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Monday, April 13, 2009

Will Journal For Food

When I was hyped up on processed sugar this weekend, I looked around the other States, really thinking about what topics to post. There is some great info out there, and I would hate to continuously rehash a subject. Food, guns, shelter, family, everything is covered, but this is my State's site, and I need to approach it like I approach just about everything else. Don't care what they did, don't care if you don't like it, I will write about it anyway.

My debut shall be simple. Food Journaling. This is a basic tool that people tend to over look. You can use it in conjunction with your gardening journal, but it goes further than just the "canned 8 quarts of green beans, ran out on Sept. 6th."

I hear and read people telling others to keep 3-6 months worth of food on hand, but they can't tell you how much food that actually is. This is something you need to be finding out on your own. I am asked over and over about how much food a family of 4 or how ever many will go through in a harvest to harvest situation. I now how much my family goes through, but not everyone likes green beans that much. And yes, I am one of those that thinks you should have enough food to last a full year, harvest to harvest.

I write our food journal on a clip board that hangs in a cabinet. It is there so I can remember to write down the food I removed from the pantry or freezer or refrigerator. Because I grow most of my own food, I know how many lbs or ounces are in my jars, and tend to write food down by weights. However it makes it easier for you, use weights or jars sizes. But be consistent with your measurements. You don't want to confuse the two on paper, it may mess up your food count.

You will want to write down everything, solids and liquids, as in milk. It is important to know how much milk you are drinking as it can make you feel fuller. If you will not have access to milk (as in a cow or goat on property) you will need to make up for that lack of diet staples in another form, if something should ever happen.

Things get tricky when you have children. One month you will use twice as much food as normal, then another month half of what you would normally use. Fortunately for us, your rapidly growing children will balance the food content out by the end of the year, and you will have a good grasp on the average food consumption. Just remember that your food average will go up every year when you have growing kids, so make sure that your food supply reflects this.

If your children go to a public school and eat their lunch there, Average out what there intake is when they are home for lunch, into a full week to get a more accurate count. Make sure you count all those snickers bars, or chips they consume as well, as this too, like the milk, will factor in to how much you will need to keep on hand.

It's not a bad thing to have too much food. But without an accurate count, you might end up with too little in storage.


Kymber said...

Great post Phelan and on a topic that i need to become more disciplined in! and speaking for myself - i love reading everyone's posts rehashing the same old subjects - it might be the same old subjects but everyone has a different approach and opinion that really helps new preppers like me get a full-rounded view! Thanks again for stepping up and taking over the Kansas Preppers Network!

Humble wife said...

Food journaling- you are one amazing blogger! I love the idea. I am more of a month prorate out type person...and it seems to work. But I love the accuracy of a monthly use list in the food journal.

Wonderful idea...I am going to bring my notepad out when I visit here because you are going to hone me in to a wonderful prepper!

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