Wendy Dewitt Changed my Life…

She’s the most renowned food storage genius in the southwest. In light of all of the craze about food storage I thought I’d let all of you in on this little secret that my friend Emily passed on to me (thanks Em!).

Sister Dewitt was called as the regional welfare specialist for the southwest region. She takes a slightly different approach to food storage but I think it makes food storage much less formidable. The idea is to select 14 breakfasts & 14 dinners that your family enjoys. Then you just get enough of the ingredients to make those meals 26 times and there’s a year’s worth. Now preferably these are meals that have ingredients that can be stored easily. So for example, one of the meals I chose was spaghetti.

So I decided to get 13 jars of Ragu and then 13 packets of dry sauce (something I discovered the other day at Walmart because I realized I didn’t have a place for 26 jars of sauce). And then 13 lbs of spaghetti (which, thanks to Wendy’s handy conversion chart is about 2.5 cans from the cannery). So I’m still accumulating, but soon I’ll have year’s worth of spaghetti. I opted not to devote an entire pint of canned meat to it but I could probably save some from the previous day’s meal and throw it in the sauce.

She also suggests making a loaf of bread a day for lunch or snacking. Here’s what I love about her method: I know what I’m going to make with my hundreds of pounds of flour, wheat, sugar, etc. I know that I have the ingredients to make those meals. I’ve thought through the ramifications of those meals…if the power is out, I can use my solar oven, if I don’t have water, I can use the Ragu sauce first and boil the spaghetti in that. She helped me to think through my meals and be prepared to make them under different circumstances. Emily helped me to learn her methods for canning meat and bottling butter (that’s what I’m doing in the picture). She’s also really creative and she bakes cakes in jars in solar ovens. I’m not storing desserts yet but it sounds good to me :). Anyway, the booklet she distributes during her presentation is online at http://theideadoor.com/Preparedness/everything_under_the_sun.htm

If you give it a try, I’d love to know what your meals are. And I’d be happy to send you the meals/calculations that I’m using too. Happy Preparing!


10 thoughts on “Wendy Dewitt Changed my Life…

  1. that is a really good idea. where did you get your solar oven? I wonder if I could come up with 13 meals for both breakfast and dinner. I will look into it. THanks for the update.

  2. linny…i’m such a food storage loser. every time i read what you or anyone else has done i feel terrible that we haven’t done anything. we talked about buying our ward’s emergency preparedness booklet (that as methods for food storage in it), which we still need to do…but besides the 72 hr. kit we got from you guys and then the stove thing you gave us…we’re pretty much losers. and i feel like i have so much to learn it’s overwhelming. and how do you pay for it all? it’s so much! i don’t know!

  3. Shug-you’re not a food storage loser. Think small…just start out with what you can and build from there. I’ve been at this for almost 7 years now…I started just where you are…except without even a 72 hr kit :). Download the booklet from that link. I’ll send you my meals/calculations if you want. We afford it by buying a little at a time and foregoing other things. I think of the 10 virgins and realize that there’s no excuse for me when the time comes that I’ll need it. Just start small and do your best…but don’t feel so overwhelmed that you don’t start :).

  4. Carrie, our ward ordered solar ovens in bulk directly from the wholesaler but you can get them on Amazon or anywhere online. It’s a SunOven. I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve been thinking about it since it’s been so hot these last few days. 🙂

  5. and i did not know you could can butter. very interestingand i enlarged the picture and much to my dismay, I did not see my business card on the fridge…I guess I will have to mail you a new one, with all the new building info on there 🙂

  6. I would love a copy of your meals and calculations. The idea of coming up with 7 or 14 meals is great. I’ve been thinking along those lines, but didn’t have it narrowed down to that. Also, what bread recipe did you use that you can store all the ingrdients?

  7. oh my goodness, I’m glad I re-read your post before I made my comment… I thought you said you were BOILING butter and I was going to ask you what this new discovery was all about! But actually I find BOTTLING butter equally as fascinating! I’ve never heard of that before! You’ll have to tell me about it sometime! Also, I can not believe you are already able to make pickles! I am still waiting to plant the main bulk of my seeds! I got a food dehydrator for mother’s day (finally! I’ve been hoping for it for 3 years now!) and I’m looking forward to my harvest…many moons away 🙂

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