When we begin to talk of food storage, people react in strange ways. They
think of hording or religious cults who require members to store food. Let
us take a balanced and rational look at the issue.
Storing food is not hoarding food. Our modern day grocery stores in America
have about a 72-hour supply on the shelves at any given time. In case of a
disaster or pending disaster supplies can be gone in hours, if not minutes.
Storing food means you have taken yourself out of the 72-hour supply line
and are not one of the people panicking to buy food. You now are not adding
to the mayhem of the moment.
How much food you store depends on your family, community, weather and other
needs. This is where you must find God's direction.
To think you will store multiple years of food is not reasonable. Someone
will find out you have it, whether it be the government or individuals banding
together. This being said, a reasonable supply of food should be stored. Ask
God what you are to do and then do it. If you walk in obedience now you can
trust He will provide beyond what you can do when the time comes. Remember
Only tell those you trust that you have supplies. Do not allow neighbors to
see you bringing in a truckload of food. They will remember where it is.
You cannot feed the whole world, only those you are responsible for.
There may be a day when you have to turn away those you love because they
have refused to listen. This may be God's way of drawing them to Himself,
don't get in His way.
As stated above previously in this course, we are not to walk in fear, but
by God's voice. Hoarding is caused by fear; storage is from obedience. Go
to Him and ask how many days, weeks or months you should plan for. Keep a
diary of what you eat and how much you eat for a month, then plan from there.
A two hundred pound man needs about 1800 calories per day just to function.
Add work and the stresses of survival, this can go up to 4000 calories a day
easily. Exercise will not be something you go to the gym for, it will be a
part of daily life!
WHAT TO STORE
The typical American diet is killing us. White sugar, white flour and other
highly processed foods are causing disease, sickness and fatigue. It is a
good idea to clean up our diets now, before it is too late. By all means,
do not store the junk foods of today and expect to survive in such a way that
you will be of any good to anybody.
The best way to begin to store food is to simply buy a bit more than what
you would normally. If you eat one can of tuna in a week, then buy two; eat
one and store one. If you do this regularly over a few months you will be
surprised at the amount of food you have stored without a strain on the budget.
Once you have the storage you desire, then begin to eat from your storage,
replacing items as you go through them. This is also a good hedge on inflation
as once you have bought the can of tuna, the price can never go up. Canned
goods can last a number of years if stored in a cool dry place. Short on storage
area? How about under your bed?
Beans, grain and rice are good storage foods. White rice can be rancid when
you buy it and the processing has removed most nutrients already. Buy the
better organic rice and store it properly. There are many resources on the
Internet to tell you how.
Also remember to store toiletries. A roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap and
a toothbrush can make any situation seem just a bit better.
Once you have stored a supply of foods you eat on a daily basis, it may be
time to look to dehydrated foods. Not all dehydrated foods are alike. There
are many varieties on the market today. We have experimented and tasted many
through the years. With some, the quality, texture and taste are questionable
at least. Our research has shown Ready Reserve Foods to be one of the best
on the market. The taste is also appetizing, which is very important. They
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It is said that variety is the spice of life. Peanut butter is a great survival
food, but by the second week of breakfast, lunch and dinner it may cause unnecessary
loud emotional rage. Buy variety and don't forget to buy a few as my wife
calls, "Comfort foods." A bit of chocolate or a Twinkie here and
there is not bad; just don't overdo.
HOW TO STORE
Foods need to be stored in a cool, dry place so they will last longer. Canned
goods and moisture just do not get along. Closets may need to be cleaned out
and items you haven’t used in a while thrown out or sold in a garage
sale, but find the room. Think of such areas as under beds or in a dry crawl
Do not buy large containers at first. Warehouse stores may look good at first,
but how long will it take you to go through that five gallon bucket of mustard?
Think about what you and your family eat when you consider storage. A good
deal is not a good deal if no one eats it or it goes bad before you can find
the bottom of that five gallon bucket of mustard.
There is a time and place for bulk food storage. Many people during Y2K bought
five gallon buckets of grain but did not have a grinder nor did they know
what to do with it if they did grind it. Before deciding to buy bulk foods,
look into storage and also the time and effort it will take to prepare it.
Maybe dehydrated is the better way to go at first!
GROW YOUR OWN
There are many people today who are once again growing at least a portion
of their own food. The joys of watching the plants grow and the satisfaction
of knowing where the food came from, as well as what chemicals and processing
did not go into the food, are beyond value. No matter where you live or the
greenness of your thumb, you can grow some of your own food.
Begin with a tomato plant and work your way up from there. Besides the monetary
savings, the taste just cannot be beat. Try a couple of plants and freeze
or can the extra they produce. It is like money in the freezer.
Try growing your own spices such as rosemary
or mint for tea. What about fruit or nut trees? Have you seen the price of
an apple lately? Do a bit of research into what grows best in your area during
various times of the year.
RAISE YOUR OWN
About a year ago a friend was moving out of the state. She had some chickens
she wanted to get rid of. I live in town, but it is a town where you see horses
and cows off the main street. My first reaction was that I did not know about
chicken raising, nor did I have the equipment. A long story short, she gave
me a ten-minute lesson on chickens and I bought a book. With the chickens
came an 8x8 chain link dog run and a plastic doghouse. I bought a feeder,
a bag of food and in no time was in the chicken business. I can tell you,
our chickens have been a great joy to the whole family as well as giving us
eight to ten eggs per day from ten chickens. And once you eat a fresh egg,
you will never be able to eat the ones you buy in the store.
I just wonder how the cow is going to fit in the back yard? :+)
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Again, let me mention hording. Hording is done out of fear, which is not God's
way. He is able to turn a few loaves and fish into a meal for some fifteen
thousand. He can do the same for you. One thing to think about though is that
He began with something, not with nothing. Yeshua took what one young boy
had prepared and fed the multitudes. He expects us to do our part, and then
He does His.