I’ve asked some of my Food Storage savvy friends to share their knowledge, and my friend, Laura, has graciously agreed to do so. She is a great lady I knew in junior high and high school. Now she lives on a small farm on the East coast. Thank you, Laura!
These are her words with emphasis added by me. 🙂 Enjoy!
I first really started focusing on food storage after Sept. 11, 2001. I found an article in our local newspaper. Our small agricultural county had formed a special committee to explore what services were in place to assist the public if another event like 9/11 occurred. We are a very small county with a limited budget, so I knew if resources were being set aside for this topic, it must be important.
The article talked about if Washington, DC was the target of a terrorist attack, more than 6 million people could be exiting the city with great haste.
We are about an hour outside of DC, so our county was concerned about how we would handle that number of people passing through and needing gas, food and other supplies.
After reading this article I realized how unprepared my family was if something like this happened in the future. I started slowly buying items that would be helpful, and began my long term food storage.
We raise horses, sheep, chickens and turkeys on our farm.
We also have a big garden and grow tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, zucchini, squash, cantaloupe, string beans, peas, green peppers, beets, kale, corn, potatoes and gourds.
We have eggs year round, and I try to can some of the produce from the garden, so we can use it in during the winter. We don’t eat our livestock, they are all rare breeds and are sold for breeding or pets. However, they are part of my planning for an emergency, if we needed additional food or calories to sustain us.
In addition to food, I am also now focused supplies that would allow us to live comfortably without electricity.
I have started buying camping supplies (stove, etc.), heaters, and other items that would allow us to live without our kitchen stove or propane furnace. For instance we have a well on our property, but the pump is electric, so we purchased a manual version that can be easily installed in the event of a long term power failure.
Best tip I was given for building your food storage: just buy one or two extra things each time you go to the grocery store, and you will have a large supply of items in no time.
Biggest challenge to food storage (for me): Rotating items and using them. I found a great book called “Cooking with Food Storage”, but I have found it hard to work many of the recipes into my weekly cooking.
It’s me again. Wasn’t that great? A real person working to become more self sufficient. It didn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t have to!
Laura mentioned that it is a challenge to incorporate food storage into her regular cooking. Here are some links I’ve found helpful in using my food storage.
Everyday Food Storage – a great website with “handouts” on how to use traditional food storage items (wheat, beans, powdered milk, etc.)
Everything Under the Sun – Wendy DeWitt has created a food storage system using regular food. This link includes a free packet detailing her system and how you can adapt it to your life and family.
My Year Living on Food Storage – This great lady detailed her efforts to live exclusively off of her food storage for one year. Poke around her blog and glean whatever information you find useful. I’ve linked you to her favorite food storage cookbook page. These are books she’s used which helped her incorporate food storage into regular meals.
Now it’s your turn! Do you have food storage? If not, what’s stopping you? If so, what tip has helped you the most? Please share in the comment section below.