Yesterday, I Googled the phrase “food storage” and was absolutely amazed with the results. Everything on the front page had something to do with disasters, famine, government conspiracies or believe it or not … the apocalypse.
Taken at face value, yes, having a store of food handy during a natural disaster or something like that would be a wise move, but seriously, for the apocalypse? I can promise you with relative certainty that in the midst of a rainstorm of fire and brimstone the last thing I am going to be thinking about is whether I have enough canned pinto beans in my basement.
Umbrella, yes … Dry goods, probably not.
Unfortunately, most people agree with this sentiment and leave it at that. Most, however, are also missing the bigger picture. Food storage is not just about something to eat during a blizzard or an earthquake. In fact, if you wait for the next major catastrophe to strike before you decide to break into your food stores, odds are you’ll be waiting…and waiting…and waiting some more.
I, on the other hand, use my food storage and I use it regularly. Here are the top 5 ways my food storage has come in handy even though the stuff hasn’t yet hit the fan.
1. I’m lazy.
How many times have you been in a situation where a recipe calls for a teaspoon of salt and after pilfering the storage containers, spice racks and a dozen or so empty salt shakers laying around the kitchen and dining room, you’re still short a quarter teaspoon? If you don’t have food storage you have two options: either drop everything, go to the grocery store and buy more salt or just scrap the whole recipe and go without.
The third option (if you have food storage) is to grab what you need and continue as if there wasn’t a problem in the first place. Bottom line, it comes in handy when you only need a quarter teaspoon of salt and don’t want to make a grocery store run.
2. I’m thrifty (or, according to my kids, cheap).
It’s simple economics. Buying in bulk saves money. If you are a discerning shopper, you can save more than half of what you would pay for individual servings by buying in bulk. Really, this one goes without saying.
3. It leaves a lot more room for the things that are really important.
I love to fish, hunt, and camp and in planning for any of these activities, one of the central issues is food. It is not so much what you want to eat but the space that what you want to eat is going to require. Grocery store food also weighs a lot. It may not seem that way when it is loaded in your shopping cart, but it’s a totally different story when it’s in your backpack. Freeze-dried food and dehydrated, premade meals weigh more than 90 percent less than fresh foods and two to three days worth will fit nicely in your pack leaving plenty of room for the essentials like toilet paper and ammunition.
4. Pre-made food storage meals don’t require a genius level of culinary I.Q.
Most ready-made food storage meals only require water and a pot to put it in. For this reason, they are incredibly convenient for kids and even seniors to use. My kids regularly raid the food storage cabinet for favorites like Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Chicken Noodle Soup, and White Cheddar and Shells Pasta when I’m not around or in the mood to play Julia Childs in the kitchen.
5. Some of the worst disasters in life have nothing to do with the weather.
Some time back, I published a letter a reader of the eFoods Community News sent to me explaining how food storage saved his home after he’d lost his job. When times are tough and money is short, having an emergency supply of food on hand might be the difference between paying for food and paying the rent for you and your family.
Any way you slice it, having some food insurance make sense … even if you’re not so concerned about the upcoming rapture.
Jax Finn eFoods Community News Editor in Chief