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MARCH 2000

 
 WEEK 4  Use whole grains in a casserole or soup this week by substituting 1/2 of the ground beef with an equal amount cooked whole wheat berries. Or, substitute 1/2 of the white flour in a baking recipe with whole wheat flour. Share your success and adapted recipes with the Stake and Unit Food Storage Specialists. (Go to the library and look for a variety of excellent resource/recipe books in shelf area #641.631.)
 WEEK 3  Use the dry pack work sheet to select additional grain items for dry packing into cans or pouches at the storehouse. Call Brother Mrkva to schedule a family appointment (children 12 and over can participate.) The recommended crew size is three to twelve people. Call the storehouse, (614) 836-2627, two days before your reservation to verify availability of product. Checks only are accepted for purchases. Label and date all grain items. Rotate oldest storage and use first. (If planning to utilize hot water heater water or toilet tank water for emergency storage, carefully drain 2 gallons of water from hot water tank and clean toilet tank each month and put 1/2 cup bleach in cleaned tank.)
 WEEK 2  Check with the unit Food Storage Specialist or Relief Society Presidency to determine when your unit has reserved the traveling dry pack machine or pouch sealer. Group demonstrations on the operation of these machines are also available by calling Brother Mrkva. This simple process of re-packing large bags of grains into pantry-size pouches or cans brings essential convenience in actually beginning/continuing to use grains and other basic food storage on a daily basis. This in turn can begin reducing your weekly grocery bills to free more grocery budget for additional storage items. (Dry pack in small groups of three to twelve or as an entire unit to accomplish the work more efficiently and allow the dry pack equipment to be fully utilized.) Products may also be ordered in bulk from the Bishop's Storehouse and used to dry pack off-site. Pick up these items at the rear loading dock at the Storehouse. Record all purchases in your Basic Food Storage Binder.
 WEEK 1  Read D&C 89. Verses 14-17 answer what to store and verses 18-21 answer why! Accurately inventory and assess current grain food storage. Determine if existing grain is stored correctly and is still edible. Total basic grain storage recommended per year for 18 years or older is 420 pounds for males/294 pounds for females. Buy a 3 1/2" disk and ask the unit Food Storage Specialist or Relief Society Presidency to copy the church's basic food storage program, "Food Storage Program, IBM" or purchase the church publication, "Essentials of Home Production and Storage" through the Relief Society Presidency. Obtain at least 1/3 of the total grain storage recommended. (We focus on purchasing grains again in September and December if needed.) Double your fun and success---find a food storage "buddy" willing to split bulk orders, form a co-op, and share recipes.