Being a Prepper Is Cool
Or maybe, just maybe, there are other reasons being a prepper is wise.
(As an aside, I recently went to a preparedness fair and the lady at the sanitation station excitedly showed me "look! Here is a diaper that you can wash and reuse!" I then took the opportunity to show off Critter's diaper which will wash even easier and quicker than the one on display.)
There are other types of emergencies I like to be prepared for. If something happens and we lose our income for a few months, we won't starve. If we have unexpected bills come up, we can use our savings and normal income to stay out of debt without worrying about if we can afford to eat as well. If I'm having one of those days (or weeks) when getting myself and Critter presentable enough to go to the store seems like too much of a chore, I don't need to.
Less trips to the store also saves on gas. It helps eliminate last minute impulse buys. I like that I can buy food when it is on sale and have it on hand instead of buying it when I need it and dealing with an inconvenient price. I bought 40 lbs of peaches for $17 this week. I just canned 14 qts (half of them) so I can enjoy them in the winter even though they won't be in season then.
A Hippie Prepper
But my storage is different. I don't have room to store food just for the sake of storing it in case of a horrible emergency. I store what I eat and eat what I store. I don't want to eat refined white sugar, so I don't store it. I grind my wheat into flour for home made bread and we make oatmeal and granola from scratch. The system we have isn't perfect, but it is progressing and when we have a home with more space I have some exciting goals (like growing more fresh fruit, veggies, and raising chickens and goats for eggs and dairy).
I like knowing what is in my food, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to prepare it myself from as basic ingredients as possible. It is usually cheaper to do it that way as well. The more I am involved in my own food prep, the better. This year I've been able to pick about 5 tomatoes off of my tomato plant and occasionally some herbs. But one day I hope to have trees and bushes and plants and animals that produce delicious food that is free from preservatives and other junk.
Glass JarsLots of chicken from Zaycon Foods
Peaches with rapadura sugar syrup from Crandall's
Lots and lots of empty jars waiting for food. Any suggestions?
5 or 6 Gallon Buckets w/ Gamma Lids
Hard Red Wheat Berries
Hard White Wheat Berries
Whole Oat Groats (we grind it into flour, oatmeal or put it in the crock pot whole for oatmeal)
5 Gallon Buckets w/ Normal LidsRapadura sugar
Multi Color Popcorn
Vital Wheat Gluten
Steel Cut Oats
Extra Hard Red and White Wheat
Stuff from the 5 gallon buckets
Glutinous (sticky) Rice
Various cans (pineapple, olives, etc) from case lot sales and such.
Water15 gallons of plain tap water in 5 galllon storage containers
A Royal Berkey Water Filter to filter the chlorinated tap water on a daily basis
What do you think of my food storage? What do you have in your storage?