Originally posted by Starchildren
We are going to have to do this on a budget, as one of us is only working right now.
It may seem daunting in the beginning, huh? I was lucky in that I come from a country family where if you did not 'put food by' (store for later
use), then chances were you may not make it through the winter. So when I started I had a fair amount of knowledge on things like canning,
dehydrating and such.
In my years of doing this I have found that, like Asktheanimals suggested, a membership to Costco, BJs or Sams Club has come in very handy simply
because there are things I have in my food storage that I can purchase there in bulk for a better price than the grocery, like rice, beans and spices.
Also, take advantage of your local 10 for 10 sales on things that you and your family like to eat. Soups, canned beans, veggies and fruit come to
Also, I'm going to give you some websites that I personally have found in the past to come in handy as a reference guide or just a general knowledge
kind of thing. Hope you find them helpful!
Food Storage Made Easy
This website is run by 2 ladies from the LDS Church (Latter Day Saints). Don't
be put off, yes, this site is very heavily advertised on by companies who specialize in freeze dried, dehydrated and storage 'systems', but I used
it as a reference guide and ignored the ads. On this site they have an option to receive checklists. You receive these approximately every 2 weeks
and they will give you tips on what to purchase and put in your long term food storage. At the end of the year, should you follow their guide, you
should have enough food in your storage to last a year. They also have some good general ideas for other aspects of 'prepping' but, as every one
should, if you read something you think is a good idea research it further to make sure its for you. Just because it sounds good at the beginning
does not mean it is practical or even safe. Research, research, research.
LDS Food Storage Calculator
This is just a general reference calculator to determine
what is enough of a food group per person for a years worth of food storage. I keep this handy just to make sure I'm on the right track for what I
have in storage.
LDS Food Storage Info
This is the LDS site with some general knowledge information.
If you want to search for more info try googling "LDS Food Storage", there is plenty more info out there, I just wanted to give you a 'kick start'
for some research that I have done in the past.
And no, I am not a member of the LDS church. The LDS church does, however, seem to have a fair amount of good tips and ideas for putting up long term
storage food to take care of your family should anything happen where food stuffs are not immediately available.
One last thing, as another poster said, do not let this consume you.. it can if you let it. This is something that is important but don't let it
take over. While I feel the need to prepare in a number of different ways, just keep in mind that while preparing for what you may think is coming in
the future, there is a life worth living in the present.
If I can be of any assistance, do not hesitate to u2u me to discuss anything you may have a question on. I'm more than willing to help in any way I
can. If it's something I don't know I'm more than willing to research it with you in order to learn something new myself!