Peaknix: food storage follies

If you read my garden blog – Humble Garden – you would know that I am already planning the 2009 garden. I have already gotten the first batch of seeds and am gearing up to start seedlings soon.

I started gardening seriously as a foodie and a scientist who was worried about the toxic nature of industrial food. I would never claim to be able to grow enough food for this whole family and all the animals we feed, that’s a VERY advanced topic. It is a goal though but it takes planning and I need to find more arable land.

While I do not condone their religious dogmas and practices (not my place, all their own business), I admire the hard work that the Mormon church has done to make it easy for people to store away food for hard times. They have quite a lot of free information on how to determine how much food a certain sized family needs to have on hand for a year and also how to keep it in a safe and effective manner. Visit their site on Family Home Storage to start your journey.

Another resource is Sharon Astyk‘s blog posts and classes on food storage at her Casaubon’s Book blog. She is much more comprehensive than the Mormon site and she is more engaging, check it out.

I have started my food storage – though do not take my example 100% gospel, I am sure I am doing all sorts of things less than perfectly!

The photos here show some of what we are doing, storage wise.

Below you can see some of the things I canned last summer. Last spring the tomatoes came in late so I was only able to put up a few 8 or so jars of tomato sauce.

Peaknix: food storage follies

I also had to take down some badly behaved roosters and some past-their-prime broilers so I made a large batch of chicken stock with meat and canned that too. Let me tell you, this broth makes freakishly delicious soups.

Peaknix: food storage follies

In terms of staples that I do not grow and which I can buy in bulk, I figured I need about 100 pounds of dried beans for the year to feed our family in times of poor cash flow and possibly during food scarcities. Below you can see a 50 pound bag of pinto beans and then after I have put it into gallon sized bags.

Peaknix: food storage follies

Peaknix: food storage follies

Peaknix: food storage follies

Beans and rice make complete protein and they store VERY easily. Add a little bit of fat and some homegrown greens such as kale, collards, or lettuces or spinach and you need nothing else.

Peaknix: food storage follies

I am also stocking up on my favorite masa harina to make Colombian empanadas and arepas. I need this for mental health issues!

Peaknix: food storage follies

I have some less than nutritious meat products and mixes that would be REALLLLY easy to make happen should we lose power for long periods of time – better than making french toast!

Peaknix: food storage follies

I use this fabric remnant that I got as a photography background as a way of masking the grocery store look a bit.

Peaknix: food storage follies

This is just a small amount of food storage. I have a lot more rice you do not see here. That bulk rice and other grains will be stored in big plastic light tight tubs in a cool location.

These shelves you see above is right next to a very drafty window (AC unit there) so these foods will be kept cool. I plan on using those canned items soon, otherwise, they would stay in the dark cool pantry you see below.

Getting the Pantry Organized

What I would really love is a set up like you see below built in our basement. The issue with the basement is the fact that we have 5 cats and their litter box is down there.

A few spices

Please share what you are doing to stock up on food or what you plan to do!