Food storage is an interesting thing. Most people think it’s a good idea to have a little extra food on hand, and most people don’t worry that they’re not planning well enough or that they won’t rotate (use) the food. But once people start talking about longer term food storage (3 months, 6 months, 1 year, etc.), people get intimidated.
As a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve been taught my entire life to be prepared by having a year supply of food on hand. When I was a kid, it was no biggie. My parents had food on hand, and I felt safe and secure. I knew we ate out of our food storage, because my mom made delicious whole wheat bread regularly, even grinding her own wheat with an attachment for her Bosch mixer (see one here). To this day, one of my favorite things to eat is a slice of whole wheat bread, made with red winter wheat, sliced hot out of the oven with a little butter spread on it. YUM! So good!
So, what’s the problem? I grew up and realized what a huge undertaking it is to buy a year supply of food while you’re trying to cover all of your other expenses. Not to mention figuring out where to store it. Then there’s the idea that my food storage has to have wheat and beans. What if I don’t eat wheat and beans? What if I don’t know how to use them, and I don’t want to know?
See my quandry? So, what did I do? I decided not to think about it. I had some extra food in my pantry, so it was almost never bare bones, but I didn’t have any sort of plan to have any more than a few weeks’ worth of food. If I didn’t think about it, nothing bad would happen, right? No job loss, no illness, no crazy storms or earthquakes. Right? Well those things kept on happening, some in my family, some in other parts of the world. Not thinking about it wasn’t helping. Thankfully, a friend of mine, Sarah, took me by the hand and helped me get started. “Something is better than nothing.” became my new mantra. (You can read more about it here.)
I think the thing that helped me the most was being able to ask a real person questions about food storage. How do I use it? What do you store? How do I store it? Does anything made from food storage actually taste good? And a myriad of other questions.
I want to you to be able to ask all of your questions, so that you can be empowered and find a food storage plan that works for you. Maybe you are comfortable with 2 weeks of food in your home. Maybe you feel you need more than 2 weeks, but nowhere near a year supply. Maybe you want to have a year supply or more so that you can wait for a sale on items and spend less on your food overall.
This is where my April giveaway sponsor, Jennette, comes in. (You can enter my giveaway here.) She is a real gal who has struggled with some of these same questions and worries. She loves helping other people with their food storage and gains a great feeling of satisfaction from helping others whether or not they buy their food storage from her. Of course, she would never object to someone buying from her, but her motivation is to help people do something (remember my mantra, “Something is better than nothing”) rather than to do nothing.
So, here’s your chance. Ask Jennette anything about food storage. She is also an amazing gardener, so if you want to ask her a question about that, feel free. She is NOT a high pressure sales person. She’s a regular person who happens to sell food storage. Jennette is happy to share her knowledge and experience without any obligation to buy anything ever!
The floor is open! Ask away!
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