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Originally posted by anachryon
Originally posted by Wildbob77
We're planning a big garden next year, which means a lot of work this year to get ready. If the situation gets better, I'll be giving free veggies away at work. If it really goes down, it will provide a lot of nutrition.
I was going to suggest people at least learn how to garden immediately. Plant some seeds in small flower pots in your windowsill - herbs are a good way to start if you've never grown anything before. Even rudimentary knowledge will help in a worst-case scenario. Even if we don't find ourselves living like Neolithic man, there remains a very good possibility that convenience foods will become more expensive than many can afford. If you're able to supplement or replace what you buy at the grocery, you'll be in better shape than if you had to rely on others.
Also - learn how to bake bread. It saddens me that we've forgotten how to do something humanity has been doing for tens of thousands of years. Bread is filling, provides good energy, and helps "bulk up" a meal. Spend a few bucks and buy a couple 1lb packs of instant yeast and store them in your freezer. Make a few practice loaves; the ingredients are incredibly inexpensive and easy to find. This is an excellent recipe for regular old white bread that's pretty hard to mess up.
You may find, in some households, the money you save by making bread vs. buying it is tremendous.
Another option few think of - invest in a few pieces of cast iron cookware. If you find yourself with interruption of electric/gas services, even temporarily, how will you cook food? Cast iron can be used to cook on a charcoal grill or even over an open fire. If you take care of it, the cookware will last for seriously a hundred years or more.
Lodge is the best brand to buy and it's pretty cheap if you watch for frequent sales on Amazon. Amazon will also ship for free if you spend over $25, which is an excellent value due to how HEAVY cast iron is. IMO, everyone should have one or two skillets and a camp stove; a dutch oven is great too, but the camp stove can double as one. You can bake bread and desserts, stew cheap cuts of meat, and make soup in the camp stove/dutch oven, and the skillet can be used as you would use a regular skillet - fry or sear meats, cook vegetables, etc.