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I was over at The Survival Mom‘s blog the other day, reading and realizing why the impetus to finish my food storage is so strong within me.  There was a report on FoxNews with Shepard Smith about food shortages and how the weakening dollar is affecting our purchasing power.

It’s not that I haven’t been serious about completing my food storage, just that life sort of got in the way.  We gave a lot to different charitable causes over the holidays and I don’t regret that one bit, but the extra cash went to gift-giving and donating more than stocking my pantry.  Such is life – and I value generosity to a point where I would rather have a limited food storage than skip the giving.  It’s just who I am.  :)

So today began the Sprint to the End (of building the food storage.  I’m not someone walking around in a sandwich board proclaiming “The End Is Near!”).  We are buying things in case prices do skyrocket like this video suggests and in case things get lean here.  So having a stash of chicken feet, pre-washed and ready for stocks, rice, vegetables, beans, etc., is helping to finish up our food storage.  If meat gets expensive, I want to be able to create soups and stocks to take the place of actual meat and to flavour rice, beans, and vegetables so we don’t end up with appetite fatigue.  We’ll continue adding for the next several months and hopefully be done by March/April.  :)

foodstorageanalyzer.com/MemberPages/Search.aspx?search=cheeseI’m now within 100 days of being done, after adding in today’s procurements.  I’m choosing not to live in fear or to hit the panic button, but I know I will breathe a large sigh of relief when this is all done.  It will be easier, I think, to replenish what we eat a little at a time and know that we’ve purchased what we can for food insurance for our family, in case things do get stupid-high, price-wise.

If you’ve not considered building even a three-month supply for your family, I strongly suggest you give it some thought and see if it’s a good practice for you.  Preparedness doesn’t mean you’ve got your night-vision goggles on and are building a bomb shelter (necessarily – LOL), but it does mean that you’re thinking ahead to what your family needs and doing what you can to prepare with the resources you have at your disposal.  :)

I’ll keep posting and when I’m all done, you’ll hear several gigantic sighs of relief from my quadrant down here in the southwest.  :)

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  • http://chezsmiffy.blogspot.com/ Misti Anslin Delaney-Smith

    Since we started following your adventures, Rod and I have started to really talk about food storage. We have the space — and money is always rocky in Michigan, so it seems really, really wise.

    What we need to figure out is how and what to save with our food restrictions. :p

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    …and I was just looking at free-range chickens today at Trader Joe’s, Misti! what you and Rod don’t teach me… :)

    Please keep me posted on what you decide. I hope you can find things that work for you! :)

    *hug*

  • http://chezsmiffy.blogspot.com/ Misti Anslin Delaney-Smith

    We’re pretty much decided to do it. The thing is, eggs and milk and…well, everything we eat, don’t store. But we can get nuts and beans and if we can find dried fruit and veg without preservatives we can do those… We can store oils, too. So, we’re looking around at options.

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    milk does freeze, Misti – I have multiple gallons of raw milk frozen right now. You’ll want to pour a small amount off to give space for expansion in the freezer, but it thaws beautifully. :)

    I have yet to figure out how to store eggs and cannot bring myself to buy powdered eggs at this point. 😛 or powdered butter. *shudder*

  • Josefina

    Hi Sue.

    I’ve been researching grain mills and found your comemnts on Kimi’s blog about your new KoMo mill. I’d love to know what your continued experience has been. I’m considering buying one.

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    Hi Josefina –

    I really like the KoMo mill – I have some video to edit and I’ll get the post up. We are super-happy with the purchase and think it’s a lifetime investment – the longevity of the KoMo mills is well-documented and I really don’t want to have to purchase another one, kwim? :)

    Thanks for reading – I’ll get the review up shortly!

    –sue