Saturday, November 17, 2012
Saturday Pantry Suggestions
Okay, today I'm waxing poetic about a concern I have about stocking a bomb shelter instead of deepening the pantry. My ponderings began because I've been asked if I ever watch TV shows like Doomsday Preppers and such.
I've only watched a couple episodes out of curiosity but I have concerns about anyone using them as a "how to" program. It's just that the preppers I saw on those two episodes are doing exactly the kind of things so many did prior to Y2K... stocking up food and supplies in case there is a collapse of society with mostly foods made for an emergency situation.
I watched part of an episode a few days ago in which a man talked about having large amounts of grain stocked.. The camera crew were with him as he purchased bags and bags of feed corn... yes, feed corn... like you feed to animals. He said it is edible if you clean it very well and make cornbread from it. (To his credit, he does own some cattle so the corn would not go to waste if the humans don't eat it.)
Okay, I understand feed corn is cheaper than say bags of popcorn. However, if you purchase a similar size bag of popcorn and use it regularly, it is already cleaned and you can grind it for cornmeal and you can pop it for a healthy snack. (Also, your digestive system is already used to eating corn that has been ground and baked, just as it takes awhile for us to get used to bread that has been baked from 100% ground whole wheat.)
It doesn't cost that much more than feed corn and having had to live off a deepened pantry I can tell you... the popcorn I had in a bucket was used and I absolutely know my family would not eat feed corn (especially if you had to clean it first).
You see, that kind of prepping... where one goes for quantity instead of quality and long storage life instead of taste... is all dependent on the belief that people will eat anything if they are starving.
Perhaps. If there is absolutely nothing else to eat. But when we went through a year of unemployment, my son still didn't eat the beans in the buckets (I gave them to a family who loved beans) and my husband refused to eat Spam (which Christopher and I like when sliced thinly and fried to a delicious crispness). ;)
The thing is, what I took away from years writing about emergency preparedness (and Y2k) is this... there is a huge difference between a Pantry Lifestyle and preparing for Armageddon. The Pantry Lifestyle is simply living the way our great grandparents did to whatever extent God leads.
Do I believe we're in for even more difficult times? Yes, I do. I still believe it is a very good idea to stock up with food and essentials to the extent you feel comfortable... given time, money, and space.
So for some it will simply be stocking some food and essentials in an apartment closet but those items are what the family eats and use already. I've known others who believed God was leading them to the country so they can garden (like us) or to an actual farm where they learn to grow a crop, raise animals, etc.
If you know God is leading you to purchase freeze dried food and you have the money for it, then do it! We can all use a good water filter, backup lighting, a way to cook if the power is out, etc. I wish I had the money for a solar generator (but coveting is against the TEN, you know). ;)
But just do the best you can with what you have, ask God for wisdom... and trust Him for the rest.... gain information and experience... and as the angels said, "Fear Not".
This week's link is to an article that contains lots of links and information. It is called 120 Powerful Pieces of Advice for Preppers and it is... here.
The good thing about all of the preparedness links I send you to is you can pick and choose what information is valuable to your family. Having said that... I may not always agree with everything people write so use discretion. :)