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Food Inventory List

I started doing this years ago when I started canning. What is a food inventory list?? Well as the name suggests its a running tally of what you have on hand in your house as far as food, but also goes beyond that. It also counts your non food items and water.

Getting started is super easy. They way I start is what do you eat all the time?? Are you big rice fans? Do you eat potatoes like they are going out of style?  I always start my list with what we eat the most of as far as vegetables and non perishable items. Way back it started as my canning list and now has expanded. Didnt know I kept a list did ya?! Right now all my friends reading this are like..well no but I could see you doing that. I do mine on the computer first and then print it out. This way I can add things if I want to but I have a print out list in case something happens and I cant access my template.

So here is my old canning chart. It’s as easy as starting like this. Back then I only did an inventory every year before winter then I started doing it twice a year. By doing it twice a year you can see how much your family is eating. If you ran out in December you need to stock more. Its a yearly learning curve really.

Canning Guide 2009 2010 Total as of 10/2/10 left over Dehydrated
Greens 10 pt 12 Jj 12 jelly 3 pints Mushrooms 1 qt
Carrots 9 Pt 17 Pt 17 pints Onions part of qt
Peas 8 Pt 3 Pints Blackberries 1 jelly
Green Beans 23 Qt 25 qt & 1 pt 25 qts 1 pt Corn 4qt+2qt to teri
Corn 12 qt & 8 pt 12 qt 8 pt Zucchini 3 qt
Turnips 2 Qt & 4 P 0 2 qt 4 pt Pumpkin 8 pumkins=1 qt
Tomatoes ? 11 pt 9 qts 21 pints 23pt given to dad,3qt 3pt to teri Cucumbers 2 qt
Pears 6 pt 0 18 pts Green Beans 1 qt
Cabbage in tomato soup 0 8 qt 8 qt Green Peppers start 1 qt
Tomato Juice 3 qt 3 qts Tomatoes 1 qt+ applesauce jar
pears 1 qt
Other Stuff Other Stuff
Pickles- Sweet 4 Qt 5 qt 7 qts Instant potatoes
            -Dill 9 Qt 2 pj& 2 hg 2 big jars 6 qt spears 4 qt slices 2 jars slices oatmeal
            -Bread and Butter 6 Qt 4 qts 1 pt 7 qts 1 pt Wheat flour
Relish-Sweet 6 Jj 0 1 jelly Bread mixed flour
Relish- Zucchini 12 jj 12 jelly Jiffy corn mix
Grape Juice 3 Qt 0 0 long cook rice
Spagetti Sauce 8 qt 9 qt 32 qts 1 pt- 1qt given to dad white/wheat minute rice
Blackberry Jelly 6 Pt & 1 Jj 21 pt 21 pts
Strawberry Jelly 2 Pt 4 pt 0 had to throw out bad- water bath all jelly Acorn squash 10
Rhubarb 0 4 jj 4 jelly
Rhubarb w/ Strawberry jello 0 3 pt 3 pts
Rhubarb w/ Raspberry jello 0 4 pt 4 pts
Rhubarb Strawberry jam(real) 0 6 Jj 6 jelly
Mock Pinapple 6 Pt 0 gave to neighbors 0
Broth- Chicken 5 Qt 6 qt 6 qts
Chicken 12 pt 12 qt 12 qt 1 pt
Deer Broth ? 0 2 qts
Deer ? 0 2 qts 5 pts
Turkey Broth ? 0 2 qts
Turkey ? 0 0
pt=pint    qt=quart  jj=jelly jar
pj= pickle jar    hg= half gallon jar

As you can see it was basic but I made notes as I the strawberry jelly. It all went bad so I needed to hot water bath all jelly for 20 minutes. The last two columns really dont go with the left hand side. Its just hard to put excel on here.

When you can items they can last at least 5 years. I dont go beyond that and every spring/summer when I do my first canning batc,h I pull out everything that is 5 years and bring it upstairs to the main kitchen, then put the old to ones side so I”m not constantly digging in the back to put the newest jars.

What I do now is split everything into catagories. Food: Dehydrated, Canned, Staples. Water: , Non perishable: Toilet paper, paper towel. toothbrushes, shampoos, etc.

Food I also break down into further categories for example if I have Dehydrated Beans..I have green beans, pinto beans, kidney beans..and amount for each of those. As far as animals go, most are either in the freezer or are grassfed. I always make sure I have hay, but if I run out which is what happened this last winter plus our move…I have the option of turning my animals outside on longer grass to fend for themselves if need be because they arent used to only eating commercial feeds. I supplement with alfalfa pellets or grain mixes(only when I have to). Chickens free range all winter also. I do try to keep 200 lbs of feed on hand. I mix my own so usually my chicken feed can also feed my rabbits or my calf if I need it to. Plus well us I guess lol. I have a wondermill hand grinder so I can make flour out of any grain   😉 We now have a continual non electric water source in our barn which is nice. I save water year round in rain barrels. We also have a pond now on the property so my water storage is pretty non existent. I also keep bottles of water in the freezer during the summer months to take up freezer space so it doesnt work as hard and that doubles as water should the power go out for a time.

Some other things I have are two stoves: one electric and one gas stove. We are working on a non electric heat source for the new house this year but that has not stopped us from gathering wood this year. First aid kits for animals in the barn, first aid kits in the house and each vehicle for us. Guns with ammo. Live traps we use all winter. Deep cycle batteries that we can hook up to a power invertor to run something. We have a solar charger for those as well.

It’s not about having everything all at once. It’s about having a little of everything first, then building up what you use the most over a period of time. If you cant can food, go buy cans of stuff. If you dont hunt, go buy bulk of meat products and either put them in a deep freezer or have someone can them for you. You just find ways. You can also buy dehydrated meats and stuff, MRE’s but honestly..I”m only going to eat those if the SHTF. I focus on growing a renewable source of meat like rabbits that can be put outside if I have to and they multiply without much help   😉 Chickens, turkeys all can be kept year round and will forage for food. Grassfed cows and sheep or goats. You start needing land for those animals though if you dont have feed.

Resources for help include Youtube, Online forums, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon…your local library!! People in “the know” survive such catastrophes as a power outage for more than 24 hours. They survive a week where you cant travel because of the blizzard of 78! Make it a point to gain knowledge of how to garden, how to save seeds, how to raise rabbits, chickens, turkeys at the very least. Study and look up Prepping, Preppers, Food Storage without refridgeration, Organic Gardening, Seed Saving, Long term water storage, Trapping, fishing, Raising grassfed animals, Rabbit tractors, chicken tractors, growing tilapia, Building your own solar oven, building your own solar water heater, building your own solar panels, Rocket stoves, and if you want to get really “crazy” you could look up alternative vehicle fuels, how to make your own ammo, security cameras, and the list goes on and on including underground bunkers but we wont go there.

It may seem overwhelming but the food inventory list and stocking that one simple thing, I promise, will stop you from going absolutely crazy if you cant make your weekly shopping trip or your husband gets laid off.

I am here if you need to or want to ask questions and as always…

Happy Homesteading!!   😀

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Farming by Months

Last January I wrote a post about Being Prepared. You can read that here: Being Prepared  It is now the next year and it’s October. So again the hype about the winter storms coming…it’s going to be the coldest most bitter winter we’ve seen in a long time….. really? Ok well are you prepared???  You’d think that after the horrid winter we had last year that people would be a little more prepared, but they are not. Yes most are buying propane now while it’s not $6 a gallon, but as far as other preps..non existent.

It’s mainly the time of  year that gets me thinking about this. On our homestead you have months pretty much mapped out. So in case you don’t have a is what you should or could be doing for each month based on what we do. I’m sure we are not listing everything, but its a nice general list.

  • Jan- Start your cold weather seedlings such as celery,broccoli, peas, lettuces and other greens. RELAX!!
  • Feb- Start your beginning summer seedlings like cucumbers, green beans if you want, corn if you want, onions, leeks, whatever else cold weather you didnt start, start working on  your chicken, turkey, rabbit tractors- Start Un-Relaxing   😦
  • March- Start your warm weather vegetables like tomatoes, green peppers – start barn repairs and maintenance -Till part of the garden and Start planting cold weather crops late march (the jan seedlings), purchase live animals to raise for your freezer, finish your animal tractors
  • April- finish planting your cold weather vegetables( your feb seedlings and any other you seed straight into the garden)  and finish tilling the rest of the garden.- start pasturing your rabbits and chicks(on warm days)-deep clean out the barn and start compost piles mixed with grass clippings – do a food inventory and see what you have that you will be saving for the coming winter (start buying extras of stuff all summer)
  • May- Plant the remaining vegetables, weed, pasture animals, finish all other barn projects and start all your summer projects, start gathering wood for winter
  • June, July, August- farming is in full swing, harvest, weed, dehydrate food for winter, can food for winter, all the scraps from canning and regular eating dehydrate into winter food for the rabbits and chickens- dont waste anything!! Whatever you cant use should be in compost piles breaking down all summer. plant cover crops of buckwheat on places that are done harvesting, go on family fishing trips to gather more food for the freezer!
  • September- Do a food inventory and see how much you have on hand for winter-. finish buying remaining products and start putting compost onto the parts of the garden that is done.- Plant cover crops like oats and radishes for over winter on all late harvest areas. Start preparing the barn for winter. Start organizing the freezer to fit the animals you bought.
  • October- Butcher all animals and fill your freezer. Make sure you have your inventory list full or mostly full. Finish garden areas for winter, finish barn projects and get things ready for your year round animals to be overwintered. start hunting for more winter storage(if you cant hunt, find someone that does, if you dont like guns-learn to trap), finish yard clean ups, finish your wood harvest and if you havent already-move seasoned wood into a close area for easy winter reach.
  • November- Brace for that horrid winter coming lol. Finish your minor purchases for winter, finish anything you forgot about..RELAX!!
  • December- Continue to brace for the winter coming that has not yet come… Relax when you hear its still on the way because you have enough!!  RELAX!!

Recently we have been watching Extreme Preppers. Some people call them crazy, but if you watch you get many good ideas! Yes I agree some are just plain nuts, but honestly they all are doing things we should be doing..storing food, water, finding alternatives for when our power is out, and making sure they are safe. Those basic principles are what everyone should be doing. It doesnt matter if you live in an apartment or not. Find a location in the country of a friends house..your “bug out location” as they call it. Plant a garden with them so you can prepare for winter in your apartment. Grow vine foods in your windows, use your fish tank to grow some lettuce. Youtube is filled with prepping secrets and alternative ways of growing food. The only reason that anyone cant be prepared, in my opinion, is you are lazy and dont want to. Well dont be coming to my house! I’ve told you all here what do to!!

Check out my next post on making a food inventory list!


Happy Homesteading!!!   😀

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