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Wendy Dewitt — Food Storage Seminar Part 5 of 9. Possible Storage location

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Now we have where do you store a year’s supply of food. It sounds enormous but it’s surprising that the average year’s supply would fit only a twin size bed – one person’s year’s supply, it fits (inaudible) bed. Whatever is under your bed now will never be more important than your family’s temporal salvation. So, keep your food in your home. You don’t want to take chances with your food. You don’t want it to get too hot. In the desert where I live, you cannot keep it in the garage. You cannot keep it in your attic; you will ruin your food. If you live in a very moist area, a lot of moisture, you want to keep it away from that because that will ruin your food. I keep it under the bed, in closets, in house where the temperature is going to be good for your food. This is a really valuable investment. You don’t want to just be throwing it in the garage or the attic. Take good care of your food.

Rotation is always a problem. You think you have got 50 pounds of spaghetti someplace and you are tearing the place apart and what you find is a can of powdered (inaudible) from 1972. I am not exaggerating; I did exactly that. Surprisingly the powdered (inaudible) was still good. The churches a lot of the shelf life numbers on foods. I don’t know if you have noticed that in the past that it was really exciting to see apple slices having a 30-year shelf life, especially considering all the apple slices I have. So, that was good news for me.

The rotation – this is how I do it. My shopping list – everything I can – you buy your food storage in a timely manner. If you are super wealthy and have a shopper that goes out for you, you can go do it in a week – most of us don’t – but do it in a timely manner. Try not to (inaudible) six years. When you get all your food storage, you have got it listed in your book, you know where it is, you know when it was purchased and rotation can be a once-a-year event. That’s one of the best parts about this system. I hated rotation and it was always there and I think “Oh, I need to get at that” and you know how it is; it’s really hard. How much food have you wasted because it’s just kind of overwhelming? This makes it very simple.

Once a year I take out my notebook and I go alphabetically down every single line, every item in my food storage once a year and I am looking for when that food is going to expire. If it’s going to expire in the coming year, I will go and take it out from under my bed, so take it out from my food storage and I put it in my kitchen pantry for daily use. I had a lady say – because I usually use examples, I have got 12 cans and they are going to expire and I put it in my pantry – and she says “My goodness! What are you going to do with 12 cans of oats?” and I am going “We like oats.” My husband really likes them and we have oatmeal, we have (inaudible), we have oatmeal cookies. That’s going to be awesome to have all those oats in my pantry because I don’t store things that I don’t love. I am not putting things in my pantry that I am not going to be really happy to have in there.” Then what you do is replace it immediately with fresh and mark in your notebook the new date that you purchased it. So, as you are taking things out, you are putting it back, you always have a full year’s supply. It’s another beauty of it – the day before the catastrophe comes and you are ready to go to the (inaudible) to do your stock and (inaudible) – I always have a full year’s supply.

At this time, I would also check all of my vacuum sealed foods and we will talk about vacuum sealing later but I would go through and I would visually check every one of my jars to make sure that it’s still sealed and if it’s not sealed, it sounds like this… okay? It doesn’t sound like that when it’s sealed. I visually check every jar to make sure it’s still sealed and then I open one of each item – I will open a jar of chocolate chips, I will open a jar of nuts, I will open a jar of candy – and I will taste each one; that’s my favorite part of this rotation – “Oh yeah, this is still good, this is still good.” If it’s coming up for expiration, I will put it in the kitchen pantry and use it up and replace it with fresh.

There is another part of this system – you can always change what’s in your food storage. Recently I found a chocolate brownie mix; I think it’s called the Hershey Triple Fudge Brownie – “Yeah”, a few of you have gone “Yeah!” I took out all of my brownie mixes and put them in the pantry and when the grandkids come over, we make brownies all the time and I replaced it with the Hershey Triple Fudge Brownie. So, you can change your food storage every year. You just kind of evaluate and say “Let’s kind of change this up. I am not fond of that anymore.” So, that’s a good part about it too.

Let’s see. I think that’s all we have on rotation.

Long shelf life – I am all about long shelf life. I don’t want to have to rotate very often. I don’t want to be spending that money all the time. The shortest shelf life in my personal food storage is 3 years. If it has a shelf life of less than 3 years, I don’t want it; I don’t care how good it is.

Oil – I have no oil in my food storage because it has a one-year shelf life. What I do have is shortening. Shortening has a 10-year shelf life and I could melt shortening in my solar oven and I can exchange that for oil in every one of my recipes.

In my bread – I make a loaf of bread everyday from my food storage. I don’t store flour; that has a 5-year shelf life. I store wheat that has a 30-year shelf life. Now, here is a little trick about wheat. If you don’t have a wheat grinder, you can’t make flour. You are laughing? The church has done a study and 90% of the people who have a food storage don’t have a wheat grinder. What are you going to do? Chew it? You have to have a wheat grinder. So, they have done a study – the church never endorses products, this is almost a first for them – they did a 2-year study on wheat grinders and in your booklet it’s going to tell about wheat grinders and it will tell you about a (inaudible) called Blendtec; with this 2-year study, they came up with the very best, the most efficient and the most cost-effective hand grinder and meat grinder. If I were going to get only one, I would get the hand grinder because if we are in worst case scenario, what do we have? If you have your electrical grinder, it would be worthless. So, get your hand grinder first and then you might want to get an electric grinder. If we have electricity, I am going to be the happiest person in the world because I have got an oven in my house and a microwave, all these good things; I am not going to have to use the solar oven but I am prepared for the worst case scenario.

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