The phases of food storage
by, 02-24-2009 at 07:53 AM (1339 Views)
I've been giving this alot of thought here lately. As you tell by my posts.
The more researching & reading that I've been doing, the more I realize that there seem to be phases that one goes through when 'stockpiling' or adding food for 'food storage'.
If you're a person like me, that never grew up around anyone who did food storage, or at least long-term food storage.
You really didn't have the foggiest idea where to begin, or how to even go about it.
This time last year, I had heard of mylar bags & oxygen absorbers, but hadn't researched how to go about storing food in them for our long-term needs.
This time last year, I would never have thought about going & buying a 50 lb. bag of rice.
I mean, I will admit that I always picked up a 'few extras' of the items that I knew my family would eat fairly quickly, but I never looked past a month away, much less 20+ years from now.
So, I digress.
The phases of food storage:
1. Picking up extras while an item is on sale.
2. Buying a case of an item, while on sale.
3. Picking up a 3 month supply, while on sale.
Extending that to a 6 month supply.
4.Then, before you know it, you might as well just buy 6 cases, 'cause you know that it has a 3 year expiration date & you know you'll now have enough to feed your family for an entire year.
5. Or you just shop at warehouse type stores & buy an entire case of something because it's so much easier to buy because it's nice, large containers or else it's all nicely shrink wrapped it'll be super easy to store or stack somewhere.
6. Now that we've gotten our everyday food stuffs covered for the entire year, you begin thinking longer term:2+ years or even longer still, 20-30+ years.
7. Now you begin buying buckets, ordering mylar bags & oxgen absorbers & looking into storing ideas to store all of those buckets of rice, beans, oatmeal, sugar, etc.
8. Then it's onto buying plywood to build a shelf out of the stacked 5 gallon buckets to conceal them all over your house, because you're entire downstairs is full of large shelving units holding your year's supply of food.
I've heard lots of reasons behind food storage, the biggest & best one?
Insurance against a 50% increase in the items you use everyday.
When, do you ask. do I expect this to happen?
I'm no fortune teller, but I honestly think that by 2012 things will be looking alot differently on our grocery store shelves.
If they don't? GREAT!!! That could be *the* best news that I will have heard in awhile, if there are no dramatic increases in our grocery prices in the next 2-3 years.
How wonderful will that be?
But, it's not likely.
Will items be increased by 50%?
Yes. I believe certain items that I buy regularly will be.
Would I much rather buy them at a discount rate right now?
Once my reserves are used up, will I then have to pay the 50% increase?
Hopefully most of those items, I will have had enough put aside that I can eat from those stores for the next 30+ years.
I haven't even started on my long-term storage to be quite honest.
I've bought 1-50 lb. bag of white rice & 2 bags that = 45 lbs. of jasmine rice.
Will I still be storing food 2 years from now?
I think that food storage, stockpiling, whatever you want to call it, is a ongoing process.
You can't just go out & spend $3,000.00 on a family of 4 for an entire year's worth of those dried/dehydrated long-term food storage 'sets' & put it away for long-term storage.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, but you kinda gotta eat today, next week, a month from now, kwim?
But however you do it, whatever method that you find that works with you, your family, your finances.
Just find one, continue to tweak it along the way & continue adding items to your storage.
To be honest, I love looking at the pictures of bedrooms, basements, shelving stacked full of everyone's food.
It's cool to know that there are so many other people out there, going about their daily lives, but having food put away to care of their families long-term.
But I probably won't be one of them.
I just don't feel like I want people seeing into that part of my life.
I will most likely continue to post some of the items that I buy to add to my food storage (see, even the name has changed), but I've decided that putting it out there for the world to see, probably isn't the best idea for my family.
And, because I'm a very private person.
I just don't feel the need for people knowing what I store to feed my family, 'cause, well, it's entirely none of their business.
Just like what car I drive, what clothes that I choose to wear or how much debt I have.
Hope some of my thoughts speak to others here, I hope to hear comments that I'm not alone in my feelings & I hope, I really hope, that some of what I just rambled about will get someone else started preparing.
Have a GREAT day everyone!!!