Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Storing Food for Beginners

13 Comments:

Blogger Tracy Wogoman said...

Our grocery store is currently doing buy 2 get 3 free! They do this twice a year. So for example, I buy 5 containers of oatmeal. I go home and take my "emergency oatmeal" out of the cupboard (its not expired) and give it to the local food pantry. I then replace the "emergency oatmeal" with the new stuff. Its a win win! My food is not expired. I know I have PLENTY of meals for my family and bless others.

January 15, 2015 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Robin Follette said...

We have about a year's worth of food in store, more than that for meat because of an unusually successful year of hunting. You make so many good points here. I hope everyone watches a couple of times to be sure and catch all you've said.

January 15, 2015 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

Thanks for the water suggestion! I hadn't thought of using StarSan for water storage. What are your thoughts on using larger beer bottles/growlers (either capped or flip-top) to store water?

January 15, 2015 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger daisy g said...

You are so right about being responsible. Having lived in Florida most of my life, we have been accustomed to acquiring our "hurricane" supplies each June at the start of the season. After living through Hurricane Andrew, I can tell you that it's slow going if you need to go to the store for anything, so it pays to have it on hand ahead of any disaster. We always keep canned chicken, tuna, salmon for proteins and it's easy enough to whip up a stew or soup with these and some veggies and water. Another item folks might want to keep on hand is a camping stove. We have a small one for emergencies, as we currently live in suburbia where trees would not be available for making firewood. You're helping so many folks think like homesteaders, including those of us who are stuck in suburbia. Thanks, farmer.

January 15, 2015 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger daisy g said...

P.S. You mentioned a list of farm memoirs but I can't seem to find anything on that. Thanks.

January 15, 2015 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Tracy! That is great! And know that a lot of expirations dates are placed for legal reasons, not because the food isn't safe. If you put that same dry oatmeal (packets or loose) in a food saver bag that removed all oxygen, it would last for YEARS

January 15, 2015 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thanks Robin, congrats on the hunting! Send that luck my way! So far only the foxes and rabbits fear me :)

January 15, 2015 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Matt - that star san is for sanitation of the bottles, not for purifying water. the best way to purify water is through a filter like a Berkey, tablets, or in an emergency a little bleach (like drops) or sunlight (UV purity)

January 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Daisy, you live it! Good for you!

Here is the memoir list video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XPfCrzdFTw

January 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

Oh I know - I homebrew ;)

January 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Good vlog:) We all need to be more mindful of this. I read somewhere that it is recommended to open your stored water every 6 months and add a tablespoon of bleach. I might plan to use my water in garden or whatever and replace it every 6 months. How about a vlog on woodstove?? I need a lesson before I get one.

January 15, 2015 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger sarah e blog said...

any thought on storage for gardeners and farmers to store food? i do..lots of squash and winter veg..but i think itd be cool to learn more..maybe some of your friends who do this too?

January 15, 2015 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

It's also important to learn how to cook from scratch. That store food is only going to last a limited time. So having staples such as flour, sugar, salt, oil is very important too along with a basic cookbook.

January 17, 2015 at 11:27 AM  

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