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November 16, 2007

So, a couple weeks ago we got busy in the basement. It was GREAT!

Okay, okay, okay….all you get your minds out of the gutter, not that kind of busy, but organizationally busy. We are rather practical, we like to have large food stores. It is not for religious reason, but rather anything could happen. God forbid Chet or I get injured and are unable to work, or a natural disaster, or what not…we want to have many months of food in storage so that we are prepared for anything. And, no, we’re not weirdo’s, at least we’re not according to most of our friends.

While we don’t have as much food storage as we would ideally like, we are working our way up there. One major step was to organize what we have. Hence, getting busy.

And, here is the “fruit” of our labors.





There’s lots of home made applesauce, tomato sauce, salsa and pickled veggies in there too. Can’t wait to do more.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2007 10:54 AM

    I like this idea. We have a huge emergency bucket that has enough water-food-first aid for 4 people for a month. The expiration is 2020. I have thought about storing canned goods, but the expiration on most canned foods is not that long. My question to you is, do you eat these stores and just replace what you eat? Or does it sit there until the expiration date comes up and then toss them?

  2. November 17, 2007 1:12 PM

    Okay MM….. nice work!

  3. nevadamtnbear permalink*
    November 17, 2007 4:41 PM

    We rotate out. We have a computer program called Food Storage Planner ( that helps you figure out how much you need for a family (based upon gender and age of each family member) and then can devise shopping lists, rotation schedules, etc. for it.

    We try to have food we eat in storage and use it. We’re not using the planner to it’s capacity yet – but the organization bit was the first big step for us so we could inventory what we have. Also, canned foods actually have a “real” storage life longer than the date printed on the cans, but it really doesn’t make a difference when you are rotating it out. This has just made it that much easier for us to know what we have and to access it to really rotate.

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