"In our society growing your own
food has become the most radical of acts."
It should be obvious but isn't for
most people. The time to stock up on food is before a crisis hits, not after. If you look at
the shopping patterns of Americans, we go to the store to buy groceries at least twice a week.
When we run out of bread, we go to the store. When we do not know what to fix for supper, we
run to the store, and so on.
Have you ever stopped to
wonder how life would change weregrocery store shelvesto suddenly become
empty? Look at the photo here. It is from a web blog called Becky's Farm Life. You need to start
thinking like Becky and her family thinks about food.Becky's family made room and built storage shelves to stock up on food
It wasn't that long ago that Americans stored food for the long term. The idea of
running to the store to buy this or that was a foreign concept to our great grandparents. Today,
most people think just the opposite, and it shows in the low food supply they keep in their
The economic collapse ahead all but insures disrupted food supplies. Shortages
and empty grocery store food shelves will be the norm. So if you want to eat well and insure your
family gets adequate food and nutrition, you need now to begin stocking
How to Begin:
Consider your home, apartment, property, etc. Where is there room to build extra
shelves to store food? Is there room in a closet to build shelves? Is there room in the garage or
basement? Be willing to invest a $100 or so for this project and get to
Think ahead. How much food do I want to stock?
How many weeks or months do I want my food supply to last if I could not replenish
As your budget permits, buy case lots of canned goods instead of one or two cans.
Buy food that is on sale.
Knowing the expiration date of all food stored is
important to avoid spoilage. As your food supply builds, consume the nearest dated food (food
which has the closest expiration date) first, always putting the freshest dated food to the
back of the shelf.
To make keeping track of expiration dates easy,
buy large peel off labels and write the "use by" date for each food item and stick those labels
to each food item. This makes it easy to check "use by" dates from day to
think of your food stock as being separate from your regular food supply. You must
regularly consume what you
stock to avoid losing many dollars invested in your food
supply. Think of it this way: Instead of making many trips to the store for food, you
are buying lots of food ahead of time to transfer for storage in your home. Makes sense! So
stock what you eat and eat what you stock.
store rice,beans, flour, pasta, etc, consider using food-grade plastic containers. You will want
to insert the food into Mylar lined bags and insert oxygen absorber's into each bag. This
will slow or prevent oxidation and spoilage, and increase the shelf life of