When we moved into our current house, we began joking that if the zombie apocalypse ever hit, we were set. After all, we moved into a nice enough neighborhood that isnât well known – and itâs nigh invisible from major roads. Itâs also right next to a mill – so thereâs tons of grain and other food storage only a little ways from our home.
Of course, the mill might also attract other zombie preppers, so then you get into the whole teaming up or going it alone debate. And while we arenât going to debate that right now, letâs talk about the inherent value of food storage and preparedness.
Having Food Storage is NOT an Insurance Policy
I know a lot of people say that having food stored up somewhere is a great insurance policy against trouble. ButâŚ I disagree. Because, with an insurance policy, youâre paying into something that can only be used in certain circumstances.
Your food storage, however? It can be used any way you need it to be. So instead of thinking of it as a âfor emergencies onlyâ kind of deal, think of it as an âextended pantry thatâs saving me money and there when I need itâ kind of deal.
Because really. Food doesnât keep forever, yâall. Quit thinking of it like itâs a one-and-done thing – and itâll save you a ton of money and anxiety.
Storing Food IS a Great Way to Save Money and Be Prepared
When you make the mental transition from âthis food is for emergencies only!â to âthis is just an extension of my pantry,â youâll notice two things.
First of all, youâll save money. Why? Because youâll start USING your food storage as part of your pantry. Youâll start storing foods you actually use – and know how to cook.
Second, youâll still be prepared for an emergency. And, because youâve learned how to use your stored foods, youâll actually be fine during an emergency – because you wonât be stuck with a 50-pound package of wheat and wonder how to turn it into bread without any power.
So, what kinds of food should you store so that you can save money AND anxiety?
What Kinds of Food Should You Store?
Now, this is a tricky question rolled into a simple answer. Because you need to learn to store foods you actually use.
If you like grinding your own wheat and baking your own homemade wheat bread? Then storing wheat makes sense. On the other hand, if you wouldnât know what to do with wheat grains if your life literally depending on eating themâŚ well, maybe you should store boxes of spaghetti, instead.
We store a mix of foods – both raw foods (like wheat and oats), boxed foods (hello, mac ân cheese!), canned goods (like fruits), and freeze-dried foods.
However, we only store what weâll eat. For example, none of the males in my family will eat mushrooms. I, on the other hand, love them. So Iâve got a few bags of freeze-dried mushrooms that I can add to my portions of recipes. But I donât store a ton of them, because that wouldnât make sense.
Cheerios and Grape Nuts, on the other hand, are foods that everyone in my family will eat. So we store a TON of those! The looks I get from the cashier at Costco when I bulk-buy Grape Nuts is priceless – sheâs probably amazed and wondering at our regularity.
Learning How to Use Food Storage
Now, if youâd like to learn how to better use your food storage, youâre going to want to bookmark this page. Because itâs something Iâm learning – and writing about.
For example, Iâve already had some fun learning how to increase our protein intake by tapping our food storage. You can read all about it in my experiments with wheat meat.
Or if youâd rather learn about how to grind your wheat and make your own bread, Iâve got you covered. And Iâll even show you some tools thatâll come in handy to keep making your wheat should those pesky zombies make an appearance. Or the more mundane problem of the power going out.
âWe encourage [you] to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings. We ask that you be wiseâŚ [and] do not go to extremesâŚ With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.âAll is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage
Where to Buy Food Storage For the Best Prices
Want to know where we go? We go to LDS distribution centers. Costco is another great option. Shopping sales (especially case lot sales) is my third favorite option.
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- Want to know more about food storage? This Provident Living website is a great way to get all of the basics – and the best available prices on bulk goods. And it’ll even show you if there’s an LDS distribution center near you. No church membership required to shop here in person or online.
- Shop some of the most popular food storage solutions (or read all about it) at BePrepared.com
- The Wise Company has a lot of great food storage options, too!
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