.

How to Create a Mommy EMERGENCY Car Kit.  Perfect baby shower gift idea for a new Mommy!

My two little sisters both got pregnant with their first babies at the same time and I wanted to do something special for them on their first Mother’s Day. After having 4 kids myself, I’ve learned a few things like “always keep a spare diaper and wipes in the car” because your mental capacity decreases over time and you start to forget your diaper bag more often than you remember it when you are herding 4 children out the door. I decided it would be great to give them a MOMMY emergency car kit that contains small sizes of things they will most likely keep in a diaper bag, but can save them in an emergency where they forget it at home.

Contents List:

Here is everything I included. You can feel free to add or subtract items to fit your needs. Some suggestions from readers are a onesie, or nursing pads and snacks for the mommy.


  • Wet wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Diapers
  • Bottle
  • Formula
  • Binkie
  • Nail clippers
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Band-aids
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby powder
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wash
  • It was cheaper for me to buy enough items to make 6 kits since I could buy 3-packs of bottles and binkies, and I could split a whole package of diapers and formula packets into 6 kits. It ended up costing about $16 for each kit including the decorating materials. Now I have 4 more gifts ready to go for future baby showers!



  • Clean out an empty #10 can
  • Stuff it full of the items from the contents list above
  • Use cute scrapbook paper to cover the outside of the can
  • Wrap a strip of ribbon around bottom and top of can
  • Tape a circle of matching scrapbook paper onto the lid
  • Print out labels with a contents list and title for the top
  • Feel free to use my printable downloads below:

    - Printables in Word Format (customizable)
    - Printables in PDF Format

    And here are my cute sisters on Mother’s Day with their new car kits :)

    How to Make a Mommy EMERGENCY Car Kit.  Perfect baby shower gift idea for a new Mommy!