Pondering Pantry Problems
But maybe you’re confused as to where to start building your survival pantry. There seem to be so many options.
Or maybe you’ve purchased buckets of rice, wheat and beans, and you don’t know where to go from there.
Or what if you’re puzzled about how to stock the pantry at your secret bug out location?
Julie’s book will help you take steps to stock enough food to feed a family of four for six months, or up to twelve people for two years, depending on your goals.
Julie Languille was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio yesterday to talk about her new book. You may recall she was on with me a few months ago to talk about Meals in a Jar. View my post about that here. Julie has a heart for family preparedness. That comes through clearly when you listen to our conversation.
Practice Pantry Planning
Julie’s goal is to help people get started with a methodical approach, no matter what level they’re at. She breaks food storage down into manageable sections so it isn’t so overwhelming. It can be done by anybody on any budget. You can decide what’s appropriate for your family or household. Then make food storage part of your daily or weekly routine.
In other words, make a plan. Then develop that plan. She tries to make this as easy as possible for you. Charts throughout the book will guide you along the way. As you design your plan for your specific situation, ask yourself questions like:
- How many people are you storing for?
- How long are you storing for?
- How much of your family resources can you devote to food storage?
Prioritize a Purposeful Pantry
How long will it take you to work through Julie’s program for your pantry? It depends on factors like how many people you’re planning for and how much money you can put toward your goal. It could take you a year. If that looks like that would be the case in your household, you may want to get started right away. Who knows what coming months hold for us?
Julie recommends getting familiar with her book, and so do I. Get acquainted with the Table of Contents so you know what’s in the book and where to find it because things aren’t categorized like you might expect. You won’t find foods grouped together, like meats, grains, beans, vegetables and dairy items. They’re scattered throughout the book.
But there’s good reason for that. Julie prioritizes what you’ll need most and what you may not necessarily have to have right away. While some of us may have different preferences, this is meant to be a guide after all. And if you follow it through, you’ll be quite prepared.
Items are prioritized according to importance, not merely personal preference. Julie puts water at the number one spot. What comes after that is meant for sustaining life. Nutritional content is key, which is why items like ramen noodles and spam take a lower priority.
Let’s face it. Some of the things we think we need or would like to have in our survival pantry just aren’t as nutritious as others. Though it is nice to have comfort food to bolster the psyche.
This system enables you to have what Julie calls a deep larder for longer term storage items and a rotation pantry for the things which move in and out more frequently.
You can also put Julie’s plan into place if you’re stocking up a survival pantry at a bug out location.
Progressing on the Pantry Path
Julie gives you suggestions on what to do with each item. This is helpful if you’re unfamiliar with how to use things like powdered eggs and powdered milk. Incidentally, I’m glad she included dehydrating squash and making squash chips.
She goes beyond food storage to recommend having everyday household items like laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, razors, cleaning supplies, paper goods and more. She also mentions vitamins, aspirins, cold medicines and a few other things. There’s even a chapter on pet food. She also recommends having seeds for gardening and sprouting.
A Prepper’s Passion Prevails
She’s also experimenting with old recipes which were used before the time when we had electricity. I suggested this would be material for another book, since it would have direct application to prepping.
Julie and I talked about more, and you can hear what she had to say when you listen to DestinySurvival Radio for December 12, 2013. (Right click to download.) Get your copy of Prepper’s Food Storage by clicking on its title wherever you see it hyperllinked in this post. That takes you to the Barnes & Noble page where it’s featured, and you can place your order from there.
Please Pass Along Your Pantry Ponderings
I gave away my gently used review copy of Julie’s book. I said I’d give it to one of the firrst people who commented by December 18, 2013. There were five comments by that date. I used the random number generator at www.random.org to pick a winner. The chosen number was 3. The third comment was left by the person identified as Docileone. We’ve been in touch, and her book has been sent. Congratulations! And thanks to each one who left a comment.