Food Storage And Prepping…Not Just For SHTF
As you have come across this website, you have undoubtedly been to many other websites that discuss preparing and being prepared. Almost every website you will find talks about why food storage and prepping are so important, and having enough food stockpiled for an extended period of time. And for good reason, this is vital information. Hopefully all of us take it to heart and are busy preparing and adding to their own stocked food storage. I like you, go to the different sites on a daily basis and have been learning and preparing, and always stock up when I can.
A Must Read (Watch)
I was skimming across some of the many e-mails I get in regard to prepping, and I came across one that caught my interest. I came across thepatriotnurse.com She has a couple of links to YouTube videos And in one she was talking with a student of one of her classes who happens to be a long distance truck driver. He works for a trucking company, because it is too expensive for him to work for himself.
And this is where I got interested. He talked about how he can tell how the economy is by the number of truckers on the roads. He said that he has been a truck driver since 1999, and up until 2004, when he would pull into truck stops, if he got in too late all of the spaces for overnight parking were full. However he started noticing a general decline in the number of trucks at each truck stop that would park overnight. He also said it hasn’t gotten any better. Fair estimate would be 50 to 60% less trucks on the roads. That means fewer trucks making deliveries to grocery stores. Which if you think about it is a little frightening.
In any grocery store, there is about three days’ worth of food (more or less) stocked and ready to sell. What do you think would happen if something catastrophic occured? How long do you think it would take for the stores shelves to be wiped out? The simple answer, not very long. Have a look at her YouTube video above to get a different perspective on the whys of food storage and why it is so important.
You don’t have to go and spend $500 extra a week stockpiling food. By adding an extra $20 a week to your shopping trip in as little as 3 months you will have accumulated a nice pantry full of food. If done smart, that could be a six month food supply for your family.
You have to look at preparedness like an insurance policy, you pay that bill every month right? Well adding food storage is insurance for your families comfort in time of need. Food Storage and Prepping isn’t just preparing for an economic collapse or a banking crisis, having a well-stocked pantry could help see your family through leaner times like loss of income or a job. And if things do get a little crazy, well then you have a head start on your pantry right?
Beginning your food storage plan:
Make a list
Don’t run out and buy 20 cases of MRE’s (meals ready to eat) They are expensive, and you can make a lot better purchases for less. If you make a list of the items your family likes to eat, you will know what to look for while you are doing your normal shopping.
Inventory Your Storage
Keeping your food collection areas organized and accessible will help you know what you have, and how much you have. The last thing you want is to have food that is way beyond it’s expiration date or think you are prepared and run out too soon.
Eat What You Store, And Store What You Eat
This kind of goes back to the first point. If your family can’t stand whole wheat, why would you buy a 50 pound bag of wheat flour? It is a good time now to start planning different recipes to try with food that store well, such as SPAM, or canned chicken. Try to cook more meals from your canned food goods. Find what your family likes, train them to expect it and focus on that.
Different Food Storage
There is more to food storage than just canned goods. Think outside of the box here. Once you have a good supply of canned goods, don’t forget boxed food as well. Remember to include things like pasta, and even mac and cheese. These can be nice alternatives to always preparing from a can, and they can be found cheap! After you have a good supply of boxed and canned goods, how about jars? Jars last a long time as well.
Learn a New Skill
Have you ever thought about canning? Or how about freezing food you have grown from your own garden? How about a root cellar? These are different ways you could think of food storage. I have even written a few articles about surviving on what mother nature has to offer from eating bugs and fishing to trapping small game to what you can eat that grows in the wild. And remember knowledge is power, the more you know, the better prepared you will be for any situation.
It’s Never Too Soon To Start
The most important thing to keep in mind is there is no right or wrong way to start stockpiling food, but the important thing to do is just get it started and educate yourself on why food storage and prepping are so important. Don’t put off to tomorrow what you could begin today. And if you are like me, and always wondering why, I challenge you to find the answers. It may not be what you wanted to hear, or know, but it may be invaluable to you in the future.