Getting food and emergency supplies has been something I have always felt was important to do. Since I was a young child my church prophets over the years (yes we have a living prophet) have all asked that we be prepared, self reliant and keep a storage of food and supplies. Ask yourself this question, “Could my family survive on whats in/at my house for 1 week if I could not go to the store, there is no power and no running water?”
I lived in San Antonio and those of you that live in areas where crazy weather can come through and you have a little warning. Its a scary, scary scene at the grocery store. Nothing makes your stomach drop into your toes like walking into the grocery store in need of food items and seeing EMPTY shelves. Most grocery stores do not have the never ending supply you think they have. I recently went to a local Walmart to buy some canned sweet potatoes for storage. I bought 12 and pretty much wiped out their stock. Thats not an item that tons of people are buying regularly, but those shelves don’t hold that much! You will have so much peace knowing that you could take care of your family in an emergency.
It takes some sacrifice when it comes to spending your extra money on beans and rice instead of FUN stuff! Will I be blessed for the sacrifice??? ABSOLUTELY! I know without a doubt, I will be. It feels so good to know that I can take care of my family if we were not able to depend on the city or the government. The feeling of being able to provide for your family is priceless! Come with me and check out my recommendations of what to grab and have ready.
Beans = look at what your family eats regularly now and that’s what you want to store. If they don’t eat black beans then don’t store black beans! You might be thinking….. Why not just store wet pack canned beans? Shelf Life. Dry beans have a 30 year shelf life and the wet canned beans have around a 2 year shelf life. For long term food storage you will want dry beans. I store pinto, black and white beans. The white beans are very mild. You can cook them and use them as a thickener and in place of oil in cooking. Cool right?
Salsa = Its always better to purchase items in glass jars as far as the chemicals leaching into the food over time go. The down side to glass jars is storing them. If you live in areas where earthquake is a real possibility you will want to box up glass jars with some padding, bubble wrap, grocery bags stuffed in between jars etc.
Oils = My top oils to store are Olive Oil and Coconut Oil. I prefer the Extra Virgin Olive oil, and when purchasing coconut oil be sure to get cold pressed, expeller pressed. It is a little spendy. If you find coconut oil thats not spendy then its probably been processed and the amazing enzymes have probably been killed by heat. If it doesn’t smell or taste like coconut, its probably been processed. Something is better than nothing when it comes to just having food on hand. Get what you can. Next oil choice would be Canola Oil and last would be Vegetable Oil.
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Livin the Life with Heather-Utah
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