Emergency food storage when in a pinch

by Amy
(United States)

This is great to help people like this.

Here is my concern: due to some medical/financial crises, we've been benefiting from our food storage in that we've used it heavily the past few months -- and that's why I created it: to get us through crises without having to struggle with daily needs.

However, these crises, while small, personal, and hopefully temporary, mean that I'm not in a position to store more food -- which is what I want to do psychologically, especially as I read more about emergent diseases, etc. Do you have any thoughts about that?

I feel like my desire for preparedness is causing me stress at the same time that my current preparedness is helping us through some stress, if that makes sense at all.


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Your concerns
by: Admin

Amy, I definitely understand your concerns. You obviously did a good job of filling your storage for a time when you would need it - and now is that time.

You didn't mention whether you are able to spend any money at all on food, supplies, etc. But if you have any income, just buying one extra can of something when you go to the store would help in not completely depleting your storage. You might check out the plan on Grocery Budget. If that will work for you, you can slowly rebuild your storage.

On the other hand, if you have no money to spend on one or two items on a regular or irregular basis, I can only advise you to try not to stress and just be grateful that you planned so well for this, hopefully, temporary situation.

Amy's concern
by: barbara

Amy... while in a time of need you can't add to your storage if you're busy using it. Now is the perfect time to add to your preparedness in other areas. Organize your tools and household items like laundry lines, clothes pins, hand tools, washbasins, etc. Know where everything is, and if it's in good condition.

Learn! Advanced first aid, canning, soap making, candle making, cheeses. Even if you don't actually make them, know how. To be prepared is so much more than having, a lot is knowing. Assign each member of the family to find a needful subject and learn it. If you came to the point of raising your own chickens, do you know what breed you want, diseases, behavior, etc. is an example.

Plot and plan. When you can resume adding to your storage have a more exact plan. What did you learn from this experience? Write it down now as it comes to you so you can be at peace with your plan in the future.

Amy's concern
by: Anonymous

I'm glad that you have prepared so well. If you can, try to do some of your own dehydrating. I have a small dehydrator from Wal-Mart and I buy a few bags of frozen veggies when I can and put them in the dehydrator and turn it on. When they are dry I place them in seal-a-meal bags and vacuum seal them. Then I put them in a storage bucket and keep them in the dark till I need them.

I have also found that I can go to a farm store and buy my own bulk wheat and corn and soy beans and process them myself.

I get 50 lb. bags of wheat and place them in my big freezer for a week to fumigate them. Then I place the wheat in some mylar bags in buckets and place in a couple oxygen absorbers and close up the bags and seal most of the way with an old iron. Then put the plastic tube that came with my seal-a-meal machine and close the bag to the hose. Then I turn on the machine to suck out the air and quickly pull out the tube and finish sealing the bag.

To seal the bag you need a board to sit across the top of the bucket so you can lay the mylar bag on it and iron it with an old iron. It only needs to be on a light heat such as synthetic and ironed for a few seconds and it is done. Put the lid on the bucket and stash it away.

The 50-pound bag of wheat was $8.00 At that price I can do a lot of sealing! Also I watch the sale papers real close and when I see a special on a product that I can use I try to get two or three of them and put them in my supply shelves.

I hope this helps.

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