Why Food Storage?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Water Storage | 0 comments

An Anthropologist from Notre Dame recently discovered people were storing grain long before they learned to domesticate crops.  The circular vaults were some 11,500 years before Christ walked the planet. More and more we discover storing food in today’s economic climate makes as much sense in 21st century America as it did over 13,000 years ago outside of Jerusalem.

Repeatedly I re-discover that which I believed were stable are anything but. One thing that I can count on is I will get hungry – daily. Food is something I cannot live without and next to water, it is one thing I will be needing when times are good or bad, emergency or not.

There are a community of men and women who are getting the preparedness message out. They have devoted websites, Facebook pages, and regularly tweet messages about being prepared. When you start to think about it, there are many reasons to store food and water.

Emergencies are but one reason, but often the reason most point towards. Another great reason to store food, cooking at home and making meals are but a fraction of the cost of eating out. Truth is, most of us already have a pantry and in some form or fashion we are practicing food storage. We buy the foods we like. We rotate food to eat only that which has not expired. Even the few “stick it in the microwave” meals I buy from time to time are rotated.

I recently started hanging out with a group of people who like to go camping or on long backpacking trips. Freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are a staple in their bags (and they pack easy as well). This came in handy for me as I summitted the Grand Teton earlier this year. Getting the right balance of protein and carbohydrates were critical for our 20 hour car to car day. But if you are in an emergency situation, freeze-dried foods are easier to prepare and so have an advantage over dehydrated foods in certain situations.

Most do not understand our local grocery stores have enough food for about a week, based on normal purchases. In other words, to rely on the supply chains may backfire on you. It is prudent to have a week’s worth of food stored in your house. That way you will not be impacted during a natural disaster, which could mean a food shortage and out-of-sight prices for the food that is available.

Start today by taking an inventory. Get prepared. Utilize your storage space to stock the foods that will keep you and your family healthy and happy.

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