My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!

Everything You Always Wanted To Know, But Were Afraid To Ask…

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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!

 

Homemade whole grain bread

Homemade whole grain bread made with white winter wheat

 

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.

 

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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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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

5 thoughts on “Everything You Always Wanted To Know, But Were Afraid To Ask…

  1. I’m looking for my first home and will want to start a garden. What are the best things to plant for a first time gardener?

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    • Okay, I like that question! I planted jalepenos and bell peppers this year, as I use those for most meals… but I’m afraid to plant too much and not be able to maintain it!

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    • My experience is limited to Southern California. My suggestion would be tomatoes, jalapenos, and green onions. They are pretty easy to grow, don’t take up a lot of space and when you’re ready to harvest, you have the ingredients for fresh pico de gallo salsa! You can also

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  2. I’m impressed with how much you have learned. I was in my tweens when I started learning to cook and helping my mom can food, even younger when helping in the garden, and plucking chickens, so by the time I married I was a seasoned cook. I’ve never tried canning pinto beans though, and am extremely impressed that you have done that. Hats off to you Laurel.

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  3. Excellent topic today! My own storage system falls into the ‘do something’ category, based on my Midwest upbringing among farmers. At harvest time, I attempt to preserve enough of each fresh food to last until the next harvest. Back home, this mostly meant canning. Here, I rely more on freezing, but am increasingly conscious of worries about power cuts and the eventual end of fossil fuel supplies, so am looking towards alternatives. Of course, I have to supplement my own harvest with store-bought supplies, including cupboard goods which aren’t dependent on power supplies.
    The up-side of preserving a year’s worth at a time is that it does all get cycled through, and not everything runs out at the same time.

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