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After an unexpected 2 week “break” from writing (I’m not really sure what happened, but apparently I needed that break just to get stuff straightened out here), I’m back.  It’s been a while since I’ve written about food storage specifically, and I’m getting my groove on and building it up.

At last count, using the handy-dandy Food Storage Analyzer from Emergency Essentials, I was at 162.91 days of food stored for my family.  I’ve added a bit since then, plus water, and now I’m up to 211.09 days – which makes me pretty happy.  I’ve crested the half-way mark and although there’s still a lot more to do, I’m happy with the progress I’m making.  :)

I use the Analyzer as a guide, but I don’t freak out about the nutrients, because we eat primitively and primitive-diets don’t “look good” on the nutritional labels.  It’s higher in fat and other things and since I know what I cook is whole food and nutritious, I simply don’t worry about the rest of it.  If you do pay attention to nutritional labels, the Analyzer will have excellent information for you – including the fat content, sodium content, and the overall nutrient-density of what you’re storing.  One thing I wish was included was almonds – I recently added about 20 pounds of almonds to the food storage for a new recipe that we love and I haven’t been able to include them in my tally because I don’t have the nutritional info to plug in and almonds aren’t on the list of foods in the Analyzer.  Ah well.

The water-storage question has been a severe thorn in my side since we lost water last Easter, but even more so since we moved to the desert.  I’ve read about storing 55gal drums for water, etc., but honestly – we’re in an apartment.  And we know we’re not here long-term.  I don’t want to put water in a barrel (or 2) and then have to empty it just to move in 7-9 months.  Plus, the garage is still full of boxes of things we’re not using (house-to-apartment, by the way, is a tricky adjustment.  Just sayin’.), so adding drums in to the context of navigating the garage is just not happening.

The water-issue was solved, conveniently enough, by Fry’s Food Stores, which is an affiliate of Kroger out here.  They had a special on 3L containers of water – each was $.49.  I calculated generously that we need 3 gallons per person, and for 10 days of water-needs, that’s 40-3L bottles.  So all told, it was less than $25 to store 10 days of water in the garage and because the bottles are compact and stack on each other, it doesn’t take up a lot of room.  I can’t tell you what a relief it is to have that part of my food storage done and off of my mind.

I’m not in any way done with this adventure – I still want 72 hour kits for us, in case we have to bug out for any reason, and I still have other emergency-prep things to do.  Plus there’s still the issue of the last 145 days of food to procure and store, but I’m getting there.  :)

I am also happy to let you in on this deal as well – if you try the Food Storage Analyzer from Emergency Essentials (it’s free) and review it, you can earn a $10 gift card toward purchases at EE.  Pretty cool – here are the details for your perusal:

Gift Card Giveaway

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  • http://swanfeet.wordpress.com/ ladyphlogiston

    you might try wolframalpha.com for the nutritional info on the almonds – I end up using them for cooking quite a lot, mostly to calculate the weight of various ingredients to I can measure them on my scale rather than with scoops and things

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    Cool! Thanks, Lady P!

    I think I’ll do that – these are just roasted, unsalted almonds, and I’d love to count them in my FS totals. :)