Well we managed not to eat all the jerky we made last week. I am still not sealing it though because we are steadily enjoying it. Have 5 lbs more in the dehydrator right now, I plan on sealing that up to start the stash and rotation. I think the time to dry fruits and such will be in the summer and when they are in saeson. Right now fruit is far to expensive in quantity.
We also got our medical supplies more organized into some jump kits and extras. It helps being a medic for the first aid stuff, we know exactly what we need and the best way to put it into bags and storage. We even are putting some basic medicines in our 72 hour kit, Aspirin, Motrin and Benadryl. We will have to see if anything else would help. Plus we are emergency medical trained already and we can start training the kids while they are young. Funny thing is Pierce doesn't do well with blood, so we need to figure out a way to work around that and get him more used to it.
As a side note we discovered raw honey is excellent for skin wounds, we used it on some of Pierce's scratches and they healed up in a matter of days and the scars are less than usual. There is even some special honey you can buy for it called Manuka honey but it is like 20 bucks a pound so for now we are sticking with our local raw honey. Plus honey is good for thousands of years so storage is not a problem! Mercola.com had a great write up on it last week.
I think the biggest thing I am learning is that couponing concepts work really well for storing up items, buy stuff when it is cheap and rotate it in when it is expensive. This may actually help our grocery budget as well as making us prepared for emergencies. The start-up costs are done, now it is just coming out of our regular grocery budget. Bonus for learning to be more self sufficient!