Stocking upon January 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I use this fabric remnant that I got as a photography background as a way of masking the grocery store look a bit.
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.
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.
Please share what you are doing to stock up on food or what you plan to do!