One thing that would make me feel better is knowing I could feed my family. We've got warm clothes. We can heat our house with our wood-burning stove. But food? Is my pantry stocked well enough to get us through a lengthy crisis? I hate to admit it, but no. I've got enough supplies to feed us really well for a week or two, maybe a month if we're willing to eat a lot of canned soups and goldfish crackers, but I want to be better prepared.
I got to looking around the Internet for ideas. Lots of sites offered to sell me huge drums of bulgar wheat. And many blogs encouraged me to buy brown rice and dried beans in bulk. A couple of posts referenced the Mormon Church's guidelines for building up a community food bank. But I had a tough time finding one place that outlined clearly what a real family who doesn't like lentils can do to stock a pantry for 6–12 months.
So I worked out my own plan. The first step was to assess my family's needs, which I will detail further in the second installment of this series that I'm considering titling, "How Not to Panic When the Auto Industry Takes Us Down."
Dinner last night: chicken and rice casserole
I've been thinking about this subject myself--though it takes me forever to actually get around to writing about it :) I tend to let things ferment for a while before I can come up with the words, glad to hear your thoughts.
I am looking forward to hearing more about this, Kim! My husband and I are all about frugal living and any pieces of advice are definitely worth considering.
BTW - I read your comment on Helene's blog about the nasty mother at the park. I was cracking up! I would totally do the same thing!
I will be watching with interest, and learning from you! I barely have enough to last a week, although we do have a moose in the freezer and some caribou. I need to stock up, I really do.
Thanks for sharing this Kim!
I'll be interested in reading this when you finish it! Here in CA (earthquake central), they're always advising us to have an emergency pack ready to go but I have never gotten around to doing it. That's terrible, I know!
I'll probably get some good ideas from you!!
I'm totally gonna call you soon. If I forget, then just call me at a convenient time. I've been thinking about this lately and have started buying too... But not with any focus or plan, yet.
I can't believe I've been following your blog for over two years!
I am wondering whatever happened to your stocking-up plan. Did you build an addition to the house for your food bunker?
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