Recently by Lisa Bedford: Who Knew Camping Could Make Your Kids Smarter?
Food storage is the Queen of Survival Topics on most sites and forums because, I guess, people are naturally drawn to food. That’s a good thing! Another reason so much attention is given to the topic is because food storage isn’t simple like, say, storing water. I’ve heard it describes as both a science and an art.
In my most recent webinar, “Food Storage Basics”, we covered the topic thoroughly, from reasons why to store food, stupid reasons to NOT store food, and beginning steps.
You can access the recorded webinar by clicking here.
In addition to the webinar, however, I wanted to answer a handful of frequently asked questions because there is always more to learn when it comes to food storage.
Q: My kids are quite young, ages 2 and 3. Should I store food in amounts appropriate to their ages now or later when they’re eating more?
A: It’s really, really smart to think about this ahead of time. As an older mom of two kids, ages 10 and 13, I can tell you that time will fly and before you know it, their appetites will surpass yours! I recommend looking ahead and storing larger amounts of food, as though your kids were already those ages. A crisis may hit later this week and cause you to rely on your stored food and with extra, it will just last longer. It won’t go to waste. However, if some horrible event happens 5 or 6 years from now and you’ve stored your food correctly, there will be plenty for those older kids.
Q: My husband wants us to store just the basics, saying that our family will eat anything if we’re hungry enough. I disagree but am not sure how to counter his argument. What do you think?
A: Your husband wants to provide for his family and like a lot of men, just wants to get the job done and move on to something else! I can’t blame him. You, on the other hand, realize that there’s more to food than just filling tummies and holding off starvation. If you think about a time when your family has to rely on stored food, I can guarantee that it’s because of some very scary scenario. It could be an economic collapse, riots in the neighborhood, food shortages, a personal tragedy. Whatever the case, life is already going to be off the scale in terms of stress. Do you really think it’s a good idea to fight food battles every night, trying to get the kids, and yourself, to eat something barely palatable?