Monday, January 10, 2011

Restocking the Food Storage

Read on--this post may be boring at the beginning, but it ends funny!

Well, it's that time of year again--tax return time! Yipee! It is also the time of year when we reevaluate our food storage and try to catch it up using said tax return.

I am feeling overwhelmed and wondering why in the world I can't keep up the food storage on a month to month basis. We are way behind. We have a lot, but not what it would take for a full storage.

As per providentliving.org, we should have a three month supply of the things we usually eat. And then nine months of food we would need to survive. I found a food storage calculator for the survival food. http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/03/09/long-term-food-storage-calculator/ Providentliving.org has one but it just gives a suggestion for the very bare minimum foods. Which is fine, but there is always more that can be done to bulk up and make that food storage more usable.

For instance, on the way to Costco tonight for FHE with the kids (we were buying food storage), this was our discussion:

"So, I have figured that we need about 12 bags of flour for the year. But if we are in survival mode, we will need much more because we will be making everything from scratch. But we have all that wheat down there, too. Do we really need 12 bags of flour? Should we store less flour and more wheat? Will bags of flour store for a whole year? (I think yes.) Well, we have a tiny little electric wheat grinder that works okay, but what if there is a big disaster and there IS no electricity. Do we need to buy a wheat grinder? If there is no electricity there will be no oven. We have our dutch oven, and propane stoves. Do we have propane? Enough?"

Sigh, it could go on and on. I guess this is what we need to do though. Consider each possibility. Do as much as we can (there is ALWAYS more we can do-where do we stop?). And hope the Lord will take care of the rest.

If you get a chance, read the book Alas Babylon. This book talks about the almost-ULTIMATE emergency situation. It is a fun read and GREAT food for thought. It makes me really glad that I live within bicycling distance to to the Great Salt Lake, too.

P.S. Tonight at Costco, we (all seven of us) got one of those flat-bed carts and pushed it around the store looking for bargains. We bought 144 rolls of toilet paper (which is only a 7 or 8 month supply-maybe a tiny bit more). We discussed the merits of national geographic pages versus regular book pages for when we run out of tp. We also discussed the value of various leaves and wondered about how cold it would be to just use snow in the winter. Eeek!

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