to survive is an instinct that isn’t just unique to humans, but it is this instinct that propels some of us to prepare or store food. Our ancestors may have gathered nuts and seeds to help sustain their life, while modern man has come to depend on the science, agriculture and animal husbandry.
Today’s modern technology has brought around major changes to the concept of food storage. The days
of drying food out in the sun or with salt or sugar have been replaced by canning, dehydrators and the commercial method of freeze drying. The concept of food insurance to most Americans is foreign, while the concept of life, medical, auto and home owners insurance is a common practice. The average American is much more prepared for an auto accident or medical illness than an economic collapse, job loss or natural disaster. The majority of Americans have come to rely on the conveniences of today’s world, which means that the average family in the United States has less than a week’s supply of food in their homes and the grocery store only has an average of 3 days worth of food. Most of us have become too comfortable in our lives and believe that we not vulnerable to events beyond our controls, that these events only happen in
other countries. Famine, a terrorist attack, a major natural disaster these things can and have happened
but other events are more likely to happen, such as loss of employment, major illness or injury, temporary loss of power due to a storm. These types of interruptions in our life should be reason enough to look
into food insurance, in other words food storage.
Food storage has always been a part of my life; I was raised by my grandparents. At a very early age,I was taught to garden, can, dehydrate and freeze the produce we grew on the 2 acres of river front property. At
the time, I did not understand what a great gift that my grandparents had bestowed to me, the knowledge and wisdom to help me and my family to be resilient and self-reliant. Food storage if used properly, meaning, eat what you store and store what you eat, can be a wise investment. What do I mean by this? You should only store what foods your family is willing to eat and continually rotate your food
storage. Your food storage should be considered your own personal grocery store. And continually rotating your stock will help with the wasting of food and money. A year ago, I became an Thrive Life Independent Consultant for a freeze dried food company, I am continually surprised at how many families I come across that have food storage but do not rotate their supplies. So when the expiration date comes and go, what a waste of money, rotate, rotate, rotate …I can’t say that enough….Rotate your supplies.
As I mentioned above, food storage has been around quite awhile. Yes, it may seem trendy to some people. That may be because of the current interest in the Zombie and Doomsday Prepper shows, but most people who do food storage are not preparing for doomsday, but are preparing for more realistic scenarios. Food storage can give a family the confidence and self reliance to complete the self
sufficiency mission. This mission for some is not to be reliant on the government during an event either from job loss or a natural disaster. Food storage is only the first step in this mission of self sufficiency; one must have the knowledge on how to use their food storage in an event of crisis. These two things sometimes can be overwhelming, starting food storage and knowing how to use your food storage.
Food Storage can be overwhelming for so many reasons, not knowing where to begin, contradictory information, the fear of a crisis and money are just a few of the main reasons. I recommend to my clients/customers to start slowly and with the basics and build from there. Here is a free planner for those who have to see numbers of how much to store for their family. (These numbers can be a bit overwhelming; I was even overwhelmed when I plugged in my family to the planner)
What do you need in your food storage – emergency preps?
3. Emergency Preps
I will cover each of these sections; water, food and emergency preps in a separate articles and go into details about each item. I will also be covering in future articles how to start your food storage; through purchasing it, growing your own produce, canning your produce, dehydrating and freezing and knowing how to use your food preps correctly.
The survival experts have a saying, "Remember the rule of 3 when in a survival situation.” “You can live
3 minutes without air, if you are in a harsh environment (blizzard) 3 hours to survive without shelter, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food before you will parish.” I wouldn’t recommend trying any of these rules of 3; these can be difficult even for the most experienced people.
So be prepared for whatever this world may throw at you.
A few quick tips…..
1. Again….Eat what you store and store what you eat
2. Buy one or two extras items when on sale to add to your food storage / preps
3. If possible grow your own and store it.
4. Rotate, rotate, and rotate your stock of food and preps……
5. Look into some of the food storage programs
6. Join a co-op – local farmers etc…