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Monday, April 19, 2010

I Love My Emergency Food Storage!

OK, if you're like me you've got some cans of long term food storage stowed away somewhere in your house. My food storage is tucked away under the stairs in a perfect little alcove that my kids used to play in. I have what I think is quite a variety of foods that I have aquired mainly from our local LDS cannery, but also from some emergency preparedness sites online. I can hardly wait for the day I get to use that Almond Poppyseed Muffin Mix!  Well, actually, I didn't wait so now I only have 2 cans left.  And that Fudge Brownie Mix - please, please still be fresh when I need to use you. But I also have lots and lots of wheat and beans and dried milk powder - stuff that I really don't use a ton of in everyday cooking. That's not to say that I couldn't, or that we don't like the foods you can prepare from it. It is just more difficult to use, takes more time to prepare, and life is BUSY so I tend not to use it as much. It feels good to know we have it. I like to admire my stash of food, and sometimes I even open up a can and use it. . .seriously, I do. That's not to say that I don't find it intimidating to think that someday I may be required to survive on the stuff. What today seems like a fun experiment could certainly turn into an overwhelming task if I ever had to rely solely on my food storage to feed my family. In fact, there was a point when I realized that I really didn't know the best ways to use my food storage, and I was simply too busy to find out how. But what's the point of a good food supply if you aren't prepared to use it when the time comes? So I decided to start using some of my storage, learning as I go, and I feel like I've learned a lot (some of it the hard way). This blog is my way of sharing what I've learned, so that you don't have to make the same mistakes I have!