Sunday, July 18, 2010

Adventures in Food Storage

Can you believe it? Yes, it's me the terrible blogger. It's been a long while since my last post, but I have decided I'm going to do better! Yes, I finally have something to blog about- our journey in surviving on our food storage for a month.

The initial reaction I get from people is "why". Why would you want to subject yourselves to something like that? Well, I guess it's because I love food storage! I love buying it, I love having it, and I love that I'm actually following through on something that I've been commanded to do. It's been really surprising to me that most people think you should only bring it out in the event of an emergency. This is what it says in the new Family Home Storage Pamphlet. "Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage. For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans".
So, if you've built up your 3 month supply it shouldn't be so bad-right? I mean, who just wants to eat for sustenance? I want to eat what we always eat and have happy, non-complaining kids.

Lately, I've been seeing such an interest in food storage among members of the church and non-members alike. There are blogs everywhere about it. There seems to be a sense of urgency about storing food in the case of an emergency. People have seen calamities in our country and world-wide and know that they need to prepare because governments can't be relied upon to meet the needs of it's citizens. A wonderful by-product is that people are learning new skills such as canning, bargain shopping, gardening and such in their drive towards self-sufficiency. I also feel that call. I feel the Holy Ghost whispering to me about the need for preparedness so here we are!

What I'm hoping to learn from this challenge ( eating out of our food storage for a month) is where our gaps are. What important things am I missing that need to be stored in case of a real emergency. I also hope to inspire someone to do better with their storage and realize that it doesn't have to be 300 lbs. of wheat to be called food storage.

Are you as prepared as you think you are? Join the challenge for even a week or two. Tomorrow I will be outlining the rules. At least the rules we are going to live by for the next month.

1 comment:

colette said...

Your awesome!! This will really give people a better idea about buying and using their food storage wisely!