Monday, November 3, 2008

Storing "Nuts"

I've got a bone to pick about the LDS church and food storage. I'm LDS. 100%. Through and through. Believe it with all my heart. In our ward we have a food storage specialist and once a month she gives a little presentation on a new thing you need in your food storage and gives us all the chance to order it at a discounted price. It's a great idea and I think it reminds people that they do need to be storing food. Here's my beef: What the hell am I going to do with 300 pounds of wheat?
I'm always hearing different standards that we are supposed to have. X gallons of water. X pounds of flour. X amount of yeast. We're not friggin' pioneers here! What are we supposed to do with 300 pounds of unprocessed wheat? Suck on it? Chew it? No. It just doesn't work for me.
My mom, Ginger, has the best food storage of all. There is not anything in there that I listed above. But there is all food we love to eat! All types of crackers, soups, sauces, pastas, popcorn tins, granola bars, and cookies! Now, I know this stuff doesn't have as long of a shelf life as flour or something- but if all we had was flour and wheat- we'd be out day one. AND! While all of you are eating your wheat and trying to make your own bread- we'll have our feet up eating Cheetos. She also buys those big Mexican candles they sell in the grocery store for a buck. Yeah, there is a picture of the Mother Mary on there- but they'll burn for days. I think my moms got the right idea. Store what you will actually eat. Do it!


Karlenn said...

Hahaha! Good idea. I need to find a place to PUT food storage in my teeny house. Seriously, space is such an issue. If we have a natural disaster, we're screwed. Yeah, I think it's a good idea to put food in storage that you will actually EAT. And then eat off it and rotate it so that it doesn't go bad. That's the whole idea, right?

Poulsen Family said...

This is right up my alley! I have been looking up food storage and such for us to buy. I found some really good sights about getting long term food storage. If you look online you can find cook books on how to use the wheat, beans, sugar, etc to make food. It might not be the best you can eat, but hey- if you're at that desperate of a time you'll probably be willing to eat anything edible!

Hannah said...

I came across your blog when I was googling food storage.

You are right, you should store what you eat and eat what you store. I too didn't know what I was supposed to do with wheat, so I just didn't store it. Now though, I have realized the health benefits of it (and I learned how to cook it), so I've started storing some, but still not as much as other things (like rice and pasta, which we eat much more often).

Anyway, if you want any other food storage tips, feel free to check out our blog. We have lots of ideas, and we also share many recipes that use ONLY food storage (non-perishable) food. Feel free to check it out - I'm sure it will inspire you to try something new.

Good luck!
Hannah @

Natalie said...

go Ging!!!!!!