In our church we are counseled to store one year supply of food. Now over the years I've done a great job of that, but we've added two new babies to the mix recently so I'm a little behind. Also I've never really embraced the idea of cooking with what I store. For me the food storage I have is just an insurance policy so to speak. I hope never to have to use it, but I followed the commandment to keep it.
Well the new goal is to embrace this idea a little better. I want to beef up my storage to include it for three more...yes because I'm certain we will have another baby. Also more is not a bad thing. When they get married I plan on giving them their food storage. I won't need it after all and the shelf life of most staples is 20+ years if stored correctly. But beyond that I want to start to cook with it and correctly rotate it. I also want to store the hygiene items too. I've never really gone there. It's time.
So my goal is to spend the next year and beef up my food storage. Really focus on it and find the joy in it. I want to include wheat grinding, preserving fruits and vegetables (I do this now a little), working with powder eggs and butter, figure out powdered milk (woof), using beans as a fat substitute in baking, water and fuel storage, and since my husband kills things now, I want a huge freezer to store it all. The whole shebang. I've also been mulling over joining a produce co-op. My friend does one here in Houston called Wood Duck Farm. It's a pretty neat idea. I've been dragging my feet on it because I've been so busy, but I'm going to look into it more seriously.
That's it my friends. Kind of dull, but some of these things have been on my list for years so I figure it's about time. You all know how I go crazy on stuff so expect big things....and lots of chatter about it. I'm a very focused person! So that's it! Ta-dah......