Saturday, April 02, 2016
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - A Quick Update & Beverly Nye
The wind is wicked today and there have been numerous power outages reported in our area. My lamp is flickering as I type. Ummm... thankfully I type fast.
It is good to be back again in the land of the online living. At least I could read online easily with the iPad. So I've been lurking on friend's blogs but not commenting. ;)
I will write more about it soon but my pantry goal this year is to concentrate on having some basic food and supplies put back in case we can't get to the grocery store for some reason. It may be as simple as needing to spend money in the budget elsewhere or as complicated as a terrorist attack slowing commerce.
Think Belgium as well as Paris and how people had to stay inside their homes for awhile. Remember the Boston area a couple years ago after the Boston Marathon bombing? It can happen and most likely will someday.
So I set aside some items to save for "just in case" and I'll rotate them if (as I hope) all goes well and we don't have to use anything. I've shared about storing some oats and some converted rice in buckets already. Another item we needed to put back was kitty kibble for Victoria. So I bought a large bag, poured it into a Food Grade bucket (cheap from Menard's), and hammered a lid on it. It is labeled with Kitty Kibble and the date.
I'm not concerned about putting oxygen absorbers into these items since they will be set aside and then if they are not used within six months, they will be opened and new food stuff be stored in buckets the same way. The stored bucket will be transferred to everyday use and a new bag purchased for storage.
I haven't researched how oxygen absorbers affect kibble, anyway. I know there are some things you should not use them with, sugar for instance. They cause sugar to turn hard as a rock.
In the meantime, we'll continue to buy Kitty Kibble as usual until it is time to open that "just in case" container. We are not building a really deep pantry this way but it is doing something on a budget. It is always better to do something than nothing.
I learned about storing grains and this type of food (like kibble) this way from Beverly Nye's books. I know some of you have read her books from previous comments. I used to see Beverly on the old (very old!) Bob Braun show out of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was carried by some Midwestern city's affiliates when I was quite young.
I have three Beverly Nye books still on my shelves. She is a Mormon (I think she is still with us although now quite elderly) so she knows what she is talking about in the area of food storage. My very favorite most used book of hers is A Family Raised on Sunshine, which has a very good section on building an emergency pantry. Many family favorite recipes came from that book.
I also like Everyone's a Homemaker and A Family Raised On Rainbows. These books are old fashioned by today's standards but packed with useful recipes and information. I gave mine away at one time, thinking I didn't need them. Then I kept wishing I had them on my shelves for reference and was able to purchase them at book sales up to about ten years ago.
Beverly's website is located... here. Although it has not been updated recently.
Her books can be found used (very inexpensive) third party on Amazon.*
A Family Raised on Sunshine... here.
A Family Raised on Rainbows... here.
Everyone's a Homemaker... here.
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