Food Storage has been a big part of our Life and Family
Food Storage or Family Preparedness has been apart of our life since we were first married in 1971; Also both our parents practiced it as well! We were both younger then and didn’t think much of it living with our parents;
I guess you could say we took it for granted! I worked in the Garden alongside my mother and step dad and watched mom slave in the hot kitchen canning for years and carrying all those jars down to the basement. (no air-conditioning then!)
My step-dad worked me in the garden for hours each time I had to so at the time I hated it, but I do remember the smell of the garden dirt and grew fond of it in a silly way!
So I must tell you I after we were married I, ME began planting my own garden every year!! I loved it, I’d plan it out, pick out my seeds and buy some already started and then GET DOWN AND DIRTY!!
See my husband didn’t know much about gardening so I made him stay out, only in for picking and occasional weeding!! lol
So through my history of gardening and up though the years THIS is what started our Food Storage!! This lead to canning and back then it was open bath method where you have this big pot of hot water with a tray to set your jars in and a lid a (water-bath canner).
I did fine with that too! I canned green beans, corn, beets, jelly, jam, apples, pickles, grape juice (it fermented) and other fruits.
This all lead to bigger and better things for us we both were pretty excited doing all this and began ordering bigger items to our food storage from our church and distribution areas. Like the big cans of beans, dried milk, potatoes, whole grains we had to grind, powdered butter and a few other things when we could. See we were raising four boys in a small town and I was a stay at home mom so I was always doing things to help save money.
My husband was in the National Guard for 23 years and occasionally he would bring home his C Rations and if the kids didn’t eat them into the food storage they’d go!
So this is how it all started for us and my canning, prepping, Food Storage etc.
There are Three Categories of Home Storage
2. Emergency Storage
3. Expanded Storage
Food for one year (Example). Grains, like wheat, rice corn, grains
Sugar or Honey, Non-fat dry milk, Salt, (5 lbs/ per person) , Dried Legumes (60) lbs /per person, Fats or Oils (20 lbs/person) Garden Seeds
The above amounts are estimated for an average adult. supplying 2300 cal. a day.
Waters a Two Week supply (14 Gal /person)
Bedding – Enough to keep each person warm if there is no heating supplies.
Clothing Enough to last one year or fabric and such for sewing cloths.
Medical- First aid and cleaning supplies
Fuel and Light a years supply of fuel or at least enough for cooking.
Coal, Wood, Matches, Candles, Flashlights
WHERE DO I PUT ALL THIS!
There are so many places you can put your food storage, If you live in a big house, small house, apartment, or mobile home !
You can rearrange closets, under the beds, basements if you have them and you can even stock pile in boxes or such and use for night stands, end tables etc. So think outside the box and do what works for you and your circumstances!!
A CLOSET SPACE
A THREE -DAY SUPPLY OF FOOD REQUIRING NO REFRIGERATION OR COOKING, LIKE CANNED TUNA, PORK AND BEANS 1/4 LB PER/ PERSON, NONFAT DRY MILK 1/4 LB PER PERSON, GRHAM CRACKERS 1 LB PER PERSON, DRIED APRICOTS 1 LB PER PERSON, CANNED ORANGE OR TOMATO JUICE 46 OZ/PER/PERSON, PEANUT BUTTER 1/2 LB PER/PERSON ( MY FAV). THIS SUPPLIES DAILY 2100 CAL AND ESS NUTRIENTS.
1 GAL PER/PERSON
3. BEDDING: BLANKETS, CLOTH SHEET, PLASTIC SHEET
4.CLOTHING: ONE CHANGE FOR EACH PERSON
5.PERSONAL SUPPLIES AND MEDICATION: TOILETRIES, FIRST AID SUPPLIES, CLEANING SUPPLIES AND TETANUS IMMUNIZATION EVERY 5 -10 YEARS.
6. FUEL AND LIGHT: MATCHES, CANDLES, BATTERY-POWERED LIGHT, SIGNAL FLARE
7. EQUIPMENT: CAN OPENER, DISHPAN, DISHES, UTENSILS, MATCHES,CANDLES, FLASHLIGHT, AX, SHOVEL, BUCKET,BATTERY-POWERED RADIO, PAPER PENCIL
8. INFANT NEEDS: IF APPLICABLE
9. PERSONAL DOCUMENTS: SUCH AS SCRIPTURES, GENEALOGY, LEGAL DOCUMENTS,( BIRTH CERTIFICATES,) ETC.
10. MONEY: CASH
1. FOODS: TO GIVE MORE VARIETY AND NUTRITION SUCH AS MEAT AND CHEESE AND FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
MISCELLANEOUS SUCH AS BAKING POWDER, BAKING YEAST, JELL-O, SPICES, SOUPS, CANNED AND BOTTLED FOODS, FREEZE-DRIED FOODS.
2. WATER: WATER TANKS OR WATER BEDS, BOTTLED WATER (WATER PURIFYING AGENTS). WE STORE WATER IN GAL JUGS WE PURCHASE OR CLEAN EMPTY MILK JUGS ALSO. IF THE WATER PURITY IS IN DOUBT YOU CAN ADD HALF TEASPOON OF BLEACH PER FIVE GALLONS OF WATER, IF THE WATER IS CLEAR AND ONE TEASPOON PER FIVE GALLONS IF THE WATER IS CLOUDY.
3. BEDDING: SLEEPING BAGS, PILLOWS
4. CLOTHING: VARIOUS KINDS AND SIZES FOR ALL SEASONS
5. PERSONAL SUPPLIES AND MEDICATION: LOCATE IN VARIOUS PLACES SUCH AS YOUR CAR, HOME, SHED
6. FUEL AND LIGHT: AQUIRE A VARIETY OF PAPER LOGS, HURRICANE LAMPS, CANDLES, ETC.
7. EQUIPMENT: TOOLS, GRINDERS, SEWING MACHINES, BATTERY=POWERED RADIO, GARDENING SUPPLIES, COAL STOVE
8. PAPER AND CLEANING PRODUCTS: FACE AND TOILET TISSUES, ALUMINUM FOIL, PLASTIC BAGS, SOAP AND CLEANING SUPPLIES
9. FINANCIAL RESOURCES: TRAVELERS CHECKS, STOCKS AND BONDS, REAL ESTATE, CHECKING ACCOUNT, OTHER INVESTMENTS
10. FIRST-AIDE SUPPLIES: BASIC HOME STORAGE SHOULD INCLUDE THIS! STORE THEM IN A METAL, WOOD OR PLASTIC CONTAINER WITH A TIGHT LID. THEY SHOULD BE CHECKED AND REPLENISHED FREQUENTLY.
HERE IS A LIST OF FIRST-AIDE SUPPLIES:
ADHESIVE TAPE, AMMONIA, ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT, BICARBONATE OF SODA, CALAMINE LOTION, DIARRHEA REMEDY, ELASTIC BANDAGES, GAUZE BANDAGES (MENSTRUAL PADS GOOD STERILE DRESSING FOR WOUNDS ETC.), HOT WATER BOTTLE, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, IPECCA SYRUP, KNIFE, MATCHES,MEASURING CUP, MEDICINE DROPPER, NEEDLES, PAPER BAGS, RAZOR BLADES, RUBBING ALCOHOL, SAFETY PINS, SCISSORS, SOAP, THERMOMETER, TRIANGULAR BANDAGES, TWEEZERS, FIRST AID INSTRUCTION BOOK, MEDICATIONS PRESCRIBED, INSULIN AND NEEDLES IF DIABETIC.
WELL THIS IS A START FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE NOT SURE WHERE TO START AND I MUST SAY IT IS A LEARN AS YOU GO AND WILL BECOME SECOND HAND TO YOU. ESPECIALLY FOR FAMILIES ITS A GREAT TRADITION TO HAND DOWN AND A GREAT HOME-STEADING SKILL. OUR PARENTS DID, WE DO AND NOW OUR CHILDREN DO!
THESE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS I HAVE PRACTICED AND PICKED UP OVER THE YEARS AND THEIR HAS BEEN ALOT MORE PUBLISHED. ALOT WE LEARNT FROM OUR CHURCH AND SOME OF ITS PUBLICATIONS, CHURCH OF Jesus Christ OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, HOME PRODUCTION & STORAGE. (AUTHOR)