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! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.
You just learned that a family member is very very sick so you are going to stay at their house for one week to help them out. Times have been tough so your family has been eating out of your food storage. You must leave behind “ready to cook” meals made out of your food storage for your family to eat while you are out of town.
Goal: Plan and prepare easy meals using your food storage
- Put together seven complete DINNERS for your family to eat for a week (either compile long term storage ingredients into a ziplock bag or mason jar, or put together canned goods into a bag to make a complete meal)
- Make a list of breakfast and lunch ideas that your family can choose from and place the ingredients all in one spot for easy access
- Ask your spouse or one of your kids to cook one of the meals for dinner tonight
- SHARING TIME: Take a picture of your 7 meals and share it on our Facebook page or on Instagram (use tags @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge) or type up your meal ideas and share them in the blog comments or on today’s Facebook discussion thread
- For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants
- You must only select items for your meals that are shelf stable (don’t need to be refrigerated)
- Actually compile the 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches (either compile long term storage ingredients into a ziplock bag or mason jar, or put together canned goods into a bag to make a complete meal)
- Your flight leaves soon, you only have ONE HOUR to complete this task
Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.
Remember — This year we are going to be offering the chance to win daily PRIZES for people who are participating in one of the following ways:
- Commenting or posting pictures on our Facebook page
- Loading pictures on your instagram tagging @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge
- Commenting on today’s blog post with how you did
- Submitting pictures/stories to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
TODAY’S RANDOM WINNERS:
Thank you to all who participated by sharing their experiences. Winners were picked randomly (we didn’t pick the reader who accomplished the task the best, we couldn’t have done that even if we wanted to. So many of you were AMAZING! )
THE SOUP IN A JAR KIT GOES TO ROWENA who uploaded an amazing photo of her meals on our facebook wall.
View picture here
THE BOOK GOES TO LEESA who left a comment on our blog sharing her meals:
Leesa: Breakfast and lunches are also complete. For my dinners I have on the shelf: 1) Chicken Salsa Soup 2) Apricot Chicken 3) Shepard’s Pie 4) Poppyseed Chicken 5) Tacos 6) Spaghetti 7) Rigatoni with Bacon. It has been my goal this summer to make these meals and others shelf stable. I have canned chicken, taco meat, salsa, hamburger, spaghetti sauce, etc… so all of these meals would be to open jars and/or packages and heat.
Rowena and Leesa, please email us at info @ foodstoragemadeeasy.net so we can get you your prizes.
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder