My Foray Into Food Storage

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

Why Do I Need It?

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Homemade French Bread

I love bread!

What does this have to do with food storage?  Well, if I ever get to the point that I need to live off of my stored food, I need to have bread, and not just whole wheat, “heavy as a doorstop” bread.

I want to have white bread, french bread, sourdough bread, quick breads (like pumpkin chocolate chip bread which is super yum!), and all kinds of yummy, fluffy, delicious bread.  Don’t get me wrong.  I actually like whole wheat bread.  One of my favorite things to eat is homemade wheat bread fresh out of the oven with a little bit of melted butter (also super yum!).  I just don’t want to be limited to whole wheat bread and TVP (which I also like, I know it’s strange).

I think I need to back up.  What is Food Storage?  Food storage is pretty simple.  It’s a little (or a lot) of extra food in your cupboards and pantry.

Why Food Storage?  Food storage makes life easier, because you are prepared for the unexpected.  The Polar Vortex covering half the country, the chemical spill in the West Virginia River, an earthquake, an ice storm, etc.  You will have some extra food which will allow you to stay home when everyone else is raiding the grocery stores and fighting over the last loaf of bread or roll of toilet paper.  (Yes, I know that toilet paper is not food, but it is an important part of your home storage system.)

I don’t want to be a crazy prepper like they show on A&E.  Do NORMAL people have food storage?  Yes.  Normal people do.  I consider myself normal.  My husband works as an animator for Disney, we have four boys, and we live in a regular suburban neighborhood outside of Los Angeles.  I even live in an HOA (which most preppers avoid like a plague).  My kids go to public school, I eat fast food (even McDonalds, scary, I know), I wear regular clothes and don’t tote guns around.  I’m as normal as you can get in LA.

Why do I really need food storage?  I can just run to the grocery store and pick up what I need, right?   Not too long ago, most people in the USA canned their own jams, jellies, fruit, and meat, stored vegetables and fruits in root cellars, and made sure to have a little extra food on hand at all times. Unfortunately, as people have stopped canning their own food, they have less and less food in their homes at any given time.  We are used to running by the grocery store or a local restaurant several times a week to get our food for the day (or for the next couple of days).  The problem with this is that grocery stores only stock about a day’s worth (or less) of food for everyone in the community.  So as soon as an emergency hits, they run out.  If they can’t restock the next day, everyone is out of luck.  No more food is coming, and everyone is hungry.

Isn’t that hoarding food?  Wikipedia defines hoarding as “a general term for a behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items during periods of scarcity.”  As far as I can tell, we aren’t in a period of scarcity in the USA.  Food is plentiful.  Emergencies happen: storms, drought, earthquakes, etc.  When those happen, if you have food stored, you will not be consuming the limited food in the stores making it available for others.  Also, no one said you can’t share what you have stored with your friends and neighbors.  While many doomsday preppers say you should not share, I don’t know if I could watch my neighbors starve while I have food.  I’d rather have us pool our resources and work together to ensure everyone is fed and happy.

What about you?  Do you have questions about food storage?  Or tips you can share?  Please comment below!

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13 thoughts on “Why Do I Need It?

  1. love the paragraph above about not being a crazy prepper! I totally get that one:-) I feel that way with living on a block with normal homes + I am the only one growing fresh food on my city lot. I am not into growing a food forest on my property , so I don’t see my neighbors-lol,but if someone wants to do that it is perfectly fine with me. I am not a “purist” with growing food like you are not a “prepper” with saving food. I can learn a thing or two from you about this food saving:-) I am a normal organic grower living on a city lot. I just want fresh organic veggies because I don’t want to pay the prices they want for fresh “organic” food in the stores! We are not the eccentric “p” ladies-tee hee:-) Looking forward to reading your blog:-)

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  2. An interesting read…As you say, not so long ago it was totally ‘normal’ to can, bottle, and store food in lots of ways. My parents and in-laws (in their 60s/70s) have grown lots of fruit and veg for many years, so making jam, chutney etc as a way to store the surplus is just part of normal life to them. Thankfully, growing your own veg is becoming much more popular again in the UK.

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  3. Laurie, cool site! I want to go out and get some canned pumpkin now because I didn’t know it was SUPERFOOD! 🙂 I wanted to thank you for following Hil The Thrill, and let you know we gave you a bit of a shout-out for being follower number 62! love and light.

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  4. Hi Laurie! Thanks for following us at voodoochocolates. I am in complete agreement with you. Everyone should have extra food in storage for all the reasons you stated. Plus, when you’re cooking, the odds are much less that you will have to stop and run to the store for that missing ingredient. I wish I could teleport that French bread in your photo to my house! It’s beautiful.

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  5. I am by no means a prepper, but I do have a stockpile of food in my house because I’m a couponer. If canned vegetables are 20 cents a can thanks to a coupon, you can bet I will get as many as I can. I don’t necessarily do it *in case* we have some terrible natural disaster (although, if something did happen, I’m glad it’s there) but more so that when times are lean, we’ll still have plenty to eat.

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  6. Hi Laurie, this is a fascinating blog. Great topic! I’ll enjoy following it. I’d love to do more food storage. Esp to save money when tinned and frozen food is cheap. Unfortunately I lack the storage space (and don’t even have room for a decent freezer). I’ve looked into it, but the cost of building storage or even buying a freezer (had I room) would offset many of the savings. I compensate by reminding myself that I live close to the shops and it gives me a great excuse to go for a walk every few days and catch up with friends and neighbours. I do grow fruit and veg at home tho and it’s so rewardng! One thing I have taken to is making my own cleaning products. It’s cheaper and (I think) better than store bought products. Should you want to make your own dishwasher powder there is a recipe on my blog: http://alternativemiddleclass.com/2014/01/27/make-your-own-dishwasher-powder/

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  7. Hi Laurie,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I’ve never really thought too much about food storage before. Interesting concept! We usually only stock up on non-food items like towels and napkins as we never really remember to finish up our canned food on time before the expiration date. Stocking up on water would be usual though.

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  8. I’m kinda like you that I think prepping like those hardcore preppers on TV do, is something I’ll probably never do. I do remember my mom having one of each thing we used most in the pantry as a backup. And when we’d start to use that jar of beans, can of peaches or whatever, we’d buy a new one when we went grocery shopping. It’s been something I haven’t done for a very long time, but now I’ve started building a supply of things like toilet paper and tissues (with two people in a household of two having hayfever…. you really need to stock on supplies of tissues, I can assure you that!). And now that I have my new oven and have started my kitchen garden a new, I’ve decided I want to start canning/drying my food as well.
    And indeed, with droughts and such like last year it will be good practise to store extra’s when they are available, just to have less presure on the farmers, supermarkets and such at other times.
    Hmm.. now to think about a water barrel to catch rainwater and preserve that for my little kitchen garden…… Way to save money and the environment 🙂

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  9. Nice blog. My whole city now agrees with you – Christchurch, New Zealand was more or less destroyed in February 2013. There were cracks in the road that could have swallowed my car, and there were suburbs which could only be reached by UNIMOG trucks for weeks. A small town nearby started up the ‘Rangiora Express’, cooking nourishing hot meals, and FLYING them in to the worst areas. Water was scarce, and I helped assemble some ‘Red Cross’ water distribution points. Having backup food, fuel, and water was so very important. People shared, and supported each other, and communities once again become communities. Mostly people will never need what they store, but if you do it is no fun to be without. Keep it up.

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  10. Hi Laurie,
    Thanks for the follow. I totally get your write-up about being a ‘normal’ suburban family that likes to have food prepped and stored away in the fridge or freezer. I’ve found that by making a bigger batch of meals and saving portions for later, we can control cost AND what we put into our bodies. I’ve been meaning to learn about canning, and your blog might just get me started on it :). I plan on going through all your posts this weekend.
    http://www.HolyKhao.wordpress.com

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  11. Hello Laurie,

    Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and for the follow. What a great blog you have, I’ll have lots to learn with you! 🙂

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