7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. Today is the FINAL DAY! Did you survive? For 7 days, we have been 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.

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You have run into some hard times financially but have felt the need to get better prepared. An anonymous donor has offered to give you a Food Storage and Preparedness Makeover and foot the bill for it. Today your task is to inventory your food storage and emergency preparedness items and come up with a wish list for your makeover. Reorganize your room to fit the new supplies you will be getting and make it better organized.

Goal: Organize your food storage and make a future shopping list for yourself

Today’s Tasks:

  • Revisit your three month supply plan. Are you fully stocked on everything? Are all of your three month supply items stored together? What is your rotation plan?
  • Update your long term food storage calculator with your current inventory levels.
  • Determine if your current food storage plan works with your regular diet. Do you need to make adjustments to what you are storing?
  • Arrange like items with like items on your shelves
  • Make a list of the items you still need to buy to complete your three month and one year supplies
  • Look over your emergency preparedness items and re-arrange them as necessary
  • Make a list of emergency preparedness items you may need to purchase
  • Take a before and after picture of your “makeover”
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or description of your food storage makeover!

Today’s Limitations:

  • Once your makeover is complete the challenge is OVER! Go and buy a donut or a diet coke or whatever it is you’ve been missing this week :)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Go and purchase everything on your shopping list and add it to your newly reorganized food storage area

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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.

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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 6 (MONDAY)

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.

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Your older children are learning are at the age where they are able to babysit younger siblings or other people. While they are home alone an emergency situation arises. Have your kids go through several scenarios and practice first aid and safety skills. If you have only younger kids or no children at home you can practice this with grandkids, neighbors, etc.

Goal: Help your children understand potential emergencies and be ready for them

Today’s Tasks:

  • Brainstorm medical emergencies that are likely to happen
  • Make a “cheat sheet” for what to do for each medical emergency scenario
  • Practice the first aid skills required for each scenario
  • Make a list of first aid supplies you may need to get
  • Brainstorm other emergencies that may occur (fire, flood, earthquake, burglar)
  • Make a cheat sheet and practice what to do for each of the non-medical emergencies that may occur
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share your experiences with day 6. We’d love to see your cheat sheets or hear how your kids felt about going over these scenarios.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • No other limitations today

Advanced Tasks:

  • Don’t tell your kids and do a trial run with some kind of emergency (maybe set off a fire alarm) and see how well they do under pressure
  • Discuss the test with them afterwards and go over what they did well and what they could do better next time

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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.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 5 (SUNDAY)

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.

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There have been severe shortages of milk and egg products worldwide. You can’t get any at the store and your fresh supplies ran out several weeks ago.

Goal: Cook all of your meals without using fresh milk or eggs

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook breakfast without using any dairy products or eggs
  • Cook lunch without using any dairy products or eggs
  • Cook a fancy Sunday dinner for your family without using any dairy products or eggs
  • Research possible substitutions for cow’s milk and egg products. You never know when a shortage or a possible allergy may arise and it’s good to have substitutions available as opposed to just powdered versions of the products
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture of something you are cooking today!.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use any products containing cow’s milk or eggs today

Advanced Tasks:

  • Someone in your family is allergic to milk and eggs so you can’t use powdered milk or powdered eggs in your cooking
  • Make a meal plan for 7 days using only what is in your storage using no milk or eggs

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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.

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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 4 (SATURDAY)

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.

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A sewage plant leak has caused all of your household water to become contaminated. The city has shut off the water supply to avoid anyone drinking the contaminated water. Go about your regular household business without using running water today.
Goal: Practice carrying on with your daily life with no running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Go and shut off your main water line in case it is not purified when services are restored (review this post if you don’t know how)
  • If you have any empty water containers … you have ONE HOUR from the time you read this to go and fill them all up, then you can use them as a resource for today
  • Prepare all your meals without running water
  • Clean all of your dishes using only stored water (practice water conservation tricks)
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today
  • Find the nearest source of fresh water to your home, bring some home and purify it to conserve some of the water you have stored
  • Do a load of laundry … without running water!
  • Calculate how much water you used today, how long can you live on what you have stored?
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or details of your water adventures today.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use running water at all, make sure to do task #1 to keep from accidentally turning it on.
  • You can’t flush toilets unless you use up your precious stored water.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Assume the water has been contaminated for an extended period of time, you have already used up all of the stored water in your home
  • Your car is in the shop and you must go collect water without a vehicle

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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.

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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 3 (FRIDAY)

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.

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There are widespread riots and much civil unrest in your state. The governor has declared a state of Marshall Law. You are concerned for your family’s safety and individual rights. Make sure you have your defense plans in place first. Things get so bad that you plan to gather with a group of like-minded individuals in a community out in the country. You will stay in your tent for tonight through tomorrow morning.
Goal: Evaluate your “home defense” plans and prepare for a long-term evacuation

Today’s Tasks:

  • Educate yourself on various ways to defend your home. What are your beliefs on self-defense? Have you discussed this with your family? Here is a post we did that covers lots of options.
  • Inventory anything in your home that you may use as a weapon to protect your family from the riots. Is it in good condition? Have you used it recently?
  • If you have guns, inventory all of your ammunition. Do you know where it is? Do you have enough for an extended period of time?
  • Review gun and knife safety with your children.
  • A neighboring community was overrun by a large mob forcing everyone to leave their homes. Your community has learned that the mob is coming to your area next. As a group you decided leaving would be a safer option and have agreed to band together and move to the country and live in tents. Pack up everything you would want to bring for an extended stay there and see how it fits in your vehicles. How much could you bring? How would you prioritize your space?
  • Take your family out and stay in a tent starting after school/work and through tomorrow morning. No running water, no electricity, and eating only items that you brought with you.
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share what you learned about during today’s challenge.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use running water or electricity while you are “camping”, even if you only camp in your backyard.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Go out for some target practice with your guns if you have them.
  • Research concealed weapons permits and sign up for a class (if you don’t already have yours)
  • Stay in your tent long enough to cook at least three complete meals.
  • Pretend you have used up your fuel supply and use only fuel you gather from your campsite.

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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.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 2 (THURSDAY)

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.

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Scientists are reporting that a solar flare is going to be erupting in the next few days. You may lose power for an extended period of time. Today your task is to inventory all of your powerless cooking supplies and practice using each one so you are confident in your ability to use it!
Goal: Practice cooking without power and assess your fuel supplies

Today’s Tasks:

  • Pull out every stove/oven option you have for powerless cooking. Make sure you know where they are and have all the accessories located for them.
  • Inventory all of your fuel supplies.
  • Calculate how many meals can you cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
  • Practice cooking at least ONE THING using each of your cooking tools (this can be as simple as boiling water or baking cookies)
  • Don’t forget to add more fuel to your daily worksheet list if you don’t have a big enough supply to meet your needs.
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture of you cooking something without electricity. How prepared do you feel you would be to face this type of emergency?

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use any of your regular kitchen appliances today (no gas or electric stoves). We want to practice practice practice.
  • Do not use electricity to “prep” any meals (no wheat grinders, food processors, etc.) We want to see what it will really be like when the solar flare hits.

Advanced Tasks:

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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY)

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.

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A fire erupts in your house and blocks your regular exits/stairwells. You must evacuate your family and pets using alternative exits. Your garage/carport collapsed and damaged your vehicles. All of your household items including your purse/wallet were lost in the fire.
Goal: Practice exit strategies and test your insurance/inventory preparedness levels

Today’s Tasks:

  • Practice evacuating from each bedroom in your home. If you have upstairs bedrooms do you have an escape ladder? Can you open the windows and remove the screens? Do your children know how to do this?
  • You have 15 minutes to get your family out and grab any “supplies” or “keepsakes” from your bedrooms. Take them outside as your evacuate.
  • All of your belongings and vehicles were destroyed. Did you have your important insurance documents stored in a safe or offsite somewhere?
  • Make a list of everything that was in your purse and wallet that you will need to replace. Do you have contact information for all your credit cards?
  • Do you have a home furnishings inventory? You will have to file an insurance claim and will need to document all of your belongings in order for them to be replaced.
  • Were your computers destroyed? Did you have an online backup setup? What about your family photo albums and scrapbooks? Make a list of everything you would hate to lose and make a copy to store offsite or get a digital copy uploaded somewhere!
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share your experiences with your evacuation. How hard was it for you and your family to escape? Were your insurance papers accessible and in order? Bonus points for posting a picture!

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not “evacuate” through any of your exits. If your bedrooms are upstairs this means crawling out windows!
  • No running downstairs or to your main living areas to grab ANYTHING for the evacuation

Advanced Tasks:

  • Stay away from home for 4 hours using only what you grabbed to evacuate with
  • Make a plan for different scenarios of evacuation, who will help who. What if you can’t reach other? Which room is the best to evacuate from if you can’t get to a door? WRITE IT DOWN
  • Make a grab and go list of items you could take from your bedrooms if you couldn’t access your doors. Post this near your escape window.
  • Test your smoke detectors and replace batteries if necessary.

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TUTORIAL: How to Build a Rotating Can Rack

One of our most popular posts is the rotating can rack tutorial we created back in 2009. We updated the instructions after we’ve made a few more of them and included the new and improved version in our Food Storage Made Easy eBook program. However, we never got around to updating the blog post with the new info. So as a special treat for you as part of the Food Storage Do-Over WEEK 4 we are giving you brand new instructions and even including the pages from our ebook so you can have a handy printable, yay! So if you are organize your food storage areas and planning your shelving needs this week, hopefully this will help you out a bit.

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Instructions

Step 1
Print out the shelf diagram and determine what size of shelf you want to make. Click below for printable diagram and instructions.

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Step 2
Take a large cardboard box and measure out the pieces. The easiest way with the least amount of cuts and gluing is to measure for the entire length of both sides and back. For example, the vegetable can length would be a total of 31-1/8” by 10”. We recommend using a carpenter’s square to measure, mark, and cut, but any ruler will work.

   

 

Step 3
Cut out all of your pieces using an exacto-knife or other sharp blade. We couldn’t find our exacto-knife so that’s why we used this pocket knife. It didn’t make perfect smooth edges but it worked just fine. You could actually even use scissors if you want. If you used a long piece for the side/back pieces then you’ll need to bend the side pieces in to the right shape. We used our carpenter’s square (ruler) to help bend a straight line.

   

 

Step 4
Take the side and back pieces (or the one large piece) and make sure the can fits properly. If not, back to the measuring board! Mark the shelf lines on the side pieces so that you will know where the shelves need to go when you glue them on. All measurements will vary with the size of unit you’re building, so make sure to get them right!

   

 

Step 5
Glue the pieces together. Hot glue is fabulous for this step! We used a low temp craft gun and the glue started to set a little too quickly, but it was still workable. With the big piece open, glue each shelf in place. Then glue them to the back. Don’t forget to put in your wedge, and make sure a can will still pass between the wedge and shelf 2. The other side is the hardest part, because with our gun the glue started to set before it was all in place. After the other side is on, take the front pieces, with the edges bent in ¾, and glue them into place, one side at a time.

   

 

Step 6

Cut some little notches out of the side pieces near the bottom to enable you to pull the cans out more easily. At this point you can paint the whole thing with white latex paint if you want to strengthen the cardboard and have a nicer looking shelf unit.

 

Other Shelving Options

In case this task seems a little daunting, we do recommend a few options for rotating shelves that you can purchase. These are worth a look at if you don’t have a lot of time or you want something a little sturdier.

CanOrganizers: The cardboard rotating racks fit on any shelf in your cupboard or pantry. Three sizes available to best suit your needs. These come in large sheets and you fold them into shape and use tabs to hold them together.
CanSolidators: Sturdy plastic can racks from Thrive Life that can be adjustable for any width of small to medium sized can. Available in three sizes and fit on a regular shelf or in a pantry. These are a little sturdier than the cardboard options.
Deluxe Food Rotation Systems: Thrive Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) produces high quality shelves are customizable in any shape and size to fit everything from tuna cans to #10 cans and more!

 

Here’s a pinnable image if you want to save for later!

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“Budget-Friendly” 12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

Last year someone did a 12 Days of Christmas for our family for the 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve. We would find a surprise gift on our porch that was something fun for the kids or an inexpensive gift with a nice message. It’s always fun to see what the surprise will be the next day!

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.

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Feel free to adapt this to meet your needs. You can do all 12 days at once as a “getting started” package for someone for a gift. You can spend a little more money and do some of the bigger ideas we share for each day if you don’t want to do the full 12 days activity. 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 Dasy 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
InstaFire
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
WaterBricks
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
Whole Egg 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)


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7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

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.

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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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